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An Epic Mashup of Science and Hip Hop

An Epic Mashup of Science and Hip Hop | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here's a great example of how to make learning culturally relevant and to tap into students' interests, as demonstrated by teachers at one Bronx school.
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This is an awesome example of making learning relevant no matter what the content area! Love it! !

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This idea could be used for any subject. Simply awesome!

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The Techie Teacher: 5 EASY Back to School Technology Projects

The Techie Teacher: 5 EASY Back to School Technology Projects | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Are you looking for some FUN, innovative yet E-A-S-Y technology projects you could implement with your students the first month back at school? Do you only have access to laptops or desktops...no iPads? Then check out some of these ideas:"

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Worksheets don’t Work: Try Reggio-Inspired Mathematics!

Worksheets don’t Work: Try Reggio-Inspired Mathematics! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I learned about the math kits from the book, Reggio-Inspired Mathematics and grateful for the power of Twitter and the opportunity to directly connect with Janice. I asked and she kindly sent the list of materials for each kit. I will be putting together a set of math kits and sharing with my students the three formats for mathematical provocations. As described by Gandini (1998) provocation is something arriving by surprise. Provocation is a means for provoking further action. I like that the book links provocations and invitations as one in the same responding to the question about “what’s the difference” that I hear so often. Let’s get beyond trying to define them so discreetly and get onto the task of creating them in multiple formats."

I learned about the math kits from the book, Reggio-Inspired Mathematics and grateful for the power of Twitter and the opportunity to directly connect with Janice. I asked and she kindly sent the list of materials for each kit. I will be putting together a set of math kits and sharing with my students the three formats for mathematical provocations. As described by Gandini (1998) provocation is something arriving by surprise. Provocation is a means for provoking further action. I like that the book links provocations and invitations as one in the same responding to the question about “what’s the difference” that I hear so often. Let’s get beyond trying to define them so discreetly and get onto the task of creating them in multiple formats.

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Free Technology for Teachers: GroupTing Makes It Easy to Organize Volunteers for Group Events

Free Technology for Teachers: GroupTing Makes It Easy to Organize Volunteers for Group Events | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
GroupTing is a new service that makes it easy to organize group events. The purpose of GroupTing is to enable you and your event attendees to keep track of who is attending your event and what they are bringing to it. For example, if I'm planning a classroom party and I need parents to contribute cups, beverages, snacks, plates and napkins, when I send out my invitations I can request that people bring one or more of those items. GroupTing allows me to specify how many of each item is needed and who has volunteered to bring the requested items.
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4 Back to School Habits that Cultivate Community - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

4 Back to School Habits that Cultivate Community - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The beginning of a new school year is rich with opportunities to cultivate community and build a solid foundation for interdependent learning. Rather than focusing on rules and consequences, why not devote time at the beginning of the year to building these four habits instead?

Doing so will help your students turn to one another for support rather than relying on you alone. If you start the year by inspiring connection and the development of shared expertise rather than fostering fear and demanding compliance.
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3 Ways to Curate and Share Great Content - The Principal of Change @GeorgeCouros

3 Ways to Curate and Share Great Content - The Principal of Change @GeorgeCouros | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One thing that I pride myself on, is the ability to curate and share the work of others.  I have been blessed with a huge network on social media and I want to use that to not only share my voice, but hopefully the voice of others as well.  There are certain blogs that I like reading all of the time, but I also want to find the “best” stuff that is being shared right now, so if I limit it to what I already know, then it is much harder to find that.  That is why I have a few different spaces to find and share content.  Many people ask me how I “find my stuff”, so I wanted to show and share how I curate information.
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The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning | Edudemic

The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Education in this country is often the subject of loud and rancorous debate. It is one, however, that most frequently concerns what happens during school hours. But academic and non-academic learning and development don’t stop once the last bell of the day rings. In fact, as any good educator knows, even when a school day is executed perfectly, students will still struggle if they’re not receiving the support they need in the wider community and at home.

