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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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3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent.

So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on.
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Personalized Learning: Does It Really Matter? – Noplag – Medium

Personalized Learning: Does It Really Matter? – Noplag – Medium | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Modern educators have come to the conclusion that each student requires attention at the lesson.
Moreover, every pupil has his own learning pace, percepts information in different ways and has an inclination to one or several subjects. That means that it is impossible to teach a dozen of students in one classroom and using the same methods and approaches and receive the same level of comprehension among all of them. That is why learning is getting more personalized today, and in this article, we will try to explain what exactly this kind of learning is and why it is worth shifting to it.
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Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of

Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library in the world. You might even be reading a classic from there right now in your e-reader.

But don’t you hate how it’s formatted?

Gutenberg is a worthwhile effort, but as a true book lover you just might be turned off by the poor formatting of those old books, crippled by archaic typesets that strain your eyes. The absence of attractive book covers might also irk you.

Standard Books promises to change all that. This volunteer effort is bringing the oomph back to these old classics.
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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. X

The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. X | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Welcome to the weekly edition of The Edtech Smackdown—a collection of digital resources containing a few of my most favorite activities, tools and articles curated from various social media spaces throughout the past week.

Check out some super cool edtech gems right here, right now and get ready to use these ideas to support learning and to engage students in your classroom!
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Seen a fake news story recently? You’re more likely to believe it next time - Journalist's Resource

Seen a fake news story recently? You’re more likely to believe it next time - Journalist's Resource | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President”; “ISIS Leader Calls for American Muslim Voters to Support Hillary Clinton.”

These examples of fake news are from the 2016 presidential election campaign. Such highly partisan fabricated stories designed to look like real reporting probably played a bigger role in that bitter election than in any previous American election cycle. The fabrications spread on social media and into traditional news sources in a way that tarnished both major candidates’ characters.

Sometimes the stories intentionally damage a candidate; sometimes the authors are driven only by dollar signs.

Questions about how and why voters across the political spectrum fell for such disinformation have nagged at social scientists since early in the 2016 race. The authors of a new study address these questions with cognitive experiments on familiarity and belief.
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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By Barbara Blackburn

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 26, 4:15 AM
Vijf sleutels waar je leerlingen al een heel eind mee komen. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 26, 12:19 PM
These 5 hit the center of the target. Check out Effective Praise and Effective Support.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 26, 1:19 PM
Well worth a read. While aimed at K-12 teachers, there is much that is useful for higher ed. 
 
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Engage Students Through Project-Based Learning in Biology - STEM JOBS

Engage Students Through Project-Based Learning in Biology - STEM JOBS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When learning STEM subjects, students are often successful when they apply the concepts that are being taught. The student-centered practice of project-based learning, also known as PBL, requires learners to use the knowledge acquired through study, not simply memorize information to repeat on an exam. Through project-based learning in biology, teachers can allow their class to experience lessons by engaging in activities that bring to life the concepts that are crucial to subject mastery.  Use the following activities to bring a new pedagogy to teaching biology.
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, March 3, 7:24 AM
lenigheid in het leren. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 22, 4:04 PM
Contains valuable information, read it all the way to the end.
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The 2017 Ultimate Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids, Teens & Adults!

The 2017 Ultimate Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids, Teens & Adults! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By now I’m sure you know the importance of reading with your kids especially when school is out to help avoid the dreaded summer slide.  As a parent, I know how full life can be during the summer months (and all year round), but I’m a firm believer in prioritizing.  If reading is one of your top priorities then you’ll make the time for it – period.  No excuses.  Even if you’re only able to read for just five minutes per day.

Before we get into the list, I wanted to highlight a few ways to make summer reading fun for kids (and you too!) These tips are probably ones you’ve heard many times before, but may help to serve as a reminder or spark some new ideas for you and your family.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 21, 1:58 PM
Great great collection!
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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the past two decades there has been a lot written, and much discussion, around the use effective use of assessment in the classroom.

Unfortunately many educators, particularly at the secondary school level, continue to cling tenaciously to “traditional” practices which are, at best ineffective and at worst, counterproductive to the goals of modern education.  Here are six common misconceptions about assessment and evaluation that we could stand to rethink.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 21, 2:58 AM
Ik zou nog wel wat misvattingen kunnen toevoegen aan dit lijstje. Maar als we deze al de wereld uit kunnen helpen zijn we al goed op weg en zullen andere misvattingen ook sneuvelen. 
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Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one

Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Social studies classrooms throughout the Boston public school system are getting an upgrade some 448 years in the making.

Via Seth Dixon, Scarpaci Human Geography
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 2:21 PM

Personally, I'm not a fan of this decision, but it's as if they watched the classic West Wing clip and decided to roll with it. I think that the Peters projection map is better than the Mercator for most educational applications, but it isn't the "right, best, or true" map projection.  Many viral videos comparing the two love to exaggerate and say things like "The maps you use are lying to you" or "the world is nothing like you've ever seen."  Yes, Mercator maps distorts relative size, but it isn't a "wrong" map anymore than the Peters projection.  All maps have distortion and map readers need to under that all maps are a mathematical representation of the Earth.  

 

Tags: mapping, visualization, map projections, cartography, perspectiveeducation, geography, geography educationBoston.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 9:00 AM
A new but correct way at looking at the real world. 448 years overdue.
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10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers, Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” I’ve been thinking. Can you?

Well, when something horrific happens: death in the family or other trauma — maybe not. But on most days with most kids, I think this is true. I had an upset child just yesterday. We had a private talk as she was coming into the classroom (straggling behind everyone else). And yes, she was flipped. My words and our interaction FLIPPED HER and changed her day. When I saw that happen, I realized that it is true. We can flip kids (and perhaps each other) if we pay attention and notice.

