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Top 20 Earth Images

Top 20 Earth Images | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.

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Alex Schaerer's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:50 AM

Incredible images of Mother Earth. It is all of our responsibility to look past our short term existence here to ensure that she flourishes for millenia for our future generations. 

Joy Kinley's curator insight, December 6, 2013 7:49 AM

The views of Earth from Space are fascinating.  Mountains, deserts, volcanoes, islands all seen from above.  My favorite is the city of Aleppo. What is yours?

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 8:31 PM
Five satellites have taken some of the most amazing photos of amazing places all over the world. The photos show the beauty of each place some places i never even knew existed.
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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective. 


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Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning

Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, July 11, 4:19 AM

Free web tools for engaging students in creativity!

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

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12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning

12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Well into the 21st century, the concept of 21st-century learning is still gaining traction. Ken Kay offers 12 indicators to educate and illustrate.

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Can we read with our ears?

Can we read with our ears? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Many students with weak decoding skills can read: with their ears. As teachers, we can make a strategic choice of differentiating in our lessons in order to allow a poor reader to ‘read with their ears’ in class until the time they can read with their eyes. As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties, we may be improving his or her life chances by providing this opportunity.


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Frances's curator insight, July 3, 6:22 AM

Using all the resources available to us, while we systematically teach children the skills they need.

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, July 4, 3:08 AM

An interesting article - relevant to literacy skills and accessibility. Helping pupils to be able to access the curriculum despite poor reading skills seems to be a no-brainer.

Randy Kulman's curator insight, July 4, 4:27 AM

reading is reading!

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Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Maker Faire has catalyzed a global interest in tinkering to understand. Is it only a matter of time before this approach to learning makes it into mainstream classrooms?

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 2, 8:25 AM

Let´s hope so! 

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Not All Practice Makes Perfect: Nuances We Can Learn From Experts In Their Fields

Not All Practice Makes Perfect: Nuances We Can Learn From Experts In Their Fields | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Do a little research and you'll discover that a big fat "if" has been placed out in front of the old adage "practice makes perfect." Practice makes perfe

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 30, 6:55 PM

When does practice make perfect? The current research in this area provides some guidance. Below are the sections you will find in this post:

Practice make perfect:

...if you overlearn

...if it is spaced and regular

...if you make mistakes

...if it is deliberate

...if you have natural talent

...if you have a sharp memory

...if you get an early start

...if you have good genes

...if you practice with a partner

...if it reflects your intelligence

Each of this areas are discussed within the post and in many cases there is at least one link to additional information.

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To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Now we have international evidence about something that has a greater effect on learning than testing: Teaching. The results of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), released last week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), offer a stunning picture of the challenges experienced by American teachers, while providing provocative insights into what we might do to foster better teaching -- and learning -- in the United States.


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Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps - ISTE Connects Blog

Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps - ISTE Connects Blog | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Makerspaces can be elaborate learning spaces equipped with sophisticated tools and supplies, but they don’t have to be.

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Tackk's curator insight, July 1, 10:57 AM

“Kids are saying they want to learn more about technology and science, but they also want to experience it creatively and use it personally,”


Some of our team traveled to ISTE this weekend. We loved listening to innovative and creative speeches like this.

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It's not as difficult as it may seem. Here...

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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 25, 4:46 PM

How can we get students more engaged in units of study? What if we design our class so that they have ownership from the beginning of the unit? This post explores this issue, and although the focus is on social studies you could use the same steps in other curricular areas. What are the steps?

1. "Partner students and have them do a speed search on the topic." What can they find in 12 - 15 minutes? Let them generate a list of interest.

2. "Decision by debate." Change partners. Allow them 3 minutes to discuss and rank the topics by interest.

3. "Main characters." Switch partners again. In history you might be looking at key individuals, or key battles in a conflict.

There are five more steps that will help students learn to collaborate, analyze perspectives, co-create with you (as the teacher your job is to  make sure that all key areas are covered and help create the framework as well as providing additional input where necessary), and more.

This type of process allows the students to be engaged and have their voices heard from the beginning....a win-win situation in the classroom.

Heather MacDonald's curator insight, June 25, 4:52 PM

Designing anything is only worthy if the "end user" has input.  This is a brilliant adaptation of that design philosophy.  And how can you resist the power in the eyes of this little girl?!

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, June 26, 7:29 AM

Great work~

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Leadership By Virtue: Teaching coupled with Leadership

Leadership By Virtue: Teaching coupled with Leadership | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, June 25, 6:26 AM

Jaroslav Berce says:

teacher should by default be a leader: he/she teaches new things, influences others, has listeners, defines personal growing path, can define task and workload. Anything wrong with it?


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Teaching coupled with Leadership

http://leadershipbyvirtue.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/teaching-coupled-with-leadership.html



Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 25, 10:24 AM

Teachers are leaders. It is not a default position or one that is given to them. It exists in the very words education and pedagogy which mean leading children.

 

The default position has become one where teaching is not leading. It is about managing.

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Teaching can be stressful -- children's lives are at stake

Teaching can be stressful -- children's lives are at stake | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
This was written by Jim Parsons who is a professor at the University of Alberta. This was written as the Forward for the Alberta Teachers' Association's research update Reflections on Teaching: Teacher Efficacy and the ...
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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.


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Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Training in Business's curator insight, July 11, 2:15 AM

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

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Habits of Mind - Which Ones Should You Use?

Habits of Mind - Which Ones Should You Use? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Tools to help teachers and students apply the Habits of Mind and Thinking Routines

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 9, 5:38 PM

Are you using Costa and Kallick's Habits of Mind, or are you interested in learning more about them? This website provides an in-depth look at each of the sixteen habits of mind. It also looks Thinking Routines that are related to the Habits of Mind. The home page provides visuals for each of the sixteen habits of mind. When you click through to a page you will find the following sections:

* What does it mean?

