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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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10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction - TeachThought

10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, small group activities, individualized course packets, reading assignments, and projects, teachers are addressing a range of student levels, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and goals in their classrooms today.
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The Human Brain (HD full documentary) - History.com

Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art CGI, this special shows how the brain works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory and decision-making. It takes us inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in extreme situations, examines how an autistic person like Rain Man develops remarkable skills, and takes on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil. Research is rushing forward. We've learned more about the workings of the brain in the last five years than in the previous one hundred.
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4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator - Langwitches

4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator - Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Connected Educator Month is around the corner. Norway, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have organized hundreds of events for educators to learn, connect and collaborate.

As I am preparing to be part of a panel on October 2, 4 pm (USA EST)/October 3rd, 9am (NZ time) and keynote in Oslo, Norway on October 21st, I am looking at 4 big ideas around the connected educator through the lens of connected professional learning.
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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom - TeachThought

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Genius Hour in the classroom is an approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work.

In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.
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THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Despite being an unorthodox teaching technique, the inclusion of mini exercise breaks during class can help students remain focused, a new Oregon study concludes.

A recent survey of Brain Breaks, a classroom-use DVD with five-minute-long exercise routines developed by Oregon State University and piloted in more than 400 kindergarten to Grade 6 classrooms, found that students enjoyed the program, and that more than 90 per cent of teachers planned to continue using it.
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101 Things I've Learned So Far In Teaching - TeachThought

101 Things I've Learned So Far In Teaching - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 "The title is self-explanatory and the context is fairly clear. Well, actually it probably should’ve been title “101 things I think I think about teaching,” because what I think I think changes almost daily. Here we are nonetheless."

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Schools Incorporate Desk Bikes, Pedals for Students to Exercise While Learning - PSFK

Schools Incorporate Desk Bikes, Pedals for Students to Exercise While Learning - PSFK | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Read & ride program promotes healthier education in classrooms across the US
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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? - Mind/Shift

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Don't Forget the Music - The Difference Music Makes In a Video

Free Technology for Teachers: Don't Forget the Music - The Difference Music Makes In a Video | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Don't Forget the Music is the title one of the finalists in Next Vista's latest video production contest. In the video Josh Wanner explains why music choice matters in a video production. To demonstrate his points Wanner plays the same video clip with three different music tracks in the background. The video is embedded below (jump to the one minute mark if you just want to see the demonstration
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Tom Perran's curator insight, September 25, 7:21 PM

A video without music is like a canvas without paint!

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Way back when, research meant going to the library, finding something in a book, and indicating what book you found the information in when you created your bibliography. The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web. The licenses are visual, and if you aren’t sure of what you see on the work you’d like to use, you can refer back to the CC website to see. The handy infographic below gives a pretty thorough overview of the licenses and what they mean. Whether you have a personal blog, a class blog, or your students want to use a photo they’ve found in a presentation, this guide will be super handy!
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Innovative educators know first hand that social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Instagram can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, leading, and strengthening the home-school connection. In many cases though, others may need to be brought on board. Especially when parents are expressing concerns and unsure of how a platform can be used successfully.


It is the job of innovative educators to ensure parents, colleagues, and administrators know how to embrace the power of social media and also how to address their concerns.


Here are suggestions for parents, teachers, and administrators in schools embracing social media
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Should Students Become Content Curators? - Education Week

Should Students Become Content Curators? - Education Week | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In Teaching the iStudent, Mark Barnes compared content curation to the work that librarians or art directors do. They weed through everything that is out there and find the best resources or paintings in a sea of bad ones. Librarians and art directors have an eye for knowing what they are looking for, and even if they don't, they have an open mind to make sure they don't miss something outstanding.
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Four Ways to Foster Independent Readers and - ASCD INSERVICE

As an elementary reading specialist, my passion and my goal is always to give students the confidence to see themselves as readers and writers. It seems to be a universal goal that teachers want students to become more independent. But how do we help them get there? 
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EdTechnocation: iOS 8 Features for Teachers!

EdTechnocation: iOS 8 Features for Teachers! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"iOS 8 has finally arrived! But, be forewarned, all of your favorite classroom apps might not be compatible just yet! Watch out for more new app updates with iOS 8 compatibility in the next few weeks and beyond."

