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Three Ways We Can All Become Better Teachers

Three Ways We Can All Become Better Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In Building a Better Teacher, Elizabeth Green draws upon years of interviews and research as an education writer and CEO of Chalkbeat to make the case for why teaching is a craft and that it can be taught to anyone.  Her excellent book should be read for a detailed account of the history of teacher education, an international context, and an entertaining narrative.  Here, I have distilled a few core insights from Elizabeth that each of us can use in learning to become a better teacher both inside and outside the classroom.

 
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How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week

How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 2014 7:39 PM

Videos are a great way to engage students. Yes it can be time consuming but can be used over and over again.

WEAC's curator insight, August 31, 2014 10:28 AM

Here's a good back-to-school overview about creating classroom videos.

Reshelle Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2014 11:36 AM

I enjoyed making instructional videos for my students and letting them make them as well.  This article covers why we should not be hung up on having a polished video because shorter, less formal videos can be more effective.  I used the app Explain Everything on my iPad to record lessons, but there are some who say that having the teacher in the video is more effective.  I wasn't ready for that.

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Concept Fan - Toolkit For Thinking

Concept Fan - Toolkit For Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.

 

When trying to think of new ideas and solutions to problems it is very tempting to go with your first ideas. However, first ideas are not always the best. Edward de Bono developed the 'Concept Fan' technique for taking a step back to get a broader perspective and thereby a new view of the subject, what you want to achieve and new ways of solving the problem.
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Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In the midst of a growing storm of new technology-induced learning concepts such as flipped learning, blended learning, personalized learning (to mention but a few) , teachers are left with no other alternatives but to enhance and accommodate their professional development efforts to suit the changing educational paradigms. Edsurge called this "personalized professional development". This is the kind of life-long learning that involves the integration and leverage of digital media and technology (and offsite resources) for expanding one's field of expertise.

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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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4 Ways to Reframe "Approach Anxiety" When Meeting New People

4 Ways to Reframe "Approach Anxiety" When Meeting New People | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learn how to overcome and reframe "approach anxiety," which is the common fear we all have of rejection and embarrassment before we meet someone new.
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How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos: 6 Steps (with Pictures) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

YouTube is a popular website for uploading your own videos for the whole world to see. Many people are familiar with YouTube, so if you upload a video it is likely many people will see it. But of course, we don't want people who speak your language to see your video. We want your video to go universal. But how? We add subtitles to your videos!


Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL, michel verstrepen
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Patrick Bérard's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:44 PM

Comment ajouter des sous-titres sur une vidéo chez Youtube en 6 étapes ?

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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
KIPP King Collegiate High School principal Jason Singer trains his teachers to lead Socratic discussions (above); Katie Kirkpatrick (right), dean of instruction, developed a step-by-step framework --
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Is it possible to both teach students critical thinking and prepare them for the state tests?

You can make sure students are ready for the state tests as well as infuse critical thinking into the curriculum. Most of those tests are very knowledge-based; they don't require kids to do much critical thinking. So you can ramp up the content by having the kids analyze it and evaluate it. When they do that, the learning sticks.

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Summary Writing Hints and Tips That Get Great Results

Summary Writing Hints and Tips That Get Great Results | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The summary may not be as glamorous as the title or as fulfilling as the article itself, but it's still important to your article's overall success.The summary is your hook to get readers to click on your article.

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Cheat Sheet To Using Google Search More Effectively

Cheat Sheet To Using Google Search More Effectively | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Google has a lot of hidden tricks which allow you to use it a lot more effectively than you think. These tricks aren't obvious because Google doesn't want
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How To Google Search By Reading Level

How To Google Search By Reading Level | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How To Google Search By Reading Level: google, search, lexile, literacy, reading level
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How to Produce and Deliver the Best Presentations in the World

How to Produce and Deliver the Best Presentations in the World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Take your presentation to the next level by checking out these tips on how to produce and deliver a killer presentation. Content and Slide design are probably the two most important aspects of creating an amazing presentation, but both of them will be for nothing if you do not have any passion or put your heart into the topic you are presenting about...


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Suicide Prevention Information for Parents | Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Suicide Prevention Information for Parents | Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide Parent information area provides information for parent about suicide prevention and where to get help.
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these are resources and informative documents for parents. On the left of the page, links to webpages and documents include: 

FACTS – Warning Signs of Suicide (2.3MB PDF)

Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know Video

I am Worried About My Child (588k PDF)

Where Do We Go From Here? (599k PDF)

Talking to Your Kids About Suicide (638k PDF)

If My Child Needs Medication (470k PDF)

After an Attempt (431k PDF)

After an Attempt of a Friend (431k PDF)

When a Child's Friend Dies by Suicide (431k PDF)

Preparing Your Child to Attend the Funeral of a Friend (55k PDF)

A First-Person Message for Parents

Memorials After a Suicide (1.4MB PDF)

The Truth About Bullying (591k PDF)

Coping with Cyberbullying – The Use of Technology to Terrify By Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP

College with Confidence

Mental Health Resources for College Students

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress.  So here’s a quick reminder:

 

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A Wonderful Google Tip to Help Students Search for Materials Appropriate to Their Reading Levels ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Google Tip to Help Students Search for Materials Appropriate to Their Reading Levels ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chunking is a critical element of the learning process and explains how we can learn and retain increasingly complex information.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Mary Starry's curator insight, June 14, 2014 9:15 AM

This article explains the concept of chunking and key aspects to keep in mind when using the process.  We are starting to use chunking with our videos, using short videos that focus on one concept, with each video building on the preceding ones.

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.

Via Mary Reilley Clark
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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:38 AM

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Google Kills Tilde Search Operator

Google Kills Tilde Search Operator | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the lesser-known tools used by searchers on Google has been the tilde sign (~) operator. Citing low usage, Google has confirmed it has dropped support for the tilde, which would also include synonyms for a keyword in the search results.
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I've only learned about the tilde in Google search recently. Now, it is gone...for a few months now. 

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Resources for Connected Educator Month 2013

Resources for Connected Educator Month 2013 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A guide to websites, events, and other resources for Connected Educator Month.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Lynnette Van Dyke
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How to Square Numbers Quickly: Scientific American

How to Square Numbers Quickly: Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Math Dude: Quick & Dirty Tips to Make Math Simpler (“@sciam: How to Square Numbers Quickly http://t.co/iMIQUzYggn" Math skills sharpen the mind for everyday, real life, problem solving.)...
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25 Clever Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

25 Clever Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Whether it's navigational tricks or keyboard actions, these handy Twitter shortcuts will save you tons of time.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Guide to Google Maps for Educators

Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Guide to Google Maps for Educators | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

In the last month or so I have had a lot of requests to share my short guide to Google Maps for Educators. Since I originally published the guide a couple of things have changed in Google Maps. Therefore, I have updated the guide and I'm republishing it now.


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