* Why does it matter?

* When should you use it?

* A video that provides an example of the habit of mind

* 5 Top Strategies

* 5 Question to ask about your Thinking

* Thinking Routines

If you are new to the Habits of Mind five are listed below.

* Thinking Interdependently

* Thinking about your Thinking

* Creating and Innovating

* Using all your Senses

* Responding with Wonderment

Click through to the site to see the other habits of mind and to learn more about each.

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The Best Educational Websites for Teaching and Learning in 2014

The Best Educational Websites for Teaching and Learning in 2014 | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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RESENTICE's curator insight, July 4, 6:02 AM

Critères de sélection : créativité, innovation, participation active, collaboration....

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Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success

Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
When Sophia Faridi visited several schools in Finland, students and teachers seemed happier than students and teachers in the U.S.

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Student Autonomy

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Empowering Students In the Classroom

 

When I think of change that needs to happen in Education, my immediate thought goes toward student autonomy. To be autonomous as a student is to be able to independently manage the freedom one has in the classroom, while maintaining a harmonious relationship with the teacher.

 

For a student to be autonomous, a student must realize:

They have a voiceTheir voice mattersIt will be heardIt will make a difference

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 30, 6:00 PM

This fits by 100% my meaning also!

When I think of change that needs to happen in Education, my immediate thought goes toward student autonomy. To be autonomous as a student is to be able to independently manage the freedom one has in the classroom, while maintaining a harmonious relationship with the teacher.

For a student to be autonomous, a student must realize:

  • They have a voice
  • Their voice matters
  • It will be heard
  • It will make a difference


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 1, 9:54 AM

Student autonomy happens with teacher autonomy. Gert Biesta proposes democracy happens in classrooms where it is lived and modeled. It is not a distant process. The word is not autonomy but emancipation which is responsible for the Other and the world we live in.

Stevi Quate's curator insight, July 2, 6:28 AM

When John McDermott and I wrote Clock Watchers and The Just Right Challenge, we wrote about empowering students and captured similar ideas to this posting. Since these ideas aren't new and seem to be shared widely, I wonder why these ideas aren't the norm in classrooms that we watch.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

The researchers found that the initial duplication process mattered a great deal. When children had drawn a letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 1, 1:20 AM

Interesting, though I tend to think most computer input will be from voice pretty soon.

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Neil Gaiman's Eight Rules of Writing

Neil Gaiman's Eight Rules of Writing | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 28, 8:06 PM

It is always interesting to read rules of writing that are written by authors. This list of 8 rules comes from Neil Gaiman, an author that some students may recognize. It also lets students know that published authors go through the writing process in a similar way to students.

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The Science of Attention- How To Capture & Hold Attention of Distracted Students

The Science of Attention- How To Capture & Hold Attention of Distracted Students | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment, and time of day."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 29, 9:46 AM

If we are doing something we enjoy, attention becomes a non-issue and we engage in flow activities.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 29, 11:48 AM

15 great tips for engaging student attention. Well worth a read. 

Mélanie Ciussi's curator insight, June 30, 2:39 PM

Etude à lire!

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.

 


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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 30, 5:54 AM

This article helps give an early start to map skill implementation - even at the earliest levels.

DTLLS tutor's curator insight, July 1, 2:04 AM

Love this website. Not just this article, but the whole idea. Have a little browse around...

wereldvak's curator insight, July 6, 11:53 AM

De taal van de kaart: welke  woordenschat hebben kinderen nodig om de kaart te kunnen lezen?

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8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education

8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Pearson sent us this report recently–Exploring the Learning Curve. The big idea here is the changing skill needs for students globally. It is based on this idea of an index–a Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. The report explains:
'The Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment compares the performance of 39 countries and one region (Hong Kong) on two categories of education: Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. The Index provides a snapshot of the relative performance of countries based on their education outputs.'”


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David Hain's curator insight, June 26, 12:35 AM

Critical skills that will secure a positive future, for you or your kids!

WEAC's curator insight, June 26, 8:39 AM

Short and to the point, this list provides great food for thought. DId you expect to see digital literacy as one of the top skills for a modern education?

Audrey's curator insight, July 10, 11:28 AM

These would seem to correlate with Thomas Friedman's    "The world is flat" idea.  Basically we need to value and  respect all human beings as those  people at the bottom of the tree last century wont always be there:  

 

Emotional intelligence (feel things from others point of view).  Communication (learn to speak  another person's language). Problem-solving (Listen to and understand someone else's pain and joy); Team-working (the ability to liaise with others as humans who feel pain, cry, hurt just as you do).  

 

Basically the emphasis seems to be on humanity as one rather group rather than the superficial differences.  The idea is for human beings to leave the savannah.

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Critical Thinking Takes Courage

Critical Thinking Takes Courage | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Critical thinking isn't an entirely natural process; it's one that requires courage.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Critical-Thinking

 


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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 24, 4:33 PM

Yes, and YES!!! Critical thinking really takes risk, because someone is likely to disagree with you. How much better it is, however, to have a well thought opinion and stand alone, than to be a lemming. 

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 5:21 AM

A really excellent article on something that can be hard to define and practice, and yet is such an essential skill for life.   I really like the distinction Terry Heick makes between thought and knowledge and the interplay between them.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 25, 8:38 AM

El pensamiento crítico requiere coraje, actitud y valor que no se fomenta en los sistemas educativos en general debido a los riesgos que conlleva.