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8 Steps for Students to Remove Thier Digital Footprints ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Steps for Students to Remove Thier Digital Footprints ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the essential parts of the digital citizenship I have been long talking about in this blog is about digital footprints. Students need to know that whatever they do or create online leaves behind a trail or digital breadcrumbs that others can trace. This "others" can be anyone from prospective employers, to college admission boards, anything you do online should be vetted by a critical lens and if "you don't want your parents to know about it then better not do it".
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4 free Google tools to help students boost their search skills - Daily Genius

4 free Google tools to help students boost their search skills - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Let’s say you have a big paper coming up, a presentation that involves some in-depth online research, or perhaps something completely pointless to look up on Google. Whatever your reason for diving into the bottomless pit that is online searching, it’s important to know about the resources and guides that are out there.

Lucky for you, the people basically running online searches (Google) have you hooked up. If you’re a student of any age, then listen up. Check out the guides and free Google tools available at ‘Search Education,’ a free site filled with anything you could ever dream of … if you dream of helpful guides to Google searching.
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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Three Irish teenagers have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project combats the global food crisis by increasing crop yields via bacterial symbiosis.
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User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset

User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The educator, as a growth mindset facilitator and coach, has a different, often unique, set of beliefs about students learning and growth. The following infographic shows (1) the common beliefs of an educator who promotes a growth mindset, and (2) some reflection questions about instructional practices that reinforce the growth mindset:
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A Great Free Resource of Reading Lessons for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Free Resource of Reading Lessons for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Reading Bear is a great tool for helping kids learn to read. Reading Bear integrates both vocabulary practice (over 1200 vocabulary items) and phonetic awareness ( covering different phonetic principles and patterns of written English) into their lessons. All of these lessons are provided in the form of narrated presentations playable either as a video or as an interactive slide show."

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Overcome fear of failure with these inspirational quotes - Daily Genius

Overcome fear of failure with these inspirational quotes - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Life is hard. You’re going to get knocked down, beat up, and tossed around by life on a regular basis. At some point, you’ll have to figure out the best way to overcome a fear of failure. Because, let’s face it, we all have those thoughts in the back of our heads when we’re debating a risk or other activity. Nobody wants to fail … but we all do at some point in our life. In order to help tackle this fear head-on, take a look at some of our favorite inspirational quotes that have helped the Daily Genius team deal with adversity.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a post earlier this evening I shared Josh Wanner's video about the important role of music in video projects. Just as with images, it is important to have students use music and sound effects that they have permission to use. The following resources offer music and sound effects that students can use for free in multimedia projects.
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Exploring YouTube EDU for a Wealth of Free Lesson Material - FRACTUS LEARNING

Exploring YouTube EDU for a Wealth of Free Lesson Material - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the years, YouTube has slowly evolved from being a classroom novelty to becoming a classroom staple for many educators. Whether you are looking to YouTube for quick and easy explanations, engaging animations or just relevant class material, there is no better place to start than YouTube’s official ‘Education’ channel.
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Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift

Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teachers and school leaders face very different challenges today from even a decade ago. The pace of change is faster; there’s more accountability. And the amount of content is overwhelming. To thrive, teachers see opportunities where others see only challenges. Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success.

But many teachers feel isolated in their classrooms, beholden to curriculum and state tests, but not necessarily connected to a learning community or a team to support them. That’s where school communities could learn from other types of work, where teams are crucial to generating new ideas and momentum, while providing members with support when it’s needed."

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! - MInd/Shift

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! - MInd/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
ne of the most common questions math teachers hear from their students is, “why does this matter?” They are constantly trying to convince students that math is useful and could help them in their everyday lives. But it can be a tough sell. Word problems alone often feel contrived and students see right through them.

Thomas Petra has taught math at every level for more than 20 years and encountered dubious students at every grade level. That’s why he developed Real World Math, a free website with lessons based on Google Earth aimed at grades 5 – 10. “I was trying to show them actual applications of the math ideas that they see in the textbook,” Petra said.
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Anita Vance's curator insight, September 28, 8:21 AM

Tried and true ideas for imbedding research across the curriculum via real-life situations requiring multiple findings and calculations to uncover solutions.  Very engaging!

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences - Mind/Shift

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

" A particularly vivid example of putting students in the driver’s seat of their own education is the way they handle what traditional schools refer to as parent-teacher conferences. At these time-honored encounters, it’s not uncommon for students to stay home while the adults discuss their progress or lack thereof. But at schools built on Deeper Learning principles, the meetings are often turned into student-led conferences, with students presenting their schoolwork, while their teachers, having helped them prepare, sit across the table, or even off to the side. The triad then sits together to review and discuss the work and the student’s progress. The message, once again, is that the students are responsible for their own success."

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Anita Vance's curator insight, September 28, 8:13 AM

Definitely a powerful shift - but empowering the student and advocating for them with their parents in a non-threatening model.  Worth a thoughtful read and discuss session.