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Teachers Guide to The Use of Technology in Teaching Writing ~ EdTech & MLearning

Teachers Guide to The Use of Technology in Teaching Writing ~ EdTech & MLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When it comes to enhancing students writing skills, technology can play a decisive role. In his celebrated work “The Digital Writing Workshop’, author Troy Hicks explains in details how you can integrate technology in your writing instruction to help students become good writers. One key concept in this discussion is viewing writing as a process instead of an end product. Process here insinuates a state of unfinishedness because writing is always a task in the making. Students are continuously engaged in a never-ending process of discovery and sense making through the use of language. In this regard, the writing process is comprised of several phases or stages each of which has a specific role in creating and enhancing students writing skills. Going beyond the problematic of nomenclature, we will stick here with the conventional classification of the writing process as espoused by many scholars including Donal Murray, Donal Graves, Lucy Calkins and many more. This process is composed of four main stages: pre-writing, writing, revising, and publishing. The purpose of today’s post is to provide you with a number of tools and apps to help your students' writing needs in each of these stages.
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How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space @DianaRendina

How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space @DianaRendina | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many of us are rethinking and redesigning our library spaces. We have visions of flexible, mobile furnishings on wheels, beautiful charging stations, tools to support technology.  And these are all great and wonderful. But if we go to our administration/school board/people who have money to give us and all we do is paint pretty pictures of what our space could be, they may or may not give us money. By identifying the specific design problems in our space and how they impact student learning, we are much more likely to secure that funding that we need. Here’s some common design problems we often face in school libraries and some ideas on how to reframe them.
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This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016

This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A Weak Spot in HIV, A Newly Discovered Property of Light, Google's Creative "Sticky Car" Concept, and So Much More
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Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading

Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago I featured the summer reading packs offered by ReadWorks. Those reading packs are a great option for those teachers and students looking for relatively short articles. For those teachers and students in need of longer ebooks, I recommend taking a look at what Zing has to offer.

Zing is a service that offers thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many students and teachers are in districts like Wake County where they are subjected to policies, guidelines, and mandates that they rarely have any say in. It doesn’t have to be that way and in New York City it isn’t. Instead the newly released social media guidelines for students 12 and younger incorporated the participatory design process and were developed with rather than for students and teachers. These guidelines serve as a companion to the 13 and older guidelines and have been positively received by stakeholders.  
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A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Creating a digital presence for your class does not have to be restricted to only standard  platforms such as websites, blogs and wikis;  social media platforms do offer some handy alternatives especially when it comes to teaching adult students. For instance, you can easily create a Google Plus community for your class and invite your students to join in. There is also Google’s new web tool Spaces that you can use with your students to share, discuss and comment on different topics (a guide on how to use Spaces is on the making and we will share it with you as soon as it is ready). However, in today’s post we are  introducing you to Facebook Pages. This is a feature in Facebook that allows you to create a virtual space for any sort of purpose you want.
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Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer

Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children are researching years before they learn to read. Watch a toddler investigate the bugs in the backyard and you’ll notice that curiosity is deeply human. And while we want students to learn some of the harder, more complex aspects of researching (such as determining the loaded language and bias in a source), my hope is that they retain some aspect of this curiosity as they get older. On some level, I want my current graduate students to research like a toddler.
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3 Ways to Shake Up The Station Rotation Model - @Catlin_Tucker

3 Ways to Shake Up The Station Rotation Model - @Catlin_Tucker | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the last two years, I’ve spent time exploring variations on the established blended learning models. In this post, I want to share three different ways teachers can shake up the traditional approach to the Station Rotation Model. This model does exactly what its name suggests. Students rotate through various stations in the classroom with at least one station being an online station. If teachers have ample access to technology, they can design multiple stations that incorporate technology.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, Today, 8:11 AM
Consider these alternatives. Creativity, student choice, tech based, differentiation, etc.
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Ideas for Reflecting on This Year & Improving Next Year Four O'Clock Faculty #4OCF

Ideas for Reflecting on This Year & Improving Next Year Four O'Clock Faculty #4OCF | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How can you reflect, reinvent, and improve for next year? Try these 6 strategies found here.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 21, 3:15 PM
Make #6 tech related or add a number 7 and make it tech related.
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A Self-Directed Learning Model For Critical Literacy

A Self-Directed Learning Model For Critical Literacy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The above is the latest draft of our self-directed learning framework, version 1.1.

