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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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7 Tech Upgrades to the Old-School Science Class

7 Tech Upgrades to the Old-School Science Class | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With tech breakthroughs and innovative ideas, science class isn't what it used to be.
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Long gone are the days of science fair poster boards and paper quizzes, at least not exclusively.

Technological breakthroughs have flooded into classrooms, changing the face of K-12education. From smart boards to smartphones, these digital trends have become useful educational tools in the teaching process. While today's kids are learning the same lessons and concepts, they are absorbing in different ways.

SEE ALSO: 9 Incredible Science Projects by Brilliant Kids

With new apps and interactive sites, science class, in particular, has received a few upgrades. We took a look at how science technology has evolved over time, and what adjustments have been made.

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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, 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, 10:28 AM

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

Reshelle Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 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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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control."

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This article and similar readings might help a teacher of social studies or English Language Arts develop some essential questions that the subject might explore. 

 

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"Being a human means accepting promises from other people and trusting that other people will be good to you. When that is too much to bear, it is always possible to retreat into the thought, “I’ll live for my own comfort, for my own revenge, for my own anger, and I just won’t be a member of society anymore.” That really means, “I won’t be a human being anymore.”


"You see people doing that today where they feel that society has let them down, and they can’t ask anything of it, and they can’t put their hopes on anything outside themselves. You see them actually retreating to a life in which they think only of their own satisfaction, and maybe the satisfaction of their revenge against society. But the life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer."

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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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Student on Common Core: It's a "life changer"


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10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

...The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Creating something beautiful and instantly understandable in Photoshop is often beyond the limits that time allows. Which is why it's occasionally useful to use a quick and dirty infographics tool to speed up the process.

 

We've selected our favourites here. They're all free, or offer free versions. Let us know which ones you get on best with...


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JBass Learning's curator insight, August 21, 6:50 PM

Some really useful looking tools 

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 4:26 AM

I know nothing about this but it looks like a good starting point...:-)))

Luis Cano's curator insight, August 23, 4:02 PM

Herramientas de Infograficas ...

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Book argues that mentoring programs should try to unveil colleges'

Book argues that mentoring programs should try to unveil colleges' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In her recent book Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Education (Lexington Books), Smith offers suggestions for how colleges and universities can guide at-risk students – low-income students, first-generation students and underrepresented minorities – through what she calls higher education’s “hidden curriculum.” The hidden curriculum, Smith writes, consists of the “norms, values, and expectations” that govern interactions among students, faculty, staff and administrators. To excel in college, at-risk students must navigate a world of new social norms – typically those of the white middle class, she argues.

 

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mentoring and self-advocacy, relationship building, resilience

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George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason

George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.
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Explore old maps of US cities

Explore old maps of US cities | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"This cool new historic mapping app from the folks at esri and the U.S. Geological Survey is worth exploring.  What it does is take 100 years of USGS maps and lets you overlay them for just about any location in the nation. That allows users to see how a city – say Harrisburg – developed between 1895 and today.  The library behind the project includes more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 12:20 PM

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 



Tags: cartography, mapping, visualization, urban, historical.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 13, 12:25 PM

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 

 

Chicago (1868)Denver (1879) Los Angeles (1880)Washington D.C.(1851)New York City (1836)San Francisco (1859)
Hongsheng Li's curator insight, August 14, 12:40 AM
古今地图对比
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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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How to Organize Daily Literacy Instruction | Center for Development and Learning

By Tim Shanahan Twice this week—from a NY teacher and an Illinois school administrator—I’ve been asked how to organize instructional time for literacy with
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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene....

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What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought

What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Habits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.  When we draw upon these mental resources, the results are more powerful, of higher quality, and of greater significance than if we fail to employ those habits."

 


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LUZ DEL MAR's curator insight, August 30, 12:56 AM

posibles causas del desinteres el no manejo de habilidades cognitivas

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Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services

Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
People who want to do their own legal work are, naturally, not likely to hire a lawyer in the first place. And people who hire lawyers do not want to do their own legal work.
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Every few weeks, I find an article promising that some kind of technology will replace the human employee--teacher, accountant, etc. This article explains why lawyers will not probably be replaced. For some of the same reasons, teachers will also never be replaced...at least, not for a very long time.

 

excerpt: "Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline."

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Every few weeks, I find an article promising that some kind of technology will replace the human employee--teacher, accountant, etc. This article explains why lawyers will not probably be replaced. For some of the same reasons, teachers will also never be replaced...at least, not for a very long time.

 

excerpt: "Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline."

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Play Cool Math Games with your iPad and Smart device - StreetWise Tech

Play Cool Math Games with your iPad and Smart device - StreetWise Tech | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Play Cool Math Games with your iPad and Smart device
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Squeebles Maths Bingo – the opponent in this game is the math monster, which has stolen all the ingredients.
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Parenting teens is easy once you embrace being an embarrassment

Parenting teens is easy once you embrace being an embarrassment | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Everyone with teenagers please raise your free hand. And by "free" hand, I mean whichever hand isn't either guarding your wallet or refrigerator door. For parents without a free hand because you ar...
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I liked it so much, I reblogged it.

 

This is something that teachers and school guidance counselors might find useful. Kids are conflicted with the impulse to separate as individuals and clinging to their parents like the children they used to be. They also want to seem serious and knowledgeable, so being cool is a top priority.

 

As a teacher and administrator, I've been very embarrassing (often intentionally and for my own amusement) and have found that when I stopped doing some of my antics, the kids are disappointed. They love it (secretly). They like to complain about it to each other and they laugh but something about it is valued. I suspect it's because it tells them that I love my job and love playing with them (even when I'm telling them something they don't want to hear), but it's also genuine. They know the laugh is real. 

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Getting into the PBL Groove

Getting into the PBL Groove | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Let your students know from day one that they're in a PBL classroom by defining PBL and setting the tone for collaboration, critique, and questioning.
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Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills

Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty

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Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards

Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.

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Where We Came From, State by State

Where We Came From, State by State | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.
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You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker and Now What? - Fast Company

You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker and Now What? - Fast Company | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker&&Now What?
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However, the beliefs you connect to that experience need to include your new understanding, what you just learned from your coworker.

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Eileen Easterly's curator insight, August 14, 8:35 AM

Great tips for the all important next step after a break in communications, and how best to approach it.

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I Lie About My Teaching

I Lie About My Teaching | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It's hard to get a true sense of what a classroom is really like—especially from the adult who runs it.
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Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School

Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators at a Los Angeles-area high school believe teaching students to "fail productively" will equip them for success in the long run.
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How do you track the changes you have made in yourself to promote problem solving behaviors in your students?

"Learning to Fail" is almost a cliche now, but do we really support learners in ways that they actually learn from failure?

In the article, it is shared that "students who were allowed to struggle with new problems on their own first were better at evaluating different variations of the problem and using different methods to solve it, and they showed deeper understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts. In observations of the classes, Mr. Kapur said teachers "consistently underestimated" students' ability to muddle through to answers on their own." Saying platitudes after a student doesn't succeed is not support. There are practices and systems that need to be in place.  What are those practices and systems?

Can teachers really change themselves to become the kinds of supporters students need so that they can learn through failure? What can you do to make those changes? What changes have you made so far? 

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?


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An oldie, but worth repeating.