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73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities

73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A new Pew study looks at teachers' increased technology use, but also expresses educators' concerns about the digital divide.
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I have serious concerns about the divide as well , but is surprising the number of kids across income levels who have phones , at least inn Chicago. It is the cheapest way to access the web for some.
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The Teacher's Guide To Copyright And Fair Use - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Copyright And Fair Use - Edudemic | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
If you're looking to use various online materials in class, check out the teacher's guide to copyright and fair use before you begin!
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A Great Digital Literacy Skills Continuum for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Digital Literacy Skills Continuum for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Effective. And simple rubric for scope of digital literacy.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 16, 2013 2:06 PM

"Digital literacy is not only about knowing how to use technology but also when and why to use it.Not everything can be taught using technology because technology is not an end in and for itself but only a means to improve learning and teaching. In its basic foundational base, technology means tools you use." Those are the opening thoughts of this article. Yes, the matrix/rubric is specific to another jurisdiction, but that quote serves to underscore the need for a mindful approach.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, February 17, 2013 7:35 AM

Nice, simple rubric.

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How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… : Blogush

How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… : Blogush | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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This is ridiculously cool. A middle school students created an RSA animate style presentation on the Lousisiana Purchase. i can only imagine the enthusiasm and engagement this student must have had.

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The 6 Best Word Cloud Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 6 Best Word Cloud Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
I love these things useful for so much and provide great visual representations of themes,etc
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20 Must-use Education Technology Tools

20 Must-use Education Technology Tools | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Here are 20 of the most promising new apps, websites and online education technology tools or services every teacher should be using to help improve classroom learning.
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A Model of Critical Thinking from criticalthinking.org

A Model of Critical Thinking from criticalthinking.org | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Alistair Parker's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:57 AM

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This is a great interactive model of critical thinking. One circle has 8 elements of thought:
* Purpose

* Question at issue

* Information

* Interpretation and influence

* Concepts

* Assumptions

* Implications and Consequences

* Point of View

As you role over and selelct an element of thought you are hown additional information about the element. For example, if you were to select Point of View  you would be prompted to understand your point of view and provided with questions to further your thinking. In addition there are also prompts for intellectual standards to consider. The intellectual standards include: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, and fairness. In each of these area there is a brief definition as well a three additional questions to consider. There is also one choice (more) that provides you with additional standards you might want to consider and suggests that you think of your own.

R Hollingsworth's curator insight, January 30, 2013 9:33 AM

I'm thinking this is a pretty complicated model given that many of our very best critical thinking is done within the space of a blink!  However, it's useful to be able to break it down and explain it for undergraduates for whom universities have great expectations in criticial thinking but don't really explain how they know what it is when they see it.  And, sadly, in introductory courses too often professors don't expect critical thinking of their students - sticking too close to recall or lower levels of application thinking for their expectations of student performance.

R Hollingsworth's comment, January 30, 2013 9:34 AM
terrific toy for educators to play with and use - would work great in a group discussion with a faculty scholarly community...
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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Erin Scott By Jennie Rose In his new book To Sell is Human, author Daniel Pink reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in th
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Resilience and risk  are the key

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for the love of learning: Here's what learning looks like


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phrase.it - Online Image Editor For Cartoon Style Speech Bubbles

phrase.it - Online Image Editor For Cartoon Style Speech Bubbles | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
phrase.it is a free online image editor which lets you add cartoon style speech and thought bubbles to your images. It's extremely easy to use and you will have great looking results within minutes.

Via John Dalziel, William Machado, Kathleen Cercone, Jim Lerman
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This would be enthusiastically received by students, know doubt, who could then extend their visual literacy as well.

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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, January 18, 2013 6:45 PM

Really neat!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 19, 2013 3:34 PM

Here's a simple way to create some eye catching graphics.  Taks a bit to get the size of the photo and the size of the bubble to actually work. 

Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 19, 2013 8:41 PM

Oh, how fun this is!

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Exit tickets seem to be a great way to go in terms of formative assessment. An Alan Novemeber webinar suggested the students provide critical thinking questions as their exit ticket, which is another idea that could still work with this.

