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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.

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Audrey's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:12 AM

“Children can educate themselves and are good at doing so if the conditions are right."


They also need guidance, in the ways put forward by both Piaget and Vygotsky.  


Materials in the form of educational toys, games, books, where they can make their own selections are crucial.

Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:01 PM

Children, with appropriate guidance, can provide insight and direction for their learning. They usually know what they like and what they do not like. The key is to elicit information which helps to bring what they want to fruition. I think educators are afraid of these conversations.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, December 14, 2013 4:10 PM

Mind opening article on the effective ways children teach themselves and others..

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Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
But younger Americans value library services less than more senior cohorts, study finds.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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 Reading is not dead! Long live the library! This article compares the reading and library use habits of 16 - 29 year olds with 30+ year olds. Great to the reading and self-directed learning that students undertake these days acknowledged in data!

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8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it

As education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change. That is, the “things” that change it are on the “inside” of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom.



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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's insight:

This is a really challenging article that gives 8 ways that education will change - and is already beginning to change.

The idea that teachers' roles must change is imperative - we no longer have the luxury of a four year degree and thats it, with maybe a day of PD here and then. 

It's a brave new world people! How exciting!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 11, 12:16 PM

I read this skeptically and some of the language is problematic. For example, calling students clients is part of a broader economic agenda which has no business in School. Yet, there is some merit to some of the points. For example, using digital technologies to free up teaching for the more human, humane, and relational aspects of their work is important. This is not using digital technologies as an end all, but reflecting on the context of use.

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 12, 4:10 AM

8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 14, 8:44 PM

Parents, if your children are very young, you might want to step back and give it some consideration. It's inevitable imho.

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A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels - Daily Genius

A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels - Daily Genius | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn Whether you’re a new Twitter user or a seasoned pro, there are probably some things you should know. From the key terms to the hashtags to how long your tweets should be. In an effort to help share some of the best bits of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, …
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Are you new to Twitter ? Maybe you're a seasoned pro who often has to explain the twitterverse to those around you.


Struggle no more! This brief article and EXCELLENT one pager will get those newbies going in no time! Print it off, download and save to iPad, make it your computer screensaver or pop it on the iWB in the staffroom...share the Twitter love!

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Essay on working 40 hours a week as an academic @insidehighered

Essay on working 40 hours a week as an academic @insidehighered | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
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With my Doctorate Student hat on - this article is great. Nice and reasuring! I try and stick to office hours as much as possible. And make up the time I miss when the temptation to have coffee with a friend is too much!! #phdchat #edchat #DEDstudent #gradschool

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Use Stories in eLearning: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Storyteller

Use Stories in eLearning: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Storyteller | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it

"Stories have captivated us as a species since the dawn of man. Through stories, we have passed on traditions, remembered the past, and carried information across the millennia. 

And it's not just our ancestors who harnessed the power of stories, either. Stories still work to reach people, which is why we see businesses turning to the power of storytelling in branding efforts, marketing campaigns, corporate strategies, and even eLearning courses and business presentations."


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Do you work with older students? Then you will enjoy this article about storytelling in learning. Great for introducing studnets to the need to structure online presentations as well as traditional, writing tasks.


Reading a good online presentation (from TED maybe) and then asking students to map the presentation to the story outline in this article will reinforce this learning for them.


Let me know if you give this a go - I've done similar activities with videos and story structures in primary schools and the students loved investigating the hidden structure!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 22, 11:08 PM

How can we engage eLearners? How about using storytelling techniques. Stories engage us and they will also engage students. This post explores this, providing an infographic as well as discussing the power of stories before moving on to explore ways to bring storytelling into eLearning. 

There are six components that are discussed:

1. Know your audience.

2. Use a structure.

3. Appeal to emotions.

4. Intensify the story with visuals.

5. Make the stories relevant to the course.

6. Pay attention to detail.

As always additional resources are linked to in most of the six components with more at the end of the post. The components shared in this post also apply to teaching in a face2fact classroom, or  blended classroom. As you work on new lessons this year consider using these components to help design the lesson.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 23, 12:52 PM

Everybody likes a good story.

niftyjock's curator insight, August 24, 6:16 PM

Once upon a time... Narratives are a great way to get information across. 

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eTools for Language Teachers (French)

eTools for Language Teachers (French) | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it

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I've taught in Engllsh, French and Spanish in 4 countries - and there's always a shortage of good, useful resources. This site is a great place to start!

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Michail Darley's curator insight, August 25, 7:49 PM

Speaks for itself really. A large list of resources.

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Problogger Training Event: Gold Coast

Problogger Training Event: Gold Coast | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it

New speakers added to PROBlogger 2014!

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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

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I have to say - I agree! Change can be hard and confronting. But no change is hard to justify and confronting to defend. 


How do you feel about change in education? Is your school/workplace moving fast or slow in your opinion?

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6 Ready-to-Go Ideas for Using Google Apps Back to School

6 Ready-to-Go Ideas for Using Google Apps Back to School | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
@stevewclark: Cool Ideas for #GAFE ~ EdTechTeam: 6 Ready-to-Go Ideas for Using Google Apps Back to ... http://t.co/Fm01rLcwXX #yycbe #cbeilt

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Have you played with or used Google Apps for Edu yet? A number of schools in Victoria are now using this online, cloud based suite of resources to engage with students and teachers online.

Sign up for Gmail and start playing around - try Drive and Calendar and see how your precious information can be shared between your devices - and your family and friends.


Want to know more about Google Apps? I'm thinking of blogging more about the way the schools I work with are using this great resource - would you be interested in reading that?


Have a great day!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 18, 7:14 AM

More good stuff! 

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10 Of The Best Tools For Creating Infographics

10 Of The Best Tools For Creating Infographics | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
“ The invention of fire and the wheel – nice. But from the first cave paintings to the beginnings of logographs, and then of course the alphabet, human achievement has been tied closely with how we put our thoughts across. Come to think of it, we are still learning how to communicate. Twitter and Facebook are…”
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Why Blog with Students? - Blogging in the Classroom with Students

Why Blog with Students? - Blogging in the Classroom with Students | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
What is a blog?...

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Great list and quick read on why you should be considering blogging with your students. Not sure about the leadership comments at the bottom but the classroom and pedagogy ideas are great. What would you add to this list?

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Nicole Kotoski's comment, April 9, 5:15 AM
Blogging ia a transformational resource for the P-6 teacher that can alter the way student's share resources, learn and has the ability to increase the power of student learning. It sits comfortably in the constructivist theory of learning as it allows students to collaborate and share work. It makes them active participants in their learning. For further information about how blogging redefines learning for the P-6 student go to www.nicfin1.blogspot.com.au
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Go Back To School With Free Storypanda Books And Lesson Plans

Go Back To School With Free Storypanda Books And Lesson Plans | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
To celebrate our educational lesson plans for back to school we are giving away six of our kids book apps for free for teachers and parents. (Get some #backtoschool books for #free tonight!

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Great tools for back to school in Australia! 

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Back to school and other tips for the year

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Back to school time also means adjustments for children and families; the first day of grade one, new schools, new classrooms, new teachers and for adults sometimes new jobs...

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This article is great for teachers wondering how to manage alll those devices in their classrooms. Written by a visitor to 300 classrooms in 2 days, this article pulls out the important points that we should all consider when using technology for learning.

Do you agree with the article? What's your perspective?

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7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course

7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
How eLearning Professionals Can Integrate Storytelling in eLearning. 7 Storytelling Tips and Tricks To Make Your eLearning Course Effective and Entertaining

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This interesting - using stories to get your message or information across. This could be great for primary and secondary schools using online platforms like Google Apps for Edu or Edmodo - frame your unit of study around a story to engage and clarify your purpose.


Great tips on how to get started in this article.


Do you enjoy storytelling? I love it - particularly in maths! Makes fractions so much more fun if theres' a 'real' event/story they have to fix or solve!

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 11, 1:34 PM

7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course

Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 12, 4:12 AM

Students always love a good story. Just make it useful for something besides a filler.

