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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 ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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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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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer | New learning | Scoop.it
The key, according to JSB is to think of learning as a blend of Homo Sapiens, or man who knows, and Homo Faber, - man who makes.  Entrepreneurial learners are fundamentally makers and tinkerers, a critical set of skills that we’ve underplayed in the past because it’s not been part of the formal educational system.
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Person as maker - "The key, according to JSB is to think of learning as a blend of Homo Sapiens, or man who knows, and Homo Faber, - man who makes.  Entrepreneurial learners are fundamentally makers and tinkerers, a critical set of skills that we’ve underplayed in the past because it’s not been part of the formal educational system."

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Person as maker - "The key, according to JSB is to think of learning as a blend of Homo Sapiens, or man who knows, and Homo Faber, - man who makes.  Entrepreneurial learners are fundamentally makers and tinkerers, a critical set of skills that we’ve underplayed in the past because it’s not been part of the formal educational system."

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The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty - YouTube

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. L. Todd Rose is co-founder and pr...
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an excellent talk on how we need to 'design to the edges' not to the average and how we now have the capability to do this.  Will use this with staff at the beginning of the school year.

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What Is Code? 11 Ideas I learned from Paul Ford | Coffee For The Brain

What Is Code? 11 Ideas I learned from Paul Ford | Coffee For The Brain | New learning | Scoop.it
A few weeks back I read the article or should I say whole magazine essay by Paul Ford titled, What is Code, that was published in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. You can also read the whole thing online which I plan to go back to and spend some more time as the interactive elements really enhance the experience. Being a bit old school when it comes to reading I had to have the physical magazine so I could write notes, circle, and more. What I want to do is share my notes and ideas as I read
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good article on the importance of coders - something we need to start doing in our schools - more coding opportunities

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The Classrooms Hidden in Mumbai’s Seams — Bright — Medium

The Classrooms Hidden in Mumbai's Seams - Bright - Medium
Educators are bringing the classroom to the thousands of Mumbai’s children out of school — in school buses, treehouses, and beyond.
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Excellent article " For thousands of students across Mumbai, these classrooms have become tiny oases, a place to call their own for a few hours every day."

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Hill of Greens: Step 8 in Going Green: Remain Calm! Remember Al Gore: 'Despair is not an option'!

Hill of Greens: Step 8 in Going Green: Remain Calm! Remember Al Gore: 'Despair is not an option'! | New learning | Scoop.it
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Found this with @dougpete's help today - a good resource for our school

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An iPhone feature most people never find is doing something amazing for the visually impaired

An iPhone feature most people never find is doing something amazing for the visually impaired | New learning | Scoop.it
Apple's VoiceOver feature let's anyone use the iPhone.
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Amazing capability of Voice Over on iPhones and Apple Watches

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Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching | New learning | Scoop.it
62%
The percentage of teachers who say they want to use technology in the classroom more than they do now*
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62%

The percentage of teachers who say they want to use technology in the classroom more than they do now*

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Exposing Every Student to STEM

Exposing Every Student to STEM | New learning | Scoop.it
By Mark Elgart - Our challenge, our opportunity is to help every student discover how STEM skills can be the foundation for success no matter the pathway.
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Looking to collect more information on STEM for this year at our school

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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It | New learning | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.
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"Now we as teachers just need the grit to do whatever it takes to turn education around, and that starts with hard work and our own modern version of true grit. Teaching it and living it is now front and center in the education conversation." @coolcatteacher

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What Should We Be Teaching?

What Should We Be Teaching? | New learning | Scoop.it
The other day I ran across an article authored by Mark Manson for the Business Insider called, "5 things we should teach in school but don't." (You're probably thinking someone should have taught m...
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what would you put on your list?

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what would you put on your list?

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what would you put on your list?

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what would you put on your list?

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What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway?

What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway? | New learning | Scoop.it
We know that by consistently helping teachers reach their full potential in the classroom, we could put millions of students on the path to success. And as we shared previously, conventional wisdom is that we all already know how to help teachers improve. But do we really?
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Looking forward to hearing their conclusions

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Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit

Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit | New learning | Scoop.it
@DianaLRendina @jhunderhill @venspired Went to a session & speaker said making should only happen at elem. level after that it was too late. — Heather Moorefield (@actinginthelib) July 26, 2015...
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We should be seeing makerspaces at all grade levels.  Looking forward to the Makerfaire to be held in Ottawa this fall

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27 Superb Sites With Royalty Free Stock Images For Commercial Use

27 Superb Sites With Royalty Free Stock Images For Commercial Use | New learning | Scoop.it
27 Superb Sites With Royalty Free Stock Images For Commercial Use That Can Be Used On Your Blogs, Websites, Social Media etc...
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always looking for sites like these to make blogs more interesting - great!

