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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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25 X 25 Days to Make a Difference - Laura Stockman @laurakstockman

25 X 25 Days to Make a Difference - Laura Stockman @laurakstockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’m Laura Stockman. In December of 2007 I started Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference in dedication to my grandfather who passed away due to cancer earlier that year. While I had only expected my family members and a small handful of family friends to get involved with my project, my blog ended up attracting quite a few readers who did all sorts of things to make a difference for others. The ripple effect was incredible, and it taught me a lot about the power of social media. The public attention I received was uncomfortable though, and so a year after starting my blog, I decided to continue my service work quietly and volunteer in local classrooms to help other kids do the same, when I was invited.

25 x Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference is my way of trying to recreate that ripple effect without becoming the face of the project. I plan to help twenty five local kids as they venture out to do good deeds this holiday season. And while I am still dedicated to service work and quietly doing social good, I know it will be more powerful to show other kids that they too can make a difference no matter how small or large their work may seem. I plan to showcase their efforts here and invite anyone who reads this to join us beginning December 1st. Want to participate?
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Laura is an amazing young lady! Please join in the project with your students and make a difference for someone this December! Be blessed! - JE

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How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"When students practice design-thinking projects in the classroom, they not only master the concepts within the project, they exercise their skills of collaborating with teammates, investigating their topic thoroughly, using empathy to generate ideas for solutions, prototyping, and testing. Most importantly, they learn that failure is not a setback. This activity fosters the lifelong skill and mindset that learning new things to help solve problems is part of day-to-day practice and no longer confined to the classroom. Because this quest for knowledge is self-initiated and involves the direct application of learned skills, the retention of information that kids have as a result of this process is significantly higher

 

A challenge for many public and cash-strapped schools is that this hands-on, project-based learning approach needs to be directly supported by the spaces where the learning occurs. Design thinking in education requires open spaces with flexible, moveable pieces that can be used in different ways each day depending on the topic being explored. Schools like Brightworks in San Francisco and the Nueva School in Hillsborough have fashioned their learning spaces and laboratories specifically for this type of culture, but similar results can be achieved without renovating your classroom or school. Here are six ideas that any school can implement."

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12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story - Mashable

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story - Mashable | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It's official — the popular podcast Serial has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.

This tells us that people really like murder mysteries, but also confirms something else we've known for a long time — listeners want to hear a good story. Unsolved murders are compelling, yes, but Serial is compelling because it puts the listener as close as one can possibly get to an event that happened in 1999.
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10 Math talks to blow your mind - TED Talks playlist

10 Math talks to blow your mind - TED Talks playlist | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Numbers, patterns and equations are at the core of these talks, which will teach you how to fold better origami and how to quantify history.
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Three Effective Ways to Look for Educational Content in Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Three Effective Ways to Look for Educational Content in Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter search is a great alternative to the conventional ways of searching the net. This socially-based kind of search allows students to access content and resources that are both timely and relevant. And most importantly, students do not need to have Twitter accounts to search its database. Below are some of the ways students  can leverage the power of Twitter search to  look for educational content:
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"Books That Grow" Is A Nice New Tool Offering Many Of The "Same" Texts At Different "Levels"

