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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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9 Photo Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry! - artFido - Facebook

9 Photo Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry! - artFido -  Facebook | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it


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Great tips for your students to take better photographs with their smartphones. 

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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity - Edutopia

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence -- from both research and practice -- that most of the above can be taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system.

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.
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Leading Motivated Learners: Positive Post-It Day - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Leading Motivated Learners: Positive Post-It Day - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How many of you have heard about Positive-Post It Day (#PositivePostItDay)? It is such a positive reframing to dealing with a bullying situation and one worth learning about and celebrating! We are going to try this at #Cantiague on Tuesday, March 31st and we want to welcome our PLN to join us on so we can celebrate all the positivity in our collective spaces across the world. Interested? Then check out this 2 minute video explaining the idea...
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How to balance work with family life: a teacher's survival guide - theguardian.com

How to balance work with family life: a teacher's survival guide - theguardian.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Open any newspaper or turn on any TV and the chances are you will see a negative report on the state of teaching. From heavy workloads to rising stress levels, times are tough.

But there’s lots to feel positive about too: I love my job. And despite the fact my life should be a recipe for disaster – I have two young children and a husband who is training to be a teacher – it’s actually not.

I’ve worked hard to find some sort of work-life balance. It’s not been easy and I don’t always get things right.
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Finland’s radical new plan to change school means an end to subjects - Washington Post

Finland’s radical new plan to change school means an end to subjects - Washington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Finland's classrooms are very different from America's -- far more permissive, with less of an emphasis on academics. There are no standardized tests until high school, and children get 15 minutes of recess in between lessons -- more than an hour of recess a day. "Play is important," one Finnish teacher told the Smithsonian magazine. "We value play."

Yet Finnish kids always get good grades on comparisons of student achievement between countries. Their average scores on the Program for International Student Assessment, a test that's given to 15-year-olds in 65 countries, are among the highest in the developed world. As a result, critics of education reform in the United States often cite the Finnish example. It's a stark contrast to America's reliance on using test scores in public school teacher evaluations, or the strict, "no-excuses" model of discipline in charter schools that many have touted as improving academic results.

Now, Finnish schools are embracing an even more radical approach to teaching. One major initiative is to encourage teaching by topic instead of by subject. According to The Independent, instead of teaching geography and foreign language classes separately, teachers will ask kids to name countries on a map in a foreign language. Instead of separate lessons on history and economics, they'll talk about the European Union.
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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens - Mind/Shift

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In order to see a rise in the proportion of students who class themselves as engaged in school, we must build a better understanding of how they are learning outside school and take account of that in our learning and teaching practice. There are (at least) six powerful motivations fueling learning socially. I call them the Six “Do-Its” and explain them as follows.
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Free Technology for Teachers: In Pieces - An Interactive Site About Endangered Animals

Free Technology for Teachers: In Pieces - An Interactive Site About Endangered Animals | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In Pieces is a neat site that features the stories of 30 endangered animals around the world. Visit the site and you will be greeted by a little animation that comes together to form the shape of a whale. After the animation plays click through to see the stories of the 30 animals featured in the site. Each animal's story is told with text, images, and video. You'll learn about the threats to each animal, its native habit, and efforts to save each animal.
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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius

6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Instead, students should pose the following 6 questions before finishing work. They’re designed to promote effective learning as well as a deeper understanding. That sounds good, to be sure. But the real story is this:

These questions make a student actually take a step back and think about what they just learned. This is as opposed to someone like me saying ‘okay I have mastered the concept, time to move on as fast as possible.’ Instead, students are tasked with asking themselves a few questions that will help them better grasp concepts and overall themes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
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Spotlight on Strategies: A-E-I-O-U - EduTech For Teachers

Spotlight on Strategies: A-E-I-O-U - EduTech For Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
On tap this week: A-E-I-O-U, a visual literacy strategy that focuses on teaching student how to interpret information related to classroom content as well as how to express their learning in multiple ways.
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How To Turn A Hit YouTube Series Into A Book The AsapSCIENCE Way - FAST COMPANY

How To Turn A Hit YouTube Series Into A Book The AsapSCIENCE Way - FAST COMPANY | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What does one do after making dry science facts fresh by removing them from the stuffy confines of textbooks and turning them into a YouTube hit? Apparently, turn that YouTube hit into a book.
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Powerful notes all teachers should read - Daily Genius

Powerful notes all teachers should read - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We all need a little motivation sometimes. Whether you’re going through a particularly rough time, in a rut, dealing with a lot of annoying stuff, or have just gotten brought down a bit by the day to day, a little positivity can go a long way.

Positive thinking can go a long way – just look at the slew of inspirational quotes with cute designs on Pinterest! Dear Teacher/Love Teacher knows that teachers can sometimes experience a very special brand of rough, and they offer some inspiration and letters to teachers from teachers to help with the uplifting.
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BrainStuff - HowStuffWorks - YouTube

BrainStuff - HowStuffWorks - YouTube | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on the HowStuffWorks team to explore - and explain - the everyday science in the world around us on BrainStuff."

