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Going Meta On Historical Thinking | s-usih.org

Going Meta On Historical Thinking | s-usih.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
About a month ago someone posted a talk by John Toews, University of Washington professor of History and former director of its Comparative History of I...

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How to focus in the age of distraction

How to focus in the age of distraction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:08 AM

This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

David McGavock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:18 AM

Surviving in the 21st Century requires choices and knowing what pulls your attention.

Marta Torán's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:45 AM

Un mapa mental para que nos "enfoquemos".

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The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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This article poses powerful questions about transparency intiatives and access to information:  "What many open data initiatives do not consider is what happens after people are able to access and internalise open data and information. How do people act once they know something? As Vanessa Herringshaw from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative said in the “Raising the Bar for ambition and quality in OGP” session, “We know what transparency should look like but things are a lot less clear on the accountability end of things”. There are a lot of unanswered questions. Do citizens have the agency to take action? Who holds power? What kind of action is appropriate or desirable? Who is listening? And if they are listening, do they care? - See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/21/the-revolution-will-not-be-in-open-data/#sthash.Ns2da3cC.dpuf";

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Less serious legal research – Slaw

Less serious legal research – Slaw | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Why is it that legal texts turn off many eager readers? Sometimes this is due to their inherent complexity. No one can reasonably expect to obtain a simple overview of the Canadian tax system. It is complex and so are the rules that enforce it. Sometimes, legal information is made unnecessarily complex. One could think that plain language is heresy amongst authors of primary legal information. Even though court cases stand closest to common everyday communication, a trend becomes apparent that court opinions are getting longer and more complex. Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion. Evidently, contracts are among the less legible documents. 

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Although this page basically reviews Canadian law, it offers an important rationale for learning critical thinking skills and explains the problems of overly complex legal language. "Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion." So, there is problem in understanding the law and its interpretation as well as the reasoning involved in judgments, among other decions made in the courtroom. 

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NOVA | The Hippocratic Oath Today

NOVA | The Hippocratic Oath Today | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Read classical and modern versions of the oath and a short article about its controversial nature today.
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How Inquiry-Based Learning Works With STEM - Edudemic

How Inquiry-Based Learning Works With STEM - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learning through inquiry is not a new concept - at all. Much of the more general life- learning that we do as humans is based on inquiry.
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This might make a motivational poster for secondary school science classrooms and for elementary school classrooms. Students and teachers need these reminders.

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Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction About Living with Depression

Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction About Living with Depression | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people. 

Since the goal is to spread awareness, there is no minumum amount you need to pay to play the game. However, if you do choose to pay the developers for their efforts, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to iFred, a charity that aims to fight back against depression and the stigma against it. 

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This game would increase awareness of students in a Health class, but might also be useful in a school guidance counseling program (graduate students learning to become school guidance counselors) or for schools where school guidance counselors enter classrooms and facilitate learning around certain topics. 

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How to Trust Your Students

How to Trust Your Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When teachers trust their students, their pedagogy changes.

Progressive Instruction: Teachers are more willing to engage in constructivist practices, according to the dissertation research of Virginia Louise Durnford, because progressive practices require instructors to trust that "children are capable of creating their own knowledge" (Rainer, Guyton, & Bowen, 2000, p.10).Increased Differentiation: Classroom professionals are more likely to reshape old methods of instruction and try alternative strategies. They empower students who want to follow individual paths to content mastery.Democratization: They share more control of the class with students (Goddard, Tschannen-Moran, & Hoy, 2001).Improved Practice: Teachers seek out professional development (Tschannen-Moran, 2004) and grow their abilities.
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Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction

Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"A cconversation is emerging over the potential for dictation technologies -- devices that translate voice into text -- to improve classroom learning. For example, it has been suggested that dictation technologies can be used toenhance reading instruction support, assist students with dyslexia, and make the chore of providing student feedback less cumbersome. However, I suggest that soon the main question will no longer be how to creatively use dictation technologies for educational purposes, but instead, how much teachers should allow students to use these devices. My prediction is that if dictation technologies become less expensive and more widely available, and if it becomes normal to use them for everyday writing (such as email and text messaging), then students will grow disinclined to type their writing assignments, preferring instead to rattle off their compositions by voice. Educators will thus be confronting inescapable decisions about how they should respond to students' inclinations to write with dictation technologies." | by Robert Rosenberger

 


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Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core

Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development.
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109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

 

The transition to the Common Core Standards is likely the single most significant change in the last 10 years in American public education.

