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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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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. 

Danielle Smith's curator insight, April 12, 12:21 AM

I think Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference is a helpful article for teachers to read. This article considers ideas I constantly come back to, whilst collecting resources and ideas for teaching students about cultural diversity and identity. How do I teach students, that ‘people and cultures are different all over the world’ (Dixon, 2015, April 2), but also the same?

Dixon suggests that we need to teach that people and cultures worldwide are the SAME and DIFFERENT simultaneously.  In this way, students can appreciate the rich diversity of cultures and societies, whilst at the same time learning values of humanity and empathy, which unite us all.

 

I believe by recognising and appreciating the rich cultures of students in the classroom, we can explore and learn about cultural diversity in an honest, rich and non-stereotypical way and allow students to feel valued at the same time. In addition, as students know each other, this helps them relate to ‘people from other places, who speak other languages’ and follow different religions to their own (Dixon, 2015, April 2). Furthermore, this should help increase intercultural understanding in the classroom by developing a ‘socially cohesive’ environment that ‘respects, and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity’ (MYCEETA, p. 7).

 

References

Dixon, S. (2015, April 2). Teaching cultural empathy: Stereotypes, world views and cultural difference. National Geographic. Retrieved April 7, 2015, http: http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/04/teaching-cultural-empathy-stereotypes-world-views-and-cultural-difference/

 

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs. (2008, December). Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians. Melbourne: Author. 

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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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niftyjock's curator insight, February 8, 9:32 PM

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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.

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Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School

Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Writing is a physical way of expressing thoughts and a means of communicating with others. In most incidences it is a more efficient and prolific process than it is to get the same ideas noted on an electronic device.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 5, 8:25 AM

Changes to the English national curriculum.

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Thanks Nik - interesting (although it's the National Curriculum for England - there is no "UK national Curriculum" !
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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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Growing Up Greatness's curator insight, February 3, 7:41 PM

An interesting debate starter for staff at your next professional learning day perhaps?

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The Ingredients Of A Creative Teacher -

The Ingredients Of A Creative Teacher - | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

There is a lot of talk about creativity these days. Creativity drives innovation, it sparks new thinking, it enriches our lives, and it connects us To other human beings. 


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A Very Good Checklist for Assessing 21st Century Learning Skills

A Very Good Checklist for Assessing 21st Century Learning Skills | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Here is another great resource from Dr. Jackie Gerstein, one of our favourite EdTech bloggers. Jackie designed this beautiful chart featuring  12  attributes and skills that teachers should tend to in their instruction. You can use it as a self-assessment checklist to help you evaluate your teaching practice.


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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 31, 7:25 PM

Teachers are first amongst equals in classrooms. Their role modeling of learning is essential to the learning of students.

 

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veroco's curator insight, February 10, 12:42 PM

Nice vision : the "modern learning" routines => Read - Comment - Write / Watch - Do - Teach / Contribute - Feedback - Grow... 

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 2, 9:34 AM

These thinking routines can help teachers move toward teaching processes for learning rather than content alone.  In the era of ever increasing knowledge, we need to help students learn how to learn.

 

That being said, these routines can also be used as a model for teachers by using them as options for professional development, 

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers. Although the book deserves to be read in its entirety, I want to focus on eight of the myths that I think are relevant to most teachers, administrators, and parents." | by Mark Phillips

 


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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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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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Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms -- Spotting the holes in your teaching. 


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 4, 4:04 PM

A nice set of ideas that may help as you assess classroom effectiveness. 

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The Significance of Flashcards for Learning Infographic

The Significance of Flashcards for Learning Infographic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

The Significance of Flashcards for Learning Infographic All-nighters, energy drinks, marathon study sessions: many students push themselves to extremes when preparing for exams. But if you are really committed to doing your best, you may want to put down that Red Bull and pick up a stack of... http://elearninginfographics.com/significance-flashcards-learning-infographic/


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15 Great Resources for Teaching Controversy, Rhetoric, and Argument Writing - Brilliant or Insane

15 Great Resources for Teaching Controversy, Rhetoric, and Argument Writing - Brilliant or Insane | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Opinionated writers are motivated writers. Check out fifteen resources that can support their efforts to engage in controversy and use rhetoric well.

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Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines

Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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What speaking two languages does to the brain - Agenda - The World Economic Forum

What speaking two languages does to the brain - Agenda - The World Economic Forum | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Keeping actively bilingual makes our brains more efficient at relaying information, writes Christos Pliatsikas.

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