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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic

How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
An article published in “Educational Horizons” indicates that all parents, regardless of cultural, racial, or socioeconomic background, have a few common desires for their child’s teacher. Among their wishes are that the teacher respects their family, prioritizes the child’s safety and well-being, and helps their child become responsible, caring, and well educated, and that the teacher is skillful. The question is, how do we meet these expectations?
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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
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Awesome Free Science & Geography Virtual Field Trip – From the Rainforest to the Desert! April 8th — Emerging Education Technologies

Awesome Free Science & Geography Virtual Field Trip – From the Rainforest to the Desert! April 8th — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe with their students. In addition to free offerings that are always available online like, interactive games and lesson plans that align to Next Generation Science Standards and the National Geography Standards, they will be conducting a virtual field trip on Thursday, April 8th.
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Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether - The Conversation

Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether - The Conversation | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Finland’s plans to replace the teaching of classic school subjects such as history or English with broader, cross-cutting “topics” as part of a major education reform have been getting global attention, thanks to an article in The Independent, one of the UK’s trusted newspapers. Stay calm: despite the reforms, Finnish schools will continue to teach mathematics, history, arts, music and other subjects in the future.

 

But with the new basic school reform all children will also learn via periods looking at broader topics, such as the European Union, community and climate change, or 100 years of Finland’s independence, which would bring in multi-disciplinary modules on languages, geography, sciences and economics.

 

It is important to underline two fundamental peculiarities of the Finnish education system in order to see the real picture. First, education governance is highly decentralised, giving Finland’s 320 municipalities significant amount of freedom to arrange schooling according to the local circumstances. Central government issues legislation, tops up local funding of schools, and provides a guiding framework for what schools should teach and how.

 

Second, Finland’s National Curriculum Framework is a loose common standard that steers curriculum planning at the level of the municipalities and their schools. It leaves educators freedom to find the best ways to offer good teaching and learning to all children. Therefore, practices vary from school to school and are often customised to local needs and situations."

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I had two colleagues from Finland contact me via Twitter yesterday after I posted an article from The Washington Post that there was more to this than what the Post article had stated. This gives it more clarity I hope. It most definitely will be interesting to follow their progress with the proposed reforms. - JE

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6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom | Edudemic

6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Remember when schools had policies outlawing cell phones in the classroom? Teachers used to tell students, “Keep it in your locker, in your backpack, in your car, or at home, just don’t bring it in here. Your phone is a distraction.” Yet here we are, a handful of years later handing out laptops and tablets to every student, holding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) days, and encouraging students to engage in class work online in ways we never imagined tolerable, or even possible. Today, many forward-thinking teachers are embracing gadgets and social media as a way to connect with students, families, and other classrooms.
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REVIEW: Teach Programming Logic Through Gameplay with the Lightbot App - FRACTUS LEARNING

REVIEW: Teach Programming Logic Through Gameplay with the Lightbot App - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Lightbot is an addictively fun puzzle game that is the perfect platform for introducing programming concepts to your students. Using sequential commands, students create simple programs to direct their Lightbot (Girlbot or Boybot) through a 3-dimensional grid on their mission to ‘light up’ the world of tiles. With no explicit coding required and a fun and tactile interface, Lightbot is an excellent starting point to get your class on the path to programming.
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Ten Years of Blogging, Ten Years of Connecting - Primary Preoccupation @KathyCassidy

Ten Years of Blogging, Ten Years of Connecting - Primary Preoccupation @KathyCassidy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ten years ago this month, my six-year-old students and I first dipped our toes into the water of blogging. At the time, I really had no idea what would come of this new venture, no idea of the conversations we would have, no idea of the connections we would be able to make with people beyond the doors of our classroom and no idea of the often serendipitous learning that would take place.
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Professional Development Model: Documenting4Learning - Langwitches

Professional Development Model: Documenting4Learning - Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I just returned from a consulting/coaching visit to Mount Scopus Memorial College, a K-12 Jewish Day School, in Melbourne, Australia. It was a one day full faculty (K-6) keynote style workshop to set the tone for a four day intense follow up work with the upper primary school teachers and students. Together with Edna Sackson, the Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator of the school, we planned the overall theme, Documenting FOR Learning, of the intense week to connect with the whole school goal of using data to inform learning.
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10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies

10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you — the reader — will share some of your favorites too!
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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics - Edutopia

4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Lisa Yokana recently shared a useful rubric in her post on "Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric." As this post was making the rounds on social media, Edutopia staff received a number of requests to distribute a modifiable version of her sample maker rubric that educators could adjust to the particulars of their own settings.
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Why We Need To Be Teaching Kindness To Kids In The Classroom - Huffington Post

Why We Need To Be Teaching Kindness To Kids In The Classroom - Huffington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

#"Some lessons are better learned earlier in life -- and kindness is no exception. That's why teachers like Kimberly Smith and Pamela Jung are beginning to teach a compassion-based curriculum in their kindergarten classrooms -- and as a result, they're finding that the lessons are helping their young students in a multitude of ways."

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Five Ways for High School Seniors to Establish a Digital Footprint - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Five Ways for High School Seniors to Establish a Digital Footprint - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the years, I’ve listened with interest as many have spoken to the importance of helping kids establish and maintain a digital footprint that they can be proud of. I know that some college admissions officers make a study of such things. I also know it’s not enough for kids to simply avoid certain online behaviors.

When young people define their interests and share their expertise in service to others online, they begin forming a global network that enriches their learning and their lives immeasurably. This is the whole point of being connected. Senior year is the perfect time to make this a priority if kids haven’t done it already, because this is often when young people begin to recognize what their contribution to the world might be. It’s also when they begin to realize that when it comes to learning the things that truly interest them, school just hasn’t been enough.
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Free Technology for Teachers: What Determines Hair Color? - And Other Lessons on Genetics

Free Technology for Teachers: What Determines Hair Color? - And Other Lessons on Genetics | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Brain Science is one of my favorite YouTube channels because they consistently produce concise, interesting, and informative videos. One of the latest videos is all about hair color. The video goes beyond the factors of genetics to explain how hair gets its color and why our hair (or at least my hair) turns gray with age.
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