Afterschool programs are an important and impactful way to address this issue, as they have the potential to continue and even broaden learning while busy parents complete their workdays. Still, though tossing kids into the cafeteria with some Goldfish Crackers will keep them out of any immediate danger, this is not the kind of approach that will radically affect a student’s future. What, then, does a good afterschool program look like, and what can it do for students – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds? Let’s take a look.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Page of Video Creation Tools and Tutorials

Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Page of Video Creation Tools and Tutorials | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
On the video creation resources page you will now find a PDF outlining six types of video projects, a playlist of videos about making flipped videos, a playlist of videos about making audio slideshow videos, a playlist about WeVideo, and a webinar recording about making animated videos.
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6 Reasons To Smile On The First Day Of School - Daily Genius

6 Reasons To Smile On The First Day Of School - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"An age-old education adage claims that teachers are not supposed to let their students see them smile for the first eight weeks. Smiling implies weakness. Analogous to a drop of blood that attracts a shark, a smile communicates to your students that you have a soft spot ripe to take advantage of. But you should absolutely smile on the first day of school – and there are 6 great reasons why!"

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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose - Mind/Shift

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose  - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years. He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school. Instead, he says a teacher’s main job should be to help students develop key skills necessary for when they leave school. He contends there are seven essential things young people need to be successful lifelong learners:

1. Formulate good questions
2. Communicate in groups and lead by influence
3. Be agile and adaptable
4. Take initiative and be entrepreneurial
5. Effective written and oral communication skills
6. Know how to  access and analyze information
7. Be creative and imaginative"

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Top 10 Google Cardboard VR Headsets Under $30 - AVATAR GENERATION

Top 10 Google Cardboard VR Headsets Under $30 - AVATAR GENERATION | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Google Cardboard is an attempt by Google to make virtual reality headsets popular by making them cheap, and there can be no cheaper material than cardboard. The schematics for all Google Cardboard devices are freely available on the official Google Cardboard website so that anyone willing to try it can easily assemble them by hand at home. The cardboard serves as a mount where the smartphone running Google Cardboard app is inserted and the whole setup is fastened to the head with a Velcro band. Here are ten best Google Cardboard devices cheaper than $30.
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Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Available

Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Available | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, a leading non-profit provider of environmental education for primary and secondary schools, is making its award-winning curriculum available free online. Kindergarten through second grade teachers can now access free Think Earth materials at www.thinkearth.org to teach students about the environment and the everyday behaviors that can help protect it. Updated Think Earth units for third grade will be available in September 2015, and grades four through eight are in development and will be available online in 2015 and 2016.
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How Strong is Your PD Kung Fu? - Edutopia

How Strong is Your PD Kung Fu? - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"New teachers unfamiliar with professional development might not know that PD can enhance student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points, (PDF) according to a U.S. Department of Education report. But the rewards of these professional learning experiences will be compromised if new teachers don't think and act strategically, as described below."

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Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class - Mind/Shift

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles. The Stanford psychologist found that children who understand that their brains are malleable and can change when working through challenging problems can do better in school. Now, many school districts are attempting to teach growth mindset to their students. At the core of this practice is the idea of “productive failure” and giving students the time and space to work through difficult problems. Another key idea is to praise the process and effort a child puts in, not the final product.
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10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There are so many wonderful ways to welcome students back to school, and it’s important to do this regardless of the grade level you teach.

When students know you care enough about them to make their transitions happy ones, they come to care about you too. This is how respect is built. It’s where learning begins too.

What do you do to welcome students back to school, after a long summer break?
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A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models

A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Mind Trust today launched Talent Matters, an effort to recruit talented innovators and entrepreneurs to take part in two transformative efforts to improve public education in Indianapolis:
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Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students - Mind/Shift

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For at least a decade now, the driving force behind education reform has been data. We talk about collecting data, analyzing data, and making data-driven decisions. All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help. In terms of certain academic behaviors, we can quantify student learning to some extent and improve our practice as a result.

