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Everything you see here can be purchased at Type Books. Type Books 883 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario (416) 366-8973) MUSIC: Grayson Matthews http://www....
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Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky

Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky | Durff | Scoop.it

 Vicki Davis is a teacher and blogger. With almost 70,000 followers Vicki was named one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers” by Mashable and included in Thomas Friedman’s book, the World is Flat. Vicki’s classroom and blog have won many awards including the ISTE Online Learning Award and more.

She is author of the upcoming book Reinventing Writing and co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, consistently named one of the top 50 blogs in education worldwide.

She hosts the online show Every Classroom Matters and has keynoted more than 30 education technology conferences around the world. Vicki has written for Edutopia, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and more. She teaches full time at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and is the wife of Kip Davis and has three kids.

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Using Pen Pals to Teach Social Studies and World Culture

Using Pen Pals to Teach Social Studies and World Culture | Durff | Scoop.it
Our guest today is a social studies teacher who shares with us how she uses the site ePals to connect her students to cultures around the world.



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Inspired Dreamwalkers: Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedable Fair

Inspired Dreamwalkers: Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedable Fair | Durff | Scoop.it

Plan now for the Christmas Expo and Winter Breedable Fair, which will be celebrating its fourth year. The fair will be December 4-5. You'll have an opportunity to enter raffles and auctions, purchase items from some of SL's best designers, and more--with all proceeds going to RFL of SL. See the Christmas Expo site for more info. To volunteer, complete the easy-to-use Expo Interest Form.

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Ensuring Future Success: Equipping Students with 21st-Century Skills | District Administration Magazine

News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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Join Us at the Online PD Community at ITEC

Join Us at the Online PD Community at ITEC | Durff | Scoop.it
Iowa Ed Tech conference where we will have 1500 educators get together and share.  I know you can't make it, but some of it is accessible virtually.   We will be meeting with Sylvia Martinez, Jon Bergmann and Michael Boll, and Chris Betcher.  They won't be in Iowa, they are will be "beaming in" from California, Illinois, Shanghai and Sydney.http://itec-ia.wikispaces.com/Online+PD+Communities+ITEC+2014
Can't make it?  Join us virtually.   You (and your readers) will be able to join any of our six sessions through the Zoom video conferencing platform that we will provide.   We have designed this learning experience to expand learning opportunities and provide a model for professional development in our schools.
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Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on Twitter: ""I touch the future. I teach." Christa McAuliffe

Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on Twitter: ""I touch the future. I teach." Christa McAuliffe | Durff | Scoop.it


World Teacher’s Day October 5, 2014 #sunchat#aussieEd#edcat

 

 

 

 

Follow Mark at https://twitter.com/ShiftParadigm ;

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Beyondpad - Digital note taking

Beyondpad - Digital note taking | Durff | Scoop.it

Easy and efficient way to organize, structure and keep track of notes the way you want. Keep it simple or take it to the next level - advanced data management with unique type, tagging, templating and filtering features.


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Tracey Duffy's curator insight, September 30, 5:01 AM

Looks useful.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 1, 5:51 PM
Boards and lists

More natural way for managing related notes like to-do lists or project tasks. Lists are set of tags that act as filters. By drag notes across lists notes will change their tags accordingly.

emilioet's curator insight, October 7, 5:03 AM

Interessante ma non ci sono metodi di condivisione.

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5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives

5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives | Durff | Scoop.it

PowerPoint. Everyone’s used it, everyone’s heard of it, and a lot of people are pretty tired of it. Have you found yourself seeking an exciting new angle to approach your presentations from? If so, try these five fresh PowerPoint alternatives on for size.

 

 


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 28, 8:38 AM
PowerPoint Alternative #1: Printed HandoutsPowerPoint Alternative #2: Flip-Boards / WhiteboardsPowerPoint Alternative #3: No SlidesPowerPoint Alternative #4: Mind MapsPowerPoint Alternative #5: Haiku Deck
Don Karp's curator insight, October 3, 5:06 PM

Something to consider.

Susan C. Freeman's curator insight, October 16, 3:42 PM

For those who fear death by PowerPoint (of whom I am  not).

 

A GREAT PowerPoint is compelling, entertaining and memorable!

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'Reinventing Writing': An Interview With Vicki Davis

'Reinventing Writing': An Interview With Vicki Davis | Durff | Scoop.it
Vicki Davis, known in education technology circles around the world as "Cool Cat Teacher," is one of the Web's most popular writers about ed tech.

She recently agreed to answer a few questions about her new book, Reinventing Writing.
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Maker Club

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As a powerful response to the rigidity of curriculum that has overwhelmed our nation's schools during the last couple of decades, Maker Spaces are popping up in communities all over.  Many of these...
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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect

New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect | Durff | Scoop.it
The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.
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Minecraft and Common Core Literacy Project: Givercraft starts Nov 17

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October 21, 2014

Minecraft and Common Core Literacy Standards meld in one free project for kids grades 6-12: Givercraft.

