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5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought

5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"What with the almost universal proliferation of smartphones among students, even at the elementary school level, it would seem like a no-brainer for an educator to utilize mobile apps as effective and readily-accepted learning tools. And if an educator can’t find an app that does exactly what he or she wants, the logical next step is to develop and publish their own. Besides, what else do they have to do with all the free time with which all educators are blessed?"


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And now I'm inspired to create my own BCI Library Learning Commons App! 

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WEAC's curator insight, April 14, 11:00 AM

Develop an app? Are you kidding me? Although it may seem a bit intimidating, if you have any inclination at all for developing an app for your classroom these tools are designed to help the non-programmer get it done.

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 14, 11:13 AM

Access to creativity in the Information Age.

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The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching

The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

“Sticky Teaching”–interesting idea. Learning that lingers. Chris Lema gets at that idea in the following presentation, along with a basic explanation of why this idea works by focusing on the patterns that brains “can’t ignore.” Cool approach, so we’ve taken the six strategies, and given an example for each.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 22, 9:50 PM

Sticky teaching looks at "understanding what the brain can't ignore." In this post there is an explanation of six strategies of sticky teaching.

1. Awaken the intrigue.

2. Begin and end often.

3. Create lots of contrast.

4. Draw them in with stories.

5. Emotion draws attention.

6. Focus on the big idea.

Each of these ideas is discussed in the post.

There is also an embedded slideshare in the post. It provides some interesting statistics and explains why each of these strategies work.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 11:52 AM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology

5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

One of the things I hear most often from teachers who are reluctant to put technology into the hands of their students is that they have visions of students goofing off constantly behind their screen instead of focusing on their work.

 

Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects drawing your students’ attention away from whatever the task at hand happens to be, but just because students have access to technology doesn’t mean you have to transform into device police and forget about teaching. Even if your students would much rather be watching videos on YouTube than learning about the Roman Empire, you still have the upper hand: they want to be using the device. Period.

So how can you leverage that into students who are actually working on what they should be? Here are a few tips. Tell us what you do in your classroom to keep your students from goofing off while they have devices in hand! Share with the Edudemic community by by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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Good advice - simple and straightforward!

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Re-imagining Information Literacy Competencies

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Barbie E. Keiser


"The task force was charged with updating the information literacy competency standards for higher education “so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc.”'


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 24, 10:28 AM

Re-imagining Information Literacy Competencies

Claire Brooks's curator insight, September 24, 7:15 PM

good overlap of digital literacy/info lit/PLE

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Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?

Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills? | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Taking selfies at funerals. Tagging pictures of teens drinking alcohol at parties. Kids (and adults for that matter) post a lot of silly stuff online -- and although most of it is chatter, some of what might seem harmless leads to tragic consequences. But is it the job of schools to teach kids the dos and don'ts of social media?

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 7, 10:51 AM

Is it the job of schools to teach kids the dos and don’ts of social media?


Does it take a village to raise a digital kid?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 12:19 PM

It is a combined effort requiring communication between parents, educators, and students. I found that the digital technology charge was often led by those who were not in classrooms and who rarely engaged parents in meaningful and open conversations. Social media is not one more thing to be dumped on classroom teachers. It takes a joint effort.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 7, 1:57 PM

I definitely think that schools need to teach social media skills. It goes hand in hand with good research skills and information literacy. It should not be an add on it should be part of it. 

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Format MS Word Like a Ninja Super Hero! | The Daring Librarian

Format MS Word Like a Ninja Super Hero! | The Daring Librarian | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

MS Word Comic Tutorials for Kiddos & Staff!

 

Laminate & put in your computer lab!

All Creative Commons Share Alike!

 

Gee, I use lots of !!'s when I scoop!


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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 8, 10:42 AM

I created these printable MS Word comics for my kiddos & staff with the help of a fellow teacher and Jones. 


They're all Creative Commons and can be printed out & laminated for your computer lab!

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, June 9, 3:55 AM

Usar BD para dicas úteis aos alunos que têm de escrever trabalhos usando o word...

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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

I Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Help keep your kids' online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumors) about what really makes them safe.


