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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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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education

A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A few months ago Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted a detailed guide on how Teachers can Use Blogging in Education. We are glad this post has received a wide interaction from...

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, January 23, 3:43 AM

Blogging is a really important tool to help with literacy skills. Give it a try.

Denis Lundie's curator insight, January 23, 7:18 AM

Writing for the web, in all forms, is an essential communication skill. All languages should teach the techniques and rules that apply to writing for the web.

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9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD - Edutopia

9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many schools across the country have professional development days built into their calendar and regularly send teachers to sessions related to their discipline or passion. These are great opportunities to collaborate with staff members in your building and meet educators with similar goals in nearby schools. If your school doesn’t have the resources or hasn't created space in your schedule for valuable professional development, there are ways that you can take ownership of your PD. These nine quick tips are for teachers looking to make the most of the knowledge within their own school building, maximize their use of social media, and connect with faraway teacher friends.
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The Flow Theory In The Classroom: A Primer - TeachTh ought

The Flow Theory In The Classroom: A Primer - TeachTh ought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This is number 6 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Craik and Lockhart on Levels of Processing theory. In this post, we explore the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please refer to the original work of the theorist.

There is an interesting news report on the BBC News website this morning. It is a piece claiming that children who use technology at home are finding that they are not able to concentrate in school. They are not able to focus, claims the report, because ‘they’re spending so much time on digital games or social media.’ Yeah right. It’s easy to blame lack of concentration on technology, but what about the quality of the lessons they are attending?

The onus is on teachers to make lessons more interesting, and that is what they are trained to do. Part of the solution might be to incorporate these digital games and social media into some of the lessons. Just how can we engage students more effectively? Here’s Flow Theory:
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Tools Matter: 8 Must-Haves for Your Writers Workshop - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Tools Matter: 8 Must-Haves for Your Writers Workshop - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As I reviewed all the photos, conference records, and feedback I’ve received over the years, one thing really struck me: Our writing looks more like making, and the tools we use influence this greatly.
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The Role and Value of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired | Perkins eLearning

The Role and Value of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired | Perkins eLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Marla Runyan, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Olympic athlete walks us through her experience as a child with a visual impairment and the impact of the TVI in her education. As a TVI herself, Marla discuss the importance of making the curriculum not only accessible but also meaningful for the child with a visual impairment.
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STEM vs. STEAM: Why The "A" Makes All The Difference | Edudemic

STEM vs. STEAM: Why The "A" Makes All The Difference | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are the focal point of popular integrated learning systems. However, voices are calling out for the “A” in “arts” to turn STEM into STEAM. What does the debate involve, and what do educators and students think about it?
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How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? - Mind/Shift

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
nquiry-based learning has been around in education circles for a long time, but many teachers and schools gradually moved away from it during the heyday of No Child Left Behind. The pendulum is beginning to swing back towards an inquiry-based approach to instruction thanks to standards such as Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards and the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Transitioning to this style of teaching requires students to take a more active role and asks teachers to step back into a supportive position. It can be a tough transition for many students and their teachers, but turning to the school librarian for support could make the transition a little easier.
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Get Your Game On–Do the Snow Clothes Challenge! - @kathycassidy

Get Your Game On–Do the Snow Clothes Challenge! - @kathycassidy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Those of you who live and teach in northern climes know what winter is all about. It’s not about the beauty of the fluffy white stuff or the bone-chilling temperatures or even the short sunlight hours each day. In a primary classroom, it is really all about the snow clothes. Assuming that the temperature is warm enough to actually go outside (in my school division the children go outside unless the temperature—including wind chill—is below -28C), the whole putting on/taking off all those snow clothes takes up a LOT of time. For some students, it is a ten-minute process. And when you consider that it has to be done first thing in the morning, before and after two recesses, at lunch time and again at the end of the day…well, you can see a lot of time needs to go into this every day.
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Do You Rubric? A Useful Infographic for Educators - Edutech fro Teachers

Do You Rubric? A Useful Infographic for Educators - Edutech fro Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Rubrics… You know, those scoring guides that assist teachers with objectively evaluating student work. These same tools also provide teachers with a consistent framework using specific criteria to determine if and how learning objectives are achieved and skills are mastered. On the flip side, rubrics demystify the grading process for students by clearly stating, in age-appropriate terminology, the expectations of an assignment.

