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The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

The 10 Musts of Classroom Management | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One of the most important roles of a classroom teacher is that of classroom manager. Learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. Conversely, the best classrooms provide environments where teaching and learning can flourish. Follow these tips and you’ll improve your classroom management skills immediately.
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Some useful tips.

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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. PBL experts will tell you this, but I often hear teachers ask for real examples, specifics to help them contextualize what it "looks like" in the classroom. We all need to try out specific ideas and strategies to get our brains working in a different context. Here are some specific differentiation strategies to use during a PBL project.
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Some useful tips.

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Aleta Chowfin's curator insight, April 15, 2016 7:37 PM
Learning design is turning into a pretty measurable art form.
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6 Reasons You Should Be Doing Digital Storytelling with Your Students

6 Reasons You Should Be Doing Digital Storytelling with Your Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling – in all its myriad forms – forges opportunities for both student initiative and student agency. With digital storytelling, students can create amazing projects with a greater range of creativity without being a stellar artist or wordsmith; they can tell stories or impart information in their own way and on their terms.
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Only 6?? Well it's  start.

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The Trouble With Learning Management

The Trouble With Learning Management | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you’ve been an instructor or a student in a class in higher education in the last 10 years, you probably used a learning-management system or LMS. There are plenty to choose from, including Blackboard, Canvas, Sakai, Moodle and D2L. Many of these systems started as small, nimble startups

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Interesting article. Not sure I agree with the solution, but certainly with the problem.

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Mind your Waste by Nik Peachey on iBooks

In this lesson students will explore their attitudes to buying clothes and find out about the costs and environmental impact of producing clothes.
Aims:

  • To develop students’ abilities to think critically about online information.
  • To develop students’ abilities to read and understand statistical information.
  • To develop students’ abilities to create digital research questionnaires and analyze the results.
  • To develop students’ abilities to synergize information from various sources and use the information to build persuasive text.
  • To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually
Nik Peachey's insight:

Another of my lesson plans on the iBook Store. This one is ideal for discussions about the environment and the imapct that the fasion industry has on the environment.

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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, April 4, 2016 3:27 PM

Another of my lesson plans on the iBook Store. This one is ideal for discussions about the environment and the imapct that the fasion industry has on the environment.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.
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Well worth reading.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 5, 2016 9:32 AM

Well worth reading.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 6, 2016 4:33 AM
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 6, 2016 7:10 AM
Learning and critical thinking skills
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Why banning technology is not the answer

Our aim should be to build learning environments which are highly engaging, relevant and valued by all involved, if the learning is only relevant to the teacher then perhaps it should be changed or its significance to the students made clear. Understanding how our connected devices bring new opportunities to make connections beyond the four walls of our classrooms is an essential understanding to be developed. Effective teachers will show their students the power that such connections offer and encourage students to make full use of all of the tools at their disposal.
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A nice counter arguement.

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Learning Technologies SIG's curator insight, April 4, 2016 7:09 AM

A nice counter arguement.

Deanna Mascle's curator insight, April 4, 2016 10:28 AM

A nice counter arguement.

Cíntia Rabello's curator insight, April 4, 2016 2:42 PM

A nice counter arguement.

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Digital Literacy: Unlocking Technology's Potential

Digital Literacy: Unlocking Technology's Potential | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Educators need to embrace the creative and collaborative aspects of digital literacy. So much great learning happens through the creative and collaborative processes.
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A bit basic, but some good points.

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Cíntia Rabello's curator insight, April 4, 2016 2:38 PM

A bit basic, but some good points.

Tania Gammage's curator insight, April 4, 2016 7:02 PM

A bit basic, but some good points.

WEAC's curator insight, April 5, 2016 11:09 AM

"Although there is no 'secret sauce' to effectively help educators teach their students digital literacy, there are some key points to focus on:

  • Embrace technology. Allow students to maintain blogs or webpages that enable them to track their own learning. Google Drive easily allows students to create blogs and sites that they can share and collaborate on with their peers.
  • Personalize and share. Have students create digital stories that they can share and publish. Edu.buncee.com is a site where students can utilize hundreds of custom stickers, animations, multimedia, and even record their voice into their project so they can make it “their” own, both figuratively and literally. For example, in “My Day at the Beach,” a student tells her story with stickers and animation and her voice recording. “Come to Istanbul” describes the city and all it has to offer. Give students the ability to email and video chat with students in other countries. Skype Translate allows students to have a real-time conversation with immediate translation.
  • Encourage creativity. Don’t get caught up in the need for strictly finding information and evaluating it. Always allow for creative ways to learn and produce."
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Live Schedule | IATEFL Online 2016

Live Schedule | IATEFL Online 2016 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On each day of the conference, we'll be providing the morning plenary live via Birmingham IATEFL Online.
We'll also be providing live coverage throughout the day where you'll be able to watch interviews live from the Birmingham IATEFL Online studio.

