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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

May 5, 2014
Creative Commons has recently rolled out its new 4.0 licenses and made it available for adoption worldwide. This is a fruit of two years of hard work to overcome some of the weaknesses that marked the 2011 version CC licenses .Some of the features and improvements included in 4.0 licences which make them easily shared and re-used include : improved readability and organization and common-sense attribution.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:10 AM

Creative Commons nuances copyright to make open educational resources a true avenue for distributing your intellectual and creative insights.  Bread upon the waters! 

Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 17, 2014 9:12 AM

Helpful and timely information as the lines between creation, curation, sharing and re-use become increasingly interwoven,

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Compassion Is...

Compassion Is... | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What it means to be compassionate and why we should try to be it

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not just "everyone else" but "us" as well. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 14, 2014 7:54 PM

Compassion is hard work and complements passion. Without the two, teaching becomes technique and is about inputs and outputs. With them integrated, teaching is relational and moves beyond inputs and outputs.

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Five Brilliant Ideas for Teaching Poetry

Five Brilliant Ideas for Teaching Poetry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Poetry can be one of the trickiest areas of the curriculum to teach well. How can pupils come to understand a poem without being spoon-fed? How can they engage in personal response when the languag...

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 14, 2014 5:41 AM

Lovely ideas for teaching poetry.  Hope to have a chance to use these.

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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

As it happens, I value deep reading – and so, perhaps, do you. And so, quite obviously, do all the youngish people I see everyday on London transport reading 700-page printed books such as the Game of Thrones series, 50 Shades of Grey or the new Donna Tartt. Stuart Jeffries has written persuasively about the popularity of such doorstops, as well as complex modern TV series. This might be a culture not of attention deficit but of "a wealth of attention focused more readily on the things that warrant it".


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 2014 4:06 AM

More on the debate about the changes in our reading habits.

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16 Best Online Tools for Testing Code Snippets

16 Best Online Tools for Testing Code Snippets | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Every developer want to check their code before use. So over the internet, we have have some most popular online tools that help programmers to testing and debugging their code and also having facility to share and backup their data on the server.

 

Today we have collected some best tool that plays most important role among developers for testing code snippets and be a perfect programmers and make complete their task as soon as possible. Visit this list of online tools for testing code snippets and make useful for you.


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Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune

Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program
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Brosnan, who graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, has not entirely left North Andover High's robotics program. He serves as a judge for competitions.
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12 Strategies for Dealing with Worry

12 Strategies for Dealing with Worry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Leaders who use worry as the reason to do nothing are losers. But, successful leaders worry. I've come to appreciate and respect the worries of my team. Trust worried leaders; doubt the rest. Lack ...
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A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts | Wang | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts | Wang | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts

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The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire

The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:26 PM

A wonderful ebook. A FREE ebook. A very cleverly designed ebook. A great ebook.

 

Many insights on motivation and learning, compellingly presented in a media-enriched format. Definitely worth spending time on this one!

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:29 PM

Fascinating example of a very rich way to publish material. Great idea for student work as an alternative to powerpoints and prezis.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM

We have great  motiavions that impact oiur behavior,

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Blended Learning: 10 Trends

Blended Learning: 10 Trends | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:56 AM

As I was looking through my Scoop.it listings I came across this blended learning option shared by Dennis T OConner.  I like how the infographic addresses learning styles, student centered approaches and newer education trends like gamification. 

Janet Shivell's curator insight, May 6, 2014 11:40 AM

Great info graphic on blended learning.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, May 19, 2014 1:45 PM

This blended/hybrid & flipped classroom movement intrigues me. Add badging and we will have the trifecta of all elearning.

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10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | TeachBytes

10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | TeachBytes | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating ...


