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Handy Web Tools to Help You Grow Your Personal Learning Network

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How to take the pain out of developing elearning

How to take the pain out of developing elearning | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
If you are an eLearning manager, you’ve likely experienced similar frustrations as I have in the process of building and deploying eLearning products. This post examines the pain points we sometimes experience and how they can be resolved. A tale of two elearning authors Easy-to-use authoring tools and a systemized process are key factors that …

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16 Little-Known Teacher Tools

16 Little-Known Teacher Tools | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

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Olga Boldina's curator insight, July 3, 7:28 AM

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Robert Proctor's curator insight, July 3, 11:00 AM

Do you use any of theses resources?  Check them out.

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ClassTools Breaking News Generator

ClassTools Breaking News Generator | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

This is a great tool from ClassTools.net.


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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 24, 6:28 PM

Have students create their own character news headline!

 

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Imelda Elliott's curator insight, June 27, 4:45 AM

Great tool for language teachers.

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Being a Growth Mindset Facilitator

Being a Growth Mindset Facilitator | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
I was asked recently why I have a strong interest and innate understanding of the growth mindset. I believe it comes from a background of being an adventure educator, and even though it was not lab...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 13, 11:01 PM

Jackie Gerstein shares her thoughts on what beliefs a growth mindset facilitator will have. From my experience we seem to have a growing number of learners whom may struggle with growth mindset. As an educator you may find some suggestions that you could incorporate into your classroom.

Lorraine Danton's curator insight, April 20, 5:00 PM

Students can grow--we need to be there to gently push them past their limits with the the understanding that there will be failure and it is okay.

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40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies

40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

"You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much different."


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If you are able to use Video in class, these are some things yoiui should think about.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 2, 11:03 PM

We know that students are now seeing videos as components of online testing. Most students know strategies to use when reading text, but what works best with videos? This post provides 40 comprehension strategies that you may want to teach in your classroom.

The post begins with a short exploration of text and videos and then explores the interaction between video and text. The comprehension strategies are divided into four sections (information below quoted from the text):

* Before viewing comprehension strategies that promote understanding of video and streaming content.

* During viewing comprehension strategies that promote understanding of video and streaming content.

* After viewing comprehension strategies that promote understanding of video and streaming content.

Each of these sections has ten questions that provide anchor strategies. For example, the first section (before viewing) includes Anchor Strategies: Viewing Purpose, Preview, Predict, Connect
Click through to the post to learn more.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 28, 12:34 PM

It is important to help students understand how to get the most out of video viewing.

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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos!

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

"Sharing YouTube video is easy using options available on the platform, but there is another way, a nicer way to share YouTube™ videos with your students. NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos."


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Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 6, 5:27 AM

 

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 10, 7:23 PM

This is a great way to show YouTube Videos in your classroom. Takes less than a minute to set up and gets rid of all the extra clutter. You can quickly select one of their own backgrounds or even use your own blog as the background. Check it out. It's free!

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 11, 10:09 AM

add some focus to your selections, and subtract the distractions.

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44 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

44 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

"Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube."


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Tennelle Searle's curator insight, March 31, 8:42 AM

WOW I will be defiantly be looking into the use of some of these. I am always hiding in a corner watching YouTube videos to ensure no nasty surprises  before I show it to the children,

Thb's curator insight, March 31, 12:33 PM

Utilisation de youtube en classe

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 11:45 AM

With so many schools and districts handcuffing faculty and students, there are ways to get around the censorship.

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What makes an outstanding iPad lesson?

What makes an outstanding iPad lesson? | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

""Technology is in no way a synonym for ‘outstanding.’ But, it is something that can facilitate that outcome again and again. It can seem melodramatic to say things like ‘iPads have changed the world,’ but they have. The very fact that there is a debate within educational establishments across the world as to whether they and their likenesses are the key to unlocking the future of learning should show all the sceptics that technology is not going away. It is something that needs to be embraced and explored. So what does an outstanding iPad lesson look like?"


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Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick?

Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about what choices they would make for assignments and activities and why they make these choices.

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Great article. Teacher B would definitely be more fun to learn from and teach as well, but.... Student A has a point about the testing. Maybe we should revaluate testing.

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ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 20, 10:24 AM

Interesting post on learner autonomy and the posible negative backwash of assessment. Will you ask your students?

Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, March 21, 3:48 AM

Very enlightening!

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 4:49 PM

We must not forget...the focus is not only what tne Ss want,  but what is best for Ss. Love the quote at the end.