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If you can't make it to IATEFL 2016, then follow online. See you there.

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Juergen Wagner's curator insight, April 2, 2016 3:05 AM

If you can't make it to IATEFL 2016, then follow online. See you there.

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Are the High-Tech, Active Learning
Classrooms Worth It?

Several institutions have redesigned traditional learning spaces to better realize the potential of active, experiential learning. We compare student performance in traditional and active learning classrooms in a large, introductory biology course using the same syllabus, course goals, exams, and instructor. Using ACT scores as predictive, we found that students in the active learning classroom outperformed expectations, whereas those in the traditional classroom did not.

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Some interesting research.

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Porntip Bodeepongse's curator insight, March 30, 2016 5:52 AM

Some interesting research.

tourtt's curator insight, April 1, 2016 9:38 AM

Some interesting research.

Coyleyj's curator insight, April 3, 2016 12:15 AM

Some interesting research.

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Exploring Virtual Reality and Education: Edorble for VR

Exploring Virtual Reality and Education: Edorble for VR | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Edorble is already a 3D virtual world. While we think Edorble is already a powerful environment on a laptop, experiencing it on the platform optimized for 3D environments will be stunning and let it reach it's full potential. It maybe some time before these devices become mainstream, but we're eager to get a head start and begin building our education-focused 3D world for VR headsets.
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Good to see Edorble getting involved in VR too.

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Aki Puustinen's curator insight, March 29, 2016 11:20 PM

Good to see Edorble getting involved in VR too.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 30, 2016 7:32 AM

Strong argument for using Edorble as a learning tool. 

blaucloud's curator insight, March 30, 2016 12:27 PM

Good to see Edorble getting involved in VR too.

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Computers in class ‘a waste’

Computers in class ‘a waste’ | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Dr Vallance said he was sure people would call him a “dinosaur’’. “But I’m in no way anti-technology,’’ he said. “I love gadgets. It’s partly because we all love gadgets so much that we have these rules, otherwise we’d all just muck about.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Oh well.

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Javier Marrero Acosta's curator insight, March 30, 2016 6:23 AM

Oh well.

Kristin Elliott's curator insight, April 2, 2016 10:44 AM

Oh well.

Kevin Morrison's comment, April 6, 2016 5:23 PM
This is the face of true ignorance!
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Microsoft introduces the world to 'holoportation'

Microsoft introduces the world to 'holoportation' | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
While teleportation is still in the realm of science fiction, Microsoft has introduced 'holoportation' - a 3D, real-time hologram of someone who is a world away, but still interacts with you.
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Love this.

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, April 1, 2016 8:47 AM

So fun to see science fiction become science fact.

Kristin Elliott's curator insight, April 2, 2016 10:45 AM

Love this.

Kristi Newgarden's curator insight, April 4, 2016 12:02 PM

Love this.

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Awesome Concepts for Effectively Teaching Media Fluency Skills

Awesome Concepts for Effectively Teaching Media Fluency Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Check out these great lesson ideas for teaching Media Fluency skills to your students. Build their media smarts in an engaging way!
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Some interesting ideas.

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asli telli's curator insight, April 14, 2016 12:58 AM
Lesson samples for media literacy skills
Miranda Embleton-Smith's curator insight, April 14, 2016 2:56 AM
Some good lesson ideas here 
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3 Things I Wish Educators Knew About their Own Learning

3 Things I Wish Educators Knew About their Own Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I meet many educators around the world, virtually and in person… Many times, I am still amazed at the resistance to new ideas, change and willingness to apply the learning they expect of students to their own learning.
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Concise and well expressed.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 23, 2016 12:48 PM
The question is about who decides what is important for each teacher to learn rather than whether they learn. I experienced a lack of choice, time, and opportunity to use what I learned and what I felt was important. Instead, someone who did not know much about my students and did not want to to know much about them decided.
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What's Next for the LMS?

What's Next for the LMS? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If current LMS designs are tied to a teaching and learning model that is being replaced with new approaches, then what should come next? Because the successor to the LMS needs to support a very different model of learning, it seems unlikely that we can get there by updating the current LMS with incremental improvements
Nik Peachey's insight:

Yes. The current LMS model seems to be based upon the 'tech as homework' model of blended learning, whereas nowadays the blend is happening in the classroom and even in the environment.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 12, 2016 1:29 PM
Excellent article.
 
