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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 look at both sides of the Flipped Classroom ...

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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick - Mind/Shift

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Shelley Paul and Jill Gough had heard that doodling while taking notes could help improve memory and concept retention, but as instructional coaches they were reluctant to bring the idea to teachers without trying it out themselves first.

To give it a fair shot, Paul tried sketching all her notes from a two-day conference. By the end, her drawings had improved and she was convinced the approach could work for kids, too.

“It causes you to listen at a different level,” said Jill Gough, director of teaching and learning at Trinity Schools. Doodling has long been seen as a sign that students aren’t paying attention. But it may be time to give doodling an image makeover.
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Relevant Math For Students’ Lives: Creating Context With Social Justice Issues

Relevant Math For Students’ Lives: Creating Context With Social Justice Issues | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Perhaps one of the most common questions teachers hear from students who struggle with math is, “When will I ever need this in the real world?” Concepts educators are covering can often feel archaic and remote from the things students care about in their immediate lives. But when educators think creatively about helping students see the applications of math in the real world, it provides a unique point of entry and interest into a subject that many kids may dislike.

Teachers at the public magnet school Science Leadership Academy use a project-based inquiry model of teaching in an effort to connect all subjects to students’ lives. Examining social justice issues by the numbers has proven to be one strong way teachers can connect student passions to math.
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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Below is a curated collection of some of the best YouTube channels created by teachers for teachers. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide teachers with a handy resource where they can access a plethora of educational video materials to use in their instruction. We have arranged these channels into the following categories: channels for science teachers, channels for math teachers, channels for chemistry and physics teachers, channels for learning English, channels for educational documentaries, and channels that provide intelligent content for students. Enjoy
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 24, 6:16 PM
I am an advocate of YouTube for its educational channels. Explore some and discover the many resources available.
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34 Signs You're a Type B Teacher - BlairTurner.com

34 Signs You're a Type B Teacher - BlairTurner.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Are you a fellow Type B Teacher? I recently started a second instagram account called @TeacherTroubles where I’m meme-ifying all those things you always thought were “just you”. These memes all come from that account, so make sure to follow me on instagram if you like this post. (There’s also a Teacher Troubles Facebook page!)
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This Infographic Crams In Over 30 Essential Google Search Tips

This Infographic Crams In Over 30 Essential Google Search Tips | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Google’s search engine is an always-expanding, extremely useful tool that’s packed with tons of different tools. Over on Zapier, they outline tons of different advanced tricks for searching Google as quickly as possible.


Lifehacker alum Melanie Pinola digs into tons of Google search tips here, including some that are easy to forget, like the mortgage calculator, instant customer service phone numbers (search for the company named followed by “customer service”), and time zone conversions. Head over to the full post on Zapier for tons of detailed info, or check out the infographic below.

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basil60's curator insight, July 24, 4:39 PM
Not all education related, but a great Infographic none-the-less
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Getting Enough Sleep is Vital to Academic Success (Infographic)

Getting Enough Sleep is Vital to Academic Success (Infographic) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it


"A good sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, natural sleeping patterns are being interfered with, especially for college students. Research shows that students who sleep more perform better academically than those who do not get get enough sleep.

Vista College’s ‘5 Tips to Help You Sleep Your Way to a Higher GPA’ shows a better and more practicable way to get enough sleep and still maintain high GPAs. And believe me, it works. Here’s how:"

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5 Free Tools to Help Students Learn Real World Financial Skills - Brilliant or Insane

5 Free Tools to Help Students Learn Real World Financial Skills - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Aside from “Home Economics 101,” most students don’t have a chance to beef up their financial skills. As a result, they’re often unprepared to leave the insular environment of academia and transition into fiscally independent adulthood.

“Becoming financially literate early in life is fundamentally important to your financial well-being as an adult.

I was pinching pennies at 5 years old, calculating the cost of grocery items per ounce, refusing to buy expensive clothes unless they were on sale, foregoing scoops of ice cream from the ice cream shop so that I could buy multiple gallons at the grocery store, etc.,” says Micah Fraim, CPA. He continues, “As an adult, I still have that same mindset and live well below my means.”

Help your students better prepare for the real world with these free financial tools. Use them to simulate true life experiences and ensure students grow up with the real-world financial skills they need to succeed.
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The Library Voice: It's Time To Make Our Mark For Dot Day! Sign Up & Start Planning Today.

The Library Voice: It's Time To Make Our Mark For Dot Day! Sign Up & Start Planning Today. | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of our favorite times of the year is Dot Day and September 15 will be here before we know it!

