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MzTeachuh: Teaching Is...Getting Connected

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is...Getting Connected | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Opportunities to investigate new teaching areas and/or extend teaching expertise abound through sites that are specific to educational technology, special education, or improved teaching methods. A teacher may want more ...
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A Principal's Reflections: Devices Need to Support Learning

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Read Like A Detective - Infographic (Student Version)

Read Like A Detective - Infographic (Student Version) | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions about what they notice, and to answer those questions based on what’s in the text.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 26, 2014 9:17 PM

The Common Core require that we get students engaged with reading on a deeper level. This infographic on Close Reading is designed for students and provides suggestions for students to follow: Look for Clues, Ask Questions, Make Your Case, and Prove It. . There is also a version available for teachers that has additional details. Both may be downloaded. To find the one for teachers go to http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/topics-in-education/understanding-close-reading-download-our-infographic-now

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 28, 2014 2:09 PM

I have to print this!!!!

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Education Week: Classrooms at the front line of reform

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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

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This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.

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Infographics can be an effective assesment across the board.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 24, 2014 10:15 PM

In this post learn how a teacher took a project where students created an infographic on a non-fiction book and took it from being a "nice digital poster" and observed students whom had finished early poll their classmates and create infographics that included their new results. To quote from the post "These students had made a leap of understanding I hadn’t asked for: the images on an infographic were meant to convey data and information with the powerful impact of visual design."

Read the post to learn about the process that followed and how you might have your students create infographic in your classroom for an assessment.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

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5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

 

 

Students buzzed about the latest uproar on Instagram. Anonymous sources had posted a “questionable”–and NSFW–list for multiple public schools in our city on Instagram, leading to distraught girls, viral Twitter reactions, and an investigation [http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2014/01/16/jcps-officials-investigating-posting-inappropriate-photos-students-instagram/ ].

This type of cyberbullying and reckless use of digital communication is rampant among teens, but this recent episode was only unusually due to its elevated publicity.


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Teaching With Digital Games: a Video Case Study

Teaching With Digital Games: a Video Case Study | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Lisa has been using games with her “Denton Dynamos” throughout her career as an elementary school teacher, but, in her opinion, switching over to digital games has accelerated her student’s STEM-related learning and helped her run a classroom based on self-directed learning and project-based work.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:36 AM

Worth a quick read if you are interested in GBL.

zemac's curator insight, January 24, 2014 1:13 PM

Boa!

Doone's curator insight, July 14, 2014 5:40 PM

Education: continuing the challenge the notion that "it's just a game" since ...forever!

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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

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Leslie Minton's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:52 AM

Rigor across curriculum content, not just a particular subject matter is essential to effective teaching and learning. It is knowing what rigor is in order to determine if it exists.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:59 PM

This iactually the second article of a series . This is a  word used frequently, but it's definition varies.  I  think rigor need to also differentiate , say, reading levels so each learner is challenged from the level they are currently at. Rigor does not mean, "one size fits all!"

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:03 AM

A text does not the curriculum make. The curriculum is what the children learn and mesh with their lived history. The ultimate test is Life and all its manifestions according to Alfred North Whitehead.

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An Educator Responsibility: Setting Up Conditions for Learners to Have Glorious, Aha Moments

An Educator Responsibility:  Setting Up Conditions for Learners to Have Glorious, Aha Moments | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Since I have very strong convictions about what constitutes a "good" education, I am often asked how I got to this place of thinking.  I begin my story by relating to my summer camp experiences as ...

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7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching

7 Steps for Choosing the Best Technology Tools for Your Teaching | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

With the seemingly endless selection of technology tools available, how do educators choose the right technology tools to incorporate into their teaching? If you are in the situation of considering a new technology tool in your teaching, here are 7 steps to take as you choose which tool may be best for you -

 

See more at: http://www.jasonrhode.com/choosingtechtools?utm_content=buffer4b335&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.4EkClzuw.dpuf


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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:30 AM

useful article to help navigate the maze of choices.

NEng's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:24 PM

Tech Tools selection

LearningAviation's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:44 AM

Looks like a great article

 

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How to teach students about their digital footprint

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Students don't always have a good grasp of digital citizenship, and don't necessarily know the consequences of their digital footprints.

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11 best practices for more effective content curation | @HeinzMarketing | #TheMarketingTechAlert

11 best practices for more effective content curation | @HeinzMarketing | #TheMarketingTechAlert | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Basic/ Digest...

 

1. Be intentional about your themes & topics
Stay reasonably focused on a small handful of themes, but make sure the body of work reflects the human element as well.

