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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.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 6, 2015 9:23 AM

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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2015 2:54 PM

Students do need to know how to search. It can save you so much time and produce much better results.

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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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Magic keywords on Google and the consequences of tailoring results - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog

Magic keywords on Google and the consequences of tailoring results - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

What does it mean when you hear talk of a filter bubble? This post from Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of the search engine DuckDuckGo, discusses an "experiment" that took play on Sept. 6, 2012, when 131 DuckDuckGo users searched Google for specific words. It "was the first in a series of experiments we're doing to explore the state of Google search tailoring -- the fact that different people see different results on Google based on who they are."

The results are pretty amazing (and very detailed). To learn more check out this post, or to have a quick overview, scroll down to the end of the post and watch the video. You may also want to head over to Vimeo to watch a 2nd video about DuckDuckGo that provides a quick overview of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that protects your privacy and has many great tools! And the link to that video is http://vimeo.com/50984188.


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ACTFL 21St Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic

A suggested but not exhaustive list of possible applications that may help foster 21st Century Skills in today's language learners.

Although geared to language learners the applications suggested work well in any course. The skills listed (with applications to go with them) are: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, flexibility and adaptability, iniative and self-direction, social and corss-cultural skills, productivity and accountability, and leadership and responsibility.


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The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line or even...

The next question that is asked is "What's been the single biggest innovation in education?

Anant Agarwal, the head of edX (MIT/Harvard joint "effort to stream a college eduation over the web, free, to anyone who wants one."

How would this change education? This post explores this issue looking at how online courses have the potential to disrupt education and what the long term impact may be.


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6 Things To Teach Students About Social Media - Edudemic

6 Things To Teach Students About Social Media - Edudemic | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it
Now more than ever, students need to understand the basics of social media and how it can affect their future both negatively and positively.

What are some of the issues students need to be aware of when it comes to social media? This post recommends six area:

* Your online reputation

* The concept of privacy and having a "professional public appearance online"

* The value of connections (as in your personal network) 

* Helping student establish their expertise (blogging, etc.)

* Internet savvy (as in "find the cheapest textbooks online")

* Staying updated

As the article states "social media will drive the upcoming generation" so teaching them how to use the Internet and "manage" their online identity is critical.


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Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools

Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

This post shares a robust list of "Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools...designed to provide a scaffold which enables students to think with more depth and structure."

Each tool (and over 35 are provided) has a brief description which explains how the student would use the tool, often referring to Habits of Mind or Multiple Intelligences. Links to all are provided.


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Mohini Lata's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:27 PM

The Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to enable students to think with depth and structure. This article Thinking Tools builds inclusive learning by building students coping and problem solving capacities. This article links with my topic of Using Mathematical Higher Order Thinking in the digital Technologies to present their thoughts and findings using Multiple Intelligences. This program could be used to support the Digital Technologies processes and production skills strand of the proposed Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculums sub-strand of Interactions and impacts.  The learning curve provides inclusive learning by building cohesive learning partnerships

Ange McSweeney's comment, June 10, 2013 8:22 AM
Hi Mohini,
Just had a read of this article - fantastic! I really like how they have presented the interactive thinking strategies and tools that promote deep thinking and further structure. I think this article is particularly important in relation to the topic of higher order thinking in mathematics, which is so vital to students being educated in the 21st Century by fostering critical thinking.
Great job, feel free to check out my curated collection on implementing technology eucation through science with a focus on Natural Disasters at http://www.scoop.it/t/implementing-technology-education-through-science
Thanks again for your insight and hard work,
Ange :)
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Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH | The Thinking Stick

Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH | The Thinking Stick | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

A look at the importance of teaching students how to search. Do your students (or faculty) know how to find information online? Do they have use appropriate search words, understand how results are generated, use multiple resources, to assess the information (quality and accuracy), recognize bias? 

This post focuses on some of the  information from the recent Pew Report that looked at "How Teens Do Research in the Digital World." The author also provides links to articles he has written on how to use Google to teach search to students in K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 
I would also suggest teaching with search engines beyond Google. If you are concerned with tracking check out DuckDuckGo or Blekko. A great metasearch engine is Carrot2. And you can use want to compare websites side-by-side check out Slikk. 


