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Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph

Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Children who read for pleasure in their spare time perform significantly better at school than other pupils, according to a major study.
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Reading for pleasure is competing for time in busy students' schedules. Teachers and parents need to make sure they allow time for children to develop a strong reading ability.

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The Vulnerability of the Web

The Vulnerability of the Web | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
I am probably babbling but here goes... This week has been tough. Travel is always wearing on a person, but having to make an impromptu trip home to say goodbye to a long time friend (my dog Shaq),...
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The Information Age to the Networked Age: Are You Network Literate?

The Information Age to the Networked Age: Are You Network Literate? | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
It’s said that when architects walk through an office, they see ceiling ornamentation, light sources, building acoustics. When psychologists walk through an office, they see unresolved father issues

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, June 8, 5:38 PM

I like the stages: Apprentice, Journeyman, Master

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Apprentice: Using network technology

Journeyman: Establishing a network identity

Master: Utilizing network intelligence

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, June 17, 10:06 PM

What do librarians see?

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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Those of us who have spent much time taking notes by hand may have, in fact, the upper hand! Perhaps the skills gained in writing have assisted note-taking generally. It is more of a challenge for younger learners.

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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers - Edudemic

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before …
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Twitter is the first rung in my PLN ladder. The connection is invaluable.

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Could The School Of The Future Be Modular?

Could The School Of The Future Be Modular? | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

There’s a new teaching trend just about every day. Teachers are constantly encouraged to flip, twist, and mix up their classrooms every day.


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Practice Makes Perfect - Does it Take 10,000 Hours? (infographic)

Practice Makes Perfect - Does it Take 10,000 Hours? (infographic) | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
But how many hours is "enough" to achieve expertise status? One take on the subject we (and many others) found interesting was Malcolm Gladwell's in the book Outliers where he popularized the theory that 10,000 hours of dedicated practice in a given field or area of expertise allows a person to become truly "expert".

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 7:24 PM

What does it take to become an expert in a field? This infographic explores this concept, providing a look based on Malcolm Gladwell's book as well as a section called "7 steps to cheat the rule."

We know that our students are often looking for the quick fix. They cram for a test, and days later the information is often not recalled quickly. This infographic shows that time and effort are key.

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How to Use Edmodo Small Groups

How to Use Edmodo Small Groups | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

Creating "small groups" within your main Edmodo group is a great way to help manage and organize your classroom activities. There are two ways that small groups can be used in Edmodo.

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Includes sliderocket with examples of managing groups.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

by Maria Konnikova, New York Times

 

Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.


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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activi
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50 Ways To Empower Students In A Connected World

50 Ways To Empower Students In A Connected World | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
50 Ways To Empower Students In A Connected World
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Letting go control and giving students time - and a voice. I'm a convert to blogging. You can't listen to all your students at the same time in a class, but they can all have a voice in a blog, or in digital storytelling, or Edmodo, or any way they choose.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 2, 10:51 PM

Some great ideas. 

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Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate

Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Mark Engstrom. 8th grade Geography teacher and Assistant Principal at Graded- The American School of São Paulo, has redesigned his entire course. Students move through the modules of this blended l...

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Practical example of blended learning. 

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5 tips for teaching 'grit' in the classroom

5 tips for teaching 'grit' in the classroom | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

“Despite debate over whether perseverance can actually be taught, these tactics can help foster an atmosphere of critical thinking in the classroom.”


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Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 22, 3:03 PM

Like others for whom I have much respect, I prefer the term 'resilience' to 'grit' but that is a minor matter.

 

There is much to reflect upon and use in this post that is positive and while the debate on whether resilience  can be taught explicitly will continue, there is no doubt that the school culture and climate can contribute much towards acknowledging and cultivating resilience.

 

Schools are places where the quality of relationships is critical and thus resilience can be cultivated, but I do not agree with the statement "..when students do demonstrate perseverance, do not tell them good job." That is a simplistic comment. Children and young adults, like older adults, need positive reinforcement and encouragement. All humans need acknowledgement of a good well done and we all wish to develop a positive student culture and climate in a school. We do not want students doing something just for the acknowledgement, but being relational creatures, communication and positive acknowledgement assist in our development.

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The key to success? Grit

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Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
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26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the world’s educational systems (which we’ll talk about in a different post). What I find even more interesting is the focus on what skills current students need to meet …
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Good Tools to Collect Anonymous Feedback from Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Good Tools to Collect Anonymous Feedback from Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then...

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then... | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No...
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Thank you Silvia. Well said. It's not just students who think anything on the net is there for the taking. I use my own media as much as possible, or Creative Commons images, but even with my knowledge it's a steep learning curve. Awareness is the first step.

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Power Searching with Google

Power Searching with Google | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
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Still worth another check in even if you've seen it before. Google is just an algorithm! 

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.
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I like the last one - slow down! Be selective.

Don't try to do everything at once.

Start by building a PLN. Get onto Twitter!

Fit technology into your learning life in meaningful ways.

Remember it's about connection. Real relationships.

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Learn To Code, Learn To Think

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Must the next generation of students learn to write their own computer programs? Or should they just leave it to a smarter machine? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says logic dictates the choice.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 9, 7:42 PM

NPR is spot on concerning coding.

Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 10, 5:54 AM

What the article states is that computer codes come and go, but the "basic abilities to think a problem through carefully, clearly and thoroughly are essential for just about all people in just about all fields."

 
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Is knowing code a new basic life skill? #Coding #Education #Business 

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Helping kids create positive change

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Good digital citizenship is crucial to a balanced online life.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 


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We often don't see the creativity in ourselves or in others. Creativity can be learned. Having a growth mindset is a good beginning.

Thanks Allan!

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 6, 8:25 PM

Creativity is something that can be nourished but can it be learned? I'm not able to decide on that yet.

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 8, 6:24 PM

Some excellent reminders - 'All experiences are neutral...you don't see things are THEY are, you see them as YOU are'.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 10:27 AM

Don't let your creative juices run dry! We are all students of life!

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What Students Will Learn In The Future | TeachT...

What Students Will Learn In The Future | TeachT... | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

What Students Will Learn In The Future That’s essentially what classes and content areas are–perspectives to make sense of the world. If the world changes, should they change? These words and phrases that we now associate with schools, teachers, and assignments reflect our priority as a culture.

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Love this! A curated site from a site of curations!

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Teaching Content in a Google World

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I don't know anyone who can successfully teach 'content-free'. We need to ensure that we teach good content: relevant, current, useful, interesting. We need to teach that content well, using effect...

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Content and skills can be balanced in teaching, as long as we don't sail along blissfully ignoring one in favour of the other. We do need to think beyond that which is "googleable" .

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 25, 2:46 PM

This is an excellent post from a strong teacher. Stephen Taylor seems to have an appropriate balance in his approach across many areas. Whilst at differing stages of our careers, the approach outlined is the closest to mine that I have come across.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, May 25, 3:24 PM

Content and skills can be balanced in teaching, as long as we don't sail along blissfully ignoring one in favour of the other. We do need to think beyond that which is "googleable" .

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
A backchannel -- a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity -- provides students with an outlet to engage in conversation. Every time I think about this tool, I rememb
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