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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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Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective. This affords teachers the opportunity to see what learning is happening and even to what degree at a moment when they’re able to respond most effectively.

Exit tickets are powerful formative assessment tools. When every student is required to complete one by nearly every teacher they have in a given day, the practice grows a bit stale, though. Ready to mix things up a bit? Consider these approaches.
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Graduation & What It Means To "Model With Mathematics" @ddmyer

This tweet from a friend of mine is one of my favorites.


My friend has taken a problem from the world that was personal to her, identified the variables that are essential to the problem, selected a model that describes those variables, performed operations on that model, and re-interpreted the result back into the world. And tweeted about it.
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Everything Teachers Need to Know about Project Based Learning- 6 Must Read Books ~ EdTech & MLearning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Project Based Learning- 6 Must Read Books ~ EdTech & MLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Technology is proved to be an effective means of creating and enhancing a PBL-based culture in and outside class. We have already featured a wide variety of iPad and Android apps that are ideal for a PBL classroom. Today, we are grounding you in the theoretical as well as practical part of project based learning. We have selected for you some great books on PBL designed particularly for teachers and educators.  These reads will definitely help you construct an informed understanding of what PB is all about and guide you towards a better implementation of its ethos in your teaching.
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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 

"In an attempt to get at what actually works for boys in education, Dr. Michael Reichert and Dr. Richard Hawley, in partnership with the International Boys' School Coalition, launched a study called Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practices, published in 2009. The study looked at boys in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, in schools of varying size, both private and public, that enroll a wide range of boys of disparate races and income levels. 

The authors asked teachers and students to "narrate clearly and objectively an instructional activity that is especially, perhaps unusually, effective in heightening boys' learning." The responses--2,500 in all--revealed eight categories of instruction that succeeded in teaching boys. The most effective lessons included more than one of these elements: 

     * Lessons that result in an end product--a booklet, a catapult, a poem, or a comic strip, for example. 
     * Lessons that are structured as competitive games. 
     * Lessons requiring motor activity. 
     * Lessons requiring boys to assume responsibility for the learning of others. 
     * Lessons that require boys to address open questions or unsolved problems. 
     * Lessons that require a combination of competition and teamwork. 
     * Lessons that focus on independent, personal discovery and realization. 
     * Lessons that introduce drama in the form of novelty or surprise."

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After reading this, I thought a #maker approach would definitely address many f these issues. 

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15 Summer Reading Ideas to Add to Your Bucket List - Brilliant or Insane

15 Summer Reading Ideas to Add to Your Bucket List - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago, I invited Brilliant or Insane readers to join me in brainstorming a bunch of tips that could entice kids to fall in love with reading this summer. At the time, quite a few teachers I support were in the midst of rethinking traditional summertime reading ideas and I was hoping to inspire them.

Here’s what we know: when readers have choice, access to texts they are eager to read, and time to do it, they thrive. When any of these factors are compromised, they disengage quickly. The conversation that unfolded in the comments section of my Bucket List for Summer Reading post validated this perspective.
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10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING

10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Studying science from a book is fine, but nothing can replace hands on experiments when learning chemistry, biology, physics, and other sciences. Children retain more and enjoy “doing” rather than just studying. I can remember crafting a messy, paper mâché volcano and looking through my first microscope at a few prepared slides, fostering a lifelong love of science.

These science kits for kids offer a range of engaging and educational experiments for different age levels, from the youngest scientists to younger teens, designed to encourage learning through fun.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Educational Resources Related to the Tour de France

Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Educational Resources Related to the Tour de France | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Tour de France begins on Saturday. Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the world's most famous bicycle race.
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7 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this month's 'New Educational Web Tools' series, we are sharing with you this selection of interesting web tools we have been curating over the last few weeks. The purpose is to keep you updated about the latest in the EdTech world and introduce you to some useful applications that might be of an added value to your in your teaching.
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The Problem with Professional Development Planning and How Design Thinking Solves It - Brilliant or Insane

The Problem with Professional Development Planning and How Design Thinking Solves It - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Professional development plans aren’t promises. They’re typically creative enterprises and fairly uncertain endeavors. Too often, we craft plans in district offices with small teams of leaders, lift them from our drafting boards, and drop them onto systems expecting them to perform as anticipated.

What’s worse: we celebrate those who dutifully follow them, and we struggle when people speak to what isn’t working, what must change, and how we could and should have done it differently or better.

Why do we treat this feedback as criticism?

Why do we expect designers and facilitators to take this personally?

What about assessment? Reflection? Revision?

Plans are meant to be tested, assessed, and improved. Initial professional development plans are prototypes, and failure is often a part of any first launch. We’re supposed to respond to it in order to change and grow. The worst thing we can do is abandon ship every time we hit rough water to set sail on some next great adventure that seems to have more promise. That ship is going to sail across choppy seas as well.