It is based, in spirit, on our Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. It is intended to function as a guide for students–likely with the support and facilitation of teachers, parents, and mentors–to help students become expert learners.

The goal of the model isn’t content knowledge (though it should produce that), but rather something closer to wisdom–learning how to learn, understanding what’s worth understanding, and perhaps most importantly, analyzing the purpose of learning (e.g., personal and social change). It also encourages the student to examine the relationship between study and work–an authentic “need to know” with important abstractions like citizenship and legacy.
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Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, May 19, 8:40 AM
Teaching college transition course in the Fall. Perhaps students ought to look at this themselves.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 19, 9:23 AM
Kauffman Leadership Academy is not fully self-directed, however, we do utilize many of these questions to engage learners in purposeful activities. I like this graphic as a reference.
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Is the school year winding down? Do you need a reboot to help get through a challenging month? Inspiration can come from many places. From the smile on a student's face, to a great conversation with parents, to an episode of a favorite television show that provides an idea for the next day's lesson, small moments can be game changers when we need to reboot and recharge.

When I was a classroom teacher, those days after a long break or in the midst of a period without a moment to catch my breath could make it hard to find inspiration in everyday moments. In this list of resources for teacher inspiration, you'll find a handful of different websites and apps to energize your lesson, lighten your mood, and inspire you to persevere through a challenging part of the school year. These might become part of your daily or weekly routine, or something that you turn to for a dose of inspiration to reboot during a tough time of year. If you've tried one of my favorites or have another to add to the list, share your top resources for finding inspiration in the comments at the end of this post.
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Jennifer Aaker: Capturing the Power of Empathy

Jennifer Aaker: Capturing the Power of Empathy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Stanford Graduate School of Business Marketing Professor Jennifer Aaker shows the value of harnessing empathy to design products, and improve the performance of employees.
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Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners. As more and more people learn about the growth mindset, which was first discovered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, we sometimes observe some confusions about it. Recently some critiques have emerged. Of course we invite critical analysis and feedback, as it helps all of us learn and improve, but some of the recent commentary seems to point to misunderstandings of growth mindset research and practice. This article summarizes some common confusions and offers some reflections.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 18, 8:13 AM
Confused? Reading this can help.
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Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12

Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There are various types of student inquiry. How many of them do you know? Thanks to a post I found on Twitter, you’re about to know about all of them. I watch social media closely and it’s my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

The different levels of student inquiry  are about what a teacher does versus what a student does when guiding a lesson plan, project, or other school activity. Shelly Terrell posted an infographic on her Twitter account that explains the different types of student inquiry. The infographic was created by Trevor Mackenzie.
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Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing

Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A tortoise in Brazil just received a unique gift: a 3D printed shell. The tortoise, named Fred, was found with 85% of its shell burnt in a forest fire.

The group who came to Fred’s rescue, called the “Animal Avengers,”  is a volunteer animal group consisting of a 3D designer, four veterinarians, and a dental surgeon. They had to virtually reconstruct all of the creature’s shell, due to the extensive damage.
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12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog

12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter is a great place to discover articles and resources for teaching English as well as an engaging way to get your students to improve their reading and writing skills. Twitter also chunks language to 140 characters, which makes communicating and reading in English more manageable. Additionally, students learn to scan text for understanding and bookmark resources quickly.

The list of activities below will help you get started integrating Twitter for language learning. Public Twitter streams do not require an account to view them. Your students do not need a Twitter account for many of the activities suggested. However, you may want to create a free Twitter class or teacher account.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, Today, 8:06 AM
I see a value for secondary ESL students and teachers. Review and judge for yourself.
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Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel

Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These new videos focus on mathematical models - a way for students, in this case younger students, to identify and solve mathematical problems in the world.
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5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought

5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While it can be tempting to accept the first job offer we receive, we should do our due diligence. Caring about education and our long-term careers means considering the following before we accept a position.
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Schools say goodbye to the long summer

Schools say goodbye to the long summer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators have sometimes likened a school year to running a marathon. A balanced calendar may offer more chances to rest and refuel—enabling a strong effort in the next leg of the race.
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11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain works, are we limited by our underlying circuitry or can we overcome our limitations?

