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A New Way to Publish your Shared Folders on the Web

A New Way to Publish your Shared Folders on the Web | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Dropbox users can connect to a Shared Folder in Google Drive and vice-versa. You can also follow a shared folder by email and get updates as file attachments.

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15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners

15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
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Clipboard, The Evernote-Meets-Pinterest Clipping Service With 1.7 ...

Clipboard, The Evernote-Meets-Pinterest Clipping Service With 1.7 ... | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Clipboard -- the web clipping service that is a little like a cross between Evernote and Pinterest, racking up 1.7 million clips since opening for private..
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another clipboarding tool - try it on for size!

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Only Book Lovers Need Apply: Go On A Journey Of Book Discovery In 7 Different Ways

Only Book Lovers Need Apply: Go On A Journey Of Book Discovery In 7 Different Ways | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Ah, the inner wondrous world of books! When things are not hunky dory outside, you can grasp a measure of calm in the imaginative and fictitious world conjured by magicians of the word. Books have always been an abiding interest.
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Some additional tools (other than Goodreads, etc) to share books or booklists. 

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age
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Even though colleges want 'information literate' students - the default for research is Google! 

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3 Popular Video Creation Tools Being Used By Teachers - Edudemic

3 Popular Video Creation Tools Being Used By Teachers - Edudemic | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Allow your students to mix, mash, and video their way to a deeper understanding of the topic by using one of the video creation tools below.

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Why It's Time To Start BYOD In Your School - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Start BYOD In Your School - Edudemic | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
By bringing your own device (BYOD) to school, it may allow the technology to be introduced into the learning process.

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Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain

Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.

Long before we had writing as we know it there has been an oral tradition of storytelling. This post looks at the science around storytelling.

Learn about how a story "can put your whole brain to work" and why "our brains become more active when we tell stories." Find out why the brain "learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases" and much more. If you enjoy telling stories, writing stories, or listening to stories check out this post to learn more!


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Audrey's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:15 PM

Just think about all the schemas (pockets of information) we have for everything we do.  Even though we have never taken part in many activities, we could easily build plausible stories based on those schemas and even devise theories, which may be testable. This is imagination which is one example of brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:22 PM

Excellent!

44Doors's curator insight, March 11, 10:27 AM

"Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you’ve activated that way, active too:"

 

"use simple, yet heartfelt language."

"Quick last fact: Our brain learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases that used to make stories awesome"

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Information Abundance and Its Implications for Education

Information Abundance and Its Implications for Education | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Are we living in a world of information overload or information abundance? This post by Jackie Gerstein poses suggests we look at this as a time of information abundance. "... we have technologies to access any type of information and to create products that match the pictures and voices in our minds; and we can use technology to get the assistance and feedback from folks around the globe."

In this post she looks at the implications this has for education, exploring five points (quoted below):

* Educators are no longer gatekeepers to information.

* The Internet needs tobe open and available to students.

* Information and media literacy needs to be integrated across the curriculum and grade levels.

* Global-oriented and mulitcultural education also needs to be integrated across the curriculum and grade levels.

* Students developing their own Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) should be viewed as major instructional strategy.

Additional resources are referenced in the post.


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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.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Mobile Formative Assessment; A One Device Solution

Free Technology for Teachers: Mobile Formative Assessment; A One Device Solution | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Formative assessment has been stuck in a rut for years but tablets and Smartphones have the potential for increasing the amount of formative data that teachers collect and use on a daily basis.


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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s comment, July 26, 2012 10:13 PM
This site is FANTASTIC for finding assessments and tracking progress towards Common Core Standards. HIGHLY recommended!
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The Space | The Arts – live, free and on demand

The Space | The Arts – live, free and on demand | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
The Space is a digital arts service from Arts Council England and the BBC, bringing great theatre, concerts, opera, dance, film and more to every screen.

An amazing resource with dance, film, literature and spoken word, music, performance art, theater, and visual and media arts. The Space "...has been designed to give arts and culture organisations the opportunity to experiment and engage with new and existing audiences in a completely innovative digital environment. It is a pilot which was initially available from the 1st May 2012 to the 31st October 2012 and has now been extended until the 31st March 2013."


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Bring Habits of Mind to Life by Modeling Them in Class—Here’s How

Bring Habits of Mind to Life by Modeling Them in Class—Here’s How | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Described as essential characteristics for success, the 16 Habits of Mind help educators and learners navigate classroom and life challenges. They range from managing impulsivity to taking responsible risks and remaining open to continuous learning.