2. Pull from a consistent set of sources (to save you time)
You’ll likely encounter good content from all over the place, but identify a core set of sources you can count on for both consistently good content as well as a variety of sources of similarly-themed content.

3. Use an automated queuing and distribution system

4. Always give credit back to the publisher

5. Post across channels to increase reach and awareness growth

6. 3-4 curated posts a day is fine
Think of social media as akin to driving by a house at 35 miles an hour and trying to throw a newspaper into the mailbox. Sometimes it’ll get in, most of the time it won’t. You’ll need to play the numbers game a bit so that a small percentage of our curated content reaches and impacts your intended audience.

7. Actively curate 2-3 times a week max

8. Make instant curation one-click easy from your browser

9. Use team tools to increase contributions
Buffer, HootSuite, GaggleAMP and other tools make it easy for teammates to suggest their own curation recommendations. Great way to get others involved and cut down the time required from you to curate everything yourself.

10. Spread out posts from the same consistently-good sources
There are a handful of blogs and sources I read on a regular basis that consistently have great stuff. And when I curate content only 1-2 times a week, it would be easy to queue up content from one source all in a row. Instead, try to space it out a bit. Spacing adds to the perceived comprehensiveness and reach/value of your overall curated body of work.

11. Prioritize content from partners and prospects

 

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marketingIO's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:56 PM

Some decent rules for the road, but don't be too reliant on automating curation: part of the value is the human touch associated parsing, delivery and collection of theme-related content.

beSocialBusiness's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:54 AM

Great point of view!

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GE Teach Version 5 - A Good Resource for Teaching With Google Earth

GE Teach Version 5 - A Good Resource for Teaching With Google Earth | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

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How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence

How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence | Montessori Education | 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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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

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 2014 4:05 PM

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

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Here's a Map of Thousands of Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With ... - Slate Magazine

Here's a Map of Thousands of Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With ... - Slate Magazine | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Here's a Map of Thousands of Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With ...
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A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate.
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Instructional Design Series Introduction - YouTube

How do you design courses? Are you using sound instructional design principles? Are your courses effective? Are they appealing? Check out this series to lear...

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Linda Hegarty's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:41 AM

very good videos

Catherine Bellino's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:24 AM

Effective, efficient, appealing... cela ressemble aux paramètres de l'utilisabilité ! Ce qui confirme l'intérêt d'une démarche "d'ergonomie pédagogique".

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, February 28, 2014 9:04 AM

Essentiel "ergonomie" et "espace" 

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Meeting The Professional Development Needs of Teachers

Meeting The Professional Development Needs of Teachers | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Professional Development can be loaded words in Education.

 

At Ed Camps, sessions are posted and the participants are encouraged to attend sessions that look interesting, but to also use the “law of two feet” and leave a session that might not be what was expected and find something that will help, putting teachers in charge of their own learning.

 

Many school districts are experimenting with PD days like this, and using talent from within the School and District to help teach colleagues. We have found sometimes that teacher-presenters like to share, but sometimes also find that their own educational needs are not met during these days.

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:03 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, January 25, 2014 11:55 AM

These are wonderful ideas on how to conduct PD. I want to return to the link on EdCamp in one of the comments. I'm going to compare these ideas with what DE is doing for PD and I certainly wish the folks who do the PD I have to attend would encorporate some of these approaches!

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6 Blended Learning Models & Platforms

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6 Blended Learning Models & Platforms

 

Imagine a classroom where the students have the ability to spend their class time collaborating with other students, receiving additional support from the teacher, or working on hands on projects with their peers. A hands-on enriched classroom is possible with blended learning.


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I am particularly drawn to the blended learning classroom.  It is an emerging learning theory and the developers are profoundly motivated to transform learning.

 What I have learned is that schools adopting this model embrace technology-based learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, and socio-emotional learning. These learning organizations recognize our world is complex, knowledge is dynamic, expertise and experts reside beyond the teacher. 

The practice of blended learning works because the process combines the best of two instructional resources: teacher talent and technology tools. Blended learning facilitates instruction by allowing teachers to address individual students and small groups – by utilizing appropriate software and engaging in meaningful interaction. Blended learning positions the teacher as the fulcrum on the instructional scale.  Blended learning is beyond low level attempts to integrate technology in the classroom.  This approach radicalizes the way teachers and students use time and technology resources.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 26, 2014 4:19 AM

Blended learning offers many opportunities for both the teacher and the student that a traditional brick and mortar classroom may not. With the increasing demands of state standards and busy school days, blended learning permits students to learn a portion of the academic content at home and gives teachers the ability to engage students in a richer, deeper, and more meaningful context in the classroom.

