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Google launches 18 new Google+ features focusing on mobile, photos, events and Hangouts

Google launches 18 new Google+ features focusing on mobile, photos, events and Hangouts | New learning | Scoop.it
As Google begins to wind down its operations before Christmas, some of its teams have been working hard to get their new features out before the festive season truly begins. For the ...

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This could replace Google Groups - could be a great communication tool for staff

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Paul W. Swansen's curator insight, December 15, 2012 1:41 PM

Google back making advances.

John Purificati's curator insight, January 6, 2013 10:47 AM

I agree that there is a lot of potential here to get more teachers to communicate.

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Elia Saikaly - Adventurer - Filmmaker - Speaker

Elia Saikaly - Adventurer - Filmmaker - Speaker | New learning | Scoop.it
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Great experience to follow.  Elia has spoken to Ottawa students from the top of Mt. Everest and our school followed him live on one of his later climbs.

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Opening Doors for Learning

Opening Doors for Learning | New learning | Scoop.it

So if you say that you care less about whether kids are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria, then be the teacher who welcomes the newbie to the staff room - the supply teacher, the itinerant, the new custodian, the secretary who is just here for a day, the high school, college or university student on placement.  As Gandhi  said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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Great post - kindness should always come first, it defines a school.

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50 Of The Best Education Accounts On Twitter

50 Of The Best Education Accounts On Twitter | New learning | Scoop.it
Looking for the best educators on twitter to follow? Here is our list of the best, brightest & most innovative & expert educators on twitter!
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50 great Twitter accounts to follow!

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20th Century World History Declassified

20th Century World History Declassified | New learning | Scoop.it
The  Wilson Center Digital Archive  offers many collections of declassified historical documents. The documents contain memos an
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Can Ontario fix its maths curriculum?

Can Ontario fix its maths curriculum? | New learning | Scoop.it
As a long time observer of the Canadian province of Ontario, I am given hope by news that Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, has acknowledged the need to improve the maths curriculum. Ontario's maths results in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have been declining for some time now. My hypothesis is that this decline…
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"There are a few prominent Canadian voices on Twitter but, as far as I can tell, they hold no positions of authority in Canadian education and will be easily marginalised as eccentric, old-fashioned conservatives." A good assessment of this situation in Ontario when it comes to math.

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Planning, revisited

Planning, revisited | New learning | Scoop.it
I've got to give a shoutout to Lisa Noble who dragged out this post from my past. The post comes from Labour Day, 2012 and was titled "Plan Now for a Year of Success".  Looking back, wow, that was five years ago, it's still worth a read and so I'm reblogging it today as a…
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Start your social media feeds now for the first day!

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Clear your iPhone photos with Google Photos

Clear your iPhone photos with Google Photos | New learning | Scoop.it
While I love using Google products, my devices are all Apple.  I have both a MacBook Pro, an iPhone and two iPads.  But... ge
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Great way to clean up your Mac

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It's time to get excited as we take a weekly tour around the province and check out the great things from the blogs of Ontario Educators. There's a great deal of inspiration to help with getting prepared for a return to the classroom next week. Superman (It’s Not Easy To Be Me) This is a…
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Great collection of Ontario blogs for this week from Doug Peterson

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Infographic! 10 Back to School Tips for an Awesome Year!

Infographic! 10 Back to School Tips for an Awesome Year! | New learning | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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5 Ways to Make AWESOME Plans for a New Makerspace

5 Ways to Make AWESOME Plans for a New Makerspace | New learning | Scoop.it
For the first time in four years, I am without a makerspace.  My new school’s library is beautiful and huge and has a school culture that is just ripe for making.  Even though it was tempting, I decided not to change it up and create a makerspace over the summer.  I want to be sure that the library program, including a new makerspace, is responsive to the needs of the school and its culture.  Therefore, I plan on spending at least the first-semester making plans for how this space will work.  It will likely be very different from my previous space, but I’m excited to see what forms.

Making plans for a new makerspace can be daunting, so I’ve gathered together some tips to help get started:

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The always great @DianaLRendina shares Makerspace plans!

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15 of the best apps to engage students outside the classroom

15 of the best apps to engage students outside the classroom | New learning | Scoop.it
From kindergarten to grade 12, the vast assortment of apps can meet any student’s interests, all while providing valuable lessons.
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Resources - All students need to learn Digital Safety

Resources - All students need to learn Digital Safety | New learning | Scoop.it
Be Internet Awesome is a multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world.