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I have to agree with Gwyneth Jones in that, "there is no safety, only awareness" when teaching kids digital literacy. These are some great myths that need to be understood so that we can better equip our kids to navigate both the real and virtual world effectively.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 6:39 PM

The first one is pretty important as all children do not turn into bullies. It makes sense that not all kids who use the Internet will turn into bullies. My guess is it would probably be about the same statistical occurrence as pre-Internet, but the footprints are saved.

 

Bullying is a complex and lived experience that is often a product of being bullied and having seen bullying go unchecked. Teachers and other adults who are good role models digitally and in person greatly help the cause of helping children.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 9, 2:00 PM

Good information to also share with parents, especially about their child's digital footprint and how to keep it private.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 11, 9:30 AM

Learning about truths and  ignoring rumours  about internet safety for  children and young people.

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ParticiPoll - free audience polling for PowerPoint

ParticiPoll - free audience polling for PowerPoint | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Free audience polling add-in for PowerPoint that uses audience members' mobile devices for voting and displays results live in your slides.

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Great way to make powerpoint presentations interactive! 

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Bouchut's curator insight, May 19, 12:12 PM

multi devices. Permet de provoquer des sondages directement depuis power point

 

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 27, 6:03 AM

Un autre outil à ranger dans la catégorie des CRS

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, May 30, 7:57 AM

So cool!!  I am envisioning a social studies class with mock elections and student iPads.  What a wonderful way to use the tools we have been given!

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15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 25, 3:09 PM

Five lessons, each is differentiated as Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced. Mapped to three sets of national standards.


Excellent way to get started teaching search skills. (I know there's no room in your curriculum to do this. Perhaps that's what's wrong with your curriculum?)


Seize the opportunity to help your students develop real 21st Century Skills.  

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A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit From Joyce Valenza

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit From Joyce Valenza | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products—music, art, video,...


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 10:50 PM

I make a habit of following Joyce's work. She's always experiment with new tools and consistently delivers quality content. 


Who better than an expert 'cybrarian' to deliver a graphically enhanced Copyright Toolkit?

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Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no b...

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I love this idea - it fits beautifully with the concept of Inquiry-based learning and students assuming ownership of the research process - Yay ACTION! The idea that learning and research are ongoing - and active - is a key element to new learning models. Very exciting!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 9:57 PM

Not too long ago I posted an article that suggested we move from the KWL chart to the KWHL chart...and here is another post that suggests we make it more in-depth by adding the letters A and Q.

What do all these letters stand for?

K - What do I know?

W - What do I want to know?

H - How do I find out?

L - What have I learned?

A - What action will I take?

Q - What new questions do I have?

More in-depth discussions of these new letters are included in the post.

The Rice Process's curator insight, April 24, 6:55 AM

Taking the KWL chart to the next level.

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5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought

5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"What with the almost universal proliferation of smartphones among students, even at the elementary school level, it would seem like a no-brainer for an educator to utilize mobile apps as effective and readily-accepted learning tools. And if an educator can’t find an app that does exactly what he or she wants, the logical next step is to develop and publish their own. Besides, what else do they have to do with all the free time with which all educators are blessed?"


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And now I'm inspired to create my own BCI Library Learning Commons App! 

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WEAC's curator insight, April 14, 11:00 AM

Develop an app? Are you kidding me? Although it may seem a bit intimidating, if you have any inclination at all for developing an app for your classroom these tools are designed to help the non-programmer get it done.

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 14, 11:13 AM

Access to creativity in the Information Age.

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Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology

Teaching Students How to Research for Understanding with Technology | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Searching for information on the Internet can be extremely challenging for our students. This is widely due to the sheer amount of information that is currently available out there. A lot of teache...

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Re-framing the stages of research to help students manage the volume of information on databases and the internet.

PLAN – Identify what the problem is and the questions that you are going to ask.

STRATEGIZE – The route that you are going to take to search the web for information about your questions.

EVALUATE –  The sources of data that you are  using for credibility, accuracy and currentness.

TRIANGULATE – Compare your sources of data against one other.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 1, 8:58 PM

You assign students a research project. Many students go to Google, type in a question (without giving much thought), and often become overwhelmed with the amount of information available. Is this a familiar scene?

Think back and make one change, instead of using Google have them use a database? Is that a significant shift?

