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iPads are a great resource for the classroom! We've seen great things going on in classrooms that utilize this great technology! #EdTech #iPadEd #Education

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10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom - TED Ed Blog

10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom - TED Ed Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Education expert Sir Ken Robinson notes that in the factories of the 20th century, creativity was not valued. Yet in the startups of the 21st century, it’s critical for success. What can teachers do — right now — to prepare students for the world of the future? Below, 10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom:
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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, May 30, 10:27 PM

Creativity skills for the 21st century is vital for success. Teachers need to prepare students for the world of the future. Below, ten ways to teach creativity in the classroom:

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7 New Teacher Mistakes and What You Can Learn from Them - @AngelaStockman

7 New Teacher Mistakes and What You Can Learn from Them -  @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Running into a former student recently reminded me of the best new teacher mistakes I made. You read right; I said, best mistakes."

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John Hattie's 10 Myths about Student Achievement

John Hattie's 10 Myths about Student Achievement | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, John Hattie, shares his 10 myths about student achievement.

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan, Dean J. Fusto
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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 2, 4:19 PM

Interesting article about John Hattie's research.  Leadership matters in a school. We need to select and support our school leaders - develop their skills and talents so they can support and develop their teachers. A leader must recognize good instruction so he can cultivate practices that enhance student achievement.

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3 Handy Google Drive Tools for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Handy Google Drive Tools for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today while we were browsing Google Docs Add-ons we selected these three tools specifically for math teachers and students. The apps will enable you to solve mathematical equations, create graphs, work on complex calculations, perform basic math/stat operations of cell values in a Google Docs table and many more.
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Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books - Washington Post

Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books - Washington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It’s a familiar classroom ritual – every June, teachers assign summer reading. And every September, students come back to school having read too few books....

There is good news: Stemming the summer slide isn’t impossible. students who read just four to six books over the summer maintain their skills (they need to turn more pages to actually become better readers.)"

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, May 28, 11:57 AM

What? Let student's choose?

Cecilia Moreno's curator insight, May 30, 4:58 AM

Because it;s what do they love, not what you pretend, let;s creativity flourish

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Adventures in Kindergarten: Instagram Challenge 2015

Adventures in Kindergarten: Instagram Challenge 2015 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The kindergarten students have come up with a word for each school day of the month of June. Each day the students will work together to represent that word in a photo and share it on Instagram. The fun part is that lots of other classes will be doing the same project so we will all be able to compare photos.
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How to grow your professional learning network using social media - Daily Genius

How to grow your professional learning network using social media - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The idea of connecting with other educators, school leaders, and parents online is a great one. But figuring out where to start can be a challenge. Currently, about 80% of U.S. teachers are on social media and using it to become better at their profession. In an effort to make sure these teachers are making the most of their time, we wanted to put together a handy visual guide that will help you grow your professional learning network (PLN) using social media.

These tips and ideas are simple and there’s a big reason for that. Instead of giving you 50-100 different ways to use the social networks, we wanted to start small. Teachers have basically no time to learn 100 different ways to use Twitter so why not instead offer our best tips in one simple-to-use visual.
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LESIBA's curator insight, May 28, 8:14 AM

Very interesting.

Cecilia Moreno's curator insight, May 30, 5:02 AM

It would works

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6 steps to help students become entrepreneurs - Daily Genius

6 steps to help students become entrepreneurs - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Youth may be wasted on the young but, increasingly it seems, it is also no barrier to starting up a new business.  And many students are taking the lead in the creation of new start-ups, balancing academic work with the joys of entrepreneurship.

That balance is a tricky one, and is greatly helped by discipline and self-awareness – two assets which make anyone in business see things more clearly. And for those running two lives, as students and as business-types, that’s even more true.

This infographic from the combined might of the Westminster Bridge Student Accommodation and Urbanest Student Accommodation covers what it takes to become a student entrepreneur:
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Cecilia Moreno's curator insight, May 30, 5:00 AM

I try these using shark tank as a source to motivate, it was amazing the results

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A Bucket List for Summer Reading - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

A Bucket List for Summer Reading - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Each year at this time, teachers begin asking me how they should approach summer reading. Should they assign specific texts? Provide a list for readers to choose from? Expect them to complete projects or write essays? Design a test to give during the first week of school? Summer is prime time for readers, and we don’t want to squander any opportunity to get students hooked on books, right? Right. A bucket list for summer reading may help.
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10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning - TeachThought

10 Simple Ways To Engage In Lifelong Learning - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Learning is about reaching your full potential and can help you achieve self-actualization, the highest need identified by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. However, traditional education generally has a beginning and an end which culminates in taking tests.

