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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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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying - Edutopia

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.

It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions -- and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.

Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education. She reports:

"Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. "


A great number of benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness in schools, best summed up by the following."

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Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century - Langwitches

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century - Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about?
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A crowdsourced update to "KWL" to bring things up to speed for 21C learning skills to develop the interdependent learner. #futurelearning

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A Guide For Teaching With Analogies -

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Analogies are one of the best kept secrets in education.

Often used as multiple choice question items or as warm-ups to begin a lesson, analogies are use teaching and learning strategies because of their flexibility, ease of use, and tendency to force cognitive load on students.

I use them constantly in my classroom, primarily due to their grab-and-go format. Any place, any time–verbal, drawing, exit slip, discussion, one-on-one, whole class, group work, begin class, end class, abstract or concrete thinking, analogies are imminently useful. They’re also everywhere–debates, commercials, sitcoms, poetry, hip-hop, video games.

What’s not to love?
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Over 300 Free Comic Strip Printables to Enhance Students Writing and Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Over 300 Free Comic Strip Printables to Enhance Students Writing and Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Comic strips are good learning tools to use with students to get them engaged and to motivate them to write. They can also be used for storytelling where students get to narrate a story drawing on a multitude of ready-made characters, or in the case of ESL/EFL students, be used to teach English. There are, in fact, several other ways to use comic strips in class and this post features some interesting samples.
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Reflection Trumps Connection | Ideas and Thoughts

Reflection Trumps Connection | Ideas and Thoughts | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world. We can form groups as easily as a click of the mouse. In one might be considered the most challenging time to be an educator, we need each other and often times “each other” doesn’t mean the person across the hall.


Being a connected educator is important but I think being a reflective educator trumps that.  As has often been the case in the past several years, people like Bud Hunt and Tom Whitby, two of the smartest people I know, sparked this post."

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Why today’s school leaders must become digital leaders | #frizzle @scholastic

Why today’s school leaders must become digital leaders | #frizzle @scholastic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Effective leadership is extremely important in any system, but it is even more imperative in schools if we are to provide all learners with a world-class education. This education has to be relevant, meaningful, and applicable. During my tenure as Principal at New Milford High School, we worked tirelessly over the course of four years to transform the culture to one that was primed for student engagement, learning, and achievement.  Through the lens of social media, I was exposed to a whole new world that I did not know existed. My subsequent journey as a connected leader and learner resulted in small, then large, shifts in professional practice that eventually served as catalysts for transformative change. Thus I began to construct an area of practice around digital leadership.
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This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. In 2011, with the help of psycholinguist Steven Pinker and legendary psychologist Daniel Kahneman, he posed an even grander question: “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” The answers, featuring a wealth of influential scientists, authors, and thought-architects, are released today in This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking (public library) — a formidable anthology of short essays by 151 of our time’s biggest thinkers on subjects as diverse as the power of networks, cognitive humility, the paradoxes of daydreaming, information flow, collective intelligence, and a dizzying, mind-expanding range in between. Together, they construct a powerful toolkit of meta-cognition — a new way to think about thinking itself.
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How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? - MindShift

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Two years ago, Zak Malamed and a few friends held their first Twitter chat for students who were feeling frustrated about how little say they had in the school reform debates going on all around them. At the time, Malamed and two other friends were still in high school, and one friend was in college. But when they formed Student Voice, the group that rose out of that first chat, they agreed that “Revolutionizing education through the voices and actions of students,” in whatever form that would take, would be their mission."

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Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning? - The Hechinger Report

Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning? - The Hechinger Report | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
CHICAGO—To decorate her kindergarten classroom for the new school year, Lori Baker chose cheerful alphabet and number charts featuring smiling children of different races. In the reading corner, she hung three puffy paper flowers from the ceiling and posted dancing letters spelling “Welcome to Kindergarten.”

Otherwise, though, the 20-year teaching veteran exercised restraint and deliberately left several walls bare in her room at Whittier Elementary School in Harvey, Ill., a predominately African-American, working-class city about 25 miles south of Chicago.

The latest research suggests she’s onto something.
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These mesmerizing videos will make you love learning about chemistry - Daily Genius

These mesmerizing videos will make you love learning about chemistry - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Something you may often hear is a statement to the effect of ‘nature is beautiful’. Most of us probably wouldn’t argue with this. When we think of nature we often think of gorgeous landscapes, interesting animals, and sunsets. Nature and science are so easily linked, but I doubt most of us would think of science as also being beautiful in the same way we think of nature’s beauty.
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Presentation Zen: Bill Murray on storytelling

Presentation Zen: Bill Murray on storytelling | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below.
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Storytelling with a difference

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The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators | Edudemic

The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s all over the news: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education ranks among the country’s most pressing needs. Countless news stories talk about the renewed national concern with educating students in the STEM fields, and policy initiatives such as Common Core push forward with new attempts to fill that gap. But just what is causing this emphasis? And what can be done to solve the problem?
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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions - Te@chThought

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, “‘essential’ in the sense of signaling genuine, important and necessarily-ongoing inquiries.” These are grapple-worthy, substantive questions that not only require wrestling with, but are worth wrestling with–that could lead students to some critical insight in a 40/40/40-rule sense of the term.

I collected the following set of questions through the course of creating units of study, most of them from the Greece Central School District in New York. In revisiting them recently, I noticed that quite a few of them were closed/yes or no questions, so I went back and revised most of them, and added a few myself–something I’ll try to do from time to time.