In fact, Dot Day is only 60 days away so it is time for all of us to sign up and start planning to make this the BEST celebration yet!  
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Why Introverts Learn Faster - The Next Web

Why Introverts Learn Faster - The Next Web | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Don’t isolate yourself from others…”

Sound familiar?

Whether you’re learning a new language, or going through training at your workplace, we’re either taught to collaborate or fail.

But is this really the best way to learn?

While cooperative learning serves a purpose in the learning process, studies show that its silence, not collaboration, that foster accelerated learning.

In today’s article, we’ll share why silence can lead to accelerated learning and why introverts are faster learners.
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How to make stress your friend - TED.com

How to make stress your friend - TED.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
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'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life'

'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life' | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Our world is getting increasingly complex; so how do we know what is worth teaching and learning?

David Perkins, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is interested in how to adapt our curriculums in an ever-changing world. He believes that what is conventionally taught in our schools is not designed to produce the kinds of community members we want and need.

Perkins believes that only by reimagining what we teach our children can we lead students down the road to a more prosperous life.

Here, in a piece that first appreared on the Global Search for Education website, Professor Perkins, whose latest book is Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World, discusses what is worth learning.                                                             
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 17, 12:45 AM

When I was first in the classroom as a student, this issue of teaching for living was being debated.  Its amazing that the topic is still being discussed and have made only a little progress in it. -Lon

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40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You - Global Digital Citizen

40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You - Global Digital Citizen | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here are 40 of some of the best learning quotes out there on the Web, collected from some of history's best and most brilliant minds.
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How to launch student innovation projects - TED-ED

How to launch student innovation projects - TED-ED | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Nicholas Provenzano puts the ‘A’ in STEAM education. As a high school English teacher who actively seeks new ways to enhance learning, he is often at the leading edge of trends in education and technology — from going paperless in the classroom, to creating a makerspace in the school library, to teaching STEAM skills through project-based learning. For his TED-Ed Innovation Project, Provenzano launched student innovation projects — in which students were given the opportunity to choose an interesting problem and solve it in an innovative way. The projects were then shared in the school’s first ever STEAM competition. Here is Provenzano’s recap of what worked best for his students — and how you can launch student innovation projects in your school:
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A Growth Mindset Could Buffer Kids From Negative Academic Effects of Poverty

A Growth Mindset Could Buffer Kids From Negative Academic Effects of Poverty | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, along with other education researchers interested in growth mindset, have done numerous studies showing that when students believe their intelligence can grow and change with effort, they perform better on academic tests. These findings have sparked interest and debate about how to encourage a growth mindset in students both at home and at school.
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Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade? - Mind/Shift

Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many freshmen coming into one of Nashville’s top public high schools are competent and fluent readers, but have a hard time reading deeply, making ninth grade a challenging year.

In general, English teacher Emily Moore said, nearly all of the freshmen she teaches at Hume-Fogg Academic High School — a magnet school in downtown Nashville a few blocks from Music City’s famed honky-tonks — have no experience in text analysis.

“They’re all great readers,” she said, noting that nearly 90 percent are reading at grade level. “But I have a hard time getting them to engage with the text, read for understanding and deeper meaning. I have a hard time getting them to read and think and write critically about fiction and nonfiction alike.”
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 28, 9:10 AM
I commend the collaborative effort of this team of Nashville English Teachers to provide a curriculum that the students needed. This is how it should be: recognize the need, collect and analyze the data and student work, collaboratively  design, explain it to the students(and parents), hold true and have high expectations. Read for yourself.
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Everything Teachers Need to Know about Pokémon Go ~ EdTech and mLearning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Pokémon Go ~ EdTech and mLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Pokémon Go is a cultural phenomenon that has gained so much in popularity over the last few weeks. This is basically an augmented reality game that you can play through your smart phone. The app uses the coordinates of your GPS to determine your location in the real world and provides you with Pokémon characters to view and catch. 'Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighbourhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!'
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 27, 10:20 AM
Start to understand what has the kids excited and see if you can use it to your advantage in classroom learning.
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Stealing Hope – krissy venosdale

Stealing Hope – krissy venosdale | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Whenever I see stories in the media, of people coming down on public education, it’s crushing.  My heart is filled with stories of real kids with real lives that I taught many years ago. I think about poverty and what life outside of our school was like for my students. I was fresh out of college and ill-equipped to understand fully what the situation was. But, I learned fast.  I knew I had 3 packs of copy paper and curriculum materials that were “on their way” from central office for almost the entire school year.   I learned quickly to make do with what I had.  Not because I was innovative, but because I had absolutely no other choice... "

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25 of the Best Educational Games For Home and the Classroom

25 of the Best Educational Games For Home and the Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Among the many ways to actively engage children in the learning process, educational games are one of the most fun. With so many award winning and cleverly designed games on the market, young children to teens (and even adults!) can develop new skills and reinforce other skills, without even realizing they are learning.

