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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles. While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.


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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 26, 2013 11:01 PM

A gr8 collection of tools for creating INFOGRAPHICS.

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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

 
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There's a lot of good advice in this article. It's excellent for dealing with toxic people, but it is also good for avoiding burnout when in any stressful job position. This is especially good for educators of all kinds.

 

If you were ever looking for emotional skills and social skills, this is a great list of those people need to learn (and to continually practice) in order to maintain healthy resilience: The skills can just as easily replace the word "they" with "resilient people..."

 

They Set Limits (Especially with Complainers)


They Don’t Die in the Fight


They Rise Above


They Stay Aware of Their Emotions


They Establish Boundaries


They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy


They Don't Focus on Problems—Only Solutions


They Don’t Forget


They Squash Negative Self-Talk


They Get Some Sleep


They Limit Their Caffeine Intake


They Use Their Support System


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Highest Paying Exercise Science & Sports Medicine Careers

Highest Paying Exercise Science & Sports Medicine Careers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Under the umbrella of movement science and physical medicine are many career pathways one can pursue. However, all have the following in common… to help improve upon the body’s current capacity or composition.


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Terry's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:38 PM

Athletic training #11!

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I was surprised at the different careers within the broad category of sports medicine such as chiropractor, physical therapy, trainers, nutritionist etc.. I also liked how you could see the average salary of both and not just the range of the salaries. 

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, “‘essential’ in the sense of signaling genuine, important and necessarily-ongoing inquiries.” These are grapple-worthy, substantive questions that not only require wrestling with, but are worth wrestling with–that could lead students to some critical insight in a 40/40/40-rule sense of the term."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 16, 9:49 PM

If you are looking for a long list of essential questions this post may be just what you are looking for. There are over 100 essential questions divided into 20 categories. Some of the categories include:

* Social Justice

* Culture: Values, Beliefs & Rituals

* Constructing Identities

* Heroes and "She-roes"

* Nature in the Balance

* Our View of the World and Ourselves

Have fun exploring this extensive list. Be aware that the focus is Humanities and the Arts. If you find it useful and would like to see more that promote STEM inquiry make sure to leave a message in the comment section at te@chthought.

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Uncovering Human Agency | Teachinghistory.org

Uncovering Human Agency | Teachinghistory.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Academic language is used in specific ways in history textbooks. A lot of complex information is often packed within a single paragraph. History teachers may feel the need to have their English Language Learners (ELLs) read less than other students, simplify some texts for ELLs, or use different ways of presenting some of the same information to ELLs through graphic organizers. While these ways of presenting information to ELLs may be helpful for them at very low levels of language proficiency, ELLs still have to deal with the reading challenges of complex language in textbooks. They also need to be prepared for assessments that are not simplified or represented visually for them. Therefore, history teachers must understand how academic language is used in textbooks so they are able to assist their students, and particularly ELLs, to access this discipline-specific language. One strategy for assisting teachers and their ELLs to focus on this complex language is Uncovering Human Agency.

 
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27 Best Copywriting Formulas: How to Tell a Captivating Story Online

27 Best Copywriting Formulas: How to Tell a Captivating Story Online | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How can you write a social media update that wins readers over every single time? Start with these 27 copywriting formulas. Find a favorite. Repeat.
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Martha Alderson aka Plot Whisperer: The Power of Transforming Beliefs to Reach the End

Martha Alderson aka Plot Whisperer: The Power of Transforming Beliefs to Reach the End | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

He sees himself and all of life differently after the Crisis. The vision that inspires him to change / transform lives at the dream level. People who no longer fit in the new vision and illusions he's lugged with him everywhere drop away.

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How to make the world comprehensible to kids: Reading Wars II

How to make the world comprehensible to kids: Reading Wars II | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Like other digital reading programs, Newsela uses short online quizzes, taken by students after reading each article, to help evaluate students’ comprehension and adjust their reading level accordingly. Such “formative assessments” ensure that no student is unfairly labeled by an outdated evaluation—another potential advantage of computerized leveling over its paper-and-ink counterpart, which offers no automated way to monitor students’ increasing fluency.

Ironically, these digital improvements on traditional leveled reading arrive just as the practice of leveling itself is coming in for criticism. Commentators like Timothy Shanahan, an emeritus professor of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank, have recently argued that leveled reading programs provide students with too little challenge. Better than having each student read at his or her own level, they say, would be asking all students to tackle texts appropriate to their grade level, with teachers supplying help when necessary."


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Les Howard's curator insight, October 8, 3:29 PM

Great post on Close Reading. Includes interesting tool.

Les Howard's curator insight, October 8, 3:30 PM

Great post on Close Reading. Includes interesting tool.

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Why Do Outlet Stores Exist? — HBS Working Knowledge

Why Do Outlet Stores Exist? — HBS Working Knowledge | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"By virtue of going to an outlet, you are revealing something about yourself to the seller," says Ngwe. "By the fact that you drove there, the [retailer is] going to offer you a lower-quality good." That doesn't mean that companies are "tricking" consumers, however. In truth, says Ngwe, consumers win out in the end by having greater choice.
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"By virtue of going to an outlet, you are revealing something about yourself to the seller," says Ngwe. "By the fact that you drove there, the [retailer is] going to offer you a lower-quality good." That doesn't mean that companies are "tricking" consumers, however. In truth, says Ngwe, consumers win out in the end by having greater choice.