Excellent article.
 
 
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Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom

Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The home of my digital education publishing site.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, April 10, 2016 4:16 AM
very useful materials and ideas for the classroom
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, April 10, 2016 8:43 AM
The home of my digital education publishing site.
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Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’

Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’ | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Dan Ryder teaches high school English and humanities, but his students still wind up learning computer-aided design and 3D printing.My biggest problem with technology is I’m always told it will take less time and it will make my job easier. It never does.

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Some interesting research.

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Javier Sánchez Bolado's curator insight, April 4, 2016 12:45 PM

Some interesting research.

Mary Samilova's curator insight, April 5, 2016 7:16 AM

Some interesting research.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 5, 2016 7:55 AM

Some interesting research.

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10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students

10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
How can students own their learning with critical thinking activities they’ll really love? Allowing our students to take stands on issues that matter to them engages the classroom in a way that fosters great critical thinking. Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? When they can relate these questions to themselves and exercise personal self-reflection, we build community and “heart-centered” learning.
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Some nice ideas.

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Jo Dane's curator insight, April 29, 2016 9:12 PM
Nice range of workshop activities that could be adopted in class!
westsydublt's curator insight, May 25, 2016 1:00 AM
Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? 10 ways to engage students in critical thinking
Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 12:14 PM

These activities allow scholars to take ownership of their learning. In these activities scholars will take stands on issues and make relevant connections to self, text and world.

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50 Facts About Hair by Nik Peachey on iBooks

In this lesson students will learn some amazing facts about hair and the historical significance it has had in different cultures around the world. They will also learn to challenge and question the accuracy of information they find online and how to carry out their own research into facts about skin and create their own infographic.

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Another lesson plan to help develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills.

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8 Skills for Future-Proofed Teachers

8 Skills for Future-Proofed Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Determining what kind of technology teachers should be familiar with matters less than ensuring they have skills to adapt to whatever gadgets come along.
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Some good points here.

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Mary Samilova's curator insight, April 4, 2016 9:14 PM

Some good points here.

Alfonso Gonzalez's curator insight, April 5, 2016 1:17 AM

Some good points here.

Cinta's curator insight, April 5, 2016 2:27 AM

Some good points here.

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Social Learning Vs Informal Learning: Can You Tell The Difference?

Social Learning Vs Informal Learning: Can You Tell The Difference? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, with those around us serving as invaluable sources of inspiration, experience, and knowledge. In many respects, the world is our teacher, but we must be aware of how to tap into the educational opportunities it can offer. Both social and informal learning models are rooted in this ideology.

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3 tips for promoting each.

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Xtel's curator insight, April 5, 2016 2:08 AM

3 tips for promoting each.

Margaret's curator insight, April 5, 2016 4:24 AM

3 tips for promoting each.

Birte Heidkamp's curator insight, April 5, 2016 5:04 AM

3 tips for promoting each.

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Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Modern classrooms are teeming with students of varying interests, backgrounds, abilities and learning needs. As educators, it’s important to understand the nuanced differences between the terms personalized, differentiated and individualized learning in order to best meet their needs.
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There's a difference? Oh There's a difference!

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Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, April 4, 2016 6:55 AM

There's a difference? Oh There's a difference!

Silvia Nascimento's curator insight, April 4, 2016 8:22 PM

There's a difference? Oh There's a difference!

Dunc Oyama's curator insight, April 5, 2016 4:57 AM

There's a difference? Oh There's a difference!

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10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning

10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner. Monash University was the second institution to adopt... Read More
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Well worth thinking about how this can be applied within your discipline.

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Coyleyj's curator insight, April 3, 2016 2:27 AM

Well worth thinking about how this can be applied within your discipline.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, April 3, 2016 8:53 PM

Well worth thinking about how this can be applied within your discipline.

Dunc Oyama's curator insight, April 5, 2016 4:58 AM

Well worth thinking about how this can be applied within your discipline.

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The purpose of education

The purpose of education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If our students leave school with a belief in their ability and capacity to identify problems and find solution to them, then maybe they are prepared not only for what ever the future may bring but possess the capacity to shape that future.
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Thought provoking article.

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Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, April 1, 2016 12:42 PM

Thought provoking article.

Nicholas Fragkias's curator insight, April 2, 2016 1:09 AM

Thought provoking article.

Tania Gammage's curator insight, April 4, 2016 7:03 PM

Thought provoking article.