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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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Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017 - John Spencer @spencerideas

Here's a fun, tongue-in-cheek list of things to ditch in education as we move into the new year. (Hint: bottle-flipping is one of them)
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A top futurist predicts the largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school

A top futurist predicts the largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Futurist Thomas Frey claims Google and Facebook won't be the largest online companies by 2030 — rather, an education company that may not exist yet.

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14 Resources on Teaching a Growth MindsetASCD Inservice

14 Resources on Teaching a Growth MindsetASCD Inservice | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Research shows that teachers can greatly influence student mindsets. Learners who believe they can grow their basic abilities are more motivated and successful than students who believe their abilities are fixed. Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that show you effective feedback strategies and how you can create a risk-tolerant, pro-growth learning environment from top education experts.
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Joanne Glantz's curator insight, January 15, 11:08 PM

The Growth Mindset rage is the best positive motivational trend in recent years. It focuses us on the effort and not the ability which opens the door to learning.

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Circuit Playground meets Scratch—Physical Computing for Kindergartners

Circuit Playground meets Scratch—Physical Computing for Kindergartners | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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Teaching 'Truthiness': Professors Offer Course On How to Write Fake News (EdSurge News)

Teaching 'Truthiness': Professors Offer Course On How to Write Fake News (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It sounds like a fake news story: Two professors plan a free online course on how to write fake news.

But this course is real—as well as an act of satire. It’s called “How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump,” and it’s being offered as a kind of performance art to draw attention to the problem of the influential falsehoods that are spreading online. The course is the latest offering from a long-running satirical project called UnderAcademy College, whose previous courses included “Grammar Porn” and “Underwater Procrastination and Advanced Desublimation Techniques.”
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The Science Behind How Sleep Makes You Smarter

The Science Behind How Sleep Makes You Smarter | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’m a science geek. I like to know why a particular approach to life or technique for success works. Otherwise, I tend to glaze over when faced with another “X Ways to Achieve Y Results” article. In the absence of research or evidence, I’m less likely to pay attention and less motivated to make a change in my life.

Maybe that’s just me. But I’ll assume you’re also a “but how do we know that really matters?” person and lay it out for you -- on the subject of sleep.

Sleep is free, available to all, beyond good for us and largely ignored as the foundation of physical health and mental energy. It’s the first thing that gets cut when life is busy and the last thing we add back in when a chunk of time comes our way. But if we were smart, it would be our main priority, and the rest of our lives would be built around it.
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5 Minutes to Change Culture: The 5 to Thrive Challenge | Getting Smart

5 Minutes to Change Culture: The 5 to Thrive Challenge | Getting Smart | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Who doesn’t want to improve the tone of the whole day in 5 minutes or less? What better commitment to make in the new year than to positively impact your own life, the lives of those around you, and your school’s culture?

The science of character strengths and social emotional learning (SEL) is well-documented and quite actionable. All that is needed is a bit of intentional leadership.

Mayerson Academy, a non-profit professional learning organization, launched the “5 to Thrive Challenge” to encourage education leaders to dedicate five minutes each day over the next month to engage in simple activities that will reframe their thinking and improve the culture in their school. To help get started and frame your thinking, Mayerson Academy provides a free “5 to Thrive Toolkit” that will get you started."

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10 Science-Backed Ways To Be More Positive In 2017

10 Science-Backed Ways To Be More Positive In 2017 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it


For a variety of reasons ranging from sorrow over the deaths of some beloved cultural icons to the bitter acrimony that characterized much of the political scene, a fair number of people were happy to say "so long" to 2016 when the ball dropped on December 31.

But the reality is that New Year’s Eve is just a day on the calendar—there’s no firewall that prevents some of its negativity from drifting onto our shiny new 12-month slate. Being more positive in the new year requires an active choice—and a range of new habits. Here are 10 ways to start now.

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10 Teacher Resolutions for 2017 - STEM JOBS

10 Teacher Resolutions for 2017 - STEM JOBS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again! We all make resolutions with the best of intentions, but old habits die hard and the promises we make to ourselves can be hard to keep. Here are some teacher resolutions worth keeping.
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4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do -

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do - | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks while teachers lectured endlessly, expecting children to soak up the information being thrown at them. In today’s educational environment, students are expected to collaborate, think critically, and work together to develop innovative projects and answers to complex questions.


To support this mission, many schools have begun to take part in a practice known as Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL allows teachers to expose students to a wide variety of 21st Century skills, and allows students to interact with curriculum in a way that is engaging, authentic, and fun!

