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"Visit Wonderopolis®. It’s a place where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery, creativity and imagination. Wonderopolis is brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and supported by our philanthropic partners listed below.

 

You see children not only for who they are but for all they can become, yet you may need a little help directing that passion and igniting that wonder. We can help you get there — together. You don’t have to travel far. Wonderopolis is a special place found in a curious question or an everyday adventure. Just let wonderment be your guide.

 

Our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life, ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.

 

Welcome to Wonderopolis.

 

We’ve been waiting for you."

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5 Empowering and Inspiring Videos for Students, Teachers from Soul Pancake — Emerging Education Technologies

5 Empowering and Inspiring Videos for Students, Teachers from Soul Pancake — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Need a little lift to get you through the day, the week, and propel you through to the end of the school year?

I’ve so enjoyed the videos from Kid President, I wanted to check out some other content from Soul Pancake. I was not disappointed. These folks are putting out so many great, fun empowering clips! This is just a small collection of what they’ve produced.

You and your students are sure to find some inspiration (and humor) in these videos.
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Podcasting On A Budget: How To Record Great Audio For Less - ReadWrite.com

Podcasting On A Budget: How To Record Great Audio For Less - ReadWrite.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So if you've ever wanted to reach a broad audience as a podcaster, there's no time like the present. These days, the difference in quality produced by professional set-ups—with layers of soundproofing and pricey microphones—don't sound all that different from recordings made on a smaller budget. 

But hardware and software alone don't make for polished audio. Having worked in studio settings ranging from small town radio stations, to control rooms of nationally syndicated radio shows, I can tell you that good technique is just as important. 

For the best recordings on a budget, check out this list of tips and tools for the budding podcaster. 
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4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids

4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Great Websites for Kids is an excellent platform that reviews websites geared towards kids up to age 14. The reviews are carried out by members of the Association for Library Service to Children which is a division of the American Library Association. The websites reviewed are organized into eight categories: social sciences, sciences, reference desk, mathematics and computers, literature and languages, history and biography, arts, and animals. We have spent sometime browsing through these collections and we found them really wonderful for elementary teachers.  Here are some examples of some very good websites that kids can use to access content, news and events written specifically for them. These websites are featured  in the category Social Sciences under the tab News and Current Events:
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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom - TeachThought

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology.

It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. It also uses Google’s familiar template that many teachers have used for years. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now.

So below are (at least) 60 thing you can do with Google Classroom. We’ll be updating this list as new ideas come in, the platform changes, and we learn more about its subtleties on our own.
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9 Goals of a Successful School Makerspace

9 Goals of a Successful School Makerspace | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For the first book in our #FractusReads series, we wanted to start with a book that not only comes highly recommended, but one that has also made its way to ‘Best Seller’ in STEM Education reading. Laura Fleming’s practical and inspiring guide, Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School is a must-read for any educator looking to improve or initiate a school makerspace
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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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The Best Free Online Rubric Makers | Edudemic

The Best Free Online Rubric Makers | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We’ve gathered the best free websites for creating rubrics. Some of these sites allow you to build a rubric from scratch, and others offer ready-made rubrics that you can borrow or tweak. If you’re struggling to outline or explain an assignment, search for inspiration here. The more clear that you can be with students, the more likely that they will rise to your expectations.
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7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively - TeachThought

7 Ways School Leaders Can Use Teacher Observations More Effectively - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whilst observations are certainly not the whole picture of a teacher’s skill, they can provide excellent opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice.

If my last article How Your Teacher Observation Can Help You Grow convinced teachers of the benefits of observations, the onus is now placed on school leaders to provide the necessary conditions for such a culture to survive, and thrive.

The key word here is culture. The atmosphere or mood of a school is imperative if teachers are to embrace observation. And while that culture is the responsibility of every employee in a school, school leaders have the most influence in shaping it.
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Free Technology for Teachers: SoundCloud Is Making It Easier for Anyone to Publish a Podcast

Free Technology for Teachers: SoundCloud Is Making It Easier for Anyone to Publish a Podcast | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
SoundCloud is one of the audio recording tools that I have been recommending for years. I've always liked the ease with which you can record, save, and share audio through the service. The option to insert text comments into SoundCloud tracks has been an appeal of the service too. Today, SoundCloud added a new feature that will appeal to anyone that has wanted to try his or her hand at podcasting.
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Writing Manifesto: Writing is Making - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Writing Manifesto: Writing is Making - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many writers need to move, and they need their writing to move as well. They need to write out of their seats and on their feet, spreading their ideas across whiteboards and tables, lifting pieces of them up with their hands, cutting them apart, randomizing them, and tacking them into new and completely unpredictable forms.

