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

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Over 12 years ago, as Todd Curtis and his teaching partner tried to get all of their eighth graders engaged in class discussions, they noticed a trend. Though students talked freely outside of class, they became silent in class. As an experiment, they jury-rigged their email system into a backchannel.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 23, 9:20 AM

Useful article about using backchannels (and we all should be) in class.

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, May 24, 9:35 AM

This is something I had not thought a lot about, but with the growth of Blended Learning throughout our systems of learning, it makes so much sense to include this in our planning.  This article gives some great examples and ideas about tools and backchanneling for our learners.  I think this has great promise for reinforcing adult learning as well.

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 24, 6:22 PM

meets the quality of participatory framework needed in Communities of Practice.

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Tangible Play's Osmo opens up new ways for kids to play with an iPad

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"When kids play with iPads, parents aren’t happy because they see the youngsters disengaging from the rest of the world. As a parent, Pramod Sharma shared that view, and he did something about it.

 

Today, Sharma’s startup, Tangible Play, is unveiling a new kind of gaming device called Osmo that uses the iPad but brings kids back into the real world of play. The company is launching a crowdfunding campaign on its own website to raise $50,000 so that it can get manufacturing started."

 


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The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and t

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Possibly heading into a BOYD school so will kept this for reference

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Frances DiDavide's curator insight, May 23, 9:54 AM

Really great list of tools, not just for BYOD but all educators.

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84 (And Counting) Bloom's Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying

84 (And Counting) Bloom's Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
We know y’all love a good list of Bloom’s Taxonomy tools. And the one we’re highlighting below isn’t only good – its growing, because it is crowdsourced by awesome teachers like you! Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of …

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Good for reference, but list will grow faster than our ability to use it all. Be open, be alert, the next best app is yet to come

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Eric de Beauvoir's curator insight, April 29, 1:46 AM

A useful Google doc.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, April 29, 6:31 PM

Bloom in the 21st Century

Olga Senognoeva's curator insight, May 8, 2:31 AM

хорошая идая

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Bernard Bull: Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network

Bernard Bull: Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it

Bernard Bull: Recently, I wrote an article about how to build an online personal teaching network, re-imagining opportunities to teach in the digital world and thinking about the role of teacher as independent c...


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A good road map to see where I am and suggest where I should go next in the journey of creating my own Personal Learning Network.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 23, 7:58 PM

I see teaching and learning as two sides on the same coin. I learn by teaching, and (ironically?) I teach about learning. Here's a clever infographic from Bernard Bull that helps grasp the elements of personal learning/teaching networks  'visually".

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Inteligência coletiva's curator insight, June 5, 4:52 PM

As competências do professor na rede

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The High Cost of Multitasking | Visual.ly

The High Cost of Multitasking | Visual.ly | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the
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Very powerful argument about the costs of multi-tasking. We are so smug and proud of our multi-tasking abilities and YET the negative impacts are huge. 

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What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways?

What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways? | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
New tools are making it easier to customize learning for every student. Playlists, projects, and portfolios support big blocks, maker spaces, and flex schools. One thing I appreciate about the Christensen Institute definition of blended learning is that it stresses student agency by requiring "student control over time, place, path, and/or pace."

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 4, 1:30 AM


A MUST READ!!!


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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, February 23, 11:27 AM

Molto interessante!!

Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, February 23, 11:10 PM

from hybridpedagogy.com a new online journal. 

Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

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Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.
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“spatial and temporal synchrony” of children looking, listening, and touching while reading may be the “sweet spot”

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VSTE 2013 Reflection: Hey Coach! Can You Help?

VSTE 2013 Reflection: Hey Coach! Can You Help? | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
The Reflections of an Innovative Educator

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I think that these are the right answers for the goal of all education, with or without technological integration. We don't teach kids to use a hammer so they can bash things, it is so that they can integrate it as a tool to be used purposefully to achieve a greater goal e.g. the building of a house. In the process they develop hand-eye coordination, muscle control, restraint and safety-awareness. Digital tools - Analog tools, all valuable, all have their place within the context of broader learning. Our goal is to help students learn to match and the best tools for the task and then support them as they acquire both the tool specific skills and the broader educational goal. 

