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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | Project based learning | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.

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Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 3, 2015 9:48 AM

Help your child gain an interest in the latest technology that could lead to a well paying job. Many opportunities exist even without a college education. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 28, 2015 4:59 PM

#STEM #Education #Teachers #CTE #SkillsGap #Training

Marianne Hart's curator insight, August 29, 2015 8:39 PM

Excellent resource for P-BL.

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10 Tips for Building a Strong Story

Need to improve your storytelling? Here are 10 tips to help your presentation.

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Basic tips, good resource for students. I like how it encourages building a script through practice as opposed to a written script 

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 24, 2015 3:55 AM

This can serve as a guide to students who are learning how to build a presentation that has a strong backbone and impressive muscle.

Marco Favero's curator insight, May 24, 2015 6:00 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Edutopia: Assessing Project Based Learning

Edutopia: Assessing Project Based Learning | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 31, 2015 12:41 PM

Spark your assessment thinking with this Edutopia Guide.

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For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Project based learning | Scoop.it
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Looking at the importance of the tutor role and beginning to unpack what this invloves

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or are you stuck with the brains you’ve got? Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says most of us have either a “fixed” or “growth” mindset when it comes to learning. Most of us can get through sixteen years of schooling regardless of which mindset we have, but when it comes to lifelong learning–learning for the sake of learning, without outside pressure–only a growth mindset will cut it."


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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 20, 2014 9:47 AM

I am a firm believer of lifelong learning and this

Li Banban's curator insight, October 20, 2014 8:23 PM

keep a growth mindset! its never too late to  learn.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 7, 2014 4:43 AM

These are excellent teaching and learning resources to add to your 21st Century learning environment to promote lifelong learning.

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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | Project based learning | Scoop.it
An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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Interesting that in this study project based learning raised achievement across a diverse range of students. This approach seems to work for student groups with diverse backgrounds.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 27, 2014 7:50 PM

Would project-based learning be a more effective way for middle school students to learn science? According to this post the answer is ye, based on one year of data.

Project-based learning incorporates many of the "super skills" that we want students to have:

* The ability to communicate thoughts, ideas, questions and solutions.

* The ability to work together to reach a goal, using their talents, expertise, and more (collaboration).

* Looking at problems in new ways and linking learning across curriculum (critical thinking).

* Trying new approaches to get things done; innovating and inventing (creativity).

The post also explores some of the issues that may impact a schools ability to utilize project-based learning, including the cost of each unit and the training of teachers.


Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 28, 2014 1:04 PM

Thx Beth Dichter! Great study on implementing Project- Based Learning 

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education

The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education | Project based learning | Scoop.it
I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.Staff were given access to the slide deck in order in...

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 11:58 PM

I like the infographic that is used in this piece as it shows clearly how a growth mindset can help both teachers and students to shift how they think and become more open to different possibilities. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 14, 2014 3:03 PM

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making up my mind

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual 'things'..."


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These criteria really outline some solid  principles that should direct our planning and thus be evident in our learning environments. Principles such as: student enquiry, work readiness, personalised learning, flexibility, authentic and transparent assessment. I like the focus on critical thinking here :)

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, June 17, 2014 1:04 AM

Do we provide this environment

Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, June 17, 2014 11:15 AM

What are the characteristics of an effective learning environment? Read on...

Sue Alexander's curator insight, June 21, 2014 5:02 PM

Great scoop Beth. I love the goal of "intellectually active" classrooms.

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What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog | Project based learning | Scoop.it

While textbooks are clearly not obsolete, schools like Lawrence Intermediate School are learning to adapt to the impact the Internet is having on students — and figuring out how to take advantage of what it has to offer. In the end, there is no single right way to get kids engaged in learning, but it’s clear that these kids, at least, who are working in a SOLE environment feel a sense of empowerment, confidence and maturity.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 16, 2014 4:55 AM

A nice read if you are interested in SOLE.

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, May 17, 2014 3:49 AM

Empowering kids and giving them confidence. What leaning should be about.

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Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends

Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"Blended learning is constantly evolving. And most of the innovations and refinements have been developed to support student-centered learning. That means leveraging technology into learning activities, in and out of the classroom.

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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Mika Auramo's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:04 AM

Erinomainen infografiikka sulautuvasta opetuksesta, vertailun vuoksi myös arkaaisesta menetelmästä.

StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, October 28, 2014 6:06 PM

Links to an interesting set of infographics showing how learning can be made more active. The outcome of doing this has benefits for teachers and students. It is also noted to be an influence on student retention.