Making a shift from traditional forms of learning to PBL can be challenging. PBL can require a lot of prep work on the part of the teacher. But the gains in student engagement and achievement are immeasurable. Here are four steps to help you create a Project Based-Learning classroom
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5 Tips for your First Day back after Christmas

5 Tips for your First Day back after Christmas | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teachers are remarkable people. Regardless of what has transpired in the previous academic year they mostly greet the new one with enthusiasm, high hopes and a renewed sense of purpose. While the first day of the new academic year is an opportunity to make a dynamic first impression, get to know your students and set the foundation-stones of classroom culture, your first day back after the Christmas holidays is different. In September you were bright-eyed, giddy at the thought that anything is possible with a new class but by January you are a realist. You are increasingly aware of what needs to be achieved by the end of the year academically, individual student behaviours are well entrenched and classroom culture is well established. Perhaps you have been fortunate to discover that those elements both within and outside of your control have combined to make you just as optimistic and excited about your students after the holidays. If not, here are some practical tips to help you start the term off positively.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 4, 11:21 AM
Now is the time to read this. Good advice within.
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Google Lets You Take a 360-Degree Panoramic Tour of Street Art in Cities Across the World

Google Lets You Take a 360-Degree Panoramic Tour of Street Art in Cities Across the World | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How to find the best examples? Ideally, they’ll catch you by surprise in their natural urban environment, but you can’t be in every urban environment at once. Hence Google Street Art, the virtual museum we featured last year. Since then Google Street Art introduced another innovation: the ability to behold some of their 10,000 collected pieces in “museum view.”
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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 31, 2016 9:31 AM

LOVE virtual tours!

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Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise - Best of 2016

Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise - Best of 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Projecting either of these meters for all of your students to see could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations while working on group activities in your classroom.
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What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them?

What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Global Digital Citizen understands that we can govern technology for the benefit of both ourselves and others. It is a citizen that views the world as an interconnected community. Additionally, they realize we simultaneously share technological and human experiences regardless of culture, status, or political/religious beliefs.

So we define the best assets of the Global Digital Citizen using 5 tenets.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 16, 6:38 AM

Interesting piece.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 16, 3:53 PM

Interesante artículo sobre que es un ciudadano global digital y porque es importante.

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The Transcendent Nature of Sir Ken Robinson in Global Education

The Transcendent Nature of Sir Ken Robinson in Global Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Sweat slowly trickled down my temple. My feet were still racing yet my body lie in wait for the doors to open. Camera crew ready? Check! My sales pitch? No. I had gone through every scenario I could think of and yet I still felt drastically unprepared for my pitch.

My pitch to the world-renowned Sir Ken Robinson.

I was at the ASCD educational conference waiting for keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson to arrive. My hope was to capture his thoughts about global education without stumbling over my words. This was the biggest and most prominent voice in education and I was seconds away from my chance.

As we waited, backstage, the doors opened with sparkling L.A. sunshine flashing through the opening, amidst the backdrop of a blackout of florescent exhibit hall lighting, revealing the silhouette we have all come to know.

It was the Sir Ken Robinson!
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12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, January 14, 10:37 PM
Engage and energize your students' learning with these strategies.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 15, 11:06 AM
Resources to help connect to students' interests.
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How Igloos Can Keep You Warm - And Winter Phys Ed Activities

How Igloos Can Keep You Warm - And Winter Phys Ed Activities | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How an Igloo Keeps You Warm is a new video from It's Okay To Be Smart. The video does a great job of explaining how an igloo provides insulation and stays relatively warm when people are inside it. The video also explains the engineering concepts used in the creation of a strong and warm igloo.
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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise

4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I'm a fan of the writing workshop. That means I also write with my students, and I allow plenty of time for students to conference with me and with each other. I also provide models of what good writing looks like -- and lots of them.

Here's what the classroom writing process looks like:

    * Brainstorming (Think About It)
    * Drafting (Getting It Down)
    * Revising (Making It Better)
    *Editing (Making It Right)
    * Publishing (Sharing It!)


At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. For it to be successful, in my experience, students need plenty of topics handy (self-generated, or a list of topics, questions, and prompts provided). Silent writing is a wonderful, focused activity for the brainstorming and drafting stage of the writing process. I also think it's important that the teacher write during this time, as well (model, model, model).

However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Students need to, for example, "rehearse" words, phrases, introductions, and thesis statements with each other during the revision stage."

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 14, 8:56 AM
Writing Workshop Participants- Good resource, mainly for intermediate and secondary teachers, but a little something for all grade level teachers.
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No Job Is Safe, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued in the Workplace

No Job Is Safe, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued in the Workplace | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you’d asked farmers a few hundred years ago what skills their kids would need to thrive, it wouldn’t have taken long to answer. They’d need to know how to milk a cow or plant a field. General skills for a single profession that only changed slowly—and this is how it was for most humans through history.

But in the last few centuries? Not so much.

Each generation, and even within generations, we see some jobs largely disappear, while other ones pop up. Machines have automated much of manufacturing, for example, and they’ll automate even more soon. But as manufacturing jobs decline, they’ve been replaced by other once unimaginable professions like bloggers, coders, dog walkers, or pro gamers.

In a world where these labor cycles are accelerating, the question is: What skills do we teach the next generation so they can keep pace?
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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than the objective of mere information delivery.

Nevertheless, despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be somehow easier on teachers, too. True, it’s seemingly easier because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but it’s really easier because releasing authority engages students.

Teachers who use inquiry-based learning combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. 

