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What You Need To Know About The Next Generation Science Standards

What You Need To Know About The Next Generation Science Standards | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The Next Generation Science Standards (which are still in draft form until January 29th, 2013 and can be downloaded here) http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards are what they sound like they’d be–new standards for science education that focus on not only what to teach (content), but how to teach it (knowledge and skills)." 

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10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction - TeachThought

10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, small group activities, individualized course packets, reading assignments, and projects, teachers are addressing a range of student levels, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and goals in their classrooms today.
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Trendy Buzzword or Transformative Concept: How Legit is Grit? | Edudemic

Trendy Buzzword or Transformative Concept: How Legit is Grit? | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Popularized by Angela Lee Duckworth’s excellent TED Talk in April 2013, “Grit” has become a red-hot buzzword in education today. However, is this a legitimate concept that teachers should start integrating into their educational zeitgeist or just another passing trend?

The research in favor of grit as a predictor of success is compelling, suggesting that this is a much-awaited key measuring stick that works on both students and teachers. Read on to learn more about this trending topic and decide for yourself whether grit is something that should play into your teaching techniques.
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Seven steps to preventing back pain in pupils - Daily Genius

Seven steps to preventing back pain in pupils - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The new school term is well under way and the early efficiencies are slipping and bad habits are slipping in. Homework is already being completed late and stuffed into heavy schoolbags before the kids stagger off again.

In my own case, I seem to spend way too much time each day trying to persuade my son to take a day’s worth of kit to school, rather than a week’s. The problem is that the sanctions that come with forgetting sports kit or books is worse, in a child’s mind, than the possibility, long hence, of back pain.

But there’s things that parents and teachers could do, which help take those damaging decisions out of the childrens’ hands:
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The Human Brain (HD full documentary) - History.com

Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art CGI, this special shows how the brain works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory and decision-making. It takes us inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in extreme situations, examines how an autistic person like Rain Man develops remarkable skills, and takes on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil. Research is rushing forward. We've learned more about the workings of the brain in the last five years than in the previous one hundred.
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4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator - Langwitches

4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator - Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Connected Educator Month is around the corner. Norway, Australia, New Zealand and the USA have organized hundreds of events for educators to learn, connect and collaborate.

As I am preparing to be part of a panel on October 2, 4 pm (USA EST)/October 3rd, 9am (NZ time) and keynote in Oslo, Norway on October 21st, I am looking at 4 big ideas around the connected educator through the lens of connected professional learning.
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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom - TeachThought

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Genius Hour in the classroom is an approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work.

In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.
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THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Including exercise breaks during class time seen as a way to boost learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Despite being an unorthodox teaching technique, the inclusion of mini exercise breaks during class can help students remain focused, a new Oregon study concludes.

A recent survey of Brain Breaks, a classroom-use DVD with five-minute-long exercise routines developed by Oregon State University and piloted in more than 400 kindergarten to Grade 6 classrooms, found that students enjoyed the program, and that more than 90 per cent of teachers planned to continue using it.
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101 Things I've Learned So Far In Teaching - TeachThought

101 Things I've Learned So Far In Teaching - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 "The title is self-explanatory and the context is fairly clear. Well, actually it probably should’ve been title “101 things I think I think about teaching,” because what I think I think changes almost daily. Here we are nonetheless."

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Schools Incorporate Desk Bikes, Pedals for Students to Exercise While Learning - PSFK

Schools Incorporate Desk Bikes, Pedals for Students to Exercise While Learning - PSFK | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Read & ride program promotes healthier education in classrooms across the US
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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? - Mind/Shift

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Don't Forget the Music - The Difference Music Makes In a Video

Free Technology for Teachers: Don't Forget the Music - The Difference Music Makes In a Video | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Don't Forget the Music is the title one of the finalists in Next Vista's latest video production contest. In the video Josh Wanner explains why music choice matters in a video production. To demonstrate his points Wanner plays the same video clip with three different music tracks in the background. The video is embedded below (jump to the one minute mark if you just want to see the demonstration
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A video without music is like a canvas without paint!

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Way back when, research meant going to the library, finding something in a book, and indicating what book you found the information in when you created your bibliography. The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web. The licenses are visual, and if you aren’t sure of what you see on the work you’d like to use, you can refer back to the CC website to see. The handy infographic below gives a pretty thorough overview of the licenses and what they mean. Whether you have a personal blog, a class blog, or your students want to use a photo they’ve found in a presentation, this guide will be super handy!
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Innovative educators know first hand that social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Instagram can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, leading, and strengthening the home-school connection. In many cases though, others may need to be brought on board. Especially when parents are expressing concerns and unsure of how a platform can be used successfully.


