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Using Padlet (f.k.a. WallWisher) across the curriculum

Using Padlet (f.k.a. WallWisher) across the curriculum | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

"Padlet has morphed into a full blown online interactive whiteboard, collaboration, presentation, lesson management system with massive possibilities for teaching and learning. Before demonstrating how I have used Padlet in the classroom in ways I couldn’t have in the past, I’ll give you a quick(ish) tutorial in how it works."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:00 PM

Why choose to use Padlet? Aside from the fact that is free, it does not require that register. Gleeson recommends that as a teacher you create an account so that all the "walls" you create are in one place.

This post provides detailed instructions on how to create a wall and includes two projects that he has done with his students.

If you have not checked out Padlet I suspect you will after you read this post!

Tom Perran's curator insight, May 7, 2013 6:15 AM

I like this tool. Very useful and it works with iPhones in the classroom!

Anne Sturgess's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:17 PM

I'm using Padlet in a variety of ways, including gathering teacher and student ideas and for feedback about any shifts in practise related to the work I do as a Facilitator of Professional Learning for teachers.

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17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools - Edudemic

17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools - Edudemic | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
We see iPads in education all over the place. So what are some actual ways iPads are being used in schools that you could learn from?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 21, 2013 8:16 PM

Are you wondering how other school districts (and colleges) are using iPads? This post provides short descriptions as well as links to a wide variety of ways iPads are being used across the world.

Below are four areas found in this post:

* Putting students in charge of the learning process

* Helping students with disabilities

* Closing the digital achievement gap

* Re-imagining how newspapers are used in class

Each area discussed provides a link for additional information. If you are about to bring iPads into your school, or have a program up and running and are interested in learning what others are doing take the time to read this post.

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How Handwriting Boosts the Brain

How Handwriting Boosts the Brain | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Recent research illustrates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. And in an interesting twist, new technology is starting to reinvigorate this age-old practice.

So how does writing by hand engage the brain in learning? Research shows that:

* One study using an MRI machine which looked for "neural activity in the brain" showed that "children who had practiced printing by hand [showed] neural activty [that] was far more advanced and 'adult-like' than those who had simply looked at letters."

* Another study "demonstrated that in grades two, four and six, chilren wrote more words, faster,and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus computer."

There are a number of other studies discussed in this post as well as a link to a short video that discusses some of the research.


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The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts!

The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

This post begins with a quote from President Obama:

"“The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” From this point it veers  in a different direction, noting that the issue is that teachers "are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs."

If we look to our past (and our present) we will find that we are not listening to the advice that "our nation's historic inventors, scientists, and physicists (whom have shared) their advice and experiences." 

Read the article to learn the experiences of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Richard Feyman, Michio Kaku (which includes a video where he explains "that exams are crushing curiousity out of the next generation..."), as well as individuals around today such as Aaron Iba and Jack Andraka (the student who at the age of 15 created a test for pancreatic cancer).

Perhaps the question we need to ask is how do we change the system to support the necessary learning? 


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36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Originally published on educatorstechnology.com TeachThought took the 36 ideas and "added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:54 PM

Do you have teachers in your building at all levels of technology? This post may help you come up with some ideas for professional development. The first suggestions on the list of thirty-six is:

* Select the right platform to communicate.

Several others include:

* Explain how and why to use technology to those who don’t use it.

* Model digital citizenship.

* Highlight the limits of technology.

* Record, process, mash, publish, and distribute digital media.

For many other suggetions (and additional resources) continue on to the post.

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Must Have Life-long Learning Tools and Strategies for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Must Have Life-long Learning Tools and Strategies for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

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Eliana Quiñonez Wolff's curator insight, January 9, 2014 5:21 PM

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31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

This post begins "Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?" It then provides 31 research findings that may make you pause and reconsider some of your beliefs. 

* Are there any benefits to "playing scary and violent video games"?

* Can video games impact "disruptive behaviors and enhance positive development in ADHD children"?

* Is it best to teach very young children how to play with a toy or should we allow them to explore on their own?

An additional 28 findings) are provided in this post. 


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 16, 2012 4:01 AM

Some interesting and surprising findings to make us think about our own preconceptions.