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Journal: Issues in Teaching and Learning

Rhode Island College (my wonderful employer) is producing a new journal in education, focusing on technology and online learning.  Check it out! 

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Making dynamic use of social media and technology to enhance education and learning. Interesting information on education, technology and educational technologies.
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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.


More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

There are other changes too, not least to the traditional format that sees rows of pupils sitting passively in front of their teacher, listening to lessons or waiting to be questioned. Instead there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills.

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zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 7:02 PM

This article covers the change of educational systems in Finland.. It notes that this change from 'subject' to 'topic' is the largest change in educational programs, and also that its a radical change because Finland prior school system ranked 3rd among the best in the world

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Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do instead that'll make you just as happy.
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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The majority of students study by re-reading notes and textbooks — but the psychologists' research, both in lab experiments and of actual students in classes, shows this is a terrible way to learn material. Using active learning strategies — like flashcards, diagramming, and quizzing yourself — is much more effective, as is spacing out studying over time and mixing different topics together.

McDaniel spoke with me about the eight key tips he'd share with students and teachers from his body of research.
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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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Not suprisingly, Scoop.it is listed as one of these tools, but what is a delightful surprise is that I'm quoted throughout the article. 

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.
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2014: The Year of Outrage

2014: The Year of Outrage | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
  Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during tornado season. Every so often, a whirlwind of outrage touches down, sowing destruction and chaos before disappearing into the sky. These conditions are hardly new. Over the past decade or so, outrage has...
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If Teachers Were Football Players

“If he doesn’t get tenure, I’m quitting.” Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b MUSIC Djeez Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music I...
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This is just for kicks and giggles, but what if society did value the role of educators more?

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Mrs. B's curator insight, January 14, 7:22 AM

LOL - this is just for fun...

zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 7:58 PM

This video is a playful pun about life as a teacher if they were treated like football players... Although non-educational this video is fun and student friendly..

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Flipped Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipped Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.
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Everyone Was Late to This Professor’s Class…Until He Posted This On His Door

Everyone Was Late to This Professor’s Class…Until He Posted This On His Door | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Skipping class is one thing. It's disrespectful to the professor and it's usually detrimental to your own education, but at least it doesn't bother anyone else. Being late to class on the other hand is disrespectful, detrimental, and a nuisance to...
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The Hardest Part of Teaching

The Hardest Part of Teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.  Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question "How hard is teaching?" and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn't entirely fit there, so I'm putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.

The hard part of teaching is coming to grips with this:  There is never enough. There is never enough time. There are never enough resources. There is never enough you."

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Museum Box

What teachers and students say about E2BN's Museum Box resource: http://museumbox.e2bn.org
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I have yet to try this but I love the idea of letting student curate digital resources to create an argument on a position...the possibilities are endless.

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Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America

Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
They send a letter to Harvard's president explaining why.
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The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students

The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students


Should grades support, report, or punish?

If to support, support who?

If to report, report what, and to whom?

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Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems

Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Learning management systems, like Blackboard and Moodle, have helped educators manage assignments. However, the LMS can be an obstacle to letting students take their work with them while connecting to the greater world.
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My fake college syllabus

My fake college syllabus | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
As your professor, I plan to take your money, never read your essays and pretend you're not checking Facebook
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This is pretty awesome. 

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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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I was glad to be interviewed for this article...and yes, scoop.it is clearly my favorite social media platform for education. 

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America as 100 College Students

America as 100 College Students | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

A great infographic that distills US higher ed student demographics and characteristics into a representative 100 students.


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:49 PM

Check this out in detail!

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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Life of an Educator: 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook

Life of an Educator: 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Why only have 10 reasons listed?

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It starts with education

It starts with education | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Young African-Americans must see their reflections in their communities and have a chance to succeed in school and society, U.S. official tells Askwith Forum.
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Best line in the whole article: "teaching isn't rocket science--it's harder."

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5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way. 

To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience:

Ken Bain
Troy Cockrum
Eleanor R. Duckworth
Renee Moore
Jose Vilson

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"I Teach For Seven Straight Hours In Stilletos And Never Stop Smiling"—What Stock Photos Tell Us About Teaching

"I Teach For Seven Straight Hours In Stilletos And Never Stop Smiling"—What Stock Photos Tell Us About Teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Pull up a seat, take a breath, relax, and enjoy these 21 images that reaffirm what teaching is all about. After all, you know these realistic stock photos sum up your day.
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Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Joanne Lipman writes that today's educators are too soft. It is time to go back to the discipline of the past.
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This is a good read with some nice food for thought.  I'm a bit of a softie, and I do think that a more firm hand would be educationally beneficial for my students in the long run, even if they might not appreciate it in the short term.  This article outlines 8 old-fashioned principles that the author is recommending that we embrace once again. 


  1. A little pain is good for you.
  2. Drill, baby, drill.
  3. Failure is an option.
  4. Strict is better than nice.
  5. Creativity can be learned.
  6. Grit trumps talent.
  7. Praise makes you weak...
  8. ...while stress makes you strong.


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Flaviu Fesnic's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:47 PM

because it is proved !

Dean Haakenson's curator insight, November 3, 2014 3:33 PM

Not sure how I feel about this...

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Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.


Stop giving standardized tests that are inextricably tied to specific sets of books. At the very least, stop using test scores to evaluate teacher performance without providing the items each teacher needs to do his or her job. Most of all, avoid basing an entire education system on materials so costly that big, urban districts can’t afford to buy them.

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
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Technology can help, but at the core of everything, there is no replacement for quality instruction.  

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