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A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century

A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It's not rational, but I'll admit that whenever I hear "21st century classroom" or "21st century skills" -- I tense up. Why? Because we are starting the 13th year of this "future" century. It's empty phraseology designed to sound like we are preparing for the future when we are already living in that future; and no one believes that what passes for a typical classroom today will be the classroom experience even 10 years from now, let alone for the next 87 years. We can't know what the classroom will look or feel like. We do know, however, that most school districts are organized to deliver education that inhibits rather than encourages innovation. That needs to change.'

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What's a Makerspace - Makerspace.com

What's a Makerspace - Makerspace.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. These spaces can take the form of loosely-organized individuals sharing space and tools, for-profit companies, non-profit corporations, organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries, and more. All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve.

 

Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education. They are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to produce projects with significant national impacts."

 

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John Evans's curator insight, April 12, 6:08 AM
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What feedback is and isn't - Granted, and ... Grant Wiggins

What feedback is and isn't - Granted, and ... Grant Wiggins | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels. Alas, too few people understand what feedback is and isn’t.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a true/false quiz: which of the following 4 statements is feedback?

 

“Nice job on the project, Sheshona!”

“Next time, Sam, you’ll want to make your thesis clearer to the reader”

“The lesson would be more effective, Shana, if your visuals were more polished and supportive of the teaching.”

“You taught about ants, Stefan? I LOVE ants!”"

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 16, 9:05 PM

If we think of feedback as being necessarily useful to be used, thoughtful teachers play a huge role in educating students.

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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning - Mind/Shift

Three Things to Unlearn About Learning - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator author and consultant, at a talk at ISTE 2012. “We need to acknowledge that this is a very interesting moment, and even though in a lot of ways this isn’t what we signed up for when we went into teaching… as educators, it’s our job to figure it out.”"

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3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning - TeachThought

3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Learning is a culture.

 

It starts there—with the students first as human beings needing to understand their environment.

 

And it ends there—with students using what we give them back at home, in those physical and digital environments...."

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A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Below is a wonderful classroom poster I came across in Edutopia's Pinterest board.The poster outlines 5 things students should pay heed to when engaged in writing tasks. You can print and use this poster in your class with your students. It can be used as a self assessment checklist that students draw on when working on their writings. It can also be a good way to initiate discussions around areas that pose real difficulties to students writings."

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Information Overload? 10 Ways You & Your Students Can Deal With It - Open Culture

Information Overload? 10 Ways You & Your Students Can Deal With It - Open Culture | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you read the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take you 57,000 years to reach the end. You could bind the pages in a 10,000-foot-tall book weighing 1.2 billion pounds. Printing it would require half a million liters of ink, which is the volume of fuel it would take to power a 747 jet leaving New York and heading east to Tokyo. It would use enough paper to cover half of Long Island, or twice the number of trees in Central Park. If the Ancient Babylonians had started printing the Internet in 1800 BC, they’d be done right about now!"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 8, 8:30 PM

To say there is a massive amount of information that comes our way each day is not an understatement. How we deal with information is a different question. If you are feeling overwhelmed but it, or your students are feeling overwhelmed, then you may want to read this post.

Did you know that researchers say that it is "our inability to organize and process it...without experience cognitive overload." The Internet keeps providing us with "just one more link" so knowing when to stop is difficult. 

After this discussion the post looks at Concerns for Students and Teachers, discussing eleven areas such as:

* Distractedness

* Mobility madness

* Impaired research skills

Each of these areas are described.

The final section looks at Management Techniques, beginning by looking at a number of ways people have attempted to map the Internet before moving on to a list of ten management techniques that may help you (and your students) prevent information overload including:

* Help students understand the structure of the web and the concept of networking

* Hone your research skills and help students hone theirs

* Use activity streams

Additional information on these techniques (and seven more) are in the post. 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 8, 9:15 PM

This is an excellent article if you are suffering Internet fatigue. We are taking in more and more information than our brain can process about so many general things, rather than specialising like we used to. According to the article, the feeling of being digitally overwhelmed comes from "our inability to organise and process it...without experiencing cognitive overload." The Internet keeps providing us with "just one more link" so knowing when to stop is difficult. 

