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The 13 Top Special Needs Infographics | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

The 13 Top Special Needs Infographics | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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The Innovators Project

The Innovators Project | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A series of profiles on people who are transforming their fields by creating, educating, provoking, and delighting
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Teachers should read these articles to prepare for student questions and curiosity. Can even be assigned as part of an inquiry-based project or writing assignment. 

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Paying for college: Before you go (Part 1 of 3)

Paying for college: Before you go (Part 1 of 3) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Higher education has never been more expensive. This three-part series shows families ways to reduce or eliminate the cost of college.
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Health Tips and Guide » How Humor Can Help You With Your Memory

Health Tips and Guide » How Humor Can Help You With Your Memory | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How Humor Can Help You With Your Memory - http://t.co/QWoeubvcVr
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30 Apps Perfect For BYOD Classrooms - Edudemic

30 Apps Perfect For BYOD Classrooms - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
BYOD classrooms can address a number of issues. It can solve the problem of not having enough (or any) devices for your classroom.
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OECD Regional Well-Being

OECD Regional Well-Being | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How does your region perform when it comes to education, environment, safety and other topics important to your well-being?
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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED

25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How do we create learning that lasts? It's a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 22, 2014 10:01 PM

After describing the three phases of the learning process based on cognitive science. The first two phases:

* Students decide what to attend to.

* Students organize the information

These work with short term memory but to know the information students must also activate long term memory which may begin in class with a review but should also includes well crafted assignments.

What can you do?The post continues by exploring ways to capture a students attention and ways to help them create a framework. The final section explores how to make the lesson stick. Three examples are below (quoted from the post).

* Begin lectures with a high level question that the upcoming information can answer.

* Highlight the "unfinished" nature of each subject.

* Don't use too many types of different presentation materials at once.

Throughout the post there are links to additional resources.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 23, 2014 1:38 PM

I love this image. It captures it all. Beth Dichter posts great stuff on a regular basis. I am really spending some serious time inviestigating this topic of buy-in by the students by givening them more ownership .

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 25, 2014 5:38 AM

I like the analogy of a 'sticky lesson'... something that sticks in your head. That's the aim of every lesson... get what you are teaching to stick in the learners head!

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A Wonderful Google Tip to Help Students Search for Materials Appropriate to Their Reading Levels ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Google Tip to Help Students Search for Materials Appropriate to Their Reading Levels ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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Interracial Relationships that Changed History

Interracial Relationships that Changed History | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Discover the groundbreaking rulings, cases and people that have shifted social attitudes about interracial relationships and marriage around the world.
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This is a resource for US History course and other history courses. There is an infographic on the site as well.
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Using Your Syllabus as a Learning Resource

Using Your Syllabus as a Learning Resource | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
We know students do not take it upon themselves to read the syllabus. Yet syllabus indifference still bewilders me after teaching for 25 years, given that my syllabi are conveniently available online and in hard copy, and are replete with information virtually assuring success with my courses.
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Remind | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers

Remind | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
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recommended by one of the instructors commenting in a discussion.

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The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chunking is a critical element of the learning process and explains how we can learn and retain increasingly complex information.

Via EDTC@UTB, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Mary Starry's curator insight, June 14, 2014 9:15 AM

This article explains the concept of chunking and key aspects to keep in mind when using the process.  We are starting to use chunking with our videos, using short videos that focus on one concept, with each video building on the preceding ones.

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Study: Art Museums Foster Appreciation for Ambiguity

Study: Art Museums Foster Appreciation for Ambiguity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
New research from Vienna finds viewing artworks in a museum enhances the aesthetic experience.
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Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
On the Fourth of July, some Americans have celebrated their freedom of choice by choosing to not celebrate at all.
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a srory illustrating disengagement and feelings that US laws do not protect or support you based on religious and class differences. Teachers of humanities subjects (els, history, civics, law) can get students thinking about freedom and citizenship around perceptions of holidays.
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Ecuador's "Superleaf" Tea: Could It Replace Your Afternoon Coffee? | Nat Geo Food

Ecuador's "Superleaf" Tea: Could It Replace Your Afternoon Coffee? | Nat Geo Food | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Guayusa tea may have health benefits for those who drink it and economic benefits for the indigenous people who grow it.
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#globalism #globalmarkets #indigenouspeople #beverage

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Do we have difficulties with summarizing? I either leave things too vague or don't leave out any details. I don't know what the 'right' amount of information to say is.

