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39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students

39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved, teacher-recommended reading comprehension websites and mobile apps for K-2 students.

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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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60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I have been asked by math teachers how they can use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is great for any subject area, especially math! Earlier I had posted on 5 ways Students Can Use Google Docs in...

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BPS Research Digest: As soon as they can read, children trust text instructions over spoken information

BPS Research Digest: As soon as they can read, children trust text instructions over spoken information | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Corriveau's team said their results showed that once children learn to read, "they rapidly come to regard the written word as a particularly authoritative source of information about how to act in the world." They added that in some ways this result is difficult to explain. Young readers are exposed to a good deal of fantasy and fiction in written form, so why should they be so trusting of written instruction? Perhaps they are used to seeing adults act on the basis of written information - such as maps, menus, and recipes - but then again, pre-readers will also have had such experiences. This suggests there's something special about the process of learning to read that leads children to perceive written instruction as authoritative.

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Where Have Women Served as Heads of State?

Where Have Women Served as Heads of State? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
POLITICS As Hillary Clinton begins her campaign for the U.S. presidency, we take a look at where women have served as heads-of-state in the 20th century. (Huffington Post) Map where women have led ...
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Favorite Pew Research Center data visualizations from 2014

Favorite Pew Research Center data visualizations from 2014 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"The heart of our work at the Pew Research Center is data. And data visualizations that tell clear stories about our research — whether it be about American politics or our changing demographics — are just as important as the words we write in a report. So, what makes a successful data visual? We think it should present information clearly and concisely, engage the reader and allow them to explore that information.

This year, the design staff looked back through our 2014 archive, and these graphics stood out as almost universal favorites. These visualizations presented a particular challenge and, for each of them, we talk about the approach we took in presenting the data."


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Library of Congress Launches New Online Poetry Archive, Featuring 75 Years of Classic Poetry Readings

Library of Congress Launches New Online Poetry Archive, Featuring 75 Years of Classic Poetry Readings | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

“Image by Fred Palumbo, made available by the Library of Congress. Put THIS in your pocket. The Library of Congress is celebrating National Poetry Month by launching its new Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.”


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Study provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process - PsyPost

Study provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process - PsyPost | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Why are some people able to master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice? That was the question posed by UC Santa Barbara's Scott ...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever.

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Critical thinking includes Reflection: 40 questions to reflect on your learning


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Critical thinking includes reflectiNG on your learning...here are 40 questions via Edutopia

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for dec

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 1:36 PM

Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 1:37 PM

Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Marshall McLuhan on the Mobile Phone |Peter Benson sees a prophet’s message come to fulfilment through net and cell. Philosophy Now

Marshall McLuhan on the Mobile Phone |Peter Benson sees a prophet’s message come to fulfilment through net and cell. Philosophy Now | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Marshall McLuhan never owned a mobile phone. He died in 1980, before such gadgets became widely available. Yet the theories he developed about the effect of communications media on the human psyche can be applied to recent technologies which he could have known nothing about. In fact, in the age of the Internet and the mobile phone, many people are beginning to read McLuhan with renewed interest.

At the time of his death, McLuhan’s reputation was probably at its lowest ebb. The media research centre he founded at Toronto University had been closed down. The period of his popular fame – when he had appeared on TV, given numerous public lectures, and even made a cameo appearance (as himself) in Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall – all this was in the past. Within the academic world there was wide-spread doubt about his theories. Today, however, interest is reviving. His 1964 book Understanding Media has been reprinted by Routledge Classics every year since 2001 (three times in 2008). People are reading McLuhan, and it is not too difficult to understand why.


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Child Development 101: 8 Key Things to Know About How Kids Learn

Child Development 101: 8 Key Things to Know About How Kids Learn | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Kids develop at different paces, but all kids’ brains develop neural pathways at each stage of development. Here are key things to know about child development.

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Scholarpedia - Scholarpedia

Scholarpedia is a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written and maintained by scholarly experts from around the world. Scholarpedia is inspired by Wikipedia and aims to complement it by providing in-depth scholarly treatments of academic topics.

Scholarpedia and Wikipedia are alike in many respects:

both allow anyone to propose revisions to almost any article
both are "wikis" and use the familiar MediaWiki software designed for Wikipedia
both allow considerable freedom within each article's "Talk" pages
both are committed to the goal of making the world's knowledge freely available to all
Nonetheless, Scholarpedia is best understood by how it is unlike most wikis, differences arising from Scholarpedia's academic origins, goals, and audience. The most significant is Scholarpedia's process of peer-reviewed publication: all articles in Scholarpedia are either in the process of being written by a team of authors, or have already been published and are subject to expert curation.

