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7 Tech Tools That Foster Critical Thinking Skills

7 Tech Tools That Foster Critical Thinking Skills | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it

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This curated list is designed to assist teachers, parents and students with a quick collection of resources for the following topic: The Steps of the Scientific Method.
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Developing Effective Communication Skills with Web 2.

Developing Effective Communication Skills with Web 2. | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Effective communication skills are important in all walks of life. Explore these Web 2.0 tools to discover ways to develop vital 21st century skills with your students.
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Our students participate in a district-wide mock trial competition.  The art of communication, public speaking and basic one-on-one conversations have all dissipated.  Therefore, we try to use technology or the digital tools that students enjoy, in order to teach effective communication skills. 

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In this digital age, do kids still use (or need) dictionaries? | www.hometownfocus.us | Hometown Focus - Virginia, Minnesota

In this digital age, do kids still use (or need) dictionaries? | www.hometownfocus.us | Hometown Focus - Virginia, Minnesota | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Rotary is an international organization passionate about education. If everyone in the world could read and write, each would be able to share their personal gifts with the world and ultimately live up to his or her full potential.

However, in this day of computers and spell check, do children really need a paperback dictionary? This was debated by the Virginia Rotary Club prior to initiating this service project. Teachers gave us a resounding “YES.” For 8- and 9-year-old children who are still learning to read, the internet is not a consistent reality. Most schools have computers in the classrooms or computer labs, but they do not have one on each student’s desk. Teachers tell us that sometimes this is a student’s very first book. For this reason, the Virginia Rotary Club agreed to pair up with the non-profit organization the Dictionary Project to purchase affordable dictionaries and to distribute them to local third graders.

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The Virginia Rotary Club has handed 2,000 dictionaries to third graders in the Eveleth-Gilbert, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Virginia and Marquette elementary schools over the past seven years. Dedicated third grade educators teach the children how to use the dictionaries for comprehension, spelling and alphabetizing. This empowers children to become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.

The Student’s Dictionary is much more than the traditional dictionary. It also contains information on weights and measures; science elements; the Constitution; sign language; the world; the countries; the states; the presidents; the planets, and much more. These books are a wealth of facts and trivia.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help build international goodwill and peace. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries in the world whose projects address the social challenges of today like literacy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water and environmental concerns, while encouraging high ethical standards.

The Virginia Rotary Club has 50 members who provide service projects like Dictionaries for Third Graders, the Kids’ Fishing Contest each June on Silver Lake and the ODC Bowling event for disabled adults at the Bowling Gardens each fall. We also serve a Salvation Army Supper Club meal each month. The Virginia Rotary Club meets at the Elks Club every Wednesday at noon. New members are encouraged. Stop by a meeting or call Linda Myklebust at 753-4090 for more information.

Linda Myklebust is a Virginia Rotary Club member. She resides in Tower, MN.

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As a teacher, I totally agree with the aforementioned teachers in this article.  'Yes!' Young learners still need to use dictionaries. 

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WebQuest: Paper Airplanes & The Scientific Method: created with Zunal WebQuest Maker

WebQuest: Paper Airplanes & The Scientific Method: created with Zunal WebQuest Maker | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
A resource page for Educational Technology
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A wonderful lesson for 3rd-5th grade students to learn about the Steps of the Scientific Method.  This webQuest activity can be a guided lesson, team/group guided or an individual independent lesson.

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10 Best Science Apps for Kids

Your child will have a great time learning more about the world with these exciting science apps.
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This blog offers the reader, especially parents and teachers, with a quick list of helpful apps for introducing science to young learners.  Pay close attention to the last suggestion: iTooch.  Many of my colleagues use this app in their regular education classes.  Free download to iPads.

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Scientific Method Activities for Kids | BrainPOP Educators

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the scientific method. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Scientific Method topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
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The BrainPop Jr. webpage is interactive and resourceful.  It does require sign-up and membership status.  Students benefit greatly from its vast array of videos and kid-friendly activities. 