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40 Sites for Free and Quality Science Learning Games

40 Sites for Free and Quality Science Learning Games | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Digital educational games, interactives, virtual labs are excellent resources to assist learning and raising interests for inquiry or investigation. To visualize concepts or to do experiments on computers are cost-effective and efficient. Some games even use role-playing techniques or story lines. Some games create a virtual journey which is impossible to have in real world. We just featured Zombie Plague recently and thought we should give a review on all those quality sources of science learning games. Most sites are from education institutions, non-profit organizations or sponsored by grants, they are free to play. (Simulations are not included in this post, we’ll try to make another post for them)

Games for kids of all ages are listed. A great resource to help students explore science.


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Demystifying Design Thinking: Interview with Tamara Christensen - Think Jar Collective

Demystifying Design Thinking: Interview with Tamara Christensen - Think Jar Collective | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective founder Ben Weinlick interviews creativity expert Tamara Christensen about Design Thinking and how it might help foster innovation

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Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers

Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Report details deaths of 964 workers from Nepal, India and Bangladesh from cardiac arrests, falls and suicide

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#Geography #Qatar #migrant #OSHA

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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 1:03 PM

Do migrant workers have the same rights as native workers? This continuing set of issues from Qatar brings that question to the forefront as they prepare to host the 2022 World Cup.

Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:05 PM

Migrant workers often represent the minority group in a particular country, such as Qatar (in this example). As such, migrant workers often have little rights or worker securities that most often accompany other workers and protect their rights; however, with the current immigrant explosion in Qatar as a result of the booming oil industry, it is easy for these migrant workers to be exploited and unaccounted for. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 1:48 PM

While places like Qatar enjoy huge economic growth and are undertaking equally huge developments, worker exploitation has also risen. Of the nearly 1000 migrant worker deaths over a two year period, the fact that most of them were from either "sudden illnesses", falls, or suicide suggests that working conditions are abysmal. The article also outlines how the entire structure of recruiting and employing migrant workers has allowed these deaths to occur.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:

Favorite Apps
Best Practices
Engaging Activities




If you’re a high school teacher looking for iPad resources targeting your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Students

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7. Self-Efficacy and Social Cognitive Theories - PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Job Motivation - Confluence

7. Self-Efficacy and Social Cognitive Theories - PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Job Motivation - Confluence | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Albert Bandura’s concept of self-efficacy was developed as part of a larger theory, the Social Learning Theory (Ashford & LeCroy, 2010), which has progressed into the Social Cognitive Theory (Levin, Culkin, & Perrotto, 2001). Social Cognitive Theory was presented by Bandura in response to his dissatisfaction with the principles of behaviorism and psychoanalysis.  In these two theories, the role of cognition in motivation and the role of the situation are largely ignored (Bandura, 1977; as cited in Redmond, 2010). "Unidirectional environmental determinism is carried to its extreme in the more radical forms of behaviorism... but humanists and existentialists, who stress the human capacity for conscious judgment and intentional action, contend that individuals determine what they become by their own free choices. Most psychologists find conceptions of human behavior in terms of unidirectional personal determinism as unsatisfying as those espousing unidirectional environmental determinism. To contend that mind creates reality fails to acknowledge that environmental influences partly determine what people attend to, perceive, and think" (Bandura, 1978, p.344-345).  

Nevid (2009) explains that Social Cognitive Theory illustrates the fact that individuals do not simply respond to environmental influences, but rather they actively seek and interpret information. Individuals “function as contributors to their own motivation, behavior, and development within a network of reciprocally interacting influences” (Bandura, 1999, p. 169). Although Social Cognitive Theory covers many topics such as moral judgment and physiological arousal, research that is primarily focused on self-efficacy, or the beliefs regarding one's capabilities of successfully completing tasks or goals (Locke & Latham, 2002). According to Bandura (2005), social cognitive theory takes on an agentic perspective to change, development and adaptation. Bandura describes an agent as someone who intentionally influences one’s functioning and life circumstances; “In this view, people are self organizing, proactive, self-regulating, and self reflecting. They are contributors to their life circumstances not just products of them” (Bandura, 2005, p. 1).  