These writers need access to diverse tools and resources– far more than paper, laptops, and iPads. They build their stories using blocks and boards. They blend plot lines using sticky notes and grids. It’s not enough for these writers to study mentor texts. They need to tear them apart–physically. They need to use their hands to play with other peoples’ writing, and they need to tinker with their own in order to become adept.
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8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy - Inc.com

8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy - Inc.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about happiness.

Over and over, the same two themes emerge. First, we're usually wrong about what will make us happy--or unhappy, for that matter. For example, research has demonstrated that people who win the lottery are no happier about that event one year later than if they'd lost the use of their legs instead. And second, happiness is largely a matter of choice. Which is good news, because it means we can pretty much all be happier if we want to be.

How can we make this happen? Here's some of what the TED speakers advise:
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Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche

Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Diving into a great novel can be an immersive experience that makes your mind come alive. Want to give your brain a workout? Open a foreign language novel.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 19, 2:23 PM

Do your learners know what happens when the read, or when stories are read to them. This post, from the Open Education Database, provides a visual (that you may want to print out and share with learners and their families) as well as 10 ways that reading helps your brain workout. The list is below.

* We make photos in our mind, even without being prompted.

* Spoken word can put your brain to work.

* Reading about experiences is almost the same as living it.

* Different styles of reading create different patterns in the brain.

* New languages can grow your brain.

* Your brain adapts to reading e-books in seven days.

* E-books lack in spatial navigability.

* Story structure encourages our brain to think in sequence, expanding our attention spans.

* Reading changes your brain structure (in a good way)).

* Deep reading makes us more empathetic.

To learn more about each of these points click through to the post.

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Flipped Learning: The Big Picture

Flipped Learning: The Big Picture | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As we progress rapidly into the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, questions continue to be raised about how education addresses the ever ..

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HJJP's curator insight, April 29, 12:22 AM

We really should ask whether the current education system addresses the needs of the future, even the present. Is this education model proven, and thus ideal? or Should we revisit what we do? how we do it? What we teach? Who we teach it to? and even When we teach it?

 

I am a believer in innovation, and I feel education and training have not kept up with the times. A deep revolution is necessary, but who is ready to do it??

 

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Infografía sobre el aprendizaje invertido: ¿Qué apoyo se necesita? ¿Qué se hace dentro y qué se hace fuera del aula?

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 30, 2:45 AM

Un de plus sur la classe inversée.

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This Amazing Collection of Historical Maps Just Got Easier to See | WIRED

This Amazing Collection of Historical Maps Just Got Easier to See | WIRED | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
IT JUST GOT way, way easier to search and browse the US Geological Survey’s collection of historical topographic maps, thanks to a new online map viewer. These maps—more than 178,000 of them—date back to 1880, and they cover the entire country. Best of all, they’re free to download for anyone who wants to, say, check out the contours of the Grand Canyon or study the urbanization of the San Francisco Bay Area (see below).
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Free Technology for Teachers: Measure Distances Between Places on NatGeo's Mapmaker Interactive

Free Technology for Teachers: Measure Distances Between Places on NatGeo's Mapmaker Interactive | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While we're on the topic of maps, I want to remind you of National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive which also has measuring tools for students to use. Students can measure distances on Mapmaker Interactive by selecting the polygon drawing tool on the left side of the map. As students draw lines the distances appear on the map.


