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Knowmia for Creating or Finding Video Lessons Across the Curriculum

Knowmia for Creating or Finding Video Lessons Across the Curriculum | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Multiple means of representation is a fundamental principle of Universal Design for Learning. As of today, there’s a promising new free option for presenting information in a wide variety of ways.

 

First knowmia is an online site that offers a collection of some 7000 curated videos organized under main headings or searchable using key words.

 

It is also is a free app for the iPad where a teacher can create video lessons.  You can design each step in a lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger. Here are some main features of this app:


+ Build your lesson out of smaller steps (like slides) so it's easy to manage and organize your lesson
+ Create each step of your lesson on a separate whiteboard so you can seamlessly introduce new concepts
+ Record everything that you do on the whiteboard as well as your voice to create the lesson step-by-step
+ Use the shape tool to quickly draw common shapes
+ Type text with any font/size directly on the whiteboard

 


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Planning Curiosity's First Test Drive

"This simulation shows the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. This tool, called the Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) helps engineers plan the rover's drives, modeling pebbles and bumps in the terrain. The visualization component of the RSVP tool is called Hyperdrive.

The tool shows the sped-up plan for the drive; the actual drive took place at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 22, 2012, and lasted about 16 minutes. The drive demonstrated that the wheel actuators, or motors, are working.

To start its forward drive, Curiosity's drove about 3 feet (90 centimeters), rotating its wheels 180 degrees, before stopping to take pictures of the wheels. It then continued forward another 12 feet (3.6 meters), totaling 15 feet (4.5 meters) of forward motion. The rover then rotated 120 degrees, stopping again during the turn to take more pictures. Finally, Curiosity rolled backward 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and snapped more pictures from its final location. The total drive distance was nearly 23 feet (7 meters)."
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Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices

Find resources at http://bit.ly/mlearningLINKS...
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Curiosity's Secrets: The Hidden Features of NASA's Mars Rover

Curiosity's Secrets: The Hidden Features of NASA's Mars Rover | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is an awesome scientific machine, from a rock-blasting laser to its 17 amazing cameras. But there is much more, Curiosity is hiding many more secrets. Some of these features helped Curiosity pull off a flawless landing on the Martian soil. Other bits are there to assist in the day-to-day science collecting that will allow the rover to figure out the history of water on Mars and whether the planet was ever capable of sustaining life.


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Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Are you looking for ideas for projects that are not papers, but that will help students "acquire subject matter, practice critical thinking and develop transferable information fluency and technology skills through a variety of creative activities"? If so, this post is for you! Joyce Valenza has begun a list of alternative to the paper which connect to the Common Core State Standard College and Career Readiness for Writing. You can add to this list by going to Google Doc (the link is in the post).
A wide variety of great ideas and there are additional ones added to the Google Doc, so do check it out.


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Mars and the Mind of Man: Sagan, Bradbury and Clarke in Conversation, 1971

Mars and the Mind of Man: Sagan, Bradbury and Clarke in Conversation, 1971 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

“It’s part of the nature of man to start with romance and build to a reality.”


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Beyond 7 Billion

Beyond 7 Billion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years.

 

The Los Angeles Times has produced an in-depth interactive feature centered around the impact of an increasing global population.  With videos, population clocks, narrated graphics, maps, photos and articles, this is treasure trove of resources for a population geography unit. 


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Best of the Summer - Tools for Gathering Feedback

"Urtak is a free and simple polling service that can be used on any blog or website. The polls you create can have multiple questions, but they must be "yes or no" questions. But Urtak isn't that limited because visitors to your poll also have the option of writing in their own questions. You can get started using Urtak in seconds by registering with your Twitter or Facebook account. You can also use your email address to create an account with Urtak. Urtak polls can be embedded into your blog or you can direct people to your poll by sharing the unique url Urtak assigns to your poll.

Kwiqpoll is a simple tool for quickly creating and posting polls. To create a poll with Kwiqpoll just visit the site, type a question, type your answer choices, and go. Your poll can stay online for three or seven days. Kwiqpoll assigns a unique url to each of your polls. Give that url to the audience that you want to participate in your poll."
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Blogs Wikis Docs: Which is right for your lesson? A Comparison Table

A eally useful chart comparing how best to use Wikis, blogs and Docs in lessons. Gives a good comparison of some of the pros and cons.


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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Suzie Boss provides 8 tips for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global education experts like Yong Zhao and Tony Wagner. Virtually every discussion of 21st-century learning puts innovation and its close cousin, creativity, atop the list of skills students must have for the future.

