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10 Great Resources on 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Resources on 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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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

Via Beth Dichter
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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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Summer Professional Development with MOOCs

Summer Professional Development with MOOCs | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
What is a MOOC, you ask? Well, essentially, it's an open, and often free, university course available online to virtually anyone. And some of the largest and most respected universities in the countr
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This has a kind of catalog of possibilities for online learning for educators.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Ouch! Some fascinating points that illustrate that 14 years in, many of our schools still have a long way to go to be truly called 21st century. ( from post by NCTE)
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The Definition Of Digital Literacy

The Definition Of Digital Literacy | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
The Definition Of Digital Literacy by Terry Heick When we think of digital literacy, we usually think of research--finding, evaluating, and properly crediting digital sources.…

Via Jessica Raeside, Joyce Valenza
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As always, a well  thought out and argued point by joyce valenza.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 12, 8:36 PM

"Literacy implies a fuller understanding and a rounder knowledge. A literate person is aware of multiple information sources, the pros and cons of media forms, and the value and credibility of information. A literate person can process diverse data sources, and suggest macro relevance and micro application of seemingly disparate ideas."

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, May 13, 3:39 PM

thought provoking

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Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education

Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Classroom is a new product in Google Apps for Education that enables teachers to send assignments, make announcements, and conduct question & answer with students. Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with teachers to help them save time, keep their classes organized, and improve communication with students.
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Google is stepping up their education "game". On the back of upadating Google Docs and Sheets, looks like they are ready to go after the LMS market too.

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The Anatomy of Study ( Great Visual ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Anatomy of Study ( Great Visual ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating infographic and well designed. I Hope to figure out how to print it up and put in my classroom. Interesting observations about formative assessment after presentation versus texting at a later date.

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15 of Our Favorite Brain Breaks for Students

15 of Our Favorite Brain Breaks for Students | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
If you’re not familiar with them, brain breaks are short activities that offer students a reprieve from routine learning activities. Not only are brain breaks fun, they’re a simple way to…
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It's not just about technology, but focus as well as relaxation.
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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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The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

n 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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Some great suggestions and ideas here for a variety of platforms and tools , Additional ideas also appear in the comments section

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Type Virtually with the Paper Keyboard

Type Virtually with the Paper Keyboard | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

Hey, you! Are you tired of typing on that screen of yours? Well, forget Bluetooth gadgets, use paper! Yes, paper. For real!

 

So, how does this nifty gimmick work? First of all, download a copy of the iOS Paper Keyboard app and let the virtual reality begin!


Via Jamie Forshey
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This truly IS 21st century. Talk about creative!

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as
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"Parents' common misconception is that the teachers and schools giving more homework are more challenging and therefore better teachers and schools. This is a false assumption. The amount of homework your son or daughter does each night should not be a source of pride for the quality of a school. In fact, I would suggest a different metric when evaluating your child's homework. Are you able to stay up with your son or daughter until he or she finishes those assignments? If the answer is no, then too much homework is being assigned, and you both need more of the sleep that, according to Daniel T. Willingham, is crucial to memory consolidation." I am totally inboard with this idea and Alfie Kohn' s perspective on this topic
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You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not

You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.
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I know it is certainly true for me. In addition, there are totally different areas of the brain that are "wired and fired'  when you write notes. The idea of providing students with notes electronically would seem to be counterproductive.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 2, 9:12 PM

This type of issue is why teachers are needed in the learning of students.

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Top 10 tips for teaching the teachers - from an ex-teacher - Innovate My School

Top 10 tips for teaching the teachers - from an ex-teacher - Innovate My School | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
It’s been a while since Nicole Ponsford switched sides and handed in her teaching badge. Since then, she’s become acutely aware of the challenges presented by working with her former peers, and finds that not enough non-educators know enough about presenting to teachers. Here, she gives her top 10 pieces of advice on teaching the teachers.
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We all " Get by with a little help from our friends." Some thoughtful ideas.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 1, 12:04 PM

We need to improve the way we prepare teachers for classrooms, but it will not happen as a classroom exorcise. We can make them more comfortable in their university learning, but will that translate into their classroom work?