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Plant a Question… Grow an “Answer Garden”!

Plant a Question… Grow an “Answer Garden”! | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Need a digital scribble space? Then be sure to experiment with Answer Garden, a web-based polling/survey tool that allows users to create and publish a question.  Once visitors submit answers, they are immediately displayed as tags in a basic word cloud.  Data can also be exported to Wordle or Tagxedo to create a more visually appealing word cloud. What’s more—a QR code is generated for each AnswerGarden. How cool is that?


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Tech-Savvy Teaching | Scholastic.com

Tech-Savvy Teaching | Scholastic.com | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

5 lesson ideas to engage digital natives.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:36 PM

Some fun apps and sites to get the techie application happening in all subjects!  Scholastic shares.

Melinda Miller's curator insight, October 10, 2013 5:41 AM

Ideas for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

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4 New Ways to Use Google Docs Forms with Students

4 New Ways to Use Google Docs Forms with Students | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Now you can embed live YouTube video right into a form to create a guided video lesson for students. Consider using this type of activity as a homework assignment to provide students with a common starting point for learning in the classroom.

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Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News)

Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News) | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"But being connected isn’t just for socializing; it’s a life skill. When untrained students get online, they treat academic writing online as if it were social media. They write sloppily and don't think of hyperlinking. If they do, it is often a long pasted link instead of a contextual link. In this connected world, there are invisibly disconnected kids, disconnected from the knowledge they need to be successful."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 5, 2013 2:32 AM

Significant roles we all have in the connected world. Crucial that students understand these.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:23 PM

Curate your digital footprint!

Allan Booth's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:51 AM

some good insights

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90+ Twitter Tools Teachers Should Know about | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

90+ Twitter Tools Teachers Should Know about | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Twitter is the topical theme of my MAED thesis and I have been assembling and compiling several resources and academic papers on this topic.

 

I also have a special section under the title "Twitter for Teachers" where I share with my fellow teachers and readers all the tips and tools they need to tap into the educational potential of this microblogging platform.

 

Click headline to access the Twitter tools--

 


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Melissa Hoff's curator insight, September 30, 2013 7:52 PM

You are all teachers in your own right.  Maybe some of these can help you too.

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A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ...

A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ... | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
App developers, on their part, have also noticed this increasing potential of iPad in education and therefore started creating and developing apps targeting the educational audience. From apps for toddlers to advanced research apps, the app ...

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 24, 2013 4:14 PM

Useful tips to guide you through the process of using iPads in your school.

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321 Free Tools for Teachers

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Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!


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John Purificati's comment, September 20, 2013 6:51 AM
Free is good.
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Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze

Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Browser based presentation platforms are quickly gaining ground as HTML5 has made it possible to create robust presentations online without the need for applications like PowerPoint or Keynote.


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Abe Soltani's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:55 PM

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:39 AM

Looks relaly cool - will have use for this combined with other apps to generate presentations. 

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50 Fabulous Web Tools for Group Projects | Rated Colleges

Learn about the top rated online colleges, with expert advice on everything from earning a degree to choosing the right school.
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A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning - TeachThought

A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning - TeachThought | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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At TeachThought, we’re huge fans of project-based learning.

 

While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its flexibility. As it is, first and foremost, simply a curriculum planning tool, so much other “good stuff” that can support learning (game-based learning, learning simulations, place-based education, self-directed learning, etc.) can all be “embedded” in project-based learning.

 

With PBL, there is no “either/or” proposition: anything from open-ended,

play-based learning to data-driven, research-based instructional environments can all use PBL effectively."


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JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:16 PM

This article is from TeachThought and they are huge fans of PBL.  This article says PBL is first and foremost simply a curriculum planning tool so other games and learning simulatinos can all be embedded in PBL.  There's no one size fits all way to appoach PBL but there are several great resources to help you along.  The article claims the heart and soul of PBL is genious of great project ideas including the purpose and audience of the project.  The following are a few of the items they suggest: create an interactive family tree from living family members, design an app, solve the problem of negative news, help local businesses increase environmental sustainability, dissect hte anatomy of viral web content and plan an MArs colony using current data from the MArtian landscape and atmosphere.

 

This resources seems to differ from the article Establishing a PBL Friendly Culture because it seems to say you can implement PBL in a classroom by having the kids do projects.  The other source I currated about Projects v. PBL would also be opposed to several notions mentioned in this article.  It looks like this resources give some awesome suggestions for great project ideas which it says is the heart and soul of PBL, so I will definily reference this resource in the future when I'm struggling to come up with ideas, but the philosophy behind the article seems slightly flawed compeared to the two articles previously mentioned.  I really liked this article for the ideas for projects.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning

10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning The definition of blended learning is the “integrat(ion) of online with traditional face-to-face class activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner.” Put another way, it is the...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:42 AM

Includes a nice infographic to illustrate the ideas in the article. 