Board, card, cooperative, puzzle games, and more encourage interactive hands-on learning in a humorous, light hearted environment. In a addition to math, reading, vocabulary, logic, problem-solving, and spelling skills regularly introduced by educational games, turn based and cooperative games foster with social interaction, communication skills, and self confidence.

Consider adding one of these excellent educational games to your home or classroom collection.
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Use PBL to Role-Play in the Real World

Use PBL to Role-Play in the Real World | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning helps to break down the barrier between the "real world" and school. Heather Wolpert-Gawron shows how in her Invention Unit.

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Social media as Literacy - @JCasaTodd

Social media as Literacy - @JCasaTodd | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I remember George Couros when he came to our District, asking the question, “If you don’t know what a hashtag is are you considered illiterate today?”

I thought about that as I read a recent article by CEO of Hootsuite, Social media skills millenials lack.  Ryan Holmes states that using social media effectively is “the most important digital skill for tomorrow’s CEOs”  He refers to a “social media gap” which is further supported by Professor William Ward, professor of social media at Syracuse University, who states “Students using digital and social media professionally in an integrated and strategic way have an advantage. [They’re] getting better jobs and better internships …”  

The fact is, students are good at connecting with people they already know, but don’t understand how to network professionally.  I would add they don’t often know how it works for learning either.

That is a compelling reason to incorporate social media in the context of the classroom and yet there is a real reluctance to do this by many Districts.
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Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’ | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“How was skiing?” I asked my 14-year old daughter as she hauled her boot bag into the car. “Well, the ratio of snow to ground was definitely low,” she replied, adding that she had tried to figure the ratio of snow-to-ground during practice but had received only mystified looks. “Stop the math!” demanded a coach. “You are confusing us!”

Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are bad at math? Few people would consider proudly announcing that they are bad at writing or reading. Our country’s communal math hatred may seem rather innocuous, but a more critical factor is at stake: we are passing on from generation to generation the phobia for mathematics and with that are priming our children for mathematical anxiety. As a result, too many of us have lost the ability to examine a real-world problem, translate it into numbers, solve the problem and interpret the solution.
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The Daring Librarian: 5 Ways to Reflect, & Not Regret, Teaching!

The Daring Librarian: 5 Ways to Reflect, & Not Regret, Teaching! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it


"I love teaching! I love being a School Librarian & Technology Specialist. I love my practice, my profession, my school, my library, my students, my families, and my community! I can't imagine doing anything else that feeds my soul like being an educator. I love the seasons and the time and tide of it. *


Every new school year is a do-over. Any and all the mistakes or things you didn't get to do the year before can be corrected the next year. I can't think of any other profession that gives you such a clear start and stop and a time to reflect.

The great thing about summers off (other than that they are made of awesome) is the ability to step back and reflect about the past school year. "

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Truth, Lies, and Pokeballs: The Sensation around Pokemon Go

Truth, Lies, and Pokeballs: The Sensation around Pokemon Go | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past few days, there’s a new craze that is sweeping the world and it’s called Pokemon Go.   It’s an Augmented Reality (AR) game put out by Niantec Labs, the same people who made the wildly popular and yet still underground Ingress.
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Books Teachers Share: Inspired to Join the Doodle Revolution

Books Teachers Share: Inspired to Join the Doodle Revolution | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Literacy specialist Shawna Coppola teaches at a small elementary school in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, where she focuses on universal instruction and supporting teachers, often stepping in to help plan a lesson or co-teach a unit. She said that an unlikely book has profoundly changed how she thinks about teaching reading and writing: Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently.

Coppola, who was never much of a doodler herself, said when she first started teaching 16 years ago, she often told students to stop drawing all over their papers and pay attention. But what she learned from The Doodle Revolution is that there is research to support the idea that doodling is actually not stealing focus, but helping to increase focus by helping the doodler think deeply about what is being said.

And more than that, Coppola said, it’s fun.
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10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning

10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their expertise firsthand. It's accessible, substantive information on virtually every topic imaginable.

If reading the news first thing in the morning is bringing you down, why not save that task for a bit later in the day? Instead, take in one of these great TED talks with your breakfast. Since they're under 20 minutes, it's the perfect amount of time to spend with your breakfast and coffee--and you'll start the day informed, motivated, and ready to go do great things.
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