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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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BriefTube - Instant video summarizer for Youtube

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BriefTube lets you hack your studies by acquiring the information you need much faster than any other way. It automatically creates a Table of Content and makes the video searchable.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 30, 1:41 AM

Great Chrome plugin. Ideal for helping students to watch longer videos of lectures. Relies on closed captions though.

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Su i video si comincia a lavorare come si farebbe sulla carta. Sempre meno motivi per non utilizzare il digitale.
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Picturing US History -

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"Presented by the American Social History Project at CUNY (City University of New York), Picturing US History is a web resource founded on the belief that "visual materials are vital to understanding the American past." To that end, the site provides illustrated essays, narrated lectures, and My Favorite Image, where scholars and curators examine a single image for teaching purposes. For example, in Imaging Americans, Shawn Michelle Smith from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago takes a close look at Frances Benjamin Johnston's 1899 photograph, "Thanksgiving Day Lesson at Whittier," from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. This photograph, commissioned for the Paris Exposition of 1900, was created at a time when Johnston was a well-known photographer noted for her pictures of schools in Washington, D.C. The picture shows a group of African American students in a classroom, intent on a miniature log cabin on a table. Written on the blackboard is the day's lesson, "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers." Smith's essay points out the staged nature of the picture, and suggests discussion points for teachers to use in 21st century classroom."

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Scholarpedia

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"Founded in 2005 by neuroscientist Eugene M. Izhikevich, Scholarpedia is a cross between Wikipedia and a scholarly journal. It differs from Wikipedia, however, in one significant way: it is peer reviewed and any of its articles can be sited like journal articles. Each topic page on Scholarpedia is overseen by a curator, a recognized expert in the field who must approve all revisions. (The curator's identity and credentials appear at the top of each page). New pages must be sponsored by a curator and reviewed by at least two other scholars. As the page notes, "This hybrid model allows Scholarpedia articles to serve as a bridge between traditional peer-reviewed journals and more dynamic and up-to-date wikis without compromising quality or trustworthiness." This peer-reviewed encyclopedia is continuing to grow, but currently hosts detailed pages related to numerous disciplines - especially science and mathematics fields. In addition to searching, visitors can also browse Focal Areas, cataloged pages featuring a common theme, such as Astrophysics or Play Science. Frequent visitors may also want to check out the Recently Published tab."

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Curriculum and Lesson Plans

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"The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) is home to a wealth of curricular materials for English Language Learning (ELL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classrooms. Some of these materials may also be of use in K-12 language arts, math, and science classrooms. On the MLC Curriculum and Lesson Plans page, instructors can browse through a variety of unit and lesson plans that have been organized by level. From Pre-Beginning English as Second or Other Language (ESOL) to GED Mathematical Reasoning and beyond, there are many helpful resources in this collection. Each unit contains a series of detailed lesson plans that include clear lesson objectives, step-by-step instructions for prep and facilitation, as well as worksheets, answer keys, and materials for in-class activities. Many of these lessons incorporate the use of a few key textbooks (clearly referenced on the site), yet others do not - or can be adapted to make use of an alternative textbook. In addition, readers will find a handful of stand-alone lessons that address special topics, especially relating to community safety and health."

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Any.do :: Free To-do List & Task Manager

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"Any.do is a highly accessible task-management app. The system includes time and date reminders, and even geolocation reminders. In other words, if you need to be reminded to buy eggs this afternoon, the program will remind you when you get to the grocery store. Another interesting feature is called "Any.do Moment." This feature reminds you at a set time to check your to-do list. Then it shows you the tasks you've entered for the day, one by one on your computer or phone screen. Any.do does a good job of keeping things simple. It offers users everything they might need without overwhelming bells and whistles. Any.do is available as a web app, a Chrome extension, or a mobile app for iPhone, Android, and Chrome devices."

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The Power Of Fiction | Free Lesson Plans | Teachers | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

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The Lesson Plan Library offers high school lesson plans covering all major school subjects and special interests.

 

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"Discovery Education has assembled this lesson plan to unpack the Power of Fiction. Intended for the high school English classroom, this activity examines Upton Sinclair's muckraking novel, The Jungle, as well as student-selected works with strong social-action themes. The lesson plan begins by reviewing the main literary elements of Sinclair's novel (setting, plot, characters, and central conflict), before explaining the historical context of the early 20th century, in which workers were placed in unsanitary and often dangerous conditions. Students then discuss whether they believe The Jungle is successful in its message before having them look closely at their own novels. Suggestions are provided for possible titles within the categories of Civil Rights, Women's Rights, International Issues, and the Immigrant Experience."

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Global Climate Change: Interactives

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Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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KQED Education

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"KQED is Northern California's PBS/NPR affiliate, broadcasting out of San Francisco. On KQED's Education page, the station provides classroom resources, instructional ideas, and articles that will be especially of interest to educators. On the homepage, educators will find a variety of recently published resources that can be used in the classroom. These include a collection of articles from The Lowdown, a regular KQED series in which authors break down complex news stories for use in the classroom, often through interactive media; and recent Do Now activities, where youth are encouraged to engage in civic conversation via social media. For instructors interested in learning more about integrating social media and digital tools into their lesson plans, the For Teachers section of the website provides ideas for effectively incorporating technology as well as resources for teaching online safety. Many of these articles are authored by educators and include detailed descriptions and reflections on incorporating a variety of ideas into the classroom."

