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Why we need to treat adolescents in a radical new way

Why we need to treat adolescents in a radical new way | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
U.S. psychologist Laurence Steinberg says it’s not teenagers who are confused; it’s the rest of us
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Turning Policy into Action: One Adolescent’s On-the-Ground Activism

Turning Policy into Action: One Adolescent’s On-the-Ground Activism | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Julia Carter represents a new generation of young global activists. She eschewed the traditional high school-to-college path, choosing to devote two and a half years towards international travel and community service before college.
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Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche

Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Diving into a great novel can be an immersive experience that makes your mind come alive. Want to give your brain a workout? Open a foreign language novel.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 19, 2015 2:23 PM

Do your learners know what happens when the read, or when stories are read to them. This post, from the Open Education Database, provides a visual (that you may want to print out and share with learners and their families) as well as 10 ways that reading helps your brain workout. The list is below.

* We make photos in our mind, even without being prompted.

* Spoken word can put your brain to work.

* Reading about experiences is almost the same as living it.

* Different styles of reading create different patterns in the brain.

* New languages can grow your brain.

* Your brain adapts to reading e-books in seven days.

* E-books lack in spatial navigability.

* Story structure encourages our brain to think in sequence, expanding our attention spans.

* Reading changes your brain structure (in a good way)).

* Deep reading makes us more empathetic.

To learn more about each of these points click through to the post.

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Wonder - A New Search Engine by Experts in the Field

Wonder - A New Search Engine by Experts in the Field | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it

"Wonder is a research engine fueled by experts. Explore results contributed by real people, and let our research network filter for you. It's like scanning the bookshelves of people you admire, and having a librarian help you."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 22, 2015 4:46 PM

Check out this new search engine called Wonder. Wonder is a 'human-centric' search engine. People who are knowledgeable in the field recommend resources. In fact, if you have a special area you need researched you may enter a 'ticket' explaining what you are looking for and researchers will "email you back high quality resources ASAP."

The search engine is free to use, but you must create a log-in (three choices available).

Once you enter your search terms items will appear with a small visual and some text. You may choose to save any item (and like or share an item). You may also request additional information (see note above) and the list of contributors is viewable allowing you to filter results by reviewer.

There are so many websites that students find that are not the best. This search engine would be great for students still learning how to search, or as a way to potentially see if the sites they find are also listed by Wonder. Take some time to explore and consider sharing this with students (I would suggest high school, and possibly middle school).

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Matching Adolescent Education with Brain Development by Sarah Jayne Blakemore, Brain Matters! Vancou

As part of the Brain Matters! Vancouver Thematic Sessions Video Podcast, we present: Matching Adolescent Education with Brain Development by Sarah Jayne ...
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10 Math talks to blow your mind - TED Talks playlist

10 Math talks to blow your mind - TED Talks playlist | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Numbers, patterns and equations are at the core of these talks, which will teach you how to fold better origami and how to quantify history.

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8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
When students get tired of school, they find all means to take the shortcut. This is why numerours students end up copying their homework and plagiarizing their essays. This is why websites such as Bestessays.com thrive. They offer services that will ease the difficulties of student, making it tempting for them to sign up and buy customized papers. Technology has definitely made cheating a lot easier.

It’s not just in the output that students slack off in school. It’s in their mentality that clearly shows their disinterest to learn and attend classes. When they start to not care about their grades, it must be a cause of concern for teachers.

Instead of lecturing these lost souls, it’s up to educators and mentors to find ways on how to lure them back into learning. It can be through constant motivation and pep talk. Sometimes, it can be a great story that will push them to work harder.

For now, maybe these inspirational quotes on learning and hard work can do the trick.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:04 AM

Everyone needs encouragement sometime in their lives. Take a look at these quotes for inspiration.

Tracy Playle's curator insight, December 11, 2014 5:18 PM

Our content work at Pickle Jar shows us just how much students and other audiences seem to love inspirational quotes, so this little list of suggested quotes to inspire students may be handy for your university or college's content plan.