Click to visit the Givercraft website

Dr. Lee Graham of University of Alaska Southeast is at it again. Her masters students combine the Giver and Minecraft to create a powerful 2 week experience called Givercraft starting November 17, 2014. Enroll your class in this free project now! What a great experience with gaming and literature to use around the holidays. The site makes a powerful claim about Minecraft that I also believe:

Minecraft brings elements of integration, technology and extreme engagement into the classroom. Students will challenge themselves, take their projects further and demonstrate their knowledge of learning through this project-based course.

Givercraft combines Minecraft and literacy standards in a free project for kids grades 6-12. Sign up while there’s still room!

Who is sponsoring this project?

Dr. Graham’s EDET 698 is designing and running a project for students using what they’ve learned in the course! (Intergenerational learning at its best.)

Author’s Note: All college education technology classes can do this sort of thing. See see yesterday’s K12 online presentation by Verena Roberts about how intergenerational learning works. We should all be collaborating and connecting with REAL students and learn together. Learn how in  Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds (I coauthored this book.) Dr. Graham’s model of teaching is a powerful example of intergenerational learning in action.

Givercraft Overview

This 2-week unit will:

Meet new Alaska Literacy Standards or the Common Core Literacy Standards •grades 6th-12thLet students expand on the book with their own thoughts and ideasEncourage students to collaborate and exploreProvide teachers with a planned guide for integrating technologyLet teachers explore gamification in a safe, guided environment on a private MinecraftEDU server provided through UAS

 

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This is the New Edudemic! | Edudemic

This is the New Edudemic! | Edudemic | Durff | Scoop.it
Hi there! You may have noticed a recent change in Edudemic’s appearance. We’ve been working behind the scenes to drastically improve our platform for a while now, and today is the official rollout. This cleaner, more streamlined look is something we hope you’d appreciate. And that’s not all, there’s actually more to come: This facelift
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Former NC Gov Calls for “A Nation at Risk 2.0” - Education Post

Former NC Gov Calls for “A Nation at Risk 2.0” - Education Post | Durff | Scoop.it
More than three decades ago, America’s business and education leaders convinced President Reagan that our nation was indeed at risk of educational complacency. Our leaders
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The Beginner's Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You: How to Easily Save 60 Minutes Every Day - - The Buffer Blog

The Beginner's Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You: How to Easily Save 60 Minutes Every Day - - The Buffer Blog | Durff | Scoop.it
One of the most fun and useful things I’ve been doing lately is automating small processes I do all the time. It took me a while to work up the courage to dive into automation, as it always seemed like a really difficult, technical thing to do, which should be left to programmers.
Luckily, there are lots of tools being created lately to make automation much easier for those of us without a solid understanding of how our computers really work.
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The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime

The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime | Durff | Scoop.it
Taking breaks at work can make you happier, more focused and more productive. Here's a look at the science of why breaks work and how to use them better.
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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! | Durff | Scoop.it
To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 30, 10:40 AM

Without forgetting the relational nature of learning and teaching. Is it accountability or responsibility? Or is it a combining both? Judith Butler speaks about giving an account of one's self which is the way we respond and are responsible for learning.

 

 

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ma. isabel olguín vega's curator insight, September 30, 6:37 PM

grupo de trabajo productivo en el aula  @barbirimoo

Quran Coaching's curator insight, October 1, 3:21 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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Special Collaboration: Locked Out Of Heaven (Sungha Jung & Gnu Quartet)

Special collaboration project of Sungha Jung and Gnu Quartet from Italy. "Locked Out Of Heaven" Original from Bruno Mars Arrangement by Sungha Jung/Gnu Quartet September 24, 2014- Cheongju,...
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5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives

5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives | Durff | Scoop.it

PowerPoint. Everyone’s used it, everyone’s heard of it, and a lot of people are pretty tired of it. Have you found yourself seeking an exciting new angle to approach your presentations from? If so, try these five fresh PowerPoint alternatives on for size.

 

 


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 28, 8:38 AM
PowerPoint Alternative #1: Printed HandoutsPowerPoint Alternative #2: Flip-Boards / WhiteboardsPowerPoint Alternative #3: No SlidesPowerPoint Alternative #4: Mind MapsPowerPoint Alternative #5: Haiku Deck
Don Karp's curator insight, October 3, 5:06 PM

Something to consider.

Susan C. Freeman's curator insight, October 16, 3:42 PM

For those who fear death by PowerPoint (of whom I am  not).

 

A GREAT PowerPoint is compelling, entertaining and memorable!

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How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips

How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips | Durff | Scoop.it
We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. Here Georgetown professor Cal Newport explains the five steps to actually getting there.
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48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow

48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow | Durff | Scoop.it
48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow
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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Durff | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.
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