 

1. Welcome authentic questions

2. Encourage effective teamwork.

3. Be ready to go big.

4. Build empathy.

5. Uncover passion.

6. Amplify worthy ideas.

7. Know when to say no.

8. Encourage breakthroughs.


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ohdesiderata's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 AM

A great article that provides tips on how to encourage students to become innovative. They are, in fact, things that all teachers should be doing in all classrooms, but to see it put into perspective in terms of creativity is helpful, particularly as it is also framed in terms of usefulness for the future.

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Khan Academy’s Introduction to Programming Modules Are Really Something Special

"Khan Academy released their Introduction to Programming modules today and they're really great. Go play. Here are my favorite pieces:

 

Changes to the code affect the output dynamically.

 

No rendering, no compiling, no reloading. Change the width parameter of a rectangle in the code and the rectangle changes without any extra effort on your part. You can hover your mouse over any parameter and a slider appears, letting you change that parameter smoothly over a range of values. (Bret Victor modeled this kind of programming environment in his Inventing on Principle talk. Try it out on the tree generator.)

 

Contrast this with Codeacademy where you have to click "Run" or press "Enter" to see the result of your work. Or just now, when I was working on my front-end web development final project, I would make a change to my code in one window, click over to my web browser in another, and then click "Reload" to see the result. That friction may not sound like much but it often makes programming feel less creative and more mechanical."

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2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0

2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Learning 2.0 Conference, a worldwide virtual event, August 20 - 24, 2012 - free and online!

Keynote Sessions: Julie Evans, Gina Bianchini, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Lee Rainie, Sugata Mitra, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Marc Prensky, Audrey Watters, Yong Zhao.


Keynote Panel on Technology and Librarians: Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza.


Pre- and Post-Conference Special Interviews: David Deubelbeiss, Lee Rainie, Alfie Kohn, Gary Stager, Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Rudy Crew, Roger Schank, Paulo Blikstein, Rob Fried, Gordon Dryden, Tony Wagner, and Michael Strong.

 

More info at http://www.classroom20.com/page/2012-learning-2-0-virtual-conference


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30 Goals 2012 : Teacher Reboot Camp

"Over 9000 educators have joined the 'The 30 Goals Challenge' since January 2010. You have the opportunity to join our community of educators throughout the next 12 months as we aim to accomplish 30 short-term goals related to education. These are short-term goals we reflect on and see how they help us aim towards long-term goals to make us better educators. We support each other through various social networks, Facebook, Youtube, GooglePlus, Twitter, and blogs.

The Process

Throughout 2012, I will share in this blog the new set of 30 goals with you through very short blog posts and videos here in this blog and also on this LiveBinder that is embedded below. If you choose, you can accomplish the same 1 to 2 goals a week with many members of our community. We hope that you will post your reflections in a blog but you can always leave a comment instead or an update on Facebook, GooglePlus, or Twitter.

Cycle 3 Changes

Each year, we try to find better ways to accomplish the goals. This year we will focus on accomplishing 1 to 2 goals a week. This way we can focus more on our community and supporting each other through comments and community building activities. We hope that this will also give you time to read other participants’ thoughts, reflections, problems, and achievements.

We also adopted the theme, 'Dare to Believe.' Each goal will focus on getting educators to believe their plans of action will lead to positive change in their environments."
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Curiosity: First Drive Celebration

"Team members celebrate in JPL's Curiosity Surface Mission Support Area when images are received confirming Curiosity's first drive on Mars on Aug. 22, 2012. "
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The middle class falls further behind

The middle class falls further behind | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The mean net worth (assets, such as a home or retirement account, minus debt) of middle-class families plunged 28% to $93,150 in 2010 from $129,582 in 2001. Meanwhile, the mean net worth of the upper class edged 1% higher over the course of the decade to $574,788. Fry said the upper class was better able to cushion themselves against housing losses because they are more diversified and have much of their wealth in stocks, bonds and other investments.

The middle class also took a bigger hit on the pay front. While incomes across all class levels declined for the first time since World War II, the middle class saw the biggest decline, with a median income for a four person household declining to roughly $70,000 in 2010 from about $73,000 in 2001, the report said. The median income for the lower class is $23,000 and about $113,000 for the upper class. The middle class is also giving up more income to the rich. In 2010, the upper income group took in 46% of all income, up from 29% in 1970. The middle income group took in 45% of income, down significantly from 62% in 1970."
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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not)

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lapi

 

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."


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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever.


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Ken Peterson's comment, November 28, 2013 3:00 PM
http://www.edudemic.com/diy-infographics/
Sadhana Pittala's curator insight, May 16, 2014 11:54 AM

Type: Versus

Pros: Easy to understand and read

cons: The colors clash with one another to the point at which it's hard to look at, the colors also look dull and washed out

Kiya James's curator insight, May 13, 2016 3:21 PM

Pro: Good idea for useful bait. The headline really grabs a readers attention.

