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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents ~ Edutopia

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Monica Burns


"The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments and interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text. Primary source documents are artifacts created by individuals during a particular period in history. This could be a letter, speech, photograph or journal entry. If you're looking to integrate social studies into your literacy block, try out one of these resources for primary source documents."

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An Introduction to Content Curation and Its Relevance For Students and Teachers

 

 


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Dean J. Fusto's comment, September 7, 2013 7:49 AM
Helpful primer on curation and its particular skill set. Thanks for the scoop.
Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, September 7, 2013 7:50 AM

A very helpful primer on content curation.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 5:49 PM

 

Stacia Johnson and Melissa Marsh have recorded a 10-minute video introducing to Content Curation for their EDCI515 graduate course at the University of Victoria.

 

Topics covered:

Defining CurationWhat skills neededWhat tools can help

 

good summary recomendet to anyone interested in content-curation and its aplications in learning

 

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Redefining Learning Through Screencasting ~ Edutopia

Redefining Learning Through Screencasting ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland


"One of the most valuable tools afforded by iPads is the ability to screencast -- to combine audio, images, drawing and text on a whiteboard to create a video. Given the multitude of outputs afforded by this one type of app, what if we focused on accelerating learning through a single tool?


"As Kristen Wideen (@MrsWideen) demonstrates with her mixed first and second grade class, screencasting bridges the gap between the physical and the virtual in order to extend the learning context. Through the use of theExplain Everything app, in conjunction with a paper-­based project, she encourages meta cognition and provides students with a voice to explain their thinking. In a similar vein, consider the learning target of presenting knowledge, demonstrating understanding, and offering an explanation. Not only does the following example from MIT offer an exposition of structures, but it also incorporates persuasive writing skills and complex communication."




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Wisconsin students offered new global studies certificate : Wsj

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 "High school students in Wisconsin will be eligible as early as this year to earn a new global studies certificate, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Wednesday.

The Global Scholars program can be voluntarily adopted by school districts across the state and will allow high schools to award the Global Education Achievement Certificate.

The certificate — which the state says is the first of its kind in the country — will be awarded to students who demonstrate their global competency through coursework and extracurricular activities, according to Gerhard Fischer, international and world languages education consultant for the DPI."

 


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:52 AM

Love this idea and see many possible means for increasing the rigor of the choices students make as they exercise the options for elective courses.

 

Rather than fill their elective coursework with "easy courses," why not dangle a carrot in front of them that encourages them to score something of "extra value" in areas of existing curiosity or perceived real world value to them?

 

From the article...

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"School districts will determine the criteria for global competency, said Gilles Bousquet, chairman of the statewide International Education Council, a backer of the policy.

 

Each district will use its current courses — literature, foreign language, history, geography, mathematics, science, and the arts — to create district-specific criteria that works within DPI’s (Department of Public Instruction) model for the certificate."

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I was particularly intrigued because the certificates were a single result of a cross-curricular AND cross-cultural (global awareness) focus.

 

And, I can't help but believe that the concept would be a great way to include the cultural values that the arts bring into to push for STEM education and thereby bring much needed wisdom to the information age.

 

I might tweak the curriculum a bit, though I fully endorse the general concept. For example, I love the cross-curricular requirements. However, in the limited space available, I'm not certain that I would have half the requirements be in foreign language (more frequently being referred to as world languages since few languages are foreign anymore).

 

And rather than have students simply meet the requirements by enrolling in current courses, I'd tuck in a requirement that at least one, maybe two of the courses be taken "over and above" the basic requirements for graduation. 

 

 

But, nevertheless, it's a very forward thinking concept and a potential for providing engaging extensions to the rigor-level of a school's curriculum.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit.

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What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works

What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Bradbury, Eames, Angelou, Gladwell, Einstein, Byrne, Duchamp, Close, Sendak, and more.


by Maria Popova


“Creativity” is one of those grab-bag terms, like “happiness” and “love,” that can mean so many things it runs the risk of meaning nothing at all. And yet some of history’s greatest minds have attempted to capture, explain, describe, itemize, and dissect the nature of creativity. After similar omnibi of cultural icons’ most beautiful and articulate definitions of art,of science, and of love, here comes one of creativity."

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25 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Inc.