"Books That Grow" Is A Nice New Tool Offering Many Of The "Same" Texts At Different "Levels" | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Books That Grow has a library of texts that have each been edited to be made accessible to different reading levels. And it has some other unique features — teachers can create virtual classrooms to assign and/or monitor what students what are reading and students can click on words that are new to them to see definitions and hear how they are pronounced. They are also planning on adding comprehension questions. The texts can be read on any device.
Everything is free for now, though they plan on starting to charge for some “premium” features in the 2015/16 school year.
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A New Tool to Search for Images Licensed for School Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Tool to Search for Images Licensed for School Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Photos for Class is a very good web tool that you and your students can use to search for and download Creative Common licensed images. The search engine of Photos for Class uses Flickr safe search to return results that are licensed for school use.
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Personalized Learning Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Personalized Learning Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the biggest affordances of technology is towards the enhancement of the concept of personalized learning. Internet and more particularly web 2.0 technologies and mobile apps have provided learners with unprecedented opportunities to learn whenever, wherever, and however they want. At its core, personalized learning is all about tailoring the available resources in order to meet personal learning needs. On a macro educational scale, personalized learning addresses different teaching strategies and instructional methods that focus on the adjustment and leverage of the curricula and teaching materials to help meet a diverse set of students learning needs and interests.
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Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 "Teachers have long known that making content more playful can be a great way to engage students and add diversity to classroom activities. As technology becomes an ever more significant part of modern classrooms, it makes sense that teachers are using video games for everything from teaching content, to keeping tabs on learning progress, and for skills practice. In a recent survey, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center found that 74 percent of K-8 teachers surveyed use digital games for instruction in some way and 55 percent use them weekly.

While digital games are becoming more common, many teachers still use them primarily as supplemental material or as a reward when the “real work” has been accomplished, not as the main instructional tool. Many teachers are still skeptical that students will learn mandated content from digital games well enough to prove mastery on state exams."

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A Reading Comprehension Tool To Simplify Text - TeachThought

A Reading Comprehension Tool To Simplify Text - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Need a reading comprehension tool to simplify texts for students? Something practical, along the lines of our “How To Google Search by Reading Level,” and Conversion Chart For Reading Level Measurement Tools?

You may find some use in rewordify.

In short, you copy/paste text to be “simplified,” and it does its thing. It attempts to simplify the text at the vocabulary level (as opposed to syntatical, structural, or idea level). Nonetheless, when vocabulary is the barrier, it does the trick. The replacements don’t always do what they should–simplify the text to make it more readable for struggling readers, or students reading beyond their natural level. Sometimes the definitions are themselves confusing, as they add an additional cognitive movement the student has to make, internalizing this now sterile definition back into some kind of meaning.
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25 Alternatives To "What'd You Learn In School Today?"

25 Alternatives To "What'd You Learn In School Today?" | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What are some alternatives to “What’d you learn at school today?” Here are a few ideas.
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What If Every Teacher Tweeted?

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

#What if every teacher tweeted?

Is there some kind of sequence of events we might expect? A teacher signs up for twitter after agonizing over the details (username, avatar, bio, etc.), follows a few dozen people, then sits slack-jawed and confused as that non-stop digital stream begins.

We have to assume that somehow this trickles down to the learning experiences of the students–their writing, their skills, and the wandering of their thoughts–yes? No reason to tweet just to be all avant-garde about it all. It depends on how it’s used–twitter, that is.

Like any tool, twitter is designed for a task. The results of that task depends on the knowledge and skill of its user. There is nothing other-wordly about twitter, if we’re being honest. It has its talents (a few of which we looked at in why twitter works in education), but it is, in shorty, some thing some one made.

And as teachers, we can use it, or leave it alone.

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56 Examples of Formative Assessment - David Wees - Edutopia

56 Examples of Formative Assessment - David Wees - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Hi all,

I've created a presentation (with some help from my colleagues) on different examples of formative assessment. You can view it here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/pub?id=1nzhdnyMQmio5lNT75ITB45rHyLI...

Note the definition I'm using at the beginning of the presentation: A formative assessment or assignment is a tool teachers use to give feedback to students and/or guide their instruction. It is not included in a student grade, nor should it be used to judge a teacher's performance. Both of these would be considered summative assessments.
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Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery Education

Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you're not familiar with the Ignite format you create 20 slides, and have exactly 15 seconds per slide to share your story.  It's a five minute pressure cooker because if you get off on one slide it can mess you up for the rest of your presentation.  Or not... :-)  Unfortunately I don't think my ignite session was recorded but I will try to share it here.  I will include the script I had written, but any one who was there will know that in the end I completely ignored my script. I'm hoping this script was close enough to what I shared on Wednesday night."