Eager to embrace failure and elevate your professional development planning? Try a design thinking approach.
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10 Reasons Twitter Works In Education - TeachThought

10 Reasons Twitter Works In Education - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the collective family of social media channels grows, each adopts their own personality.

LinkedIn is oldest sibling –a go-getter that wore a suit in middle school. Instagram is the playful teen that opened her own restaurant with her family’s money. Facebook is the walking political argument that you know not get started. And twitter? twitter is the wild child of the bunch.

Offering quick bits of information, a dynamic stream that looks great on desktop and mobile devices, and a variety of ways to communicate from #hashtags to @messaging to micro-blogging and link distribution, twitter works, and unlike facebook, blogging, and other digital tools, when something does indeed “fail” on twitter, the overwhelming number of tweets can help mitigate the loss.

The best I’ve heard explanation we’ve heard for the difference between twitter and facebook is (paraphrased), “Facebook makes me dislike people I’ve known for years, while twitter makes me like people I’ve never met.” I’m not sure it’s quite that cut and dry, but the big idea remains the same–every social channel has its own personality.
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7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow - Brilliant or Insane

7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra is not a sufficient excuse for ignoring your responsibility here. We’re in this together.

Students must be taught early and often how to create, locate, maintain and share content. And they need to understand the ramifications of everything they do on social media.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 29, 2:43 PM

Understanding social media is very important. Learn how to use it properly and learn it whilst your young. 

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7 Books that will make you a better teacher - Daily Genius

7 Books that will make you a better teacher - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reading makes your smarter.  More importantly, it makes you a better teacher.

Smart districts offer in-service or professional development compensation for instructors that read relevant resources.

Most people think that the summer provides educators with well deserved time to recharge.  While that is true, most importantly, it provides educators time to read. I challenge you to read the list of books described below this summer.  They have immediate and actionable implications with the way you instruct your students.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 30, 3:01 AM

Inspirerende onderwijslectuur

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A Simple Formula for Planning Your Next Professional Learning Initiative - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

A Simple Formula for Planning Your Next Professional Learning Initiative - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
June is all about endings and beginnings. Most of my days are spent debriefing professional learning initiatives I’ve facilitated in schools throughout the year or planning new ones beside the administrators and teachers I get to serve each day. I love the clean-slate feel of this kind of work, but it isn’t without its challenges.

It’s easy to slide into design mode rapidly when needs are put on the table, but if I’ve learned anything over the last decade, it’s this: planning successful professional learning initiatives is less about the stuff of staff development and more about the health of the system I’m serving. What follows is a formula distilled from all of that learning, for which I have to credit my friends at Communities for Learning: Leading Lasting Change. The content of this post is adapted from their thinking and work.
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23 Tools For Students To Publish What They Learn - TeachThought

23 Tools For Students To Publish What They Learn - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that’s no surprise that there are so many tools available for students to publish their ideas to in the year 2015.

There was once a time when publishing thoughts to the web required considerable knowledge of HTML and CSS, however with the surge of online blogging and publication systems, the power of expression has never been easier. Students now have a well of opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas with the added chance of getting global feedback on those insights. Here is a list of some of the best online publication tools that students can post their creative impressions on.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Stupeflix - Create Audio Slideshow Videos Without Registration

Free Technology for Teachers: Stupeflix - Create Audio Slideshow Videos Without Registration | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Years ago I used Stupeflix for a couple of classroom video projects. Then the service changed pricing models and I could no longer use it with students. Recently, someone on Facebook (sorry, I now cannot find who) mentioned Stupeflix so I gave it another look this morning. Some great improvements have been made to Stupeflix since the last time that I used it.

Stupeflix allows you to create audio slideshow videos up to twenty minutes in length. You do not need to register in order to create a video on Stupeflix. You can and should register if you want to be able to go back and edit your video after it has been published.
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6 Critical Questions Teachers Should Ask Principals in Job Interviews - Brilliant or Insane

6 Critical Questions Teachers Should Ask Principals in Job Interviews - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Twelve years after landing my first teaching job, I was invited to interview for a position in a nearby school. Job interviews had been in my rearview mirror for so long that I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it didn’t matter; I had a job already, and this changed my perspective completely on this one. I decided that I was going to ask the interviewers a few questions of my own.

Principals routinely end job interviews by asking candidates if they have any questions. Most teachers struggle with this. Many will simply say, No, or ask when they can expect a decision. Some ask questions they believe will be endearing; things like, “Are there committees I can join?” or “Can I get into my room early?”


I realized in the last job interview I ever had that my questions were the most important ones, and the last thing I was concerned with was sucking up to the principals. After all, in a way, I was interviewing them.

