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Teaching Writing with Google Docs

Teaching Writing with Google Docs | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Using Google Docs to do so much more when teaching writing - things that fit quite nicely into my flipped, just-in-time, technology enabled classrooms.
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Concrete examples of sharing throughout the writing process.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 16, 2013 12:16 AM

Brilliantly said Neil Everyone should read this, if you can...

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3 Steps To Promote Creativity In Education [Infographic]

3 Steps To Promote Creativity In Education [Infographic] | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

  Adobe recently released the following infographic that captures some interesting statistics on perceived barriers to creativity in education. (via TeachThought)

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Heather Wolpert- Gawron studied student responses to their work.
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Asking for student feedback is often seen as innovative but surely is logical.
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Developing 21st-Century Critical Thinkers Puzzle | Mentoring Minds

With the increase in promoting 21st-century learning there is an emphasis on critical thinking. Test your knowledge and play with the Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers Puzzle today.
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3 big shifts | @mcleod

3 big shifts | @mcleod | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

Succinct and to the point.

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William Henderson's curator insight, September 27, 2013 10:28 PM

short n sweet!

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:39 PM

This reflects the paradigm shift in education.

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Being Dynamic - Education Closet

Being Dynamic - Education Closet | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
21st century teaching and learning is that it's a cyclical process that dynamically evolves between the teacher and the learner.The keyword here is dynamic.
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A very good piece that underlines the importance of learning to be comfortable with change (not many of us are!), anticipating student needs and recognising that the potential in technology is not the tool but what you do with it.

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:41 PM

Teachers are being asked to undergo huge shifts in mindset. Relinquishing control is a big ask, but authentic learning demands it.

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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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It's not about the tool, but it is.

It's not about the tool, but it is. | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

"It's not about the tool, it's about the learning." We hear it at conferences and workshops. Especially from experts delivering keynotes or those engaged daily in the push for the use of technology...

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Some good points about teaching and learning and adapting to recent technological challenges.

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9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic

9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

A thoughtful visual about ways students should use technology asks the big question: what do you want kids to do with technology?

 

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Conversations starters for educators - what do we actually want students to do? And why?

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Long version - Professional Learning Animation AITSL

Long version - Professional Learning Animation AITSL
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Does your school have a vibrant learning culture? Share common goals? Are your teachers learners? What works for fostering creativity and authentic learning.
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We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology In The Classroom

We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology In The Classroom | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
Technology plays a primary role in my teaching, but I rarely turn on the computer that makes the classroom “smart.” Occasionally, I project the class tweet stream. I am an advocate of Twitter for higher ed.
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Ensuring tools in the classroom serve the higher purpose. Jordan Shapiro responds to some of the challenges in the classroom.

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Education Rethink @edrethink: How Many Teachers Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Education Rethink @edrethink: How Many Teachers Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
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How To Become A Learning Teacher - Edudemic

How To Become A Learning Teacher - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

For learning teachers, it isn’t just about coming to work and teaching your students each day. Its about continuing to challenge yourself and continuing to learn throughout your career.


Via Nik Peachey
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Every teacher should be asking themselves these questions. The focus always must be on better learning for students.

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Forest of Peace's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:06 PM

good one , but let's look a step forwards, How payed in 3Future Education?

Our Solution: 

#Early #Childhood and How it work

http://forestofpeace.info/2013/10/17/how-it-works-early-childhood-ictet-fop/

Monty Bell's curator insight, October 20, 2013 10:06 AM

Easy visuals to share. Could do a whole pro d on this topic. 

Alessia Plutino's curator insight, February 21, 12:45 AM

There is always something to learn...

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Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam -

Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam - | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

Why our kids need a powerful disposition to be self-managing learners when they finish their schooling, why they are unlikely to have it, and what we can do about it.

 

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An excellent piece  about why learning must matter for students, in order to be authentic. 

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:27 PM

An excellent piece  about why learning must matter for students, in order to be authentic. 

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What Is Successful Technology Integration?

What Is Successful Technology Integration? | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

"Willingness to embrace change is a major requirement for successful technology integration. Technology is continuously and rapidly evolving. It is an ongoing process and demands continual learning."

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The question remains, are teachers willing to be learners?

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I Am Not A Techie!

I Am Not A Techie! | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

We are now living in a world that is technology-driven, requiring a minimum amount of digital literacy from anyone who hopes to function, if not thrive, in that world. Many educators do not feel that they are sufficiently versed in technology to adequately prepare their students for the world in which the students will live. 

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More good sense from Tom Whitby.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Black & Wiliam Don’t praise the child! Formative feedback is key to better learning.

Donald Clark Plan B: Black & Wiliam Don’t praise the child! Formative feedback is key to better learning. | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
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Why teachers should read more children's books

Why teachers should read more children's books | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
A research project has found that teachers who read for pleasure have better book knowledge and feel more confident, calm and stress-free in the classroom

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Holiday reading here we come!

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12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education - Edudemic

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education - Edudemic | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
You probably already have a Google Drive account. Why not figure out the best ways teachers are using Google Drive in education right now?
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NoTosh - Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions

NoTosh - Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
'Essential questions' are all too often lower order. And not that essential.
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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the (Top story: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:03 AM

Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:53 PM

Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Learning space for teachers | Scoop.it

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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Giving students a voice in their learning. Are teachers prepared to move over just a bit?

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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