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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Paradigm | Scoop.it

To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.


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This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:44 AM

This looks like a useful site for those teachers looking at 'made for education' type apps.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 AM

Thanks! Worth a try.

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#edtech #edchat

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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Paradigm | Scoop.it

To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.


Via Nik Peachey
Douglas Allen Lawslo's insight:

This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:44 AM

This looks like a useful site for those teachers looking at 'made for education' type apps.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 AM

Thanks! Worth a try.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:27 AM

#edtech #edchat

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Personalize Learning: Home

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What does it mean to Make Learning Personal?
The term "Personalized Learning" is very controversial and confusing. We created this site to dispel some of the myths about personalized learning and for you to:

learn about the latest research on personalized learning.follow the thought leaders in the field of personalized learning.hear from teachers and learners who are personalizing learning. use strategies and tools to support changing teacher and learner roles.
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Fantastic site that offers insight as well as supportive research. 

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: The Key to Staying Positive in Your Classroom: Throw Away Your Depends

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: The Key to Staying Positive in Your Classroom: Throw Away Your Depends | Paradigm | Scoop.it
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Vicki is correct, but I tend to have two attitudes. This likely comes from spending many years in retail where, no matter what's going on inside, you must be positive. I've always viewed my learners and their parents as customers; so, no matter what might be troubling me about administration or the direction the school is headed, I always give them a happy face. A caveat, though, is when you're dealing with older learners. They know more about the politics in any school than we'd like to believe; they often perceive things based on observing numerous staff members. I've had learners come to me with concerns that often mirror my own. This is especially true with learners that have "grown up" in a school, at least in K-12 schools.

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Tim Hamilton's comment, June 20, 2013 1:06 AM
I never changed my attitude in class. If I was having a bad day my kids knew it. They weren't worried about it and knew we were driving on with class anyway...that was the lesson. I never taught the little ones so I can't help you there but you hit it right on the head with the older learners. They are involved with the politics of a small school. Whether it be from a parent, teacher, or other student they get their information and want to be included in the discussion. It's how you handle that discussion that allows you to maintain the learning environment.
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Digital education resource and library for researchers and students - Cyborg Anthropology

Digital education resource and library for researchers and students - Cyborg Anthropology | Paradigm | Scoop.it
Most modern human life is a product of human and non-human interaction.
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Are our devices making us cyborgs? Certainly a site worth looking into if you are concerned about the future.

 

The area of this site discussing Digital Ethnography is pretty sparse, maybe I'll volunteer my services.

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Shifting the Learning Zone

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A client and fellow lean learner today shared a cool extension of the Toyota Kata model for establishing target conditions. Mike Rother’s Improvement Kata Handbook establishes a couple of key conce...
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I remember hearing Marzano talk about this in Vegas a few years ago. I think the vital point here is to create an environment built on trust and mutual support. Once again we see how removing the traditional barriers in the classroom would increase the willingness by learners to take a chance.

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Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches » Playing with Media

Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches » Playing with Media | Paradigm | Scoop.it

The basic idea is that non-techy terms are important when we want to win the hearts and minds of parents as well as other teachers in our rapidly changing digital information landscape. It’s easy to intimidate or confuse someone with acronyms, when it comes to educational technology or almost any other field. If we can avoid jargon when we talk about media products students can produce to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of concepts, it can help others open their minds to new possibilities instead of being closed off.

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Great advice.

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Individualized Instruction Vs. Personalized Learning

Individualized Instruction Vs. Personalized Learning | Paradigm | Scoop.it
This is one of those blog posts intended to help me shape my own thoughts – and asks you, "How close I am to the real world of teaching and learning?
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This is something I've seen numerous times, but as usual David organizes it nicely and his input is always worth the time. There is a site devoted to this fundemental concept of 21st Century learning that delves deeper than one can in a blog post. The thread running through the shift in mindset required is really summed up in this and the student/learner - teacher/master learner. Like all great plans it is simple in concept, but challenging in implementation. This last year I focused on these concepts and in spite of my best efforts I would occasionally lapse in to the "old ways." This requires a complete abandoning of traditional teaching practices.

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Check out my Scoop.it! site. It's just starting so check back often.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How your students can join the #quest2matter and change the world @angelamaiers

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How your students can join the #quest2matter and change the world @angelamaiers | Paradigm | Scoop.it
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Once again Vicki Davis shares something good about how to engage learners.

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Are they Students or are they Learners?

Are they Students or are they Learners? | Paradigm | Scoop.it
Art they being students or learners? Flickr photo by Taro416 A while back I spent the day working with a group of about 150 educators who'd been brought together by one of their state's regional service centers.
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The revolution must begin by changing the traditional labels in education: student becomes "Learner" and teacher becomes "Master Learner." One must realize where the power in the classroom has always been; with the learner. The traditional teacher fights to seize the power, but the Master Learner gets the Learner to use the power. It becomes a question of direction, not dominance (classroom management). The Master Learner tries to step away while the teacher pushes forward; the learner moves of their own accord, while the student falls back once the forward pressure disappears.

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