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The Rice Process's curator insight, December 29, 2013 1:37 PM

Insightful!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:20 PM

This pretty much seems to be worthy goals for us to strive for.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:20 PM

Everyone should be working in this direction.

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11 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein - LifeHack

11 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein - LifeHack | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Einstein taught us more than just the theory of relativity, but provided us with life lessons to use everyday.

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A Great Study Skills Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Study Skills Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it

"Learning is a lifelong process. It is also an ongoing experience in which we get to discover new and inspiring things about our world. Some argue that with maturity comes mindful and conscious learning but regardless of age variable, thinking about learning from a metacognitive perspective (thinking about how we learn what we learn) does definitely improve the way we learn.

In the visual below created by Create Innovate Explore, Rachel dissected the metathinking levels of studying and provided some of the tips on how to hone in one's study skills. I invite you to have a look and share  with your students."


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Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1

Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1 | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek, a technology director who's launched 1:1 programs in two school districts, suggests that BYOD may be a more realistic strategy for digital learning in the classroom.
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I am not completely sure

I am not completely sure about BOYD, it could be very difficult for schools to resource IT support personnel that can cover the possible breadth of devices. Also I think this is even more intimidating for the classroom teacher struggling with IT integration. Perhaps with small devices like smartphones it would be more manageable than with laptops.


Really resonated though with the call for the focus to be on learning, technology to be an embedded in its use, a possibility always there but only one of the options. I think we will have achieved this when our students no longer show higher levels of excitement when lessons involve technology; when assignment choices mean as many students choose analog tools as digital tools for both the path of learning and for showcasing.

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Why new technologies could never replace great teaching

Why new technologies could never replace great teaching | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Technology in education gets plenty of hype, but let's not forget the importance of teaching and learning, says Pamela Wright

 

So where do I stand as an educator, as a leader in education? The centre point of my passion is a philosophy that I instil into my staff, into the school and into every school I support. It is the child – first and foremost.

 

Teachers don't simply teach concepts and skills. Any new technology can do that.

 

Good teachers inspire our young people to be lifelong learners, creating a culture of independent enquiry with their enthusiasm and passion. I know this because I see it every day. Good teachers have the skills to know exactly how to get the best out of each and every young person in their care.

 


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Julio Cirnes's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:27 AM

Try: inspiration

Benjamin Flambert's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:30 PM

Le professeur ne peut pas être remplacé totalement par les nouvelles technologies

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:18 AM

A passionate teacher will engage with students: the relationship is integral to this engagement.

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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 Through Teaching | Scoop.it

Over 12 years ago, as Todd Curtis and his teaching partner tried to get all of their eighth graders engaged in class discussions, they noticed a trend. Though students talked freely outside of class, they became silent in class. As an experiment, they jury-rigged their email system into a backchannel.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 23, 9:20 AM

Useful article about using backchannels (and we all should be) in class.

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, May 24, 9:35 AM

This is something I had not thought a lot about, but with the growth of Blended Learning throughout our systems of learning, it makes so much sense to include this in our planning.  This article gives some great examples and ideas about tools and backchanneling for our learners.  I think this has great promise for reinforcing adult learning as well.

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 24, 6:22 PM

meets the quality of participatory framework needed in Communities of Practice.

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▶ Bars & Melody - Britain's Got Talent 2014 - #antibullying

These two young artists have a powerful message about bullying! THIS IS A Must Watch!!! Your students will LOVE IT!

 

Watch the reaction from everyone in the audience and ALL of  the judges! WOW!


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Definitely worth the watch. 

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 18, 7:26 PM

OK, so it's BGT. But there is no doubt that this act for anti-bullying is perhaps the most inspirational made public yet.

Mariela Salaberriborda's curator insight, May 19, 10:30 AM

well done. Can't wait to use it in the class

 

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4 compelling ideas for using Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator for iPad | Blog

4 compelling ideas for using Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator for iPad | Blog | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Technology Coach Chris Loat shares his ideas on how Book Creator can be used effectively in the classroom.

