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Social Media and Schools as Professional Learning Communities: Building Your Personal Network with Twitter

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Excellent in depth article on Twitter as professional learning source - from Brisbane Catholic Education’s Information and Resourcing Centre. "The power of Twitter is that it places the teacher at the centre of a network to which all parts are equally accessible. Teachers who use Twitter can access not only traditional sources of information, but also the expertise and advice of internationally renowned experts from across many fields within and beyond education. Research has identified six ‘common patterns of participation’ for users of Twitter..."


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Thank you for sharing our ResourceLink blog post - I'm so thrilled that our work is being shared so widely! Kay Cantwell, Education Officer: Digital Learning, ResourceLink, Brisbane Catholic Education, Qld Australia.

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HyperCities ~ New Learning Times

HyperCities ~ New Learning Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Carmen James


"HyperCities is a dynamic educational project at the intersection of cartography and information visualization, humanities and technology, geography and digital space. The project has produced grounded cultural narratives in 27 international cities. HyperCities uses Google Maps and Google Earth (among other technologies, like GPS-enabled cameras and cell phones) to allow users to explore historical layers of city spaces. Accessing the cities and exploring them is straightforward. Once a city has been selected, users can select the time period or the area of the city they are looking to explore on the map. Within each frame, users can access everything from scholarly content to community-generated content. Users can also click on historic sites to learn more about them and overlay older maps of the same cities."

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http://hypercities.ats.ucla.edu/
(Google Earth Plugin Required)

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160 Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning

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by Heidi Reina


"These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation, curriculum demands, etc. Projects from Teach21 PBL (West Virginia Dept of Education), and Math Matters in Indiana are very detailed and provide excellent project-based learning lesson plan templates."

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Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Instead of listing all the different ways a task deviates from the target, the single-point rubric simply describes the target in a single column of traits."


Jim Lerman's insight: Interesting idea, but I think using this technique to develop an actual rubric might be better. As in this case, start with statements about level 3, which represents attainment of the standard. Then, to the right, elaborate on  examples of advanced performance, and to the left, examples of performance needing improvement.

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Dan Miller's curator insight, November 19, 8:44 AM

I think this is an interesting idea worth tinkering with. Perhaps though it would be better to list the criteria for a 3 or meets standard and let the students describe what would be short of standard or exceeding standard. Perhaps even letting them submit a completed rubric with their rationale and descriptions of why they hit, missed or exceeded in certain areas.

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Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch

Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Darrell Etherington


"Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for this school year, and they’ve also built a guide to help teachers in their district get started."

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48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow

48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We’ve talked before about an iPad workflow in the classroom, and there are no easy solutions, if for no other reason than every classroom is different. The following app collection from Lisa Johnson gets at the same idea–workflow. This time, however, the collection is titled towards students–student-centered workflow that allows students to access content, turn in work, or collaborate with one another by design (something painting and creativity app drawp also focuses on).
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10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right

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If there’s been a single educational buzzword with traction over the past few years, “student-centered learning” certainly tops the charts. From the TED stage to experimental classrooms, an increasing number of thought leaders, schools and teachers are advocating a handover of the learning experience to the students who must do the learning.


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Tuesday Tech Tips – Collaborative Learning with Google Maps

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This week’s Tuesday Tech Tips was written by guest blogger Nikki D Robertson.  Find Nikki on Twitter at @NikkiDRobertson:  EdCampATL CoFounder, #TLChat Moderator, TL News Night Anchor, School lib turned Inst.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 7, 6:41 AM

This is the perfect idea for creating useful content. I will be trying it out.

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

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by Michael Gonchar


"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 7:24 PM

To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 3:14 AM

Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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4 tools for spicing up lectures ~ Education Dive

4 tools for spicing up lectures ~ Education Dive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Roger Riddell


"We're not saying there's anything wrong with presentations. After all, they wouldn't be used so often in the classroom if they weren't effective. But in today's increasingly device-saturated learning spaces, whether they be in higher ed or K-12, instruction demands interaction. Luckily, it's not too hard to spice up your pedagogy. These four tools can help you turn that static slideshow into a more engaging experience for everyone involved."