It is the job of innovative educators to ensure parents, colleagues, and administrators know how to embrace the power of social media and also how to address their concerns.


Here are suggestions for parents, teachers, and administrators in schools embracing social media
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EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons | Edudemic

EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There is a staggering amount of free video available online that makes great fodder for teaching students, particularly in flipped classroom settings. Instead of giving students YouTube links or telling them to search for a video on a particular subject, with EDpuzzle teachers can select videos, edit them down, assign them to students, and quiz them as they watch.

EDpuzzle is a very simple tool that walks teachers through the video lesson creation process, with only a few limitations. With this solution a teacher can make the most of the video assets he or she has access to, plus everything the Internet has to offer. It is also an easy enough experience that you can quickly create individualized video lessons for different students and their particular needs or areas of interest.
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8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice - Edutopia

8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Restorative justice promotes a positive, orderly school environment. Students and all members of the school community can learn and practice self-discipline, empathy, and accountability.
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EdTechnocation: iOS 8 Features for Teachers!

EdTechnocation: iOS 8 Features for Teachers! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"iOS 8 has finally arrived! But, be forewarned, all of your favorite classroom apps might not be compatible just yet! Watch out for more new app updates with iOS 8 compatibility in the next few weeks and beyond."

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8 Steps for Students to Remove Thier Digital Footprints ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Steps for Students to Remove Thier Digital Footprints ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the essential parts of the digital citizenship I have been long talking about in this blog is about digital footprints. Students need to know that whatever they do or create online leaves behind a trail or digital breadcrumbs that others can trace. This "others" can be anyone from prospective employers, to college admission boards, anything you do online should be vetted by a critical lens and if "you don't want your parents to know about it then better not do it".
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4 free Google tools to help students boost their search skills - Daily Genius

4 free Google tools to help students boost their search skills - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Let’s say you have a big paper coming up, a presentation that involves some in-depth online research, or perhaps something completely pointless to look up on Google. Whatever your reason for diving into the bottomless pit that is online searching, it’s important to know about the resources and guides that are out there.

Lucky for you, the people basically running online searches (Google) have you hooked up. If you’re a student of any age, then listen up. Check out the guides and free Google tools available at ‘Search Education,’ a free site filled with anything you could ever dream of … if you dream of helpful guides to Google searching.
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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Three Irish teenagers have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project combats the global food crisis by increasing crop yields via bacterial symbiosis.
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User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset

User Generated Education - How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The educator, as a growth mindset facilitator and coach, has a different, often unique, set of beliefs about students learning and growth. The following infographic shows (1) the common beliefs of an educator who promotes a growth mindset, and (2) some reflection questions about instructional practices that reinforce the growth mindset:
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A Great Free Resource of Reading Lessons for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Free Resource of Reading Lessons for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Reading Bear is a great tool for helping kids learn to read. Reading Bear integrates both vocabulary practice (over 1200 vocabulary items) and phonetic awareness ( covering different phonetic principles and patterns of written English) into their lessons. All of these lessons are provided in the form of narrated presentations playable either as a video or as an interactive slide show."

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Overcome fear of failure with these inspirational quotes - Daily Genius

Overcome fear of failure with these inspirational quotes - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Life is hard. You’re going to get knocked down, beat up, and tossed around by life on a regular basis. At some point, you’ll have to figure out the best way to overcome a fear of failure. Because, let’s face it, we all have those thoughts in the back of our heads when we’re debating a risk or other activity. Nobody wants to fail … but we all do at some point in our life. In order to help tackle this fear head-on, take a look at some of our favorite inspirational quotes that have helped the Daily Genius team deal with adversity.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a post earlier this evening I shared Josh Wanner's video about the important role of music in video projects. Just as with images, it is important to have students use music and sound effects that they have permission to use. The following resources offer music and sound effects that students can use for free in multimedia projects.
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Exploring YouTube EDU for a Wealth of Free Lesson Material - FRACTUS LEARNING

Exploring YouTube EDU for a Wealth of Free Lesson Material - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the years, YouTube has slowly evolved from being a classroom novelty to becoming a classroom staple for many educators. Whether you are looking to YouTube for quick and easy explanations, engaging animations or just relevant class material, there is no better place to start than YouTube’s official ‘Education’ channel.
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Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift

Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teachers and school leaders face very different challenges today from even a decade ago. The pace of change is faster; there’s more accountability. And the amount of content is overwhelming. To thrive, teachers see opportunities where others see only challenges. Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success.

But many teachers feel isolated in their classrooms, beholden to curriculum and state tests, but not necessarily connected to a learning community or a team to support them. That’s where school communities could learn from other types of work, where teams are crucial to generating new ideas and momentum, while providing members with support when it’s needed."

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