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10 Great Classroom Icebreakers

10 Quick Ideas for Teachers to Get the party started. (10 Great Classroom Icebreakers http://t.co/0l82vMjszl #education #1stdayofschool)

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Free Technology for Teachers: Every Stock Photo - A Search Engine for Free Images

Free Technology for Teachers: Every Stock Photo - A Search Engine for Free Images | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

"The next time that you need to find some high resolution images for a slideshow skip the Google Image search and head over to Every Stock Photo. Every Stock Photo is a search engine for public domain and Creative Commons licensed pictures. When you search on Every Stock Photo it pulls images from dozens of sources across the web."


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Yahya Qachach's curator insight, May 25, 2013 3:27 AM

http://amecselblog.overblog.com

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 25, 2013 7:05 PM

What a wonderful source of images plus built in lesson in digital citizenship. I love having to opportunity to discuss both attribution and resolution during an image search. 

Natassa Dourvetaki's comment, May 26, 2013 5:32 AM
Definitely it's worth spending some time across this site!
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Internet-60-Seconds-Infographic-Part-2

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de Bruijne Benjamin's comment, June 18, 2013 2:40 AM
Et dire que c'est la crise !
Jennifer Samuels's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:40 PM

I'll have to check the sources, but it doesn't sound unreasonable.

Joshua Lipworth's curator insight, July 24, 2013 8:19 AM

This is great because of blah blah blah

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iPads in the classroom – A development of a taxonomy for the use of iPads in schools

The investigation shows that almost all objectives, teaching tasks and concepts of thecurriculum can be promoted with the aid of tablet computers. Nevertheless, a lot ofprerequisites in terms of hardware and software are required for a successful integration of tablets. In addition, there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of teacher training and slower text production.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 18, 2013 11:28 AM

A useful ebook for integrating iPads into the classroom

Darren Smith's curator insight, May 19, 2013 3:45 PM

Interesting research.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 20, 2013 8:22 AM

I am once again grateful for all of the educators willing to share resources with the rest of us.  Nik has provided an insightful publication on the use of iPads in the classroom. 

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New! Sign up For Edmodo Apps Professional Development

New! Sign up For Edmodo Apps Professional Development | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
We're excited to announce a new professional development program centered around Edmodo Apps! Program Overview Edmodo Apps Professional Development is designed to help you find new and exciting way...

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Maria Persson's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:30 PM

Need to investigate this further...If anyone has please don't hesitate to share your opinion and ideas here. 

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Half an Hour: The Great Rebranding

Half an Hour: The Great Rebranding | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

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Jason R Levine's curator insight, May 11, 2013 6:07 PM

"MOOCs were not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities. They were designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete. Yes there has been a great rebranding and co-option of the concept of the MOOC over the last couple of years. The near-instant response from the elites, almost unprecedented in my experience, is a recognition of the deeply subversive intent and design of the original MOOCs (which they would like very much to erase from history)."

Helena Capela's curator insight, May 12, 2013 1:42 AM

The  adoption of Moocs by institutions and what they were created for

Robert Farrow's curator insight, May 13, 2013 12:10 AM

"MOOCs were not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities. They were designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete. Yes there has been a great rebranding and co-option of the concept of the MOOC over the last couple of years. The near-instant response from the elites, almost unprecedented in my experience, is a recognition of the deeply subversive intent and design of the original MOOCs (which they would like very much to erase from history)."

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Using Padlet (f.k.a. WallWisher) across the curriculum

Using Padlet (f.k.a. WallWisher) across the curriculum | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

"Padlet has morphed into a full blown online interactive whiteboard, collaboration, presentation, lesson management system with massive possibilities for teaching and learning. Before demonstrating how I have used Padlet in the classroom in ways I couldn’t have in the past, I’ll give you a quick(ish) tutorial in how it works."


