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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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How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week

How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.
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Gina Martin's curator insight, August 29, 1:23 PM

Just thinking about doing this-

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 7:39 PM

Videos are a great way to engage students. Yes it can be time consuming but can be used over and over again.

WEAC's curator insight, August 31, 10:28 AM

Here's a good back-to-school overview about creating classroom videos.

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Everything Teachers Need to Know about Chromebooks (9 Tutorials) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Chromebooks (9 Tutorials) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Chromebooks are making gigantic inroads in the education sector. Several school districts here in Canada and the States are adopting them as teaching tools within classrooms. Their growing popularity among the education community is attributable not only to their reasonably cheap price but also to a host of excellent features that you can not find in other devices. Chromebooks are easier to handle, faster and more secure. They are also " instantly personalizable by each student or teacher, and easy to manage, making them an ideal solution for bringing the power of the web to your classrooms"."

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7 Tips on how to Drive Students Motivation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Tips on how to Drive Students Motivation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Here is another awesome back-to-school  resource. This is basically a graphic from ASCD featuring seven reminders on how to drive motivation. These reminders are quotes from popular thinkers which provide some smart tips on how to ignite learners motivation. Below is a round-up of these 7 reminders and you can download this free poster from this link."

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All these modern phrases you probably use are actually from Shakespeare - Daily Genius

All these modern phrases you probably use are actually from Shakespeare - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Do some things really set your teeth on edge? Are you waiting for events in your life to truly come ‘full circle’ at some point? There are a boatload of modern phrases that you should probably know a little something about.

 

In fact, there are dozens of phrases you probably use on a regular basis that are from William Shakespeare’s inspired works. For example, simple terms like ‘good riddance’ and ‘knock knock – who’s there?’ are all gems from Billy Shakes. This visual found on Pinterest lays out some of the best and most-used phrases around."

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Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr - boingboing

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr - boingboing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive; these were cropped, cleaned up, and uploaded to Flickr with the text that appears before and after them, and links to see their whole scanned page.
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A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Creativity, according to Albert Einstein, is intelligence having fun and for most neuro-cognitive scientists creativity is something that is inherently born with us and the proof is kids. All kids draw on their sharp sense of creativity to discover and explore the world around them. They can easily adapt their behaviour to new situations, develop new thinking skills and are constantly engaged in trying out "new ways of doing stuff". Sir Ken Robinson made a strong argument in this regard in his popular TED talk "schools kill creativity". Ken argued that kids come to school bursting with  creativity and by the time they graduate they have lost most if not all of their creativity. Sounds like schools are "educating kids out of creativity"!"

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Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Attention fans of history, historical images, book art, and archives in general:

 

Georgetown University scholar, Yahoo fellow and developer Kalev Leetaru is currently working to create a searchable database of 12 million copyright-free images, from 600 million library book pages.

The recently launched Flickr-based Internet Archive Book Images currently hosts 2.6 million images that were automatically added with searchable tags.  Ranging from 1500 through 1922, most images are beyond the scope of copyright."

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21 DIY Ideas for Decorating Your Classroom - Mashable

21 DIY Ideas for Decorating Your Classroom - Mashable | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, your classroom might be a small disaster zone right now, and that's not a fun place to teach or learn. But there's nothing a little bit of paint and a hot glue gun can't fix.

 

Try some of these fun DIY projects to bring a little more color and life into your dull classroom."

 

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Music Education on Pinterest - LessonLogs Music

Music Education on Pinterest - LessonLogs Music | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Great Pinterest board for music educators!

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Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun

Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks...

Looking back, we wanted to round up some of our favorite resources that highlight the pencil as a metaphor for leadership, work, and fun."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 28, 10:41 PM

Perhaps you remember a few years back when the pencil became a viral hit on Twitter. Think back to the year 2011 and recall how tablets were becoming "the next best thing" in education. How was this technology going to be integrated into the school day?

This post provides a number of resources that moves the pencil beyond that viral chat. You will find an image of the pencil with each component representing various groups of people often found in schools.