While the English-Language Arts and Math haven’t changed, what the standards say about those content areas–and their relative complexity and rigor–are indeed different.

In a recent survey, you let us know you wanted more Common Core resources and support, so we’re going to ramp up our Common Core resources over the summer of 2013, including this list of various Common Core resources, separated by content area.

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We Fact-Checked Snapple's 'Real Facts'

We Fact-Checked Snapple's 'Real Facts' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Since 2002, the tea maker has been slinging bottle-cap factoids. Some are true, some are outright false, and plenty others are incomplete or ambiguous to the point of absurdity. But it’s easy to pluck out the spurious ones with a search engine and the right kind of bull**** detector.

 

With 30 seconds and a web connection, you can, too.

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This might be fun for secondary schoo students to explore what is passed on as facts. Students can learn first-hand why we can't believe everything we read. This would make a simple but powerful library/research skills activity. Other subjects can exploit this as well. 

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Blogs on Game-Based Learning | Edutopia

Blogs on Game-Based Learning | Edutopia | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education. Join the conversation today!

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Audience engagement - three approaches

Audience engagement - three approaches | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Engagement: It's more than attention and focus. 

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Simon Staffans:  "There are as many different approaches [to audience engagement] as there are projects, but here are three major lines of approach" ...

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:20 AM

How to engage audience effectively for one's digital audience

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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The common core can be supported with these.

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Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Pati Olton's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:00 AM

waiting for additions like The Book Thief...and Ender's Game

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!

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About | Open Knowledge Foundation

Opening Knowledge for Everyone

 

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.

- See more at: http://okfn.org/about/#sthash.t0VpjSDt.dpuf

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Nexum reports in http://www.slaw.ca/2013/10/18/less-serious-legal-research/: ; "In addition to necessary and unnecessary complexity and jargon, there is one more reason why legal documents are boring: they are exclusively textual which is not as fun and self-explanatory as graphics and images. The power of visual communication has long been exploited by other “boring” disciplines. The field of open data often emerges as a naturalplayground for visual applications. Visualization experiments are not recent at all as witnesses this article from 2007. Some readers may even remember data visualization efforts dating back to the nineties."

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Legal Intelligence

Legal Intelligence | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There are a lot of great resources for primary law online, both free and fee. However, to get legal analysis and cutting edge thinking on current legal topics there are also some great resources for free online.

Via Bonnie Hohhof
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We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:13 AM

We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them,
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How to Create Effective Homework

How to Create Effective Homework | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Strategies on how to make time spent on homework as effective and helpful as possible.
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“Statisticians are the modern explorers.” An interview with Professor David J. Hand - Statistics Views

“Statisticians are the modern explorers.” An interview with Professor David J. Hand - Statistics Views | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

You can’t go wrong with a career in statistics. Most statisticians start out with a degree in maths but some of the best I’ve known started off as biochemists or economists or in some other area, and then have retrained as statisticians. Since they have an understanding of a particular problem domain they can have an advantage in analysing data in that area.

But it is important to remember that statistics is not simply a branch of mathematics. You get 13 year old prodigies in mathematics but not in statistics because to be a good statistician you need to understand more than the mathematics. I know many first class mathematicians who simply cannot do statistics.

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from the article: "We need statisticians to cope with the data for medical research, government policies, engineering and there have not been enough. Society would benefit tremendously from statisticians and there is a danger that there aren’t going to be enough."

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Obamacare Then vs. Now

Obamacare Then vs. Now | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Now, the more than 48 million Americans who are currently without health insurance will be eligible for coverage under Obamacare.
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from the article: "Despite the big changes, many people will not be affected. People enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid programs will not see any substantial changes, nor will people who receive adequate coverage through their employer."

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36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads

36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads

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Nine Principles for Using Measures of Effective Teaching

The data set, reports, analysis, practical insights and tools that were developed throughout the course of the project has been shared to research and practitioner community as well as policy makers. The easy access to data and practical insights provided through this project are helping to support teachers and students in classrooms today.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 30, 2013 12:24 PM

It will be interesting to see if these are picked up on and then how they are implemented.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:02 AM

amazing

Rose Garofano's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:24 PM

a reflective teacher equals student improvement