And yet, we know this is not enough. We know our students bring with them so many other kinds of data. So many other factors contribute to academic success: the atmosphere in their homes, the demands of their out-of-school school schedule, the physical concerns that distract them, the passions and obsessions that consume them. These things are much harder to measure, so we don’t even try, focusing instead on the things we can convert to numbers.
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5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom - Brilliant or Insane

5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A problem-solving classroom isn't easy to create. These 5 principles for a problem-solving classroom will help.
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7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter - Entrepreneur

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter - Entrepreneur | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For a long time, it was believed that people are born with a given level of intelligence and the best we could do in life was to live up to our potential. Scientists have now proven that we can actually increase our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process. We now know that by learning new skills the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better.

Here is a list of seven hobbies that make you smarter and why.
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Madison Totushek's curator insight, August 26, 8:18 PM

I picked this article because the title alone immediately caught my attention. As I kept reading, the article made some excellent points about the simplest things we can do on a day to day basis in order to "exercise" our brain. My favorite one was #5, which was 'Test your cumulative learning'. Students everywhere make the mistake of pulling an 'all nighter' the day before a really important exam, which actually does more hurt than help. If we use cumulative learning rather than cramming, then we will retain the information better in our long term memory and it will be much easier to retrieve. Another one I found interesting was #1, "Play an Instrument'. It states that if you do that, it will strengthen the connection of the two hemispheres through the corpus callosum, which helps improve brain function regardless of age.

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Kleinspiration: How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Kleinspiration: How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This year, I'm excited to start using Ignite Teaching with my class.  This is one tool I know we can use throughout the year, across all subjects, in a variety of creative ways.  Any tool that allows students to create, collaborate, and share is always a favorite in our class.  One of my favorite parts is that I will also be able to see their work in progress as they collaborate with one another, and I'll be able to offer feedback along the way.  
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Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions - Edutopia

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A teacher should also start teaching how to ask questions, because good questions lead the inquiry. Students in inquiry mode can start developing their own questions about the unit being taught.
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Sophie Barker's curator insight, August 26, 7:51 AM

Questions matter.   Students who are working through an inquiry based unit are guided by a task in which they are asked to respond to a question.  It is from this initial question that a series of other questions arise, perpetuating a cycle of questioning, taking them on a journey of learning in the 21st century classroom. 

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Math Game-Based Learning with Prodigy: Free Learning Tool @ClassTechTips

Math Game-Based Learning with Prodigy: Free Learning Tool @ClassTechTips | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As teachers, we know there is no better time to motivate and empower students than at the beginning of a new school year. Introducing game-based learning into the classroom can help you do just that and Prodigy’s curriculum-aligned math game is one I’d recommend you check out.
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5 Ways to Help Students Make a Smooth Transition Back to School - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

5 Ways to Help Students Make a Smooth Transition Back to School - Brilliant or Insane  @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I know that many families don’t have this particular advantage and that the first weeks of school often find students and teachers overwhelmed by the transition. There are areas to be aware of when teachers return to school each year. Attending to them during those initial days made the shift from summer to school year a bit less miserable for all."

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6 Updates to Google Classroom for Fall 2015 - Teacher Tech @AliceKeeler

6 Updates to Google Classroom for Fall 2015 - Teacher Tech @AliceKeeler | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #37

Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #37 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Hello and welcome to my 37th gems post. This is where I share some of the best maths teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. If you enjoy reading these posts then you might like to explore my new hashtag #mathsgems to see highlights from previous posts.

Last week I attended #pieandmaths - this was an event organised by La Salle Education in which a group of maths teachers got together to discuss issues in maths education. It was a great day and I've included a short write-up at the end of this post.

I have a surplus of gems this week so here's the first five, with five more to follow later this week.
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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #38

Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #38 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Hello and welcome to my 38th gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. As teachers start making plans and preparing resources for September, there's been a flurry of inspiring ideas on Twitter - I can barely keep up!
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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 
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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, August 25, 7:10 AM

Leuke ideeën voor ons GameLab

Jan Boustead's curator insight, August 25, 5:39 PM

Makerspace  ideas.

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 26, 3:18 AM

Great project ideas!