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What Teaching Teaches the Teacher

What Teaching Teaches the Teacher | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
I'm a special education teacher who thinks kids are the most important people on Earth, and that teachers and headmasters and principals and assistant principals -- as sneaky as they are -- are prett
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Thought-provoking - a must read!

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5 Time-Saving Tips for Online Instruction

5 Time-Saving Tips for Online Instruction | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Do you check your email before breakfast? Ever feel like your online class is taking over your life? Online instruction does operate at its own schedule, but the schedule should not control you.
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Every teacher I know in online education and every other teacher who is considering teaching online needs to read these 5 recommendations. I firmly believe the single biggest drawback to the job is exhaustion and burnout if teachers are forced to corrupt their own priorities. Please read and share, share, share.....

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:35 AM

Every teacher I know in online education and every other teacher who is considering teaching online needs to read these 5 recommendations. I firmly believe the single biggest drawback to the job is exhaustion and burnout if teachers are forced to corrupt their own priorities. Please read and share, share, share.....

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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Timely collection of articles to meet the needs of nonfiction requirements. Excellent!

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The Art of Teaching Online by Suzi Parker

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Transitioning from in-the-flesh teacher to internet instructor isn't easy, but there are unexpected advantages.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Some educators think it is a simple move and don't realize it is an entirely different teaching environment with far different expectations and emphases. Good to read and be reminded.

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Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:03 PM

Teaching online is different, but like anything else, we just have to learn how to work WITH it, not against it.

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Establishing an Online Teaching Presence | Duquesne University

Establishing an Online Teaching Presence | Duquesne University | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it

Teaching presence begins before the course commences as the teacher, acting as instructional designer, plans and prepares the course of studies, and it continues during the course, as the instructor facilitates the discourse and provides direct instruction when required (Anderson, et al, 2001).


Via Dennis T OConnor
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All important points for review and consideration.

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Look How Far Technology Has Come - Edudemic

Look How Far Technology Has Come - Edudemic | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
I've found you never truly know where you're headed until you understand where you've been. In terms of education technology (emphasis on technology), we've come so far.
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Time to ponder the past, the future...

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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

Via Beth Dichter
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We used the card catalogs and encyclopedias for decades and knew how to teach the process. Do you know all you need to in order to teach the new processes? Are you sure? Check this out and share.

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:09 PM

The Big Six taught me a lot on how we assume kids can skim and scan.  We need to take more time to show them how to search.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:07 PM

do your students know how to search, find and curate information?

Cindy Gerken Butler's curator insight, November 11, 2014 2:34 PM

We are a 1:1 school and we have several students who could learn a lot in regards to searching for content on the internet.

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ExamTime Home | Changing the way you learn.

ExamTime Home | Changing the way you learn. | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Transform your learning potential Improve your study with our specially designed software. Sign up now. It's Free!
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More tools are emerging all the time which are free and support students' study and learning. Another one worth looking at, all. @examtime

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes
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Another free resource for students of all ages. Shows great potential for making study notes memorable and creative. Check it out! @classmint

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Homework as Practice

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Homework as Practice
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Lots of controversy happening out there in "education land" in regard to homework assignments. Stay current with the conversations going on and let me know what you think. Share!

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Online Plagiarism Checker by PlagiarismDetect - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Online Plagiarism Checker by PlagiarismDetect - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
PlagiarismDetect is an online plagiarism checker, for texts written in English and Spanish. It's fast, high-quality and operates on the updated search algorithm.
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Students are grateful for these tools to help them recognize appropriate citations in research and teachers appreciate the capability to refer to current internet content. It's a win-win. Check it out.

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What is an open badging system and how to implement it

ContentWhat are Open-BadgesUnderstanding Open Badges SystemHow to Implement an Open Badge SystemBackpack OptionsImplementation TeamOut of the box solution369121

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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So much potential in this process and more and more schools, industries, etc. are getting on the bandwagon to make sure credit is given and transportable. Make sure the right people see this, the ones who can listen thoughtfully and act on it. Share!