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I'm using Padlet in a variety of ways, including gathering teacher and student ideas and for feedback about any shifts in practise related to the work I do as a Facilitator of Professional Learning for teachers.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:00 PM

Why choose to use Padlet? Aside from the fact that is free, it does not require that register. Gleeson recommends that as a teacher you create an account so that all the "walls" you create are in one place.

This post provides detailed instructions on how to create a wall and includes two projects that he has done with his students.

If you have not checked out Padlet I suspect you will after you read this post!

Tom Perran's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:15 AM

I like this tool. Very useful and it works with iPhones in the classroom!

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TinkerBox - Free Physics and Engineering Game Puzzle App - Autodesk

TinkerBox - Free Physics and Engineering Game Puzzle App - Autodesk | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Tinkerbox is a free, fun-to-play physics and engineering game and puzzle app that puts you in the role of inventor, problem solver, and engineer extraordinaire.

 

Tackle the forces of physics to solve mechanical riddles or create amazing 3D contraptions. Whether inventing or solving, you can test your gadgets in a 3D landscape and share them with friends.

 

Once you start tinkering with TinkerBox, you’ll never look at engineering the same way again.


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Zak Serrano's curator insight, May 6, 2013 3:29 PM

Els nens demanen aquest tipus d'educació experimental mitjançant la simulació.

Noeline Wright's comment, July 12, 2013 12:45 AM
could be useful for science teachers wanting to gauge its use for developing conceptual thinking
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2 Potential Scenarios For Online Professional Development

2 Potential Scenarios For Online Professional Development | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
The big news is about online professional development. But it's nothing new. In fact, the newest model is already outdated.

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The principle of 'one size does not fit all' applies as much to adult learning as for our students. We need to adopt a blended 'fit for purpose & audience' approach to professional development.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 4, 2013 12:15 PM

Have to say I agree with a lot of this, especially this part about PLNs "Social learning through PLNs has become a tour de force and it’s not run by any one company. It’s not something to be monetized and refined. It’s rough, all over the place, and always changing. That’s why it’s so great. PLNs, to me, are the future of online professional development."

CAEXI BEST's curator insight, May 4, 2013 4:01 PM
2 scénarios possibles pour le perfectionnement professionnel en ligne
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Creativity in Schools: What Countries Do (Or Could Do)

Creativity in Schools: What Countries Do (Or Could Do) | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
A new investigation on Asian educational initiatives aiming to foster pupils' creativity and critical thinking from the OECD.

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TED | Playlists: Collections for curious minds.

TED | Playlists: Collections for curious minds. | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Curated collections of TED Talks that explore big topics -- from education to love to ideas themselves. (RT @SirKenRobinson: 10 of my favourite TED Talks on education (in no special order!
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MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences

MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

The problem is that the decision makers often don’t have the marketing skills to differentiate between different addressable audiences. External adult learners may not want a long-winded, over-engineered, six to ten week course on anything. Life’s too short. Yet academics are used to producing courses of this semester length. What many may want are mini MOOCs. They may want them to be asynchronous starting and ending when convenient for them. This, of course, is exactly what’s happening. All in all, however, the good news is that MOOCs are forcing HE institutions to change. MOOCs may very well be the force that makes them more open, transparent and relevant. There will, of course, be a backlash, but the digital genie is out of the bottle - MOOCs are here to stay.


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Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:00 AM

Nice Infographic and article on MOOCs - who is the target audience(s)?

 

Dirigeantsetpartenaires's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:22 AM

Intereesting infographic on Coursera (I have an account too).

I'd be interested to know if anybody else is actively using a MOOC right now ...?

Sieg Holle's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:51 AM

Knowledge ia personal power -in any form - go grow in whatever form by giving choice to the user

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Selecting Digital Content for Your School: A How-To Guide | Education Elements

Selecting Digital Content for Your School: A How-To Guide | Education Elements | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

"School leaders often ask us: “How do I select the right content for my blended classroom?”  To help answer this question, we’ve developed a “How-to Select Digital Content” info-graphic and guide."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 28, 2013 7:07 PM

This infographic provides great ideas on how to select contentn for blended classrooms. There are four recommended steps:

1. Define your needs.

2. Research to determine which tools will best meet those needs.

3. Explore the tools that you find or ask vendors to come in and/or demonstrate when possible.

4. Select the tools.

And before final choices are made share the information with faculty. To help with theresearch phase there is a rubric within the infographic.

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4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom

4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom (RT @TeachersApps: 4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom http://t.co/KVZycralbM)...
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Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos

Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

The two teachers admit when they started flipping their classrooms they put everything into video form. Now, they’ve taken a step back and realized some things shouldn’t be in lecture form, and therefore shouldn’t be videos either. Instead, the two teachers have embraced what they call mastery learning, with an emphasis on students taking control of their own learning. Instructional videos are an optional part of a bigger move towards asynchronous learning.

 


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Lisa Simmons's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:24 AM

This is an Interesting article and something to think about for Flipped Classrooms

Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:23 PM

Interesting ...scaffolding what should be flipped and what not ...

James Wilson's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:28 AM

A useful insight into the developing attitude towards the Learner Centred approach - "Mastery Learning".

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Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge Guides)

Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge Guides) | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Every era demands--and rewards--different skills.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 20, 2013 6:23 PM

EdSurge had put together a great guide, Teaching Kids to Code, that provides 14 posts that look at coding from a variety of perspectives and a table that lists 40 tools for learning online programming. The table is divided into sections which include learning coding with:

* apps

* hardware

* visual blocks

* formal coding language

Many of the suggested tools are free.

There are many who suggest that all students should learn to code. If you are interested in helping students learn to code or would like to learn about a variety of resources check out this post.

 

davidconover's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:01 AM

I look forward to putting this in front of my video game design students.

JessikaJake's comment, May 22, 2013 10:37 PM
I followed the link through to https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-05-13-heading-off-to-summer-coding-camp and was happy to see that iD Tech Camps was on the list! We love them. Jade went 2 years in a row and learned Flash, C+, Video Editing and more.
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A framework for mobile learning

A framework for mobile learning | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
In order to move from theory to practice in mobile learning, one needs a framework. The JISC Mobile InfoKit introduces its frameworks discussion by listing six 'course aspects' (my term) which may ...

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:14 AM

The Kit itself is looking a bit outdated (2011) but it's an interesting framework.

Robin Kay's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:20 AM

This kind of model is really needed - very helpful.  Check out the whole book (free) at http://www.aupress.ca/books/120155/ebook/99Z_Mohamed_Ally_2009-MobileLearning.pdf ;

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:27 AM

Gure nagusia honetaz sakontzen ari da. gaia interesgarria benetan!

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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | TIME.com

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | TIME.com | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.

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luiy's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:17 AM
TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger

Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

That changed when NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would perpetually orbit our planet, looking not out but down. Surveillance spacecraft had done that before, of course, but they paid attention only to military or tactical sites. Landsat was a notable exception, built not for spycraft but for public monitoring of how the human species was altering the surface of the planet. Two generations, eight satellites and millions of pictures later, the space agency, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has accumulated a stunning catalog of images that, when riffled through and stitched together, create a high-definition slide show of our rapidly changing Earth. TIME is proud to host the public unveiling of these images from orbit, which for the first time date all the way back to 1984.

Over here is Dubai, growing from sparse desert metropolis to modern, sprawling megalopolis. Over there are the central-pivot irrigation systems turning the sands of Saudi Arabia into an agricultural breadbasket — a surreal green-on-brown polka-dot pattern in the desert. Elsewhere is the bad news: the high-speed retreat of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska; the West Virginia Mountains decapitated by the mining industry; the denuded forests of the Amazon, cut to stubble by loggers.

Tracy Shaw's curator insight, May 13, 2013 9:07 AM

Incredible images showing not only deforestation, but increase in urban sprawl & vanishing glaciers. 

Darren Smith's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:38 PM

Wow!

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9 Events of Instruction: Event #1

9 Events of Instruction: Event #1 | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

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Based on Gagne's suggestions for engaging learners.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:26 PM

This is the first of nine infographics that will look at Gagne’s Nine Events of Learning. This first one looks at how to gain students attention. Additional infographics will cover the "events of learning" listed below. And if you find this of interest if you do a search on Gagne's Nine Events of Learning you will find quite a bit of information.

* Inform learners of objectives

* Stimulate recall of prior learning

* Present the content

* Provide “learning guidance”

* Elicit performance (practice).

* Provide feedback

* Assess performance

* Enhance retention and transfer to the job

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

First and foremost, student writing is improving by leaps and bounds. When I read their blogs (which, by the way, are mature, insightful, funny and engaging), I don't find myself pulling my hair out over the careless mistakes they make in formal papers. Not every post is perfect, but the majority are well written and free of grammar and usage issues that I am so familiar with seeing in their other work. If they become sloppy, all I need to do is politely comment about it on their blog, and I don't see it again.

 


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Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, May 7, 2013 2:20 PM

How time have changed. whats your input on this?

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:03 AM

This is a useful experience of developing writing skills.  As a follow-up activity, writing by way of blogging could enable students to get a feel for the issue studied, and assume responsibity for public writing.

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:39 PM

First and foremost, I think it is safe to say that student writing is improving by leaps and bounds when it comes to technology. Blogs are a brilliant way to for students to keep an ongoing "journal" where they can write about whatever they want and improve their writing skills as a result. This article looks at a teacher who introduced blogging to her junior students and found huge improvements as a result. "When I read their blogs (which, by the way, are mature, insightful, funny and engaging), I don't find myself pulling my hair out over the careless mistakes they make in formal papers". Blogs are motivational and more interesting than conventional writing assignemnts, and students are consequently more open to learning from them as a result.

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18 Myths People Believe About Education

18 Myths People Believe About Education | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:25 PM

This post provides the infographic that shows 18 myths about education. It also includes short explanations about research on each of the 18 myths (located under the infographic).

The editor also noted that some of these topics are "contentious." If you choose to respond to any of them here or on the original post please use civil language.

davidconover's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:24 AM

These myths make for good classroom conversation. 

Rajkumar Mahajan's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:37 PM

for all those who claim to know all about education..

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5 Tools For Making Custom Timelines - Edudemic

5 Tools For Making Custom Timelines - Edudemic | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
You can use custom timelines in book reports, projects, and just about every other piece of coursework in K-12. These tools will help.

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Useful for project-based learning.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 3, 2013 6:28 PM

Five timeline tools are discussed in this post. Learn more about:
* Timetoast

* Meograph

* Capzles

* Dipity

* XTimeline

There is a small description of each timeline as well as a screenshot.  

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Transitioning from e-Learning to m-Learning [6-hr Workshop] MAY 9

Transitioning from e-Learning to m-Learning [6-hr Workshop] MAY 9 | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Here’s what you will learn in this action-packed6-hr Workshop: Why you should care about Mobile as the new medium for Learning  Learn what TRUE m-Learning IS as well as what m-Learning is NOT  Learn what the Opportunities and Challenges are for...
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MOODLE MOOC

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MOODLE MOOC - Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

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Sam Taylor's curator insight, May 1, 2013 6:01 AM

I'm pretty sure we were looking at doing an open online course on using moodle to teach...

Amabile Pacios's curator insight, May 1, 2013 4:24 PM

Great!

Isabellefr10's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:40 AM

#mooc

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5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students

5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students | Professional Learning Facilitator | Scoop.it
Five 'design your own game' sites for creative students and learners to take gaming to a deeper level by creating and designing games them self.

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Kate Richards's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:11 PM

Taking gaming to the next level.

Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, April 21, 2013 5:41 AM

Websites targeted at different ages that allow students to modify or create games 

Hua Hoong Chia's curator insight, June 24, 2013 2:57 AM

Productive app for student to use.