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Overcoming Procrastination: How to Own Your Time | Edudemic

Overcoming Procrastination: How to Own Your Time | Edudemic | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Students have a million answers: the big game is on, there is a trending hashtag to follow, there are so many people available to chat, there is a new series on Netflix, there is no way I can do that assignment, and so forth. But don’t worry, there are just as many ways to overcome procrastination as there are reasons to procrastinate in the first place — these tips will get you moving so you have more time to do what you want to do.

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'It's an after-school thing': 13-year-old gets funding from Intel for low-cost Braille printer

'It's an after-school thing': 13-year-old gets funding from Intel for low-cost Braille printer | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
If Shubham Banerjee cannot lay claim to being the world's youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, he comes very close.
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What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Teach your students about the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship as you help them acquire both proactive and experiential knowledge of the online world.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 4, 2014 6:02 PM

Good info as well as good ideas about how to help student "practice".

Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, November 5, 2014 6:56 AM

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Why social media needs to be taught in high school - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world

Why social media needs to be taught in high school - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
GUEST POST Image Credit: Vancouver Film School/Flickr There’s been a lot of discussion recently on what schools should be teaching kids. Just this month, the United Kingdom announced the addition of cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the r... http://www.newsyab.com/why-social-media-needs-to-be-taught-in-high-school/

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Teen problems often surface first online - KING5.com

Teen problems often surface first online - KING5.com | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
It's increasingly easier to text, or tweet, than have a face-to-face conversation and it can be difficult for an adult to pick up on any subtle warnings.
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Funds call as autism students numbers triple - The Australian

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The Australian Education Union claimed yesterday that 100,000 students were missing out on funded support, especially in poor neighbourhoods.
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Flipped Learning: The Big Picture

Flipped Learning: The Big Picture | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
As we progress rapidly into the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, questions continue to be raised about how education addresses the ever ..

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HJJP's curator insight, April 29, 2015 12:22 AM

We really should ask whether the current education system addresses the needs of the future, even the present. Is this education model proven, and thus ideal? or Should we revisit what we do? how we do it? What we teach? Who we teach it to? and even When we teach it?

 

I am a believer in innovation, and I feel education and training have not kept up with the times. A deep revolution is necessary, but who is ready to do it??

 

Elizabeth Roman's curator insight, April 29, 2015 8:44 PM

Infografía sobre el aprendizaje invertido: ¿Qué apoyo se necesita? ¿Qué se hace dentro y qué se hace fuera del aula?

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 30, 2015 2:45 AM

Un de plus sur la classe inversée.

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Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick - InformED

Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick - InformED | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it

"Here's what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren't born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most in group setting; we know that the expression of creativity isn't exclusive to the arts; and we know that you shouldn't wait around for inspiration to strike.

But do we know that rewarding creative behaviour can stunt motivation? Do we know the creative brain depends on content just as much as it depends on imagination? Or that expecting one right answer all the time will actually prevent us from finding the right answer?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 20, 2015 7:10 AM

Is it possible that we believe we are teaching our learners to be more creative, when we may be doing the opposite? This post from InformEd looks at ten habits that actually impede creative growth, although many of us believe that they promote it. Four are listed below, with brief explanations.

* Thinking "outside the box" - If by thinking outside the box you believe that constraints are not necessary you may be wrong. This post says "originality may require constraints."

* Rewarding good performance - I see this as the question of intrinsic vs extrinsic factors...and research is showing that providing rewards for completing tasks does not foster motivated children.

* Using outdated teaching methods - education is constantly changing as we learn more about the brain and how we learn. How many of us hold on to methods that have been proven wrong, such as teacher-centered instruction, right brain/left brain paradigm, and teaching to the test?

* Bringing technology to the student - technology has great potential, but it may also be a distraction. The post shares a story of a teacher who used Google Docs to help his students share knowledge, but quickly learned that they did not have the foundation to use Google Docs effectively. He reflected on what he saw happening in his classroom and realized that many students like to move while they think, and created an activity where students would have to work together using butcher paper, post-its and pens...and using this process taught the students how Google Docs works, but without the computer.

There is much more information in the post so click through to see six more habits that are creativity killers.

