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TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller

TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
We are intermediate grade teachers who have learned over the years that there are practices that get kids excited about reading.   We tried to rank them but decided they were all equally important....
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Great collection of ideas to encourage intermediate readers to love reading. Will have to read the book Readicide.

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Collaborative Learning: Why Transforming Classrooms Into Collaboration Rooms Can Make A Big Difference - eLearning Industry

Collaborative Learning: Why Transforming Classrooms Into Collaboration Rooms Can Make A Big Difference - eLearning Industry | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Want to know why transforming classrooms into collaboration rooms can make a big difference? Check why Collaborative Learning is so important. 
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Welcome! - eduClipper

Welcome! - eduClipper | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it

Clip items from the web, upload your own work, or find and re-clip content from others to customize and maximize your learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 9, 12:25 AM

This looks like a great way to create learning repositories and eportfolios.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 11, 9:13 AM

Useful in edu. 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, February 12, 1:52 PM

Web clipping tool with an educational focus. 

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Google Classroom Essentials Infographic

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This Google Classroom essentials infographic shows some of the key items in Google Classroom. There is a lot more features this does not cover, including the student perspective. Check out the stud…
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MakerEd Projects & Learning Approaches

The Projects and Learning Approaches category of Maker Ed's Resource Library includes making project and activity ideas, as well as curriculum samples, facilitation practices and tips, and pedagogies aligned with making.
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The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me

The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Yesterday, my wife gave everybody in the family an iPhone as early birthday presents. It was a gracious gesture, but the mood quickly turned ugly as the kids began argue who was going have teach me...
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Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

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Schools need leaders who don't yet think they are leaders and those of us teachers who are apprehensive about embracing the roles and responsibilities of leadership.
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Pivot This: Summarize Google Forms Data

Pivot This: Summarize Google Forms Data | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
After collecting data from a Google Form it is likely that you want some summary data. Pivot tables allow you to not only count or add up information in your spreadsheet but also enables you to cro…
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What If Teachers ARE NOT the Problem? - Sharing Kindergarten

What If Teachers ARE NOT the Problem? - Sharing Kindergarten | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
I recently saw this video on Facebook that touched my heart. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Where Have All the Teachers Gone? There’s a teacher shortage in the U.S. So we got some hardworking teachers …
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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Social and emotional competencies help teachers avoid burnout and increase well-being. By identifying our internal drivers, we use our emotional intelligence to improve our craft.
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A New Interesting Google Drive Update Released Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Interesting Google Drive Update Released Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
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Could Rubric-Based Grading Be the Assessment of the Future?

Could Rubric-Based Grading Be the Assessment of the Future? | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Could a standard set of rubrics be used to assess in-class student work for cross-cutting skills like writing, critical thinking, problem-solving and quantitative analysis?
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6 Fun Ways Kids Can Join the Maker Movement

6 Fun Ways Kids Can Join the Maker Movement | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
The maker movement is spreading around the country and the world. Here are dozens of different ways to get your family involved in this creative initiative.
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A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. It is a week long (5 days) class that will meet for 2.5 hours each morning. The description is:

Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, Ollie, mBot, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills.

Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:

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basil60's curator insight, February 8, 3:41 PM

Some great insights here - whether you have access to the commercial products described or not.

It's more about the pedagogy than the edtech.

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What's next for educators after Twitter? - A.J. JULIANI

Ahh Twitter. You have a place in my heart. But if you were on the platform this weekend and saw the #RIPTwitter hashtag trending, it has never been more ap
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How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty

How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Teaching students how to confront what we don't know can trigger curiosity and lead to new discoveries, according to author Jamie Holmes.
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Great article about need for process-based learning.  21st Century instruction should be all about preparing students with tools and experiences such that they can handle the many uncertainties and surprises that will be faced in school and life.  

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The Best Resources For Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is on February 19th, 2015 and marks the start of the Year of the Goat. All, or at least most, of the links in "The Best..." list are also included in The Best Sites For Learning Ab...
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ClassDojo Principal Accounts for School Leaders - Class Tech Tips

ClassDojo Principal Accounts for School Leaders - Class Tech Tips | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
This new from ClassDojo tool will give principals and other school leaders a view of student progress and the ability to monitor parent engagement.
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12 Ways I Got My Life Back in Balance as a Teacher

12 Ways I Got My Life Back in Balance as a Teacher | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
I get asked often how I do it all.  How do I teach full-time, have 4 children, a happy marriage, and also write, speak, and all of those other things that I am so lucky to do without losing my mind.  And the truth is; I don't know.  There are good days where I feel…
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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Books for Teachers and Students - A Guide

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Books for Teachers and Students - A Guide | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it

Google Books is one of my favorite research tools that students and teachers often overlook. In a post earlier today I embedded a book that I found through a Google Books search.

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Berger speech compares TAs to typewriters :: WRAL.com

Berger speech compares TAs to typewriters :: WRAL.com | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
In a recent speech, Republican Senate leader Phil Berger suggested "scrapping schools of education" and likened investing in teacher assistants to investing in manual typewriters.
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I am assuming that Senator Berger obtained his research and subsequent comparison quote regarding teacher assistants being one with typewriters from organizations that have spent significant time in schools and completely understand the vital role that TAs play in supporting school success. Has Senator Berger and the state legislature created a plan to fund the additional classrooms needed to support teacher to student ratio changes? What conversations has Senator Berger had with leading educators (Teachers, Principals and Superintendents) to determine what is best for education in North Carolina?  Excellence in education, as in business require continual investments in professional development and time to reflect on best implementation.  Oh-by the way what is the average professional development budget for SAS, Cisco, IBM and other forward thinking companies versus what is provided to the school systems in North Carolina? Talk is easy Senator Berger--time to have serious conversations with educators that have front line experience and real time ideas for improvement instead of the research factories that you subscribe to.

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Reviving support for public schools

Reviving support for public schools | PLNs for ALL | Scoop.it
Bill Winter and Jim Hunt grew up in the pre-Sun Belt South – a South of tenant farmers, of cotton fields, of dirt roads, of racial segregation and poor, underfunded schools.
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