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Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: John Evans: The PLN Mindset

Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: John Evans: The PLN Mindset | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"On Thursday we were lucky enough to have John Evans from Manitoba Education visit our classroom to discuss Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Teacher's engage in all types of professional development throughout a given school year and all divisions have a set number of days specifically labelled as Professional Development days. These might include:"

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A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School - Uptown Funk Dance - YouTube

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School - Uptown Funk Dance - YouTube | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Director/Theatre Arts Teacher Scot Pankey & his classes with help of Camera crew- Bryan Urraca, Albert Robledo & Johan Cruz, Edited and produced by Jonathan Vega AKA #TrippyJ.
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The Ingredients Of A Creative Teacher - TeachThought

The Ingredients Of A Creative Teacher - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Since creativity is individualized and it expresses itself in each person differently, it becomes difficult for educational systems entrenched in testing and standards to figure out how to unlock creativity in students. Unfortunately, there is no ideal top down solution. Creative classrooms start and end with creative teachers. Luckily, creative teachers can be cultivated.

Here are three ingredients to cultivate creative teachers.
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Wi-Fi Wired School Buses: The Next Big Thing for Internet Access | Edudemic

Wi-Fi Wired School Buses: The Next Big Thing for Internet Access | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
California’s Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), situated along the Salton Sea in one of the poorest sections of the country, has found a unique way to deliver Internet access to its low-income students: their school buses. The district installed routers in two of its buses, allowing students access to the Internet on their school-issued tablets during their morning and afternoon commutes.
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A New Priority: Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School - TeachThought

A New Priority: Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
MADISON, Wis. — Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the prekindergarten students learned their ABCs. Attention, breath and body, caring practice — clearly not the standard letters of the alphabet.

Rather, these 4- and 5-year-olds in the Madison Metropolitan School District were part of a study assessing a new curriculum meant to promote social, emotional and academic skills, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center.

Researchers found that kids who had participated in the curriculum earned higher marks in academic performance measures and showed greater improvements in areas that predict future success than kids who had not. The results were recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology.
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January’s Favorite Education and Instructional Technology YouTube Videos - Emerging EdTech

January’s Favorite Education and Instructional Technology YouTube Videos - Emerging EdTech | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this month’s best of YouTube cull, sink your senses into videos exploring multimedia learning, hybrid learning, and the potential of flipped learning. Consider the realities of the #edtech ‘revolution’ and get inspired by the transformational power of technology …
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How to Understand the Super Bowl—With Physics! | WIRED

How to Understand the Super Bowl—With Physics! | WIRED | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Super Bowl isn’t just a football game. It’s an opportunity to discuss physics. Let’s look at some of the interesting physics concepts that go with the game.
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Is School Enough for 21st Century Learners? - Brilliant or Insane

Is School Enough for 21st Century Learners? - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you ask facilitator Monika Hardy and any student at the Innovation Lab in Loveland, Colorado about education, you’d certainly learn that school is not enough for 21st century learners.

Understanding that the confines of the traditional classroom, the constraints of a standard curriculum and high stakes testing inhibit the growth of both individuals and communities, Hardy and other leaders at the Thompson School District created something unique. The Innovation Lab is a place where 21st century leaners can spend entire days focusing on what matters to them.
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Five top reasons people become teachers – and why they quit - theguardian

Five top reasons people become teachers – and why they quit - theguardian | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The statistic that two-fifths of teachers quit within the first five years is often bandied about, even though no one seems quite sure where it comes from. But new research suggests there’s some truth in it – many of those training to be teachers have considered leaving and don’t expect to see out their careers in the profession.
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3 Easy Ways to Increase Learning Using an Authentic Audience - Daily Genius

3 Easy Ways to Increase Learning Using an Authentic Audience - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Long gone are the days of students reading textbooks, memorizing, and regurgitating information. Let 2015 be the year of increasing engagement and learning in your students. Giving students an authentic audience to showcase what they know can increase their sense of purpose, which can lead to a deeper understanding of what you want them to learn everyday in your class.

If you’ve given your students a “pretend” audience, try some of these easy ways to boost learning and give students a real audience:
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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 29, 10:42 AM

#información_proceso

Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, January 29, 9:37 PM

This is a great resource.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 30, 11:41 AM

Flujos de Información: Infografía Interactiva 

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 2

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 2 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Last week we looked at the first four qualities that Tom Whitby and I layout in our book The Relevant Educator and believe all Relevant, Connected educators posses.

Just to recap:

Practices and Models Lifelong Learning-For educators, learning should never stop. Believes in Sharing and Collaboration-Alone we are smart but together we are brilliant. Sharing, reflecting and collaborating together is an imperative. Willing To Explore, Question, Elaborate and Advance Ideas Through Connections With Other Educators-We should always be striving to have our thinking pushed and have healthy debates about what works and doesn't in education. Views Failure As Part Of The Learning Process-Failure is part of our future. We need to embrace it so we can learn from it."

 

You can find part 1 of the series at http://blog.web20classroom.org/2015/01/what-does-relevant-connected-educator.html

 

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The 5 Best Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators | Edudemic

The 5 Best Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In a perfect world students would understand that education is for their benefit and put their all into every assignment. Unfortunately, every educator working today knows how far off the reality is from that ideal.   

Cheating isn’t just something that a few bad apples do every now and then, it proliferates. In a 2010 survey of high school students, one in three admitted to using the web to plagiarize. That makes it a problem no teacher can ignore.
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Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator -- Campus Technology

Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator -- Campus Technology | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Amazon has launched a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), KDP EDU, targeted at educators and authors of textbooks and other educational content.