Regardless of whether or not you utilize rubrics, the must-see infographic shown below offers some pretty compelling rationale for promoting and/or reinforcing the implementation of this concept into every classroom.
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My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning - TeachThought

My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ed note: This is the first part of a two-post mini-series (can you call two posts a mini-series?) The second part of this post will be published tomorrow morning, and will focus on the design cycle of genius hour and passion-based learning.

For the past eight years students in Year Six at Redlands have participated in a Personal Passion Project during Term Four.

It is a way to finish their time in Junior School with a project that connects their passion with all they have learned about managing inquiry/design based projects to that point. Over the years it has proven to be a highlight of the year and has produced amazing results. With a change to the Australian & NSW syllabus we have had to revise our approach to the Personal Passion Project and so now is the perfect time to reflect on the past and identify the lessons learned.
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A Good Visual Timeline On The History of Hashtag ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Visual Timeline On The History of Hashtag ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This little digital creature called Hashtag has been revolutionizing the way people network, communicate and share on social media websites. It first started on Twitter around the year 2009 then Google Plus adopted it in 2012 before Facebook officially integrated it in June 2013. However, what is mysteriously unknown about this #poundsign is that its origin dates back to the 12th century when the #symbol first appeared in the musical realm. Since then, hashtags have been used in different contexts and for different purposes till they finally landed in the social media landscape some few years ago. The visual below provides a very good visual illustration of the chronological development of the sign #hashtag.
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Thank you to @Educatorstechnology for the mention on his blog!
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What Motivates Teachers? - Mind/Shift

What Motivates Teachers? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"A recent Gallup poll of 170,000 Americans — 10,000 of whom were teachers — found that teaching is the second most satisfying profession (after medicine). Ironically, the same Gallup poll found that in contrast to their overall happiness with their jobs, teachers often rate last or close to the bottom for workplace engagement and happiness.

“Of all the professions we studied in the U.S., teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, at the Next New World Conference.

This is a troubling trend at a time when schools need to continue to attract high quality educators. “If the perception in our country is that teaching is not a great profession to go into, we certainly aren’t going to be encouraging really talented young people to be thinking about the profession of teaching,” Busteed said in an interview with Stephen Smith on the American RadioWorks podcast."

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 21, 2:58 PM

Most of the ex-classroom teachers I know (including myself) say what they miss most from their teaching experience are the kids.  Even and sometimes especially those that are challenging. -Lon 

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Response: Positive Classroom Management Strategies - Part One - EdWeek

Response: Positive Classroom Management Strategies - Part One - EdWeek | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This week's question is:

What are your suggestions for effective classroom management strategies?


At various times, I would imagine that classroom management is a challenge to many of us who teach -- it certainly is to me!  New years, new classes, new students (who all come from different backgrounds and previous school experiences) all can contribute to an occasional or often challenging environment. 

How can we respond in effective and positive - not punitive - ways?
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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?
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Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014 | Edudemic

Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014 | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For the past few years, Edudemic has covered the rise of the flipped classroom and its subsequent evolution. Each year, we find that more teachers are testing this new learning strategy and creating new ways to improve current methods.

While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it ou
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The 1-hour crash course on integrating project-based learning - Daily Genius

The 1-hour crash course on integrating project-based learning - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the biggest learning trends you should know about is project-based learning. Basically, students are given a task and allowed to work in groups to deliver solutions to a problem. This is an applicable methodology in science, technology, math, arts, etc. You name it, project-based learning could likely be used.

But how do you get started with a new way to teach? That’s a major question that often stops teachers right in their tracks. It’s hard to switch up what’s been working in the past. It’s impossible to figure out how to integrate a new classroom structure in the small amount of time available to educators around the world.

In an effort to help solve this issue, our friends at EdTechTeacher have created what’s essentially a crash course in project-based learning. The video is about an hour long and is by Suzy Brooks, a third-grade teacher in Massachusetts.
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Things to Remember as a Teach via Learning Station Music and shared by @mbteachers

Things to Remember as a Teach via Learning Station Music and shared by @mbteachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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5 Smart (And Fun!) Uses for Student Blogs -AVATAR GENERATION

5 Smart (And Fun!) Uses for Student Blogs -AVATAR GENERATION | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Some would argue that the 21st classroom isn’t complete without a classroom blog. Students can use it to hand in assignments, explore the more creative side of assignments, and learn how to be a good digital citizen.

