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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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Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 1- Why? - @Langwitches

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 1- Why? - @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teachers and administrators struggle to find time to work together in a meaningful way. There are plenty of meetings scheduled. Many teachers leave these meetings though with the feeling of “could have spent my time doing more important things”."

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Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes

Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A new study adds to the evidence that longhand writing makes for better learning than pounding on a laptop.
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Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers - @teachthought

Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers - @teachthought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"We’ve talked about “reflective teaching” before, and shared ways to be a more reflective teacher as well.

 

Well, September is Reflective Teacher month at TeachThought, and in celebration some folks from our facebook team have created a blogging challenge for you to take, share with your colleagues, and use as reflective tools for growth.

 

So, beginning September 1st, you’re on the clock. Make it a point to blog every day for 30 days, even if there are days you can only muster a paragraph. It’s not about the blogging, but the reflection. And the best part? Connecting with other teachers through the process–through the blogs and the hashtags and the RTs– to help get your year started off right–connected, and full of reflection."

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Presentation Zen: The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

Presentation Zen: The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started inGeorge Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame. From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience." The storytellers are usually novice storytellers who have something interesting to share. Yet, The Moth directors work with the speakers before each show to help them find their stories and shape them. The focus is on meaning and quality but also on naturalness and authenticity, therefore, no notes or scripts are allowed. "

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Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 3- Challenges @Langwitches

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 3- Challenges @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This is part 3 in a series of posts: Building a Professional Development Hub for your School"

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Science Confirms It: If You Want To Succeed, You Have To Screw Up - Fast to Create

Science Confirms It: If You Want To Succeed, You Have To Screw Up - Fast to Create | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"We're all familiar with the term "muscle memory." Once you've learned to do something--serve a tennis ball, play a difficult piece of piano music, or draw a lifelike human hand--your body seems to intuitively "know" how to reproduce that action. But researchers at Johns Hopkins university have recently discovered that our ability to perform a physical athletic or creative task isn't entirely about what the body has learned to do right. Instead, we owe our success to the hundred times we've tried to master a skill and failed."

 

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Using Pinterest for a More Visual Professional Development - FRACTUS LEARNING

Using Pinterest for a More Visual Professional Development - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

With boards and pins now branching off in every direction, the professional value of Pinterest should certainly not be underrated.

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12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014) - ASCD INSERVICE

12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014) - ASCD INSERVICE | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"For all of you new teachers out there (and also those who have been in the profession for a while now), I wish you years of success, as you are in the greatest position of all— the position to influence the lives of many students. Right now, your current focus is probably on how to have a successful first few weeks of school. What might be the best ways to spend your time as you are preparing for the school year to start? What are some things you should keep in mind once the students arrive and class begins?

 

Here are 12 tips for success as you begin your career (or school year) and continue growing in the teaching profession."

 

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies - Mind/Shift

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"n his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”"

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How Does the Brain Learn Best?

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5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars - Edudemic

5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars - Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of my favorite Google Apps resources is Google Calendar. If your school has enrolled in Google Apps for Education, it is part of the GAFE suite of tools. With a Google Calendar, you can more effectively organize and plan your class. Here are five quick tips to help you create an enhanced classroom Calendar …
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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Good File Conversion Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Good File Conversion Tools | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Even though I create nearly all of my documents online and use cloud storage services that support a multitude of file formats, there are still a few occasions when someone sends me a file that I need to convert. If your school is not using Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar cloud service, you may find yourself and your students in need of a file conversion tool too. A more common need for a file conversion tool arises when we start to work with audio and video files. Here are file good online file conversion tools. "

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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 25, 9:01 PM

A little extra help with files - you never know...

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8 EDUCATION BOOKS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE: CONNECTED EDUCATORS SERIES

8 EDUCATION BOOKS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE: CONNECTED EDUCATORS SERIES | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reposted from the Blog of Mark Barnes, Brilliant or Insane: Education and other intriguing topics. 8 EDUCATION BOOKS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE: CONNECTED EDUCATORS SERIES Mark Barnes | August 16, 2014 | ...
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Excellent Back to School Resources for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Back to School Resources for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood - HuffPost TEEN

7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood - HuffPost TEEN | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"As the beginning of another school year approaches, students face the dreading reality of putting the sunny, less-stress summer days behind and preparing for the next 10 months of deadlines, papers, homework assignments, tests, grades and teachers that seem to not understand what it's like to be a student in 2014. While some students anticipate the teacher that gives less homework, is humorous, easy-going and fair, other students cross their fingers in hopes of the teacher that will understand and accept them for being quiet."

