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7 Ways Games Reward the Brain - ElectronicBrains

7 Ways Games Reward the Brain - ElectronicBrains | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this TED Talk video entitled, 7 ways games reward the brain, Tom Chatfield  talks about the characteristics of video games which have the “ power to motivate and compel  us and transfix us like nothing else.”

Statistics show that the game industry was worth 10 billion dollars in 1990.  That number has significantly increased to 50 billion dollars globally today.  In addition, today people spend about 8 billion dollars buying virtual items that only exist inside video games.

Tom Chatfield’s discussion explores why this is occurring, and what we can learn about learning from games.  Rewards, particularly the emotional rewards play a large part in the motivation to succeed in games.  The simple psychology behind it is that people want to succeed, but they also derive pleasure from success.  Games are made engaging by a combination of probability and rewards, and reward schedules are visible for players in order to hook them further into the game they are playing.
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These days, video games are everywhere. Many teenagers, especially, are playing them globally. Some involve blood, gore and extreme violence; some do not. Either way, they greatly influence how people think and perceive the world. In this article, the author describes the psychology behind playing these video games: people want to succeed and they get this sensational pleasure from succeeding in a video game. These certain types of games are so addicting because they involve a combination of probability and rewards. Once the gamers achieve this award, they are lured into playing further into the game to achieve more success. 

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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News - NPR

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News - NPR | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.

Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.

Teachers are taking up the challenge to change that. NPR Ed put out a social media call asking how educators are teaching fake news and media literacy, and we got a lot of responses. Here's a sampling from around the country:
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8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers

8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Exit tickets or cards are informal assessment tools teachers can use to assess students understanding at the end of a class. They can also be used for formative assessment purposes to help teachers design better instructional content based on students feedback. Exit tickets can take the form of a prompt or a question related to what have been taught in the lesson. Here are some examples of questions and prompts to use in your exit cards as featured in
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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.
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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, February 22, 6:18 AM
UNESCO has launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For years, common experience and studies have prescribed that humans learn best in their earliest years of life – when the brain is developing at its fastest. Recently, though, research has suggested that the period of optimal learning extends well into adolescence.

The flurry of new findings may force a total rethinking of how educators and parents nurture this vulnerable age group, turning moments of frustration into previously unseen opportunities for learning and academic excitement.

New evidence shows that the window for formative brain development continues into the onset of puberty, between ages 9 and 13, and likely through the teenage years, according to Ronald Dahl, professor of community health and human development at the University of California, Berkeley. Dahl spoke at a recent Education Writers Association seminar on motivation and engagement.
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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Destructive Reading & Writing #KidsDeserveIt

Destructive Reading & Writing #KidsDeserveIt | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the principal of an elementary campus, we’ve done after school detention as a form of punishment for students.  The whole concept of “you wasted your class time with poor choices, so I’m going to waste your time after school”.  When we started this consequence, we always had them write sentences.  For whatever reason we had this notion that making a child write “I will make better choices” would actually influence them on a deeper level.  What were we thinking!?!?

After having some of my writing teachers come to me concerned that this consequence was building a dislike for writing in students, I took a step back to reflect.  And those teachers were so right.  We WERE building an atmosphere of “writing = punishment”.  As a teacher I even remember “making” students read when the class was behaving poorly.

I guess it’s like they say, the first step to moving forward is understanding.  After realizing what we were doing to our students I knew I had to figure something else out as a punishment.
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Useful Resources On “Fake News,” Including An NPR Story Highlighting My Lesson @larryferlazzo

Useful Resources On “Fake News,” Including An NPR Story Highlighting My Lesson @larryferlazzo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have a very extensive collection of resources on teaching fake news at The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More, including the lesson plan I wrote for Th…

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Google Activities for the Elementary Classroom and Ways to Distribute Them

Google Activities for the Elementary Classroom and Ways to Distribute Them | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This is a list of my Google digital activities that can be used in the elementary classroom. Disperse to your students via Google Classroom, Google Drive Shared Folder, your Learning Platform, etc..

