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Learn More About OLI | Open Learning Initiative

Learn More About OLI | Open Learning Initiative | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.


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This is an extraordinary opportunity. There is no excuse for not receiving an education. If you have a SMART phone you can learn.

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Open access learning & teaching opportunities.

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The Best Tools and Apps to Make the Most of Flickr - lifehacker

The Best Tools and Apps to Make the Most of Flickr - lifehacker | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Flickr is a great tool to organize your photos and share them with the world. Plus, ever since Flickr got an overhaul and tons of free space, it's a great place to back up your photos too. Still, it can be even better with a few useful tools from the user community. Here are some of the best.

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I want to use photos to tell stories and teach children how to use photos to tell a story.

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, April 4, 2014 10:38 AM

This is  a great list of tools for both uploading and searching Flickr. I had no idea we had been gifted a TB of space by Flickr.

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Schools promoting 'trauma-informed' teaching to reach troubled students - EdSource Today

Schools promoting 'trauma-informed' teaching to reach troubled students - EdSource Today | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
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Backed by brain research, California schools are beginning to address the effect of severe trauma on the health and achievement of their students.
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I believe that you need to be aware of students who have been traumatized and to make sure that you don't trigger them. 

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11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success.

Here are some free apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out!


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I am looking for Apps for Math and this looks promising.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, December 29, 2013 7:34 PM

Great tools to use for maths Teaching. there are more resources found by respondents that I look forward to exploring.

Chee Tse Min's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:10 AM

In the 21st century where the technology revolves around our lives, we no longer need to stick to old fashioned teaching ways limited to papers and pens. This article shows us we can even use an iPad as our learning tool. Now, more and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students.

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The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students

The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

"Mid-year or more frequently, I ask students to complete an evaluation form. I craft the questions carefully so simple answers are hard to write. Instead, I try to create specific, complex questions that cover the material, the classroom activities and the students—peers and the individual.

Many teachers shake their heads and avoid these exercises. They scoff that students would actually take the forms seriously or that the students will say anything useful. But I find the nature of the questions often elicits a straight answer—short, but helpful."


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Would you allow your students to evaluate you as a teacher? I think that you would learn a lot. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 5, 2014 6:52 PM

This post provides a number of strategies that may help you receive better feedback from your students. The author, Jane Healey, suggests that you formulate "inquiries specific to a task." She has had students write an exemplary comment about another student (receiving "fabulous point-of-view descriptions") and then have the student write one for themselves.

Additional questions you might ask are also provided for research projects and class discussions.

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, January 5, 2014 7:35 PM

This is a great blog post on feedback and the importance of asking and listening to our students.

macksayers's curator insight, January 6, 2014 1:07 PM

Listening to our students through asking thoughtful questions and providing descriptive feedback to their peer and self assessments. 

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100 Important Google Drive Tips for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

100 Important Google Drive Tips for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

"Google Drive  provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Here are 100 great tips for using the documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google Docs."


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Google is really trying the way that we exchange and share information.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:14 PM

Tips, tricks, and hacks for Google Drive. 

Peg Ries Heckman's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:02 PM

Interesting read 

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Do you need help with presenting and organizing information for your classroom presentations or research papers? This resource provides you with 100 tricks for using documents, presentations, and spreadsheets using Google Docs.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

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Embed Videos with Google Drive- A Useful Tip for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Embed Videos with Google Drive- A Useful Tip for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

 If for any reasons you do not want to upload your classroom videos to YouTube and are looking for another free hosting video that can allow you to upload and share your videos Google Drive is one of your best options. Only few Google Drive users know that there is a functionality in Google Drive that enables anyone with a Google Drive account to instantly upload their videos and after the upload you can get an embed code to integrate your video anywhere on the web. Here is how you can do it.


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I think that this can be used to share videos among teachers as well.

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 23, 2013 1:50 PM

This could be useful, especially for anyone using video as a way of providing feedback or one-off exercises etc.

