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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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The Teacher's Guide to Using Pinterest in Education - Daily Genius

The Teacher's Guide to Using Pinterest in Education - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Five or so years ago when it launched (way back when, in technology terms), Pinterest entered a social media market dominated by text. Quite simply, it brought an unprecedented visual aspect to social media which users enjoyed, though it was a fairly basic platform. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a plethora of new features that can make it particularly useful in your classroom.

So how can making boards and pinning photos be a useful tool for teachers? Pinterest offers a number of different options for teachers both for professional development and for student work. Tons of teachers (and other folks, too) are using this tool  – there are countless boards devoted to lesson plans, classroom ideas, and more. There are purportedly around 100 million active users as of December 2015 – and as with many web-based tools, the more people there are contributing to a platform, the better stuff there will be for you to use (even if you have to sort through some garbage to find it!)   To get your wheels churning, we’ve collected a few of our favorite ideas below."

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For even more ideas: How to Use Instagram In Your Classroom http://dailygenius.com/instagram/ ;

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Infographic: Design engaging learning spaces

Infographic: Design engaging learning spaces | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you want evidence that educators care about the physical setup of their classrooms, look no further than Pinterest, where you’ll find thousands of pinned ideas showing how K-12 teachers have designed their classrooms.

Well-designed learning spaces aren’t just good for ambiance. Studies prove that creative classrooms have a significant impact on student learning. The purposeful use of color alone can decrease students’ eye fatigue and increase their productivity. In fact, certain colors can induce specific moods. For example, blue walls can inspire positive feelings of comfort and security. Blue hues also can potentially increase students’ retention and creativity. "

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12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading - Edutopia

12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As a classroom teacher, nurturing a love of reading in my students was almost an obsession. This continued when I had a child. Here are twelve ways to nurture a love of reading in kids.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 13, 8:18 AM

It is easy to create a Top Ten list out of these solid  dozen suggestions. I am interested in the reference regarding the motivation of boys to read more.

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 13, 11:11 AM

GREAT ideas! I also added a couple shamelessly exploitative ones  in the comments! I love being edgy without really being edgy! LOL

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make Your Writing Funnier - And 21 Other Writing Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make Your Writing Funnier - And 21 Other Writing Lessons | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Writer's Workshop is a TED-Ed playlist featuring short lessons on writing. Some of the lessons are on basic things like When to Use Me, Myself, or I while other lessons are of a more conceptual nature like How to Build a Fictional World. The latest lesson added to The Writer's Workshop is How to Make Your Writing Funnier.
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Upgrade reader's theater with the iPad - @Erintegration

Upgrade reader's theater with the iPad - @Erintegration | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reader’s theater is an engaging way to practice fluency, but add an iPad to it and suddenly students are begging for the next rehearsal!  I’m going to share with you 3 simple ways to upgrade a typical readers theater classroom performance using the iPad.
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In the Zone: the 7 Wonders of Your Classroom World

In the Zone: the 7 Wonders of Your Classroom World | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The classroom plays a pivotal role in students’ lives. It’s where most of their formal education is delivered, as well as the site of their socialization and primary “occupation” as young learners. But classrooms—and how they are structured—are also important to educators themselves. A disorganized classroom can leave inhabitants feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and confused. A well-designed classroom is conducive to harmony, productivity, and progress.

In 2014, Edutopia.org identified seven distinct learning zones of the classroom environment. You might think of these as the “Seven Create-able Wonders of your classroom World.” In a nutshell, the zones are:
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How To Teach Students Effective Online Research Skills - Daily Genius

How To Teach Students Effective Online Research Skills - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What does “effective online research” even mean? Type in a search term and get going, right? While on one hand, it literally is that easy, if you want to find good quality, highly relevant materials, you need to move far beyond a quick Google search and visiting your old pal Wikipedia. We have some great, easy tips for how to make the most of online research coming your way. How do you make the most of online research
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 11, 10:17 AM

Some great suggestions. . .including a fabulous shout-out for librarians/media specialists everywhere. Do NOT underestimate the value of your librarians!!

Melissa Spears's curator insight, February 12, 1:29 AM

Vast amount of information are now available online and much time is saved in the research process as researchers are getting information in finger tips. Read on to know whether  students really have effective online research skills?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Photos for Class + Canva = Fun Animal Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Photos for Class + Canva = Fun Animal Stories | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Photos for Class is a great tool for locating Creative Commons licensed images that your students can use in all kinds of projects.