Over the years, TED has put on dozens of amazing presentations that highlight the mysteries of the brain and break them down in ways that we — laymen — can understand. Here are the most fascinating ones we’ve watched and enjoyed.
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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, May 21, 3:43 PM
30 days challenge, living with less
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Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal

Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Classroom wearable technology in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 46 percent over the next four years, according to a recent report released by Research and Markets, a Dublin, Ireland-based market research firm.

“Classroom Wearables Technology Market in the U.S. 2016-2020” covered the present scenario and the growth prospects of the scholastic wearables market, which includes devices such as smart glasses, smart watches, fitness trackers, wearable cameras and virtual reality headgear. To calculate the market size, the report documented classroom wearable devices by product, in K-12 schools, in higher education, by revenue in 2014 and 2015 and by shipments. The classroom wearables market appears to be a multi-billion dollar industry.

Via Jim Lerman, Stephanie Sandifer, Tina Rettler-Pagel
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Sometimes we need to color outside of the lines to read in between them

Sometimes we need to color outside of the lines to read in between them | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I am a huge fan of projects and project based learning.  I love how PBL is about the process of learning and not the process of compliance.  I love how PBL is about questioning and not following.  Most importantly, I love that when implemented correctly, PBL acts as a vehicle for students to acquire knowledge while simultaneously strengthening their skills and deepening their understanding.  The results of successful project based learning units include student autonomy, deep inquiry, and organic engagement.

To achieve such desirable results, however, mindful planning and strategic facilitation are necessities.  I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my own practice and collaborating with other teachers about their PBL experiences.  What I have found is that often times while well-intended, project based learning attempts do not garner anticipated outcomes.   Why is this?  For the longest time the answer to this question eluded me.  But, then I started to see patterns and it seems that there are three primary reasons why project based learning attempts sometimes fall flat.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make a Good Explanatory Video - Research, Planning, Editing

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make a Good Explanatory Video - Research, Planning, Editing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
MinuteEarth is a popular YouTube channel whose videos I've featured a handful of times on this blog. Their short videos provide explanations of interesting science topics like why rivers curve and why it is hot underground. Last week MinuteEarth published a video about the process their team uses to produce their videos.
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Tech It Tuesday: Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo

Tech It Tuesday: Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today’s feature begins with a question: As summer break rapidly approaches, what teacher doesn’t need a really cool vacation app that can double as a pretty powerful instructional tool?

Well, if you’re that person, the Photo Mapo app is a must-have digital gem. Yep, this really swell resource can transform photos into map-like masterpieces that can be shared with family and friends across social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram. Even better, this tool has countless classroom app-lications.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 18, 8:08 AM
Traveling this summer. Consider this.
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How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR

How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.

"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She coauthored the study, published in Psychological Science with colleague Carol Dweck, who pioneered research on mindsets. "Parents have this powerful effect really early on and throughout childhood to send messages about what is failure, how to respond to it."

Although there's been a lot of research on how these forces play out, relatively little looks at what parents can do to motivate their kids in school, Haimovitz says. This study begins filling that gap.
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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 22, 6:55 AM
"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University.
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Excellent Educational Posters Featuring The 9 Character Strengths of Successful Students ~ EdTech & mLearning

Excellent Educational Posters Featuring The 9 Character Strengths of Successful Students ~ EdTech & mLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Character Lab is a nonprofit with an educational focus on the advancement of the science and practice of character development. Character Lab’s team is composed of dedicated researchers, designers and educators who work in unison to : ‘discover the ideas and strategies that build character, translate scientific insights into educational tools, and create next-generation measures for the purposes of research and self-reflection.’ Character Lab has funded and carried several research studies within schools and classrooms in order to analyze and find out the range of character strengths students can build on to lead a successful and thriving social, emotional and intellectual life.
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A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom's Taxonomy - TeachThought

A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom's Taxonomy - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Well, technically it’s a 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional model, but being limited as we are in 2016 to 2D screens, it is what it is. (Soon you’ll be able to 3D print what you see–download the plans and print it. Or play with it in virtual reality. Eventually a hologram you can manipulate digitally–pass around the room like a tennis ball, then fling it into the ether….)
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