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Educational Technology Guy: Soundtrap - make music online from any device!

Educational Technology Guy: Soundtrap - make music online from any device! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Soundtrap is a new site that lets you make music online, from any device, with your own instruments or the virtual ones on the site. The free version offers 5 projects, 750 loops, 151 instruments and sounds and lots of other features. There are premium levels with more features and less limits.
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This is a good virtual tool for creating Music,  What makes this device so Great is that you can use your own instruments with it or use the pre installed virtual instruments.  the future is bright.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Canva to Promote School Events

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Canva to Promote School Events | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the things that I always talk about in my workshop on Blog & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders is using regular Facebook page updates to keep parents informed about school and classroom events. One of the things that you can do to help your Facebook posts reach more people is to include high resolution graphics in your posts. Canva is a great tool for creating high resolution graphics to include in your Facebook posts. Canva provides a huge catalog of free templates for creating graphics to use in your social media posts. In the video below I provide a demonstration of how to use Canva.
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100+ Motivational Quotes On Dream, Goal And Future

100+ Motivational Quotes On Dream, Goal And Future | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Check this out if you need some motivation on the journey of chasing your dream!
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Best Online Poster Maker To Design Your Own Stunning Poster – Web Knowledge Free

Best Online Poster Maker To Design Your Own Stunning Poster – Web Knowledge Free | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Poster maker helps you to create the poster online using the ready made layout and design already created by  experience creative designer with lots of efforts. We can use the poster maker online tool to create easily our own poster by handy use of the many graphics, images, fonts and text shapes. With all these combination any one can make the awesome poster using the poster maker online tool.

Posters created with Poster maker can help us for personal purpose for any event or Social sharing Strategies plus the business marketing and digital marketing of any business. Some of the below tools allow to create the flyer and banner that can be also used for promoting ads for the business and digital marketing of the any local or online business.
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5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
With a daily commute, I simply cannot imagine life without podcasts and more importantly, the learning and motivation that comes from them daily. So here are 5 Amazing Podcasts that you should check out and why.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 21, 2016 11:27 AM
PE Teachers,  give one a try.
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Instructional Strategies

Instructional Strategies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We know that students learn best when they are truly engaged in what they are learning, when they have the opportunity to explore, debate, discuss, examine, defend, and experiment with the concepts and skills they are ready to learn.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 2016 11:08 PM

I think some of this information will be evident for teachers; however, I think they'll find the most value in some othe strategies. Enjoy the exploration!

juandoming's curator insight, March 21, 2016 11:48 AM

I think some of this information will be evident for teachers; however, I think they'll find the most value in some othe strategies. Enjoy the exploration!

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, March 25, 2016 10:23 PM

I think some of this information will be evident for teachers; however, I think they'll find the most value in some othe strategies. Enjoy the exploration!

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Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School

Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have been on the hunt as of late for books that I can hand to one of my hardest student groups; my resistant readers.  Not just reluctant readers, not just readers that may have forgotten how much they like reading, no, the students that really do not want to read and would rather fake read every single day of the year rather than actually read.  These are the kids I am book hunting for.  So what are some of the books that seem to be hooking not just my reluctant readers but even my resistant ones (and almost every other reader as well)?
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Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills

Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
English teacher Michael Godsey is an early adopter of podcasts as a teaching tool in his high school. At first he used episodes of This American Life and Serial because he was impressed by the critical thinking and engagement he saw from students. He also liked that students were having deep discussions about the stories with other adults who were listening to the same podcasts. But recently, he noticed something else important: listening to podcasts makes his students want to read more.
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Cecila Chew's curator insight, March 21, 2016 2:40 AM

i feel that this article is very relatable to me as a student. As said in the article positive learning behaviours are observed and increased. Reading is a good habit and thing to do while at home or as entertainment. Podcasts may be more common in the future as a education tool as  more and more people enjoy listening to podcasts. Students like me will benefit as we can develop an interest to read more. Having deep discussions also is a good thing as we share our opinion together .

