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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, 2014 9:55 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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Learning Needs a Context

Learning Needs a Context | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn?  The he purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 24, 10:12 PM

Is the memorization of information an effective way for learners to retain information? According to brain research the answer would be no. It is critical that connections be made. This post by Jackie Gerstein discusses the need for:

* Context

* Increase context and relevancy

In the section on increasing context and relevancy you will find a visual of an Authentic Learning Matrix as well as a number of links to additional resources.

Kent Kessler's curator insight, March 25, 7:44 AM

interesting insight

 

Maruja Romero's curator insight, March 27, 8:49 AM

Contexto en la enseñanza, es una necesidad pero cada vez vemos muchos vídeos y lecciones que aparecen de la nada y no están contextualizadas ni en un programa, ni motivadas por unos objetivos ni su relación con un currículo. 

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Putting Technology At The Center Of Learning

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Putting Technology At The Center Of Learning

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Harin Desai's curator insight, March 21, 5:09 AM

In light of the many advantages that integrating edtech into the general curriculum offers, to continue to deny students these opportunities seems like a hard pill to swallow. Edtech is no longer in the early adopters zone; no longer in the testing zone. It is well and truly here, and senior leadership not only has to accept such a fate, but take the bull by the horns and truly embrace it for what it is worth. 

For the sake of all its students, edtech must become an integral part of a school’s pedagogy.

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

Tags: culture, infographic, worldwide.


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Devyn Hantgin's curator insight, March 23, 7:41 PM

How to understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places

This article shows different gestures and describes the meaning of each. However, the meaning of each gesture depends on where you are in the world. Different places determine if a gesture is appropriate or inappropriate. 

This relates to our unit because it is about the behaviors of people depending on where they live in the world. This article teaches people about the behaviors of others and helps us understand the differences in cultures based on the region of the the world they live in. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:17 PM

unit 3

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 25, 9:14 PM

People say that actions speak louder than words. However, as far as body language is concerned, actions can possess different meanings in other parts of the world. As a result, some things are better expressed through annunciation than action. It is interesting to consider the many ways body language is interpreted in different countries.  For example, for business purposes, people need to be well versed in the culture of the country and their current business practices. Otherwise, there could be harmful consequences in regards to the economy. In some countries, body language means different things in different regions. This is why it is important for people to be conscious about the culture and appropriate etiquette in different countries.

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Another Example Why Teaching Must Become a Team Effort - Huffington Post

Another Example Why Teaching Must Become a Team Effort - Huffington Post | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students."


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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 7, 8:35 PM

Just what I need to keep my classes interesting.  Sometimes, "an old dog" such as I can and should "learn new tricks."  Nice stuff here.

SuperTeacherWks's curator insight, March 9, 8:00 AM

This is a fun article from TeacherThought.com. :)

Joe Boutte's curator insight, March 23, 8:30 PM

Why not parents and managers too, ?  Be creative in all things. I like #19, but would flip it to say "treat you business as a classroom".

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The Compelled Educator: Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom

The Compelled Educator: Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematicial Mind Infographic

Nurturing the Middle School Mathematicial Mind Infographic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Nurturing the Middle School Mathematicial Mind Infographic The middle school mind is…different. As 13-year-old Logan LaPlante described in his Ted Talk Hack Schooling Makes Me Happy, “Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird: our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, but we actu... http://elearninginfographics.com/nurturing-middle-school-mathematicial-mind-infographic/


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Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 18, 7:43 PM
Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.


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


Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 15, 11:35 AM

Sure, it's an ad for the Compass Advantage, but scroll on down to the 10 ways to stimulate curiosity. See how many of those you use in your classroom and/or your home, and think about how you might add to stoke learner curiosity.

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Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students?

Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy is about teaching students, not content -- how they feel about the incoming knowledge will ultimately determine how useful it is to them.

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What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic

What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Sharryn Cunningham's curator insight, February 11, 7:39 PM

This issue tends to polarize teachers and parents, but I believe we can have both.

Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 12, 5:43 PM

Curriculum. ALWAYS.

CTD Institute's curator insight, February 13, 2:52 PM

 

Factors to consider: 1) how are students using technology @home?, 2) Is SAMR built-in? and 3) connect with other educators/tech profesisonals.

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Do You Provide Content For Students or Draw It From Them?

