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Creating Shareable Visuals is Easy with these 7 Online Design Tools

Creating Shareable Visuals is Easy with these 7 Online Design Tools | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
We all know that when it comes to consuming content, text alone no longer makes the cut. We are multi-sensory beings and the more we can plug into our senses to

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 24, 8:10 PM

Who better than Visual.ly to share 7 online tools that will help you create visual, be they simple images, infographics or a mind map. This post shares the following tools:

* Canva - a free tool

* Pixlr - a free tool

* PicMonkey - a free tool, but you may pay for additional tools

* Quozio - free tool

* Share As Image - a free tool, but will show a watermark; pay for no watermark

* Skitch - free through Evernote

* Coggle - free tool that allows you to create mind maps

Visuals are a key part of learning. These seven tools provide a range of options that you may want to use when designing materials for your classes (or perhaps students would find use for them in your class).

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Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips

Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
The benefits of virtual field trips are well known: They’re inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip. But researching which virtual field trips are best can prove labor-i...

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Virtual field trips are the best...

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:25 PM

I rarely assigned homework. It seemed counter-productive and counter-intuitive. The exception, if can be called homework, were projects which engaged students and their parents at home. This provided an untapped resource, excited students and parents, and was highly successful. I always provided more time for these projects so they did not work against learning.

Mika Auramo's comment, July 27, 10:00 PM
Too much false information, including topic.
Debra Evans's curator insight, July 28, 2:54 PM

Good piece, but need to consider also; this country is not really catering to multi-cultural group.  But, we should learn from their examples - we in Australia definitely moving towards over-educating, with even prep losing its play-based approach.  Also worth noting - the teacher in the classroom has the biggest impact on whether or not the students will learn - effective teachers=effective learners.

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7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners

7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Yes, those good old p's and q's still matter--but teaching them calls for a creative approach. Read on for fun ways to get your kids schooled in the essentials of etiquette. You'll thank us!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 4:10 PM

Those two words, thank you, can mean so much when used authentically and kindly with children. They learn to be thankful as adults model appropriate behaviours. Play and education are inseparable.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 24, 3:55 PM

Neurociencia

Chris Brown's curator insight, July 25, 7:31 AM

Consider when you feel learning takes place.  Neroscience has been studying how the brain reacts in certain situations and they have found that:

 

"...superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are relevant to students' lives, interests, and experiences. Lessons can be stimulating and challenging without being intimidating, and the increasing curriculum requirements can be achieved without stress, anxiety, boredom, and alienation as the pervasive emotions of the school day."

 

As learning professionals we should consider the impact of stressful or boring situations on the ability of our learners to be successful.  The article concludes with a call to action:

 

"Joy and enthusiasm are absolutely essential for learning to happen -- literally, scientifically, as a matter of fact and research. Shouldn't it be our challenge and opportunity to design learning that embraces these ingredients?"

 

Joy and enthusiasm are essential...how are you going to embrace these?

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, July 26, 9:09 PM

Not surprising. don't we all remember mor when we are excited about the situation? Involvement.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.


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Treat a Student ... Score One for Goethe

Treat a Student ... Score One for Goethe | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man
as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and
should be.”  When he wrote those words, could Goethe have
foreseen a modern-day teacher’s reality: student defiance,
lack of academic effort, scattered attention, inappropriate
language, cavalier attitudes, bullying, and exclamations
of “Why me?”


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Mastering the Teaching Game

Mastering the Teaching Game | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
After listening to an interview with top tennis coach Sven Groeneveld, Carol Tomlinson clarifies eight essential principles that teaching shares with high-level sports coaching.

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Two Great Classroom Posters on The Six Thinking Hats

Two Great Classroom Posters on The Six Thinking Hats | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, July 18, 9:49 PM

I think IEP meetings could be more productive if the 6 Thinking Hats approach was used.  What do you think?

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 10:50 AM

Interesting to use a different perspective for things.  I hadn't heard of the 6 hats but will be looking fir more info...

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, July 20, 3:47 PM

A fresh take on the Thinking Hats - a great tool for writing blog reflections and other individual as well as collaborative work.

