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Mrs. L's Teaching Blog: #I4Ed Presentations=Awesome!

Mrs. L's Teaching Blog: #I4Ed Presentations=Awesome! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"This past week I had the pleasure of listening to a number of great presentations in my Internet for Educators class at university. The topics covered include:

 

Cyberbullying http://ow.ly/ikOLV 

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Internet,

 

BYOD  http://ow.ly/ikOHT 

 

How NOT to Steal From the Internet http://hownottosteal.wikispaces.com/

 

and

 

Internet Filtering. http://ow.ly/ikOPq 

 

I really liked that there was a variety of program models used to present the material. I liked each one (Glogster, Today'sMeet, Wikispaces, WallWisher, and Poll Everywhere). I think our instructor was quite proud of everyone!"

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I had the honour of speaking to this group of young and aspiring teachers and was very impressed with their energy and eagerness to infuse technology into their teaching practices. - John

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"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company

"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Education-bashing has become something of a national sport in the United States. From hurling criticism about slipping test scores, socio-economic disparity, dropout rates, to raising concerns about poor teaching standards and school resources, the popular narrative is that U.S. schools are failing children. There’s good reason for the pile-on: in many cases, the problems are real.

While most of the conversation around education reform centers on how to address these existing issues, another point of view has been gaining momentum over the last several years. It’s a point of view that is less focused on fine-tuning the current system for high performance—since the system was built in 1893 with the goal of churning out "good workers"—and more about rethinking education entirely and how it meets the world’s rapidly changing economy in the information age.

This topic is explored in depth in the feature-length documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, which premiered at Sundance and will appear at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24. In the film, director, writer and producer Greg Whiteley casts a light on the shortcomings of established education methods by focusing on one school that’s defying convention, San Diego’s High Tech High. While following two ninth-grade classes for a year, with classroom instruction unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the doc offers some inspirational ideas for how to help students rise to the occasion of an innovation economy that requires critical thinking."

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Educational Technology Guy: Guest Post - How to Create Stunning Visual Aids for your Lessons

Educational Technology Guy: Guest Post - How to Create Stunning Visual Aids for your Lessons | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It is a challenge to seize children’s attention and not to let it go. Some teachers experience great difficulties in keeping students engaged and involved in the educational process due to objective reasons. Luckily, there exist some tricks to help resourceful teachers, one of them being visual aids. Looking at bright and colorful images, students are more likely to digest the material without boredom and remember it afterwards. But why are visual aids so effective and how to create them?


First of all, visual aids are helpful, because they show the data visually. Some facts, connections and outcomes are much easier to understand when they are represented as a picture. For example, some statistics, shown as a diagram will be much more winning than its detailed descriptions in words. Then, as visual images have the sense of modernity, they easily grab children’s attention for some time. Thus, they are useful for highlighting some essential points and setting true accents. And finally, visual aids and pictures boost children’s creativity. By looking at something beautiful and challenging, by perceiving the right way of data organization, students can get inspired and come up with new and outstanding ideas."

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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching - Mind/Shift

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015.

Creative Teaching

Let me say a few words about creativity. I’ve written a lot about this theme in other publications. Rather than test your patience here with repetition of those ideas, let me refer you to them if you have a special interest. In Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, I look in some detail at the nature of creativity and how it relates to the idea of intelligence in the arts, the sciences, and other areas of human achievement. In 1997, I was asked by the U.K. government to convene a national commission to advise on how creativity can be developed throughout the school system from ages five through eighteen. That group brought together scientists, artists, educators, and business leaders in a common mission to explain the nature and critical importance of creativity in education. Our report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, set our detailed proposals for how to make this happen in practice and was addressed to people working at all levels of education, from schools to government.
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These 8 tips will seriously help you get more out of Twitter - Daily Genius

These 8 tips will seriously help you get more out of Twitter - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter can be an incredibly powerful tool for teachers, both in and out of the classroom. There’s definitely a reason that it is high on the list of most popular social media sites (second only to the Almighty Facebook).  You can choose to use Twitter with your students to give their classroom work a boost, and you can use it for your own professional development.

But regardless of how you’re putting it to use, we have a few tips to help you get the most out of using Twitter. If you’re a veteran Twitter user, what would you recommend? We’d love to hear what you think! Leave us a note in the comments below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter, or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page and drop us a line there!
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10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool. Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers.

I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher. This was when differentiated instruction felt new to everyone. In those days, we used pre-tests, anticipation guides, and student work samples from previously taught units to identify what kids knew, what they were already able to do, and where we should invest our greatest energies.

Our pre-assessment practices have evolved quite a bit since then. Many teachers have come to understand that assessment in any context rarely requires testing, and data isn’t just a simple set of numbers, and defining strengths and needs serves learners in more ways than we previously understood.