Anthippi Harou's curator insight, December 26, 2014 1:36 AM

Very interesting article on 'blended learning'.

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Project based learning | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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Cross curricular learning

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Project based learning | Scoop.it

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Great project. Use of enquiry questions for reserach, peer feedback to formalise, graphic organisers to plan research further and blog creation for content curation.
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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills

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44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom's Taxonomy

44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom's Taxonomy | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"It’s been four years since I first published my “Taxonomy of Reflection.” My interest in reflective thinking is rooted in a simple but powerful statement by Donald Finkel who wrote that teaching should be thought of as “providing experience, provoking reflection.” (Teaching with Your Mouth Shut)."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 5, 2014 4:09 AM

Where Bloom, discussion prompts and e-learning meet... there you'll find some thinkiing!

R Hollingsworth's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:38 AM

Love the title: "Teaching with your mouth shut"

Sue Alexander's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:40 AM

Fantastic resource, especially if you take time to really reflect on the sample questions posed.

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6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought

6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.

The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. The first tip refers teachers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development, which frames student ability in terms of a range: what they can do unassisted, what they can do with the support of a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO), and what they cannot do even with support. This is different for each student, and understanding these ranges for students can help inform grouping decisions, whether you’re using a peer instruction model, ability grouping, or another approach.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 27, 2015 7:14 AM

Facilitando el trabajo en el aula...6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups - TeachThought | @scoopit via @joevans http://sco.lt/...

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, August 28, 2015 5:40 PM

This is a great info graphic, but I would also add the importance of praising effort.

Jess's curator insight, October 20, 2015 6:25 PM

I choose this resource because it provide ways to group students effectively.

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"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company

"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"Education-bashing has become something of a national sport in the United States. From hurling criticism about slipping test scores, socio-economic disparity, dropout rates, to raising concerns about poor teaching standards and school resources, the popular narrative is that U.S. schools are failing children. There’s good reason for the pile-on: in many cases, the problems are real.

While most of the conversation around education reform centers on how to address these existing issues, another point of view has been gaining momentum over the last several years. It’s a point of view that is less focused on fine-tuning the current system for high performance—since the system was built in 1893 with the goal of churning out "good workers"—and more about rethinking education entirely and how it meets the world’s rapidly changing economy in the information age.

This topic is explored in depth in the feature-length documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, which premiered at Sundance and will appear at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24. In the film, director, writer and producer Greg Whiteley casts a light on the shortcomings of established education methods by focusing on one school that’s defying convention, San Diego’s High Tech High. While following two ninth-grade classes for a year, with classroom instruction unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the doc offers some inspirational ideas for how to help students rise to the occasion of an innovation economy that requires critical thinking."


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Mark Monsen's curator insight, May 12, 2015 1:40 AM

link to problem based learning

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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?

According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski

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The challenge with projects can be getting students to go into depth, think critically about their research - its relevance and the conclusions they draw and apply to the project. Some probing questions in this article to help.

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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 2, 2014 11:02 AM

Teaching critical thinking is a passion of mine.  Good article.

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sian etherington's curator insight, December 4, 2014 4:16 PM

Useful insights - particularly that critical thinking skills can't develop in a knowledge vacuum.

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The Importance of Project Based Teaching | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

The Importance of Project Based Teaching | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Project based learning | Scoop.it
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The Importance of Project Based Teaching - 
An interesting blog that discusses conflicting thoughts about the merits of project based learning (PBL). Kilpatrick's (1918) principle that student engagement is achieved through student choice and Dewey's belief this was misguided. Dewey's focus with PBL was on the cognitive process and the tutor's role in extending the "act of thinking". Both important parts of PBL for my level 2 students, with the later being the teaching challenge. The article goes on to mention the teaching strategies embedded in successful PBL. "These included Piagetian programs based on challenges that cause learners to apply higher-order thinking and learn collaboratively, meta-cognitive strategies, problem-solving teaching, cooperative learning, formative assessment, challenging tasks, peer tutoring, and most importantly, feedback (what we call critique and revision)." 

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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach educati

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, October 12, 2014 1:49 PM

It's all about teaching the Growth Mindset!  We really need to encourage students to do more of the question asking and thinking!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 13, 2014 3:49 PM

Great article! I'm sharing it with my students in a success seminar. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 30, 2015 10:14 PM

Very interesting article. Great way to think about learning.

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 2014 1:32 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:03 PM

I suspect critical thinking predates the Ancient Greeks. Without critical thinking, humans might not have gotten to that point in history. A great take away from the article is the importance of questioning. A second take away, perhaps hidden away, is the importance of questioning what we think critical thinking is and is not and engaging in conversations.

