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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.
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Some solid examples of why its time to put your old classroom reading activities away for good, AND some great strategies to try in your classroom... Add the Crazy Professor Game to your list of teaching tools!

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Study: Kids who ditch smartphones for outdoor fun are 'substantially' better at reading emotions

Study: Kids who ditch smartphones for outdoor fun are 'substantially' better at reading emotions | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Children should get outside and play.
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Made your plans for Earth Science Week yet? Need a reason, then check this out...

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25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great”

25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great” | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Look at this list of phrases. You won't just see replacements for the word “great,” you'll see catalysts. These are reminders of what you can look for in the
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While the line between feedback and praise gets a bit blurred in some of the suggestions, the author shares several great (pun intended) questions to ask learners of all ages...

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A Must See Chart on SAMR Model and iPad Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Chart on SAMR Model and iPad Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

"Technology integration in instruction is a process that starts with setting out clearly defined objectives and ends with assessing learning outcomes against these objectives, and all along the way several tools and strategies are employed to attend to the overall performance of this process. Hence, the first question teachers need to ponder when thinking about using technology in class is not what kind of technology to use but what do they want to achieve behind using this technology? On a deeper level, they need to find answers to questions such as: Does this technology constitute a a good addition to the learning task ?  Can the same learning task be performed without using technology? These and several other questions  should come to the forefront when you start planning a technology-based learning activity.

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Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, June 16, 2014 5:47 PM

Useful application of SAMR for Primary Maths 

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 2014 7:14 PM

SAMR models - Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - are a new idea to me, but very seductive.

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, January 27, 2015 3:58 PM

Redefinition including working with students around the world in a 'flattened' learning environment using new technologies - of course!

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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.

The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."


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leaders create sustainable change by putting the right tools in front of our teachers/students AND building a culture of innovation

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:34 PM

um big quadro de aplicativos utilizados para apoiar aprendizagem no seculo XXI...

faezams's curator insight, July 10, 2014 9:01 PM

App list visual

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 9, 4:24 PM

Here are two great visual lists of iPad apps for Teachers and Students.

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Standards? Yes! Current Implementation? No!: How we have re-invented Soviet-era wheat quotas

Standards? Yes! Current Implementation? No!: How we have re-invented Soviet-era wheat quotas | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Readers know that I am a strong supporter of Standards generally and the Common Core specifically. To me it is simply a no-brainer: there is no such thing as Georgia Algebra or Montana Writing. In ...
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Standards-based approach requires a focus on and commitment to organizational dynamics..

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How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding

How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding: Bloom's Taxonomy, Understanding by Design, Facets of Understanding, Marzano's New Taxonomy
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getting at the root of what understanding looks like and feels like

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13 Ways Technology Can Improve Student Writing - Edudemic

13 Ways Technology Can Improve Student Writing - Edudemic | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

As an Edudemic reader, you are well versed in the importance of technology in education. But are you aware of the specific role it can play in writing? Take a look at the findings of a recent study [ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/digital-tools-improve-student-writing-pew-study-reports/ ].


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tools for the writers and writing teachers toolbox... BTW aren't we all writing teachers?

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Khalid Hart's curator insight, March 4, 2014 11:45 AM

Since we use technology so much these days we might as well just do these as well.

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Reward, Educate, Occupy: Using Technology as Parenting Tool

Reward, Educate, Occupy: Using Technology as Parenting Tool | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
This generation of parents grew up with TVs, video game consoles, and computers, so digital media is one of many tools they use in their parenting repertoire.
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How has technology influenced parenting?

 

This was the main question behind a report titled Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology, which was released June 2013.  

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Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Since my last Edutopia blog post, How Slowing Down Can Lead to Great Change was published, I've received dozens of messages asking for suggestions for how to slow things down in schools.
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7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know

7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know
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11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom - Edudemic

11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom - Edudemic | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digital classroom?
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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.

 

"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.

 

"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:30 PM

Excellent lessons. Must be used.

