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25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom

25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

"Next gen tools provide meaningful ways teachers and students can explore, question, reflect and share–leading to Deeper Learning and blended and personalized opportunities for students. Here are 25 ideas for using next gen tools this year in your classroom."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 3, 9:44 PM

Why would we want to use next gen tools in our classroom? One reason is they provide a richer experience for our students, richer content, potentially richer discussions, and more as well as the fact that these tools are often multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory.

The 25 tools listed here address large parts of the curriculum as well as grade levels. Five are listed below. Click through to the post to learn more about them and twenty more.

* PBS for Educators has many resources available. This post highlights three specifically: Point of View (which is geared to older students); SCI Girls (think STEM); and Daily News Story (as you probably guessed we are talking current events).

* Big History Project goal is to develop a full curriculum for high school. At this point they have four key areas: the universe, or solar system and Earth, Life and Humans, with a total of seven "threshholds."

* Do you want your students to publish work online? Consider checking out EduBlog, KidBlog and Blogger?

Have fun exploring and teach your students (and yourself) some next gen tools!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 4, 9:43 AM

Some great tools to consider for your classroom.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 4, 4:20 PM

A useful list of top quality resources. 

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

"Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual 'things'..."


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Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, June 17, 11:15 AM

What are the characteristics of an effective learning environment? Read on...

Ruby Day's curator insight, June 18, 3:24 PM

These criteria really outline some solid  principles that should direct our planning and thus be evident in our learning environments. Principles such as: student enquiry, work readiness, personalised learning, flexibility, authentic and transparent assessment. I like the focus on critical thinking here :)

Sue Alexander's curator insight, June 21, 5:02 PM

Great scoop Beth. I love the goal of "intellectually active" classrooms.