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Quia - Scientific Method

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Steps of the Scientific Method (6th Grade)
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I use quia.com website for a quick, fun review after introducing a concept. This particular page provides the learner with a wonderful way of testing their knowledge of The Steps of the Scientific Method.

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Introduction

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f you are looking for a comprehensive view and explanation on how to create an inquiry-based classroom, this is the website to use.  I use it as a "go-to" reference anytime I have to create lessons or assist other colleagues with establishing inquiry-based classrooms.

 

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Education Week: E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools

Education Week: E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
New technologies are making it quicker and easier than ever to create digital portfolios of student work, a method of assessment experts say increases student engagement.
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Great formative assessment for teachers and students. 

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The pen, phone and iPad: Obama's tech push in U.S. schools

The pen, phone and iPad: Obama's tech push in U.S. schools | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
ADELPHI, Maryland (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a pen. He has a phone. And on Tuesday, he wielded an iPad to help make a point about how he hopes to do more for schools without more funding from
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Will this trickle down to the low socio-economic, depressed areas of America? 

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10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education

10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Project Tomorrow's Speak Up Survey gives a good snapshot of how students across the country are using digital technology in and outside the classroom.
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Improving Growth Using Khan Academy and ExitTicket - ExitTicket Student Response System

Improving Growth Using Khan Academy and ExitTicket - ExitTicket Student Response System | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Moving from the 20th percentile to 99th in math scores turned heads towards Unity HS. See how they're improving growth using Khan Academy and ExitTicket.
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Even though this article focuses on a high school model, it is applicable to elementary and middle school models.  Khan Academy is one of the many tools that we use to supplement math and science instruction during the school day and for after school tutorial. 

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Are 'gifted' students being hurt by a race to the middle?

Are 'gifted' students being hurt by a race to the middle? | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
The controversial No Child Left Behind law did help low-achieving students do better in the classroom, but a 2008 report found that it actually caused teachers to pay even less attention to high achieving students.
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Jacob Javits and the NAGC continue to advocate for underrepresented gifted students.  A bill originally passed back in 1988.  Enlightening information: http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=572

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the ro
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I blogged about this article.  It offers a good start for those educators or instructors looking to understand Inquiry Learning Classrooms. Check out my blog: rmcglothin.blogspot.com

 

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teaching the Gifted and Talented: 33 Websites Where You Can Find Good Resources

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teaching the Gifted and Talented: 33 Websites Where You Can Find Good Resources | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
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I am really excited about sharing this resource with my colleagues and supportive parents.  There are some great leads here. 

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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it

 

“We’re about to give your fourteen-year-old a computer,” Michael Allen recently told a group of parents attending a new student orientation, “and here’s why it could scare you.” Then Allen, the principal of no-textbook New Tech High School, said he understood their biggest fears: the new sites and technologies that crop up all the time, kids multitasking while doing schoolwork, the reality of parents’ lack of control over what their kids see and how they behave online.

 

But for Allen and many like him who are integrating technology in schools, guiding the behaviors that accompany a new way of learning is just as important as the content they’ll be covering in school — if not more so. In order to be successful, Allen maintains that students need to learn trust, respect and responsibility for technology. He knows that many of the situations that come up in a school where computers are the only conduit of information must be addressed earlier rather than later, and parents and teachers need to be leading the way.

 

Parents sometimes say that today’s students are so far ahead in the technological realm, that the older generations can turn to them for help, writes education journalist John Merrow, author of The Influence of Teachers. He worries that this kind of thinking will resign adult responsibility. “But being a ‘digital native’ is not the same as being a ‘digital citizen.’ Young people have always needed ethical guidance and the security of rules and boundaries.”

 

Allen also believes adults should set the boundaries for where and when not to use tech. He cites a recent example of taking biology students on a field trip to a nearby river. After some discussion, he and the teachers decided to leave all the technology at school, including cell phones. “The kids were fine with it,” he said. “We have to be able to have a conversation with the kids where we say, you’ll be losing [part of the experience] if you take it with you.”

