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Teaching Google Natives To Value Information

Teaching Google Natives To Value Information | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The usual term is a digital native–students born into our digital, connected, and uber-social world who have always had Wikipedia to ask questions, and Google to bail them out."

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Taking Control Of Your Professional Development - Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom

Taking Control Of Your Professional Development - Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Often we talk about the need for more personalized learning for students. There are countless books, webinars and other resources dedicated to the topic. Yet when it comes to the personalization of professional development there is a barely a slow moment by educational leaders to move in that direction. Time, money and personnel are just a few of barriers they face.

The fact of the matter is educators, no matter their position, can no longer rely on their schools and districts to provide the targeted professional development every educator needs and deserves. 

So, if we come to that realization, the next inevitable question is, what do we do about it?"

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 30, 1:22 PM

Another great blog post from Steven! aka @web20classroom 

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I see the value, practicality, and fairness of a required, ongoing, personalized, monitored, and documented PD System for all teachers and leaders.
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Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts

Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment. They’re like radio shows on virtually any topic under the sun. Actually, they’re better than radio shows because you don’t have to tune in at a specific time. You download them and listen to them on your phone/tablet/device or you listen to them online.

In education, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of podcasts.

In some, educators interview educators. In others, educators talk directly to you. 


Some offer practical ideas you can use in the classroom. Others seek to inspire and encourage. 


Some are serious. Others are lighthearted and funny...."

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8 Great Educational Song Videos, from my Favorite 7th Grader! — @EmergingEdTech

8 Great Educational Song Videos, from my Favorite 7th Grader! — @EmergingEdTech | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Most of us have heard “teaching tunes” like the Periodic Table song featured above. What a great technique to help students learn about a subject that might otherwise be learned through rote memorization! Don’t you just love this idea?

My daughter was singing the Periodic Table Song the other day and it reminded me how fun and functional this approach to learning is. When asked if she knew any other good songs like this, she was happy to share some. Then she took it to the next level and searched around for some more that she thought were good enough to share. Thanks, Jordan (I’m so fortunate to be blessed with such a fun, bright, and musically inclined daughter)!
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5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice - @Edutopia

5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice - @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What does it mean when people talk about "student voice and choice" in education? Educators are always thinking on how best to engage the young people we work with; perhaps one way to capture their attention is right under our noses. If students feel that that their opinions and ideas are heard and valued by their peers and teachers, they're much more likely to be engaged with their education. These 7 videos offer up strategies for giving your students more agency in their lessons and day-to-day classroom life.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 30, 12:46 PM

This could be awesome for our Advanced Video Production kiddos.. what do you think @DunbarMarkJ ?

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6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area And Grade Level - TeachThought

6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area And Grade Level - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Declining attention span as a result of increasing use of smartphones and social media are just a few challenges teachers deal with in the modern classroom.

Children today deal with more stimuli around them than ever before. Mobile phones, tablets,and other technology have become so intertwined with our children’s daily lives that it’s hard to imagine keeping it out of the classroom. Even though some believe these can be distractions, embracing technology can make learning more fun and impactful.

Smartphones, iPads and other devices have become so intuitive for kids, it only makes sense to harness these powerful learning tools to engage a classroom full of tech-savvy students. And the best part? You can use these ideas in one form or another for any student in any content area and grade level.
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Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post

Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ask your 5-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say an astronaut or teacher, chef or engineer. Maybe she wants to run a flower shop.

But what if she said: I don’t know! What I want to be doesn’t exist yet?

She’d be right. A Department of Labor statistic indicates that 65% of school-age children today will grow up to have jobs that do not yet exist. That idea can be unsettling for a parent — or it can be exciting, if you know you can help get her ready for a future that we can only begin to imagine.

As part of that preparation, parents are starting to hear about a new education framework called 21st Century Learning, which intertwines disciplines to get kids to approach problems and concepts in different ways.

The basics — foundational literacies like language skills, mathematics, science, social studies, all of those things that kids have learned in school for eons — remain absolutely vital. The 21st Century Learning framework layers on top of these some new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems, and new ways of working together.
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These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) practice.

Luckily, there are plenty of people out there with tons of insights about what makes for a great leader. And, what better place to turn for this information than the platform dedicated to all kinds of thought leadership and innovation? That's right -- TED Talks.

Give some of your time and attention to these five different TED Talks, and you're guaranteed to walk away some some new skills and know-how to up your leadership game.
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The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2016 (plus more) @mrkempnz 

The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2016 (plus more) @mrkempnz  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After sending out a survey over the space of 2 weeks on Twitter and through other Social Media Platforms, we had 258 book suggestions from 123 educators from 13 different countries around the world, spanning several continents and every corner of the globe. The global reach here has magnificent and the professional reading shared was detailed and diverse. I know you are going to love this list and be totally inspired by it.



Summer is almost here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). If you are like most educators, this is your time to rest, relax and for many, delve into some professional reading and learn about all those exciting strategies and resources that will reinvigorate learning in your classroom when you return after the break.
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This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016

This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A Weak Spot in HIV, A Newly Discovered Property of Light, Google's Creative "Sticky Car" Concept, and So Much More
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Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading

Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago I featured the summer reading packs offered by ReadWorks. Those reading packs are a great option for those teachers and students looking for relatively short articles. For those teachers and students in need of longer ebooks, I recommend taking a look at what Zing has to offer.