Sure, we still pre-assess to compact the lessons we teach, but engaging learners in this sort of reflective work helps them carve productive pathways through student-directed learning experiences as well. Consider some of these approaches as you design learning experiences for your students or prepare to engage them in self-directed projects:
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The Ultimate Guide to Note Taking in Class - Infographic

The Ultimate Guide to Note Taking in Class - Infographic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Ultimate Guide to Note Taking in Class Infographic lists some of the ways that can help students take better notes in class.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Three strategies for effective note-taking with examples, pros and cons, and tips

Michael Westwood's curator insight, April 23, 5:37 PM

The "Pen vs. Keyboard" seems a bit questionable, but otherwise a potentially useful way to introduce this topic to students.

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Primary & Secondary Teacher Tips Magazine - Innovate My School

Primary & Secondary Teacher Tips Magazine - Innovate My School | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Free to all schools, the Innovate My School Magazine contains a range of innovative educational insights that will inspire, challenge and excite schools, teachers and educators across the country.
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New Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day 2015 - TIME

In 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to spread the message of environmental awareness, and in the process created the first ever Earth Day. To honor what has become a global observance, a new Google Doodle has been created for Earth Day 2015.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Record Audio Interviews With Skype and QuickTime

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Record Audio Interviews With Skype and QuickTime | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"On a cold winter night four or five months ago I started to organize the screencast videos that I've made over the years. I called the list Practical Ed Tech Tips. Since I started that list I've made an effort to add one or two new screencasts to it every week. Yesterday, I added the 100th video to the Practical Ed Tech Tips playlist"


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40 Moving Examples Of #Iwishmyteacherknew - TeachThought

40 Moving Examples Of #Iwishmyteacherknew - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Colorado.

By now, you’ve likely heard of her–or at least one of her ideas, #Iwishmyteacherknew.

Every now and then, there’s an “Education” story that the masses take notice of–standardized testing, Michelle Rhee, Waiting for Superman, the flipped classroom, the iPad failure in LA, the testing scandal in LA, among others. The most recent to crossover is the hashtag #Iwishmyteacherknew, which is what it sounds like it might be–an asynchronous conversation (or rather, series of statements) illuminating the realities that many students face every day.

On one hand, there’s an inherent kind of other disconnect at work here that makes the whole thing a huge act of spectacle, while inviting frank discussions about privacy. We’ll talk more about that in a follow-up later this week. To provide context to that kind of analysis, first the tweets themselves.
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Free Technology for Teachers: ArcGIS Online - Introduce Students to GIS Beyond What Google Maps Offers

Free Technology for Teachers: ArcGIS Online - Introduce Students to GIS Beyond What Google Maps Offers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The one hundred or more posts that I've written about Google Maps over the years is indicative of how much I like what can be done with Google Maps in classrooms. That said, when you're ready to move beyond basic placemarks there are more robust mapping tools than Google Maps. One of those tools is ESRI's ArcGIS Online.

ArcGIS Online is an expensive product for anyone that is not in a K-12 school. If you work in or attend a K-12 school then ArcGIS Online is free through ESRI's ConnectED program. Click here to apply for a free subscription.
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What's Your Digital Age? - Edutech for Teachers

What's Your Digital Age? - Edutech for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
My theory is that age is just a number, so quite frankly I don’t really fret too much about it. But when I happened across this nifty graphic on Twitter the other day, I was definitely interested in knowing if I act my digital age. And now I bet you are probably wondering the same!

Well, now you can find out the answer to one of life’s burning questions from The World According to Mr. N infographic, which calculates a person’s digital age according to the social media addiction you may have. Check out the image shown below to determine how technology habits can say a lot about who you just might be! Warning: Get ready to say “yikes” to yourself. Just sayin’…
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How Was School Today? - CULTURE OF YES

How Was School Today? - CULTURE OF YES | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Fine.

What did you do at school today?

Nothing.

All parents have had these conversations.  Apparently students all over the world are doing nothing at school, but not to worry,  it is fine.  It is the challenge of asking questions that specific, but are still open-ended so to avoid one word answers.  We all easily fall into the trap, with our kids, our co-workers and our friends of asking “how are you doing?” and knowing the only really acceptable answer is “fine”.

In our home we are continually trying to make a conscious effort for some different conversation starters."

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Five Ways to Create a State of Flow in the Classroom | John Spencer's Blog

Five Ways to Create a State of Flow in the Classroom | John Spencer's Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We've all seen it before. A student suddenly gets "in the zone" in the midst of a project. (It's even better when it happens with an entire class.) Time seems to simultaneously slow down and yet speed up all at once. There's a sense of challenge and urgency but also a sense of relaxation. You can feel it intuitively. Something is different.

This state of optimal concentration is often described as "flow."
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6 Simple Takeaways From 32 Years Of Teaching - TeachThought

6 Simple Takeaways From 32 Years Of Teaching - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Our first entry from our Diverse Teacher Voices program comes from Sharon Davison, a Kindergarten teacher from Vermont who responded to the “Dear First Year Me” prompt. For Sharon, there is some increased significance–or rather, there’s significance for each one of us as readers. Sharon has taught for 32 years–and here she is, from 1983 to today, still tweeting, still blogging, still connecting, still serving. Beautiful! Her class twitter account can be found here. Give her a visit.

