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17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher

17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher | library life | Scoop.it

"There are many benefits to teaching young people to code.   As a musician starts learning a piece of music,  the process can be daunting.   Musicians, however, naturally start breaking the song into parts.   By slowly mastering small phrases, scales, chords, and patterns, the song slowly emerges from the student.   The discipline of decomposition and persistence shows up in computer programming too."


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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K–12 Edition


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 20, 12:20 PM

Take a look at what's coming in K-12 EDTECH.  The Horizon Reports are important research. 

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The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video | library life | Scoop.it
You will be surprised how quickly a short video conveys just what students know about the subject.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 25, 1:53 AM
I can see that using Flipgrid can help support this too. 
Cheryl Hunter's curator insight, September 14, 9:43 AM
Such a great idea that applies just as easily to K12 as it does to higher ed! #showwhatyouknow #learning #assessment @rvhs
 
Kim Flintoff's comment, September 14, 7:22 PM
Haven't we yet reached the point where assessment is no longer knowing "about" rather than knowing "how"?
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Infographic: 6 uses for K-12 classroom AR

Infographic: 6 uses for K-12 classroom AR | library life | Scoop.it

As technologies improve, classroom #AR is providing engaging ways for students to learn and become immersed in new concepts.


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So, What IS the Future of Work? - EdSurge News

Hosted at Stanford University, the day-long event brought together dozens of minds who are thinking about what careers and skills students need to prepare for, and how an increasingly digital higher-education system will need to adapt to help get them there.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 4, 12:41 AM

Interesting though maybe a bit optimistic.

Pam Anderson's curator insight, September 4, 8:38 AM
Quote - "Diversity is not the goal. . . Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a process, and equity is the goal."
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ISTE | Standards For Students

ISTE | Standards For Students | library life | Scoop.it
Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 11:57 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 11:58 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 11:59 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

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Design Thinking: Instructional Design Reimagined

Design Thinking: Instructional Design Reimagined | library life | Scoop.it
Let me just get this off my chest--instructional design sometimes feels too academic, too stodgy. Sometimes it feels like the entire profession is stuck back in the 1950’s or 60’s. Perhaps it’s the way instructional design is still taught today or perhaps it’s just the way it’s practiced. Our systematic approach to instructional design often yields training that is too similar to the last course we produced; today’s training looks remarkably similar to the training from 10 years ago.

Where’s the true innovation in learning? Where’s the creativity? How do we design solutions that actually engage our learners?

What will learning look like in the latter half of the 21st century or 22nd century? How do we get there from here?

I’m not saying that innovative solutions aren’t out there, I’m just saying I want to find them. I want to study them. I want to build them.

I want to talk to others about instructional design challenges and opportunities with all the excitement and passion that NASA scientists must have felt when they heeded President Kennedy’s challenge to land mankind on the moon. Instructional design as its taught and practiced today just doesn’t do that for me. I don’t want to discuss criterion-referenced testing anymore. I don’t want to talk about cognitive load theory. I don’t want to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of ADDIE.

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11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom

11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom | library life | Scoop.it
Classroom learning can be AWESOME! Check out these 11 killer tips for quick and amazing ways to use PowToon in your classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 7:57 AM

Some nice examples and templates for using PowToon with students.

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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | library life | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.


Learning Objectives:

Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 15, 7:35 AM

Aurasma provides an image-recognition software for creating and sharing augmented reality experiences. Users pan with their mobile device cameras to scan images in their physical environment to trigger a separate image or video to play on their screens.

 

Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.
  • Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.
  • Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Augmented+Reality

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/la-realite-augmentee-augmented-reality-ar

 

Maria Del Mar Londoño's curator insight, April 15, 3:46 PM
This is a great Idea of lesson plan. You can integrate productive skill with a little of exploration and the use of technology. it is new and fun way for the students to write. 
Coconut Curator's curator insight, April 30, 10:44 AM
Augmented reality without all the fancy hardware. Locations can be tagged as well as historical events and other data. There are many uses for Aurasma in primary and secondary schools and it would be a wonderful tool to help make museum exhibitions come to life.
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Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects | Coursera

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects | Coursera | library life | Scoop.it
This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.

 

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This course is free if one enrolls for the no-certificate option. If you want a certificate, it's $49 per month; designed as a 4-week course. More than 2 million people have enrolled in "Learning How to Learn."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 1:29 PM

Ultimately teachers strive to help their students 'learn how to learn'.  This is the topic of a free online course from Coursera. 

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 30, 7:57 PM

Este curso MOOC elaborado por la  Universidad de California en San Diego te enseña a como  aprender a aprender . Así como estos hay miles de cursos gratuitos a los que se puede acceder desde cualquier plataforma en línea. Uno elige lo que necesita en función de sus necesidades de aprendizaje. Si no se quiere entender que ello cambiara la enseñanza superior en pocos años, es estar ciego a lo que se viene. No hay futuro para la educación tradicional, no para el 90% de las instituciones educativas actuales si no cambian radicalmente su modelo educativo.

