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Project Noah

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A great citizen science site where users can upload and view photos of animals or use the free Apple device and Android Apps. It's a great way to do real science with what you already have in class. Check out the education section for more ideas.


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7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint

7 Awesome Pattern Backgrounds for Your Slides and How to Create Them in PowerPoint | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Free pattern backgrounds that you can create yourself in PowerPoint. Use geometric pattern background and abstract pattern backgrounds for amazing designs!

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The Difference Between A Teacher And An Educator - Timmy Sullivan

International speaker and freelance blogger Timmy Sullivan shares his perspective on the major differences between teachers and educators and the impact a

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 1:12 PM
Educating is broader than teaching, at least in a formal way. Dewey described school as a place for formal education and education is living.

I would go further and say education is not always highly structured. It can happen without guidance for elders and can be peer related.

That does not mean teaching is irrevelant in a formal setting. It is essential. It is relational.

I don't disagree with the premise that being a teacher does not mean one is an educator. I get his point that an educator is something more than just being a teacher.
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Coding Tools | DonorsChoose.org project by Mrs. Willis

Coding Tools | DonorsChoose.org project by Mrs. Willis | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
My students need Ozobots, Makey-Makey, littleBits, and Bloxels to work on coding. My class is excited to learn new things. They come to school each day ready for new and exciting challenges. I have 24 students that are enjoying learning with technology this year

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How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library  

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Diana Rendina writes: "School libraries are starting makerspaces all over the world. It’s an exciting time in education as we rediscover the power of creativity. But many schools rush to start makerspaces so quickly that they neglect building the maker culture. Developing a maker culture is a lot like developing a love of reading, it takes time and persistence and it’s totally worth it. Here’s a few ways that you can work to cultivate a love of making and creativity in your students."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 20, 1:42 PM

I know Diana's library is an incredible example of a makerspace, but that just didn't work for us. We are going to bring back a simpler, more focused version once our remodel is complete. Our high school librarian has set up a monthly maker corner that has been very successful. Projects that can be completed in a lunch period or that allow for collaborative work will be our goal. Diana's tips will help keep us from getting overwhelmed and keep the focus on making!

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, May 20, 12:21 PM
Good ideas for creating a maker culture in your library and school.
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5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media

5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Help kids think critically about the media they consume and create.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 2, 2016 11:48 AM

5 Questions students should ask about media. 

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These are the 11 most educated countries in the world

These are the 11 most educated countries in the world | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Scandinavian countries feature heavily on the list.

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10 Provocative Quotes from Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society"

10 Provocative Quotes from Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society" | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Ivan Illich’s groundbreaking book Deschooling Society (1971) offers a radical critique of the institutionalization of education within modern societies. Illich believed that we wrongl
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Visible Thinking Routines: Extend & Deepen Students Understanding

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Beth Dichter's insight:

Harvard University has a website on visual thinking that is designed for educators and students. Silvia Tolasano, the author of Langwitches Blog, has taken a number of their routines and created visualizations that would be useful for students, visualizations that you might post on your walls or provide copies of for students to put in their binders. 
There is one twist to a number of these  visualizations...they are specific for blogging. The image above includes two of the visualizations. In the post you will find an additional five routines. You will also find an infographic of all the routines within the post available as an infographic

To go directly to the site at Harvard use this link: http://www.old-pz.gse.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/VisibleThinking1.html/. And if you are wondering why you might use visible thinking routines consider this statement from the website on visual thinking (at Harvard): 

"Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, April 9, 2014 6:38 AM

These routines have classroom merit, too, as we're trying to get students to think.

Julienne Feeney's curator insight, April 9, 2014 7:21 PM

Complements MYP principles and Learner Profiles beautifully...

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 12, 2014 1:26 PM

This has so much relevance when teaching students questioning and critical thinking skills. Great tool for developing Inquiry based learning strategies. Also, I love an infographic!

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provoking towards inquiry

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When each new unit of inquiry is launched, teachers tune in and provoke students thinking with a carefully planned learning experience meant to get students thinking about the concepts and ideas that are about to be explored over the next...

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A new school year: Setting up your teaching space | SharingPYP blog

A new school year: Setting up your teaching space | SharingPYP blog | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
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PYP early years education promotes school readiness | IB Community Blog

PYP early years education promotes school readiness | IB Community Blog | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
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Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question?

Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question? | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
James R. Delisle stirred a hornet's nest recently when he proclaimed, right here in the pages of Ed Week, that differentiated instruction doesn't work. I think he's focused on the wrong thing.

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Roberto Martínez's curator insight, November 6, 2015 6:57 PM

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#Gamification: How to Use Game-Based Learning in the Classroom 

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What makes a good teacher great?| Azul Terronez 

I've been asking the question: What makes a good teacher great? for 24 years. I have collected 26,000 responses from 8 different schools and patterns hav

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 1:04 PM
Humility is essential in teaching. Ultimately, I made mistakes and fretting over them was a bigger mistake. Something as simple as eating a lunch with them each day brought me closer to my students.

What do teachers think about this question? I would ask them too.