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20+ Websites Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark

20+ Websites Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Are you passionate about Apple? Luckily there's no shortage of online blogs, message boards, or Apple-related resources to scratch the itch.

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26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"With so many classroom research studies published daily, you can be forgiven for missing some. The techniques below are super-tactical and, for the most part, unsung strategies that you’ll be excited to try tomorrow.


Just remember two things. First, there are always limitations and nuances in research, so we suggest you click the links and dig deeper into the studies. Second, studies are just words without you—your application and adaptations give them power.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 16, 2:44 PM
With the right match with to a teacher, I can see some of these strategies gaining great success.
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Formative Assessment with 30hands Digital Storytelling Tool - Class Tech Tips

Formative Assessment with 30hands Digital Storytelling Tool - Class Tech Tips | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How does the 30hands digital storytelling tool connect to formative assessment?The team at 30hands Storytelling believes in the power of creativity.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, February 16, 3:00 AM
Benieuwd wie hier mee aan de slag gaat (of er al mee bezig is). De beschrijving laat alvast vermoeden dat er veel evaluatieve kansen ontstaan. 
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 17, 1:22 AM
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21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever @ajjuliani

21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever @ajjuliani | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Seth Godin recently wrote an article, “Let’s Stop Calling Them Soft Skills“, in which he describes five categories of skills that we all look for in colleagues, employees, and students–yet, don’t seem to value over other content and standardized skills. What I love about Seth’s view is that it is one outside of education. He has created businesses, written books, designed products, and even started his own aMBA school. 


Seth believes these so-called “soft skills” are more important now than ever before.These skills shared above are important. They’ve always been important. However, maybe now more than ever before. In a world that is quickly changing, we need to continue refocus our why on giving students the skills and knowledge to actively learn and pursue their interests, passions, and dreams.

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Lesson Plans & Activities

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Take your students on the farm-to-table journey with these educator resources designed to help you teach your students about the production process of fresh foods, and how eggs make their way from the farm to their breakfast table.


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Lisa Foster's curator insight, February 11, 11:39 PM

Great resources for Year 4 unit on Food Miles

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15 New New EdTech Tools to Try Out in Your Instruction

15 New New EdTech Tools to Try Out in Your Instruction | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some new educational websites we unearthed from the accumulated  piles of emails in our inbox. These are tools that you can use for a variety of educational purposes including: provide students with engaging arithmetic exercises to practice multiplication tables, easily create animated and explainer videos to share with students, develop educational apps appropriate for your own students or kids, upload and share large files, enhance students critical thinking and spacial awareness skills using a number of challenging puzzle games, and many more.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 24, 7:55 AM
I see the value and use of these tools. A good variety.
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What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Learning a new math concept takes a toll on the brain not only because of the new math concepts, but also because students must recruit many parts of the brain to solve any problem. For example, students need visuospatial and auditory working memory when solving a fractions problem, and they must focus attention, inhibit distractions, order tasks, recall information from long term memory and integrate new concepts into an old schema. There’s a lot of mental processing going on when learning math, so understanding how careful brain-based instruction can prime the brain for new learning becomes extra important.

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7 collaboration tools for the modern classroom

7 collaboration tools for the modern classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Technology and interactive tools can help support students as they develop expand their collaboration skills.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 20, 9:13 AM
Worth checking out a couple.
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Twelve ways to make yourself a Gmail genius

Twelve ways to make yourself a Gmail genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Transfer money, search more accurately, or engage with your appliances: tips and tricks to enhance and customise the world’s most popular webmail service
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8 Teacher Hacks For Classroom Organization - SimpleK12

8 Teacher Hacks For Classroom Organization - SimpleK12 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Classroom organization is important for every teacher.  But staying organized in your classroom isn’t always easy.  Enter: Teacher Hacks.

Teacher hacks are simple ideas on how to repurpose something ordinary, into something extraordinary for your classroom.  These fun teacher hacks are all designed for classroom organization.   These classroom organization teacher hacks are fun, easy, and can make life a whole lot easier.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 19, 12:21 PM

Although I can't STAND the overuse of the word HACKS! This is a good article! We all have file cabinets just sitting there looking stupid!