Lifelong learning preserves an individual’s desire to obtain new knowledge outside of the formal education system. Developing an attitude where you constantly learn is the only way to succeed in the dynamic environment which we live in today. There is so much technology at your fingertips which you can take advantage of to help you learn throughout your life. This means you can follow your passion for languages, improve your craft skills and even develop a mobile app using resources you can find online.
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COMMENTARY Q & A from Education Week - Sir Ken Robinson - Teachers With Apps

COMMENTARY Q & A from Education Week - Sir Ken Robinson - Teachers With Apps | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
My all time education hero, Sir Ken Robinson has been discussing the lack of creativity and that standardized does not fit all students. We were remiss back in 2012 when we did not mention him in our blog Apps to Foster More Creativity in the Classroom!  We made up for it by writing about him numerous times since, and in 2014 I had the honor of seeing, hearing and writing about him Live from ASCD 2014. He has been writing and speaking about the sad state of the fact that we are still running our schools under the Industrial Age, and our students have been educated on the standard of routine testing, using the multiple choice test model. With all the opting out going on in 2015 I would think that by know some of the administrators and government leaders would have come across his wonderful TED Talks and realized he has it all completely right. When I read this Commentary Q & A from Education Week – Sir Ken Robinson, I wanted to once again give him a shout out as he urges us all to start thinking of the future of our children’s children.
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Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In our new conception for Gold Standard PBL, we have created two separate but related components of the model: Essential Project Design Elements, and Project Based Teaching Practices. We call them the Essential Project Design Elements because that’s precisely what they are – not the “elements of PBL” the instructional methodology, which is a much broader topic than the design of a project itself. The Project Based Teaching Practices expand on what it means to implement PBL well, beyond designing the project. You can read more about our new model in another post, but as you can see in the diagram below, while some of the familiar “8 Essential Elements” remain, others are gone. Let’s explain where they went and why.
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How Schools Can Help Nurture Students’ Mental Health - Mind/Shift

How Schools Can Help Nurture Students’ Mental Health - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 - What’s the proper role for schools in attending to children’s mental health? Some educators and mental health experts have pushed schools to get more involved in preventing emotional and behavior problems and spotting those kids who need help, so that they can be steered toward professionals who can help them. Mental health problems often reveal themselves early in life, and the sooner they’re treated, the thinking goes, the better the outcomes.

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The difference between fixed and growth mindsets - Daily Genius

The difference between fixed and growth mindsets - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When you fail, what is your thought process? Do you feel like you let yourself down because you didn’t have innate ability? Instead, do you feel like you just haven’t learned enough yet?

Based on your answers, you might be able to easily distinguish between having a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. This is a critical thing to understand for anyone looking to better understand how they learn and how they let themselves learn.
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52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day: The Teach Kindness Project @AngelaStockman

52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day: The Teach Kindness Project @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We are proud to share Brilliant or Insane senior writer Angela Stockman’s new book, The Teach Kindness Project, with you today.

The Teach Kindness Project: 52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day is available now for free. Stockman has thrilled hundreds of thousands of B or I readers with her inspirational articles, and many have been eagerly anticipating her new book, which is certain to launch a powerful movement in schools and in the work place.
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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies

Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass standardized tests, but how often are they actually teaching students
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25 Free Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING

25 Free Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the little secrets of Amazon is the huge catalogue of free and drastically discounted books that are available for digital download. Whether you plan on viewing with a Kindle, a Fire Tablet or using the free Kindle Reading App, there are thousands of free books for kids just waiting to be downloaded.

But what are the best free books that you can line up for your kids to read? Well, with so many different titles, you could just dive in and start exploring, or take a look at our list of the best free books for kids.
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Cecilia Moreno's curator insight, May 30, 4:52 AM

lovely and just for free

Cathy Jo Fisher's curator insight, May 30, 5:32 PM

Helping students add e-books to their readers

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A Comprehensive Guide of Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom ~ EdTech and MLearning

A Comprehensive Guide of Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom ~ EdTech and MLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Since its release awhile ago, Google Classroom has been such a hit in the EdTech world with millions of teachers already incorporating it in their daily instruction.With this widespread use of Google Classroom, Google rolled out a host of important updates to improve the functionality of Classroom and to respond to the emerging needs of educators.
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A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn.  This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident.  To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement.  A recent article in Newsweek sums it up nicely: 

 

"THE MAKER MOVEMENT is a global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers—the kind of people who share a quality that Larry Rosenstock says “leads to learning [and]…to innovation,” a perennial curiosity “about how they could do it better the next time.” The design cycle is all about reiteration, trying something again and again until it works, and then, once it works, making it better. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. Over the past few years, so-called “makerspaces” have cropped up in cities and small towns worldwide—often in affiliation with libraries, museums and other community centers, as well as in public and independent schools—giving more people of all ages access to mentorship, programs and tools like 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, microcontrollers and design software".

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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Make Beliefs Comix is a great service that offers comic strip templates and writing prompts in seven languages. The templates and prompts can be completed online or you can print them out to give to your students.

The latest release from Make Beliefs Comix is a free ebook called Something to Write About (link opens a PDF). The free ebook contains dozens of writing prompts. Students can write in the ebook online and print their work. Alternatively, you can print all or part of the book to give to students.
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Linking Creativity to Entrepreneurship - Culture of Yes @chrkennedy

Linking Creativity to Entrepreneurship - Culture of Yes @chrkennedy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You won’t find a lot of people suggesting we need fewer opportunities for creativity in our schools. That said, often people are slow to make the link that efforts around entrepreneurship are really creativity initiatives.  Discussions around improving student learning often focus on core academic areas, and yes, these are important, but we need more than that.

I have been very taken by discussions about entrepreneurship.  I know I held a traditional view of entrepreneurship, that the area of study was really about creating people for the world of business.  And yes, this is important, our schools are about so much more around the skills and qualities we want and the citizenship we want to foster.  My views around entrepreneurship have shifted.  I am persuaded by Yong Zhao, for example, who argues, “Bold entrepreneurs, bright new ideas and world-class colleges and universities . . . are what every country needs and more importantly, what the whole world needs to succeed.”  Zhao and others link closely the notion of creativity with entrepreneurship.  And it makes good sense.
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25 Resources For Teaching With Movies And Film - TeachThought

25 Resources For Teaching With Movies And Film - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a student looking to get into the film industry or a teacher looking for reference points to help your pupils, you’ll need all the online resources you can find.

To make things a little easier for you, the film section of Tuppence Magazine has put together a list of the 25 best learning resources for film studies available online. It covers everything from film theory and study points to filmmaking, behind the scenes advice and useful inspiration, providing a wide range of options for teachers and students alike.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: New Research Shows Digital Content Increases Student Achievement

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: New Research Shows Digital Content Increases Student Achievement | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

PBS LearningMedia which provides digital learning experiences for students, recently conducted a study that goes beyond looking at the impact of technology on students ability to fill bubbles in old-fashioned tests. Instead, it showed the positive impact of educational media on student achievement.

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Ten Creative Ways Students Can Have a Better Summer Break | Edudemic

Ten Creative Ways Students Can Have a Better Summer Break | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
School breaks are an exciting time for students. With (usually) no homework and lots of free time, they’re pretty much the ultimate kid fantasy. The origin of breaks in the United States are rooted in the days of agriculture when students would take summer off to work at their family farms. As technology and culture changed, this shifted from farming needs to psychological needs: breaks are healthy.

The problem is that summer breaks can cause mental atrophy due to the lack of stimulation. Fatih Kalkinc, a Sifa University psychology professor, puts it like this: “Take a minute to imagine that you don’t start your car for four months. The car battery dies. Not studying for four months is the same, and it is in fact a loss.” In this article, we’ll take a look at activities that students can do during their extended summer and winter breaks in order to maximize their mental capacity and stay on top of the game.
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Michael Fullan's 6 Secrets of Change for School Leaders - FRACTUS LEARNING

Michael Fullan's 6 Secrets of Change for School Leaders -  FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Change can be a very difficult process. As leaders we are responsible for embracing, communicating and executing change, making sure it does not upset school and community culture. In The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive, educational researcher and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Michael Fullan puts forward his deeply explored and impactful approaches to change.

 

Through his experiences as a leader who has brought about large-scale and substantial change in education reform, Michael has developed what he calls the six secrets of change. A series of insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable lessons, each of the six areas can really make the difference on how you as a leader initiate and deliver successful change."

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Verandering. De één gruwt ervan. De ander laat zich niet vangen aan het woord en denkt in termen van evolueren en groeien. Er zijn dikke boeken over geschreven. Soms is een duidelijk en compact artikel voldoende.

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Spotlight on Strategies: Get Venn-y with It - Edutech for Teachers

Spotlight on Strategies: Get Venn-y with It - Edutech for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This week’s feature—Get Venn-y with It—is an instructional strategy that improves comprehension skills.
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