Tanyam's curator insight, February 23, 2015 5:10 PM

I have not read all of this, but I have seen some ideas in here we could use in both our face to face and online teaching. Interesting to read the criteria Google use to evaluate resources

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
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To borrow from Seymour Papert - the role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention...

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3C's to Supporting Student Success

3C's to Supporting Student Success | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Care, captivate, and catapult: these are Katie Jacobs' daily practices to help her second graders become the best students and people they can possibly be.
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Another testament to the point that the best teachers teach the whole student, not an isolated subject. 

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? - Edudemic

What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? - Edudemic | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

"There are so many ways that teachers are using social media –  both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram   and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking. You know that whether you’re browsing through your Twitter feed or searching on Pinterest, there are certain things that catch your eye and other things that blend into the background. You pick and choose what looks interesting to you.

 

When you’re the creator of the content, however – either for professional use with other teachers or for student’s consumption – you need to be concerned with getting your message out there in a way that ensures it isn’t the content that is blending into the background. The handy infographic below takes a look at the ideal length for all of your social media postings.  Keep reading to learn more!"


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, June 23, 2014 8:41 AM

Teachers, lawyers, Doctors, Sports professionals, broadcasters, retired folk, businessmen, people who like to play with their mobile phones..  Everyone needs to know how to tweet well.  Explain that to your 90 year old grandmother!

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 2014 5:49 AM

Of course some types of tweets are best left unposted whatever size they are

Chris Eller's curator insight, June 24, 2014 1:44 PM

This is a topic I, personally, have been wrestling with recently. If you look at many of the forms of communication listed in the infographic, the common denominator is how short our attention span is when consuming online information.


For example, 


  • Video - 3 to 3.5 minutes
  • Presentation (sermon?) - 18 minutes
  • Podcast - 22 minutes
  • Headline - 60 characters


Based on my own informal research at First Family Church, I would have to agree with the the overall consensus of these findings. A common complaint I receive in our Small Group Curriculum Evaluations is that we provide too much information. Consequently, I am looking for ways to break our teaching into even smaller chunks and develop teaching helps (e.g. handouts) that are available by clicking a link rather than including in the formal lesson.


From a church perspective, would it be too frightening to try and evaluate how engaged people are during a 40 to 50 minute sermon? A very informal indication could be how many people are using their phones or mobile devices during a sermon. Yes, they have their Bible on their device, and it is likely they are referring to the digital Bible occasionally, but if someone is staring intently at their phone or tablet for an extended period of time during the sermon, odds are good they have transitioned to something else and are focused on the content on their device rather than actively listening to the sermon.


If you have the courage, try and see how many in your church this Sunday are staring at their mobile devices rather than actively listening to your sermon.


What are your thoughts? Will the church need to adjust its centuries-old method of teaching as the attention span of church attenders shrinks?

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it

"A while back, I was asked, 'What engages student?' Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders..."

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Ten tips for better student engagement, from the students themselves!

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Share This With All the Schools, Please

Share This With All the Schools, Please | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored.
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Paying attention to the details and patterns around us can change lives... especially in schools. 

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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment
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Grant Wiggins offers his input on authentic assessment, and his definition of 'hands-on'...

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▶ Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley - YouTube

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring t...
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"come gather 'round people wherever you roam and admit that the waters have grown... you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone (yep, Bob is playing in the background)

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Learnlets » Howard Rheingold #AECT Keynote Mindmap

Learnlets » Howard Rheingold #AECT Keynote Mindmap | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
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the new literacy... check out Clark Quinn's social networking skills mindmap

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4 Wonderful iPad Apps Kids Can Use to Create Digital Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Wonderful iPad Apps Kids Can Use to Create Digital Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
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engage children as story creators

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62 Interesting Ways to Integrate iPad in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

62 Interesting Ways to Integrate iPad in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | on the shoulders of giants | Scoop.it
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tech is moving at an unprecedented rate and education is changing, time to dive in...

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