Here are some ways you can flip a kid. Please share yours in the comments. Let’s get this kid flipping conversation going!
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Resources for STEAM - Edutopia

Resources for STEAM - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Discover information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.

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ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World

ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Imagine students working on a science project and being able to connect with an actual scientist to get answers to their questions. Imagine students studying a country and connecting with a class there to ask questions and share learning. Imagine students being able to talk with older students and their teachers about the best ways to adjust to new grade levels. Today, there are a multitude of platforms we can use to connect and engage our students globally. Here are just a few."

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8 teacher guides for free tech tools (including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest)

8 teacher guides for free tech tools (including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I am a fan of free educational technology for teachers. This is why I created the following 8 teacher’s guides to free educational technology. The aim is to offer teachers some of the best tips concerning the most popular educational resources available today. Enjoy, and do not hesitate to contact me if I can be valuable to you.
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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 1:30 AM
Un lien vers 8 guides pour utiliser Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Wiki, Flipped Classroom, ...
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10 Summer Learning Ideas for Teachers | Getting Smart

10 Summer Learning Ideas for Teachers | Getting Smart | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Summer is here, and we have some great ideas for how to “blend” your summer break time with fun and effective learning opportunities. Don’t fall down that summer slide–with these ten suggestions, you’ll have so much fun learning you’ll never want summer break to end!"

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16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology

16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 28, 2:33 AM
Volgende week staat de zomerdriedaagse binnenklasdifferentiatie op de agenda. Deze poster sluit perfect aan bij het thema. 
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 9:26 AM
Wonderful practical tips for libraries as well as libraries.
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Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Personalized learning is no longer just a buzzword or a passing fad. In fact, more and more school leaders view the successful implementation of personalized learning programs as top priorities for their classrooms. In a recent survey, 86% of district leaders report that they have implemented personalized learning in their schools but also report that obstacles persist(1).

So clearly interest and intent are there, but what exactly is personalized learning, and how can educators successfully implement these programs in their classrooms?"

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 27, 8:11 AM
This is a good source of information about the topic.
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Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)

Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As a whole, teachers aren’t great about taking care of themselves. You work too many hours, don’t get enough sleep or exercise, eat too many unhealthy foods, and don’t spend enough time doing things that refresh and energize you.

Too many teachers have reached the conclusion that this lifestyle is just part of the job; there simply isn’t enough time to be a good teacher and take care of yourself. Self-care is something you’ll get to over breaks or in the summer, right?

Unfortunately, this is kind of a recipe for disaster. Teaching is consistently recognized as an incredibly high-stress career, which is only compounded by the fact that many of you are not doing things that would help you manage that stress.
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Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes

Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teaching and assessment in math go hand in hand. What ties them together are the mathematical processes. Our job as teachers is to help students build mathematical knowledge and skills of the curriculum through the 7 mathematical processes. They  include:

* problem solving
* reasoning and proving
* reflecting
* selecting tools and computational strategies
* connecting
* representing
* communicating"

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Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
NPDLConnect Podcast series Michael Fullan is a worldwide authority on educational reform. Michael “walks the talk” by leading our NPDL Partnership – a global endeavor to shift pedagogy and deepen learning  in over 1000 schools in 7 countries. A former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Michael …

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:16 PM
I agree with the point about overlooking teachers as a source of theoretical understanding about their own pedagogy. Fullan might feel he encourages policy makers and local school districts to use teachers as leaders. It isn't happening.

I am concerned about the use of catch phrases i.e. deep pedagogy and deep learning in this case. What do they mean in the day-to-day practice of teaching and learning?
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 22, 5:23 AM
Spits uw oren!
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These 'Pollution' Popsicles Are Freaking Us Out

These 'Pollution' Popsicles Are Freaking Us Out | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Imagine unwrapping a frosty popsicle on a hot, sticky day and finding a brick of polluted ice, complete with bits of frozen trash stinking of sewage.

Three students from the National Taiwan University of Arts recently created a batch of such popsicles from dirty water. But their gross treats aren’t meant to be eaten ― instead, they aim to raise awareness for Taiwan’s overwhelming pollution issue. 
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It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd @thenerdyteacher 

It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd @thenerdyteacher  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I've been thinking about Makerspaces lately and the role they have been playing  in my educational adventures. I have been advocating for schools to look into Makerspaces as a way to promote this creative spirit. I believe that a space can help support ideas that students have and can draw reluctant learners in to try new things, but the mentality needs to be the focus. I started to think really hard about what makes up the Maker mentality to me. I'm sure there are people that have come up with a list of things that define the mentality, but that does not apply to everyone. Making is about creating your world and I think that includes what the Mentality is for you and your learning community. Here are some things that I think make up my Maker Mentality:
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Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The number of students with special needs is on the rise across the United States, making it increasingly difficult for educators to teach effectively to their entire student body. Did you know that there are approximately 7 million students in the United States with disabilities? Did you know that only 62.7% of students with special needs in the US graduate high school? With the increase of students with special needs in the US and the current trend in education to increase inclusion in the classroom, educators are experiencing difficulties dividing their time and attention equally across their students.

Advances in technology are making it possible for teachers to best assist students with special needs and or limited language skills, to learn alongside the average student. Through the use of computer programs and games and other devices, students with special needs can participate in the same activity as their peers or a slightly altered program based on their specific needs and skill set.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:05 PM
The teachers who used digital tools with their students with special needs suggested it still required teaching to help students and sometimes families to learn how to use the tools.