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Class of 2017: Rules of engagement

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Master Twitter in 5 Steps - An Educator's Guide - FRACTUS LEARNING

Master Twitter in 5 Steps - An Educator's Guide - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How to make your Twitter experience extraordinary, transformative and--most importantly--personalized for you and your needs.
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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects - Te@chThought

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be.

Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc.

Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.

Or, well, you get the idea. I use these sorts of stems to create “learning blends” for students–either with them, or for them. I couple these prompts with other components–technology like apps or social media channels, texts from literary classics to postmodern non-fiction, creativity, or even local matters of citizenship.

Please steal them, add to them, or otherwise do with them what you will.
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Extreme Photoshop Weight Loss Will Shock You - Viral Videos #Media #Literacy

Extreme Photoshop Weight Loss Will Shock You - Viral Videos #Media #Literacy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These days, everyone assumes that their favorite stars and celebrities have been digitally touched up in magazines and on billboards. But most have no idea how far Photoshop can go. Real Retouch demonstrates just how drastic Photoshop ...
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Media Literacy week kicks off here in Canada next week. Check out: http://mediasmarts.ca/ for their great resources.

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A no-nonsense guide to the best study habits - Daily Genius

A no-nonsense guide to the best study habits - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
No matter your age, profession, or location you’re going to have to study for things for most of your life. If you thought you were done studying when you graduated with that degree, you’d be wrong. We could all use some helpful study tips since there are going to be presentations, meetings, interviews, and a lot of other professional experiences that you’ll need to be prepared for.

That’s why this straightforward guide to better study habits is worth a close examination. Check out some of the many tips that are presented in an efficient manner on this visual below.
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Tweet Carefully: A Lawyer's Guide to Avoiding Twibel - SocialTimes

Tweet Carefully: A Lawyer's Guide to Avoiding Twibel - SocialTimes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Social media’s massive reach assists in the speedy flow of information. Its proper use can give you great credibility and a competitive edge when your business requires fast dissemination of information. On the other hand, when you or someone associated with you commits a social media blunder, you may be held legally responsible.

Defamation is a legal claim involving injury to someone’s reputation by falsely stating a fact and includes both libel (the written word) and slander (the spoken word). “Twibel,” a libelous tweet, is fast becoming a concern among social media users. Fortunately, there are a few basic precautions that may reduce the risk of Twibel.
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Learn » TextProject

Learn » TextProject | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Schools are about learning—from peers as well as teachers. In class, students learn academic content, but they also learn about social relationships and life skills, such as the need for perseverance to complete tasks successfully.

To learn something is to gain knowledge about that idea or topic. Learning can occur in formal contexts, such as in a set of experiments about photosynthesis, or, informally, as students chat with one another about favorite books.

Many synonyms exist for the verb to learn, as well as numerous idioms and common phrases. There many ways to integrate these into everyday classroom and school events.
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How teachers can support transgender students - theguardian

How teachers can support transgender students - theguardian | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While the average secondary school will have enough lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students to make up two full classes, 90% of primary and secondary teachers and non-teaching staff report having had no training to support LGBT students, according to Stonewall. For many teachers, it can be a struggle to know how best to support students, especially when there are no policies and procedures in place.

Teachers can use these relatively simple techniques to ensure a basic level of inclusion and care for transgender students in their classroom:
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Online Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune-ClassTechTips.com

Online Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune-ClassTechTips.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources for informational text and current events and here is another website to check out.  Smithsonian Tween Tribune has a collection of articles perfect for elementary and middle school students.  You can easily access sports stories, national news, and more on their site.  With a free login teachers can find Lexile levels for each articles in addition to lesson plans and quiz questions for students.
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13 Insanely Engaging Games for the Classroom - graphite