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The Lion, the Mitch, and the Phone Book: 3 Ways to Make Teaching & Learning an Adventure | The Protocol

The Lion, the Mitch, and the Phone Book: 3 Ways to Make Teaching & Learning an Adventure | The Protocol | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We have all been there. The professional development session that didn’t meet our needs. Our needs were not met likely because of three “effects.”

1.) The Zoo Effect

2.) The Car Mechanic Effect

3.) The Phone Book Effect
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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “We will discuss.”

We will discuss the video.

We will discuss the story.

We will discuss our results.

Every time I saw it in a lesson plan, I would add a  note: “What format will you use? What questions will you ask? How will you ensure that all students participate?” I was pretty sure that We will discuss actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking; He would throw out a couple of questions like “So what did you think about the video?” or “What was the theme of the story?” and a few students would respond, resulting in something that looked  like a discussion, but was ultimately just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students; a classic case of Fisheye Teaching.

The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like. They didn’t know any other “formats.” I have only ever been familiar with a few myself. But when teachers began contacting me recently asking for a more comprehensive list, I knew it was time to do some serious research.
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NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, February 11, 10:18 AM

An excellent guide to student-focused discussions and pedagogy

Ra's curator insight, February 11, 3:33 PM

Resource for teachers looking to open up their class discussion strategies. 

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 11, 3:47 PM

This post is an excellent list of classroom discussion strategies. They are applicable to the classroom, but also to any need for discussion among children or adult groups. School leaders should have influence over the quality of discussion and learning in classrooms but also the quality of discussion and learning among staff.

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Monday Truisms via @KrissyVenosdale

Monday Truisms via @KrissyVenosdale | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

#teachyourheartout 

#teachersofinstagram 

#teachersfollowteachers

http://ift.tt/1O0CR5G

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Yep! That was Monday! - ;-) 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Complete This Free Course and Become a Power Google Searcher

Free Technology for Teachers: Complete This Free Course and Become a Power Google Searcher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Power Searching With Google is a MOOC that Google initially offered nearly four years ago. The course is facilitated by Dr. Daniel Russell whose work I've featured many times over the years. The latest version of Power Searching With Google opens today and runs for two weeks.
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Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning

Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
‘If you just teach by standing at the blackboard and try to transmit your understanding of physics just by words, then even a minimal standard typically is not reached. Students aren’t learning that stuff.’
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Experience Mars in 360 Degrees With This New NASA Video - TIME

Experience Mars in 360 Degrees With This New NASA Video - TIME | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
NASA made it much easier to explore Mars this week when the agency released a video featuring a 360-degree view of the planet.

The video, stitched together from images taken by the Curiosity rover, offers views of the downwind face of the Namib Dune and a glimpse at Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is about 23 feet from the bottom of the nearest dune, according to NASA, the mission’s examination of dunes along lower Mount Sharp is the first glimpse of active sand dunes anywhere other than on the Earth’s surface.
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Which of These 4 Instructional Strategies Do You Use in Your Class ? ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Which of These 4 Instructional Strategies Do You Use in Your Class ? ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Instructional strategies, according to Alberta Learning, are “techniques teachers use to help students become independent, strategic learners. These strategies become learning strategies when students independently select the appropriate ones and use them effectively to accomplish tasks or meet goals.” the strength of instructional strategies is that they determine how teachers can go about realizing their teaching objectives.
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Don't Say "Your Child Can't Read" - Edutopia

Don't Say "Your Child Can't Read" - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As someone who has been fortunate enough to spend much of her professional career working in elementary schools -- both as an early-childhood (K-3) teacher and university-based teacher educator -- I'm often struck by the difference between how young children and teachers talk about literacy in the earliest years of school. Whether they're drawing pictures and asking you to "read" their latest story or eagerly inviting you to listen to an account of a favorite book, young children enter school enthusiastic about learning to read and write. In a world where they see print all around them -- scrolling on phone screens, in the books that they love, on the billboards they ponder -- learning to read and write makes a young child feel independent and capable.

Yet early-childhood teachers point to the pressures associated with the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying standardized testing culture as deeply affecting classrooms, often characterized by a heightened focus on teaching young children to read and write as early as possible.
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Is Quality Math Preparation The Next Equity Battleground? - Mind/Shift

Is Quality Math Preparation The Next Equity Battleground? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Math education in the United States is consistently under the spotlight, in part because the majority of kids aren’t performing well on international tests that compare math achievement. Since jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields are projected to grow, the country’s poor math performance worries many educators, business leaders and policy makers. Many affluent parents, who are themselves often employed in STEM fields, understand how important strong math skills could be to their children’s future success. Unhappy with the quality of math instruction in public schools, these families are seeking extracurricular math training for their children in the form of camps, clubs and competitions. And it’s working. For kids who love math and have access to these types of programs, high level math ability is increasing.
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Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking - NYTimes

Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking - NYTimes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 - NYTimesMost science teachers in the United States spend some time on climate change in their courses, but their insufficient grasp of the science as well as political factors “may hinder effective teaching,” according to a nationwide survey of the profession.

