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Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb

Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.

Did you know that "peer group influence plays an important developmental role in the psychosocial process of separation from parents"? What does this mean to teachers of middle school students? That "interactive, interdependent group work" helps middle school students "build happy, learning brains."

This post will help you learn more about brain science, successful group work, how to plan for success, provides some researched-based guidelines and more.


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Ruth Virginia Barton's curator insight, February 13, 2015 11:08 AM

Supportive middle school teaching strategies like cooperative learning, class celebrations, and community-school collaborations lower stress and increase resilience in students and create HAPPY MIDDLE-SCHOOL BRAINS, neuro-imaging shows.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 2015 2:45 PM

This site was recommended by Ruth Burton.  I taught middle school for 15 years and the insights found here make great sense to me. 

Ana María Hurtado's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:16 AM

Of course, they do! 

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What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast -- and so are the profits.
This is a thought-provoking read. Spread the word!
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Technology

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Whoa...a Pinterest page of 50 EDTECH ideas. I don't 'do' pinterest yet myself, too much to abosrb, but thought to share this fabulous start.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different?
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5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating.
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Should We Connect School Life to Real Life?

Should We Connect School Life to Real Life? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Will Richardson's new TED Book Why School:  How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere.
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21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher

21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Are you a 21st Century Teacher? Find out! PLUS if you can help me add to my list you may win a special $200 prize.
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Solution fluency

Solution fluency | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Digital literacy is swiftly becoming a catchall term whose meaning is applied to the thinnest veneer of a continuum of modern behaviors.
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12 Reasons We Need To Reinvent The School Desk

12 Reasons We Need To Reinvent The School Desk | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Students young and old frequently complain about the quality of the desks and chairs provided on campus, yet it remains one of the more overlooked issues.
Couldn't agree more.We need to do more than introduce a tool. We have to create an environment for learning & collaborating
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How To Properly Integrate Classroom Technology

How To Properly Integrate Classroom Technology | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
I realized we are entering a phase with technology in instruction where many teachers who have been using it for awhile have integrated it into their teaching style - it's part of our methodology.
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Teach Teachers Tech | A Platform for Good.org

Teach Teachers Tech | A Platform for Good.org | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

The remarkable Adora Svitak surfaces once again! (If you don't know much about her, a Google search will yield amazing information. For example, she organized her own TEDx conference at the age of 12).

 

Ms. Svitak is now 14 and offering helpful suggestions to educators about how to make their classroom more engaging and technologically connected. Each of her 5 short videos is accompanied by a page of teaching suggestions and resources. -JL


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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Flickr: Elizabeth Albert The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree.
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327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion

327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

MentorMob and LearnZillion have teamed up to create a comprehensive collection of Common Core aligned learning playlists perfect for providing students with easy access to guided learning experiences.


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Why We Need To Get Rid of Class Lectures

Why We Need To Get Rid of Class Lectures | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
If students can only focus for 15-minute intervals, shouldn't we devote precious class time to something more engaging?
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The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship

The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is important to understand for today's students, staff, and teachers. Microsoft has just unveiled a free curriculum that gives great tips and ideas on teaching digital citizenship and creative content.
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10 Of The Best Educational Online Games

10 Of The Best Educational Online Games | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
10 great educational online games to use with students. From climate change to surgery, every child will find something to engage and excite.

The games listed are:

* Danger Zone

* The Blood Typing Game

* Kodu

* Climate Challenge

* Play My Code

* Wasteland Adventure

* Electrocity

* Virtual Surgery

* Peace Doves

Each game has a short explanation and a link is provided to the site.


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The Teacher’s Guide To Successful Technology Integration

The Teacher’s Guide To Successful Technology Integration | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A scene from the movie, “Italian Job”, has come to mind lately. In this particular scene the villain takes the gold bars and places them in three different armored trucks. Now what to do? The old hidden ball trick!
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Six new educational web tools for teachers

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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called "Why Kids Can't Search".

Another argument for the tools of information and digital literacy.

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Literacy worth investing in

Literacy worth investing in | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Learning isn't analog any more. When I think of analog learning, I think of something static.
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Using Tech Tools to Provide Timely Feedback

Using Tech Tools to Provide Timely Feedback | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful moments in my teaching journey was the summer I immersed myself in feedback and checking for understanding.
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Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense | eSchool News

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense | eSchool News | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, “Just Google it,” when asked to describe the meaning of life?
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Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf

Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"For many advanced computer users, Dropboxis the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices. Similar and equally useful free services include Google Drive and Box.com.

 

"We’ve already covered some awesome uses for Dropbox, including How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts Simultaneously [Mac], how to send send files to your Dropbox without using Dropbox, how to upload files faster and easier with Dropbox, and even how to host a WordPress blog on your Dropbox account. The following are a handful of other ideas for new and maybe more experienced users of Dropbox."


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship

Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
VideoAmy explores the topic of digital citizenship with this playlist of videos on the importance of online safety, manners, privacy, and responsibility.
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