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www.TypoEffects.com | Create your individual text art images!

www.TypoEffects.com | Create your individual text art images! | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
The online application that provides tools to easily generate text art images, also known as typographical images.

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May require a couple more careful steps, but very cool idea

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Mark Rounds's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:39 PM

Typoeffects is another Word Cloud maker website that lets you create cool looking images based on a photo that you upload.

It requires Microsoft Silverlight, so you’ll need to be able to install that onto the computer you’re using (Check with your network admin)

It allows you to upload a photograph then create a word cloud image from a few keywords. Unlike other word cloud generators like Wordle there’s no link between word size and how frequent it is. It also seems to work best with only a few keywords (15/16) so you can’t really use it on a long chunk of text. It would be an interesting way to present a set of keywords for a topic or as a lesson starter.

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How to Convert PDF to Word for Free

How to Convert PDF to Word for Free | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
PDF to Word converters are a dime a dozen. We have compiled the 5 best ones you can get for free, for both on- and more secure offline use.

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Stan Smith's curator insight, April 27, 1:17 AM
This may come in handy.
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often needed!
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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

 


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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.



 

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 good tips to follow to continue to be the "guide on the side" 

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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

 

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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

 

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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

 

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The Best Formative Assessment Tools, Tips, and Lessons

The Best Formative Assessment Tools, Tips, and Lessons | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Great formative assessment apps and how to use them effectively.

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Some good ideas not merely for apps, but for insightful questions to ask after completion that has the participants thinking about thinking.
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Exploring New Literacies

Angela Maiers' presentation on exploring new literacies.

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 iits all here with speaker notes

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kathy pryor's curator insight, January 30, 11:32 AM

EXPLORING NEW LITERACIES by Angela Maiers

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Learner Empowerment

Learner Empowerment | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A major theme during the Educon 2.8 conference in Philadelphia during the last week of January, 2016, was learner empowerment. Here is a Storify of tweets about empowerment from the conference: https://storify.com/jackiegerstein/what-conditions-are-necessary-for-empowerment-in-s. ; Highlighted Tweets include . . . The conference and Twitter discussions motivated me to write this post on learner empowerment. Thomas and Velthouse…

 

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margot roi's curator insight, February 15, 10:05 AM

Student choice=student voice.

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This article recaps one of major themes shared at EduCon 2016 in January 2016: Learner Empowerment.

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Learner Empowerment | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

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21 education technology recommendations for 2016

21 education technology recommendations for 2016 | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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         A quick summary of the 21 major points of the Future Ready report from the Department of Educations.

 

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Charleston, S.C., hosts a youth movement in its schools | The Washington Post

Charleston, S.C., hosts a youth movement in its schools | The Washington Post | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
The line between education and physical education is disappearing entirely, thanks to a new movement in Charleston schools
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What a great idea and results to support it. My questions is how did they get the funding and the space.

 

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QR Code People | APPSOLUTELY APRIL

QR Code People | APPSOLUTELY APRIL | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
At the beginning of the year, I like to have the students participate in technology integration projects where students get a chance to describe themselves to their classmates. This project allowed students to use written expression to describe themselves, create a QR code with text, and create a self-portrait. I did this project on the…

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Lisa Johnson 's curator insight, October 6, 2015 11:37 AM

Love this idea. Would be great for Parent Night or ePortfolios

Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 7, 2015 1:35 PM

Great idea. may work interestingly with student portfolios or a video assessment they create of work they created.

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Let’s Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching

Let’s Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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Amen to this! It is NOT about the tools, but how they facilitate learning.

"Good teachers know how to create learner-driven environments where failure is considered learning and persistence is an expectation. Good teachers know how to inspire students and build a love for learning that can last a lifetime.

 And good teachers don’t necessarily need to use technology to do that."
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Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies ^ by Kelly Walsh

Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies ^ by Kelly Walsh | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today. Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using it."