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Kirk Helferich's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:23 AM

Exit tickets seem to be a great way to go in terms of formative assessment. An Alan Novemeber webinar suggested the students provide critical thinking questions as their exit ticket, which is another idea that could still work with this.

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Here Comes 2013: The Big Themes in Learning

Here Comes 2013: The Big Themes in Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Getty Here are three big stories concerning education and learning that you’ll be hearing about in the year ahead—and some pointers on how to think a
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I love the part about realizing the importance of the human element ,intertaction , and hands on learning being as important as technology use.

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21st Century Information Fluency: Teacher's Guide: Ethical Use GameKit

21st Century Information Fluency: Teacher's Guide: Ethical Use GameKit | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

This guide provides instructions and ideas for using the Action Zone activities that are bundled in this Ethical Use Kit. The Sorting Hat Challenge requires searchers to dig for information within a site to find its author. Four new MicroModule Companions test skills in finding information about Copyright, Citation and Plagiarism (2 sets). In addition to serving as tutorial resources, each one may be used to assess the extent to which students are able to demonstrate skills in secondary searching and citing resources properly.


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Always good stuff from the work of Dennis O'Connor and Carl Heine. Thanks for making our jobs a little easier while helping make our students a little wiser.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 7, 2013 6:03 PM

This is vintage work from Dr. Carl Heine and me.  I'm always pleased to share this!  You'll find lots of goodies here! 

Lourense Das's curator insight, February 9, 2013 6:34 AM

Info and tools to discuss search techniques, copyright, plagiarism

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Teaching without Words: A Must See Ted Talk ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teaching without Words: A Must See Ted Talk ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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This talk was spot on and mind-boggling. Look at the data he was able to show as well. This needs to be out there for all.

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
After years of experimentation and reflection, English and digital media teacher Paul Barnwell offers his current take on smart—and not-so-smart—ways to use technology in the classroom.
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Digital Native Does Not Mean Digital Literate | New Tech Network

Digital Native Does Not Mean Digital Literate | New Tech Network | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Alan November makes a case for digital literacy as a skill to be taught & modeled.
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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Media maps are workflow storyboards for multimedia products. What do you want to create with your students today?"


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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, December 2, 2012 12:00 PM
You're most welcome LuAnne! Glad you find them useful; I do as well :-)
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This is a gold mine of info. Thanks
Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:54 PM

Something interesting to pass on ot teachers

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Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum | MindShift

Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum | MindShift | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
They certainly called it 2 years ago! What we as adults experienced in school, as educators and students, will bear little resemblance to what lies ahead. Here's a look at current trends, their
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Eminent Tech: Beware of this App

Eminent Tech: Beware of this App | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
This topic has been popping up rather regularly with parents &students alike.
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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently

25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 26, 2013 4:27 AM

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Sandra V. Barbosa's curator insight, January 26, 2013 9:26 PM

Se você perguntar a um aluno o que o torna bem sucedido na escola, provavelmente você não ouvirá sobre de algum livro fantástico novo ou série de palestras . Muito provavelmente você vai ouvir algo como: "Foi tudo o Sr. Jones. Ele simplesmente nunca desistiu de mim. "
O que os alunos tiram de uma educação bem-sucedida, geralmente vem de uma ligação pessoal com um professor que incutiu a paixão e inspiração por determinada aprendizagem.

Helena Felizardo's comment, January 27, 2013 9:58 AM
Adorei. Vou partilhar...
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6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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one stop shopping- 6 videos to use for faculty metings or whatever

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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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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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Understoodit: Formative Assessment Tool

Understoodit: Formative Assessment Tool | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students.


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This sounds like it might be what I have been looking for.

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Alan Ovens's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:02 PM

Another interesting possibility.  However, it costs am worried about how these  continue to create a market place out   becomes too expensive.

Donny Anderson's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:55 PM

Understoodit is a perfect piece of technology that moves far beyond what clickers can provide.  You get real time feedback.  I wonder if the graphic can be enbedded into presentation software?