Nataliasterns's curator insight, December 25, 2013 6:09 PM

Para embeber videos que no querés subir a youtube

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Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators ... - Moving to Learn

Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators ... - Moving to Learn | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social wellbeing, and academic performance, suggesting a ...
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I believe there is merit to this. I am adding technology to my SMART Academy last because I want the kids to interact with each other and build relationships.

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'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy - Education Week News

'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy - Education Week News | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Education Week News 'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy Education Week News While expressions like the "soft bigotry of low expectations" underscore the effects of teachers' and students' mindsets on academic success,...
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I find the term "soft bigotry" when referring to educators who have low expectations of students to be an appropriate term. 

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Why Teachers Need Social-Emotional Skills | Greater Good

Why Teachers Need Social-Emotional Skills | Greater Good | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
By developing social-emotional skills, teachers can rediscover the joy of teaching.
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I often wonder how teachers who show limited social emotional skills can teach kids these skills. They can not teach what they don't have.

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:09 PM
I do not think a child would enjoy learning with a teacher with no social-emotional skills, and enjoying learning really helps everybody learn more.
Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:10 PM
It should be a requirement as it facilitates learning
Will Gourley's comment, September 3, 2013 8:50 PM
Agree completely. Sadly common sense and empathy are casualties of a textbook curriculum. We need to model it for and with all of our learners.
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How to Create a Positive School Climate | Greater Good

How to Create a Positive School Climate | Greater Good | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do. ...
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I am training Teachng Assistants in the next two weeks to make sure that we create a Positive School Climate for St. Carries Center S.M.A.R.T. Academy.

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Education lessons from abroad: a tale of two countries - Deseret News

Education lessons from abroad: a tale of two countries - Deseret News | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
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Lackluster scores for U.S.
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I am not a fan of the PISA. I don't believe in rigid test taking and I think that we have to design instruction materials that are inclusive of the diversity in the United States.

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Assessing the Harlem Children's Zone - Heritage.org

Assessing the Harlem Children's Zone - Heritage.org | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Assessing the Harlem Children's Zone Heritage.org The program has already had great success in increasing the amount of brain-stimulating activities enjoyed by parent–child dyads, with 81 percent of participating parents from 2001 through 2011...
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I am targeting parents in St. Carries Center S.M.A.R.T. Academy. If I can encourage parents to support their children in education, I know that we can make great gains.

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A Great Student Rubric for Reviewing Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Student Rubric for Reviewing Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

"To help her students understand and be able to analyze the apps they come across online, Mutt Susan from Digital Divide and Conquer http://bit.ly/1nG4TZF ; has created this wonderful rubric. The Student App Review Rubric,  features five sections ( or criteria) that students can grade when assessing an app. Each of these criteria can be graded with a numerical number from 0 to 4 with 4 as the top grade.

The five criteria included in this rubric are :

Looks and soundEngagement and motivationUser friendly directions and instructionsPerformance and ease of useDifferentiation in learning."


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I think that it is a great idea to teach students and parents how to evaluate apps. I like to try them for a trial period but it is great to have a rubric

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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:58 AM

Nice Rubric for students.

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Visme - Create Interactive Online Presentations

Visme - Create Interactive Online Presentations | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Easily Create online Presentations, animations, animated HTML5 banners, infographics and other rich visual content free in your browser. Visme is the perfect alternative to Flash and Powerpoint or keynote to create professional presentations, infographics, HTML5 banners and interactive content in HTML5.

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This is an interesting site that I want to try.

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malek's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:53 AM

Want to liven up your resume?

Give VisMe a trial, it's free

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, April 6, 2014 8:11 AM

A Nice tool to create infographics, animations, presentations, etc.. web based (called EWC presenter before)

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:13 PM

This is a great presentation tool for any browser!

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Education and neuroscience: An expert review | thInk

Education and neuroscience: An expert review | thInk | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
... than at any time in the past. We have reached the point at which neuroscience has the potential to inform classroom practice and improve children's educational outcomes… ...
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This is an interesting article. We are closing the gap between theory and practice.

