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10 Innovative Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom - Edudemic

10 Innovative Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom - Edudemic | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
It starts with an image. Present ideas. Pack it full of content. Create links to amazing sites. Explore, share and create with ThingLink in the classroom!
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Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

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I like the breakdown presented in this article as well as the emphasis on using apps as critical thinking tools, not just creation tools.

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Fiona Tavares's curator insight, January 5, 11:00 AM

Including use of Tellagami 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 22, 9:06 PM

I've followed Kathy Schrock's work for years.  She's always on it! 

Lauren Nazzaro's curator insight, Today, 9:15 AM

Great, specific, assessment driven examples.

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8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom

8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by chrisbb@prodigy.net As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really wa...
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Interesting ideas to consider.  Great sketchnote version by Sylvia duckworth  at sketchnote Scribes G+ community

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Technology in Education: Notes from the Closet: Digital Tattoos: How Social Media Shapes Your Students' (and Your) Online Image and How to Protect It

Technology in Education: Notes from the Closet: Digital Tattoos: How Social Media Shapes Your Students' (and Your) Online Image and How to Protect It | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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This is an article worth reading about the impact our own digital experiences, formal and informal, can have. The author provides a number of links to investigate so that we can see exactly what is out there about us. A good article to share with newer teachers especially.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...


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I have the article elsewhere but love the visual that is provided here. Great sign for teacher lounge, mail room as well as a PD topic.
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David Baker's curator insight, February 17, 10:54 AM

The power of the Infographic is that it references both teacher and student actions and habits. I have shared it with my teachers. This might become a solid self-assessment tool for coaching conversations with teachers.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 10:21 AM

Love the graphics in this post.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 3, 12:05 PM

Interesting graphic with some great ideas on interpreting 21st century skills as they pertain to teaching

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LEARN - LEAD - GROW : RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: RISE Model (Part 1)

LEARN - LEAD - GROW : RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: RISE Model (Part 1) | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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I like this idea and the idea of looking even deeper into the Bloom's taxonomy pyramid. The article that accompanies this help explain how to implement and what to ask in the classroom.

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Kahoot is a Fun Free Game-Based Classroom Response System

Kahoot is a Fun Free Game-Based Classroom Response System | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Engaging Classroom Tool Encourages Students to Take Ownership of Learning & Move From "Learner to Leader"! Kahoot! was launched in 2013 as a game-based
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This tool was mentioned by impressive and experience educators  at about 3 different workshops I attended over the summer. Being of the belief that gaming is a powerful learning tool, I plan on investigating this in depth. Why can't learning be fun?

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5 Steps for Planning Lessons Around Technology – Starting with the End in Mind

5 Steps for Planning Lessons Around Technology – Starting with the End in Mind | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
"And then one day everything changed for me ..." Teacher Anne Karakash is a recipient of a 2004 Fulbright Scholarship and a National Board for Professional
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This article explains a step by step approach to integrating technology into your lessons. No big surprise that you should always begin with the learning objective and carefully consider the skills you want the students to develop or utilize during the project. Good I eve to share with the reluctant.
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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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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 18, 2014 10:37 AM

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, 2014 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, 2014 10:21 PM

El uso de los portafolios Digitales

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 3, 2014 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, 2014 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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Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself?

Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
It seems that a number of participants in my Digital Citizenship workshop imagined they'd be learning about cyber safety for three days! Is that what comes to mind for some people when they hear th...

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Some good ideas to introduce her to teachers as well as students.

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, May 11, 3:24 PM

Well now...

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 12, 12:00 PM

This article shares some insights from a recent workshop on digital citizenship and how they can prepare to help their students become good digital citizens. Thoughts?

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Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions

Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
This list of questions was developed to help educators be clear about the unique add value of a digital learning environment.
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A Blog post by Alan November about deep thinking , globalization and innovation when it comes to technology usage.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 27, 9:29 PM

Innovation and technology do not go hand-in-hand. What November is speaking about is digital technology. Broadly, technology is a tool and we study its uses to determine if it is the best tool for the planned work. That kind of thinking is innovative.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor

6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"If you answer no to all six questions when evaluating the design of assignments and student work, then chances are that technology is not really being applied in the most innovative ways. The questions we ask to evaluate implementation and define innovation are critical."


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Sounds crazy but probably ore common than you think.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 16, 10:01 PM

This post, by Alan November, ask six question that help districts help "clarify for educators the unique added value of a digital learning environment, and whether their assignments were making the best use of this environment.

November believes that innovation is critical, and shares his perspective that technology needs to move beyond the ability to function and move the school community (teachers, staff and students) to be more innovative, which requires that the "design of learning" that will lead to new levels of student achievement.

The six questions he raises are below:

1.  Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?

2.  Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?

3.  Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?

4.  Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?

5.  Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?

6.  Does the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?

Additional information is included with each question in the post. How would you score your school or district?

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 17, 11:33 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

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Learn Lead Grow: RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: Kaizena Audio Comments in Google Docs (Part 2)

Learn Lead Grow: RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: Kaizena Audio Comments in Google Docs (Part 2) | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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More on the Rise model from the UK and the benefits of using Kaizena

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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it's almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that "we don't do technology".  Part of b...
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This is quite an interesting list and challenge. I love the creativity and innovation behind it. Hope I can encourage my teachers to consider the possibilities.

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New Bloom's Taxonomy Poster for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Bloom's Taxonomy Poster for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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Yet another poster that offers technology possibilities attached to Bloom's Taxonomy. Would be a great conversation starting on a faculty mail room or lounge board, especially as we begin the school year.
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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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niftyjock's curator insight, July 28, 2014 6:26 PM

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, 2014 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"
Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 7, 1:19 AM

Metacognition is one of the hardest aspects of student's learning to get from them. Children find it difficult to communicate about their thinking and teacher's find it difficult to teach these skills. This is well worth a read to help develop our own understanding of metacognition. 

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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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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 20, 2014 8:02 PM

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.