 

But how do parents and teachers work together to set the boundaries? Educator and school leader Matt Levinson, author of From Fear to Facebook, says that parents and schools equipped with technology are, in effect, challenged with overseeing two worlds: the real and the virtual. “The Internet is vast, and as one parent said to me, ‘You can’t take down the Internet.’”

 

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This is an essential resource for educators in various capacities of the educational field.  Mindshift is an absolutely fabulous resource that I look to on a weekly basis-for digital direction. 

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Just because you don't know a world without technology doesn't mean you know how to use it well. Failing to educate students how to use it responsbly is unsustainable.  We need to recognize the need AND address it in our classrooms and Teacher-Librarians can be a great help, especially for teachers who don't feel connected enough to start on their own. It's not just a problem facing schools that provide students with tech.

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Our learners certainly think they know more about IT than their esafety practices suggest!
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The Scientific Method - Steps to Great Science Fair Projects for Kids

The Scientific Method - Steps to Great Science Fair Projects for Kids | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
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This blog offers the following:
The Scientific Method Enjoying simple science projects and experiments is a great way for kids to learn about science in a fun, interactive way. When you want to take things a step further and develop an idea into a full science fair project there are a number of things to keep in mind that will help ensure your project follows a process called the Scientific Method.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy - Do It Yourself Science 1-3 - YouTube

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This Bill Nye short movie is a fantastic visual for teachers, students, and parents.  It provides the viewer with a simple and engaging view of how science is found in our everyday lives.

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The Scientific Method Quiz

The Scientific Method Quiz
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The Scientific Method Quiz by SoftSchools gives the teacher and students an opportunity to test their knowledge with immediate feedback.

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HowStuffWorks "Scientific Method Steps"

HowStuffWorks "Scientific Method Steps" | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
The scientific method is something that all of us use almost all of the time. Learn more about the scientific method and the steps of the scientific method.
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This resourceful webpage provides the science explorer with a neat visual to help in understanding the Steps of the Scientific Method.

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Steps of the Scientific Method

Steps of the Scientific Method | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
An introduction to the steps of the scientific method
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This is a fabulous resource for students who are entering into the local Science Fair.  This is an introduction to the steps of the scientific method; resourceful links and helpful, kid-friendly explanations.

 

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Education Week: E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools

Education Week: E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
New technologies are making it quicker and easier than ever to create digital portfolios of student work, a method of assessment experts say increases student engagement.
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Great formative assessment for teachers and students. 

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Keith Hughes Explains How to Make Flipped Classroom Videos

Keith Hughes Explains How to Make Flipped Classroom Videos | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it

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The Flipped Classroom concept is still a relevant tool for educators and students.  There are teachers who still struggle with creating quality flipped classroom videos.  This is a good resource and starter kit article. 

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Seize the Day: Change in the Classroom and the Core of Schooling | U.S. Department of Education

I am pleased to speak to ASCD's leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point. (RT @hechingerreport: We're honored that @arneduncan highlighted our reporting!
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It is great that there is a change in the classroom, as well as a turning point.  However, when will be see the impact of this change and the core of schooling nationwide?

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5 Ways to Teach Character with Edtech - ExitTicket Student Response System

5 Ways to Teach Character with Edtech - ExitTicket Student Response System | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Infographic on 5 ways teachers can use educational technology for character education. Build non-cognitive skills that lead to success.
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Character Education is slowly returning to nationwide school curriculums and classrooms.  Many school districts or individual schools are writing grants that require them to enlist a character education program in their schools.  With the onslaught of technology demands and integration in the schools, this may be a match made in heaven. 

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Venn Diagrams on the iPad

Venn Diagrams on the iPad | Elementary Gifted, Technology and Science | Scoop.it
Graphic Organisers apps for iOS are few and far between. There are some good Venn Diagram apps but the overall choice is very limited.

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Venn Diagrams RELOADED!  Venn Diagrams are not outdated as some may say.  Scooped this page for my colleagues.  There are free apps and a few apps at low cost. 

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