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:20 PM

Grassroots...you need some champions in your school or district.

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Infographic of the Week: Setting Classroom Rules

Infographic of the Week: Setting Classroom Rules | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

It’s hard to believe that today marks the first official day of my 25th year in education—not counting all of the years I was the student! That said, I don’t know about you, but after experiencing this many new beginnings, I’m always looking for a new twist to add to those age-old obligatory back to school activities—like discussing classroom rules.

 

That’s why I love the infographic shown below—which highlights the how and why teachers should allow students to actively participate in establishing expectations.


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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

The key to successful technology integration is the efficient use of digital tools tools that are appropriate for the task. Technology provides us all with the ability to develop our own toolkit of flexible resources for use when needed. Here is a toolkit I assembled that is filled with tools I frequently use for designing flexible student-driven learning experiences. Starting with a good toolkit is essential.


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Laura Briggs's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:03 PM

Tools for flexible student-driven learning experiences!

Dean Mantz's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:45 AM

Special thanks to Susan Oxnevad for sharing this Thinglink project providing 10 recommended resources that many educators may not be familiar with for the classroom. 

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Tech-Savvy Teaching | Scholastic.com

Tech-Savvy Teaching | Scholastic.com | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

5 lesson ideas to engage digital natives.


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Ideas for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:36 PM

Some fun apps and sites to get the techie application happening in all subjects!  Scholastic shares.

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Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0

Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0 | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, March 1, 2014 1:41 AM

Visuel !

Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:01 AM

Bloom's Taxonomy accompanied with useful websites that make it easier to carry out the various levels.

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:31 PM

A brilliant tool for all educators.

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YouTube Launches Royalty-Free Audio Library

YouTube Launches Royalty-Free Audio Library | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Sometimes the most challenging aspect of creating a video project is finding background music that enhances the message. Well, thanks to a new feature just released by YouTube, that task has become easier!

 

That’s right! Why conduct endless searches for the perfect song to compliment your video when you can now access the YouTube Audio Library, a collection of 150 royalty-free songs that users can download as an mp3, remix and/or reuse in any video project—even if it’s not going to be uploaded to the YouTube service. Pretty cool, eh?


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Awesome Visual Explanation of Blended Learning | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual Explanation of Blended Learning | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

At right is an interesting infographic I have just received from one of my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning following the posting of : 4 great graphics on Blended Learning. I am adding it to my Blended Learning section in this blog. Have a look and share with your colleagues.

 

Click headline to view infographic full screen--


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Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze

Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Browser based presentation platforms are quickly gaining ground as HTML5 has made it possible to create robust presentations online without the need for applications like PowerPoint or Keynote.

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Abe Soltani's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:55 PM

Like it.

Maite Gonzalez's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:30 AM

add your insight...

 

 

 

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:39 AM

Looks relaly cool - will have use for this combined with other apps to generate presentations. 

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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Miles McGeehan's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:42 AM

Great application for third graders!

Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn's curator insight, November 22, 2014 3:51 AM
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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

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Library Staff's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:56 PM

This is a good question. Is it baby steps, or just throw all out with the bathwater and start afresh?

Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 13, 2013 5:42 PM

Not regurgitation of old information but the development of new information, that is what is required for promoting sustainable growth....inquiry-based learning excites the researchers/learners/students and develops another part of the brain....involve students in real-life problems to encourage thinkers....I agree - a new way, new specifically designed tasks for inquiry.

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Edutopia: 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

Edutopia: 6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments...


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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 8, 2013 1:04 PM

AWESOME + a tip from Linda:

" Definite share with teachers for finding primary source documents.  Also, don't forget the Google LIFE magazine images. 

 

"Search tip

Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example: computer source:life "

Charli Wiggill's curator insight, September 9, 2013 7:30 AM

If you frequently refer to primary sources in your coursework - this may be really useful to you.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, September 14, 2013 3:31 PM

Primary Resources

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3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad -

3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in
the teaching of Academic Vocabulary.

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Amy Youngblood's curator insight, September 2, 2013 11:52 PM

Tools for teaching Tier 2 and Tier 3 words.  

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:10 AM

Great resources for all subjects!

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Blendspace: Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Blendspace: Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content.


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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:52 AM

This updated site now offers some great tools to aid teachers in assessing and analyzing student data.  I'm going to give it a try!

Karey Williams Brown's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:19 PM

Formerly Educanvas

peterlakeman's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:41 AM

Precies wat de titel al zegt: In no-time heb je allemaal leuke dingen verzameld voor je les. Handig ook om ieder jaar weer te gebruiken.

Werkt overigens perfect samen met Edmodo.