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9 digital citizenship considerations

9 digital citizenship considerations | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

“Digital citizenship is a cornerstone of education today. Here are nine important things to consider when it comes to digital citizenship.”Especially "point 6" is very important!!!Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/only-internet-safety-and-no-cyber-security-education-in-schools/- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/cyber-security-is-easy-get-the-right-reflexes/


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4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American

4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots that demonstrate the practical results of the day’s lesson. “Kids recognize when they are learning something themselves—robots give them that,” says Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, a research organization that specializes in educational technology. Robots are proving to be valuable educational tools from the lower grades all the way up to graduate school. “Building and programming these devices is part of becoming a creative science and engineering kind of person,” he adds."


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Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching

Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Technology is obviously an essential element in our instructional toolkit. Knowing how and when and for what purposes to use this technology is much more important than the technology itself...

An important step in the process of effective integration of technology in education is having a pedagogical approach supported by a theoretical framework to ground your technology practices inside the classroom."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 6, 2014 8:14 PM

Technology is a tool. When to use, how to use it, why you use...these are some of the questions that each of us must consider. To help us effectively integrate technology it is helpful to have a pedogogical background or framework. This post explores three approaches:

* SAMR Model - Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefintion

* TPACK - Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, Technological Knowledge and the overlapping knowledges that occur: TP Knowledge which helps us understand how to make content more accessible; TC Knowledge which helps us pair or combine appropriate technology to content; and PC Knowledge which allows us to pair pedagogy with content.

* Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs paired with Technology

This article presents a great overview of all three of these pedagogical approaches, and all have been covered in this Scoop.it so if you are looking for additional information do a search here.

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Los Altos School District Tries Out Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Los Altos School District Tries Out Virtual Reality in the Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Los Altos School District is doing an experiment. They’re trying out 3D virtual reality in the classroom. It’s a pilot program to find out if studying 3D images can help kids learn.
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excerpt: "The Los Altos School District is doing a pilot program to test zSpace, a learning tool that uses polarized glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience. “It’s actually like I haven’t imagined it before,” Adam says. “I never knew technology was this advanced.”

 
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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | Video on TED.com

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.

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Anita's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:48 PM

Daniel Pink's perspective about motivation is practical and encouraging.

David Smith's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:26 PM

A very interesting author

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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED

25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the Extra Credit assignment out of pure enjoyment, it doesn’t mean she isn’t expecting external rewards like approval and attention."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:54 PM

Does intrinsic motivation exist? This post explores this idea, clearly landing in the field of intrinsic motivation. After exploring the concept and discussing how education has changed there is a list of 25 ways we may help students cultivate this trait. A few are listed below but many more are in the post, as is a TEDtalk by Dan Pink.

* Rethink reward

* Make mastery cool

* Make students feel like education is a choice, not a requirement

* Make every student feel confident

Each of the items has additional information in the post. As you work in your classroom this year you may find yourself using some of the ideas listed in this post with your students.

Drora Arussy's comment, September 8, 2013 4:57 PM
Student ownership and buy-in has always been key, thank you for sharing.
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3 Significant Benefits Of Social Learning

3 Significant Benefits Of Social Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
3 Significant Benefits Of Social Learning

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Science is Fun - Ideas & Resources for Hands-on Science Lessons

Science is Fun - Ideas & Resources for Hands-on Science Lessons | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Throughout middle school and high school conducting lab experiments was my favorite part of every science class that I took. There was something about the hands-on aspect of science labs that always got me excited about learning."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:50 PM

Richard Byrne provides a number of links to websites that have great hands-on activities for students to learn science. The sites include:

* Science is Fun - 25 chemistry experiments geared to students in grades 4 - 9

* Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has activities in twelve topics. You will find experiments for students preK through grade 12.

* Discover the World is from NOAA. A total of 43 experiments which are probably best for grades 4 - 8.

* Squishy Circuits. Learn how to create the "dough" to create these circuits and watch a TedEd to learn more.

There are many ideas to be found in this post and lots of fun for your students to experience while they explore and learn science!