Let’s face it, when you ask a student something like, “What do you want to know about _______?” you are often met with a shrug, or a, “dunno.” Inquiry-based learning, if front-loaded well, generates such excitement in students that neurons begin to fire, curiosity is triggered, and students can’t wait to become experts in answering their own questions.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 11, 10:17 AM
Increasing student curiosity, responsibilities, and engagement! Interested? Read this piece.
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​Brain Science and Education: How Much Should Teachers Know? (EdSurge News)

​Brain Science and Education: How Much Should Teachers Know? (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Jasselle Cirino’s classroom might surprise those accustomed to traditional lectures. Instead of being told to sit quietly and listen, her first graders absorb material through physical movement, vocal exercises and group activities meant to indulge in students’ tendencies to socialize, move and speak.

“We’re teaching to use multiple parts of the brain to better engage students and retain more information,” says Cirino, a former classroom teacher now training for Reading Recovery, a nonprofit tutoring program for first-grade students.

The approach is something Cirino and other educators refer to as “Whole Brain Teaching.” It involves techniques—like assigning arm gestures to instructional content to engage students’ motor cortex, or call and response phrases that grab attention and tap into students’ prefrontal cortex—specifically designed to tickle different parts of the brain while learning. And it's becoming more popular among scientists and educators alike, who believe teachers—and therefore students—can benefit from a better understanding of how the brain works.

Yet many typical teacher training programs today don’t offer much training or exposure to neuroscience, which begs the question: What should teachers know about the brain?
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Innovate My School - ‘History Mysteries’: How not knowing leads to great knowing!

Innovate My School - ‘History Mysteries’: How not knowing leads to great knowing! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"One thing that always interested me about History was the growing realisation that even the supposedly simplest and most straightforward facts are quite often shrouded in a mystifying narrative; a trail of sources that leaves the true story open to a range of opposing interpretations and outcomes. Whilst we may think we have answered all the questions and arrived at the correct conclusions about the sequences of events, a differing theory or discovery of a contradictory source can suddenly debunk the accepted.


That is what makes learning History so fascinating; the mysteries. The definite mysteries that we may never solve or we can see evolving into an answer as decades move forward, or the certain chronicle that suddenly finds itself turning into a cryptic puzzle as later evidence emerges. Within us all is a person who wants to know the answers when challenged by the unknown, and to embrace the exhilaration of cracking a Sherlockian case. Instead of a just a ‘Whodunnit?’, exploring history mysteries involves a wider spectrum of narratives and therefore can offer a far more rich tapestry of skills including analysis, questioning and the evaluation of places, events and persons. Follow me down the rabbit’s hole into the wonderland of history mysteries."

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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teaching students good learning strategies would ensure that they know how to acquire new knowledge, which leads to improved learning outcomes, writes lead author Helen Askell-Williams of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. And studies bear this out. Askell-Williams cites as one example a recent finding by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, which administers academic proficiency tests to students around the globe, and place American students in the mediocre middle. “Students who use appropriate strategies to understand and remember what they read, such as underlining important parts of the texts or discussing what they read with other people, perform at least 73 points higher in the PISA assessment—that is, one full proficiency level or nearly two full school years—than students who use these strategies the least,” the PISA report reads.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 4, 11:28 AM
The focus is on student self-assessment as it should be. All should be aware of not just what they know, but how they learned best.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, January 5, 9:01 AM
Leren over leren. Het loont. 
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The PBL Mindset For Leadership - TeachThought PD

The PBL Mindset For Leadership - TeachThought PD | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"In a recent blog post (How the Culture of Achievement is Hurting Our Schools) I noted the dangers of chasing achievement and scores in lieu of creating a culture focused on teaching and learning. If we’re truly trying to create a school and culture where students and teachers are excited, engaged and empowered by their work and thinking it will take more than a workshop or conference trip or even a few touches throughout the year. In fact, that type of limited engagement can be more problematic in terms of student and teacher performance and trust. As a believer in quality project based learning as a transformative model it’s important to note the same dynamic and realize that PBL done poorly can leave you at the bottom of the J curve that research shows is a typical progression of implementation as teachers refine their practice.


Implementing quality PBL takes several years but it also takes consistent guidance, work and leadership over that time. Teachers cannot operate as rogues and cowboys with an occasional refresher. PBL is a major shift for most schools and it’s processes have to be embedded in the school culture in ways that strengthen and support the work of teachers and students. Principals and other administrators are busy people who have stakeholders coming at them from all sides. These distractions can take the focus away from what Sir Ken Robinson notes as the most important anchors (14:24 mark), teaching and learning."

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5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset

5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We know there’s no silver bullet for improving learning outcomes for kids, and Stanford researcher Carol Dweck, who originated the concept of growth mindset, has spoken out recently against the misapplication of her findings. But with a deeper understanding of the idea, and more exploration around what proper implementation looks like, growth mindset has a lot of potential. If you’d like to learn more, or want to clarify the idea for the people around you, these five videos offer something for every audience—from preschoolers to parents and colleagues to college kids.
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