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Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.


by Christina Desmarais


"You might think of creativity as something clever marketers or copywriters whip out when they need to come up with a compelling ad, or a personal trait only certain people, such as successful serial entrepreneurs or brilliant improv actors, naturally possess. But according to Keith Sawyer, research psychologist and author of "Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity," everyone can be more creative just by taking eight incremental steps, but not necessarily in linear order. His path to creativity is more back and forth, a process in which the steps to greater imagination and originality build on and feed off each other.


"The book is a gem, chock full of fascinating findings from research studies and a deep well of tactics that will get you thinking differently. In fact, Sawyer advocates what is likely a radical shift in mindset for most people. Coming up with good ideas isn't something we leave until there's a pressing need. Rather, it's is a skill that can be practiced daily to solve life's problems as well as discover its opportunities.


"Here are his steps for cultivating creativity, along with a sampling of tips that can help you along the way."

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14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year ~ NY Times

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by Katherine Schulten


"Happy academic year 2013-14! Here’s what we’ve got on our blog and how you can use it, whether you’re a teacher, a student (of any age) or a parent.


"This year we’ve added some new things and tweaked some old in a continuing effort to reach the widest range of classrooms.


"We have a new weekly news quiz, a new weekly feature for E.L.L. students, a new Friday skills lesson (which will have its debut later in September), a more Common Core-friendly way of writing our daily 6 Q’s About the News feature, and some surprises to come.


"Our popular features from the past are all back, of course, including last year’s hit, What’s Going On in This Picture?, which returns Sept. 9.


"Get our weekly e-mail to keep up with what’s new, or follow us on Twitter orlike us on Facebook.


"And remember: The Learning Network and everything we publish, as well as all the content from The Times that we link to, is free and accessible without a digital subscription.


14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year



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Quick Key Mobile

Get Quick Key Mobile on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Jim Lerman's insight:

This appears to be quite a powerful app. I haven't tried it yet. Developed and field tested by teachers; that's a good beginning.


While you're at it, do take a look at these two Scoops that discuss how to write multiple choice questions that encourage higher order thinking:

http://bit.ly/15yRRmg

http://sco.lt/94CakT

and these addition websites as well:

http://bit.ly/1dVdneo

http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/tests/morethanfacts.htm

http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/assessment/multiplechoicequestions/sometechniques.html

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How To Manage Your PLN Using Twitter Lists - Edudemic

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by Colleen Lee


"One of the greatest boosts in my teaching career has been the development of my Twitter PLN/ALN (as per a previous post – mine isn’t just “Personal” it’s an “Active” Learning Network). It has been amazing for me to see who I have followed, what their interests are, and more importantly who their contacts have led me to.  But even judicious building of an ALN/PLN can lead to a large, and unwieldy stream of tweets. Especially as many of those I find key to my learning often participate in their own chats."

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How (And Why) To Try Twitter Teams In School - Edudemic

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by Shane Haggerty

summary by EdSurge


"Shane Haggerty recently added his two cents to the recently popular discussions on teachers’ use of Twitter in his Edudemic article on “Twitter teams.” After citing several examples of how Twitter benefits teachers and schools at large, he offers advice for creating K-12 “niche social communication communities” with hashtags and accounts relating to areas of expertise (“central office, the high school, the middle school, elementary schools, specialty areas, athletics”). Another upside: helping seemingly unapproachable administrators open up by fostering real-time communication and open reports on school ongoings."

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Resource Guides - Playdate Los Angeles

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Jennie Magiera describes her team's initial thinking in organizing PLAYDATE conferences, which have been springing up across the U.S. in 2013:


"This conference will be geared towards those who just want to explore - or play with - apps, websites, programs or tools that they've always wanted to dig into more deeply, but never had the time or support to do so. Modeled after an unconference or an EdCamp, the sessions will be participant-driven and hands on. Most importantly - there will be no sit and get. Period. No Presenters. Period. All of the content will be learner driven, exploration based and hands on. Just like the model of education we hope for our students. At the end there will be a share out of learning and take aways "The Play Off" - and digital content and notes will be disseminated to all."

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This page is a user-generated collection of ideas, tips, rsources, guides, links, and videos from the PLAYDATE 13 conference held in August 2013 in LA. It's a great and growing collection of aids for educators. If you have something to add, please do!

