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The Biggest Online Learning Trends Of The Year

The Biggest Online Learning Trends Of The Year | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
There are a host of online learning trends that have popped up over the year. Here's a detailed look at each of them.
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A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster

A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
 It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it’s actually a cast for healing bones. The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, incorporates 3D printing and ultrasonic tech to make healing a broken bone more bearable.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 30, 10:20 AM

Okay...this has nothing to do with K-12 libraries but it DOES have to do with novel ways of doing and innovation (which, IMHO, is what libraries are all about). To me, this is an example of the power of 3-D printing and having such devices in schools will help students think of creative ways to solve real-world problems. I just love this!

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A Must Have Rubric for Effective Implementation of PBL in Your School

A Must Have Rubric for Effective  Implementation of PBL in Your School | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
May , 2014
Project based learning is a teaching learning methodology that has been widely praised for its efficacy in enhancing learning achievements.The premise underlying PBL revolves around...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 2, 9:55 AM

This is not only useful for units of study but for sharing with teachers who are interested in implementing an effective PBL strategy.

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual 'things'..."


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Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, June 17, 11:15 AM

What are the characteristics of an effective learning environment? Read on...

Ruby Day's curator insight, June 18, 3:24 PM

These criteria really outline some solid  principles that should direct our planning and thus be evident in our learning environments. Principles such as: student enquiry, work readiness, personalised learning, flexibility, authentic and transparent assessment. I like the focus on critical thinking here :)

Sue Alexander's curator insight, June 21, 5:02 PM

Great scoop Beth. I love the goal of "intellectually active" classrooms.

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for the love of learning: The education question we should be asking

for the love of learning: The education question we should be asking | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 14, 10:24 AM

When we consider outside influences as only distractions, we miss the critical point of education which is diminished into Schooling which is measurable and sorts our children. Education is about distractions, curiosity, and exploring. School is about a preplanned method which only seeks to teach what is measurable. School can be subsumed into education, but can education be distilled into School? One hopes not.

Brad Merrick's curator insight, June 17, 7:57 AM

We should aspire to develop in our students, the intrinsic desire to learn and investigate their world. Questions should be driven by curiosity and interest, whereby their love of learning is evident in all that they engage in.

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 7:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, June 15, 2:34 AM

Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 15, 7:54 AM

Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

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Two Guys and Some iPads: Anatomy 4D Update Allows Users to Explore the Human Body Like Never Before

Two Guys and Some iPads: Anatomy 4D Update Allows Users to Explore the Human Body Like Never Before | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Today DAQRI launched a major update to their popular medical education app Anatomy 4D. Version 2.0.1 comes with an all new user interface, updated models, and an added heart experience. "


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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 28, 11:24 PM

Good Info, Thx Chris

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, May 29, 3:13 PM

This is a constant debate. Why is it so tough to make the choices that will benefit kids?

Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 7:54 PM

This is well worth reading! We have been doing some work in this area with senior students and the school's senior psychologist. A healthy balanced life style of enough sleep and regular sleep routines, regular exercise, positive peer friendships and a good focus on blocks of study without social media distractions is a good formula for success in all areas. The notion of successful multitasking is a strong misconception amongst students. On the whole they do not know of the resultant diminished/less efficient learning.

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
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It is amazing to me how many students and teachers still believe intelligence is fixed and imutable!

According to Stanford Professor Carol Dweck based on her research.

To develop a positive academic mindset, these are four key beliefs students must hold:

I can change my intelligence and abilities through effort

I can succeed

I belong in this learning community

This work has value and purpose for me

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Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun

Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Without a doubt my most popular posts have consistently been science websites. Below, I have combined all the science websites that I have shared so far and have added nine new ones. Whether you have been following my blog, or if this is your first time, I promise you will find many great resources for your students."


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth Brookfield's curator insight, April 8, 5:35 AM

Must check a few of these out...

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a

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Ideas to expand thinking on current assessments, particularly for those who do not test well. Thx Beth Dichter!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 6:24 PM

As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

  • Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are Permitted
  • Take-Home Tests
  • Student-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

  • Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

    • Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

    Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 24, 1:46 PM

    As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

    The first three suggestions are:

    Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are PermittedTake-Home TestsStudent-Made Tests

    These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

    The next suggestion is:

    Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

    This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

    The final suggestion is:

    Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

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    27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic

    27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!

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    Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 16, 2:11 AM

    A bunch of down to earth advices to help you catch up and/or keep your creativity flowing. 

    Maryalice Leister's curator insight, March 16, 7:44 AM

    Appropriate when considering my personal creativity focus. Excellent visual.

    Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 6:05 PM

    I love this infographic. What do you think about the ideas?

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    7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs |

    7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs | | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    ADHD tech. Thx Charmaine

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    Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:04 PM

    I always have learned a lot from Thomas Armstrong!

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    How to Apply Gamification in Education

    How to Apply Gamification in Education | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
     
    Gamification, and the gamification of education in particular, is a huge and complex area. We have written about gamification in the past (in the form of educational apps that gamify subjects such as maths or languages).