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Apps in Education: SAMR Model Using iPad Apps Poster

Apps in Education: SAMR Model Using iPad Apps Poster | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

If the SAMR model is new to you here is a brief explanation of the four letters that make it up:

S- Substitution - Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.
A - Augmentation - Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.
M- Modification - Tech allows for significant task redesign.
R - Redefinition - Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

The SAMR Model begins with Substitution (as in read the poster from the bottom up to more clearly understand the model), moving to Augmentation, then Modification and finishing with Redefinition. 

The SAMR model is the work of Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D. from M.I.T. For more information on the SAMR model check out his website at http://hippasus.com/rrpweblog/.

For an indepth look you may want to check out the presentation from August 23, 2012 with the title "The SAMR Model: Background and Exemplars."


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iVelvet's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:51 AM

SAMR model list of suggested apps...

Shannon Soger's curator insight, January 7, 2014 7:46 PM

Great poster, but it's important to note that what you're doing with the app will depend what SAMR level the lesson is. Keynote CAN be at Modification, but it can also be used as Substitution. For example, if a student is typing an "About Me" slide in Keynote, the technology is simply acting as a direct tool with no functional change in the task. However, if a student created an "About Me" presentation in Keynote that contained Photo Booth pictures of his/her family, and video of a family tradition that would bring the lesson to Modification. The student could not have "brought his/family" into his presentation without the use of the technology. 

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How to embed YouTube clips into powerpoint

How to embed YouTube clips into powerpoint | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

A short guide to embedding a YouTube video directly into a PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 slide.


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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other…...


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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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How to design a digital media assignment

How to design a digital media assignment | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

So you want to have your students create a digital media project...but where to start...which type of project should they do? This posts explores this issue, providing a list of nine Best Practices as well as a variety of project ideas and resources.

The first  Best Practice is "start with the end in mind." In other words, identify learning goal (content and process) and understand what your students should be able to do by the end of the project. Ask yourself if the project aligns with the goals of the course.

Project ideas include digital stories, poster, infographics and more.

This is a great post for those exploring digital media projects for students.


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Buzzwords or Words to Promote Learning in Our Classroom | Krissy Venosdale {Venspired}

Buzzwords or Words to Promote Learning in Our Classroom | Krissy Venosdale {Venspired} | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

There are so many buzzwords today...a list that goes on...and on...and on. What words do you want your students to see in your classroom? Here is an image with six phrases that you might want to use in your classroom. As Krissy Vensodale states in her post "Buzz words aren’t going to fix education. We are. One day at a time. By doing what’s right for our kids in our classrooms. Not just because it’s a popular word. Because it’s what matters." 


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8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User | The Daring Librarian

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User | The Daring Librarian | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

The Daring Librarian provides a great post on how to assist the "reluctant tech learner." A key point she makes is the need to have them learn "how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate."

To gather this information she went out to her Personal Learning Network and asked for suggestions. The post includes 8 tips (which includes the one above) as well as:

* Show and Tell - providing a "digital petting zoo"

* Providing lots of praise 

* Small Steps (as in mini session)

It will probably come as no surprise that many of the techniques suggested also work in the classroom.


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D. L. Held's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:04 PM

Great article with great training topi for reluctant technology user

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5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration

5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

A look at why you might want to connect your students with students in other parts of the world (by two educators whom do this) as well as three resources to help you start on global collaboration.

Five reasons with explanations are provided for the why, such as:

* Working with students from different culture motivates students 

* It's easy to incorporate core curriculum lessons into global collaborations

* It encourages problem solving

For more information click through to the post.


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RichardBulpittSchool 's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:44 PM

Collaboration for students on-line. Some motivational strategies.

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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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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.


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Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).

 

Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?

 

After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  

 

Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

Hazel Kuveya's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:22 PM

Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

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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.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 6, 2015 9:23 AM

Love this!

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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2015 2:54 PM

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What you can actually DO with an iPad – From Beth on Edudemic | Leading Change in Changing Times

What you can actually DO with an iPad – From Beth on Edudemic | Leading Change in Changing Times | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

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