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Excellent Google Sheets Tools for Assessment and Grading (automate feedback)

Excellent Google Sheets Tools for Assessment and Grading  (automate feedback) | New learning | Scoop.it

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Nobody is average, every student deserves personalized learning — Changemaker Education — Medium

Nobody is average, every student deserves personalized learning - Changemaker Education - Medium
the problem is that no student is average on every dimension, “Every student has a jagged learning profile.” Rose said, “We blame kids, teachers, and parents, but it’s just bad design.”
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the problem is that no student is average on every dimension, “Every student has a jagged learning profile.” Rose said, “We blame kids, teachers, and parents, but it’s just bad design.”

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The Best Free Resources for Perfecting Your PLN

The Best Free Resources for Perfecting Your PLN | New learning | Scoop.it
Here are some great free resources for perfecting your PLN anytime. Share them with your colleagues and expand your learning community!
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what resources are you using?

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The "Basics" and Innovation

The "Basics" and Innovation | New learning | Scoop.it
I heard a story once that really resonated with me (I will share it as best as I can from memory), in where an artist is creating art on the street, and a person walks by and wants a picture drawn ...
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great article on the need for innovation in our education system - creating passion in our students for learning.

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Flipping the teacher

Flipping the teacher | New learning | Scoop.it
The idea that teachers should become students so that their students can act as teachers may still be contentious and problematic, but I believe that as we see more flipped classroom approaches, the argument for also flipping the role of the teacher will become more compelling, and eventually more acceptable.
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"The idea that teachers should become students so that their students can act as teachers may still be contentious and problematic, but I believe that as we see more flipped classroom approaches, the argument for also flipping the role of the teacher will become more compelling, and eventually more acceptable."

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The "WHY" Guide to #Edchat topics

The "WHY" Guide to #Edchat topics | New learning | Scoop.it
summary of the key take-aways from each model that you should aim to implement in your teaching.
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Summary of the key take-aways from each model that you should aim to implement in your teaching.  Very useful article

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Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit

Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit | New learning | Scoop.it
@DianaLRendina @jhunderhill @venspired Went to a session & speaker said making should only happen at elem. level after that it was too late. — Heather Moorefield (@actinginthelib) July 26, 2015...
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21st Century Education: Preparing Today's School for Tomorrow's Future

21st Century Education: Preparing Today's School for Tomorrow's Future | New learning | Scoop.it
The world is changing in exponential ways due to technology. Education is not an exception. Consumers are turning into producers. Kindergarteners are turning into authors with a worldwide audience....

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I like the idea of social media being about story-telling - would like to see more of this at our school

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Yes, it is an exciting time, but also a time with a lot to learn about how to do it well.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, July 29, 11:16 AM

This article, while emphasizing on K12 sector, shares some insights from recent workshops and conferences about what today's schools need to be considering to be ready for tomorrow's learners.

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Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness | New learning | Scoop.it
Teaching students mindfulness can help them counteract the negative emotions and low self-esteem associated with a culture of standardized testing.
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Something that we should start in elementary scool

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About Professional Development

About Professional Development | New learning | Scoop.it
I was really excited to see the title for this article fly by on my reading this morning.What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway?I'm looking forward to doing the reading.  Wh...
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Good points by Doug Peterson on professional development for teachers and I would say administrators.  Teachers like to learn, but they should have more control over the process - the same for school administrators.

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The Art of the Brick | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Art of the Brick | The Franklin Institute Science Museum | New learning | Scoop.it
The Art of the Brick is the world's largest collection of LEGO® art, featuring LEGO® renditions of classic works of art and even a giant T-Rex!
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Incredible exhibit, what can be done with lego 

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The Importance of Taking Risks

The Importance of Taking Risks | New learning | Scoop.it
Innovative teaching and learning will involve risks. If we are to create new opportunities for the learners we serve, things will not always work.  Yet why would we take risks in the classroom, esp...
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