National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers seven base maps on which users can create custom map displays. After choosing a base map students then choose layers to add on top of the map. For example, students can select the Ocean base map then choose Tropical Cyclones layer to display on the map. Map Maker Interactive also provides drawing tool and marker icons that can be added to any of the maps.
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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries. But not all assessment is high-stakes, and when done thoughtfully, the right assessment can provide extremely useful information for all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, schools, and policy-makers

Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. Then we’ll dive into some resources available for each type of assessment—diagnostic, formative, and summative.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts

Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In Wednesday's post, What Is Hotlinking? I gave an overview of the potential problems associated with linking to images on the web. At the end of that post I included a short summary of best practices for using images in blog posts. Since it was buried at the end of a post that was otherwise fairly technical and lacking of a catchy title, I think it is worth sharing those best practices again in this dedicated post.
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The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular - TeachThought

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Perhaps it’s my bias as a classroom teacher that has me pushing back a bit, for I firmly believe that while extra-curricular activities can be one way of educating our children in more complete ways, they had better not be the main way in which we do so. This is important for two reasons. The first is that many children are unable to participate in outside activities. They may have to work or support their families. They may not have the resources or parental support needed to stay after school. If extra-curriculars are our main vehicle, the students who would most benefit from a whole child approach will be least likely to get it. Second, I worry about a subtle message that may be sent when the most engaging, supportive, and interesting work happens outside of the regular curriculum. Some students might come to believe that academic work is something to slog through—to endure. The fun learning happens in the band room, on the baseball field, on the ropes course, or in the afterschool art class.
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives - brain pickings

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives - brain pickings | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives."

 

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, May 1, 4:13 AM

Het geloof dat je tot meer, betere en nieuwe dingen in staat bent. Als je dat kunt doorgeven dan doe iets je van onvoorstelbare waarde. 'Je bent' wordt zo 'Je kunt'.

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33 Graphic Design Tools To Publish Visual Content - TeachThought

33 Graphic Design Tools To Publish Visual Content - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Digital literacy is, in part, about digital publishing.


Digital publishing is, in part, about the writing process–choosing an audience and purpose, drafting content, revising and editing that content, and then sharing it with the world.

 

But digital publishing is also about the right tools for the right platform and the right device. Education is no different; digital publishers in your classroom need the right tools to do amazing things. The pathway from idea to socializing has been lubricated by incredible technology. In fact, that’s a key theme of progressive technology: It makes new things possible."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Nearly 700 Art History Books to Read Online for Free

Free Technology for Teachers: Nearly 700 Art History Books to Read Online for Free | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Last night on the Free Technology for Teacher Facebook page I posted a set of resources for art lesson plans. That post reminded me of a couple of sources of free art history books that together offer nearly 700 books.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Good Mathematics Glossaries for Students - One in English and Spanish

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Good Mathematics Glossaries for Students - One in English and Spanish | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Like a lot of kids, when I was a middle school and high school student the vocabulary of math often tripped me up. Once I wrapped my head around the meaning of terms I had an easier time understanding and solving the problems. Having a glossary of terms often helped me out. Here are couple of excellent mathematics glossaries for kids.
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Easy Science Experiments from DIY Nano HD - ClassTechTips.com

Easy Science Experiments from DIY Nano HD - ClassTechTips.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’ve shared some great apps from The Lawrence Hall of Science (DIY Human Body, DIY Sun Science, Monster Heart Medic) and DIY Nano HD is another free app for iPads that you’ll love.  DIY Nano HD contains easy science experiments for teachers, students and families.  Using easy to find materials children can follow along with instructions on the screen to learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.  This app contains videos, images and informational text that can help students learn about expository writing styles including how-tos and step-by-step guides.
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Great Tips on How to Effectively Search Gmail and Google Drive

Great Tips on How to Effectively Search Gmail and Google Drive | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this wonderful video Google engineers Liu and Merrified share some interesting tips and insights on how to effectively search your Gmail and  Drive.The purpose is to enable you to tap into some hidden gems that will allow you to search for what you need in Gmail or Drive quickly and accurately.

All of the search tips Liu and Merrified talked about in this tutorial include search and Boolean operators. This document from Gmail Help features some of the most useful operators to use when conducting internal searches in your Gmail. You should definitely bookmark and keep it for reference.
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5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids

5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
YouTube is packed with great educational content, but the deep parts of YouTube can also get pretty weird. As a parent, you may not want to let your kids browse too freely. Luckily, YouTube recently released YouTube Kids. YouTube Kids is a free mobile app, available for iOS and Android, which curates educational and entertainment content…

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