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Adolescence and the Transition to Middle School

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Come middle school, early adolescents collide with secondary education.
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Science for kids: How to raise a science-minded child

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The Parenting Science guide to science for kids: Activities, resources, and teaching methods that promote scientific achievement and a love for the natural world.
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15 Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week

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It's the start of a new week, which means it's time to shake off your weekend, take a deep breath and try to think positive, energizing thoughts. We can help.
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Why Teaching Is Harder Than It Looks

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Today's opinion piece explores why teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there.
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Discernment: A Leader’s Umbrella

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“Take stands, take risks, take responsibility.”  -Muriel Siebert “When it rains, it pours” is not far from the truth in the majority of our organizations and institutions.  ...

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William Ferriter's curator insight, January 7, 2013 7:02 PM

Here's David Culberhouse's take on initiative fatigue.  It's a nice companion bit to the piece written by Jane Kise. 

 

Isn't it interesting that "lack of focus" is a running theme through everything that we read on leadership today?

 

What does that say about our ability to move forward as organizations?

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30 Cool Educational iPad Apps for Science Lovers - Creative Can Creative Can

30 Cool Educational iPad Apps for Science Lovers - Creative Can Creative Can | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
Expand your knowledge about the world in an enjoyable method using your Apple tablet through these educational ipad apps for science.

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The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads

The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
"Put your wands away!" Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter stories would tell the students at the beginning of each class. After a few classes when Professor Umbridge would make the announcement

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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, August 6, 2013 7:34 AM

In deze blogpost beschrijf Ben Johnson zijn ervaringen met iPads in de klas. Waarom willen sommige docenten dat leerlingen niet met de iPad werken? En hoe verander je deze mentaliteit? Een aantal tips voor klassenmanagement. Vervang iPad voor ICT in het algemeen.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 65+ Ways to Use ThingLink In Your Classroom

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Ed Tech Coaching: Let's Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching

Ed Tech Coaching: Let's Stop Talking about Teaching with Technology, and Start Talking about Teaching | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
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KB...Konnected • “30+ Sites for Students Who Finish Early” has been...

KB...Konnected • “30+ Sites for Students Who Finish Early” has been... | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
“30+ Sites for Students Who Finish Early” has been a pretty popular post. 10,000+ views! This tells me that teachers (including me) need enrichment sites for students who finish early or for their free computer time.
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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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Starting Middle School?

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As a K-8 administrator and teacher, parents ask me all the time about the transition to middle school. How will kids cope with the change? Will they be able to meet the homework demands?
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LitWorld - An International Non-Profit Advocating for and Working Towards Global Literacy - Words Changing Worlds - LitCorps Travel and Tips Blog - 5 Ways to Praise and Affirm a Child's Achievements

LitWorld - An International Non-Profit Advocating for and Working Towards Global Literacy - Words Changing Worlds - LitCorps Travel and Tips Blog - 5 Ways to Praise and Affirm a Child's Achievements | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
Regardless of age, we all like to be validated for our good work, and to know that those around us...
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Learning Communities | Scholastic.com

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Working with your colleagues can save you time and help you build a better classroom.

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Get Real: The Key to Leadership | Jane Kise

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Effective leaders are realistic about goals, even audacious ones. Are you? Or are your employees suffering from initiative fatigue?

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William Ferriter's curator insight, January 7, 2013 6:58 PM

Really and truly:  This is a must read for any school leader who is trying to drive change.  Jane articulates why inititative fatigue is so crippling and then identifies signs that your teachers might be struggling to keep up with all of the new programs rolling down their professional pike. 

 

#tootrue

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Educational Videos and Games for Kids about Science, Math, Social Studies and English

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Kids science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 grade kids that make learning fun and interesting.

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Stephanie Duncan's curator insight, September 15, 2015 9:12 PM

The videos on the website cover many different subjects such as learning measurements to watching videos about a Poison Dart Frog.  For visual learners this would be excellent! There are also links for worksheets and quizzes to go along with the videos.

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

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"Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!"


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Blake Fetty's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:42 AM

Could be awesome for task-based learning... "Voy a tomar un viaje a... vamos a.... etc..."