The best part: there are many blog platforms to choose from—WordPress, Blogger, Edublogs—and most of them are free. Use these five ideas to take full advantage of this simple tool, making homework and in-class assignments more exciting and educational.
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Top Ten Favorite Tips to Improve Children’s Memory - Psychology Today

Top Ten Favorite Tips to Improve Children’s Memory - Psychology Today | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

" Studying for tests is tough on kids and parents. I’m frequently asked to speak and write about how parents can help their children remember things they need to learn for school. From my perspective as a neurologist and teacher, I’ve evaluated the neuroscience research about how the brain learns and remembers most successfully. This article brings together the strategies I’ve suggested, based on that research, reported by parents and educators to be most helpful."

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Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community - FRACTUS LEARNING

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s one of Google’s most versatile offerings and one that educators have found endless applications for. Google Forms can be used for anything from assessment to just-in-time learning.  In this module we want to focus on some of the out-of-classroom uses of Google Forms and look at how you can use it to communicate and learn from parents, friends and the broader school community.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Ways to Share Bundles of Links With Your Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Ways to Share Bundles of Links With Your Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Trying to get all of your students to the same set of websites at the same time can be a frustrating experiences. Just a couple of mistyped characters can create a frustrating experience for everyone. One way to avoid this situation is to post all of your links on one course webpage or in a blog post. Another solution is to use a link bundling service that will group all of your links together into one package. Then instead of sending out a bunch of individual links you can just send one link that will open all of the bundled links for your students. Here are two services that you can use for just that purpose.

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Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand - TeachThought

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whole Child Learning is a thing; Whole Teaching should be a thing too, no?

Here at TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s usergeneratededucation is at the top of our reading list, in large part for her thinking about the human side of formal education. Much of our content–that is, the content here at TeachThought, and that on her site–overlaps because of our shared perspective on teaching and learning: self-directed learning, the role of play in learning, the idea of citizenship, student-centered learning (and student-centered teaching), and more.
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Writing Your Way to Happiness - NYTIMES

Writing Your Way to Happiness - NYTIMES | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
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Mrs. Obach's Class Blog: Math Discovery Makes a Comeback!

Mrs. Obach's Class Blog: Math Discovery Makes a Comeback! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After some successful science discovery time last week, I was encouraged and motivated to reintroduce math discovery in my classroom. Discovery learning was an effective approach for me last year and I developed/sourced a number of discovery tub ideas (which I've pinned here). Many of last year's discovery tubs focused on math learning and I knew that discovery time was valuable for developing students' numeracy skills. So, when students asked me about "putting numbers on the learning carpet", I decided it was time to get back to math discovery in our classroom.
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Tammy Goldring's curator insight, January 24, 10:27 PM

I love the idea of discovery math. I believe kids get to incorporate math ideas so much better when they make their own discoveries.

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5 Essential Multimedia Skills Every Educator Must Master -- THE Journal

5 Essential Multimedia Skills Every Educator Must Master -- THE Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators literally have a “world of knowledge and resources” at their fingertips, as one director of curriculum and instructional technology declared in response to THE Journal’s national survey. “What better way to learn about the situation in Syria than tweeting #Syria and receiving a tweet from someone there?” But guiding your students in learning new concepts, gaining insights and building their skills requires you to be comfortable with the technologies that can make all of that happen.

Where do you start? We asked your colleagues that same question, and they responded in multitudes. Their recommendations covered the alphabetic gamut, from adaptivity and apps to wikis and a willingness to learn. We compiled and consolidated 121 different results to develop this year's list of five must-have multimedia skills for 2015.
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Educational Technology Guy: Great resources for New Teachers - advice, support, and training

Educational Technology Guy: Great resources for New Teachers - advice, support, and training | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It's always a good time to share advice, tips, and resources to help new teachers. Plus, these are all good resources for veteran teachers too!

Here is a collection of resources for New Teachers:
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