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Know My World connecting classrooms around the globe! - The Global Education Conference Network

Know My World connecting classrooms around the globe! - The Global Education Conference Network | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Dear fellow educators... as you are gearing up for a new school year and you're looking for new projects to implement in your classroom check out http://www.kn… (RT @elemenous: Know My World connecting classrooms around the globe!
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Using Design Thinking to Bridge Theory & Practice with Digital Portfolios

Using Design Thinking to Bridge Theory & Practice with Digital Portfolios | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Use Design Thinking as a strategy for bridging the gap between pedagogical theory and actual classroom practice.
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Great article for the beginning of the year by Beth Holland  about portfolios, digital ones at that too!

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"Failure is an option. Fear is not”: Creating a safe intellectual space for learning

"Failure is an option. Fear is not”: Creating a safe intellectual space for learning | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
This month, SmartBlog on Education is exploring classroom design and management — just in time for the new school year. In this blog post, educational
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My goal this year is to get students to embrace mistakes as learning opportunities. They are the best teachers, in my opinion, and the learner is much deeper when you have to figure it out.

Thomas Edison talked about his failures not as mistakes, but  as discoveries of what does not work.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers - And How to Use Them

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers - And How to Use Them | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
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an interesting list of suggestions from Richard Byrne.

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Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies ^ by Kelly Walsh

Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies ^ by Kelly Walsh | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

"Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today. Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using it."


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It is well  worth the time to watch the videos that are presented here.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 26, 9:33 AM

Finally, AR stands for something I like!

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This is actually very beneficial to both students and teachers.  There are always new and innovating ways to incorporate fun facts with academics.  Not only is this new tool involving the both teachers and students, but it is also teaching and giving teachers and students new facts about interesting areas of education.  This is something that has to be showcased around all districts.

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Get Your Students Moving

Get Your Students Moving | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
As a 20-year veteran middle school teacher, I learned very early in my career that if you don’t physically move middle school students sometime during your lesson or class time, they will move you in ways you wish you could forget. Providing students an opportunity to move is critical to your survival, as well as to helping your students stay engaged throughout your lesson.
Brain research tells us that students can actively listen to their teachers for as many minutes as their age....
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This may be old news, but a good reminder, especially as technology becomes more a part of the education experience. As teachers, we are moving around often ( although not always with as much energy). This is all an extension of the "all work , and not play" theory that has seem to taken over in some schools and households;(

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Managing In-Class Gameplay

Managing In-Class Gameplay | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Whatever your classroom management style, in-class games can work when you invoke your usual rules, assign student roles, facilitate effectively, and allow processing time.
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Gaming is a wonderfully engaging activity to reinforce material and encourage collaborations. Good guidelines here.
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Collaborate & Curate

This is "Collaborate & Curate" by langwitches on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Wonderful Vimeo demonstrating Alan November's idea of the digital farm as a student ownership of learning Sylvia Tolisano's sketch note is a nice visual wrap up to the concepts introduced.

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Invite Your Students to Give You Feedback by Asking These 7 Questions - Brilliant or Insane

Invite Your Students to Give You Feedback by Asking These 7 Questions - Brilliant or Insane | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
It's important to ask your students to assess you frequently.These seven questions will help your students provide you invaluable feedback at year's end.
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There are some great questions at the end of this article that will help us grow as teachers in terms of getting to know more about our students and more about ourselves. In this particular article, the teachers are actually the learners as the students share their reflections.

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for dec

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Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

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Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

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The Art of Mastery: 9 Skills Master Teachers Possess - Brilliant or Insane

The Art of Mastery: 9 Skills Master Teachers Possess - Brilliant or Insane | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
How are master teachers defined? What is needed in the school environment to successfully craft the art of mastery?
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Some good observations and thoughts about how to nurture the idea of master teaching as well as setting it as a goal.

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Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach

Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao takes a critical eye to standards and the purposes they serve.
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great thoughts and Ideas from Yong Zhao:"Even the basics—the knowledge that everyone needs in order to function in our society—don’t justify a mandated curriculum, he contends. A broad, flexible curriculum that supports children’s individual interests and strengths is more likely to engage them and promote learning, so that truly essential knowledge becomes “difficult to escape—when individuals want to pursue anything, they must learn the basics, so the basics are sought after, instead of imposed.”

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27 Student Engagement Strategies Any Teacher Can Use

27 Student Engagement Strategies Any Teacher Can Use | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you know you're always looking for different student engagement strategies.  What worked yesterday may not work today and probably won'
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This would be a great classroom poster to remind teachers that part of our job is to engage students. If you are at a loss, take a look at this!

