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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom

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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom
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Good information on the improper and proper integration of technology into the classroom. 

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Failing to invest in NC children erodes our very foundation

Failing to invest in NC children erodes our very foundation | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it

Angela Scioli: North Carolina is no longer investing in our students. It is evident everywhere my students turn. They hear the drips from the leaking windows in my trailer when it rains. They feel it in the lightness of their book bags when they have no textbooks to take home. In many schools, there are not even teachers in their classrooms. So many have left, and so few are preparing to enter the profession, that vacancies cannot be filled. There are no scholarships to encourage promising stude

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Ms.Scioli does an excellent job describing the current educational priorities in North Carolina state legislature..  As a 32+ year veteran in NC schools I, too, have proud memories for all the supports that NC has put in place for educators over the years.  If the goal of education is to prepare students for their future, full of curiosity, confidence and a love for learning than we are insulting and demeaning our students and school staff by using a one data point state "Report Card".  How many universities use one data point to determine student entrance into their institution?  How many employees in any business are measured by one data point?  If NC is serious about attracting and retaining the highest quality teachers there must be opportunities for them to be supported. North Carolina per pupil expenditures must be made competitive and not in the lowest 10% of the nation.  There must be legislative encouragement for educators to participate in professional growth programs such as NCCAT by funding substitute coverage, stipends for those who wish to achieve National Board Certification, graduate level incentives and most importantly equitable, nationally competitive salaries for all levels of experience.  I look forward to the day when national newspaper's run headlines such as "NC Educator Salaries and Per Pupil Expenditures  in Top Ten Percent of Nation" or "NC Legislature Creates Task Force to Work with Educators on Priorities to Create Student Success"--and agree to fund the results.

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Are We Marking Assignments or Assessing Learning?

Are We Marking Assignments or Assessing Learning? | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Originally posted at The Wejr Board blog. There has been much focus on shifting our assessment practices in education and, particularly in BC, moving toward more Assessment For Learning (or formati...
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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.
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10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

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Good teaching is reflective teaching. Here are 10 ways to be a more reflective teacher.
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Kideville Aimed at Bringing 3D Printing and Urban Planning Skills to Students

Kideville Aimed at Bringing 3D Printing and Urban Planning Skills to Students | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
It's all about the children at Kidesign, an ed-tech startup aimed at building educational kits and bringing 3D printing into school curricula. Alberto Rizzol
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PersonalizED :: A Guide to Personalizing Learning in the Classroom

PersonalizED :: A Guide to Personalizing Learning in the Classroom | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
By Dr. Mary Ellen Beaty O’Ferrall, Sara Henschell, Margaret Roth

Personalized learning is an instructional philosophy intended to address
the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, and cultural
backgrounds of individual students to create an environment and experience
that best facilitates their learning (Glossary of Ed Reform, 2014).
Personalized learning can be implemented with many techniques, through a
combination of different methods, and successfully achieved through a
var
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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
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Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level - A.J. Juliani

Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level - A.J. Juliani | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Wow, what can we say! This past summer we decided to start a learning space design challenge on ClassroomCribs.com to highlight all of the amazing “cribs” that you have designed for students. Instead of just “aesthetics” we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design. And we were …
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▶ Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science! - YouTube

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The...
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Great video to prompt questions for all ages, even elementary.  Have you ever asked your students how many drops of water it will take to cover a penny?.

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The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

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My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would strongly encourage people to participate. Katie's the best teacher I'v...
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Home-School Connection Is Key When Getting Ready for #BYOD

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Home-School Connection Is Key When Getting Ready for #BYOD | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers get started.
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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction
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Student Apps for Winter Reading

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Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares a generous list of winter reading apps and ebooks for elementary students in class and with their families.
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What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years?

What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years? | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
What a catching blog post title. It might have caught your attention because of the keywords “the most significant” and “innovations” and a promise of a prediction to guide you into the future. Tak...
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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Students need to have a balance of literature and informational text.  If you're looking for sites that include nonfiction passages or high-interest articles here are a few worth exploring: Experie...
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A Beginner's Guide To Personalized Learning -

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A Beginner’s Guide To Personalized Learning by TeachThought Staff  There is a difference between personalized learning and differentiation. Differentiation is a kind of personalized instruction, where teachers adjust process, & product, according to a student’s readiness, interest,...
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Librarians Share Best Practices for Teaching Inquiry-Based Learning

Librarians Share Best Practices for Teaching Inquiry-Based Learning | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Former librarians Paige Jaeger and Mary Ratzer said that when it comes to effectively teaching inquiry-based learning, an educator's best bet is to pair up with their school librarians.
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Five Minute Film Festival: Video Boot Camp

Five Minute Film Festival: Video Boot Camp | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
The rapid adoption of devices in the classroom has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process -- writing, recording, editing, and distributing -- is possible on the devices that can fit in our pocket. Vision is the most dominant of the five senses. Research shows that concepts are better remembered if they are taught visually. This is called the pictorial superiority effect, and it’s why video is such a powerful learning tool. A video is created three t
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Nice collection of strategies to consider when creating your videos.

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Becoming a Teacher is Becoming More | CTQ

Becoming a Teacher is Becoming More | CTQ | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
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In an era when students and even young teachers question whether they should pursue being a teacher or continue in the field Ms. Ebnar captures the many reasons for being in education.  As a career educator, I agree that teachers hold the key to student and societal success.  Do you know any professional that is successful today without the help of a teacher?

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5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

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Too Much Sitting? 5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking
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Great ideas to get students engaged in their learning at all levels K-12. 

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