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Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens.
 
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The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation

The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation | New learning | Scoop.it
These 8 great presentation hooks get audiences on the edge of their seats and give them a sense of what’s coming.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 21, 8:50 AM

Stop with agendas , introductions and data to open a  meeting  


that can come later ... hook them early and here's how 

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Some marketing needs presentations and this blog is great! How to start your presentation?
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, September 3, 2:41 AM
I am about to run a few presentations next week. Thanks to this post I now have a much better start!
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Canadian Schools Silence Teachers on Social Media - Looking Up

Canadian Schools Silence Teachers on Social Media - Looking Up | New learning | Scoop.it
Some feel they've been treated unfairly, and that teachers have not only a right but a professional responsibility to express their opinion on education, and this right and responsibility is being suppressed.
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A good follow-up to the discussion we had on the use of SM in education last week

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18 edtech developments set to impact schools by LAURA ASCIONE

18 edtech developments set to impact schools by LAURA ASCIONE | New learning | Scoop.it
BY LAURA ASCIONE

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Can Ontario fix its maths curriculum – Not Yet: Response to Greg Ashman

Can Ontario fix its maths curriculum – Not Yet: Response to Greg Ashman | New learning | Scoop.it
Greg Ashman seems to be one of the few people writing in opposition to the ongoing disaster that is math instruction in Ontario. This week, he wrote another great article on what is not working with math in Ontario - Can Ontario fix its math curriculum. Great article and really interesting comments. I agree that…
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Comments on good article on Ontario's Math curriculum - still ways to go before the curriculum improves.

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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience | New learning | Scoop.it
Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.
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The importance of audience "It should come as no surprise, then, that students care more about writing, revising, editing, proofreading, and perfecting their compositions when given a real-world audience."

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A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues

A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues | New learning | Scoop.it
Classroom management is a fundamental element of a strong learning environment, but it has been a struggle at MLK Middle School. Principal Michael Essien is
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 'Listen to the first episode of the MindShift podcast’s new season, “A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues,” to learn how Essien and his staff are leveraging the relationship building expertise of support staff to support teachers in the classroom. '

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Take it back

Take it back | New learning | Scoop.it
I meet a lot of new teachers from a range of Australian universities. When I talk to them, they are full of enthusiasm for inquiry learning, project-based learning and other progressive teaching methods. When I ask them about explicit teaching, they look at me strangely and sometimes I have to clarify what I mean. I…
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"It’s worth considering why we are in this situation. Why do bad ideas persist and even flourish in the field of education when they would have been superseded in medicine or engineering?"

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A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety | New learning | Scoop.it
"There are more things ... likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
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"There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality." Seneca

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Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school

Four experienced “makers” and K-12 educators dish their top tools and advice to build a meaningful classroom makerspace from the ground up.
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When will Ontario break the cycle that is failing its math students?

I fear that the Ontario government’s math strategy is to double down on the very techniques that have caused scores to decline in the first place
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"Contrary to what parents are often told, discovery techniques are not backed up by solid research evidence. In fact, research evidence strongly favours explicit instruction by a teacher, followed by student practice, over discovery-based instruction for nurturing better understanding and strong mathematics problem solvers."

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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | New learning | Scoop.it
Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers get started.

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RebeccaMoore's curator insight, September 10, 4:14 PM
This list of resources is great to come back to. Information is available for incorporating social media site (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and others) into the classroom.
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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

This Week in Ontario Edublogs | New learning | Scoop.it
It's always a good week when Ontario Educators are blogging. This past week was no different; here's some of what I caught. Here's the toolbar in my browser so I'm ready to go.... Response to: Five Ways to Damage a Good School Only five? Paul McGuire focuses in on a post from another blogger and…
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5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School via @coolcatteacher

5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School via @coolcatteacher | New learning | Scoop.it
You can start strong or you can play catch up the rest of the school year. Linda Kardamis shares her advice on the mistakes teachers make and how to avoid them.

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Research-Influenced Learning Spaces by @E_Sheninger

Research-Influenced Learning Spaces by @E_Sheninger | New learning | Scoop.it
A blog about digital leadership, pedagogy, learning, and transformative change in education.

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