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That's Not a Rubric, and You're Using It Wrong: 5 Ways to Clean Up The Mess - Brilliant or Insane

That's Not a Rubric, and You're Using It Wrong: 5 Ways to Clean Up The Mess - Brilliant or Insane | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Nearly every time someone criticizes rubrics or speaks to the damage they inflict on learners, I can't help but agree with their criticisms.
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This is a reflective read on what has become the ubiquitous use of rubrics. Well worth the read.
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Helping students use smartphones responsibly | eSchool News | eSchool News

Helping students use smartphones responsibly | eSchool News | eSchool News | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Deciding whether a middle schooler is ready to take on smartphone responsibility is a personal decision for each family.
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learning together does not necessarily mean a teacher/student relationship, but also keeping the parents informed as well. some interesting resources here to share to help parents monitor their children more closely.

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Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused

Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
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rNo suprise here, but we need to be open to it. The standing desks could be a great option in every classroom for any learner. I have noticed them being used not only by some teachers, but also in a number of business settings as well. We have all heard the saying " thinking on your feet."  Let's embrace the fact that it works best for some. Vive le difference!

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Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
A neat visualization of the verbs associated with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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Another great visual from Mia MacMeeken : Mia MacMeekin

 
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Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
One educator tries a different approach: “It’s a different way of approaching education, with educators not being the controlling force. It’s about breaking down boundaries and seeing yourself as an equal. We’re all just doing the best we can to learn and to try to form a narrative with cohesion and meaning.”
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“Teaching is as much an internal journey, with the relationship between humans in a class as essential as pedagogy. Are you willing to see yourself on equal footing? Everyone is capable of that mindset. It really comes down to what you trust: Do you trust the process, and do you trust the students?”- This is REALLY 21st century learning with the teacher as a co-earner and the students having choices for leadership in the process.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
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Some great ideas about the power of beginning and ending class from a number of the master  provided here. Great food for thought and a clever way to mix it up and get the feedback the will improve the learning.

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

Jackie GERSTEIN: I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.


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I like the comment that suggest also adding "Do they care?"

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 19, 3:51 AM

Very important to me in my CPD

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Diseñando creativamente...Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To L... | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 24, 4:57 PM

more questions uoon which to reflect when designing lessons

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How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick

Researchers say 'drill and kill' approach isn't just boring -- it also stunts student learning.
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This is a repeat of an interesting study that substantiates why we need to encourage students to realize...cramming doesn't work. The message for teachers? Neither do drill and kill worksheets or one skill only reviews.
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How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”

“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”

 

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Teaching learning will help the process. It is about the process, always; that's the life skill.. Students need to get that message, early and often.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 9, 12:51 PM
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”

“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/category/learning-to-learn/


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 6:59 PM

This is an interesting article with some good practical points i.e. protected learning/teaching times.

 

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لبنانية♥سعودية's curator insight, April 10, 6:24 PM

Study smarter not harder

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Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery

Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

Ten Disciplines of a Learner
We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”

Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”

1.     Asks questions

2.     Builds on other people’s ideas

3.     Uses mistakes as learning opportunities

4.     Takes criticism constructively

5.     Speaks up

6.     Welcomes a challenge

7.     Takes risks

8.     Listens with an openness to change

9.     Perseveres in tasks

10.   Decides when to lead and when to follow.


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Love this examination of 'Disciplines of a Learner" that clearly distinguishes between master and learning. I think we should demonstrate greater value to the lifelong skill of learning .

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 21, 9:01 AM

Mastery versus Learning - Lots of thought provoking ideas here...

Carv Wilson's curator insight, March 21, 10:01 AM

Like the questions.

 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 2:07 PM

Whether in school or the work place, we talk about measurable goals and objectives but most of us struggle to define how those goals or objectives might be measured. Now that's often because the goals and objectives aren't actually measurable, but it's mostly because we don't think through what we're actually asking students or employees to accomplish.  For students, success and progress can be measured when they see "that [their] learning, not [their] intelligence" matters. For  employees, success and progress can be measured in much the same way.

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The key to making the shift to active learning (and why technology is not enough)

The key to making the shift to active learning (and why technology is not enough) | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Technology helps students with connecting, creating and sharing, but devices are invisible in my definition of active learning. We need to be chanting: empowerment, collaboration, equity, agency, self actualization, and transcendence for kids and for us all within a system that serves as the birth place for every other profession. We need to be chanting these things instead of technology, technology, technology.
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This is a thoughtful  and well supported argument. I find the distinction between learning activities and outcomes to be helpful.I totally support the call to action.

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.
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Some clever and engaging activities for focus  as well as stimulation worth investigating.

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Five Amazing Games That Add a Third Dimension to Learning

Five Amazing Games That Add a Third Dimension to Learning | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
We received lots of comments on 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete in 2020. To those who expressed doubt that any of those predictions will come to fruition, t
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There are some great ideas here that not only allow the students to engage but opportunities to do Some critical thinking and sanctioned risk taking are an integral part.
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