The survey, described in the current issue of the journal Science, found that teachers spent little time on the topic — just one to two hours on average over an academic year.

“It’s clearly not enough time to really provide students with a good scientific understanding,” said Eric Plutzer, the lead author of the paper and a professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University.

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How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School - Mind/Shift

How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the age of information, factual answers are easy to find. Want to know who signed the Declaration of Independence? Google it. Curious about the plot of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel, “The Scarlet Letter”? A quick Internet search will easily jog your memory. But while computers are great at spitting out answers, they aren’t very good at asking questions. But luckily, that’s where humans can excel.
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A Must-Have Edtech Cheat Sheet - EduTech for Teachers

A Must-Have Edtech Cheat Sheet - EduTech for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Fast forward to today… Even though there are always new edtech trends emerging, I no longer find myself having those yikes moments when I read about them on Twitter or hear about them on a TEDx Talk. However, as I assist colleagues in the classroom, facilitate PD, and collaborate with a team of administrators and teachers to develop a new K-12 tech plan, I am finding that many of the individuals I encounter throughout my work day are currently experiencing what I did eight years ago—that same what the what feeling that often creates anxiety and doubt.

That said, I did some surfing to try to locate a reference guide that could quickly (and visually) help my co-workers get a better grasp on some of the latest edtech buzzwords. Here is one of the resources I am sharing with them—and you. Hopefully it will help to eliminate some of that app-prehension you might have as you try to choose the best tools or ways to incorporate technology into your classroom!
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 13, 8:21 AM

Good reference to have.

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A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have via @Mekh9

A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have via @Mekh9 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 13, 8:25 AM

Most of us have to work on our basic tech skills. This list is a good place to start. It could serve as a start to a Tech PD series for many schools or districts.

Gordon Dahlby's comment, February 13, 6:12 PM
Looks more like a walk down an exhibit hall of vendors than skill/talent tied to teaching & learning.
Rod Murray's comment, February 13, 7:21 PM
If every teacher had this skill set, that would dramatically change teaching and learning. The "vendors" are, contrary to your suggestion, mostly free technologies that can and do change teaching and learning.
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10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know - Daily Genius

10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Google Docs is a popular word processing tool because it allows ready access to your documents and files from any internet connected device. It permits users to readily share documents and easily collaborate on materials. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, try out these 10 hacks to up your Google game!"

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Mystery Skype: Where in the world are they? - ISTE

Mystery Skype: Where in the world are they? - ISTE | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s time for my students to make a guess: Where is the class they are meeting for the first time via Skype?

“Is it North Carolina?”

There is silence in the classroom as my fifth graders crane their necks toward the screen.

“No!” shouts a voice from the computer speakers, and my students scramble back together. A buzz of “What could it be then?” envelops them.

This is what it sounds like when 23 students engage in what is known as Mystery Skype. The idea is incredibly simple, but how it unfolds can be downright magical. When else can you see students using all of their background knowledge, tech savvy and common sense just to figure out where someone is in the world?
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The Idiot’s Guide to Smarter Coffee Drinking (Infographic) - LifeHack

The Idiot’s Guide to Smarter Coffee Drinking (Infographic) - LifeHack | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Science has figured out how to drink coffee for maximum benefit, and chances are you’re doing it all wrong. That’s because the right way to drink coffee isn’t always intuitive.

For instance, do you dive into a cup of coffee as soon as your eyelids open? Well this probably isn’t giving you the boost in energy you’re seeking. This is because, biologically speaking, our bodies are least in need of one at this time.

In this infographic, Art of Wellbeing explains exactly why your early morning cup of coffee is a biological mistake, plus six more tricks for smarter coffee drinking.
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For all my coffee drinking friends in education. Yes, you know who you are! Happy Tuesday! JE

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Building Innovations Around Experiences : The Skills and Dispositions of Accomplished Administrators

Building Innovations Around Experiences : The Skills and Dispositions of Accomplished Administrators | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In schools today the pace of change and shifting sands are quick. Skilled administrators need to wear many hats and be strategic yet operational at the same time. They must build empathy, be inclusive and build a learning culture where shared decision-making allows teachers and students to thrive. 
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