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10 Powerpoint Tips for Preparing a Professional Presentation

10 Powerpoint Tips for Preparing a Professional Presentation | library life | Scoop.it

Presentations, whether made with PowerPoint or another tool, are a great way to support a talk, visualize complicated circumstances or focus attention on the subject.

10 Tips for Making Better PowerPoint Presentations with Office 2016 Microsoft PowerPoint continues to set new standards. New features in PowerPoint 2016 manifest its top spot as the best option for smart and creative presentations.
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Meanwhile, a foul presentation can achieve the opposite. Poorly designed slides with walls of text or oversized blurry graphics can distract or irritate your audience. Sometimes, PowerPoint is just the wrong tool to make an impact.

Here’s is a small guide that will help you create presentations with a professional look and concise content, avoiding the most common mistakes.


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oTranscribe - online site to help with transcribing videos and other recordings

oTranscribe - online site to help with transcribing videos and other recordings | library life | Scoop.it
A free HTML5 app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. Useful for journalists, academics and anyone else transcribing audio. And it's open source, too.

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Matthew Sutherland's curator insight, August 19, 6:57 AM
Definitely will be using this
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Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, August 19, 2:57 PM

Thank you Tom, I will check out this resource.  Adding transcripts of videos and recordings is an essential aspect of providing learners with "multiple means of representation", one of the principles of UDL that reduce barriers to learning. It is also very challenging to create and/or replicate.  The right tools help. I would be interested in feedback from others on this tool

 

McGill University: Office for Students with Disabilities. (2017). Universal Design for Learning Resources for Faculty. Principle I: Multiple Means of Representation.

http://www.mcgill.ca/osd/facultyinfo/video-resources/principle-i

 

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This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film

This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film | library life | Scoop.it
There’s an aching difference between an adult and the child the adult once was. When I was a small child I wanted to be a…

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2:23 PM

Well, yes. But this suggests that somehow "society" is a nameless, faceless thing. Every human being is a part of society so how we encourage creativity, how we choose to be who we are, how we support those who are not the same as us and who add beauty to our lives makes a difference in how "society" influence what others think and do.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 20, 7:14 PM
Been around for awhile but I seemed to have missed it. 
hayley peluchette's curator insight, August 21, 10:45 AM

Everyone should take 2 minutes to watch this beautiful, brilliant short to remind us why we do the jobs we do! 

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Creative Tail

Creative Tail | library life | Scoop.it

CreativeTail.com is a fresh new design community. Our scouters collect the best open source files from a variety of top quality, handpicked designers. When ready, the files are published as open source, free to use for private and commercial use.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 18, 1:38 AM

A useful collection of free icons & images to enhance worksheets and student projects.

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Why every campus should provide today's students with digital backpacks 

Why every campus should provide today's students with digital backpacks  | library life | Scoop.it
Understanding how digital workspaces can enable a flexible and democratic college experience for today's savvy students.

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Blockchain in Education | A study on the digital accreditation of personal and academic learning | #ModernEDU

Blockchain in Education


1. Joint Research Centre the European Commission's in-house science service Blockchain in Education A study on the digital accreditation of personal and academic learning Andreia Inamorato dos Santos @aisantos Groningen, The Netherlands 5th September 2017


2. 2 Joint Research Centre - JRC The JRC (Seville) is the in-house science service of the European Comission. Our main goal is to support policy making in Europe via research evidence. We have over 100 policy reports published in the field of education, to include reports on Open Education, area in which we locate our blockchain study.  It can be downloaded from: http://bit.ly/openeduframework   

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=blockchain

 


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Blockchain in Education


1. Joint Research Centre the European Commission's in-house science service Blockchain in Education A study on the digital accreditation of personal and academic learning Andreia Inamorato dos Santos @aisantos Groningen, The Netherlands 5th September 2017


2. 2 Joint Research Centre - JRC The JRC (Seville) is the in-house science service of the European Comission. Our main goal is to support policy making in Europe via research evidence. We have over 100 policy reports published in the field of education, to include reports on Open Education, area in which we locate our blockchain study.  It can be downloaded from: http://bit.ly/openeduframework   

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=blockchain

 

Paz Sánchez Zapata's curator insight, September 10, 3:17 PM
Identificadas 10 dimensiones de la educación abierta. 
davidconover's curator insight, September 10, 3:37 PM
Cryptography is the future of the curriculum. Now is the time to learn about the shared ledger.
 
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Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic]

Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic] | library life | Scoop.it
A visual, easy-to-understand explanation of public domain, including a flow chart to help you decide whether you can legally use an online image or not.