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Added to my list of must have books.  

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 6, 2013 5:01 PM

Added to my list of must have books.  

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New Education Standards Will Fail Your Kids And America's Future If We Don't ... - Forbes

New Education Standards Will Fail Your Kids And America's Future If We Don't ... - Forbes | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
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New Education Standards Will Fail Your Kids And America's Future If We Don't ...
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Business is taking a stab at the common core, wanting a larger, more well rounded set of standards which include greater understanding of entrepreneurship and financial/fiscal understanding.

 

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The Internet A Decade Later. 2002-2012 - Imgur

The Internet A Decade Later. 2002-2012 - Imgur | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
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all in a mere 10 years .......... seems like the blink of an eye ...............

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10 of the Best Screen Capture Tools

10 of the Best Screen Capture Tools | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

One of the things that you might want to do from time to time is to actually show others a way of doing something or to show others something that is actually on your screen. You might want to record a tutorial for YouTube or a similar video sharing website or record your screen for a variety of other reasons. If you want to do this then you will need screen capture software. We have compiled a list of 10 of the best screen capture pieces of software out there.


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:24 PM

These are very useful tools. I use Jing but I would like some features not included in their software. I will aim to try some of these. 

Tom Perran's curator insight, December 28, 2012 6:55 AM

Screencast-o-Matic is my screen capture tool of choice. I look forward to see what these other tools have to offer.

John Purificati's comment, February 3, 2013 11:05 AM
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Myebook - get it out there!

Myebook - get it out there! | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Create your eBooks, Photo albums, Comics, Magazines, Fanzines, CV, Brochures, Books... When you're done, publish and share your ebook full of photos, video, audio with friends, family, and the world.

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This is a great resource for students wanting to publish their own work.

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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, December 18, 2012 3:33 PM
Publishing tool for all types of creators.
Ariana Amorim's curator insight, December 19, 2012 5:44 AM

You can create, publish, share or sell  your eBooks. And it's free!

Still in Beta.

Shanika Journey's curator insight, December 21, 2012 2:41 PM

Looks like a very useful tool if you want to share a eBook or digital publication virally online. And the cool thing about is that it's free.

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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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30 Storytelling Tips For Educators: How To Capture Your Student's Attention

30 Storytelling Tips For Educators: How To Capture Your Student's Attention | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Storytelling allows us to make connections. We often turn to stories as a tool to teach (and reach) our students. "Stories bring information, knowledge, and truth to life."  This post provides 30 great tips to help you engage your students with stories. A few of them are listed below. Within the post each tip comes with additional information.

* You must have a hook in your opening

* Use vivid language that kids can understand

* Tell the truth, even when it's difficult

* Appeal to their senses

* Draw real world connections


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7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject

7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity » TextProject | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Is text complexity a new way to look at text? This post notes that the Common Core State Standards have explicitly identified text levels, which has not been done in the past. The seven actions below are detailed in the post, and you may choose to download it as a pdf. 

Action 1 - Focus on Knowledge

Action 2 - Create connections

Action 3 - Activate Students' Passion

Action 4 - Develop vocabulary

Action 5 - Increase the Volume

Action 6 - Build Up Stamina

Action 7 - Identify Benchmarks


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10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use - Free Technology for Teachers:

10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use - Free Technology for Teachers: | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne shares ten techniques to help students become better searchers with Google. Some of his suggestions may be new to you and a number provide links to additional information.

You can download a copy of the pdf from Scribd (free of charge).


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Common Formative Assessments | Effective Teaching Practices

Articles to download on Common Formative Assessments


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Assessing 21st Century Skills - Looking at Criteria

Assessing 21st Century Skills - Looking at Criteria | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

How do you assess 21st century skills? This post explores this issue and sugests that "the term 'assessment' needs to be examined. "At its core, assessment should be thought of as an opportunity to give feedback. Without giving students specific, targeted feedback on how they are performing these skills, students will have little opportunity to understand how to improve their level of creativity, become better researchers through increased information literacy skills, become better at collaborating with groups for project creation and problem solving, or develop good habits of mind to become self-directed learners."

The question then becomes how do we effectively assess these skills? What criteria should be used?

The post provides some suggestions as well as links to a number of resources.


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