Bronte Rowe's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:34 PM

“The most powerful and positive learning outcomes occur in those contexts where students’ knowledge and interest are well matched to the nature of the learning task” (McInerney & McInerney, 2010, pp. 104-5). Resources for younger children need to be meaningful but something which they can access easily. My idea for this resource is to use the Sphere 360° Photography App to virtually explore where the students’ families are from. Firstly, the teacher would need to ask the students where they were born, because it is highly relevant and students tend to be more engaged when learning is about them.  Then open up the discussion to include where parents and grandparents were born; which town/city and especially which country they were born in. It doesn’t matter if they children are incorrect or are unsure of where their parents/grandparents are born because the focus of this exercise is to discuss different places in the world families have come from. It could be a good idea to write down the names of students, which family member and where they were born (i.e. Gregory- Grandmother, Switzerland). This gives the students some vocabulary relating to place and family which they can refer back to. This discussion is necessary to get the students thinking and engaged.  Use the app to “visit” these countries, inform the students that they are going on an overseas trip to where their mother/father/grandfather/grandmother/etc. were born!

 

McInerney, D.M. & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational psychology: Constructing learning. (5th ed.). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia.

Dave Renshaw's curator insight, April 10, 2015 8:32 AM

ICT continues to be a growing medium in the pedagogical toolbox of teachers. Johnson and Gilbert (in Gilbert & Hoepper. 2014) agree in stating that 'ICT provide unprecedented opportunities for engaging students in learning in new ways' (p158). They further this notion by stating that ICT resources enable teachers 'to do things that are not otherwise possible and leading to better teaching' (p158).

 

This resource (with particular attention to Sphere) could be incorporated with an IWB that supports AirPlay (or any software the supports mirroring of iPads) for the teacher to display photographs of different countries, cities and even homes both around the world, including right here in Australia. The teacher can connect with the homes and origins of the children and their families which will make learning personal and engaging for the students. This will make the task authentic and learning meaningful for them. Motivation and engagement with tasks has been shown to increase when it is interesting or enjoyable for the individual (Ryan & Deci. 2000). Whilst viewing an image, students are provided with an opportunity 'to discuss their own family, including family members, household tasks and what adult members do for children' (Board of Studies, NSW. 1999. p31). The students can also be given opportunity to talk about their heritage, and whether they have history of migration to Australia in their family or even just simply talk about the changes in their neighbourhood or if they have ever moved house.

 

Use of the ICT technology can create some excitement and engagement around a simple activity such as talking about their home and their heritage.

 

 

 

Board of Studies, NSW (1999). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 units of work.

Sydney: B.O.S. Retrieved from http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/1419e875-2290-415f-8add-7440c5ff3188/k6hsie_unitsofwork.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

 

Johnson, N.F. & Gilbert. (2014). Using information and communication technologies. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper. B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum. Fifth Edition. Melbourne: Cengage. (Chapter 8).

 

Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2000) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Classic definitions and new directions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25, 54-67.

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How To Use iPads For Personal Professional Development - Edudemic

How To Use iPads For Personal Professional Development - Edudemic | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
Before I rush ahead with how I am going to roll out this device in my classrooms, I need to effectively incorporate it into my life and figure out how to use iPads to make me a better teacher.

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Shoot, Edit, and Share Videos With the Loopster iPad App

Shoot, Edit, and Share Videos With the Loopster iPad App | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
Loopster is a video editing tool that I first tried as a web app last fall. Recently, I learned that Loopster has a free iPad app. The free iPad app offers all of the same features that are availab...
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How Much Is Too Much Classroom Technology?

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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iPads In The Classroom: The Right Questions You Should Ask - Edudemic

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Does the iPad foster or hinder creativity? Is it a comprehensive tool or just a mere distraction? Do we use the iPad just because it makes our classroom look cool? Are we missing the forest for the trees here?
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Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' - Edudemic

Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' - Edudemic | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom's.
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5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom

5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom | Ms Verret - Teacher-Parent Info | Scoop.it
Student: ‘Teacher, am I going to pass this course?’ Me: ‘What do you think? Do you have any thoughts about your performance so far?’ This is a conversation I’ve had many hundreds of times down the ...
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