Do You Provide Content For Students or Draw It From Them? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Teachers & students all over the world today are reconstructing the reality of content, course books and learning environments.

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Such changes, Li and colleagues suggested while reviewing a number of related studies, are consistent with anatomical changes that can occur in the brain as a result of learning a second language, no matter the age of the learner, as they reported in a recent issue of Cortex.

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, February 9, 11:39 PM

I really love languages but I have only ever really mastered one.  Here's proof that one of my future goals really needs to be to decide and commit to Spanish, French or Indonesian... 

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 7:00 PM

very useful article and I like the multigenerational emphasis

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 22, 8:28 AM

There are parts of our brain laying dormant. Wake them up and learn a language . You are never to young or old to learn.

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5 Practices for Tomorrow Every Teacher Should Adopt Today

5 Practices for Tomorrow Every Teacher Should Adopt Today | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Here I suggest five key practices teachers who have their eyes on tomorrow can take back to their classrooms. Even if they have already adopted these practices thoroughly and seamlessly, they must more actively share their practice with their colleagues, if we truly want progress in our schools


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Google Classroom: Create a Shared Folder

Google Classroom: Create a Shared Folder | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
An integral part of my classroom is peer feedback. While Google Classroom makes it very easy to create and collect assignments, making student work accessible to other students is more difficult. H...

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 24, 7:43 AM

Great easy to follow directions - go PAPERLESS!

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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 20, 5:25 PM

We often hear of growth mindset and fixed mindset. Is there also a creative mindset? Jackie Gerstein suggests that there is a creative mindset in this post. Why? If a mindset is defined as "ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation"  there is a list of "ideas and attitudes" that may be part of a creative mindset. The visual above provides Gerstein's list of some items she considers important for a creative mindset. The list is also below.

* Believes in one's own creativity

* Embraces curiosity

* Suspends judgement - silences the inner critic

* Tolerates ambiguity

* Persists even when confronted with skepticism and rejection

* Taps into childlike imagination; a child's sense of wonder

Each of these is described in more detail and links to additional resources are provided. There is also a short discussion conditions necessary to facilitate creative mindset in a classroom.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 9:05 PM

Philosophers such as Gadamer have written about Bildung which incorporates these characteristics as projects of self-renewal.

 

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 21, 11:26 AM
Thanks, Beth Dichter. I find the mindsets very understandable and appealing, much like the science habits of mind.
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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

 

Tags: math, google.


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Anna Sasaki's curator insight, March 22, 2:42 PM

There is a new programme which helps students truly understand the usage of math skills being taught in school. It is a game that students may play, which actually put the math skills learned in school into play. This solves the time old question of "when will I ever use this?" It is very fun and uses Google maps to manifest questions for each sections from grades 5-10. It is putting more use of the Google maps and helps others learn about geography as it is using the maps.

This shows another way to use Google maps, which uses a GIS system to track locations. The online maps presents many different opportunities of teaching others, through various methods, and geography can be present in any topic shown. Geography can help others learn through spatial recognition in the case of math, and many other ideas.

Woodstock School's curator insight, March 23, 1:39 AM

“Pray tell us, what's your favorite number?"...
"Shiva jumped up to the board, uninvited, and wrote 10,213,223"...
"And pray, why would this number interest us?"
"It is the only number that describes itself when you read it, 'One zero, two ones, three twos, two threes'.”
― Abraham Varghese, Cutting for Stone  

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 23, 10:26 PM

The use of Google Earth is becoming beneficial to Thomas Petra, a middle school teacher that is trying to make learning more interesting. By using Google Earth, he is able to teach lessons in a more interactive and applicable way. An example of this would be when his students learned about distance through the Alaskan dog sledders and their travels. The students are able to learn much more than the conventional way of learning and are able to gain a better sense of the phenomena around them.

 

Although this was used in a mathematical setting, Google Earth is only just beginning. Geography students would greatly benefit from this usage of the app, and more teachers should learn to harness this style of teaching. Students will be able to gain a better sense of what is going on around them, and know more about the world they live in.

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What It Means To Be A Reflective Teacher

What It Means To Be A Reflective Teacher | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Reflection is a fundamental tenet of learning; it is also, therefore, a fundamental part of teaching. Why it happens is a matter of humility. But how and when it happens–and with whom–is less clear. This is partly because there are multiple sides to reflection–length, width, and depth. 


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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
This article from TeachThought features 50 resources for teaching with iPads.