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The Four Negative Sides of Technology | Edudemic

The Four Negative Sides of Technology | Edudemic | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it

"We live in a high tech world—with high tech classrooms. We embrace the benefits of using iPads during class, integrating tweets during presentations, and teaching students while using smart TVs. We know the many benefits of incorporating technology while teaching, such as adding diversity to lessons, increasing student interaction, and to bringing new perspectives and knowledge to the class.

But there can be a negative side resulting from inappropriate or overuse of technology, and that negative side can have serious and long-term consequences."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 3, 2015 7:21 AM

Technology has many benefits, but it can also cause harm. Edudemic shares updated information on some of the harmful effects technology may bring, as well as five ways you may address the harmful impacts. Two of the harmful effects are below.

1. Technology changes the way children think. Research shows that "the use of technology can alter the actual wiring of the brain." There may be benefits to this, but there are some known issues that are discussed in the post.

2. Technology changes the way children feel. A study of two groups of 6th graders showed that those who "no access to technology for five days" were more empathetic than those who were using it. Studies also show that children who use technology  more than 4 hours a day may experiences difficulties in "social skills and emotional reactions."

In addition to two additional negative impacts the five suggestions include:

* Teach responsible usage.

* Use classroom technology intentionally.

These are issues that are impacted by how students use technology outside of school. You may want to include some of this information in a parent newsletter.

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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is:

Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It’s the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what is the teacher/student talking ratio in your classroom? If you find yourself always talking more than your students, try and figure out some ways to empower your students so they are more involved in the learning.

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4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers - TeachThought

4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers - TeachThought | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that state and national assessments continue to indicate that boys lag behind girls in the area of reading.

The gap tends to grow larger as students enter adolescence. It’s also no secret that many teenage boys dislike reading — in class or at home. Just ask a high school teacher…or a teenage boy. While it’s not true that all teenage boys dislike reading, there is a growing trend of many becoming unmotivated readers. Obviously, students who are resistant to reading are unlikely to get better at it. Here are four ideas for motivating adolescent male readers.

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Laura Ellen G's curator insight, June 10, 10:52 PM

Great tips!

 

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Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
Today as I was wading through my bookmarks I came across this resource which I have saved awhile ago. This is a chart featuring what its author called 21 things every 21st century teacher should do this year. This chart is created by Sean Junkins based on a blog post by Carl Hooker. I went through the ideas suggested here and thought of providing you with some good web tools to apply to some of these ideas. The tools I am sharing are based on posts I have published in this blog.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 29, 2014 6:39 AM

A lot of this is social media and I think its great. I love the idea of setting yourself a goal to try and achieve all of this next year. I wonder how many I will have persuaded teachers to use by the end of next year. 

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Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile L... | @scoopit via @joevans http://sco.lt/...

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Collaborize Classroom: Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teachers

Collaborize Classroom: Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teachers | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
We believe that one of the most important challenges educators face today is to prepare kids for the world that awaits them after they leave the classroom -- those "21st century skills" you keep hearing about. We've created the free resources below to support and inspire you and your students in facing that challenge.

Also, be sure to visit the Collaborize Classroom Topic Library, where you'll find thousands of topics that have been created and successfully used by educators in their own Collaborize Classroom® sites.

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Lisa Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:58 AM

Great information as usual Dennis!

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins - TEDEd

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins - TEDEd | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity  becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.


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9 Effective Questions to Help Students Develop A Growth Mindset ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Effective Questions to Help Students Develop A Growth Mindset ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it
When it comes to high quality education blog posts. Dr Jackie Gerstein is one of my favourite authors. I always find her articles very insightful and full of new ideas and thoughts to learn from. I have shared several of her works in the past and most notably her popular visual on The Educators with a Growth Mindset. However, today I am sharing with you another of her recent works entitled "Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection". This is basically a series of questions Jackie developed based on her teaching experience in order to help students "develop and enhance their growth mindsets through personal accountability and reflection". You might want to have a look and share it with your own students .

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Two Excellent iPad Apps to Help Students with Math Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Excellent iPad Apps to Help Students with Math Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oz adolescent education | Scoop.it

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Parents and Adolescent Disorganization | Psychology Today

Parents who prize household routine and regularity in family are likely to feel frustrated by the onset of their child's adolescence. At this time (around ages 9 – 13) expressions of personal disorganization in their daughter or ...
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