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    How To Bring Your Lab Notebook Into The 21st Century

    How To Bring Your Lab Notebook Into The 21st Century | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    As more and more states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers are beginning to wonder what tools they will need to implement the new standards in their classrooms.

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    Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 3, 1:30 PM

    There are some great ideas in this article that you can share with your science teachers. I think the creative TL will also instantly see where some of these tools will fit in other curricular areas too!

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    Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

    Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    This is a great new game from Google which helps students develop their vocabulary through spelling and pronunciation. Using Chrome, students can actually speak to the computer and listen to the pronunciation of the words as they build a word tower. They can even listen to a speaking dictionary telling them what the words mean. This should get your students working autonomously to develop their own vocabulary and if they sign in they can track and share their results.


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    Thx to Nik Peachey! Vocab development for science students, ELLs, and students with Dyslexia

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    Marie-Hélène Fasquel's curator insight, June 5, 4:05 PM

    Thank you so much Nick! The websites you recommend are always so useful!:)

    Antón Seoane Pardo's curator insight, June 9, 11:58 AM

    Interesante opción de Google para practicar el spelling. Todavía está un poco "sordo" pero funciona razonablemente bien

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 22, 10:24 AM

    Thx to Nik Peachey! Vocabulary development for Dyslexics, ELL and science students

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    Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom

    Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Bring on the i. I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren't we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more? Here are ...
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    Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

    Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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    Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 17, 12:17 PM

    When we teach and assess, it is based on multiple curricula. There is the curricula-as-plans along with each teacher's personal curriculum and each student's personal curriculum. The latter two are the autobiographical filters teachers and students use in teaching and learning. Teaching and learning encountered this way become complex conversations that bring the curricula-as-plans to life.

    Patricia Julia Alejandra Pérez's curator insight, June 18, 8:54 AM

    Las metas de desempeño tratan sobre  competencias, es decir, habilidades, destrezas y conocimientos que un estudiante debe tener cuando se halla en un nivel avanzado de su carrera, las metas de dominio hacen referencia al aspecto más específico, centrado en "dominar"  una o varias destreza determinadas. No son excluyen, son integradas unas con otras, por lo tanto no debería afectar los resultados de los estudiantes en las evaluaciones.

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    Project-Based Learning and the Common Core: Resource Roundup

    Project-Based Learning and the Common Core: Resource Roundup | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Resources by Topic:

    Alignment of PBL and the Common Core
    PBL and the Common Core in the Classroom
    ELA- and Math-Specific Guidance
    Related Resources





    Are you a project-based learning (PBL) sch

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    Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal

    Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Here’s how educators can use the latest neurological research to help improve math and science instruction.

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    No Worries... Thx Chris Carter!

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    Chris Carter's curator insight, June 3, 8:29 PM

    Relax! Stress kills creativity and critical thinking.

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    Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

    Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as

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    Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, May 29, 3:13 PM

    This is a constant debate. Why is it so tough to make the choices that will benefit kids?

    Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 7:54 PM

    This is well worth reading! We have been doing some work in this area with senior students and the school's senior psychologist. A healthy balanced life style of enough sleep and regular sleep routines, regular exercise, positive peer friendships and a good focus on blocks of study without social media distractions is a good formula for success in all areas. The notion of successful multitasking is a strong misconception amongst students. On the whole they do not know of the resultant diminished/less efficient learning.

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 29, 9:21 PM

    Thx Chris Carter

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    50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED

    50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    What does it mean to find your voice? Having the courage to speak up? Expressing your opinions more often? Having opinions in the first place? Or is it more than that? “We each have our own fingerprint; we each have our own voice,” says Kylie Minogue, host of The Voice. A hackneyed analogy from a questionable source, perhaps, but somehow it satisfies."


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    So easy to move through content rather than allow for thinking about it. A great reminder of the many ways to get it into the mix and increase student engagement. Thx to Beth Dichter

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 9:05 PM

    How do we help students find their voice, their speaking voice and their voice in writing? This post provides 50 suggestions and each has a brief explanation. Below are five. Click through to the post to see the entire list.

    * Let students disagree with you.

    * Inquire, think, reflect.

    * Give second chances.

    * Show that you don't have all the answers.

    * Build respect for one's opinion.

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    Blooms-Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit

    Blooms-Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    What Went Well and Why

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    Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, March 2, 2:33 AM

    Do this simple exercise yourself –and find out how IEP teams could use it– just Click on the link. http://www.visionsandvoicestogether.com/newsletters

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    Differentiated Instruction: “Ignite learner thinking in their style” | Expect Success

    Differentiated Instruction: “Ignite learner thinking in their style” | Expect Success | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    With a new approach, differentiated instruction can be easy and allow you to ignite learner thinking in their style.

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    Learning Style Blooms! Thx, Charmaine.

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    Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies (Infographic)

    Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies (Infographic) | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    "Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently."


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    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, February 19, 6:12 PM

    Thanks Beth

    Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 1, 6:24 PM

    These are helpful.

    Cheryl Lambert's curator insight, March 23, 2:08 PM

    Helpful instructional tool.