 

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Project based learning | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 2014 11:46 PM

Here's a bit of online facilitation wisdom: "The Two-Question Rule: This means to follow a question with another question that probes for deeper understanding."


Author/Blogger Professor Maurice Elias does a fine job of explaining how questioning helps deepen thinking. 

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 18, 2014 1:45 PM

I like asking open ended questions to see how students think,

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:49 AM

A great article with some simple ideas for encouraging higher order thinking. 

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What do you want to do with the iPad in education?

What do you want to do with the iPad in education? | Project based learning | Scoop.it

"Below I have outlined a number of tasks, for use with the iPad in the classroom. I believe that if you understand these 5 tasks from beginning to end, you will have an excellent foundation to build any engaging classroom activities."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:51 PM

This post discusses the need to define the outcome you expect before you design your project (understanding by design where you begin at the end product and work backwards). The focus is on the iPad, but the questions he proposes for students to answer should work with most digital apps or online tools we use in our classrooms. Within the post you will find five projects that are designed with Bloom's taxonomy in mind. The projects are:

* Create a movie

* Create a podcast

* Create an interactive book

* Create a presentation

* Create a PDF

Of more interest (to me) are the steps he suggests you follow as you create the workflow that students will need to follow.

Clearly define the outcome providing an explanation that the students will understand and also define the context, providing sufficient information that the student know what they will need to accomplish.

When you click through to the post, you will see that each of the projects includes five areas that students work through. In each project students will begin with a clear concept of what they need to remember. They then move up (Bloom's taxonomy) to understanding, with another task to complete. From there they look at applying and analyzing, with additional questions and specified work to be accomplished. This is followed by analyzing and creating, and as a final component collaboration comes into play. In each of these areas there are one or more iPad apps recommended.

Kimberly House's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:36 PM

Fantastic breakdown of basic iPad tasks. Perfect to use with my teachers who are new to our iPad programme.

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13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice

13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice | Project based learning | Scoop.it

""Students need a voice.

By voice, I mean the ability to recognize their own beliefs, practice articulating them in a variety of forms, and then find the confidence — and the platform — to express them."


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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 3, 2014 9:18 AM
Beth Dichter's insight:Technology comes into play in that it provides students with a wide range of options to find and show their voice. This post looks at five areas: * Writing * Multimedia * Speaking * Performing and/or Direction * Artistic Expression Within each area there is a strategy listed, a number of tools suggested in four areas a short look at "terms of success." Helping students find their voice through technology also provides opportunities for students to be creative and to connect with an authentic audience, helping to build 21st century skills as defined through the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Common Core.
Chris Carter's comment, May 3, 2014 7:55 PM
I appreciate the breadth of options suggested here. This is not, "just use tech!"
Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:06 PM

A very important reason to use media tools is to give a voice to everyone, even little ones!

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Project based learning | Scoop.it
Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned? I am talking about REFLECTION. At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-servic...

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Helen Teague's curator insight, April 5, 2014 11:41 AM

Sometimes reflection is considered a throw-away or close activity when there are a few extra minutes of classtime leftover. But Reflection is a key component of learning.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 5, 2014 5:30 PM

Visualizations rock! I wonder why I think that....?

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:24 PM

Reflection is really important as a part of the learning process. We can't really learn if we don't reflect on what went well or what went wrong.

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8 Tips for an Awesome Prezi


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A good resource for students creating prezis, some helpful tips

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:32 AM

Some  great ideas for students interested in getting away from the conventional PowerPoint! 

Jeff Dumoulin's curator insight, April 18, 2014 9:44 AM

Great Prezi on making great Prezis 

Dave Wood's curator insight, April 18, 2014 3:41 PM

Some really useful tips about structuring information and the impactful use of visuals.  I haven't been a huge fan of Prezi because they can be just too "busy" and disorientating when they incorporate too much spin as they move from image to image. These tips give good advice about how to keep it simple for best effect.

I've used Prezi as a way of presenting the notes from a visual group coaching session back to the participants.

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How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence

How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence | Project based learning | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO "How might be inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?" That was the challenge posed by OpenIDEO several months ago:

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want to try this with my class, thanks for sharing :)

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:38 PM

This seems like it would work in any program  on any subject.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:32 AM

Great visual of inspiring creative confidence.

Audrey's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:21 PM

Excellent ways to encourage learning and all of this can be accomplished from home, curated by Audrey for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk