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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Flipping the classroom” is hardly new. But with all the hype surrounding both Khan Academy and MOOCs, it’s hardly surprising that the practice became incredibly popular this year."
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Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I was not one of those LEGO® kids growing up. Sure, my brothers had LEGO bricks, and every so often I’d kidnap some tiny LEGO men for a make-believe game. But I didn’t truly appreciate the engineering capacity of those studded plastic bricks. They were just so rigidly rectangular!
As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate LEGO, both for its rectilinear aesthetic, and even more so, for its mathematical might. In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative! Read on for a sampling of math activities that use LEGO pieces to build and reinforce key math concepts.
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Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools - Edutopia

Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Formative assessment is an important part of effective instruction. Teachers can use observations, checklists, and quick quizzes to gather data that will inform their instruction. Formative assessment identifies areas where students are excelling and struggling so that teachers can best alter their instruction to meet the needs of all students. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with a school looking to strengthen its formative assessment data collection by leveraging the power of tech-friendly tools.

Technology can make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday activities. Online tools and mobile devices can help teachers stay organized when collecting data that will make analyzing information easier and more meaningful. Formative assessment can take place throughout a unit of study during daily lessons that incorporate technology. As you examine the systems that work for you in your classroom, technology tools can make this process easier and seamless when used effectively.
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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff - Edutopia

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.

However, in my work, I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
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16 Edtech Tryouts for 2016

16 Edtech Tryouts for 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We’re teachers… So, by nature we’re the type to set the goal of being the absolute best we can be for our students. Part of the equation in striving to provide the best education possible involves acquiring and/or honing the digital skills necessary to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms.

That said, hopefully you have set goals for 2016 focusing on technology integration. If not, here are a few suggestions that can surely help you power up your knowledge—which, of course, will result in a variety of authentic, engaging and real-world learning experiences for your students. How could you go wrong!

Check out the interactive infographic show below—one that highlights 16 ways you can incorporate some tech into your classroom. And don’t forget to hover over the visual to reveal hotspots linking you to some useful resources to kick start your journey into the digital world!
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Conversing, Consulting, and Creating - Edutopia

Conversing, Consulting, and Creating - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Those of us who spend our days with young people know that teaching is an enormous interpersonal challenge and that student motivation and progress are often tenuous. Students have few reasons to invest themselves in their work and no reason to view learning as a collaborative act if they don't feel valued as individuals, as thinkers, and as creators. The small conversations that occur when teachers shift the focus to consulting with students are beneficial in the following ways:

     * They help build relationships.
     * They allow teachers to get a real sense of student progress and understanding.
     * They help teachers nurture emerging student ideas.

 

For good reason, there is a growing emphasis on formative assessment. While there's a place for small activities that allow teachers to gauge understanding, it's more crucial to make conversations with students a core element of classroom practice. By leaving the front of the room, checking in, conversing, and consulting with students, teachers shift the paradigm of what it means to learn. Several practices work to support the idea of teacher as consultant and help establish collaborative, participatory, intellectual communities:"

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My take away- Structure your academic conversations  with students so that they feel valued as an individual, thinker, and creator. Within this relationship, the learning process will shift so tha the teacher becomes more of a facilitator, a guide, or a motivator. Read this article and consider how it would wo k in your position.

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Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children - Mind/Shift

Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reading is an opportunity for you to learn about your child’s world. Young children (roughly ages 2–6) are often described as egocentric. They see the world from a limited perspective. But adults can be equally egocentric. They often do not understand what the world looks like from a child’s point of view. As you read with — and not just to — your child, you may learn that she interprets events differently from you, that she sees things in the story that you did not, and that she learns from the story in ways you did not expect. Reading with can provide a window into your child’s mind as well as clues to nurturing her thinking.

It is important for you to read storybooks that have math learning as their primary goal. Counting books and shape books are of this type. Of course, goals are different from quality. “Anno’s Counting Book” uses beautiful illustrations to pose the challenge of finding different numbers of objects. Other counting books are conventional and tedious.
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Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem - eSchool News

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem - eSchool News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ask any educator, and they’ve probably at least heard of flipping the classroom. There are articles for days about the benefits and rewards to be reaped from flipping. Plenty of teachers have given it a go, or at least considered it. Too many teachers have ruled it out on account of their students’ lack of access.

It’s true that our students come from all walks of life. We see the ones with the new Jordans or the latest iPhone, and their peers wearing the old hand-me-down sweater. All of them are our future. All of them are entitled to the best education possible. Only some of them are equipped with the means to achieve their fullest potential.

Believe it or not, flipping the classroom can actually help close this gap. If only the gap weren’t the main reason educators choose not to flip in the first place. So how can we reach kids who don’t have consistent access?
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Finding The Success In Failure - Choices -Scholastic

Finding The Success In Failure - Choices -Scholastic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Failure is a hot topic in education. "Failure is critical to learning," my teacher friends tell me. "It teaches kids resilience." Yet who wants their kids to fail? As a parent, I want my kids to succeed.  The challenge is teaching them that failure is not the end of the world. They can brush off, get up again and be better for it.
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3 Handy Periodic Tables for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Handy Periodic Tables for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you three good periodic tables to use with your students in class. These are Chrome extensions that provide you access to periodic tables featuring almost all of the elements together with their corresponding properties. These resources are particularly useful for chemistry, physics, and science teachers.
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5 Smart Ways To Use Digital Images In The Classroom - TeachThought

5 Smart Ways To Use Digital Images In The Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It is important for students to be able to use images as a tool to advance their own knowledge and achievement. In this capacity, students are able to think abstractly about complex ideas and information, transforming the curriculum into more of a narrative they can absorb through creative imagery. There are several ways teachers can use images to extract the inherent creativity from their students, while simultaneously promoting deep thought, and honing their attention to detail.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Tools for Writing & Drawing Books Online Before Printing

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Tools for Writing & Drawing Books Online Before Printing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for tools that her students can use to create booklets that they design online then print. The caveat of the request was that the tools had to have an option for students to draw as well as type and insert pictures. A few tools fit that description. Those tools are Buncee and MyStoryBook.
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Resume Tips for High School Students

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Resume Tips for High School Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Writing a resume can be a daunting experience for high school students. Last week a student printed her resume in the library, and as I glanced quickly at it when removing it from the printer noticed how poorly it looked. I decided to create a small list which would assist my students.
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Over 50 Wonderful Books for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Over 50 Wonderful Books for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the context of deep reading, we are sharing with you some excellent books we have reviewed in the last few years. These are works guaranteed to stretch your intellectual muscles and elevate you to a state of illumination.  We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues.
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How Adding Math to a Child’s Home Routine Can Advance Achievement - Mind/Shift

How Adding Math to a Child’s Home Routine Can Advance Achievement - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Parents who are uneasy about their own math skills often worry about how best to teach the subject to their kids.

Well … there’s an app for that. Tons of them, in fact. And a study published today in the journal Science suggests that at least one of them works pretty well for elementary school children and math-anxious parents.

A team from the University of Chicago used a demographically diverse group of first-graders and their parents — nearly 600 in all — across a wide swath of Chicago. One group got to use an iPad app called Bedtime Math, built by a nonprofit with the same name. (The app is also available for Android, but we’re told most used the iPad version) The no-frills app uses stories and sound effects to present kids with math problems that they can solve with their parents.

The control group was given a reading app with similar stories but no math problems to solve. The results at the end of the school year?

I reached out to University of Chicago psychology professor Sian L. Beilock, one of the paper’s lead authors, to find out more.
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3 Google Resources for Student Centered Writing by @shfarnsworth @alicekeeler

3 Google Resources for Student Centered Writing by @shfarnsworth @alicekeeler | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a student-centered writing classroom, students may be in various stages in the writing process. To combat all of the organizational issues that may arise, it is important to equip students with not only the resources to aid in their endeavors, but also strategies to use when they find themselves with a plethora of information but little to no organization.
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How you can help your pupils' posture - Daily Genius

How you can help your pupils' posture - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We’ve spoken before about the stresses and strain being put on young people by their lifestyles – and there’s every reason to assume it’s getting worse.