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Millionaire Teachers: Top Udemy Instructors Continue to Crack Major Earnings Threshold

by Udemy Top instructors eclipse $17 million in earnings from courses on the leading online marketplace for learning and teaching. In the latest demonstration of the potential and growth of online education, Udemy, the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today... http://elearningfeeds.com/millionaire-teachers-top-udemy-instructors-continue-to-crack-major-earnings-threshold/


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5 Step Design Model To Gain Attention Of A Learner

5 Step Design Model To Gain Attention Of A Learner | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

"You might have learned or seen many techniques to create an effective eLearning. But after all these learnings have you ever realized that to gain and retain the attention of a Learner is the most challenging aspect of an eLearning course design. In this article, I will take you through an effective 5 step design model to gain the attention of a Learner."


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My Favorite PowerPoint Shortcuts

My Favorite PowerPoint Shortcuts | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

Shortcuts. They are one of my life’s most beautiful things. Whether it be backroads, organizational hacks, or even PowerPoint tips, they make life so much easier. If you are looking to save a few precious minutes the next time you present, I have gathered a few of my favorite PowerPoint shortcuts.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 21, 12:27 PM

I loved the quote "Shortcuts separate the pros from the amateurs". So let's learn how to shortcut!


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The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses

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Online courses, many of which are totally free, have revolutionized the way in which many people access professional and personal development.

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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page

Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 2, 4:38 PM

Great advice:


Step 1: Develop content first, then design.
Step 2: Provide simple, consistent navigation.
Step 3: Include an accommodation statement.
Step 4: Choose CMS tools carefully.
Step 5: Model and teach good discussion board etiquette.
Step 6: Use color with care.
Step 7: Provide accessible document formats.
Step 8: Choose fonts carefully.
Step 9: Convert PowerPoint™ to accessible HTML.
Step 10: If it's auditory make it visual; if it is visual make it auditory.

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Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Online Video Converter is a free tool that converts almost any media format to MP4, AVI, MPEG, FLV, 3GP. It also extracts sound from video and can correct video resolution.

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MFaculty's curator insight, June 21, 5:22 AM

Converting your video to a playable file that you can carry with you on a USB drive can really up your game when teaching in a classroom where you may not have Internet access. 

 

This online application will 'help' IF you take a few minutes the day before your class and do a little prep work. Too often we become accustomed to having technology work flawlessly and fail to bring a plan 'B' with us. 

 

A little preparation will go a long way, plus you'll always have a plan 'B'!

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Eugene

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 21, 1:28 PM

Have a great video in the wrong format? Try this helpful tool. 

San José de Calasanz Ikastetxea's curator insight, June 26, 6:40 AM

Necesario cuando editen vídeos y sin necesidad de instalar software

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35 Most Wanted Google Drive Tips

35 Most Wanted Google Drive Tips | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Google Drive is a collection of amazing editing tools provided by Google which serves as a free replacement to office softwares and more oriented towards

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Tracey Robertson's curator insight, June 27, 9:21 PM

Being able to access work at home has been invaluable. You know you get some of your best ideas when you are relaxed, so now I can take advantage of my brainwaves.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, June 28, 9:23 AM

What a great BASIC guide to Google Docs.  It is like a concise instruction manual.  

 

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 2, 10:00 AM

A nice progression of tips to improve your experience with Google Drive.

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
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Are we actually doing this with our students or just making them read and do a Multiple choice.

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49 Maps That Explain The U.S.

49 Maps That Explain The U.S. | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

"49 Maps That Explain The U.S. For Dumb Foreigners--The United States is mind-boggling. Right?!"


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For students that are new to the US, these maps could prove very educational..

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 16, 10:07 AM

Some of these maps are goofy and intellectually uninspiring (granted, it is from Buzzfeed so that comes with the territory).  However, some of these maps are absolutely fantastic and I think that it's worth searching through this list to find some maps that are solid teaching resources.  Which ones are your favorites?  


Tags: historical, USA, map, map archives

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 3, 3:24 PM

Lots of infographic maps for students.

Julie Cidell's curator insight, April 4, 10:18 AM

#10 and #11 are a great comparison to each other.

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Google Tools for Reading

Google Tools for Reading | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Google Apps for Education - Reading Resources for K-12 While I’ve attempted to categorize these, many cross over multiple categories. Clicking on the links will give a longer description that will include images and sometimes an introductory video. Chrome Apps and Extensions along with Google Driv

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.

 

Below are six proven psychological phenomena that affect you and your students every day:


1. State-Dependent Recall. It is easiest to recall information when you are in a state similar to the one in which you initially learned the material. Urge your students to sit in the same room they studied in when they complete their take-home quiz.

