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IWitness: A Free Way To Bring Educational Videos Into Your Classroom - Edudemic

IWitness: A Free Way To Bring Educational Videos Into Your Classroom - Edudemic | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
There's a new way to integrate documentaries and other educational videos into your classroom. It's called IWitness and is worth checking out.
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this features a collection of interviews by the shoah foundation from first hand witness to the Holocaust.

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Interviews with holcaust survivors from the Shoah Foundation

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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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Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters

Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

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In this edition of ASCD, I paid particular attention to Rick Wormeils article on "Motivating Young Adolescence as I begin my next 3 year relationship with 6th grade advisees. The first year in middle school is the toughest.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 2014 9:42 PM

The September issue of Education Leadership focuses on motivation. The image above contains quotes from seven quotes from authors in this issue and all address motivation. There are many articles in this issue that are free to read. A few are listed below.

* Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

* Motivating Young Adolescents by Rick Wormeli

* One to Grow On/Releasing the Will to Learn by Carol Ann Tomlinson

I suspect we many of us would like to see more of our students motivated in our classes. These articles may provide some insights. Please be aware that the top link a is to the current issue. Once this has been updated a new link to the issue will posted here.

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All That Teachers Need to Know about Remind (101) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

All That Teachers Need to Know about Remind (101) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
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I have heard about this app many times at conferences and hope to use this primarily as a parent communication tool this year. After that trial, I hope to investigate other possibilities.

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26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer

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26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer
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I love this focus on getting to really know the student. as I will have a new advisory this year, it will not only be helpful to have this insight, but could be a great topic to revisit every year to let the student see how he/she has grown. Also works as a great guide for individual goal setting and acknowledgement that there are both strengths and weaknesses, not just one or the other.

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The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

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Five educators and innovation experts discuss their efforts to help teachers cultivate greater creativity in the classroom (and their lives).
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Its good to remember that WE need to  be creative and innovative in order to help the students be willing to do the same.

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching
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Great do and do not list to clarify what is TRULY student-centered learning. I , for one, would like to focus on the roles as learner and guide. Here the verb that is emphasized is learn. New methods  and approaches call for new vocabulary. and role definition.

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

 


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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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9 Elements of Digital Citizenship - Printable Poster

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship - Printable Poster | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

"With an ever growing list of daily interactions occurring digitally, the result of small online decisions can have a huge and lasting impact. As educators, it is critical that we convey this impact to students and consider all elements of Digital Citizenship when working with them in the digital world."


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This has not only an interesting graphic, but a number of links to additional resources for this very important topic.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:56 PM

Teaching students digital citizenship is not as easy as one might think.Tweens and teens often make decisions when posting online before they consider the consequences. Dr. Mike Ribble "coined the nine elements of digital citizenship" and many use it as a base to help teach these skills. The poster (shown above) may be printed out and six additional resources are provided in this post. 

Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:13 PM

This is a great tool for teachers. A small, printable reminder for students of their digital citizenship responsibilities.


I've printed this for use at my school... what will you do with it? 

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Information Literacy Lesson: Evaluating Fake News Headlines

Information Literacy Lesson: Evaluating Fake News Headlines | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it

As a former student of Rhetoric, and an avid satirical news writer and reader myself, I am fascinated by the information literacy issue surrounding fake news. Fake news aims to achieve three things: to entertain the reader, to provide commentary on a social or political issue, and to force readers to think critically about the information they consume.


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Great tool and interesting classroom exercise to get students to think deeper and more critically about what the media shares. Not only an important part of learning, but a fun exercise as well.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 6, 2014 11:09 AM

This is an important part of teaching and learning in a world saturated with information.

 

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These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties

These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Empathy makes you better at cocktail parties—and at life.
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this is a great tip and thoughtful article. it isn't about education in school, but more about education in life and skills that will last a lifetime.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 24, 2014 6:32 PM

from Atlantic.com These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.
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Great tips from Dr. Judy Willis. Students need to learn how they learn best and that is the task we need to learn how to guide., they need to embrace their individual learning styles and nurture them. It is our job to help them accomplish that task.

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This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

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This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation
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I love this as a beginning of the year discussion. it is not about what we can't do or shouldn't do, but what we can. It is time to focus on affirmation on a regular basis and accentuate the positive.

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20 Free Collaborative Web Tools to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Free Collaborative Web Tools to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning 2gether | Scoop.it
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FREE TOOLS? As learning becomes more and more collaborative, it is good to have resources to allow student choices for how to demonstrate  learning &knowledge in a way that works best for them. An additional bonus is the link provided for the free ebook listing 100 free instructional tools.  

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