Zing is a service that offers thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many students and teachers are in districts like Wake County where they are subjected to policies, guidelines, and mandates that they rarely have any say in. It doesn’t have to be that way and in New York City it isn’t. Instead the newly released social media guidelines for students 12 and younger incorporated the participatory design process and were developed with rather than for students and teachers. These guidelines serve as a companion to the 13 and older guidelines and have been positively received by stakeholders.  
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A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Creating a digital presence for your class does not have to be restricted to only standard  platforms such as websites, blogs and wikis;  social media platforms do offer some handy alternatives especially when it comes to teaching adult students. For instance, you can easily create a Google Plus community for your class and invite your students to join in. There is also Google’s new web tool Spaces that you can use with your students to share, discuss and comment on different topics (a guide on how to use Spaces is on the making and we will share it with you as soon as it is ready). However, in today’s post we are  introducing you to Facebook Pages. This is a feature in Facebook that allows you to create a virtual space for any sort of purpose you want.
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Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer

Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children are researching years before they learn to read. Watch a toddler investigate the bugs in the backyard and you’ll notice that curiosity is deeply human. And while we want students to learn some of the harder, more complex aspects of researching (such as determining the loaded language and bias in a source), my hope is that they retain some aspect of this curiosity as they get older. On some level, I want my current graduate students to research like a toddler.
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How to Bring Reading Instruction Into the 21st Century

How to Bring Reading Instruction Into the 21st Century | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There are many benefits to bringing reading instruction into the 21st century. Technology—websites, digital tools and apps—can be used to motivate, empower and engage every student.
Taking that first step, however, can be daunting. You may be wondering: What digital tools should be used? How can I/we be sure students aren’t distracted? Do I/we go all in or focus on a blended approach?
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes

Free Technology for Teachers: A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Although their popularity seems to have fallen a bit since their peak a few years ago, word cloud generators still provide students with a nice way to visualize the most frequently used words in a passage of text. Wordle is probably the best known tool for making word clouds, but there are plenty of others that accomplish the same thing. One such tool is WordClouds.com.
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3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding

3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
t’s official: coding is all the rage today. We are living in a world where apps dominate every aspect of our lives and are disrupting the way we do things. And creating these apps require—you guessed it—coding know-how.

With the rising prominence of ‘superstar’ programmers such as Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, coding has captured the attention and imagination of many youth, who are beginning to recognise its value. According to this Microsoft study, a resounding majority of students in Asia Pacific want to see coding as a core subject in school, believing it is instrumental to helping them acquire essential 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the fast-changing world of tomorrow.

While some may argue that being a programmer is not for everyone, we can all agree that coding has some life lessons that we can benefit from, especially children and young people. Here are three reasons why you should get started coding
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9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District - Thomas McMurray @thomascmurray

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District - Thomas McMurray @thomascmurray | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of school district
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This plan is the best I have seen. I am especially in agreement with that all PD is an individual responsibility, ongoing, and it should fit within the district framework.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Flippity and Flickr to Create Sets of Image-based Writing Prompts

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Flippity and Flickr to Create Sets of Image-based Writing Prompts | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Flippity is a great service that offers a handful of templates for creating flashcards, random name selectors, Jeopardy games, and progress trackers in Google Sheets. This morning I was thinking about ways to create writing prompt generators when I realized that Flippity's flashcard template could be used to create sets of image-based and text-based writing prompts too. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use Flippity and Flickr together to create sets of image-based writing prompts.
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Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News)

Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again—those last few weeks of May, when the bliss of summer break and freedom looms on the horizon. But wait! The work doesn’t stop just because school’s out. The summer offers a wealth of time to flex those learning muscles, for educators and students alike.

In keeping with tradition, EdSurge puts out an annual summer opportunities article each year, and we’re back at it this May to help you prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”
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Hacking Schools: Getting Ourselves to Yes | @PamMoran | TEDxElCajonSalon

When someone comes to your with an idea just say, "Yes." Pam outlines the story of building projects across her school districts that are a direct result o
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Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing

Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A tortoise in Brazil just received a unique gift: a 3D printed shell. The tortoise, named Fred, was found with 85% of its shell burnt in a forest fire.

The group who came to Fred’s rescue, called the “Animal Avengers,”  is a volunteer animal group consisting of a 3D designer, four veterinarians, and a dental surgeon. They had to virtually reconstruct all of the creature’s shell, due to the extensive damage.
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12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog

12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter is a great place to discover articles and resources for teaching English as well as an engaging way to get your students to improve their reading and writing skills. Twitter also chunks language to 140 characters, which makes communicating and reading in English more manageable. Additionally, students learn to scan text for understanding and bookmark resources quickly.

The list of activities below will help you get started integrating Twitter for language learning. Public Twitter streams do not require an account to view them. Your students do not need a Twitter account for many of the activities suggested. However, you may want to create a free Twitter class or teacher account.
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Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel

Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These new videos focus on mathematical models - a way for students, in this case younger students, to identify and solve mathematical problems in the world.
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5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought

5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While it can be tempting to accept the first job offer we receive, we should do our due diligence. Caring about education and our long-term careers means considering the following before we accept a position.
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Schools say goodbye to the long summer

Schools say goodbye to the long summer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators have sometimes likened a school year to running a marathon. A balanced calendar may offer more chances to rest and refuel—enabling a strong effort in the next leg of the race.
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