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Candace Townsley's curator insight, April 27, 10:57 AM

We use this in multiple classrooms across content areas!  GREAT APP!!

Claudia Patricia Parra's curator insight, April 28, 7:22 AM
4 ideas convincentes para utilizar Book Creator en el aula
John Rudkin's curator insight, April 29, 4:15 PM

Great tools.

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The International Education Chat Forum #IntEdchat on Twitter!

The International Education Chat Forum #IntEdchat on Twitter! | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
International educators have unique concerns and issues when it comes to education. Connect with other global-minded professionals in the field of education. Moderated Discussion Every Wednesday 6:...

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Narayan Dhakal's curator insight, June 23, 2013 4:33 AM

International education must be interdisciplinery otherwise students or learner will not get holistic knowledge base. I have experience launching an international semester program in Nepal. Students would like to learn with their open minded without a disciplinery constraints. They learn by their own insights. This has been a great achievement in this program. 

http://npdkpd.blogspot.com/2013/05/semester-program-in-nepal.html

 

Scott Langston's curator insight, April 17, 8:28 PM

How come I am only now finding this? Where have I been?

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Awesome infographic for teachers to post and keep... - Vicki Davis

Awesome infographic for teachers to post and keep... - Vicki Davis | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Awesome infographic for teachers to post and keep by their desks. Prior Knowledge Recall Infographic with great ideas. Love this.

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Strategies to determine students' prior knowledge. 

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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Shaun Coffey's curator insight, February 11, 4:47 PM

Don't forget content specific pedagogy!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 17, 6:53 AM
Interesting. I like those three questions.
Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 4:40 PM

EdTech is about education: student learning and outcomes. 

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15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever

15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Every generation has its shiny new technology that's supposed to change education forever. In the 1920s it was radio books. In the 1930s it was television lectures.

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I wonder what future our students can envision?

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Ron Leunissen's curator insight, January 17, 11:27 AM

The future is history. 

 

After all these innovations have past, many teachers still use oral information transmission In class. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 17, 8:24 PM

What's new or what's old. This is an interesting article about what people thought was the future of education. :)

Pam Furney's curator insight, January 24, 1:53 AM

I can see great use for this in PD!

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What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? [Infographic]

What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? [Infographic] | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it
Distance learning, e-learning, mobile learning, blended learning. There are a slew of educational learning trends that have been happening for years now. A

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Show this to the class - good graphics to read.

Show them the Ebbnghaus curve. How can they use social media to reinforce their own learning?

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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, January 19, 7:40 PM

The inforgraphic is great but the article is also very insightful
https://diigo.com/01i9le

There is a generation whose starting point for information & engagement is not printed materials (a book, a newspaper) – but online social platforms

Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 20, 1:04 AM

There are two key elements here! The first is the engagement through peer review as the audience is real and critical. The second is the efficacy of repetition in the embedding within memory.

Nathalie Bos's curator insight, January 20, 3:42 AM

Des infos intéressantes plaidant en faveur d'une démarche raisonnée :

- apparition de nouveaux outils

- inventer les usages qui vont avec

- se demander si ça marche

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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

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Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing

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The Big Picture Of Reading: In Defense Of Absolute Literacy - TeachThought

The Big Picture Of Reading: In Defense Of Absolute Literacy - TeachThought | Learning Through Teaching | Scoop.it

"Literacy, roughly put, is the ability to read and write. Implied in those two skills is the ability to think critically. Otherwise, reading and writing are simply skills–processes to move words around, and anyone that’s ever read and written well knows that’s not true.

 

Absolute Literacy, though, is that idea of reading, writing, and thinking, but with the added burden of understanding what’s worth reading, writing, and thinking about–an idea increasingly relevant in an era of social media where a 15-second video can receive two hundred million views, and some of the most important ideas in recorded human history elicit an “LOL” reaction from students."

 


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5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Field Note

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Add your voice to Graphite by rating and reviewing products
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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

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This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum. We are looking at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary scho
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