 

2. The Fundamental Attribution Error. Sometimes students need your help distinguishing between internal and external factors that affect academic performance. The student who says, “Brian got an A on his English paper because he is smarter than I am” instead of “Brian got an A on his English because he visited the Writing Center before he turned it in” suffers from the Fundamental Attribution Error.

 

3. Effort Justification/Change Bias. Unfortunately, effort does not always correlate positively with performance. Students may be angry if they do not receive the grade they expect on an assignment that cost them a lot of time. In your comments, always mention the work you see even if it misses the mark.

 

4. Cognitive Dissonance. The feeling of psychological discomfort produced by the combined presence of two thoughts that do not follow from one another, often resulting in the adoption of beliefs that align with one’s actions but contradict the beliefs one held before the action was committed. The world isn’t black or white, and neither is the mind. Share this wisdom with your students to promote critical thinking.

 

5. Chunking. A term referring to the process of taking individual units of information (chunks) and grouping them into larger units. A great tool for students who must memorize long series of names, numbers, pictures, dates, terms, etc.

 

6. Positive Reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is anything added that follows a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future. Bonus and extra credit assignments are some of the most basic examples of positive reinforcement. More nuanced techniques might include positive verbal feedback, class celebrations (but not reward competitions), or opportunities to contribute individually to the curriculum.

 

Read the other 29 psychological tricks here: 

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/35-education-psychology-tricks/

 


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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, November 10, 2014 9:51 AM

Some really good tips here on how to make learning more efficient. Some of these tricks e.g. positive reinforcement, effort justification and managing cognitive dissonance are relevant to the workplace as well. 

 

More scoops on how to promote engagement can be read here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/on-leaders-and-managers/?tag=Engagement

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35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest

35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
35 Educational Pinners You MUST Check out! I love Pinterest! It’s kind of hard to believe this is my first post about this wonderful curation tool. Pinterest is NOT just for crafts and recipes, and...

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Cristina Reyes's curator insight, April 4, 2:03 AM

I agree , it´s a great curation tool. Intuitive interface and a variety of topics for educators 

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 6, 3:48 PM

Are you just getting started using Pinterest? Check some of these people for ideas.

Mark Rasi's curator insight, April 13, 8:56 PM

A wealth of info out there!

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9 Things Successful People Refuse To Do

9 Things Successful People Refuse To Do | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

Here are 9 things successful people refuse to do on their journey to success!


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 18, 9:36 AM

Successful people know that failure is not fatal. They know that the only way to truly fail is to give up.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, March 19, 9:53 AM

When we fail to get up, that's when we fail.

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What Is A Personal Learning Network? - TeachThought

What Is A Personal Learning Network? - TeachThought | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
What is a personal learning network, or rather a Personal Learning Network? How about a Professional Learning Network?

In the video below, Marc-André Lalande offers a concise, useful definition that simplifies the idea from hashtags and movements and social engagement and badges and, well, all the buzzwords you hear, into a clear explanation that works not just within education, but any field.

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Guest Post: 5 Tricky Ways to Prepare Video Presentations for Classes - Edutech for Teachers

Guest Post: 5 Tricky Ways to Prepare Video Presentations for Classes - Edutech for Teachers | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Every teacher knows that visual aids are a good way to facilitate the learning process and grab students’ attention for a long time. Educators use different posters, videos, slideshows to explain a new topic, provide more details or even test students. Presentations take a prominent part in the visual aids collection. Their main benefit is that teachers can combine various types of content in one presentation: text, images, video clips, music. Saved in a video format, presentations can be easily shown in class, uploaded to YouTube, embedded into a school website, or shared on any other educational resource.

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Every teacher knows that visual aids are a good way to facilitate the learning process and grab students’ attention for a long time. Educators use different posters, videos, slideshows to explain a new topic, provide more details or even test students. Presentations take a prominent part in the visual aids collection. Their main benefit is that teachers can combine various types of content in one presentation: text, images, video clips, music. Saved in a video format, presentations can be easily shown in class, uploaded to YouTube, embedded into a school website, or shared on any other educational resource.

 

 Several years ago, teachers had a limited choice of software to create presentations. Namely, there was only one tool for all presentation needs: Microsoft PowerPoint. With it, educators created, edited, and showed their presentations to students. The software was often non-responding in the most crucial moment. To say more, unskilled users often corrupted PPT files, did undesired edits, and simply could not show their works in incompatible school PC operating systems. Only a couple years ago, Microsoft added the possibility to save presentations in popular video formats and upload to YouTube. At the same time, there appeared a great deal of free alternatives, which allowed teachers to create video presentations much easier and faster than with PowerPoint. Here are the most prominent of them.

Isabel García's curator insight, March 4, 2:08 PM

Resumen de cinco programas para hacer presentaciones