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» Cultivating Gratitude: Beyond Narcissism and Toward Connection - World of Psychology

» Cultivating Gratitude: Beyond Narcissism and Toward Connection - World of Psychology | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
No doubt, our parents worked tirelessly to get us to say “thank you” when someone offered a gift or did us a favor.

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Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and interfaith scholar, offered an inspiring TED presentation on gratitude.  His message was simple yet profound, encouraging all to live gratefully by recognizing that every given moment is a gift.  Brother echoed a familiar sentiment in his talk, “happiness is born from gratitude.”

 

Parents and teachers need to model gratitude. We know that gratitude is a predictor of feeling happy and content. Children learn early that gratitude is an attitude that contributes to their personal happiness and to the happiness of others.  We all share a common desire to be happy, and gratitude shows us the way.

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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning Intelligence Is Not Fixed

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning Intelligence Is Not Fixed | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential."


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 17, 1:34 PM

New research on mindset. Definitely worth a read! 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 17, 2:05 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

niftyjock's curator insight, July 17, 3:04 PM

You can learn to be smarter, 

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Howard Gardner Quotes at BrainyQuote

Howard Gardner Quotes at BrainyQuote | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Enjoy the best Howard Gardner Quotes at BrainyQuote. Quotations by Howard Gardner, American Psychologist, Born July 11, 1943. 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 15, 2:49 PM

Enjoy the best Howard Gardner Quotes at BrainyQuote. Quotations by Howard Gardner, American Psychologist, Born July 11, 1943. 


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 15, 6:51 PM

Gardner's work is underutilized. Many of the quotes point to how important teaching really is in learning.

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How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom? - Edudemic

How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom? - Edudemic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
“Ability to multitask”. That phrase is seen on nearly every job description that I’ve ever read. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in or what job you’re applying for – everyone expects everyone to be able to multitask. But what does that mean, exactly? Does it mean being able to work on three things at …

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 14, 1:17 PM

This research shows the negative side of multitasking.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 14, 4:38 PM

Multi-tasking stands in the way of creativity, learning, and getting the job done well.

Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 15, 12:49 PM

Some of the findings here are alarming.  I know that technology has made it much harder for me to focus make the most efficient and effective use of my time.  We don't really "multitask", weflit between things sequentially and usually don't do any of them as well as we would if we did only one thing at a time. 

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Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population is visual learners, images are clearly key to engaging people in eLearning courses. 

 

Moving and still images have been included in learning materials for decades, but only now has faster broadband, cellular networks, and high-resolution screens made it possible for high-quality images to be a part of eLearning visual design. Graphic interfaces made up of photos, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams, and videos are gradually replacing text-based courses.

 

In this post, we will dig deep into some statistics and facts to further convince of why eLearning developers should embrace visuals when creating their courses. 

 

 

 


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DTLLS tutor's curator insight, July 15, 2:00 PM

Not just in e-learning, but as part of any learning. I have seen excellent  use of visuals as back grounds to talks as part of an e-learning course, so definitely something to remember...

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, July 16, 1:02 PM

No estaba tan descaminada cuando defendía la tremenda importancia de incorporar imágenes, vídeos y todo tipo de medios visuales en la educación, he aquí un interesante artículo

Michiel van den Anker's curator insight, July 19, 3:31 PM

voeg uw inzicht ...

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5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning

5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

As an Organizational Development and Leadership practitioner, I often find myself having conversations about leadership – what it is and what it isn’t – and how to be a good leader.


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Direct and insightful.

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6 virtual field trips to give lesson plans a boost

6 virtual field trips to give lesson plans a boost | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Don't have the budget to travel the world? That doesn't mean students have to miss out! 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 27, 1:21 PM

Do you teach elementary or middle school? Are you looking for experiences for your students that will provide them the opportunity to travel to and learn the planets, the White House, national parks and much more?

This post provides links to six websites that provide virtual field trips. The majority of the trips are geared to students from grades 3 - 8, but check them out. You may find that they are great for your class.

Consider visiting Colonial Williamsburg, check out Global Trek from Scholastic where you can design a "fake" trip by visiting many places in the world and much more.

