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Ten Reasons Visual Communication Can't Be Ignored (visuals help students learn)

Why visual communication is arguably the best way to reach your audiences, and five tips for using images in your content.

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5 Better Ways To Say 'I Don't Know' In The Classroom

5 Better Ways To Say 'I Don't Know' In The Classroom | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Do you allow students to answer a question with the response "I don't know" in the classroom? Perhaps you should consider no longer allowing that phrase and instead offering up these five other ways that might get students thinking a bit more.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 31, 2013 6:56 PM

How often do you hear a student say "I don't know." Here are five alternative suggestions that you might offer up to your students. Why? If we want our students to become critical thinkers they need to be able to ask questions. Rather than accepting the answer "I don't know" have the student think a bit more and come up with a better question. Click through to the post to see three additional questions and share your own if you have other suggestions.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 1, 2:10 AM

5 Better Ways To Say 'I Don't Know' In The Classroom

1. May I please have more information?

2. May I have some time to think?

3. Would you please repeat the question?

4. Where could I find more information about the?

5. May I ask a friend for help? Good ideas!

R. Alisha J. Hill's curator insight, January 2, 11:12 PM

How do you engage the student when he/she says "I don't know"?

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Can Technology Help Students Find the “Sweet Spot” for Learning?

Can Technology Help Students Find the “Sweet Spot” for Learning? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
"The technological solutions are more difficult to implement than would appear at first blush.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 5, 2013 7:00 PM

What can we do to help students learn and to provide teachers more time to work with students? How can technology play a role in this? To answer these questions the post discusses a book by Daniel Willingham, "Why Don't Students Like School."

The authors state that the book can be boiled down to this statement: "Students don’t like school because school isn’t set up to help them learn very well." As the days of the one-room school house shifted due to the Industrial Revolution classes moved from small multi-age groups to larger groups based on age and that has not changed significantly. Differentiation is discussed but it is not always easy to differentiate in a classroom with 25 or more students, and today we are told we must personalize education to meet the needs of each student.

One way we may be able to meet this need is with the use of "adaptive learning software." This post continues to explore some of the pros and cons of this.

There are some schools that are using adaptive software with success, and Carpe Diem-Meridian, a public school in Indianapolis. Click through to the post to learn more. Would you like to see adaptive software become a part of your school, so that some students would be using software that targets their skills while you work with others in smaller groups?

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Learning IS Personal

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Learning is personal. Each of us is unique. Because learners are so diverse, learning needs to start with each learner.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 31, 2013 6:39 PM

Thank you for sharing. If you follow Howard Garner's multi-intelligence theories, then learning is individual.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 2013 6:56 PM

"Learners, not students":  Love it!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 8:54 AM

We have known for a long time learning is personal. It should have been important for a long time and not just in 2013.

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The Secrets Of Top Students - Edudemic

The Secrets Of Top Students - Edudemic | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"Top students aren’t made, they’re born. After effortlessly absorbing whatever the teacher throws at them, they spout it back on tests and watch the A’s come rolling in. They have exceptionally high IQs, making it next to impossible for the rest of the class to compete with them. They’re the ones who leave exams early and breeze through the most complex material in the syllabus. They are eggheads, nerds, geeks, and their success is the result of innate talent and ability."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:40 PM

Do you believe the attributes above are what is necessary for top students or do you think these are misconceptions? Stephanie Weisman, author of "The Secrets of Top Students", interviewed 45 other "outstanding students – including Rhodes scholars, Goldwater scholars, Fulbright recipients, a National Spelling Bee Champion, and students in top law and medical schools – on how they achieved academic success." (She was also a top student and she discusses the challenges she had in school in this post.)

The answers the students gave might surprise you. What is most important?

* Hard work

* Sacrifice
* Support at home

For more information on this please click through to the post.

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Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies, and contexts

Slides from an invited speech given to the Technology in Higher Education Conference, National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. 16 April, 2013.

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Six Skills to Reduce the Risk & Increase the Promise of Students (Infographic)

Six Skills to Reduce the Risk & Increase the Promise of Students (Infographic) | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:12 PM

This infographic comes out of a recently published book, 'Reducing the Risk, Increasing the Promise: Strategies for Student Success.' The book explores ways to help "at-risk students achieve success in and out of the classroom." This infographic proivdes six skills that students need to do this:

* Resilience

* Resourcefulness

* Responsibility

* Relationships

* Respect 

* Reading

The infographic includes some specific details for each of the skills. A great resource that may be shared with students.

 

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10 Sites To Download Free Audio Books - Edudemic

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There are many places where one may go and download free audtio books. This posts lists 10 locations, providing a brief explanation for each. The sites vary with some geared to to children and others to adults. Audio books are great for students whom may struggle with reading, as well as for long drives and walks. And all these sites are legal. They host books in the public domain.


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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Are you looking for some new ideas for icebreakers with your students this year? Here are 10 icebreakers that use technology. Begin your school year with an activity that greets the student as a 21st century learner.


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Bloom's Verb Wheel and Bloom's Web2.0 Wheel

Bloom's Verb Wheel and Bloom's Web2.0 Wheel | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Two looks at Bloom's - one is a verb wheel and the other is a web2.0 wheel. The Verb Wheel shows the domains as well as appropriate verbs and possible student projects. The Web 2.0 Wheel also includes suggestions of Web 2.0 tools you might use.


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N Kaspar's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:14 AM

Yet another way to look at Bloom's.  Very cool

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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

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What's the difference between an ebook, an app and an interactive ebook? We explain.

This article not only explains the differences it provides examples of each and shows how the books have evolved over time.  


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Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Surely learning and formal education are not entirely the same thing? But what exactly is the difference?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 7, 3:44 PM

There are two intertwined definitions of education and only one is included here. Educare is leading students out of child. Educere is allowing students to gain control over their learning and realizing they have support when needed. We have eliminated the latter replacing it with the instrumental version called learning which is what School is about.

 

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 9, 7:51 AM

Nice comparisons and contrasts to make understanding easier.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 1:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 8:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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Let the Students Set the Rules

Let the Students Set the Rules | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Is this a crazy idea? I have found it very effective. I usually spend a substantial amount of time the first class creating rules with the class. It starts the students thinking , bonding, and taki...

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 24, 2013 6:53 AM

Mia's infographics are amazing resources. This classroom management tool is especially useful for those new to student voice. Here you find a flow-chart of steps to make the rule setting process efficient and the outcome a set of classroom expectations created and owned by the kids.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:42 PM

Nit just the why, but the HOW. Thx Beth

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:36 AM

I have found that students will reinforce the rules with each other when they have actively participated in creating them. Just have to make sure that they do it respectfully. This is a win-win for everyone.

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From Chalkboards to Tablets

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As the digital learner has emerged over the past ten years, we have noticed a significant shift in the student perspective on using technology for learning.  To bring new insights and context to this digital learning metamorphosis, “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner” examines the current views of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade with a special look at digital learners in third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:21 PM

With Smartphone use by our students on the rise and tablet access on the increase, this is a must read.

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 29, 2013 9:35 AM

From Chalkboards to tablets: the emergence of the K12 digital learner - report (free download) from Tomorrow.org

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18 Myths People Believe About Education

18 Myths People Believe About Education | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:25 PM

This post provides the infographic that shows 18 myths about education. It also includes short explanations about research on each of the 18 myths (located under the infographic).

The editor also noted that some of these topics are "contentious." If you choose to respond to any of them here or on the original post please use civil language.

davidconover's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:24 AM

These myths make for good classroom conversation. 

Rajkumar Mahajan's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:37 PM

for all those who claim to know all about education..

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