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terrymc's curator insight, October 10, 2013 7:12 AM

I think there is value in a system that captures skills development evidence on a lifelong basis that many providers could work with. Just because the term 'Badges' is used should not allow it to be trivialised. It could fill a valuable gap that enables employers to find graduates who can meet their immediate and long-term needs. I am following this to see how it works out in practice.

 

Dr. David Gentile's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:40 AM

How might education change if Open-Badges become as valuable as a College or University Degree? What about High School? the future of education is moving towards greater individualization while the "Education Systems" move to greater standardization and making the experience the same for all learners. Doesn't this create a conflict?

Dr Weimar's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:48 PM

Slideshare presentation that provides how-to information.

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Lucidpress Launches Web-Based Design And Publishing App For Print And Online | TechCrunch

Lucidpress Launches Web-Based Design And Publishing App For Print And Online | TechCrunch | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Lucid Software, the company behind the popular Lucidchart online flow chart and diagramming service, announced a new product in its lineup today.
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LucidPress bears looking at for an innovative approach to creating content for both online and in print. Share!

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3 Nondigital Ways to Become a Connected Educator

3 Nondigital Ways to Become a Connected Educator | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Engaging with educators through Twitter, blogs and other forms of social media is one way to connect, but it is not the only way.
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Excellent reminders about how to connect and learn onthe ground instead of thinking it only happens online. Great quick read. Share!

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15 Learning Tools You Never Knew Existed ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Learning Tools You Never Knew Existed ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
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I agree with reviewers that these 15 sites are often overlooked and offer some wonderful tools you will want to use immediately for both your professional development and classroom lesson creation. Don't waste time - check it out! And share.

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Mootup - Home

Mootup - Home | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
debate-based writing and research assignments easily built and customized by teachers
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Excellent site for argumentation and research writing - check it out!

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Icebreakers in online learning

Icebreakers in Online Learning: Why and How

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Icebreakers can be simple or highly creative, but no matter what your deisgn, it is essential to insure it draws in and connects the students. The foundation and tone for the class are set in this first activity.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 22, 2013 6:51 PM

Short simple slide share on the value of icebreakers.

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Gilly Salman: E-Tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning


Via Dennis T OConnor
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Excellent resource - the information is clear and will help educators ramp up their online presence and e-tivities. Thank you, Gilly Salman.

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Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy. (Updated 10/2013)
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Excellent resources here for helping young people with digital responsibility. Adults need to read and review as well. The issues transcend age.

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Tao of the Sockless Floor

Tao of the Sockless Floor | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
High stakes testing is like saying to your child, “I want you to clean your room. But, at the very least, I want you to pick up your socks.” For twenty years we’ve been teaching kids to pick up their socks.
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The wisdom and call to arms of this is critical to the change we need to see in education.This is a "must-read."

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Resources | Teaching Copyright

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Students need to know the privilege and legal ramifications of copyrights. Creative Commons website (included on the list) shows them how to address this for their own materials online.

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Success at the Core : How Teams & Teachers Transform Instruction

Success at the Core : How Teams & Teachers Transform Instruction | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
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A respository of free videos to assist in teaching and leadership development. One of the foundational founders is Microsoft. Worth checking into it. Give me feedback and share!

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How Do Teachers Take Out Time for Professional Development? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How Do Teachers Take Out Time for Professional Development? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Here are some strategies that I’ve extracted from the educators and institutions who effectively save time for their professional development.
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Professional Development needs to be integral for educators, not an after-thought, and needs to include topics which enhance a teachers' credentials, not just meet a district's expectations or guidelines. Personal growth is equally as important as job structure. A thoughtful and exciting read for possibilities.

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The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children - Edudemic

The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children - Edudemic | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
This handy visual guide explores technology use by young children. How much and what do they use, and is it appropriate?
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I believe we overlook the long term effects of early tech use for our children. We think it is cute, progressive, shows a child's creativity and intelligence, but while I am all about the positives of tech, I also want to warn against the issues that can and will arise in the absence of parent connection. No tech can replace that.

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Animoby

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Animoby is a new way of doing presentations, tutorials and animations, with pictures, drawings and even audio. Show and explain with the speed and agility you want.
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The new approach to design, presentations, teaching - these websites and apps just keep rolling in with superior design and easy to use functions. Another one which you will like - Animoby!

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