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Edutech for Teachers: Favorite Cool Tools of 2012

Edutech for Teachers: Favorite Cool Tools of 2012 | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

As I reflect upon the last year in terms of educational technology and the impact it continues to have on student learning and achievement, I thought I would compile a list of my favorite web tools—those that have transformed reading, writing, critical thinking, collaborating and creating in my classroom.

Check out my 2012 collection of “Cool Tools” here!


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Katie Frank's curator insight, December 28, 2012 7:26 PM
Cool Tools of 2012!
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Love this...thanks for all you share!
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Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

Video Games and the Future of the Textbook | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general.
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Although  this is a bit commercial in its approach, the bottom line is this is every bit as much the future of learning, if not more so, than digital texts. The  engagement in the activity is what will wire the information .

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What is the Teacher's Role in the Classroom? - YouTube

Sugata Mitra, a professor in Educational Technology at New Castle University, talks about the role of education in the current web 2.0 world.
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spot on direction for the way things are headed and the challenges for teachers themselves to think more deeply.

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5 Tech Savvy Teaching Tools That Your Students Will Love and Your Peers Will Envy

5 Tech Savvy Teaching Tools That Your Students Will Love and Your Peers Will Envy | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
These Fun, Free Web Applications Make it Quick and Easy to Create Cool Learning Content (Watch out Though, Other Teachers Will be Banging Down Your Door Looking
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I have never heard of most of these  app ( mostly free too), but they look interesting. the article is specifici about how much time it takes to teach each of these tools to yourself. It conscerns primarily ideas for the flipped classroom.

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15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook

15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Next-generation apps that let users text, video-chat, shop, and share their pics and videos are attracting teens like catnip.
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Just when you think you may have a handle on things! Thanks Common Sense Media for the quick primer just in time for the beginning of the year.
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Metacognition | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Metacognition | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner."


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this is my new focus with technology. It is  NOT about the devices but about the pedagogy which is made more effective by acknowledging and learning how the brain works.

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Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, July 26, 2:17 PM

Meta-conocimiento... 

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Being a man, I'm very poor at reflection, but by breaking it into metacognitive practices helped me think about my thinking. 

David Baker's curator insight, July 29, 6:13 PM
The recommendations for developing a “classroom culture grounded in metacognition” are great teaching insights and this serves as a powerful link to the research. The following excerpt is one nugget."Giving Students License to Identify Confusions within the Classroom Culture:  ask students what they find confusing, acknowledge the difficultiesIntegrating Reflection into Credited Course Work: integrate short reflection (oral or written) that ask students what they found challenging or what questions arose during an assignment/exam/projectMetacognitive Modeling by the Instructor for Students: model the thinking processes involved in your field and sought in your course by being explicit about “how you start, how you decide what to do first and then next, how you check your work, how you know when you are done” (p. 118)

To facilitate these activities, she also offers three useful tables:

Questions for students to ask themselves as they plan, monitor, and evaluate their thinking within four learning contexts—in class, assignments, quizzes/exams, and the course as a whole (p. 115)Prompts for integrating metacognition into discussions of pairs during clicker activities, assignments, and quiz or exam preparation (p. 117)Question"
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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
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I am fascinated by infographics,  and have been since USA Today started using them regularly. it is not only a totally different skill to interpret them visually, a strength for todays learners, but also a great skill to think more deeply about sharing information.

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I am fascinated by infographics,  and have been since USA Today started using them regularly. it is not only a totally different skill to interpret them visually, a strength for todays learners, but also a great skill to think more deeply about sharing information.

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Living in Beta and Moon Shot Dreams – Get Inspired With Powerful Ideas from Molly Schroeder

Living in Beta and Moon Shot Dreams – Get Inspired With Powerful Ideas from Molly Schroeder | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Lets Inspire our Students (and Fellow Teachers) to Dream Big and Embrace Technology to Empower Their Goals This week I had the pleasure and the privilege of
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Moonshots was the theme of the Chromebook Institute I attend a week ago. it is such a great metaphor. Love the ideas presented there as well as in this article.  The other driving theme? Feel uncomfortably excited.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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Those lucky Fins! I imagine they are lucky enough to have space for it all too. This certainly can offer some insight into how their view of education is resulting in the high scores..

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice” | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a "classroom of imagination" by turning lessons into design problems and giving studen
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Can't get enough of this topic!

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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.
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This is one of my most passionate topics and one that was discussed with some vigor at a number of sessions at the Chromebook Institute I attend earlier in the week in d\Downers Grove.