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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

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Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.


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Ellen Graber's curator insight, November 9, 5:42 PM

This looks great

 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 16, 3:46 PM

Peut-etre utile Un jour. 

Mary Starry's curator insight, November 18, 11:39 PM

Some great ways to share or mirror your iPad screen with a projector screen.

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SelfControl

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"Whether you're writing the Great American Novel or just trying to finish a term paper by tomorrow morning, the biggest threat to productivity is distraction. And the biggest progenitor of distraction is the very machine you are working on to write that novel or term paper. This open source app blocks access to distracting websites, as well as mail servers and everything else on the internet. Just set the timer, and write."


Macs only.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 8:46 AM

Ah, something to help block all distractions while I write. Now if only it would do laundry and make meals...

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The New York Times unveils new schoolwide digital subscription service ~ Education Dive

The New York Times unveils new schoolwide digital subscription service ~ Education Dive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The New York Times on Thursday launched NYTimes.com In-School Access.


"The digital subscription service allows full, login-free access to the newspaper's content from any device using an IP address from a school.


"Students and faculty will also have access to The New York Times' archives, but only for content from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.


Jim Lerman's insight: Fabulous opportunity for schools, students, teachers. Not free, must inquire about pricing. The Times says it is "affordable."

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Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students -- THE Journal

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by Dian Shaffhauser

"Today's school-age learners are no more technology savvy than their teachers. The previous assumption used to profile students as digital natives did not apply to the students in this study. In fact, teachers' technology use experiences surpassed students whether it [was] inside or outside of school."

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STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER

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by Anne Jolly

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"Educators wanting to add art into their science, technology, engineering and math lessons should consider using it in real-world applications to maintain the advantages of STEM learning, middle-school STEM curriculum designer Anne Jolly writes. She suggests using applied art as part of product or logo design, performance or persuasive writing to communicate project purpose, or creative, artistic methods for brainstorming project ideas. "

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Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Here are two new additions to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources:


"Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning is a Sacramento Bee story about our district’s SEL program, directed by the extraordinary Mai Xi Lee.


"Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning is from Edutopia."

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NYCDOE Google Apps for Education Resource Center

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Welcome to the NYCDOE Google Apps for Education (GAFE) support site. This site provides information and selected outside resources to help schools that choose to use GAFE. 
 
Some of the linked resources on this site were developed by the New Visions for Public Schools and are found on the New Visions Cloud Lab site.

If you have questions or comments, please email tech@schools.nyc.gov.
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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

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The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 19, 11:25 AM

Here's a list everybody needs. 

PublicSpeakingForAll's curator insight, November 19, 3:04 PM

12 resources for images you can use in your presentation

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.


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LibrarianLand's curator insight, November 2, 9:26 AM

Another useful design tool.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, November 16, 9:20 AM

Such a fun list of prompts for students to use as a jumping off point into almost any kind of deep learning. 

 

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What are the best time-saving apps for teachers?

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There’s simply not enough time,” I hear you say – and I agree.

It’s fair enough, as a teacher, if you find that you don’t even have enough time to look at all the gadgets and devices that might help save time. But stop the clock and allow me to bring you up to speed with the best time-saving apps around, as well as pointing out some of the glitches.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 14, 2:43 PM

Great time-saving apps to share with your school staff.

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial

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Welcome to the home page of the IRISS Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial. This tutorial was derived from the Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) Information Literacy pack.

 

This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.


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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, October 19, 11:22 AM

Some great lesson ideas here.

Linda Mercer's curator insight, November 14, 1:26 PM

Interesting....

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 8:04 PM

Simple online tutorial yet quite interactive and engaging.

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Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education ~ The Atlantic

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by Alexandra Ossola


"The tools listed here are transforming the way teachers approach STEM education. Integrating these new tools into their lessons can help teachers teachers reinforce theoretical concepts by demonstrating their real-world applications. By showing students that the knowledge is relevant and useful, teachers can help them unlock new realms of creativity in all scientific realms and possibly change their future career trajectories."