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Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity - - The Buffer Blog

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by Leo Widrich


"It's a long term, unwritten rule: We get our best ideas in the shower. Why does this happen? Here is an exploration of the science of creativity:


“We think what we see is a relaxation of ‘executive functions’ to allow more natural de-focused attention and uncensored processes to occur that might be the hallmark of creativity,” says Braun.


"So, the areas in our brain, that we use to make decisions is largely inactive. The “medial prefrontal cortex” area, which is responsible to learn association, context, events and emotional responses however was extremely active on the other hand. This graphic of brain activity probably describes it best (see graphic above):

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:12 PM

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L a Rolls's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:40 PM

A little science to ponder! We are not born creative or non creative. The skills of creativity can be taught. It is a different way of thinking. It is a different way of looking at the world. It is slowing down and asking questions. It is giving yourself permission to take the time. It is....

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Top 100 Apps for Teachers, Students and Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 100 Apps for Teachers, Students and Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Today while I was doing some research into qualitative research methods I stumbled upon this excellent list of apps curated by TQR ( The Qualitative Research ) which is a peer reviewed, weekly open access journal published by Nova Southeastern University. I have spent some time going through all the titles mentioned in this list and I was really amazed to discover some great new apps I did not know about before....

"And although this list is curated by people interested in scientific and academic research, the apps cover a wide variety of skills including writing, presentation making, mind mapping, referencing, and many more. In fact, I could not offer you any better than this great list for back to school. Make sure to go through it yourself before you share with your students. Enjoy

"Here is a snapshot of part of this list, click HERE to access the entire original list."

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Listly List - Sources of Ideas, Innovation & Creativity

Listly List - Sources of Ideas, Innovation & Creativity - Michael Baberick Portfolio, @AustinKleon Steal Like An Artist, @joshlinkner | Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, @Berkun The Myths of Innovation,...
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Lecturing with an iPad

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by Perry Samson


"After more than 30 years as a Professor, and despite my obsession with educational technology I still hold a fond spot for overhead projectors.  I believe it was more effective a tool for teaching than projected Powerpoint slides will ever be.  I stood facing the students, watching their expressions, which I could see since the lights were sufficiently bright.  I could draw on the screen and change directions as questions arose.  In fact I will argue that the ‘golden age of college teaching’ if there was one was stimulated by the addition of the roller to the overhead projector.  It allowed the combining of student response, just-in-time teaching, constructivist development and several other educational buzz terms in one simple device.

It’s been downhill ever since,


"…until I discovered I could do everything the overhead could do plus a lot more with my iPad."

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Zaption - Making Video Interactive

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Zaption, a San Francisco based tech startup, is revolutionizing online video for education. Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a “lean back” experience to an engaging “lean forward” activity.


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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:05 PM

The teacher can add questions, quizzes, text, polls to the video and involve students in interactive learning experience.

You get a free 30-days trial period to explore the tool.

Marisa Conde's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:50 PM

#herramientasVE

Mary Starry's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:08 PM

Allows you to take a YouTube or other video and create an interactive lesson from it. Free for one month, but then over $600 a year if you want to use with up to 200 students.

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Famous Failures

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WATCH NOW: What Gamers Can Teach Us ~ Huffington Post

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by Jane McGonigal


"I'm going to tell you a secret.


"The TEDTalk you're about to watch probably seems like a pretty ordinary TEDTalk, maybe even a pretty good one, given the standing ovation at the end.


"But here's the truth that almost no one in the world knows: This talk, my talk, went down in TED history as the single biggest disaster to ever happen at TED.


"That's right. My TEDTalk is officially the biggest disaster in TED history! And you know what? I couldn't be prouder of that fact.


"I think it's time to tell the true story behind "The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life."

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Teacher's Guide to Assessing Credibility of Online Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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by Med Kharbach

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Ten good recommendations from a top ed blogger.

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The Comprehensive Dictionary of Educational Hashtags for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Comprehensive Dictionary of Educational Hashtags for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Most of my Twitter interaction includes hashtags. I use a wide variety of hashtags to follow and participate in discussions around a particular topic. I do have some specific hashtags that I use on every day basis such as #edtech, #education, #phdchat, #ipadded and a couple more but sometimes my selection goes way beyond that to include other hashtags depending on the type of search I am doing."