13 Insanely Engaging Games for the Classroom - graphite | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It's Top-Pick List Friday! This week, we are featuring engaging games for the classroom. Students will lose themselves in thought-provoking gameplay with these apps, games, and websites
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New- Portfoliogen Allows You to Create and Download Your Portfolios in PDF Format ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New- Portfoliogen Allows You to Create and Download Your Portfolios in PDF Format ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Portfoliogen is a great web tool  for teachers. It  allows teachers to create their own customized portfolio webpage. This means that you have a user friendly platform designed specifically to host and organize all your materials into one place. You can also share your portfolio with your colleagues and peers using the generated URL.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Save Time with These Free Summarizing Tools

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Save Time with These Free Summarizing Tools | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Innovative educators always want to know the latest and greatest tools and resources for teaching and learning. The problem is they are busy people and keeping up with what's new takes a lot of time! If this sounds like you, you'll be happy to learn about these free tools that summarize reading.
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A Problem-Solving Game For Teachers and Administrators - Mind/Shift

A Problem-Solving Game For Teachers and Administrators - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Earlier, I wrote about four activities teachers and school leaders can use to jump-start creative problem-solving in teams. Given the increased pressure on educators to innovate, the goals for each activity were to build or deepen skills associated with that work. Readers expressed particular interest in one of these activities, so I wanted to do a deep dive and provide additional information.

This activity grew out of my work with teachers and school leaders to identify effective solutions to school problems. Over time, I became curious about how schools might make pain points visible, in order to tap into educators’ collective wisdom to solve them. I wondered, too, if we could structure this problem-solving in such a way that everyone’s voice would be heard. Finally, I wondered if there might be a way to make it a fun and creative game. That’s where a set of index cards comes in."

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Use the Pomodoro Method to Engage Your Students | Edudemic

Use the Pomodoro Method to Engage Your Students | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
According to a study conducted in the chemistry department of the Catholic University done by Diane M. Bunce, Elizabeth A. Flens, and Kelly Y. Neiles in Washington D.C., it was found that while the original belief of the 10-15 minute attention span may be true, it was not the whole truth. Here is the rest of the story.

It is true that the first lapse of attention (or first break in attention) occurred at approximately the 10-18 minute mark, but after this initial break, the later attention lapses occurred more and more frequently. By the end of class, attention breaks were cycling every 3-4 minutes. In other words, in the last parts of class, students are only paying attention for 3-4 minutes at a time!

So what does this mean for you?

This means that introducing different elements into the routine may benefit both you and your students by helping them pay more attention so that you can be a more effective teacher. This is where the pomodoro method comes in.
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Pomodoro is great, simple and effective.
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Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED - Squarehead Teachers

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED - Squarehead Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don’t understand. That’s where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in!

My school district sent us a monthly newsletter from the GATE department. This was a particularly helpful chart, so I kept it. But the image was too small, so I’ve remade it into an easier to read version (see below).
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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."

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The teacher's guide to optimizing student feedback - Daily Genius

The teacher's guide to optimizing student feedback - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Giving feedback is a huge part of teaching. Whether you’re teaching 8 year olds or university students, math or english, you give feedback on your students’ work almost constantly. The questions may be multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, or long essay format. You may be assessing students on their writing ability, cultural literacy, math, chemistry, foreign language, or some combination of the above. The feedback may be a part of a grade, or it may come at an earlier point in the process. Regardless of what you’re offering feedback on, the goals of feedback are for the student to learn more, more efficiently, more effectively, and to better understand the material at hand.
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Smart List: 30 Ways to Learn Almost Anything - Getting SMART

Smart List: 30 Ways to Learn Almost Anything - Getting SMART | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the second annual Smart Lists. During October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.

Today we are recognizing 30 open resources for K-12, postsecondary, and anytime learning resources.
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How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick - Mind/Shift

How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Researchers say that the problem with “drill and kill” and other kinds of blocked study isn’t just that they’re boring. They also stunt student learning. “There are always two steps to solving a problem: identify the solving strategy, and then execute it,” Rohrer said. “In blocked study, [students] know that this is a unit on, say, the Pythagorean theorem, so they don’t need to choose a strategy. All they have to do is execute, over and over.”