Con: The colors chosen for the font and details of the infograph clash a little with the picture of the players. 

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Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education

Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In this Kappa Delta Pi Record article, Susan Trostle Brand (University of Rhode Island/Kingston), Antoinette Favazza (University of Rhode Island), and Elizabeth Dalton (TechACCESS) present ways that teachers can use Universal Design for Learning to make lessons accessible to students with a wide spectrum of learning styles and abilities:

 

> Multiple means of representation – Giving students options for perception, language and symbols, and comprehension"

 

> Multiple means for engagement – A constructivist approach can support active engagement through:

- Recruiting student interest

- Sustaining effort and persistence

- Self-regulation

 

> "Multiple means for action and expression – Varying physical action, expressive skills and fluency, and executive functions

 

> Multiple means of assessing understanding – This includes methods, formats, scope/range level, product and outcome, and feedback"

 

“Universal Design for Learning: A Blueprint for Success for All Learners” by Susan Trostle Brand, Antoinette Favazza, and Elizabeth Dalton in Kappa Delta Pi Record, July-September 2012 (Vol. 48, #3, p. 134-139), http://bit.ly/OeUOSF


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The Mindset List: 2016 Graduating Class

"The Mindset List for the Class of 2016

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

• They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
• They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
• The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
• Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
• If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
• Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
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Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference?

Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another, so what I want to consider in this post is the relationship between Digital literacies and Web literacies. Aren’t they just synonyms?


The topic of digital literacies was the focus of my doctoral thesis, which is available to read online at neverendingthesis.com. The conclusion I came to after delving deeply into the research was that we need to always talk about literacies in their plurality and that there are broadly eight essential elements to digital literacies. My question when it comes to Web Literacies, therefore, is whether (a) they constitute a subset of Digital Literacies, (b) they are wholly distinct from Digital Literacies, or (c) there is some overlap between the two. These three positions are represented by the graphic at the top of this post."


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Free Math Dictionary for Kids - Ends on August 22

 

★ BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL: Math Dictionary for Kids is FREE for three days only! Offer ends August 22nd. ★


"With more than 100,000 copies in print, the "Math Dictionary for Kids" is the #1 homework helper for kids. Now this best-selling book comes to the iPad with powerful tools to help any student achieve success in math! Perfect for kids."


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How To Capture Ideas at Presentations and Events by Doing Visual Recording on the iPad

Robin Good: Rachel Smith explains in very simple words how you can use your iPad to capture and record visually the key ideas and concepts presented during a lecture, keynote, training class or presentation.

She provides a good round-up of four relevant tools that can be used for this task, analyzing their key pros and cons as well as providing logistic and technical advice on how to best organize and setup yourself for doing visual recording on the iPad.

As similar tools will provide more ready-made icons, templates and patterns available for this kind of real-time idea-capturing, this rare and pioneering visual recording work will begin to catch up even more rapidly.


Very useful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/how-to-capture-ideas-visually-with-the-ipad/


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Jon C's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:51 PM

Visual note taking on the ipad

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Mind mapping technoques with IPad

designandtech's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:59 PM

Great ideas and excellent modelling from Rachel. I like her suggestion that you can practise using Youtube or TED talks and create your charts as you follow along. Amazing. Thanks for scooping, Rod!

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Testing Standard Medical Practices

Testing Standard Medical Practices | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The truth is that for a large part of medical practice, we don’t know what works. But we pay for it anyway."

".... Isn’t it time to learn which practices, in fact, improve our health, and which ones don’t?

To find out, we need more medical research. But not just any kind of medical research. Medical research is dominated by research on the new: new tests, new treatments, new disorders and new fads. But above all, it’s about new markets.

We don’t need to find more things to spend money on; we need to figure out what’s being done now that is not working. That’s why we have to start directing more money toward evaluating standard practices — all the tests and treatments that doctors are already providing."
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To Survive, Some Catholic Schools Rebrand to Lure Wealthier Families

To Survive, Some Catholic Schools Rebrand to Lure Wealthier Families | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment for years, but some have attracted a new clientele by offering services normally found in expensive private schools."

"If the neighborhood has welcomed a nurturing school that comes without sticker shock — tuition at St. Stephen starts under $8,000, less than a quarter of what some Manhattan schools charge — school leaders acknowledge that there has been a cost. Three years ago, 46 percent of the students received free or reduced lunch, in keeping with the Catholic Church’s mission of tending to the poorest; this year the number is down to 17 percent.

Enrollment of African-American students has dropped 15 percent; for Hispanic students, it has dropped 33 percent. And the school, which runs through the eighth grade, is noticeably whiter in its lower grades."
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