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Show The Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning « Karl Kapp

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by Karl Kapp


"One of the strengths of gamification is that it provides visible milestones of the student’s mastery of content in real time (when it is well designed). Too often in an instructional setting, the learner doesn’t know whether or not he or she really understands or can apply the knowledge they are learning. There is often no visible sign of mastery of the content or application of the content.

"If the designer of the instruction provides continual feedback to the student concerning progress toward terminal learning objective, then the learner themselves can gain an understanding of their own mastery of content.

"Therefore, an important element of gamification (or any learning design) is demonstrating to the learner that he or she is making progress within the content or toward a skill to be learned. The act of moving through content on the way to a clear end point such as mastery of a particular terminal objective is one of the elements of gamification."


Jim Lerman's insight: Excellent article for anyone who designs sequenced learning experiences.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 11, 4:01 PM

In strong defense of gaming advantages

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Merriam-Webster Online

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description by The Scout Report


"Every writer needs a dictionary. The Merriam-Webster app provides "America's most useful and respected dictionary," plus synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, and many other bonus functions. It's free, it's easy, and it's available for iPhone and iPad (iOS 7.0+) as well as Android (2.3.3+)."

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Anita Rissler's curator insight, November 8, 4:44 AM

Utmärkt synonymlexikon nu gratis på nätet!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 8:44 AM

This one is my favorite online dictionary. Easy to use.  Definitions understandable even for kids.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 16, 7:50 PM

The M-W app should be part of the chromebooks we have at mps. I wonder if it can't be installed because it's Android not chrome... Some chromebooks take android apps, but would this one? If you read this and know the answer please drop me a line. I would like to make a suggestion to have the MW app added if it's compatible.

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Teacher's Guide to Digital Storytelling | Edudemic

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by Leah Levy


"Teaching critical thinking and creativity in writing can be a difficult task, but it is crucial in preparing students to meet the standards of the Common Core. Digital storytelling is a highly effective technique for doing so, as it requires a clear organization of thought, discipline, and problem solving skills — all of which can translate directly into more traditional essay writing. What’s more, digital storytelling has the added benefit of meeting other Common Core standards relating to proficiency in technical skills. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look at why digital storytelling is an effective approach for teaching writing, and how to do it best."

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5 Skills That Games Teach Better Than Textbooks -- THE Journal

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by Dian Schaffhauser


"Well-designed games have an intrinsic motivation that drives players through the experience, and that persistence can be put to good use in the classroom. Take a math example: Many students have trouble working with fractions. According to Rebecca Rufo-Tepper, director of professional development for the nonprofitInstitute of Play, any game that expects to replace the traditional drill-and-kill worksheet approach to fractions needs to place the students into a space where solving fraction problems is repeated, but in a way that gets "increasingly complex and ... where there's some kind of strategy involved and there's also some kind of fun and play element to it. For us, a really great game will automatically make a player want to keep playing it."


"A similar approach can be used to help students practice analyzing text. Institute of Play has developed a game called StoryWeaver in which students collaborate to create a story. This requires what Rufo-Tepper calls "systems thinking," which leads students to understand the relationships within and among components. To play the game, "You start by pulling a setting card," said Rufo-Tepper. "The card says the setting is on Mars. You have to write a few sentences about the setting. You have to use a spinner to pick whether you're in first person or third person. You might write a few sentences and then you pass the story to the next partner, and they have to add in a character. They draw a character card and the character is a mouse. OK, now you've got mice on Mars. What's happening here?"


"In the first round of play, the students create a story that has a character, a setting and a conflict. In the second round of the story, they go back through the story to add in metaphors, similes and edits. By the third round, "they have a pretty good draft of a story together," said Rufo-Tepper.


"The game then asks the students to express how having that specific character in that particular setting affected the kind of conflict that took place, "to see the story as a system and see how all these discreet elements of the story interact. That's much more powerful than just being able to identify the plot of a story and a setting of a story," noted Rufo-Tepper. The goal, she said, is for students to understand that the story "creates this system and these things all need to align to create a coherent message for the audience. For me, that's much better to use than just having them just read through a story and answer a worksheet."


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