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How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps - Fractus Learning

How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps - Fractus Learning | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Five simple steps to help teachers and students to share their voice and get started creating their own class podcast.

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Students teaching other students is a great way to get kids engaged in learning.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 14, 2014 1:55 AM

Quick steps to get going in podcasting by recording and broadcasting student voices. 

Claudie Graner's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:17 AM

"Blogs are so 2013"!!!(quote from the article)

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:21 PM

Podbean looks interesting!

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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

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Anyone can get an education if they desire to become knowlegeable. If you have a mobile or cell phone, education is waiting for you.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:49 AM

Very little of this do I find this surprising.

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 2014 7:43 PM

Food for thought.

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Uwezo Reports - Basic literacy and numeracy competencies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

Uwezo Reports - Basic literacy and numeracy competencies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it

Since 2009, Uwezo has implemented large-scale nationally representative household surveys to assess the actual basic literary and numeracy competencies of school-aged children across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Each year, Uwezo produces three national reports and one regional report that present the headline findings across the region.


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I am happy that organizations are starting to publish data about  different schools. I hope the data is objective. It is a start.

 

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How to Use Pinterest to Create an Awesome Resume That Stands Out

How to Use Pinterest to Create an Awesome Resume That Stands Out | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
f you decide to use Pinterest as a resume or portfolio tool, you have two options: create a board or whole account to showcase your skills. If you create a board, it will be one URL and one stream with all of your resume/portfolio items. If you have enough items that pulling them into one stream could be too cluttered, you could create a dedicated Pinterest account with several boards to organize your items into. What your best option is will depend on your profession and experience level.

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I don't know how to use pininterst to promote education but I am learning.

 

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vince tracy's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:43 PM

What a unique way to compose a resume and good way to stand out from the crowd.

Gav Morris's curator insight, September 27, 2013 1:32 AM

Now this will appeal to some of us as a use...

flea palmer's curator insight, September 27, 2013 6:46 AM

I've already done this myself. It's great as you can add a description and a link to each 'pin'. Good tips in this post.

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Strategy-Based Video Games, Like Starcraft, Improve Brain's 'Cognitive ... - Huffington Post

Strategy-Based Video Games, Like Starcraft, Improve Brain's 'Cognitive ... - Huffington Post | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Strategy-Based Video Games, Like Starcraft, Improve Brain's 'Cognitive ...
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I have to ask if it improves critical thinking in decisions involving real life.

 

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Eliminating the Box: Worth Thinking About: Help or Support?

Eliminating the Box: Worth Thinking About: Help or Support? | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Exploring meaningful pathways to inclusive and personalized learning for students with complex learning differences and disabilities because education should prepare all students for a lifetime of learning.
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We talking about thinking outside the box. But isn't there value in knowing what's in the box???

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FOCUS: America's sacred mission: MLK's prophetic dream for 2013 - Fall River Herald News

FOCUS: America's sacred mission: MLK's prophetic dream for 2013 - Fall River Herald News | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
FOCUS: America's sacred mission: MLK's prophetic dream for 2013
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Education and interaction, not laws and the courts, are the ways to learn love and respect for others.
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Are you talking to your children and students about the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.

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Entitled students: Too much self-esteem, disconnect between high opinions and ... - Deseret News

Entitled students: Too much self-esteem, disconnect between high opinions and ... - Deseret News | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
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Entitled students: Too much self-esteem, disconnect between high opinions and ...
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I see this every day, students with knowledge of technology and social media who think that they are ready to be CEO"s of companies when they don't have a dime and haven't earned a dime. There are so many skills neccessary for success. Learn to work with other people and learn from them no matter how high you score on a test.

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Good essay thanks
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Failure can help students succeed - South China Morning Post

Failure can help students succeed - South China Morning Post | St. Carries Classroom: Brain Based Learning & Achievement | Scoop.it
Failure can help students succeed South China Morning Post "I'm increasingly struck by the sense that lots of parents, educators and administrators feel that there is something missing in education - with low-income kids in particular - but really...
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I believe in the power of failure to teach lessons that success can not.

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