The video, iPencil, takes a look at what actually goes into making a pencil, and will teach students about how one product impacts much of the world. And last, but not least,, is the Ode to #PencilChat, a short video that looks at technology integration in the classroom.

Why look at the pencil? Here are the last two lines of this post. "Whether metaphor, symbol, or tool, the pencil is flexible, durable and timeless. We wish everyone a great school year."

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches

How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner...


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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 30, 10:11 AM

Helping to keep everything documented.....

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The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips - Edutopia

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!). In this guide you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. You can view the presentation here:"

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A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work - DA

A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work - DA | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.

In 2012, more than one-third of childr
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The benefits of a digital detox - Daily Genius

The benefits of a digital detox - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The chances are, you have too much tech in your life. You check your emails and your social media and you twitch a little if your mobile phone or tablet isn’t in easy reach.


You teach a holiday from your technology. You need to free your mind from the pinging of the thoughts of others and from the wit and wisdom of the maddening crowd.

 

So get yourself a tech vacation. Don’t just get away from work, really get away from work. Don’t check your email, or your Twitter feed, turn away from news updates."

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24 Questions to Enhance Students Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

24 Questions to Enhance Students Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Reflection is all about questioning. To cultivate a reflective culture within your class, students need to be encouraged to pose challenging questions as to the way they learn and think. They need to be able to track the inner thinking process that lead them to the answers they come up with. There are a variety of questions to use with students in this regard. Some of these questions are captured in this beautiful visual below. Teachheath, who created this visual, divided these questions into 4 main headings: accuracy questions, understanding questions, clarity questions, and giving clarity questions. Go through the visual and explore the different questions featured there. This is indeed a great back-to-school resource to add to your teaching toolkit. Enjoy"

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7 #Tech #Upgrades to the Old-School #Science #Class - Mashable

7 #Tech #Upgrades to the Old-School #Science #Class - Mashable | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
With tech breakthroughs and innovative ideas, science class isn't what it used to be.
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Tocomail - A Gmail Client App for Students - Class Tech Tips

Tocomail - A Gmail Client App for Students - Class Tech Tips | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students.  They have recently launchedTocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers.  It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features."

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You Can Learn Anything - YouTube

Khan Academy is on a mission to unlock the world's potential. Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not. It starts with knowing


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Darren Kuropatwa's curator insight, August 29, 9:09 PM
Regardless what you think about the Khan Academy this is a nice little video that says anyone can learn anything if they've got a growth mindset.
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What If Every Teacher Tweeted? - Te@chThought

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"In spite of its popularity (500 million tweets per day from 271 million active users–almost 80% outside of the United States), most teachers don’t tweet. I mean, I don’t have data in front of me that says that, but judging from the schools that I visit, I’d put the number of teachers that actively use twitter–well, a very small number.


In lieu of the pleadings from colleagues to “connect,” most teachers don’t use twitter, but are quite satisfied with facebook, thank you very much. And certainly facebook connects. As does instagram, tumblr, wikis, blogging, Google+, linkedin, pinterest, YouTube, et. al. It’s an exhausting list, but there is something about twitter that is both disarming and imminently useful at the same time."

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Free Technology for Teachers: StoryMap JS - Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive

Free Technology for Teachers: StoryMap JS - Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"StoryMap JS is a nice tool for creating mapped stories. On StoryMap JS you create slides that are matched to locations on your map. Each slide in your story can include images or videos along with text. As you scroll through your story there are simple transitions between each slide."

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What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought

What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"abits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.  When we draw upon these mental resources, the results are more powerful, of higher quality, and of greater significance than if we fail to employ those habits."

 

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LUZ DEL MAR's curator insight, August 30, 12:56 AM

posibles causas del desinteres el no manejo de habilidades cognitivas

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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments - Teach. Learn. Grow

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments - Teach. Learn. Grow | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educational assessments are part of the learning and teaching process, but what should teachers ask themselves before giving one?
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The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it)

The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Last week I conducted a webinar on the Four Leadership Behaviors That Build or Destroy Trust. During the session I asked the participants to select one of four leadership behaviors that influenced ...

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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect - Edutopia

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene....
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