Do we have difficulties with summarizing? I either leave things too vague or don't leave out any details. I don't know what the 'right' amount of information to say is. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: Do we have difficulties with summarizing? I either leave things too vague or don't leave out any details. I don't know what the 'right' amount of information to say is. Answer: Yep!...
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Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More

Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A natural phenomena in the circadian rhythm, napping can dramatically increase learning ability and memory, raise awareness, and much more, studies show. (A sonequinha é produtiva...
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Meta’s Binder Fulla Women in Analytics: Episode 10

Hey, did you know a woman leads the Data Innovation Lab at Thomson Reuters? And a woman leads the Masters of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University? Or that women are leading
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have you ever assigned a research project requiring students to interview employees in career fields connected to stem subjects? what about minority-focused?
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Scientists glued tiny magnets to fruit flies to learn about the millisecond aerial ballets required to stay aloft when you’re a tiny insect.
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excerpt: "At Cornell University, for instance, researchers have been investigating how the flies recover when their flight is momentarily disturbed. Among their conclusions: a small group of fly neurons is solving calculus problems, or what for humans are calculus problems."

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New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Google Educator Groups (GEGs) is a new project launched by Google yesterday.This project aims at bringing the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms and communities across the world through the collaborative work of a community of passionate educators. GEGs is a place where educators, principals, school administrators, professors, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in using Google Products to help people learn , get to meet and collaborate with each other .

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Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In the midst of a growing storm of new technology-induced learning concepts such as flipped learning, blended learning, personalized learning (to mention but a few) , teachers are left with no other alternatives but to enhance and accommodate their professional development efforts to suit the changing educational paradigms. Edsurge called this "personalized professional development". This is the kind of life-long learning that involves the integration and leverage of digital media and technology (and offsite resources) for expanding one's field of expertise.

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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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The Secret of Self-Regulated Learning

The Secret of Self-Regulated Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Self-regulated learning is like your own little secret. It stirs from within you, and is the voice in your head that asks you questions about your learning.

More formally, self-regulated learning is the conscious planning, monitoring, evaluation, and ultimately control of one’s learning in order to maximize it. It’s an ordered process that experts and seasoned learners like us practice automatically. It means being mindful, intentional, reflective, introspective, self-aware, self-controlled, and self-disciplined about learning, and it leads to becoming self-directed.
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from the article:

Self-regulated learning also has meta-emotional and environmental dimensions, which involve asking oneself questions like these:

How motivated am I to do the learning task, and how can I increase my motivation if I need to?If my confidence in my ability to learn this material sags, how can I increase it without becoming overconfident?Am I resisting material that is challenging my preconceptions?How am I reacting to my evaluation of my learning?How can I create the best, most distraction-free physical environment for the task?

Metacognitive questions include these:

What is the best way to go about this task?How well are my learning strategies working? What changes should I make, if any?What am I still having trouble understanding?What can I recall and what should I review?How does this material relate to other things I’ve learned or experienced?
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Facilitation tips, games, and energizers « 350.org Workshops

Making your workshop interactive, participatory, and fun will be key in engaging your participants and creating an effective learning environment.  To help, many sessions already have participatory activities built in to the curriculum, and here we provide a number of ideas for energizers, name games, and interactive activities that you can adapt and incorporate to keep your participants energized and ready to learn. Have a great activity or tip to add?  Email us at workshops[at]350.org.

 

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I look at these approaches to explore for teaching in September (the beginning of the school year). Training students to perform daily tasks (handing in homework, noting homework, using classroom website, note taking, etc). It may also be a way to set the tone of the classroom. I see it this way: trainers are often consultants, people outside of an organization. they have to connect quickly, establish presence, establish credibility, and must ultimately engage the people they are training. Any website that collects and specializes in the development of trainers and training, may be a gold mine for teachers to improve on skills. It doesn't matter that training is focused on narrow skills and goals; training is similar to teaching. Often, teachers train students BEFORE educating them. 

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Why We Created Common Core | Governor Markell (DE)

Why We Created Common Core | Governor Markell (DE) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and I co-chaired the initiative to create the standards because we shared the concerns of lawmakers, teachers, school leaders, businesspeople, and parents that expectations for our students were not high enough to prepare them for life after high school. Although the effort was entirely voluntarily, 45 states ultimately adopted this set of fewer, clearer, and more rigorous standards in English language arts and mathematics. With the input of educators, policymakers and experts, we laid out the knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for college and career opportunities and set practical bars for them to achieve.

 In today’s economy, these goals are not controversial, like ensuring fourth-graders can multiply large numbers and write an essay. Other standards include “writing arguments to support claims” and “using probability to evaluate the outcomes of decisions.”


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