It is not that good teachers do not want to hear from their students. I think they do not know how to engage their students in dialogue. They might even be constrained by the very traditions of teaching.


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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Want to blow your students' minds with some hard-hitting critical thinking exercises? Try out the ones we've got for you here.
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Gendered words: Generic man and female airmen | The Economist

Gendered words: Generic man and female airmen | The Economist | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
LAST week's post on "guys" inspired some thoughts on the tricky landscape of gendered language. I mused that feminism and social solidarity between young men and women had made it a badge of honor for women to be addressed as "dude" or "you guys".
But extending male terms to women hasn't always been a feminist victory.
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Books to Read Over Winter Break

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Find out what books made this educator's list and add your own essential reads.
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Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

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Oral communication skills are often overlooked in school in favor of math, reading and writing. But this London school has put it front and center with amazing

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Not a Box - YouTube

We had to select a children book to animate for class. I liked Antoinette Portis' "Not A Box" So I decided to use her book. Book by: Antoinette Portis Animat...

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Transdisciplinary Yearning - My Hopes For The PYP Review

Transdisciplinary Yearning - My Hopes For The PYP Review | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it

The IB PYP is currently under review with a new set of principles and practices to be released in 2018. One of the features of the PYP which is up for review is transdisciplinary learning. "For...

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A Pedagogical Model for the use of iPads for Learning

A Pedagogical Model for the use of iPads for Learning | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
Over the past several months, my team and I have been busy planning for the
implementation of a One to World (often called 1:1) iPad program in grade
4. We have been successfully using iPads since 2011 at our school and have
been piloting a One to World programme in three grade 4 classes throughout
this year. The program has been enormously successful, largely because we
focused primarily on learning outcomes rather than the device itself. 

Pedagogy plays an important role in the successful implementation of any
new programme. It helps to guide teachers in effective implementation and
sets the foundation of what effective implementation actually looks like in
the classroom. In developing our own model for the One to World Programme
in grade 4 and choosing apps for teachers and students to use, we turned to
research as well as to pedagogical models for learning and technology
integration.

The key models that we looked at were Bloom's Taxonomy (using Bloom's 21),
the Learning Pyramid, SAMR model for technology integration and the ISTE
Standards. In addition, we are guided by the school's Mission (Engage,
Enlighten, Empower), the IB framework and the Visible Thinking initiative.
These models, as well as other popular models, all point to the same
fundamental belief that students learn best when they are engaged in
meaningful learning activities where they are given the opportunity to
learn from each other and share their ideas and thinking with others. 
Inquiry Based Learning, Project Based Learning, Constructionism, 
Constructivism, and so forth, all advocate for student-driven learning.

In combining the different models into a pyramid, the focus on learning is
on the bottom of the pyramid where the focus in on higher order thinking
skills and activities which promote collaboration and creation. From the
perspective of the SAMR Model, the aim is to move towards Redefinition so
that learning can be transformative. The ISTE Standards sit outside the
pyramid since these skills are interwoven throughout the curriculum. 

Apps were placed on the pyramid based on the types of learning engagements
which they promote. Those at the top serve more as digital substitutes for
traditional classroom tools such as calculators, dictionaries,
manipulatives and maps. They add interactivity but do not promote
significant changes to how learning activities are designed. As we move
down the pyrmaid, we find apps which focus more on shifting learning itself
by promoting problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and
collaboration and creativity and innovation. They help promote more
student-centered and participatory learning and the transformation of
learning itself. 

 

This is not to say that there is not a place for apps at the top of the
pyramid. It is natural to work through the SAMR Model throughout a lesson
or unit or to spend some time on teaching styles such as lectures of demos.
Important, however, is that teachers ought to recognize that they should
work towards focusing more time and energy on learning engagements which
are in line with the lower end of the pyramid.  

 

This model was created as a Keynote presentation and recorded to explain it
in more detail. A link to this presentation can also be found in iCloud. I
would appreciate feedback from others on this model and how it could be
improved.

 

The full list of apps we are using can be found here 

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Jess Boisen's curator insight, June 4, 2016 1:54 AM
Good example of how important pedagogy is in implementing new programs, in this case it is implementing iPads into the classroom. 
Katelyn Schultz's curator insight, May 17, 9:58 PM

This report is really great as it analyses iPad apps and their effectiveness in the classroom. The apps are divided to make a division between apps that are merely integrated into the learning, and apps that transform the learning in some way. The report uses the SAMR model to evaluate the apps and could really be useful in a classroom that has access to iPads.

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Life is a Dance

A DANCE BY THE SAXONZ - http://on.fb.me/1LgWhSD - http://www.thesaxonz.com/ A FILM BY SEBASTIAN LINDA www.Sebastian-Linda.de - on.fb.me/1xVxHAX Supported…

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, November 18, 2015 10:23 PM

Dance a big part of popular culture in music productions~

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Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question?

Does Differentiation Work? Is That Even the Right Question? | teacher tools for this century | Scoop.it
James R. Delisle stirred a hornet's nest recently when he proclaimed, right here in the pages of Ed Week, that differentiated instruction doesn't work. I think he's focused on the wrong thing.
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