Dear First Year Me,

So you have decided to share your energy, strength, perseverance and courage to become a teacher! Congratulations!  You can do it because you care about making a difference.  Just remember to…..
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Cite a Tweet in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Cite a Tweet in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As social media has evolved it has crept into academic work. I've even given research assignments in which I've asked my students to seek out and cite quotes from people on Twitter. More and more I'm asked, "how do I cite a Tweet?" In fact, I was asked this in an email last night. If you're citing for a blog post, you can just embed the Tweet. If you're citing for a more formal work you will want to follow guidelines of MLA, APA, or Chicago Style.
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10 effective web tools educators should try out - Daily Genius

10 effective web tools educators should try out - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this initial weekly roundup of what’s happening on Product Genius, I wanted to share some of the trending educational web tools we’ve been using. Since the site is so new, a lot of these tools are based on what I’ve been seeing and personally using. As time goes on, we’ll get a more crowdsourced version of this list. For now, I wanted to share some of the tools I’ve been seeing and wanting others to know about.
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4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius

4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. There are a myriad of platforms to choose from: edublogs, Kidblog (especially good for elementary age children), Blogger, wordpress, and most LMS systems have a blogging platform built in.

How to set up blogging in the classroom will depend on your platform, and is pretty easy to figure out with all of the “how-to” videos and help center collections. What teachers most often ask me is why they would set up a blog for their class. What value is there in a class blog?

Here are some great ideas and applications for class and/or individual student blogs that you can explore in your classroom.
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Definitely some great ideas for implementing blogging.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 25, 3:31 PM

Aplicaci'on de los blog en el aula.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 27, 12:53 PM

As I promote the integration of blogging with my preservice students, I have also seen a growth in local teachers adopting the concept.  This post shared by @John Evans ,from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

, from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

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The 25 Best School Websites | Edudemic

The 25 Best School Websites | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, most kids automatically attended their neighborhood school. But today’s kids (and their parents) have many more choices. Public, private, magnet, charter, year-round, traditional schedule—the options are vast. For many parents, the first step in learning about a school isn’t through a school visit, but through the school’s website. What is the school’s culture, mission or priorities? Does it offer services or foreign language? What extracurricular activities does it have? How diverse is it?

The school website is the first place to get this information. And, just as when people meet, the first impression is often the last impression, and can quickly influence whether the parent of a prospective student seeks more information about your school.

The school website isn’t just for people who might be coming to the school—it’s a hub for students, teachers, administrators, parents and the entire school family.

Creating a website that is useful and that creates both an immediate and sustained impression is key.
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Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized images - Mashable

Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized images - Mashable | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Images are a vital element of social media. Set a photo with screwy dimensions as your profile pic or cover photo, and you've immediately set the tone all wrong.

But don't worry — we took a look at the optimum image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, so you can make sure your profiles and content look as good as they possibly can.
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Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms - Edutopia

Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and Into Classrooms - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are when I have been in the classroom observing teachers and interacting with students and teachers.

Conceptually, I believe that every administrator would agree with me that they need to be in the classroom to be the most effective with teachers and student learning, but in reality, it is easier said than done. The administrator's office is the focal point of so many things: planning, scheduling, disciplining, reporting, and managing. All of this becomes a magnet drawing the administrator inexorably back to the office any time he or she strays any distance from it.
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"Reading Teacher" Is A Good Site For Very Beginners - @LarryFerlazzo

"Reading Teacher" Is A Good Site For Very Beginners - @LarryFerlazzo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reading Teacher is a site that’s been around for awhile. There used to be a cost involved, but just last week they made it free-of-charge.

It has one or two hundred online books for very beginning readers — sort of an expanded version of Starfall. Many of the books have short quizzes after them.

Though it’s free to individual users, it does cost $20 if you want to create a virtual classroom of 29 students to track their progress.

I am using it, and will in the future, as another option for Beginning ELLs, particularly ones who have been out of school for a long time.
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The What? Why? How? of Documenting4Learning @langwitches

The What? Why? How? of Documenting4Learning @langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

My work in formalizing Documenting4Learning is moving forward. In good old fashion, regarding practicing what one preaches, I am documenting my journey:

* Learning to Document FOR Learning and Sharing
* Copyright and Backchanneling in the Music Classroom
* Unpacking a Twitter Conference Feed
* Professional Development Model: Documenting4Learning
* Tools that Facilitate Documenting
* Documenting FOR Learning


My exploration got started with my own change and heightened layer of learning as a direct result of documenting. The continued action research, is fueled by my firm believe that sharing is a crucial component of our work as educators and the “learning revolution“."


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8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle — Emerging Education Technologies

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”.
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Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius

Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Great writers don’t rely solely upon their talent. They are characterized with discipline and great focus. If you lack these fundamental skills, your talent won’t help you write outstanding posts and articles on schedule. Wait; that doesn’t mean you should give up!

There are many online tools, apps and websites that will help you achieve your full potential as a blogger or content writer. Start exploring these tools:
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