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Steps to Creating a Teacher-Powered School | CTQ

Steps to Creating a Teacher-Powered School | CTQ | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Teacher-powered schools are transforming the eduscape. How? By giving teachers the authority and autonomy to make whole-school decisions. The Center for Teaching Quality, in collaboration with Education Evolving, has just released a how-to guide for teachers interested in creating their own teacher powered schools.
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Great visual and thought provoking ideas to make a difference. Links to a number of resources as well.
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Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms

Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon report predicts the trends, challenges and tech developments to look for in one, five and ten years.
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Classcraft makes the classroom a giant role-playing game -- with freemium pricing

Classcraft makes the classroom a giant role-playing game -- with freemium pricing | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Eating in class, teleporting out of lectures, and asking for hints in exams. All perks for the students role-playing their way through school life with Classcraft.
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 I  truly believe this is the way of the future. Much greater understanding come from doing and being. This is an exciting concept

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Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience?

Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A forthcoming paper by researchers in France and Norway suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen.
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We will continue to hear more and more about this topic as it really is a different type of processing.

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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
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so thankful this article came along. Want to use this as a PD piece once i play around with all the options.

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The power of digital student portfolios

The power of digital student portfolios | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyze samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 2, 12:12 PM

Good portfolios, whether digital or hard versions or hybrids, are important in teaching and learning.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 2, 10:21 PM

El uso de los portafolios Digitales

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 3, 3:28 PM

Interesting article around eportfolio's

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Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?

Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
American students continue to fall behind international peers in math, but it's not for lack of trying different teaching methods.
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This is a fascinating and thought provoking article that should be shared with administrators all around. this kind of thinking could help promote the whole STEM focus that many educators are focusing on.

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Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
In eLearning, one of the most important brain functions to consider is the working memory, one of the more everyday functions of the brain.

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I am currently reading The Big Disconnect and find this an interesting connection. I have come to the conclusion that with all this technology and information, we really need to learn more about the brain and how it works to use technology and create learning opportunities that will best serve our students.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 22, 8:39 PM

Once again SH!FT has created a post that works for eLearning and the face2face classroom. This post explores ways to maximize working memory, the memory that helps us "to perform efficiently and effectively in our daily lives."

Sections include:

* Working Memory as a Learning Tool

* Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

* Manage Capacity

* Effective eLearning Activities

Each of these sections includes at least one additional resource.

Learn more about each area by clicking through to the post.

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Is the body the next breakthrough in education tech? - Hechinger Report

Is the body the next breakthrough in education tech? - Hechinger Report | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Today’s educational technology often presents itself as a radical departure from the tired practices of traditional instruction. But in one way, at least, it faithfully follows the conventions of the chalk-and-blackboard era: it addresses itself only to the student’s head, leaving the rest of the body out. Treating mind and body as separate is an …
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I couldn't aggree more. It is tough enough that there isn't enough recess or time for active play in school to help the brain process in a variety of ways. It is another aspect of teaching to the whole child.

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Teachers are Learning Designers

Teachers are Learning Designers | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor that teachers are like gardeners, reviews the skills teachers need to design fruitful learning conditions: empower yourself, stop blaming students, and revise and reflect.
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i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 12:53 PM

i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED

25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
How do we create learning that lasts? It's a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure

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I love this image. It captures it all. Beth Dichter posts great stuff on a regular basis. I am really spending some serious time inviestigating this topic of buy-in by the students by givening them more ownership .

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 22, 10:01 PM

After describing the three phases of the learning process based on cognitive science. The first two phases:

* Students decide what to attend to.

* Students organize the information

These work with short term memory but to know the information students must also activate long term memory which may begin in class with a review but should also includes well crafted assignments.

What can you do?The post continues by exploring ways to capture a students attention and ways to help them create a framework. The final section explores how to make the lesson stick. Three examples are below (quoted from the post).

* Begin lectures with a high level question that the upcoming information can answer.

* Highlight the "unfinished" nature of each subject.

* Don't use too many types of different presentation materials at once.

Throughout the post there are links to additional resources.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 25, 5:38 AM

I like the analogy of a 'sticky lesson'... something that sticks in your head. That's the aim of every lesson... get what you are teaching to stick in the learners head!

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Mississippi Bend | Richard Byrne Presents

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god bless that Richard Byrne. Here is the outline from his Iowa presentation with links to a number of itmes from the agenda

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wwwatanabe: Writing 2.0: Technology-Rich Approach to Common Core Writing

wwwatanabe: Writing 2.0: Technology-Rich Approach to Common Core Writing | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
How do we communicate? We communicate face-to-face, in writing, through various technologies, and multimedia. What is does it mean to be literate? Being literate is being able to effectively communicate. Therefore, every classroom must teach digital literacy as part of literacy, and not something separate.
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Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned ~ MiddleWeb

Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned ~ MiddleWeb | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.

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Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs!

Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs! | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
  Need some extra verbs? Here you go!           ~Mia
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A clever infographic on Bloom's taxonomy using verbs

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