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 26, 2015 9:33 AM

Finally, AR stands for something I like!

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 26, 2015 9:58 AM

It is well  worth the time to watch the videos that are presented here.

Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 29, 2015 10:44 AM

This is actually very beneficial to both students and teachers.  There are always new and innovating ways to incorporate fun facts with academics.  Not only is this new tool involving the both teachers and students, but it is also teaching and giving teachers and students new facts about interesting areas of education.  This is something that has to be showcased around all districts.

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
American youths are plugged in and tuned out of the real world for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.
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This is an interesting article that poses no real surprises. I really appreciate the message that Catherine Steiner-Adair is sending. More folks should read The Big Disconnect as it relates not only to kids on devices, but their parents. Their is less and less personal interactions on MANY levels.

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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, 2015 3:24 PM

Well now...

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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, 2015 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.

 

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Integrating Technology and Literacy

Integrating Technology and Literacy | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A middle school language arts educator shares his favorite digital tools for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment.
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How Generation Z is changing the tech world

How Generation Z is changing the tech world | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Sorry, millennials, you're already obsolete - a younger generation is now setting the pace in social media
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Interesting stuff, not only about the book, but great news piece to share in the classroom as well.
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Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, March 18, 3:56 PM
Interesting stuff, not only about the book, but great news piece to share in the classroom as well.
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Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

Maha Bali writes: "We often hear people talk about the importance of digital knowledge for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, many focus on skills rather than literacies. Digital skills focus on what and how. Digital literacy focuses on why, when, who, and for whom."


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Maha Bali's article is worth sharing widely with anyone who needs to be nudged ever so gently into the 21st century of education. (We're 16% through it, folks!) Bali addresses the need to teach about digital skills and literacy in an authentic context, not a vacuum, and gives many concrete examples for doing that. 

 

I recently did a lesson on blogging with a 6th grade class. We looked at several tween and teen blogs, then reviewed good digital citizenship practices emphasizing student safety and copyright. Finally, each student created a blog on Blogger. Will they make mistakes? Probably. (When I specifically told them to keep it school appropriate, with nothing in the blog they wouldn't be allowed to do at school, and one student immediately started searching for "Call of Duty 3" images!) Will we all learn something from this? Absolutely. 

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Cristin Kennedy's curator insight, March 26, 12:07 PM

Maha Bali's article is worth sharing widely with anyone who needs to be nudged ever so gently into the 21st century of education. (We're 16% through it, folks!) Bali addresses the need to teach about digital skills and literacy in an authentic context, not a vacuum, and gives many concrete examples for doing that. 

 

I recently did a lesson on blogging with a 6th grade class. We looked at several tween and teen blogs, then reviewed good digital citizenship practices emphasizing student safety and copyright. Finally, each student created a blog on Blogger. Will they make mistakes? Probably. (When I specifically told them to keep it school appropriate, with nothing in the blog they wouldn't be allowed to do at school, and one student immediately started searching for "Call of Duty 3" images!) Will we all learn something from this? Absolutely. 

Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, March 27, 12:00 AM

Maha Bali's article is worth sharing widely with anyone who needs to be nudged ever so gently into the 21st century of education. (We're 16% through it, folks!) Bali addresses the need to teach about digital skills and literacy in an authentic context, not a vacuum, and gives many concrete examples for doing that. 

 

I recently did a lesson on blogging with a 6th grade class. We looked at several tween and teen blogs, then reviewed good digital citizenship practices emphasizing student safety and copyright. Finally, each student created a blog on Blogger. Will they make mistakes? Probably. (When I specifically told them to keep it school appropriate, with nothing in the blog they wouldn't be allowed to do at school, and one student immediately started searching for "Call of Duty 3" images!) Will we all learn something from this? Absolutely. 

Darin Nakakihara's curator insight, March 27, 12:44 PM

Maha Bali's article is worth sharing widely with anyone who needs to be nudged ever so gently into the 21st century of education. (We're 16% through it, folks!) Bali addresses the need to teach about digital skills and literacy in an authentic context, not a vacuum, and gives many concrete examples for doing that. 