There is a section called 'Concerns for Students' which is quite insightful. 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 14, 11:56 AM

Interesting read. 

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Educator as Model Learner - User Generated Education

Educator as Model Learner - User Generated Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.  The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but  somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminater.   Now in this information age content is freely and abundantly available, it is more important than ever to assist learners in the process of how to learn."

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Why Do Teens Hate School? - Connect Learning Today

Why Do Teens Hate School? - Connect Learning Today | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teenagers hate school; everyone knows that! My name is Sarah Almeda; I’m a sophomore at New Milford High School, New Milford, New Jersey, and I love school! I’m sure that sounds strange to you, a high school sophomore who loves school…

 

But why do teens hate school?

 

School is a place to learn new things, discover who you are, and make friends. School doesn’t sound like a bad place—to a kindergartener! However, the amount of negativity on my twitter feed is indisputable. Nobody wants to go to school.

 

Why?

 

Here’s one answer: the traditional education system seems to have at least 20 different methods for helping a student’s self-esteem plummet."

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9 Big Issues Students Are Grappling With Right Now - Edudemic

9 Big Issues Students Are Grappling With Right Now - Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Whether this is your first year teaching and you’re right out of school or you’ve been teaching for 30 years, the students sitting in your classroom are facing a different type of classroom than you had as a student. There is more technology, the subject material may vary slightly, but the biggest differences are likely cultural and social."

 

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Audrey Prescott's curator insight, April 13, 9:37 AM

This article is awesome at explaining why technology is essential for our 21st Century Classrooms. Scoop.it is a prime example of using technology to our advantage in our class - Check it out!

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Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"EasyBib helps educators provide students with the tools they need to do credible and ethical research, while allowing them to track student progress and understanding before they hand in their final paper. EasyBib has also been recently integrated into Google Docs allowing  students to easily and properly cite their resources with one single click."

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For Students, Social Media Is Now A Matter Of Identity - TeachThought

For Students, Social Media Is Now A Matter Of Identity - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Pretend for a moment you are a college admissions officer at a prestigious institution. Facing a large stack of applications, the shuffle of papers and pecking of keyboards resonates throughout the conference room. You and your colleagues are engaged in the difficult process of paring down applicants to the chosen few, and acceptance notifications must be sent out soon. You’ve got two resumes in front of you:"

 

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 12, 7:39 AM

Teaching online presence is really important and one of the skills of a school librarian. Something else we can do well if given the chance. 

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Pin for Math Awareness: 10 Math Pinterest Boards to Follow

Pin for Math Awareness: 10 Math Pinterest Boards to Follow | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In April, I turn to the social media site to help build math awareness. Whether you are a math expert, a teacher, a parent, or anything in-between, check out these 10 boards to see how pinterest has helped create a new way to engage in mathematics.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Oldest Living Things In the World

Free Technology for Teachers: The Oldest Living Things In the World | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The Oldest Living Things In the World is a short video featuring images from Rachel Sussman's book, The Oldest Living Things In the World. The video features two dozen of Sussman's photographs along with her narration in which she explains the project. The video does a good job of highlighting the fragility of some of the world's oldest living things like lichen, coral, and microbial mats. The video is embedded below."

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Storytelling for the YouTube Generation - Steve Dembo #MTSawake2014

An updated version of Storytelling for the YouTube Generation
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Let's Talk DNA - CurioCity

Let's Talk DNA - CurioCity | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"April 29th, 2014 is DNA Day in Canada! Developed by Let’s Talk Science and Genome Alberta, DNA Day is a unique day where students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics from Canadian experts. On DNA Day, student questions will be answered live by Canadian experts and videos from the experts will be available to view throughout the day. New this year, DNA Day will include a live Google Hangout with Jay Ingram, past host of the Discovery Channel’s, Daily Planet! View the schedule."

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LOOK: The Part Of A Teacher's Day You Never See - Huffington Post Parent

LOOK: The Part Of A Teacher's Day You Never See - Huffington Post Parent | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It is the calm after the storm.

 

After the last school bell rings and rowdy children shuffle out, teachers are left with a few silent moments to soak in or let go of the day's triumphs and disappointments.

