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Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments - Ditch That Textbook

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments - Ditch That Textbook | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Formative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.

Or formative assessment can be fantastic.

Teachers use formative assessments to get the pulse of the class, to see how students are progressing. When used correctly, formative assessments let teachers make quick changes to their plans to meet students where they are.

Plenty of digital tools exist to help teachers mix things up. Don’t think of formative assessment as worksheets and quizzes. Students can draw, choose, write or say to show what they know.
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Unlocking Financial Literacy Awareness With Free Finance & Accounting Tool and Lessons — Emerging Education Technologies

Unlocking Financial Literacy Awareness With Free Finance & Accounting Tool and Lessons — Emerging Education Technologies | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Most kids really appreciate today’s technology. Want to know what the latest must-have phone is? What about the newest game or app? Often, you need look no further than the students in your classes. Many of them are passionate about using the coolest gadgets and tools.

That’s why teaching with cutting-edge technology can be a great way to connect with your students. The right app can make even the most boring or time-consuming subject seem interesting and understandable.

Financial concepts like budgeting, buying a house, or running a business may not be the most exciting subjects for students, but it’s important to teach kids financial literacy starting at a young age. ZipBooks is free accounting software that can help familiarize them with concepts around running a business.

The interface is easy to grasp so students can jump right into the app with little instruction. It’s not overwhelming like a lot of accounting software. Every element is labeled clearly, and there are in-app tips to help newcomers get started. There are lots of ways you could use ZipBooks in the classroom and we have outlined a couple ideas to get you started.
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3 Excellent YouTube Channels for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Excellent YouTube Channels for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you three YouTube science channels that we have recently discovered.  You can use these channels to access a wide range of video content covering different scientific phenomena. All of these videos are short professionally animated lessons ideal to use in your class instruction. For more options on YouTube channels for science teachers, check out this resource. Enjoy
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Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps – Teacher Reboot Camp

Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps – Teacher Reboot Camp | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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Adding Depth to the Classroom

Adding Depth to the Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
San Diego’s High Tech High network practices “deeper learning,” an educational approach with a growing following. Advocates say deeper learning improves equity in and outside the classroom. Using students’ experiences and backgrounds as a springboard, the system engages kids—particularly those who fall through the cracks in traditional schools—and prepares them for success after graduation.

Deeper learning seeks to cultivate the critical-thinking skills and creativity demanded in the real world. Companies like Google have declared test scores “worthless.” Leading colleges and universities, too, are on track to replace standard applications with portfolios that give a fuller picture of a student’s achievements in high school. They are looking for candidates who have more to offer than textbook knowledge.
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The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

The 10 Musts of Classroom Management | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the most important roles of a classroom teacher is that of classroom manager. Learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. Conversely, the best classrooms provide environments where teaching and learning can flourish. Follow these tips and you’ll improve your classroom management skills immediately.
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Very interesting post, revealing some aspects that I did not know about classroom management. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about education improvement can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning — Medium

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should "Unsettle" Us - Modern Learning - Medium
“When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me.”
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Do We View Teachers as Architects and Masons? - A.J. JULIANI

Do We View Teachers as Architects and Masons? - A.J. JULIANI | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Architects design, master their craft while planning, and collaborate at a high level. Masons work in the moment, communicate and problem solve on the fly,
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What would happen if you didn’t sleep? - Claudia Aguirre

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? - Claudia Aguirre | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.
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12 Common Reasons Students Don't Read & What You Can Do About It -

12 Common Reasons Students Don't Read & What You Can Do About It - | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Why don’t students read more?

Digital distractions? No books at home? Too much testing? Kim Kardashian? It depends on the student. It depends on illiteracy vs aliteracy. It depends on how you define reading (does reading long-winded character dialogues in Square Enix games count?) So below, I’ve gathered some of the most common reasons students don’t read, and provided some ways you can begin to address that issue.
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12 Presentation Hooks Used By the Best TED Presenters

12 Presentation Hooks Used By the Best TED Presenters | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Today, you will learn something that will add 10 years to your life.”

“20 years from now, your job won’t exist.”

“Did you know that more people have access to a mobile phone than a toilet?”

Presentation starters like these are key to grabbing your audience’s attention and making the most of the time allotted to you.

Instead of thanking the audience, making an unrelated joke or apologizing for a technical issue, why not dive right into the subject matter with a gripping statement or thought-provoking question?

To help you craft your own killer presentation starters, we’ve sorted through some of the most popular TED talks in history and created this list of the most effective ways to start a presentation.
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Is There a Best Way to Learn Mathematics?

Is There a Best Way to Learn Mathematics? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
End the ongoing debate; inquiry and explicit instruction both serve an important role in the math classroom to build both conceptual and procedural fluency.
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Continuum of Motivation: Moving from Extrinsic to Intrinsic

Continuum of Motivation: Moving from Extrinsic to Intrinsic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Motivation affects how we learn. The Continuum of Motivation walks you up the mountain from Instrumental to Self-Actualization where learners are intrinsically motivated to learn.

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Vladimir Kukharenko's curator insight, April 2, 12:20 PM

Discover how learners move from instrumental to self-actualization and from extrinsic to intrinsic as they grow and change across the continuum of motivation.