 

I recently did a lesson on blogging with a 6th grade class. We looked at several tween and teen blogs, then reviewed good digital citizenship practices emphasizing student safety and copyright. Finally, each student created a blog on Blogger. Will they make mistakes? Probably. (When I specifically told them to keep it school appropriate, with nothing in the blog they wouldn't be allowed to do at school, and one student immediately started searching for "Call of Duty 3" images!) Will we all learn something from this? Absolutely. 

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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

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"These aren’t single tools to “try,” but news ways to think about how learners access media, how educators define success, and what the roles of immense digital communities should be in popularizing new learning models."

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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Adolescence and the teenage years can be riddled with anxiety. But the fantastic brain development during that period makes it a prime time to nurture a love of
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I don't know if I find anything more fascinating than this particular topic.

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The Digital Writing Process

The Digital Writing Process | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

Now, with nearly 20 years of middle and high school teaching behind me, I still respect the writing process approach and its benefits. I also recognize that the nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources. Of course, today’s composers still must meet the commonly accepted conventions of the genre in which they are engaged, but our visual digital culture creates different demands than did the primarily print text-based world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 4, 2015 4:52 AM

Interesting approach to digital writing.

Digital Communication Students's curator insight, December 4, 2015 7:00 AM

"The nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources". We completely agree with this phrase. Our way of writing is changing more than we notice. I figure that adults notice this more than young people, because this last group were born with the Internet. Nevertheless, its very important to learn how to write properly, this article provides the tools and the practice we need.

Annenkov's curator insight, December 5, 2015 9:14 AM

Algorythm SOARS:
    Survey
Organize
    Address:
Revise:
    Survey Again:

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Learning by Doing: A Teacher Transitions Into PBL | Edutopia

Learning by Doing: A Teacher Transitions Into PBL | Edutopia | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
For a successful PBL unit, set clear goals, over plan, make students accountable, give concrete deadlines, share rubrics in advance, and reflect on your methods.
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I love that this teacher shares tips about how she learned from her mistakes as she tried PBL. She provides some good tips and advice. This is really 21st century learning, and it doesn't necessarily require anything digital. Just saw an interesting movie, " Most Likely to Succeed' which covers some of the pros and cons of PBL  that was also very enlightening.

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.
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This is a fascinating project based on a study of the last Horizon report. The article explains the info graph above which also considers the impact of trends in the long term.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 12, 2015 4:15 PM

An interesting infographic that visualizes some of the results and theories from the latest Horizon Report.

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A New Literacy: Making Connections in Electronic Environments - YouTube

"This introduction video is an overview of a discussion about communication through electronic media. It explores and discusses internet communication, text messaging, social networks, and other electronic media: some of their uses, some myths created around them, and some ideas about how they can be used. Some of the video is based on the works of Dr. David Crystal, professor of linguistics and author. "

 

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A succinct summation of the changed communication/information environment in which we live. Nicely done, although a bit Ango-centric.


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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 12, 2015 9:01 AM

An interesting little video to spark discussion at a faculty meeting at the beginning of the year. Maybe we assauge the fears of those we are still reluctant because of their own discomfort with the medium.

 

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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As important as focusing on learning, its is good to know what it  means to be a teacher that encourages and facilitates it.

I still, however,like the author,  find the use of the term 21st century 15 years in a rather silly. It is about student leaning. Period.

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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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Lauren Nazzaro's curator insight, May 29, 2015 9:15 AM

Great, specific, assessment driven examples.

cherimacleod's curator insight, May 31, 2015 1:05 AM

Kathy Schrock knows thinking and technology ....right on, as always!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 13, 3:08 AM

Kathy Schrock has been looking ahead with technology and a librarian's instinct for organization for years. She's still hitting it out of the park. 

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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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