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Some More Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some More Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Learning  A-Z, the popular provider of literacy-focused products, has recently  added some interesting resources to its Science A-Z section. These are interactive learning materials students can use to enhance their science learning. These include hands-on science lessons and experiments for kids, multilevel texts that seamlessly integrate science and reading and many other resources. To use any of these materials you need to register with Learning A-Z. Also keep in mind that while the website offers a free trail, you will have to purchase a subscription plan to use any of their resources.
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Kid President is BACK with BIG NEWS!

Kid President declares this year THE YEAR OF THE KID! We're setting out to help make the world more awesome for, you guessed it, KIDS. But we can't do i
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School leaders who master social media reap huge benefits

School leaders who master social media reap huge benefits | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We’ve come a long way from the not-too-distant past when educators were forbidden to use Facebook or Twitter at work or to “friend” students and parents. Many progressive educators are taking to social media to tell their stories.
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8 Ways to Improve a Question ~ A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

8 Ways to Improve a Question ~ A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I recently spent some time with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen, where I conducted some exercises on sharpening questioning skills. It’s often the case that when you have to teach people something, you learn a lot yourself. One of the things I had to get my arms around was a pretty basic question: How do you improve a question? I’m sure there are many potential answers to that, but in thinking about, I came up with these eight ways to take an existing question and make it better
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 19, 2016 8:42 AM
Questioning is a major aspect of what teachers do so reviewing this article is a must. Use what you learn to construct  your questions for your next lesson. Then judge the results.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tips to Improve Critical Thinking Skills - A TED-Ed Lesson

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tips to Improve Critical Thinking Skills - A TED-Ed Lesson | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking is the latest TED-Ed lesson. The introduction to the lesson is a bit long for my liking but once you get past that the tips are solid. The lesson presents critical thinking as a process of five steps. The last step is the one that students will probably struggle to implement, "explore other points of view."
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What is my movie? a cool new movie search — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

What is my movie? a cool new movie search — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What is my movie is a remarkable search tool that can help those of us with memory issues remember the title of that film we are struggling to remember.  Simply type anything you do remember in the search box and What is my movie will try to match your search terms among metadata from field of 45,000 English language movies
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What Employers Want 

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There is no shortage of articles exposing the skills employers want from young workers but can’t find.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 22, 2016 10:51 AM

The needs of the future are out there, but they need job seekers to find their purpose and learn!

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200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom

200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post that grows each time I write it. I am  now up to 200 ways that educators can use word clouds in the classroom.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 22, 2016 10:14 AM
I do not have a handle on the technology and would need PD, but I do see the value of the concept and the practices detailed in this article. A good read and future reference.
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2016 Tech Tool Tourney: Games Edition!

2016 Tech Tool Tourney: Games Edition! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What is the best game-based tool for learning? In the spirit of March Madness, join us for the Tech Tool Tourney, hosted by Common Sense Graphite and KQED MindShift. This 32-game bracket-style competition is a teacher-fueled smackdown of learning games thoroughly vetted by Graphite.

Your votes determine the winners of each round! If you aren’t familiar with a game, take a look at the Graphite review to learn more, or download it and give it a whirl. Be sure to return for each round of voting, then find out who takes the trophy on April 5.
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5 Ways To Help Students Ask Better Questions - @TeachThought

5 Ways To Help Students Ask Better Questions - @TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In “Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers,” I said that “Questioning is the art of learning. Learning to ask important questions is the best evidence of understanding there is, far surpassing the temporary endorphins of a correct “answer.” And while I sometimes disagree with things I say after hearing or reading them later, that still holds up.

Questions are causes and effects of learning.

I saw the above graphic a few months ago while I was researching question-formation strategies. That post is still about 2/3 finished but after that long, I thought it made sense to share this graphic to kind of frame that content whenever I finally get off my keister and get it together.
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David Baker's curator insight, March 22, 2016 10:23 AM
Questions are a powerful teaching and learning tool.  One of the great Design Thinking advances has been the addition of supporting students asking questions.
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Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit via @coolcatteacher

Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit via @coolcatteacher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You believe, you receive. But how can you believe in a child who has let you down? How can you believe in yourself when you aren’t sure if you can do it? Show Notes: Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit Why is believing in your students and yourself so important? What is some […]