 

Extrinsic motivation occurs when we are motivated to perform a behavior or engage in an activity to earn a reward or avoid punishment. Intrinsic motivation involves engaging in behavior because it is personally rewarding; essentially, performing an activity for its own sake rather than the desire for some external reward.

 

Pascal Baquet's curator insight, April 6, 9:13 AM

Belle représentation du continuum de la motivation, et pas seulement pour les paysages de montagne! 

Il reste néanmoins à trouver les pratiques et petits trucs pour faire passer d'une motivation extrinsèque à une motivation intrinsèque.

Authentis Formations's curator insight, April 21, 3:47 AM
Motivation et apprentissage...
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Free Technology for Teachers: 16 Educational Resources for Earth Day 2016

Free Technology for Teachers: 16 Educational Resources for Earth Day 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Earth Day 2016 is on Friday. As I've done in the past, I've compiled a list of resources for teaching about Earth Day and environmental science in general.
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10 Seconds At A Time, A Teacher Tries Snapchat To Engage Students

10 Seconds At A Time, A Teacher Tries Snapchat To Engage Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What's the first step of learning?

Paying attention.

Which may be hard for students to do when they're constantly peeking at their phones. So, as the adage goes: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

One app that teachers are embracing is Snapchat. That's the one where you send a video or picture, and then it disappears 10 seconds after you open it.

For some teachers, it makes sense. Their students are already using it. Snapchat has around 100 million users worldwide and, according to one estimate, 77 percent of college students use it daily.

And so, Michael Britt thought, why not go there? He's an adjunct professor at Marist College in upstate New York.
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EdTech 10: Improving Math Mindsets - Getting Smart

EdTech 10: Improving Math Mindsets - Getting Smart | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
April is Math Awareness Month, and regardless of whether or not you feel you are “good at math,” we all know it’s an important skill we all need to encourage today’s students to continuously improve.

So this week’s EdTech 10 contains stories about what’s new in math, from a new math app for teachers and family STEAM night at school, to a video game creation challenge and awareness around college and career readiness for U.S. students.
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30 of the best free online dictionaries and thesauri

30 of the best free online dictionaries and thesauri | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This is the first time we are proposing a list of 30 free online dictionaries and thesauri exclusively in English. We have already presented different posts about linguistic tools, such as glossaries and international dictionaries.
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100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking - TeachThought

100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
100 Questions That Help Students Think About Thinking by Terry Heick Last year I wrote a post on how to help students think for themselves
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Let’s begin with a review of those essential qualities (needed to develop intrinsic motivation) in the context of reading and writing:
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Genius Hour / 20% Time - LiveBinder @JoyKirr

Genius Hour / 20% Time - LiveBinder @JoyKirr | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"May this LiveBinder give you ideas and inspiration to start your own Genius Hour with students. Please let me know (@JoyKirr) if you find more resources I should add. This is a group effort! Thank you. Know you matter!" 

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A Strong Case for Uncommon Learning - Fractus Learning 

A Strong Case for Uncommon Learning - Fractus Learning  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today’s schools are challenged with new demands of a global economy and with students who are more connected than ever before. While the world has changed, schools have remained relatively the same in their structure and pedagogical delivery methods. In Eric Sheninger’s newest book, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids, he not only explores the necessary changes needed in our schools to be more relevant and responsive to our students’ needs today, but he also shares strategic processes and ideas to turn theory into reality.
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An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. . . . seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. Some strategies to do this include:
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 6, 1:01 PM
For me, the key word is "each." When we see each child and make a real attempt to understand them, we lift them out of the pack and recognize them as people with real stories, real names, and real faces. They just don't blend in.
Steve Borley's curator insight, April 7, 12:00 PM
These are excellent ideas for teachers and parents alike in BCs DL realm. Parents make great teachers, but over the years of entrusting their children to the professionals, they may have let little skills like this slip. Take the time to really see your child.
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3 Things I Wish Educators Knew About their Own Learning

3 Things I Wish Educators Knew About their Own Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I meet many educators around the world, virtually and in person… Many times, I am still amazed at the resistance to new ideas, change and willingness to apply the learning they expect of students to their own learning.

Here are the 3 things, above all, that I wish educators knew about their own learning.
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10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students

10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How can students own their learning with critical thinking activities they’ll really love? Allowing our students to take stands on issues that matter to them engages the classroom in a way that fosters great critical thinking. Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? When they can relate these questions to themselves and exercise personal self-reflection, we build community and “heart-centered” learning.

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SamBBetts's curator insight, April 5, 3:42 AM

Some nice ideas.

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Jo Dane's curator insight, April 29, 9:12 PM
Nice range of workshop activities that could be adopted in class!
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Your 2016 April Fool's Day Prank Spoiler

Your 2016 April Fool's Day Prank Spoiler | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today’s April Fool’s Day. Which means you have two choices: you can either bemoan the fact that the day is now devoted to competitive corporate silliness and the word “prank” has become meaningless, or you can make fun of those very pranks with us. Join me as we ruin everyone’s fun with our annual prank spoiler.
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