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Essential Chromebook tools and apps for the classroom

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"A while ago I created an infographic featuring 30 apps for the paperless iPad classroom. Today I’ve created a similar type of infographic but with essential Chromebook tools and apps for the …"


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예상했던대로 크롬북의 시대가 도래하도다~
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Use Google Docs Research Tool: How-to

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With the help of Research feature in Google Docs, you can enrich your current document with useful resources, links, images, citations and more. Let’s explore how you can do this.

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10 Important Chromebook Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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If you are using or planning to use Chromebook in your instruction, the tips below are definitely worth your attention. These are instructions to help you make the best of your Chromebook in terms of how to search for and find educational apps to use on it, how to customize its settings to suit your own teaching purposes, how to save files to Google Drive and edit and share images using Chromebook's built-in editor, how to add users and control who can use your Chromebook and several other tips that are integral to an effective integration of this device in your class.
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Ow.ly - image uploaded by @CoryBooker

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Cory Booker used this proverb as part of his address to the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia

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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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Some Interesting Statistics on Flipped Learning You Must Know

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List of interesting statistics and case studies of real practices of flipped learning.

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Learn a language for free - Duolingo

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"Duolingo is a mobile app designed to help people learn and practice a new language. Users can select any one of 36 languages and practice reading, listening, and speaking this language. The app works by introducing users to new vocabulary and grammar rules through a series of short levels. The goal? Users will learn by seeing words and grammar modeled. Next, users can try their hand at interpreting written and spoken sentences and then speaking them out loud, allowing for pronunciation practice. When users are able to successfully complete these tasks they move onto higher levels with new vocabulary. Duolingo is designed to be of use to individuals brand new to a language as well those looking to brush up an already familiar one, as users can chose to test out of levels. Best of all, Duolingo is free. Users can also "compete" against friends using the app if they wish, providing additional motivation and accountability."

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11 TED Talks by brilliant women in STEM

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"As evident by the title, this TED (Technology, Education, and Design) Talks playlist features 11 different talks by women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). For instance, in a March 2015 talk, Fei Fei Li, a computer science professor at Stanford University, discusses the rapidly developing field of computer vision and machine learning - a field she contributed to through her work at the Stanford Vision Lab. Li clearly explains the basics of artificial intelligence by using a variety of helpful visuals and examining how a computer might come to understand the concept of "cat." In another talk, from April 2009, Bonnie Bassler, a Princeton University molecular biologist, examines bacterial coordination (which includes the memorable line, "I know you think of yourselves as human, but I think of you as 90-99% bacterial.") Check out the playlist for these two engaging presentations and nine additional TED Talks."

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VOCES Oral History Project

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"Between 250,000 and 750,000 Latinos and Latinas served in WWII, yet their stories are often left out of historical accounts. In 1999, the School of Journalism as the University of Texas at Austin launched the U.S. Latino and Latina WWII Oral History Project to rectify this omission. Project participants interviewed hundreds of WWII veterans and wrote a series of articles based on these conversations. In 2010, the project began to collect interviews with veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars, as well, and changed its name to the VOCES Oral History Project. On this website, visitors can browse articles about veterans' experiences, which are tagged by a variety of themes. In addition, the project has more recently compiled short documentary films as well as photo documentaries. These articles and short films provide powerful resources for the history classroom. In addition, educators should note that the site includes a series of instructional videos about conducting oral history - a fabulous resource for instructors interested in facilitating student oral history projects."

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A level maths teaching resources | Underground Mathematics

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"Underground Mathematics is a UK-based resource for mathematics instructors. Although this website is especially designed to help prepare students for their A-Level exams, it also hosts resources that will be of use to anyone around the globe who teaches algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus. Created by a team of math educators and scholars at the University of Cambridge, Underground Mathematics gets its name from its organizational design: math subfields are mapped in the manner of the London tube system, emphasizing the links between different fields of mathematics. Instructors (or students) can explore a variety of stations, such as Quadratics or Polynomials & Rational Functions. Each station contains numerous resources, including worksheets, class activities, and practice problems (usefully designed so as to be easily projected in front of a classroom). By creating a free account, instructors can bookmark resources of interest and participate in educator discussion forums. While some parts of this new site are still under construction, a variety of assignments and activities are available that promote higher order thinking in the math classroom."

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James Madison Foundation: Lesson Plans and Reports

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"The United States Congress established the James Madison Memorial Foundation in 1986 in order to better teach the constitution in high schools across the country. Fellows are drawn from students who plan to become teachers. In exchange for graduate school funding, selected students agree to teach history and civics for at least one year after graduation. This page gathers together various "powerful" lesson plans composed by past fellows on topics related to constitutional history and government. The lessons are divided into sections that cover Articles I-VII of the constitution, Lessons About Constitutional Connections, Lessons on the Federalist Papers, and Freedom and Slavery in the Early Republic."

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