This post provides a series of steps, taking you through a number of ways you might proceed with a research project and adding in complexity. Scheer begins by explaining a common research project and moves on through a number of areas:

* What is understanding?

* Understanding Searching with Technology

* Stages of Research

* Putting This All Together

* Conclusion

Do you have your students do research projects? Do you find that you are not satisfied with the quality of work being done? This post provides an excellent foundation to help you revamp your process and provide your students with skills that they will use not only in the classroom but also in the future, in both their personal and professional endeavors.

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Where content curation traffic comes from and 4 ways to increase yours

Where content curation traffic comes from and 4 ways to increase yours | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Content curation is not just collecting, it's also sharing. And whatever our motivation, we curate content to have an impact so understanding where our traffic comes from is important. During our first 2 years of existence, the Scoop.it users have published more than 50M pieces of content attracting more than 100M unique visitors so we've been in a great position to observe not only where this traffic came from but also what best practices had the strongest influence on it. So we’ve analyzed all the content curated, published and shared through Scoop.it. This post is about sharing these data and learnings so you can be more effective with your content curation. Continue reading →

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 9, 1:52 PM

Content Curation traffic: SEO vs Social Media

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PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems

PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 22, 8:00 AM

Check out this great visual on Problem Based Learning (PBL)from Mia MacMeekin. It provides a look at the seven steps found in PBL. For each step she provides a number of ways for students to think about the specific process. What are the seven areas?

1. Start with a real life problem

2. Map it out

3. Prototype, prototype, prototype

4. Be creative

5. Think global

6. Join a challenge

7. Set goals

8. Create learning moments

Along the way she also makes some suggestions on what you should be doing as a teacher. If PBL is new to you (or your students) this would be a great visual to have your students recreate, where they may change words and add images to make it their own. Then hang it in your classroom and support them as they become experienced at problem based learning.

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20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator

20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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This is not a completely comprehensive list, however,  it is a good idea for trying to focus our priorities in a job that is so multifaceted that it is often overwhelming. I might consider reorganizing the list into action items and philosophical items, and choose one or two a week to focus on. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 22, 10:29 PM

Have you considered creating a "core set of teacher practices" that you use and you think other teachers should use? David Wees had done this with this chart of 20 Things Every Teacher Should Do. Check it out and if you have items to add make sure to let him know. 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 26, 12:23 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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Raise a Reader Infogram

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 10, 11:48 PM

Here is a great infographic to share with parents as schools come to an end (at least in my state). Learn some of the many reasons why it is important for students to have parents (or siblings, friends, etc.) read to them after school is out. Learn some of the statistics for students whom have too much screen time and the best places to keep books in your house.

Terri Goldson's curator insight, June 12, 6:32 AM

Reading is a fundamental skill that all children must develop. The foundation for the joy of reading can be developed at home. Check out the info-chart, read, learn, explore and form your own opinion.  ....Knowledge IS Power!   Terri Goldson, Sr

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators


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In the Learning Commons community, this makes sooooo much sense. Inquiry based learning is all about questioning, gathering, re-thinking, re-purposing and sharing information. Teachers and t-l's who practice and model curation in course design will be better equipped to instruct their students in curation. Love this! 

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 27, 8:43 AM

Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educatoris as Curators

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For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl


Ajo Monzó's curator insight, July 28, 5:51 AM

Sencillo y muy entendible!, gracias

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'The Fault in Our Stars' Grownups Should Read

'The Fault in Our Stars' Grownups Should Read | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
You shouldn't be embarrassed to read a novel that confronts human suffering.

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Genre labels frequently discourage people from reading certain books because, "I don't like science fiction." Great books shouldn't be labelled "teen" or "romance" or "mystery".  A story about the human condition transcends genre, and John Green has crafted a beautiful story with authentic characters. I would encourage anyone to read it. Bring Kleenex. 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 8, 11:12 AM

WARNING: Spoilers.


Great article that draws comparisons of #TFIOS with a Greek Tragedy & Shakespeare.


If was a High School English teacher I would be ALL OVER THIS!

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Educator as a Maker Educator

Educator as a Maker Educator | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The following materials are being used to present to educators the idea that implementing maker education requires a different mindset, and often different roles and skills of the educator. To acce...