Walking back to my car that day, I knew I wouldn’t take the job if they offered it to me, because they struggled to answer the questions I asked to my satisfaction"

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3 Terrific Tech Tools Every Teacher MUST Try - FRACTUS LEARNING

3 Terrific Tech Tools Every Teacher MUST Try - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There’s nothing better than a great app or website that makes my life as a teacher easier! Below are three apps that I think teachers will love!
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Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals?

Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Supporting students emotionally, as well as academically, takes up a large portion of teachers’ time and energy. But some educators are discovering that students can take on this role for one another as well. When students hold each other accountable, many can demonstrate reflection on their learning and take responsibility for shortcomings.
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Technology can transform education, but not without people #ISTE2015 - A.J. Juliani

Technology can transform education, but not without people #ISTE2015 - A.J. Juliani | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s been five years since I joined Twitter. To be honest, I didn’t know what Twitter was all about when I joined. I knew that I wanted to share what I was writing with the world, and besides my Mom, my friends, and my wife (sometimes) there was no one out there who seemed particularly …
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Spotlight on Strategies: Partner Time - EduTech for Teachers

Spotlight on Strategies: Partner Time - EduTech for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This week’s spotlight—Partner Time—is a simple yet effective way to manage partnerships in your classroom. It also ensures that students are not always sharing with the same classmate.
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What Wearable Tech Could Mean for the Classroom | Edudemic

Not too long ago, tablets and smartphones were largely viewed as educational scourges — mere distractions responsible for dulling minds and derailing productivity. Now, instead of being shunned completely, these devices are embraced as invaluable tools for meeting the complex, often hard to define needs of digital natives. Undoubtedly, wearable technology is destined to follow suit.

The 2015 Horizon Report agrees, predicting the widespread use of wearables throughout the entire spectrum of modern education. Still, considering our senses are already overloaded with 1s and 0s, reluctance to embrace yet another digital medium is understandable. However, as this piece will explain, the potential benefits are simply too tremendous to ignore.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, July 1, 3:15 AM

Mensen die ooit als eerste beweerden dat de wereld rond was of dat we ooit op de maan zouden staan belandden op de brandstapel of in een sanatorium. Zo'n reacties laten we best achterwege. Dit artikel schetst een toekomst waar velen (zelfs in gedachten) nog niet klaar voor zijn. En toch zegt iets mij dat een deel van dit verhaal straks realiteit wordt. Ik ben benieuwd. (én hoopvol)

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24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter

24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Would like to be better, faster, stronger, and all that good stuff? As you might expect, the road to self-improvement isn't short, and it isn't easy. It all starts with forming good habits, habits that you can carry with you through each day of your life. Once you do them enough, they'll become second nature,…

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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maria papanikou's curator insight, July 1, 5:20 AM

The way to a better Self!

Anita Vance's curator insight, July 1, 7:30 PM

A little advice for self-improvement.

Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 2, 2:12 PM

Some obvious and not so obvious reminders.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Online Games and Quizzes About Grammar

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Online Games and Quizzes About Grammar | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. Visitors to Road to Grammar will find grammar quizzes. Most of the quizzes provide students with instant feedback. Part of the feedback that students receive on the quizzes they take includes explanations why an answer is correct or incorrect. Before taking the quizzes visitors can work through a series of practice activities.
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100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language - TeachThought

100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Learning another language is among the many things that have been made easier with the explosion of the digital universe. While some of the resources aren’t incredible (simply using Google Translate), and some of the languages fairly obscure (Welsh), the list is impressive if for no other reason than to demonstrate how much is actually out there if you do a little digging."

Learning another language is among the many things that have been made easier with the explosion of the digital universe. While some of the resources aren’t incredible (simply using Google Translate), and some of the languages fairly obscure (Welsh), the list is impressive if for no other reason than to demonstrate how much is actually out there if you do a little digging.

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Tracey Robertson's curator insight, June 27, 9:26 PM

Improving my high school French, learning Maori, Samoan, Vietnamese and Gaelic are top of my list of languages I would like to pursue.

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Blending the Traditional Book Study with Digital Tools - FRACTUS LEARNING @AmyHeavin

Blending the Traditional Book Study with Digital Tools - FRACTUS LEARNING @AmyHeavin | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Summer is a busy time for many. Vacations. Family time. Housework. Yardwork. Painting. Hobbies. Reading. School book studies???

Summer is an opportunity when many educators dedicate time to read, find new ideas to implement in their classrooms, and brainstorm strategies to use the in fall. Teachers want to read, share, and learn together. There is actually now time to collaborate and share!

Traditionally, book studies are done in face-to-face meetings. Teachers choose a book to read together, plan which chapters to read, and then decide on meeting times to discuss those chapters. However, with varying schedules and planned commitments, finding a common time to come together to discuss a shared book multiple times throughout the summer is quite difficult. Families take vacations, their children have camps and other commitments, and thus meeting together with everyone is infrequent and often not well-attended.

So, with interest in having book studies from my staff, but dealing with tricky schedules, a different solution was necessary.
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