Or maybe I’ll make a separate page for them entirely. Or, who knows. Nonetheless, below are many, many examples of essential questions. Most are arts & humanities, but if this post proves useful, we can add some STEM inquiry to the mix as well. Let me know in the comments.
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If Sitting Is the New Smoking, How Do We Kick the Habit? - Huffington Post

If Sitting Is the New Smoking, How Do We Kick the Habit? - Huffington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 - Huffington PostIn the 2008 animated film WALL-E, Pixar depicted a light-hearted but dystopian world of obese, immobile people whose needs are met by a bustling horde of robots and computers -- a world that hardly seems like science fiction as we witness the precipitous decline in physical activity over the last generation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 80 percent of Americans don't get the recommended amount of exercise they need each week for optimal health. So, did Pixar predict the future of humanity or is there a way for us to course correct?

Sedentary behavior is an intractable issue. Seemingly benign forces make it easier and easier for many of us to conduct our work, school and social lives from the comfort of a chair and an internet-connected gadget. Unfortunately, sedentary lifestyles are a driving force behind burgeoning health care costs, and they pose an alarming threat to the health and well-being of our children. Fortunately, there is cause for hope in lessons from the tobacco control movement and efforts to change smoking behavior.

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PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island

PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class.
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Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=PBL


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A Simple Technique You Can (and Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses - Shift's eLearning Blog

A Simple Technique You Can (and Should) Apply To Your eLearning Courses - Shift's eLearning Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s easy for an eLearner to “zone out” when faced with complex course content, especially with limited existing knowledge of a topic. The instructional design challenge is how to explain complex content easily. Start by considering some premises fundamental to eLearning design.
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Getting Students' Hands DIRTy - MR CAMPBELL WRITES ...

Getting Students' Hands DIRTy - MR CAMPBELL WRITES ... | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Mr. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to take part in a professional development programme linking several schools in Yorkshire from both the state and independent sectors. It was a good example of how getting teachers together and letting them share ideas can make some of the best CPD.

I took a lot of ideas away from the programme (for example “snot” from my earlier blog) and one thing I remember really loving during the session at Horizon Community College was DIRT. I remember it as “Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time”, thought I have since seen it referred to as “Directed Improvement and Reflection Time”. There is a subtle difference between the two, and actually I think that including both the D-words is essential.

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How to Foster Collaborative Discussion (and the tools to do it!) - FRACTUS LEARNING

How to Foster Collaborative Discussion (and the tools to do it!) - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This video is a pedagogical model of how a number of teachers are using collaborative discussion in our school. Here are a number of ways it can be used.
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Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching - Te@chThought

Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

" One year ago, I wrote the article, Why Good Teachers Quit.


It was hard to write and I struggled with sharing my friend’s frustration and exhaustion. Yes, it was actually about a friend and not me. Today, I am happy to report my friend is still teaching. I am also sad to report her situation is no better. In fact, I might even say it has gotten a little bit worse. She still works long, hard, physically and mentally exhausting days. She is still overwhelmed by data and binders and often superhuman-like expectations. She still does it everyday because she knows she makes a difference to her students, to their lives, and their learning."

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Igniting Innovation with the 2014 K-12 Online Conference - Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Igniting Innovation with the 2014 K-12 Online Conference - Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This month is a particularly exciting time to be or become a “connected educator!” Monday officially kicked off the FREE 2014 K-12 Online Conference, and I’m honored this year to serve as the pre-conference keynote speaker. If you have not already, please set aside 40 minutes and check out the keynote video which you’ll find on k12onlineconference.org as well as on YouTube. The 12 contributor videos included in the keynote area also available on this YouTube playlist, and I’m adding conference participant videos shared in response to the keynote video challenge. For more details about how I created the keynote video entirely on my iPhone, see my August post, “Create an iOS iMovie Video Collage with YouTube Contributions.”
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The 21 Best Resources for 2014 to Prevent Cyberbullying | Edudemic

The 21 Best Resources for 2014 to Prevent Cyberbullying | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, more than half of teens and adolescents have reported that they’ve been bullied online, and between 10 and 20 percent say it occurs regularly. As a slew of recent news stories have demonstrated, the consequences can be devastating. A recent study conducted by the Center found that 20% of respondents who had been bullied, “reported seriously thinking about attempting suicide.”

 

Not all cases result in such poignant tragedy, of course, but cyberbullying has become a widespread problem that affects students of all ages and backgrounds. What’s worse is that many victims of cyberbullying don’t reach out for help, and they may continue to suffer from the consequences of bullying — such as low self-esteem and heightened levels of stress — for years after they’ve finished school.

 

What can educators do to put an end to this often invisible issue? The following resources will help to further education about cyberbullying and the best methods to combat it."

 

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ASCD EDge - School Culture Resources for Connected Educator Month

ASCD EDge - School Culture Resources for Connected Educator Month | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
ASCD’s Connected Educator Month (CEM) resources and discussions this week are dedicated to school culture. We believe a key step to providing a welcoming, supportive environment for students is to offer you professional development resources that emphasize school culture. Visit this ASCD EDge® page for our updating list of overall CEM resources.
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ALL ABOUT THAT BUS SAFETY - #HanoverSD | #Steinbachonline

"Meghan Trainor may be all about that bass but here in the Hanover School Division, we're ALL ABOUT THAT BUS SAFETY! 
Corny Rempel from MIX 96.7FM together with the Hanover bus mechanics and some kids from Elmdale School have a little fun with this song. Enjoy!"

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Bored? Explore it!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Bored? Explore it! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"No one enjoys boredom. It is an uncomfortable state, leaving one to cast about for relief. If you Google "boredom" and "school," you will find numerous entries about the boredom "epidemic" in our schools and oodles of "boredom-busting strategies" to eradicate this outbreak.  The essence of these cures is to "surround them with wonder"-- make schooling more entertaining so that kids will stop fidgeting and absorb what the teacher is saying."

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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents."

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