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How to Help Extroverts Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic

How to Help Extroverts Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the past several years, there has been a great effort in the popular media to redeem the term “introversion” from something that almost feels pathological to a valid manner of processing world — one that teachers, colleagues, family members and friends should encourage and embrace. We’ve done so ourselves here at Edudemic, and for good reason: the traditional classroom tends to validate extroverts far more than introverts, and it’s important that we even the scales.
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Overcoming Procrastination: How to Own Your Time | Edudemic

Overcoming Procrastination: How to Own Your Time | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Students have a million answers: the big game is on, there is a trending hashtag to follow, there are so many people available to chat, there is a new series on Netflix, there is no way I can do that assignment, and so forth. But don’t worry, there are just as many ways to overcome procrastination as there are reasons to procrastinate in the first place — these tips will get you moving so you have more time to do what you want to do.
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A Deceptively Simple Game that Teaches Students How to Ask the Right Questions - graphite

A Deceptively Simple Game that Teaches Students How to Ask the Right Questions - graphite | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"On its face, Geoguessr -- a geography guessing game that tosses players into random parts of the world (using Google's Street View) -- doesn't seem to have much traditional educational value. There's not much to be memorized and used on a typical geography test. Players guess where they are rather than know it, and guessing is bad, right?
Not quite. Because what Geoguessr gets kids to do is think about what the essence of geography is. It asks the player to consider "place" in every sense, not just from the perspective of a geographer. It asks the player to think like an anthropologist, a scientist, indeed - a detective. In fact, it's one of my go-to examples of "21st century literacy," that notoriously murky way of looking at the world that's tough to understand, let alone teach."

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190+ entertaining education videos perfect for classrooms - Daily Genius

190+ entertaining education videos perfect for classrooms - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Want to find a better way to enhance classroom lessons? Discover interesting concepts you might not normally know about? This awesome playlist of entertaining education videos (embedded below) is perfect for classrooms and will have you learning on the go just about wherever and whenever you want.
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What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks - Mind/Shift

What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Two years ago, Griffith was one of 10 students at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, in New Jersey, to be selected for the school’s first TEDx program. Modelled on the popular TED talks, TEDx allows community organizations, towns and schools to put on their own version of a TED talk, featuring local experts, authorities or even teenagers, rather than nationally recognized figures.
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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is:

Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It’s the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what is the teacher/student talking ratio in your classroom? If you find yourself always talking more than your students, try and figure out some ways to empower your students so they are more involved in the learning.
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"Write About" May Be The Education Site Of The Year - @larryferlazzo

"Write About" May Be The Education Site Of The Year  - @larryferlazzo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Write About is a new site co-founded by educator John Spencer (his name may be familiar with readers since I’ve previously shared his work many times here). His co-founder is Brad Wilson.


And they’ve created what might be the Education Site of 2014.


Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos."

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Around this time last year I shared a neat Google Spreadsheets script called Flippity. Flippity was originally designed to help you create flashcards through Google Spreadsheets. This morning Steve Fortna informed me that you can now use Flippity to create Jeopardy-style gameboards through Google Spreadsheets. In the video embedded I demonstrate how to use Flippity to create a Jeopardy-style gameboard.
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Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic - ClassTechTips

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic - ClassTechTips | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom. Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet. In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.
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The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive = @larryferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive = @larryferlazzo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
My knowledge of Google Docs has been more limited than it should be, and I’ve been getting up to speed.

I thought readers might find the resources I’ve been using helpful, too (let me know if you have suggestions of links to add to this list):
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WeAreTeachers: 10 Grammar Mistakes & 10 Lessons to Fix Them

WeAreTeachers: 10 Grammar Mistakes & 10 Lessons to Fix Them | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You know those grammar errors that students make in second grade ... and third grade ... and are still making in high school? Here are 10 lesson ideas that just might make the grammar rules stick, by WeAreTeachers blogger Erin Bittman. This is the fifth post in the Teaching Young Writers blog series sponsored by Zaner-Bloser's Strategies for Writers.
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