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, September 12, 11:24 AM

Great advice on how to engage learners via interactive storytelling. #nisdnov8 #edtech

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Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play

Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it.
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These games bring coding into the classroom nice and easily! It's not hard to see how these would engage children and the coding concepts behind them are a good start to the analytic and logical thinking required for more in-depth computing. The new Australian curriculum will likely have a focus on these thinking and coding skills - these resources (and this article) is a good place to start!

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Innovation Excellence | Four Signs You’re Working Innovatively

Innovation Excellence | Four Signs You’re Working Innovatively | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Just in from New Zealand: Jeremy Suisted on the big four positive signs that the work you and your team are doing is meaningful, innovative and a passionate part of your team’s work life.
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Four ways to tell if you are really succeeding with innovating- Diversity in the team, freedom to experiment, Problem solving and getting measurable results. 


I am going to share this article with ICT leaders in schools who want to see change occur from their innovations. Who could you share this with?

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2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom

2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Inspire more student engagement in a flipped class with these two pedagogy-driven methods.

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Great article to get started with Flipped Learning. The idea that an 1800's classroom has no real discernible difference to todays classrooms is challenging to say the least! Enjoy this easy read :0)

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 25, 8:09 PM

These can be used in unflipped classrooms as well

 

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Infographic: Google Search Strategies for All Students

Infographic:  Google Search Strategies for All Students | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
The beginning of the new school year is a great time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic abou...

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Love this infographic - walks students (Grade 5 +) through the use of Google search strategies. I've put this up in the classroom so that I can refer to it. With primary school kids, its not really a 'work alone' resource but it is great for using as a reference point to direct their research and search skills.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 26, 11:30 PM

A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 27, 1:21 PM

Useful Inofgraphic for teaching this concept.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, September 1, 11:15 AM

So timely for the beginning of the school year! 

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EDpuzzle - prepare a video for your lessons

EDpuzzle - prepare a video for your lessons | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Make any video your lesson. Edit a video by cropping it, adding your voice or embedding questions. Then, track your students with powerful hassle-free analytics.



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Great tool for Flipping your Classroom  - make videos on the web into your personalised learning resource!

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tom jackson's curator insight, August 27, 8:45 AM

Yes, Barb's insights are right on target.  I have been using EdPuzzle and find it easy to use and providing a complete package for teachers who want to ascertain which students viewed the video, answered the embedded questions, which questions were answered correctly or what did they understand from the video!   Highly recommend.

tom jackson's curator insight, August 27, 8:45 AM

Yes, Barb's insights are right on target.  I have been using EdPuzzle and find it easy to use and providing a complete package for teachers who want to ascertain which students viewed the video, answered the embedded questions, which questions were answered correctly or what did they understand from the video!   Highly recommend.

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, September 1, 6:04 AM

Edpuzzle -> Add voice or embed questions to ease your students understanding. 

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How to Survive and Thrive in a Multiplatform Universe

How to Survive and Thrive in a Multiplatform Universe | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Microsoft remains dominant, but school IT pros say supporting all major platforms is becoming the new norm.

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Is your school looking at a BYOD program? Maybe you're concerned about managing a range of devices and platforms in your classroom. This article gives a good graphic overview of the challenges and benefits of a multi-platform set up.

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Gamification: Your Learners Deserve To Be Delighted And Excited - eLearning Industry

Gamification: Your Learners Deserve To Be Delighted And Excited - eLearning Industry | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Gamification is an incredible way to engage learners in their training. Learn about the difference between structural and content gamification here...

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New to making and playing online games in your classroom? This article walks you through what it's all about - from an adult education perspective. 

 

Once you've read this, maybe go download Minecraft on your iPad and have a play... it's not hard to spot the links to education with this creation game.

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 19, 4:18 AM

More for your resources!

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How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News

How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
“A high school teacher is on a mission to make world news and geopolitics relevant to his students through a Fantasy Football-inspired game.”
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How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic

How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.

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We know that blogging engages students - but how should you best use this tool? Have a look here!

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Back To School? How To Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote

Back To School? How To Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote | Primary School eLearning | Scoop.it
School time can become stressful for both students and teachers, especially in high school and later in college. Therefore, it

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John Purificati's comment, September 16, 2013 9:54 PM
Evernote is a tool whose functionality seems endless.