 

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A World of Free Lessons with TED-Ed - FRACTUS LEARNING

A World of Free Lessons with TED-Ed - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
TED-Ed is the educational spin-off of the ever popular TED talks series and is an extremely valuable platform for utilizing online video for learning.
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Share your #TeacherSelfie with the world! - Daily Genius

Share your #TeacherSelfie with the world! - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"We think it’s time for teachers to have a little fun. That’s why we’ve created a fun little ongoing initiative we’re calling #TeacherSelfie. Basically, it’s your chance to show off yourself, your classroom, or any of your passions in life to the rest of the teachers around the world.

 

In order to make this happen, we’ve created the hashtag #TeacherSelfie and are going to be monitoring it on both Twitter and Instagram. You’ll find feeds from both of those social networks below. An important note: we obviously don’t control what gets posted and who uses the hashtag so please don’t be mad if random other people sometimes use it!"

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Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 4- Steps @Langwitches

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 4- Steps @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This is part 4 in the series of Building an online Professional Development Hub for your School "

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Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 2- Characteristics @Langwitches

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 2- Characteristics @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This is part 2 of the blog post series: Building an online Professional Development Hub for your School"

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Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING

Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Spend even a small amount of time on Twitter, at an educational conference, or reading educator-based blogs, and you’ll encounter a myriad of teaching methodologies: flipped learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, game-based learning, standards-based learning, and the list goes on. Each of these methods has value, but figuring out how to successfully combine aspects of each into a single class is a little daunting. Incorporating one more practice, Team-Based Learning, into the classroom could be the glue that holds everything else together.

 

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is not a new idea. It was born out of necessity by Larry Michaelsen in the 1970’s when his course numbers at the University of Oklahoma were growing in size. He wanted to develop a method that would allow him to continue using group activities in his classes, despite increasing student enrollment."

 

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions - global digital citizen foundation

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions - global digital citizen foundation | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. Without your proactive supervision, students might access games, web pages, and social networking sites as you deliver instruction.

 

As an educator, how can you confront this dilemma? Read on to learn the various ways on how you can minimize the digital distraction in your classroom."

 

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Digital Tools Can’t Magically Create Connections | DMLcentral

Digital Tools Can’t Magically Create Connections | DMLcentral | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"One of the best perks of supporting the Los Angeles Central Library is advanced notice of the readings and talks coming through town as part of their ALOUD program. A few months ago, when I noticed that danah boyd was going to be talking about her recent book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” with USC Professor and Connected Learning pioneer, Henry Jenkins, I snapped up a ticket. The talk took place at the end of July, and the ideas that these two scholars expressed about how young people are interacting with digital tools are still rattling around in my mind, inviting further exploration. "

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Some Things I Have Learned . . . Leadership Day 2014 - Chris Kennedy Culture of Yes

Some Things I Have Learned . . . Leadership Day 2014 - Chris Kennedy Culture of Yes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"So, this is my first time participating in #LeadershipDay14 discussing leadership with digital technologies in education. It has been, and continues to be, a journey that takes me to different places on many levels. The following is a list of 10 things I have and continue to learn as a teacher, principal and now superintendent:"

 

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The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime

The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Taking breaks at work can make you happier, more focused and more productive. Here's a look at the science of why breaks work and how to use them better.
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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
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A Useful summary of an interesting approach.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever!

The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Drawing inspiration from Mia MacMeekin's series of "27 Ways To... " infographics and decided to make my own, using Comic Life.   Then, knowing there was no way I could come up with 27 totally unique and amazing ways to make this the best year ever on my own, I started asking members of my PLN for tips and advice to help teachers a) remember why they became teachers to begin with and b) hang onto that inspiration all year long so that day 121 felt as awesome as day one.   AND OH MY STARS! The advice people shared was AMAZING! I was blown away.   And it wasn't long before my infographic was finished!  "

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