Publicly available as a beta, Kindle Textbook Creator is designed to allow authors to use PDFs "easily prepare, publish and promote e-textbooks and other educational content for students to access on a broad range of devices," according to a news release. Once created, the resources can be uploaded to KDP for use by students anywhere in the world on Kindle Fire tablets, iOS and Android devices, Macs or PCs.
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How to Make Beautiful Music While Teaching Math - Brilliant or Insane

How to Make Beautiful Music While Teaching Math - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
All three of my children are musicians. I watched them all grow from beginners, barely able to make a sound that one could describe as musical, to confident and talented performers. I think about what might have happened if they had learned music the way we typically teach math. It might have looked something like this:
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5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do On YouTube ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do On YouTube ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After the post I shared here on how to create flipped videos via the use of annotations and other interactivity features on YouTube, I received a couple of emails from fellow teachers asking about certain functionalities on YouTube. Instead of answering each one individually, I decided to create this post and include in it the major important things a teacher should be able to do on YouTube.
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Daily Meditation: An Effective Approach to Reduce Students' Stress | Edudemic

Daily Meditation: An Effective Approach to Reduce Students' Stress | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
t’s no secret that students are facing increasing psychological and emotional stresses at school both academically and socially. Fortunately, meditation can help resolve some of these problems, and schools have already seen positive results by integrating just a few minutes of daily quiet time.
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Strategies for Encouraging Cooperative Learning - Poster - FRACTUS LEARNING

Strategies for Encouraging Cooperative Learning - Poster - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Cooperative learning is as much a skill for students to develop as it is a reflection on how we work and interact in any career or group situation. With an endless number of different techniques and strategies, try using some of the below examples to group and encourage cooperation with your students. Mix and match techniques, take from one, add to another and venture forward to invent and create your own.

Each of these strategies has been sourced from the Creative Commons text ‘Educational Psychology‘ authored by professor of educational psychology at the University of Manitoba Kelvin Seifert and Dr. Rosemary Sutton.
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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains - Mind/Shift

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?

Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.

“Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, ‘Oh, I better not do this,’ ” Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.
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15 Great Resources for Teaching Controversy, Rhetoric, and Argument Writing - Brilliant or Insane

15 Great Resources for Teaching Controversy, Rhetoric, and Argument Writing - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I’m a firm believer in the notion that opinionated kids are the most important resources for argument writing, so when it comes to coaching this form in classrooms, early conversations are often about inciting passion and letting kids talk about what matters…..to them.

Experience has taught me that most don’t care to write about school uniforms, cell phone use, or cyber bullying, and when they are asked to write about these things, what emerges is typically uninspired. They have a lot to say about a lot of other things though, and they’re eager to research and learn more about issues that really mean something to them. Ready to support these kinds of writers in your classroom?
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Guide to Student-to-Student Teaching With Online Video | Edudemic

Guide to Student-to-Student Teaching With Online Video | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You may already be using video to support your lessons, but have you considered encouraging your students to create them? Student-to-student videos enhance student understanding of a subject as well as student creativity and critical thinking skills. In a recent KQED MindShift article, Katrina Schwartz lauds peer-created videos for their ability to reach struggling students in ways that you as a teacher cannot. No longer are videos a distraction or a tool used only by teachers; videos can create a richer learning experience.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Math and Science of Football

Free Technology for Teachers: The Math and Science of Football | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In my previous post I featured Financial Football. That's a good game if you're looking for a social studies resource related to the Super Bowl. For math and science resources related to the Super Bowl, take a look at NBC Learn's Science of Football. NBC's Science of Football is a series of ten videos from NBC Learn explaining and demonstrating math and science concepts as they relate to football.

The list of topics covered in the Science of NFL Football includes Torque & Center of Mass, Pythagorean Theorem, Geometric Shapes, Projectile Motion & Parabolas, Vectors, Kinematics, Nutrition, and Newton's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Laws of Motion.
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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...


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Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, January 18, 12:23 AM

añada su visión ...

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 18, 12:45 PM
I have the article elsewhere but love the visual that is provided here. Great sign for teacher lounge, mail room as well as a PD topic.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 20, 1:57 PM

This reminds me so much of the 12 Virtues of a Good  Teacher. 300 years ago, but still very essential to the process of education.

http://www.delasalleoaklands.org/uploaded/uploaded_documents/Lasallian_Animator/Formation/12VirtuesGoodTeacher.pdf

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 6, 2014 6:17 AM

Adults toolkit for learning

Randy Bauer's curator insight, January 28, 1:39 PM

If you are providing online courses, or an information product, to adults this is a great reference.

Tony Parkin's curator insight, January 31, 4:20 AM

From Australia but useful elsewhere...

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Let’s break the stigma - 5 simple ways to help end the stigma around mental illness.

Let’s break the stigma - 5 simple ways to help end the stigma around mental illness. | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Discover 5 simple ways to help end the stigma around mental illness.
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Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides (EdSurge News)

Don’t fret, we’ve all been there: You’re up late the night before Thursday and you have to teach a lesson at 8 AM the next day. So, what do you do? Throw some text on a PowerPoint and get ready to talk through your points. Couldn’t hurt, right? You might not always read straight off of the slides--they’ll just help keep your lecture on track, and if you lose your place, the text is right there for you.

Unfortunately, whether you’re discussing Columbus with 4th graders or quantum physics with college freshmen, you may be hurting your students’ learning more than helping them
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