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K-12 Blueprint - tools, research, devices, best practices and more to support effective EdTech projects

K-12 Blueprint - tools, research, devices, best practices and more to support effective EdTech projects | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
K12Blueprint is a great, free resource for technology in education. There are toolkits with information and resources for developing and deploying technology initiatives, information on choosing the right device for your schools, software and apps, curriculum, news, research, and blogs from educators and edtech leaders. The information and resources are timely, relevant and easy to use.
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How To Get Into Inquiry-Based Learning: Part 3 – 5 Skills to Become an Inquiry Teacher - Ontario Science Centre

Incorporate Inquiry-Based Learning into your Classroom. Start with this short four part video series. (Version française: https://goo.gl/fkRRea) PART 1

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Popular Culture Shed - The Mathematics Shed @grahamandre

Popular Culture Shed - The Mathematics Shed @grahamandre | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children need a hook to get them interested in a subject and maths is no different. Children love computer games and films so if you could hook children using this medium and help children to learn then why not use it. This shed will be full of maths resources and videos linked with popular culture.
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Reagan Stiles's curator insight, February 22, 9:43 AM
This article connects to human geography because the teacher uses popular culture to help kids learn. We talked about popular cultures and trends and how they spread. In my opinion, I think using popular things to help kids learn is a great idea. It can help them make connections better and easier while fitting in or just having fun.
Bre Hickox's curator insight, February 23, 9:27 AM
In class, we are learning about how popular culture spreads quickly around the world such as dance moves and gestures that are familiar to everyone. I believe that using common known popular culture helps students relate and learn with ease because everybody in their area is also familiar with it. 
Kaleigh Thompson's curator insight, February 24, 9:18 AM
This article relates to Human Geography because it is using popular culture. In Human Geography we talk about culture such as folk and popular culture. This article talks about how popular culture is used to help students learn. I feel as though using things that are well known and popular can help kids learn because it is easier to learn since they can relate to these things. 
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50 MORE Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow

50 MORE Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
RT @christinamlad: https://t.co/mSs9uNwN1i Love finding sites that provide so many great technology tools! @mgcjusa #TEC207

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Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning

Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The first year that Meyer Elementary School had a technology teacher, they focused on learning basic computer skills and tools, such as email, apps, and programs. Student learning of technology skills was disconnected from what they were learning in other classes.

This year, Meyer's technology instructor teaches tech through various content areas, presenting technology use as something purposeful, connected to their learning, and relevant to real-world situations.

"When they have a contextual tie to what they're doing in class, it lends validity," says Jeff Dahl, Meyer's technology teacher. "I can take those opportunities, teach them a tool, and hit content information at the same time."
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How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
 According to the Scholastic survey, three-quarters of parents reported wishing their kids read more for fun. But how exactly do parents do that?

Though there may not be a single secret, there are evidence-based things families can do to encourage kids to read outside of efforts made at school, said University of Virginia psychology professor Daniel Willingham, author of Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do. And the first one is tweaking the reasons behind wanting kids to read in the first place.

Willingham wants parents to re-imagine the act of reading as having less to do with school and more with a life well-lived. Instead of telling kids that reading books will help them get good grades or find a good career, he said, make reading part of a larger family value: loving to learn.

“Reading is part of a broader context of values that parents communicate to children,” Willingham said. “These are families who value learning new things. And not just in the context of school.”

When learning about the world through books becomes a family value instead of a school responsibility, parents are no longer seen as enforcers: instead they’re the enjoyers, Willingham suggests. Kids may then absorb the values message, ‘reading is important to who we are; reading is what we do.’

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 13, 12:51 AM
'Reading is about a life well lived and less about grades'
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20 Sites With Free Images for Your Blog or Social Media Posts

20 Sites With Free Images for Your Blog or Social Media Posts | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A list of handy resources for making your blog or Twitter feed look great, at absolutely no cost.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 11, 10:20 AM

Who doesn't love FREE Images!? Great source!

David Alexander's curator insight, February 12, 6:20 AM
Sermons have to engage the eyes to engage the heart and mind.
Paul's curator insight, February 12, 12:19 PM

always need these