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How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly

How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Too many teachers are still afraid to use Wikipedia in the Classroom. I'm here to right that wrong and show educators how they can use it responsibly.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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So much right at the fingertips! Why not explore all of the possibilities? What is there to lose about gathering more knowledge?

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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 18, 2013 6:34 AM

Thank you for posting this---students' Wikipedia use is second-nature to them and it is positive that they are researching and wise for educators to guide them toward scholarly citation!

John Purificati's comment, May 18, 2013 8:48 AM
I agree, students think Wikipedia is like our Encyclopedia Britannica's once were.
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 20, 2013 7:20 AM
Times have definitely changed John.... :-)
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Internet and Technology Lesson Plans

Internet and Technology Lesson Plans | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

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Multiple links to a plethora of lesson plans!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:50 PM

There are a lot of links to explore.

Holli Raines Scharinger's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:59 AM

Great resources for your school's Media Specialist

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I’m waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island."

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Did this article ever hit home! While I am not an advocate of disbanning online learning, I do see extreme merit in a combination of online and face-to-face. Our daughter, Nicole, is presently working toward her Master's Degree in finance. While she has performed extremely well in both the classroom and online environments, she was told recently by one of her professors that she would have better success in landing that higher salaried job at the executive level if she allowed her education to venture outside the virtual into the real world. In other words, interact face-to-face with teachers, professors, students, for there is a plethora of learning to be made outside the boundaries of a keyboard! Afterall, when the education is complete, doesn't the 'job' require personal communication and the ability to communicate effectively?

 

I find this also true in my own educational consultant work which has transitioned from the face-to-face to totally online. It is often very difficult to put into the written word what could so easily be communicated face-to-face. We are not all born writers but we are certainly all born talkers!

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources

TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies,
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In a society (that's right, in America!) where education is definitely NOT at the top of the totem pole, survival is dependent upon teachers helping teachers. The doctors, lawyers, corrporate executives, etc., would not be where they are today without teachers! Can you imagine going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer who may not have even acquired a GED? I don't think so.

 

Then, why isn't a higher importance placed on the role of the teacher? Why is the teacher the one underpaid and overworked? Something is gravely amiss! Isn't it more feasible to place education at the top with all others residing under this foundational umbrella? Would this be the key to unlocking the door for teachers who are indeed highly qualified to either seek or perhaps remain in education?

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

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Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether s

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Thinking outside the box...not really anything new. Just keeping project-based learning in the forefront.

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The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator?

The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Technology makes the tools, but what are the general characteristics that make an effective educator a 21st century educator?

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It is not just having the technology; it is knowing how to use the technology effectively!

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Cathleen Nardi's curator insight, May 23, 2013 2:58 PM

The ability to adapt and the ability to encourage one's students to do the same.

Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:12 PM

Being a 21st Century educator is creating a learning environment that is social, collaborative and project based. Teachers, nor anyone else for that matter, will ever be able to keep up with all new technologies. The trick is to focus on digital technologies that facilitate student collaboration.

Michael MacNeil's comment, May 28, 2013 7:23 AM
What makes 21 st Century learning so interesting is the rapid rate of thechnological change. Who knows what new learning tools will arrive on the scene tomorrow.
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Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory

Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Peter Nonacs, professor of biology at UCLA, teaches Game Theory in his Behavioral Ecology course.
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Talk about sizzlin'...Don't let the title fool you! This is an AWESOME find. An incredible learning experience indeed! Read it to believe it...

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Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD

Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Are the most successful students the ones who ace every test? Nowadays we measure and rank students, teachers, schools, and entire nations according to test results. If you don't score well, you're labeled a failure. But in "I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate" 20-something North London-based spoken word poet Suli Breaks raises the call for education to be more relevant to the real world, and for push back against the use of tests to decide which students have talent and will be successful:"

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While this article may be breaking news on this day, April 27, 2013, it is not something entirely new. I retired with almost 30 years in the educational field and still work as an educational consultant in retirement. It has been researched and documented decades upon decades that if instruction is not made relevant, that is, recognized as being applicable to the real world, students will be turned off to learning! With that being stated, I beg the question, "Why do we still teach to test or teach to the test?"

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? This handy chart details more than two dozen ways to get started. A must-read and share.

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Keeping up with the times and forging ahead!

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Implementing Scoop.it in the classroom was an “Aha!” moment, and I think you’ll have the same experience." wrote Leanna Johnson in this review of Scoop.it and curation in an educational context.


Via Guillaume Decugis, Gerrit Bes, MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Scoop.it in the classroom becomes an “Aha!” moment! Share the experience...

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, March 9, 2013 8:59 AM

Scoop.it and I fell in love at first glance.

 

Tim Pixley's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:57 AM

I agree!  Once you find the right curators and develop relationships with them, they turn into mentors. Some of them are very successful, industry experts, and deeply respected.  Some material gets put out months before they're covered in a college class.  The trick is to be discerning as to what is merely a fad versus a long-term trend. ;)

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 10:14 AM

Will this be the new MOODLE?