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How To Play Outside: 50 Things For 'Digital Kids' To Do

How To Play Outside: 50 Things For 'Digital Kids' To Do | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How To Play Outside: 50 Things For 'Digital Kids' To Do
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Free Technology for Teachers: More Than 40 Alternatives to YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: More Than 40 Alternatives to YouTube | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Your Classroom was one of the most popular posts of the week on FreeTech4Teachers.com. Those tips are all well and good if you can access YouTube in your classroom. If you cannot access YouTube in your classroom then you will want to consult my list of more than 40 alternatives to YouTube. Over the years I've updated the list as new sites emerged and old ones shut down. The list includes a search engine for videos that are not on YouTube.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 20, 2016 7:47 PM

OK, I LOVE YouTube -- but some districts may have it blocked.

My second choice is SchoolTube - because TeacherTube is crappy right now!

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives: the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Along with that, those advances necessitated an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and, the topic of this post -- "21st-century teacher."

As I am writing this post, I am trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as "20th-century teacher" or "19th-century teacher." Quick Google search reassures me that there is no such word combination. Changing the "20th" to "21st" brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills -- all there! I then searched for Twitter hashtags and Amazon books, and the results were just the same; nothing for the "20th-century teacher" while a lot for the "21st": #teacher21, #21stcenturyskills, #21stCTeaching and no books with titles #containing "20th century" while quite a few on the 21st-century teaching and learning.

Obviously, teaching in the 21-century is an altogether different phenomenon; never before could learning be happening the way it is now -- everywhere, all the time, on any possible topic, supporting any possible learning style or preference. But what does being a 21st-century teacher really mean?

Below are 15 characteristics of a 21st-century teacher:

1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 19, 2016 8:35 AM
If you are teaching today and want to be an effective teacher in the future, you must soon begin to master the abilities described in this article. Paper and pencils are the tools of yesterday and tech will be the major tool in the  classrooms tomorrow(and I mean tomorrow).
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How Teaching With Symmetry Improves Math Understanding

How Teaching With Symmetry Improves Math Understanding | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Education researchers at Stanford have discovered that symmetry is key to how kids understand positive and negative integers.
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OMG, I Can't Even: Drama, Social Skills, and the Teenage Brain - @Edutopia

OMG, I Can't Even: Drama, Social Skills, and the Teenage Brain - @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you're teaching or raising teenagers, these sentence stems may sound familiar:

"Did you hear what she said about. . ."
"I can't believe he. . ."
"She's such a. . ."
"OMG! I'm going to die if. . ."
"Look at this chat/screenshot/Snapchat! Can you believe. . ." 


Social "drama" among teenagers is ever-present, overwhelming, and isn't going away. By better understanding the needs that teens are expressing through drama, we can support them in developing healthy skills that will serve them throughout life."

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David Baker's curator insight, March 22, 2016 10:26 AM
 "Here are some of the key areas where teen brain development impacts social skills."  
     Impulse control  
     Heightened emotions  
     Decision making 

"The good news is that the teenage brain is malleable and primed to learn. This gives us a great opportunity to teach social skills, mindfulness practices, and empathy development. Honor the experience instead of judging."
     Teach social skills.  
     Don't react. Reflect. 
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How Your Brain Reacts To Change

How Your Brain Reacts To Change | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Dealing with change can be incredibly unsettling, especially in the workplace. But understanding the neuroscience behind our behavior—how and why our brains work the way they do—offers insight into just what's happening in those moments of uncertainty and how best to handle them.

"If we want to be performing at our best, our brains need certain things," says Hilary Scarlett, U.K.-based author of the new book Neuroscience for Organizational Change.

What are those necessities? Fast Company spoke with Scarlett about what drives our behavior during moments of change and how best to handle it.
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Helen Teague's curator insight, March 17, 2016 10:29 AM
Features the work of Hilary Scarlett and her new book Neuroscience for Organizational Change.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 2016 2:11 PM
When we choose change and can make of other change that is happening around us, it helps. I experienced that change in school is not all it is cracked up to be. It is often foisted upon teachers in ways that diminish who they are and their professional judgement.