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YEC Geo's curator insight, June 13, 8:46 AM
Off-topic, but important to any content creator on Scoop.it, or the web in general.
Martin Debattista's curator insight, June 19, 2:42 AM
Creative Commons remains the best licensing system that promotes creative work and its appreciated.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 9:43 AM
Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic]
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What is Apple Clips? Plus we teach you how to use it

What is Apple Clips? Plus we teach you how to use it | library life | Scoop.it
Update: Apple has updated its Clips app, bringing along a suite of new digital assets from the company itself to make your videos and photos a little more lively. New overlays, backgrounds and animated text are just a few of the new features available in the update.

Additionally, entertainment giant Disney has chipped in some content and the implementation seems fun. You'll basically be able to overlay your favorite Disney characters on your photos and even better, you can insert an animated character into your videos.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, September 1, 12:35 PM
Great creative potential - and its FREE!
Janet Vasil's curator insight, September 2, 1:06 PM
Fun ways to jazz up your photos and videos with the updated Clips from Apple 
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The Technology Integration Matrix

The Technology Integration Matrix | library life | Scoop.it

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Armando's curator insight, August 23, 4:51 AM
The Technology Integration Matrix
Volkmar Langer's curator insight, August 23, 5:33 AM
TIM provides a framework for the use of tech to enhance learning - a nice approach - try it!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 24, 4:33 AM
The Technology Integration Matrix
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7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers | library life | Scoop.it
Education consultant and speaker Alan November says if we want to move education forward, school leaders must start hiring teachers who are globally connected,
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Please! No more Icebreakers: 5 Ways to Get a Group Connected Without Icebreakers

Please! No more Icebreakers: 5 Ways to Get a Group Connected Without Icebreakers | library life | Scoop.it

"I want to affirm that getting people connected at the beginning of a meeting is essential for creating an openness and willingness to challenge. Peter Block has influenced my thinking on this issue. He always says, “Connection before Content.” If a group is going to concentrate on a difficult issue, they need to learn who others are, the skills they bring, the experience they represent, and the values they hold. Stasser, who studies group performance, notes, “Group performance increases when everyone in a group is aware of each other member’s expertise.” But unfortunately, icebreakers, like those I’ve listed above, don’t accomplish that that goal.

"Happily there are alternatives to icebreakers that effectively build connections between members of a group. I will suggest five that I use, but first I want to share my rules of thumb for designing an activity that creates connection, because the rules of thumb are much more important than the specific activity you choose."

 

Jim Lerman's insight: Very informative article


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 17, 1:56 PM
I am not a big fan of icebreakers. The article suggests to "connect" in a group, form community, activities have to be well-thought out. What is the gathering about? What does the group want to accomplish?
Paulette Dotson's curator insight, July 18, 2:29 PM
You must remember as a younger person those awful icebreakers at camp, school etc.  There are other options to help build connections in groups.
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Amazon Inspire: Educational resources for teachers, created by teachers, school districts, publishers, and OER providers

Educational resources for teachers and educators including worksheets, lesson plans, assessments, and more! Search by grade, subject, standard, and publisher.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 28, 12:29 PM
More resources for teachers to engage learners through Amazon Inspire. Check them out!
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New Google Forms Visually Explained for Teachers

New Google Forms Visually Explained for Teachers | library life | Scoop.it
Today's post is on the new Google Forms' guide we published a few months ago. The guide, which is based on instructions and insights from Docs Help center, walks teachers through the process of setting up, editing and sharing forms using the new Google Forms platform. More specifically, the visual covers the following how-tos:

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 1:20 PM

Great Google form job aide / infographic.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Instagram

Do’s and Don’ts of Instagram | library life | Scoop.it
I’ve had conversations with folks who think that Instagram is kind of silly to use for a business. That may be true, or may not. Think about it this way. Simply put, people love pictures. And if yo…

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drula eric's curator insight, August 4, 6:37 AM
Vous obtenez des symptômes de sevrage si vous êtes loin de votre ordinateur pendant plus de cinq minutes. Votre conjoint a été menacé de prendre une hache sur votre moniteur. Vous n'avez pas le temps de faire les petites choses - comme manger et dormir. La pire partie est que pendant tout le temps, vous allez à votre clavier --- --- vous ne faites pas un penny! Écoute, mon ami, je sais ce que tu traverses! Tout comme vous, j'ai renoncé aux amis, à la famille et à la salle de bain, alors j'ai eu plus de temps pour devenir le prochain Millionaire Internet. Et oui, comme vous, mes bénéfices n'auraient pas acheté un timbre-poste!  http://www.apsense.com/article/le-potentiel-du-marketing-de-rseau.html
Neal Fusco's curator insight, August 4, 11:03 AM
We are becoming a more digital world than ever.  People love images and instagram is a great way to promote you or your business.
Jeri Denniston, SMP's curator insight, August 6, 11:43 AM
While Instagram is populated heavily by teens and millennials, there is a growing business segment you can also reach through pictures and videos.