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5 Lessons To Learn From Minecraft In Education

5 Lessons To Learn From Minecraft In Education | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
5 Lessons To Learn From Minecraft In Education
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We can learn a lot as teachers from the Minecraft phenomenon. It's accessible. It's scalable. It requires self-direction. It's visual. It's open-ended. If we incorporated more of those features in our classrooms (and in education in general), imagine where we would go.

 

I wrote about my conversion from "Minecraft grinch" to supporter here: http://ditchthattextbook.com/2014/01/06/my-conversion-from-minecraft-grinch-to-supporter/ ;

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Will Gourley's curator insight, February 26, 2014 1:01 PM

Using Minecraft in school and beyond the bell can lead to collaborations at their finest. Teamwork, communication, co-operation are all crucial skills at all stages of learning and life.

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The Increasingly Dated Image Of The Slacker Teacher

The Increasingly Dated Image Of The Slacker Teacher | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The Increasingly Dated Image Of The Slacker Teacher
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I've laughed at the "you have your whole summer free" concept people have of teachers (it hasn't been true of me most of my career!). The slacker teacher concept is out there, too, even though so many of us are giving education our very best.

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Editing Creative Commons YouTube Videos

Editing Creative Commons YouTube Videos | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Creative Commons is a type of copyright license that allows others to utilize the work, with credit! I am a big advocate of teaching our students about copyright and to ensure that we use images an...
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This is such a cool idea: grab Creative Commons videos on YouTube and remix them. Cut them down to short clips, put them together with other clips, and create them into something of your own using the YouTube Creator Studio.

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MakingThinkingVisibleHandout.pdf

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Whiteboarding can "make thinking visible," according to Gary Abud. He shows how this great way to draw on brain research can be used in the chemistry classroom, but his insights go across all disciplines.

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Where to Find Good Educational Videos

Where to Find Good Educational Videos | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

There’s a right and a wrong way to use videos in the classroom. Not all videos are primed for instructional use, and not all instruction lends itself to video. However, pairing a great video with the tools students need to engage with it can lead to a deeper understanding of or alternate perspective on what’s being taught. 

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In the past, having access to videos like we do today would mean having closets and closets full of videotapes or DVDs or reel-to-reel movies. Now, they're at our fingertips online. Finding good ones can be tricky, though ... here's a list of good sources.

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50+ Web Tools Language Learners and Teachers Should Have This School Year | ESL Library Blog

50+ Web Tools Language Learners and Teachers Should Have This School Year | ESL Library Blog | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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I have already used Quizlet, Make Beliefs Comix, Kahoot! and Infuse Learning this year. This is a can't-miss list of tools!

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Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog

Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
What is the difference between good leadership and great leadership? Walt knew what he needed to do inspire and motivate his team to be as passionate about a project as he was. He had mastered the art of communicating his vision to his team.
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There were lots of people who doubted Walt Disney as he created his empire. But he continued creating despite what they said. Sounds like teachers who are trying to create a different kind of classroom! Disney, as this article states, communicated his vision effectively and passionately. Teachers can learn from this one, too. If our students know where we're headed and why we're going there, they're more likely to be on board.

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Google Opens Classroom's Doors

Google Opens Classroom's Doors | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
New app promises educators they’ll spend less time photocopying and more time teaching.
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After the wait -- until AFTER the school year started for so many of us -- Google Classroom is here. I haven't tinkered with it much yet, but I'm interested to see how similar/how much better it is than some of the scripts I used before (gClassFolders, Doctopus, Flubaroo, etc.).

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28 ways Google’s new add-ons can help teachers now | Ditch That Textbook

28 ways Google’s new add-ons can help teachers now | Ditch That Textbook | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Google add-ons can add powerful features to standard documents and sheets. Here are the benefits, drawbacks and implementation ideas for several.
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There are many add-ons that teachers can incorporate into their classes immediately. If you're doing research papers, essays or reports, they're especially beneficial. Check out these uses for them.

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10 ways to reach SAMR’s redefinition level | Ditch That Textbook

10 ways to reach SAMR’s redefinition level | Ditch That Textbook | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Redefinition is at the top of the SAMR model, and most educators want to know how the can reach it. Here are several ideas for redefining learning with
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One of my first questions when learning about the SAMR tech integration model was, "What can I do at the redefinition level?" Here are some examples -- 10 ideas from various sources for activities and projects that reach SAMR's redefinition.

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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED

50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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All of Sir Ken Robinson's videos on this list should be required reading (err ... watching) for every teacher. There are a lot of good ones here I've never seen. Pick one and check it out!

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Video Stickers: How to Attach Help Videos to Physical Objects

Video Stickers: How to Attach Help Videos to Physical Objects | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Put videos where people need them most! This guide shows how to "attach" how-to videos to physical objects around your workplace or school using QR codes.
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Using QR codes to create help videos is an idea that can go beyond helping people with problems with products. I've seen teachers attach QR codes to worksheets and other documents for students to scan (maybe with a short URL too if they don't have a QR code reader). 