Blended learning enables the teacher to become more of a participant in student learning and can help facilitate student mastery of content with enriching learning activities introduced and completed when the class meets face to face.

Kelly Bryant's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:17 PM

Good information! Flipped classrooms and hybrid approaches

NEng's curator insight, February 1, 2014 11:50 AM
Hybrid & online in? or out?
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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 2015 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 2015 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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The Rule of Three in English language teaching | Online TEFL Training

The Rule of Three in English language teaching | Online TEFL Training | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
English language teaching made simple

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Collaboration Matters

Collaboration Matters | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Blogger's note: This post focuses on the importance of integrating collaboration into classroom practice. In my next post, I'll talk about strategies for successful facilitation of collaborative work...

 

Learning is a social process, and the learning process is deepened when ideas are challenged and learners are pushed to produce work that surpasses their expectations of what they can do.

 

That said, working in groups is a continually challenging process. It is important that students aren't forced to work together on projects where collaboration isn't necessary or beneficial to the final product.

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 22, 2014 11:49 PM

I like the image with two students have a conversation without a screen. It can be done with digital technology, but the tried and true is good for students. It humanizes the other in what is often a virtual world.

Epict Italia's curator insight, January 23, 2014 5:00 AM

Idee da prendere:

1) le categorie proposte per il peer review (utilizziamole!!) - https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3Mx1_-3IZ7tRXkzMm8zM2dvZE0/edit?pli=1 

2) le categorie usate per valutare il lavoro di podcasting dei ragazzi: dice l'autore "bisognava valutare una pluralità di abilità/competenze" . proprio quello che dobbiamo fare anche nella nostra scuola italiana./https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hnzI9r6NNwhLDv-LHV0yb72CK5C6d3-xt_k_5zfpuDI/edit?pli=1

Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:37 PM

"John Dewey believed that education must be " . . . a process of living and not a preparation for future living." This powerful idea is a helpful reminder of the rich, insightful growth and knowledge that can come from deep, collaborative learning experiences."

Therefore, it could be said true learning is about acting out the theory, of rhetoric and reality remaining close, of adults modelling for young people appropriate learning attitudes and behaviours, as those young people, if forced to choose, will copy what you do rather than do what you say!

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Social Media as a teaching tool: How to Tweet your students some knowledge - teachingwithipad.org

Social Media as a teaching tool: How to Tweet your students some knowledge - teachingwithipad.org | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"As teachers, the pull of social media on your students attention will already be well known to you. The online world exerts a magnetic lure on the attention of young people today, offering community and information sharing, entertainment and gossip in ways that often pull students away from the blackboard. Understanding this dynamic, some educators are now bringing social media into the classroom in surprising ways. By working with something your students already enjoy and don’t, perhaps, associate with learning, there are opportunities for creative teaching, as well as making genuine connection with your students."

 


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Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:01 PM

Here's a way to "push-in" every day!

Craig Crossley's curator insight, January 22, 2014 11:22 PM

Tweet tweet...

Agron S. Dida's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:34 AM

Një artikull i shkëlqyeshëm për shfrytëzimin e rrjeteve sociale për mësim.

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3 Ways To Use Data In The Classroom | Edudemic

3 Ways To Use Data In The Classroom | Edudemic | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

The phrase “using data to drive instruction” is showing up everywhere in education circles lately. Particularly with the incorporation of the Common Core State Standards, and new standardized tests and teacher evaluation systems, the way that teachers use data is becoming more and more important. But what exactly does it look like in the classroom? And how can technology help make the process more manageable?


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James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, January 22, 2014 11:21 AM

It's elementary...

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:29 AM

Overall, there is not one “right” way to use data in the classroom. Using technology makes the process quicker and more effective, and allows teachers to adjust their instruction to meet student needs or provide interventions. Since I starting focusing on using data in the classroom, I have seen the positive impact it can have student learning. Clearly, there are many other ways to use data, but formative assessment is a good place to start.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 23, 2014 2:36 PM

Looking at different types of dat a is crucial. It is important to widen our understanding of what data is and how we can collect and use it.

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How to make critical thinking exercises fun

How to make critical thinking exercises fun | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
One of the greatest aspects of teaching students critical thinking skills is that, especially when compared to traditional classroom activities, critical thinking exercises can be a lot of fun.

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10 + 1 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

10 + 1 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
When I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress last summer I mistakenly assumed that all posts would seamlessly transfer.  I have since found the error in my thinking and have decided to re-post so...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:24 AM

 

Please read this...