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 20, 3:09 PM

Great ideas here!

liz deskins's curator insight, February 21, 9:23 AM

These are practical, easy to do ideas to transform your library!

Julie Midyett's curator insight, March 2, 11:35 AM

Love these ideas.  

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Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane

Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Who cares about high stakes testing? We want to put the magic in teaching.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 10:36 PM

I love that this article encourages teachers to take a moment with their students and have some creative fun. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 19, 4:54 PM

Putting the magic back in teaching suggest a need for teachers to find their voice. Teaching is a calling and, when we are so busy we cannot pause and reflect for a moment, we do not hear the call.

 

 

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12 characteristics that make you a teacher-leader

12 characteristics that make you a teacher-leader | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

As a principal, it is important for me to remember that the success we experience in our school is thanks to the efforts of teachers and students, along with all the others who contribute to the life of a school. When I use the word success, I use it in the sense that we are growing and learning as a school and changing in ways that allow our students to have more meaningful experiences, ones that will better prepare them for their future.


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 Teachers who assume the role as leaders, position themselves as collaborators and supporters to both the faculty and the administration.  Responsibilities may include being a mentor, a trainer for staff development, a curriculum coordinator, to name but a few.

 

This form of school leadership creates the structure for collaboration and collegial learning.  The R.I.C.E. Process is a leadership challenge.  It challenges schools to rethink four areas of leadership:

Authority                            (Responsibility)Communications             (Interdependence)Decision Making              (Creativity)Skill Development             (Empowerment)

It provides a framework to understand the nature of organizations.  The R.I.C.E Process explores possibilities and frames responses to meet future challenges. The R.I.C.E. Process is a visioning tool to meet the leadership challenge.

 

Leadership respects the collective wisdom of the group and believes that an interactive model will itself produce new knowledge and that change is best effected by empowering people with new skills. 

 

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, February 12, 11:40 AM

Good formative assessment removes the embarrassment of public hand raising and gives teachers feedback that impacts how they're teaching at that moment. Instant feedback. We can do this now.

How???

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 13, 1:47 AM

ITS HARD TO TEACH THOSE YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW! AND IS WHY TEACHING IS A GIFT THAT IN TO DAYS SEASON IT'S TEACHING FROM A BOOK AND NOT THE HEART.  WHILE THE CHILDREN OF TODAY ARE OUR FUTURE BUT ACCORDING TO THE EDCATION SYSTEM THEY ARE OR ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE TAUGHT IN , THEY ARE EDUCATED TO BE FUTURE "WHAT" WHEN THE TIME COMES WE WILL FIND OUT!

Melody Watson's curator insight, February 22, 3:16 PM

Great ideas to use in the computer lab, or even with just one device.

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Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:

People and cultures are different all over the world.People and cultures are the same all over the world.

These points may seem like a contradiction, but when put into proper context they teach important truths about culture."


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Cass Allan's curator insight, February 17, 7:44 PM

general article about teaching cultural empathy

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 9:48 PM

Unit 3:

Shines insight on stereotypes that are commonly used throughout the world. Reading this article really made me think about stereotypes that are so commonly used they are considered acceptable. It's a ridiculous idea to think that all people under a culture act and behave the same way. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 12:06 PM

UNIT 3 CULTURE

This article is written to compare and contrast various ways to teach young school children about global cultures. On one hand, we can relate all cultures to each other, due to their common goals and views. For example, all families around the world aim to do what's best for each other, love and cherish one another, and try their hardest to succeed economically. On the other hand, cultures are extremely different around the world, with different music, clothing, and underlying views on life. We can continue to say that popular culture has diffused so greatly, with advanced technologies and means of transportation, so it has influenced and homogenized our landscape quite a bit. Folk culture is obviously still a powerful force, but popular culture does have some effects around the world. I believe that children need to understand the importance of maintaining diversity thy preserving folk culture but they also need to acknowledge the pros and cons of the global diffusion of popular culture and how it connects us at a global scale. 

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 

 

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

 


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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, February 8, 10:18 PM

A four-year-old asks, on average, 400 questions a day. By the time he or she reaches adulthood, they will ask very few per day. Speaking as someone who’s probably never going to grow up, allow me to emphasize that:

  • Why questions help to find the root of a problem
  • What If questions open up the floor for creative solutions
  • How questions focus on developing practical solutions
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.