  This could be useful for a financial math class or high school economics class. It could make for an interesting discussion about pricing and value when looking at how students shop. What do they think (reflection) when shopping for clothes, food, coffee, other items. 
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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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Purdue OWL: Establishing Arguments

There are three types of rhetorical appeals, or persuasive strategies, used in arguments to support claims and respond to opposing arguments. A good argument will generally use a combination of all three appeals to make its case.

 

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Physical activity boosts boys' reading skills | Nursery World

Physical activity boosts boys' reading skills | Nursery World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Read Physical activity boosts boys' reading skills childcare and the latest childcare & early years news & best practice on Nursery World (RT @EYCPDBarefoot: http://t.co/3E4PaHFrZo Physical activity...
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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 20, 6:08 PM

I am sharing this post because I feel that it fits well with my earlier scoops regarding Project Based Learning (PBL)

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Aztec Sacrifice, Religion and Culture

Aztec Sacrifice, Religion and Culture | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Facts and figures about the Aztec civilization, including population size, areal extent, crops grown and rituals practiced.
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World war one in Google Street View

World war one in Google Street View | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
From British prisoners of war being marched through Bruges to anti-aircraft guns on the Eiffel Tower and new recruits in Toronto, our Street View specialist takes us back 100 years Continue reading...

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This could be something exciting that would transform field trips by giving the trip a fourth dimension--time. Photos and film at the exact locations students visit could change the ways student engage with history and explore contexts.

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Digital Storytelling: how to make an animated PPT movie

How-to video for creating digital storybooks using custom animations in PowerPoint. For more resources from Nancye Blair, visit www.EngagingEducation.net.

 

Wonderful resource!  


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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:48 PM

All part and parcel of having your 'digital' voice heard.  Great tool.  

Allison Kenney's curator insight, October 16, 8:46 AM

Not the same old PPT that we used to use.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 20, 3:24 AM

Je suis de plus en plus convaincu qu'il faut raconter des histoires, même à des 'grands'.

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View 70+ Companies that are Participating at UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO!

View 70+ Companies that are Participating at UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO! | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Leaders from UAS, geospatial, government, academia, and the media are presenting, exhibiting, and generously sponsoring at the ASPRS UAS Symposium in Reno. View the over 70 companies who are partic...
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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable future
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Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if it were true in other disciplines as well."


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Joy Power's curator insight, October 9, 9:21 AM

Important research on learning for achievement.

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Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

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Research about how self-awareness can help you tap your learning potential

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Hype Cycle Research Methodology | Gartner Inc.

Gartner's Hype Cycle methodology provides a graphical view of the maturity, adoption and business application of specific technologies. Using a Hype Cycle can help to determine when technologies have moved beyond the hype, begin offering practical benefits, and become widely accepted.
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How Do Hype Cycles Work? (http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/hype-cycle.jsp)

Each Hype Cycle drills down into the five key phases of a technology’s life cycle.


Technology Trigger: A potential technology breakthrough kicks things off. Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. Often no usable products exist and commercial viability is unproven.


Peak of Inflated Expectations: Early publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures. Some companies take action; many do not.


Trough of Disillusionment: Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters.


Slope of Enlightenment: More instances of how the technology can benefit the enterprise start to crystallize and become more widely understood. Second- and third-generation products appear from technology providers. More enterprises fund pilots; conservative companies remain cautious.


Plateau of Productivity: Mainstream adoption starts to take off. Criteria for assessing provider viability are more clearly defined. The technology’s broad market applicability and relevance are clearly paying off.


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What Is Asexuality?

What Is Asexuality? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This is the first part of a six-part series on asexuality, in which we explore the history of the asexual movement, uncover current research on asexuality, debunk common misconceptions and discuss the challenges the asexual community faces.

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Don't Believe The Myth Of The Billionaire College Dropout

Don't Believe The Myth Of The Billionaire College Dropout | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg really is the exception.

 

the major take home message is this: Nearly all American billionaires attended at least some college with the vast majority of them graduating from college. So if you want to be a billionaire, this analysis would suggest that to maximize your chances you should not drop out of college.

Unless, of course, 1. you have a Thiel Fellowship, or 2. you are the next Gates, Zuckerberg, or Jobs and the opportunities presented to you are simply too good to resist.

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Something to share with kids who think college is useless...

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Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education

Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Jennifer G. Beasley, Ed.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. 


The short answer is yes. The Common Core State Standards are not arbitrary but draw on a firm foundation of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) frameworks in reading and writing as well as conclusions from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report.


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The Guardians style guide editor on putting the fears around texting into historical context

The Guardians style guide editor on putting the fears around texting into historical context | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Every minute, the worlds mobile phone users send more than 15 million text messages. There is no evidence that any of them have forgotten how to write
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26 Glorious Things America Gave the World - Science Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

26 Glorious Things America Gave the World - Science Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

SomethingThe 26 Glorious Things America Gave the World - Science Infographic Infographic demonstrates one of America’s most important strengths.

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Something to share from middles school and high shcool social studies and the science classes. Some of the "things" given might not be conventionally used though. You might want to prepare a brief inquiry-based activity attached to exploring the relevance of these "things" in the real world.

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