Hunching over mobile phones, sitting badly while using laptops, and not paying enough attention to workstations and deskspace all contribute to poor posture and the associated health issues that can create.

So, next time, you’re in the playground, classroom or heading in to school, look at the posture of those shuffling in. As the kids potter to school, the chances are the majority will be glued to their smartphone, with their shoulders hunched and their necks strained.
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The Techie Teacher: 5 EASY Techie Activities for Valentine's Day

The Techie Teacher: 5 EASY Techie Activities for Valentine's Day | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Happy February! Here are a few ideas for some EASY techie activities you can carry out with your students this month:
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Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World - Edutopia

Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Recently I have been involved in several discussions about whether children are actually facing an unprecedented increase in exposure to violence or just the amped-up media of a world that has always been violent. I believe the latter. From ancient times to the present, there has been an endless parade of war, crime, and disaster. There are been times of burning witches, public hangings, and torture. In the 20th century, children faced two World Wars, gang wars during Prohibition (highlighted by constant machine gun fire), and a Great Depression. When I was a child, I lived under the threat of nuclear war. I still remember air raid drills, practicing duck and cover when we hid under our desks with our hand over our heads to protect us from nuclear bombs.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.
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Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter + Instagram Accounts - EdSurge News

Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter + Instagram Accounts - EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must think more critically about how we communicate via social media.


As a second grade teacher who facilitates a student-centered classroom, I now believe our use of social media is an opportunity for students to partake in the type of learning in which they can thrive and shout their story to the world."

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4 Reasons I Use Twitter in My Classroom - Daily Genius

4 Reasons I Use Twitter in My Classroom - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Using Twitter in my classroom has certainly elevated my tech savvy status with parents as well as my instagramming 5th graders who have never known a world without digital devices. We live in a very social world, so why not use social media in the classroom? Social media is a part of daily life for millions of people on our planet and it’s not going away any time soon. Using it in my classroom allows me to model appropriate use and teaches my students necessary skills they will need for their lives beyond our classroom.

While there may be many extraneous reasons to use social media in my classroom (it makes my life easier because it’s organized as well as time and space efficient), it really comes down to four main reasons:
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Teachers Guide to Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Guide to Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
According to BIE, project based learning is “an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.”In its essence , project based learning is all about engaging learners in meaningful and goal-oriented learning activities.Technology is proved to be an effective means of creating and enhancing a PBL-based culture in and outside class. Over the last few years, we have reviewed and shared a wide variety of tools and websites to help teachers integrate the ethos of PBL in their instruction. We revisited these resources and curated them into this handy chart.
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What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?

What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Ownership of mobile devices has grown swiftly since the introduction of the smartphone and has created more opportunities to connect to the Internet. Mobile devices have meant more Internet connectivity, but a closer look at how lower-income families use that access reveals the digital divide is still a problem."

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy by TeachThought Staff The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation...

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 1, 6:31 PM

The diagram is coherent and appropriate. Complex, also, but then simplifying teaching too much means the diagram becomes trite and possibly misleading.

Good teaching is complex and difficult and we often neglect that to our detriment.

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 3, 9:00 AM

Interesting diagram including many of the complex components for today's teacher. Following this diagram will engage learners.

Joe McDonough's curator insight, February 5, 5:11 PM

I'd like to see "Ethics" listed... maybe on the "Encouraging reflection" vector.

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Join the MB Reading Assoc. @mra_mb #mraphotoaday challenge to celebrate #ilovetoreadmonth.

Join the MB Reading Assoc. @mra_mb #mraphotoaday challenge to celebrate #ilovetoreadmonth. | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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