When teachers give homework sets made up of only one kind of problem, they deny their students the chance to practice choosing a solving strategy. Later, when students are faced with a mix of types of problems on an exam, they’re unprepared."

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Why social media needs to be taught in high school - VentureBeat

Why social media needs to be taught in high school - VentureBeat | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of discussion recently on what schools should be teaching kids. Just this month, the United Kingdom announced the addition of cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.

I believe U.S. schools have been hesitant and even neglectful when it comes to how they discuss social media with students, and it’s time for this to change. Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives: It no longer makes sense that, in 2014, several states still teach cursive writing when many students can text much faster on their smart devices. We need to be educating students on applicable skills for the world that they will interact with, and that means providing them with an understanding of how social media can affect their future. The gaping generational chasm between teachers who grew up before smartphones existed and students who were raised on them has resulted in a trial-and-error model of internet education and exploration, which could potentially wreak havoc on a student’s future. The internet is written in pen, not pencil.
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The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education - ASCD

The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education - ASCD | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A millennium ago, artists and artisans formed guilds to share expertise and support one another in highly-skilled professional practice. These vibrant learning communities sustained artistry and craftsmanship through the dark ages when centers of learning were exclusive and rare. Much like these medieval guilds, professional learning communities (PLCs) provide a new dimension to professional development as educators flock around high-interest needs and topics. By definition, PLCs

Form organically around immediate member needs and interests.
Allow participants to self-select their roles and contributions.
Offer opportunities to enrich and deepen understanding.
Include collaborative inquiry in the learning process.
Provide practice and risk taking in a safe, supportive climate.
Grow, morph, and disband as part of a life cycle.
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4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal

4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Designing the classroom of the future is no easy task, mostly because it's difficult to know what the future will look like. As little as five years ago, few could have predicted the ubiquity of tablets and their accompanying need for more and more WiFi capabilities. Even the maker movement's reliance on "creative spaces" is a relatively new phenomenon.
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The Science of Earthquakes - Weather Underground

The Science of Earthquakes - Weather Underground | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
From fault types to the Ring of Fire to hydraulic fracking, the Earthquakes infographic by Weather Underground helps us understand the complexities of what shakes the ground.

 

Tags: disasters, geomorphology, physical, infographic.


Via Seth Dixon
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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 27, 7:09 PM
This is terrific!
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informative indeed.


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For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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A Great Free Tool for Creating Venn Diagrams ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Free Tool for Creating Venn Diagrams ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Venn Diagram is an excellent free interactive tool  from the popular Read Write Think that students can use to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. This tool is also available for both iOS and Android. The iPad app is particularly designed for use in the school setting providing students with a simple profile system where multiple users can create their own Venn diagrams on the same device.
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Excellent Timeline Printables and Graphic Organizers for Your Class ~ EdTechnology & MLearning

Excellent Timeline Printables and Graphic Organizers for Your Class ~ EdTechnology & MLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I shared with you here in EdTech and Mlearning a great source of graphic organizers where teachers can access and download printables to use in their class. Today, I am sharing with you these excellent free Timeline graphic organizers and sequence charts to help you teach your kids sequencing and organizing ideas and events  chronologically.
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6 tips to supercharge your brainstorming - Daily Genius

6 tips to supercharge your brainstorming - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Regardless of what you do for a living, you’ve likely found yourself needing to brainstorm at one time or another. As most of us can attest to, when you sit down with the intention of thinking up some fabulous ideas, they inevitably don’t come to you the way you’ve planned. Nothing stifles creativity like expectation of creativity, right? So the next time you’re in need of ideas, fear not – we’ve come up with a plan to supercharge your brainstorming session. Whether you’re a teacher encouraging creative writing with your students or a business trying to reach your customers, these fun tips can get your ideas moving."

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