Joan Roberts's curator insight, July 28, 11:08 AM

This looks like an excellent way to introduce research on different countries.

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Using knowledge of student cognition to differentiate instruction - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice

Using knowledge of student cognition to differentiate instruction - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching -toolsforteachingscience.org

Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching -toolsforteachingscience.org | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Great teaching can be learned. This web site provides tools and resources that support ambitious science instruction at the middle school and high school levels. Ambitious teaching deliberately aims to get students of all racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds to understand science ideas, participate in the discourses of the discipline, and solve authentic problems. We describe 4 core instructional strategies that support this kind of teaching. These “high-leverage” practices make up the Science Learning Framework (below), and have been selected based on extensive research of how young people learn science, on authentic forms of science activity, and how teachers learn to appropriate new practices."

 


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Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not

Handy Visual: Differentiation Is Vs Differentiation Is Not | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Arlene Nucero's curator insight, July 22, 7:32 AM

differentiation poster

Scott Holcomb's curator insight, July 22, 9:17 AM

Great infographic!!!

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 25, 1:53 PM

Nice inforgraphic to share with our GT specialist.

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What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic

What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs."


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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 10:51 AM

This is definitely something that has piqued my interest to read more. about this topic..

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 20, 4:47 PM

a simple but useful infographic!

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 20, 7:55 PM

Muita expectativa mas ainda poucos resultados concretos ... De qualquer modo, esta se formando uma percepção de que o modelo educacional vai ser fortemente impactado nos próximos anos

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Actually, It Is About the Technology

Actually, It Is About the Technology | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Why “It’s not about the tech” is actually a potentially dangerous perspective

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."


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DPG plc's curator insight, July 23, 3:02 AM

Time to move away from the 'read, click next, read. click next

Clare Treloar's curator insight, July 24, 5:08 PM

a great summary about ways to target our learners in the digital space. 

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 27, 12:47 PM

A great list of elements that contribute to a good prompt. Prompts initiate curiosity via the stimulation of the release of hormones that trigger astrocytic cells (75% of all brain cells) in the brain to trigger neurons to map and automate complex neural patterns we call ideas and concepts. MT

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Rote learning is bad... and other myths about education

Rote learning is bad... and other myths about education | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
The education system needs to produce 21st century learners, but what if we are going about achieving that in entirely the wrong way?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 6:44 PM

I found two key points jumped out. First, myths are not always fictional. There is some truth, sometimes a lot, in a myth. With each succeeded generation, we have to figure out is what still makes sense in the story and what needs replacing. This leads to the second point which is that the present state of School is one of binaries and polarities. We are focused on either/or rather than the relational nature of what still works and what does not. Tradition is discarded in total and replaced with whatever the latest fad is.

 

We need more articles which make us think like heretics. The word heretic comes from the ancient Greek meaning "to be able to choose." Do we have choice to be able to choose?

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 16, 10:58 PM

D. Christodoulou's '7 myths about education' book debunks common 21st century ideas about education.

The 7 myths are:

Facts prevent understanding.

Teacher-led instruction is passive.

The 21st century fundamentally changes everything.

You can always just look it up.

You should teach transferable skills.

Projects and activities are the best way to learn. 

Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. 

 

 

 

Mike Clare's curator insight, July 17, 6:07 AM

This article is thought provoking,  what should we keep from the past and what new approaches should we embrace?  Makes for an interesting discussion.

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Teaching Kids about Love and Empathy

Teaching Kids about Love and Empathy | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Teaching children about love and empathy is important to raise them as good human beings. Here is how you can teach your kids about love and empathy and enhance their emotional intelligence.

Love and empathy are prewired to humans from their birth to some extent. It is when you try to understand someone’s feelings from his or her eyes, and then wish to give him or her helping hand. Young babies are found to cry when other babies cry, that is a sign of natural empathy, but they need to learn to be loving and empathetic while they grow up to be a better human being.Every parent wants his or her child to be kind, generous, and empathetic. 


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Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory

Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

A team of scientists recently discovered that repetition is a terrible way to memorize information—and their findings highlight much better strategies.


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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 7:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 1:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 9:27 AM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.