 

Last year, photographer Aliza Eliazarov captured these often-unseen moments for her photo series "See Me After School," which features New York educators...."

 

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10 Great Homework Help Websites for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Homework Help Websites for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The web is teeming with good places where your students and kids can get help with their homework. Sometimes it does take a lot of time to find such good resources, however, to save you time and to provide you with some excellent platforms to start with when recommending homework help websites, I compiled the list below featuring a variety of web resources for this purpose:"

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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED

50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder.


Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/50-ted-talks-every-educator-should-check-out/#ixzz2ysPnZoD5"
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36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic

36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Brain breaks are short mind-body challenges that offer students a reprieve from routine learning activities. Not only are brain breaks fun, they’re a simple way to refocus students’ energy and get them back on track!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 12, 6:44 AM

Do you have a set of dice in your classroom? If not  you may want to locate a set. This infographic provides 36 brainbreaks for students, all based on rolling the dice. Although many of these activities may not be new to you the fact that the decision is made by rolling two dice is a great way to engage your students, and to teach them a lesson in probability. In fact, if you choose to do this over a period of time you might also record each activity and at some point discuss probability with them. You might also print a copy.This would allow one student each time to roll the dice, and the other to read out the brain break.

Please be aware that you will need to fill in a form to access the graph. If you find this version too difficult for your students you will find a simpler version of it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/Roll_Some_Fun_Freebie2.pdf 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 10:25 AM

Here is something fun to offer your students! Thanks Beth!

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 14, 4:27 PM

We all need a break now and then, but for some reason teachers think students can sit still longer than teachers will when they are in a class. Beth Dichter says, "If you find this version too difficult for your students you will find a simpler version of it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/Roll_Some_Fun_Freebie2.pdf "

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Design Thinking: A creative process for school change | The Curious Creative

Design Thinking: A creative process for school change | The Curious Creative | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"During one of my workshops last year in Boston, Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo) put his visual notetaking skills to action. I took his lovely summary drawing and used ThingLink to add layers of information and elaboration."

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Debbie Rogers's curator insight, April 16, 7:58 AM

Design thinking --visualization, collaboration, feedback, re-design!

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Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic

Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What data should be considered to ensure your course redesign efforts are successful? Course redesign can be a major undertaking, but utilizing the data derived from your existing course can inform your decisions on what areas need to be targeted.
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RSA - Everyone starts with an A

RSA - Everyone starts with an A | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"“Imagine a classroom where everyone started off an academic year with an “A” grade, and in order to keep the grade, a pupil had to show continuous improvement throughout the year. In this classroom, the teacher would have to dock points from a pupil’s assessment when his or her performance or achievement was inadequate, and pupils would work to maintain their high mark rather than to work up to it. How would this affect effort, expectations, performance, and assessment relative to current practice?”

This is one of the questions we pose in our report Everyone Starts with an A, which explores the application of behavioural insight to educational policy and practice.

 

Using research from behavioural science and our evolving understanding of human nature, we explore how effort, motivation, learning enjoyment, resilience, and overall performance at school can be influenced in ways not often traditionally recognised."

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Two Awesome Visuals On ADHD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Awesome Visuals On ADHD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders. People with ADHD find it hard to concentrate on a single chore at a time, however, though they are strong symptoms of ADHD, lack of inattention or focus alone is not enough to diagnose somebody as having ADHD.

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To help teachers learn more about ADHD, here are two awesome infographics I want you to have a look at."

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"Flipped Classroom" - A Haiku Deck by Jared Ward

"Flipped Classroom" - A Haiku Deck by Jared Ward | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Created with Haiku Deck, free presentation software that’s simple, beautiful, and fun.
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Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection - Edutopia

Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Once it’s begun, you can’t fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single "thing." The emerging artwork becomes a part of it all, too. As a teacher, your "self" is embedded within your teaching -- which is how it goes from a job to a craft. The learning results are yours. You probably call those young people in the classroom "your" students.

 

The same goes for students as well. There is a pleasing kind of string between the eight-year-old playing Minecraft and his or her digital creation. This is the magic of doing.

 

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