Prior to publication,

all new articles must first receive sponsorship to validate the identity, authority, and ability of the authors who propose to write it
each article undergoes scholarly peer-review, requiring public approval from at least two scholarly experts
After publication,

articles appear within the Scholarpedia Journal and can be cited like any other scholarly article
the visibility of future revisions to an article is controlled by the article's Curator, usually the article's (most) established expert at time of publication
as soon as any individual's revision to an article is accepted, the individual joins a community of recognized (non-author) article contributors
the team of article contributors may from time to time act in the Curator's stead
when an article curator resigns or is otherwise unable to serve, a new Curator is elected
This hybrid model allows Scholarpedia articles to serve as a bridge between traditional peer-reviewed journals and more dynamic and up-to-date wikis without compromising quality or trustworthiness. It aims to remove the disincentives that discourage academics from participating in online publication and productive discussion on the topics they know best.
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Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation

Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The "Week of Inspirational Math" curriculum will be available for free online. It includes videos and math tasks, and is aligned to the Common Core.

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Young children trust kindness over expertise

Young children trust kindness over expertise | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

BPS Research Digest:

 

A follow-up study with more young children provided the crucial test of whether they'd be more trusting of kindness or expertise. This time the same two experts were either nice or nasty, as conveyed by their body language, facial expression and tone of voice. Benevolence and expertise were counterbalanced so sometimes the eagle expert was nice, sometimes the bike expert. The children showed a clear overall bias for believing the suggestions of the nicer person (70 per cent overall). They only showed a preference for listening to the man with relevant expertise if he was also nice.

A third and final study was similar but this time the researchers set up a choice between a nice or nasty relevant expert, and a nice or nasty second man who was described explicitly as lacking any relevant expertise. This was to make sure that the children weren't assuming that a nice expert could have knowledge beyond his stated field. Once again the children were swayed by niceness and this time paid even less attention to expertise (i.e. they chose the nice person's answers 62 per cent of the time, and this only rose to 65 per cent if he was also an expert).

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When you start to question whether students should trust your expertise rather than how kind you are sharing your expertise, think again. This research suggests that saying something nicely does have an impact.

 

The research focuses on young children 3-5.

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Studying the American Republic

Studying the American Republic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What follows is a list of the works I studied prior to launching my blog in late 2008 (it was then independent, not hosted by WordPress), and prior to posting my white papers on Scribd in late 2009 (a move inspired by the moderator of a blogging community - to which I belonged - who asked me to consider a different platform since my posts were too long, a sin which I still commit.)

You will notice that for the most part, I do not recommend specific chapters or sections. In reading courses at university, professors will undertake such recommendations, either out of consideration for the student’s time, or out of desire to guide the student to the professor’s ideologies.

The former is understandable, the latter contemptible.
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Do historians agree with these texts? Are these texts required reading? What are some other suggested texts to add to E. L. Beck's list? Thoughts?

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Poems Every Child Should Know by Mary E Burt Part 4/4 [AudioBooks]

“Poems Every Child Should Know by Mary E Burt [AudioBooks] Playlist : http://goo.gl/LlvDlk Facebook : http://goo.gl/xw7enB Twitter : http://goo.gl/ZzKmbd A ...”


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When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some big names in business pushed back this week against "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas. In 1964, it was Coca-Cola pushing Atlanta's white elites to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
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Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don’t | MIT News Office

Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don’t | MIT News Office | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

To evaluate school quality, states require students to take standardized tests; in many cases, passing those tests is necessary to receive a high-school diploma. These high-stakes tests have also been shown to predict students’ future educational attainment and adult employment and income.

Such tests are designed to measure the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in school — what psychologists call “crystallized intelligence.” However, schools whose students have the highest gains on test scores do not produce similar gains in “fluid intelligence” — the ability to analyze abstract problems and think logically — according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists working with education researchers at Harvard University and Brown University.

In a study of nearly 1,400 eighth-graders in the Boston public school system, the researchers found that some schools have successfully raised their students’ scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). However, those schools had almost no effect on students’ performance on tests of fluid intelligence skills, such as working memory capacity, speed of information processing, and ability to solve abstract problems.

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages

Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that.

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Loops - The iPad animator

Loops - The iPad animator | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Loop lets you easily create short hand-drawn animations on your iPad and share them via email, Tumblr and in the Loop gallery.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 10:06 AM

This looks like a useful free tool for creating short hand drawn animations on the iPad. A great way to illustrate or get students to illustrate meaning and concepts.

GG's curator insight, March 24, 11:39 PM

This could be good!

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Learning needs a context

Learning needs a context | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
“ This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information. How often have students (ourselves included) been asked to memorize mass amounts of facts – historical dates, vocabulary words, science facts, get tested on them, just to forget almost all those memorized facts a week or two later? Given that is this learning experience is more common than not, why do educators insist on continuing this archaic and ineffective instructional practice?”
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 10:09 PM

It does. Enough said.

 

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Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

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A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields

 

Statistics—the science of learning from data—is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) revealed.

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10 words we've forgotten how to pronounce

10 words we've forgotten how to pronounce | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chances are you've been saying 'blackguard' wrong — to name but one example
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I'm remembering all the nursery rhymes that didnt rhyme, Star Trek episodes, Moby Dick, and Peter Pan and every time the Chris Claremont Xmen dealt with Irish mutants. Ive been pronouncing so many words wrongly for more than 40 years!
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