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Who has time for engagement?

Who has time for engagement? | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
  I am reading Eric Jensen's latest book from ASCD, "Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind", and am blown away by the research and strategies I'm finding. In even just the first few pages, he...
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Yes! Thank you Amber!

 

"Research shows that for every 2% disengagement rises, pass rates on high stakes tests drop by 1%(Valentine & Collins, 2011) via Mr. Jensen.


"We can’t afford to not care about engaging our students. We can’t continue to only worry about the material we need to teach, and not those lil’people we are teaching it too. 


"School should be the BEST part of their day. If we can make that happen, attendance rates would soar."

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How I Brought Back Joy in My Classroom

How I Brought Back Joy in My Classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
I continue to ponder the concept of joy in schools and more so the seeming lack of it.  Yet, I look at my own classroom and I know that we have a lot of joy.  Not all the time, not in everything we...
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I love Pernille Ripp's heart for her students. It seems her philosophy is to show her students she loves them and lead them on an educational journey. Some of her ideas for bringing joy to the classroom:

-- Challenges

-- Dance breaks

-- Student voice and student choice

-- Curiosity

-- Global connections 

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Learning Theories: Bandura's Social Learning Theory

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Learning Theories: Bandura's Social Learning Theory
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Steve Wheeler is working through some major learning theories, and here is focus is on Bandura and Social Learning. It's good to get back to basics!

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TeachThoughtOnlineCommunity - CONNECTED EDUCATOR MONTH

TeachThoughtOnlineCommunity - CONNECTED EDUCATOR MONTH | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Becoming a connected educator -- someone who seeks out people, ideas and resources online -- has changed my life as a teacher. Here are some ways you can get connected as Connected Educator Month draws near.

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Connected Global Classroom

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We love it when our users tell us about their Global Classroom experiences. Recently, several teachers have been sharing how they connected their three classrooms via Skype; challenging students to...
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Playing Kahoot! is fun by itself. But playing internationally with classes all over the world? That can be transformative education! What a cool idea to combine Kahoot! and Skype!

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New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | Enterprise | WIRED

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | Enterprise | WIRED | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s…
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Coding is a hot topic as is gamification in the classroom. This one covers both! Students learn how to code as they maneuver through this modified version of Minecraft.

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The Keys Of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Leadership

The Keys Of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Leadership | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse had one of the longest runs of business leadership and innovation ever seen.
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Creating a new kind of animated movie. Building a studio on next-to-no money. Recreating movie theater sound to get the right experience. If you're trying to "Ditch That Textbook" or build the empire of your classroom, you understand Disney's struggles. His story has lots of lessons for all of us.

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What Was It Like?

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Now here's a question I've gotten a lot since the Google Teacher Academy. The answer-AMAZING! Yesterday, I told you that I learned what it feels like to be uncomfortable. Let me clarify that the pe...
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Michelle Green shares her experiences at Google Teacher Academy at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Share in her many photos and observations about the Googleplex and the entire experience ... they're worth it!

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 19, 2014 2:23 PM

This is at a level we should ALL strive for.

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Teachers at the forefront of Classroom share their experiences

Teachers at the forefront of Classroom share their experiences | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Assigning tasks in a flash. 100 percent paper free in under a week. Google Classroom sounds like it could easily be a game-changer. Cant' wait to get my hands on it!

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10 ideas for teachers new to teaching with tech | Ditch That Textbook

10 ideas for teachers new to teaching with tech | Ditch That Textbook | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Incorporating more technology in class can be scary and exciting at the same time. Here are 10 ideas for making technology integration manageable.

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Thousands of LI students refuse to take state tests - Newsday

Thousands of LI students refuse to take state tests - Newsday | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Thousands of Long Island students in grades three through eight refused to sit for the
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Wow, brave and exactly what we need! Check out the photo -- "I refuse ... Because my parents said so" and "I'm MORE than a Test Score!"

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Because It's On the Test...

Because It's On the Test... | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
In many states, high stakes testing really provides little to no effective feedback to students and teachers, which isn't pedagogically sound, but teaching something "because it's on the test" isn't pedagogically sound either.
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I find myself getting frustrated much like Peter DeWitt on this situation. Everything seems to revolve around the high-stakes testing and not what's best for students. When this happens, we lose what's wonderful about education. His example about keyboarding from this article highlights that well: do it because it's good for kids, not because tests will be on computers.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of u
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I really like the idea of letting students do more charting the course of a class. I haven't been able to wrap my brain around it totally yet, but this article gives five good ideas. I like the ongoing "Stuff We Want to Know About" list.

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Doing what's best for kids means adults ...

Doing what's best for kids means adults ... | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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It's so easy for teachers to put a strangle hold on the control in their classrooms. They choke it out and/or keep students from getting any part of it. This image sums it up nicely!

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