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I'd really like to make the transition in my Library Learning Commons to integrate a makerspace. My goal is to help promote a maker mentality in my school. This is a great resource to introduce the idea to teachers. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 10:36 PM

Are you interested in being known as an educator whom is also a maker educator? This post from Jackie Gerstein provides a great visual that looks as many of the roles you might play, including

* Process facilitator

* Resource suggestion provider

* Lead learner

* Relationship enabler

* Technology tutor

This visual is designed in ThingLink and if you click through from the post you will find additional resources in the visual

And you might also view a SlideShare where Gerstein provides  additional resources.

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Part 1: Digital Citizenship Education... Over 20 Essential Resources

Part 1: Digital Citizenship Education... Over 20 Essential Resources | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series that examines the importance of facilitating digital citizenship with today's students. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering ...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 27, 7:34 AM

Michael Gorman shares a wonderful list of annotated links.

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 27, 9:59 AM

Always looking for quality free resources for this topic!

Valerie Hill's curator insight, April 30, 4:50 PM

Teaching digital citizenship has rapidly risen to the top of my priority list as a school librarian.

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Tune up your Syllabus: Tips and Policies to Support Safe Social Media Use

Tune up your Syllabus: Tips and Policies to Support Safe Social Media Use | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Explore social media policies and security tips for protecting students’ privacy and data when using blogs, wikis, Twitter, Facebook, and other online sites.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 7, 5:59 PM

Time to revise your syllabus?  Get up to speed on social media policy. 


Here is a round-up of current policies on social media use for educators.  Topics covered include Ferpa, Student Blogging, Protecting Student Data from Breaches, Integration of social media into the classroom, and social media guidelines for teachers.

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The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive

The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

AmaLast summer we told you that the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content Program by taking 4600 high-resolution images from the Getty collections, putting them into the public domain, and making them freely available in digital format. We also made it clear -- there would be more to come.


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Amazing resources for student researchers and art lovers alike! THIS is the sort of thing that makes me love the internet!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 24, 10:28 PM

Getty has added an additional 77,000 images to their Open Content Program (which means they have made available over 87,000 images). This post, from Open Culture, provides additional information or you may want to head directly to The Getty and begin to search. 

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DMS Book Spine Poetry

DMS Book Spine Poetry | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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This is a super-cool idea!  I want to try it at our library! 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 13, 2:33 PM

Super cool idea! LOVE THIS! When I get back from spring break I'm gonna have to have the kiddos try this!

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Visible Thinking Routines: Extend & Deepen Students Understanding

Visible Thinking Routines: Extend & Deepen Students Understanding | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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This has so much relevance when teaching students questioning and critical thinking skills. Great tool for developing Inquiry based learning strategies. Also, I love an infographic!

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 8, 9:12 PM

How can students use their iPad to answer these questions? I have founf allowing them to give feedback on assessment performance in Coneqt has been very valuable, as well as using collaborative brainstorm/idea tools like TodaysMeet and Padlet. These questions are part of Harvard's Visible Thinking Framework.

"Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning."

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, April 9, 6:38 AM

These routines have classroom merit, too, as we're trying to get students to think.

Julienne Feeney's curator insight, April 9, 7:21 PM

Complements MYP principles and Learner Profiles beautifully...

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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.

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This is helpful as a philosophical vision - how to rethink our teaching to effectively integrate the inquiry process. Love it! 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 24, 9:47 PM

So how would one go about reinterpreting project-based learning? This post explores this idea in depth, providing five key areas where change must occur, and detailing one to five additional ideas that will help move project-based learning to a "philosophy of inquiry."
What are the five key areas?

1. Put PBL on a continuum of inquiry.

2. Blend surface knowledge and deeper learning.

3. Start with a sophisticated student-centered culture.

4. Make collaboration as important in school as it is in life.

5. Understand that PBL cannot be done alone.

If you are using project-based learning, or are considering implementing project-based learning next year take the time to check out this post. There are many great ideas that will lead our students to "deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing."

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, March 25, 2:31 AM

As the article suggests if carried out correctly project based learning can be a deeper learning experience.  PBL also leads to creative enquiry and teamwork.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 25, 2:32 PM

This post includes some strategic suggestions on how to make PBL more meaningful for your students.