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Are introverted children hurt by classroom focus on participation and group ... - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Are introverted children hurt by classroom focus on participation and group ...Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)A 2011 study found teachers from across K-12 rated hypothetical quiet children as having the lowest academic abilities and the least...
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14 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Computer

14 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Computer | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
14 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Computer
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Along with cleaning up your social media presence and changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, it's a good idea to do some spring cleaning of your computer.

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7 Strategies For Using Context Clues In Reading -

7 Strategies For Using Context Clues In Reading - | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
RT @ericksonerik: 7 Strategies For Using Context Clues In Reading https://t.co/xmDzV0ROMU #education #teaching #edtech https://t.co/tZ0NLO…;
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Always good to reminded of strategies for helping students manage and master their reading, and to learn new ones!

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Worth reading. First for yourself and then decide if the strategies are something you want to share or teach.
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How Schools Can Face The ‘Bad Habits’ That Inhibit Meaningful Changes

How Schools Can Face The ‘Bad Habits’ That Inhibit Meaningful Changes | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Sometimes the obstacle to change in schools isn't teacher motivation or a guiding vision, it's the habitual behaviors that are hard to break and reinforce the
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YES! "But if school leaders and educators in the building truly want to see changes to teaching and learning, they must name negative habitual behaviors, own them, and intentionally make plans to address them."

 

Educators always complain about having a lack of time for planning and collaboration, and that's often true. But now I wonder if we don't use planning time as effectively as we could or if we bounce collaborative planning time because it's rarely been effective for us.

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Paperless No More: 3 Reasons I’m Using Paper in My Classroom This Year | Tech Learning

Paperless No More: 3 Reasons I’m Using Paper in My Classroom This Year | Tech Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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As Adam Schoenbart points out, there are times to use paper and times to use technology. TPACK--technological, pedagogical content knowledge--reminds us of that. Start with the content, think about the pedagogical approach, and then determine what technology, if any, best supports student learning of that content. And sometimes that technology might be a writing utensil and paper.

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As Adam Schoenbart points out, there are times to use paper and times to use technology. TPACK--technological, pedagogical content knowledge--reminds us of that. Start with the content, think about the pedagogical approach, and then determine what technology, if any, best supports student learning of that content. And sometimes that technology might be a writing utensil and paper.

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Can Historical Fiction Help Make Sense of the Present?

Can Historical Fiction Help Make Sense of the Present? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The novels offer more than a good story—they can also be integral to critical-thinking skills, especially during periods of political turmoil.
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I don't know if historical fiction can help make SENSE of the present, but historical fiction can help bring another perspective through which one might analyze the present and contemplate the future. Further, students can practice making inferences, identifying and understanding key ideas and details, and trying to understand something from someone else's point of view. In my opinion, trying to experience or understand something for another's POV might be one of the best possible things students can learn.

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Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn't Sit Still

Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn't Sit Still | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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This is certainly one approach and I'll recommend it to a couple of my teachers with some of those kids who will not sit still.

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Mining OER infographic

Mining OER infographic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Via John Shank, Jim Lerman
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This will help you understand all of those OER references. Nice.

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A Helpful Guide to Understanding Open Educational Resources
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 13, 9:22 PM
Sometimes searching for materials in the internet can take hours. If you are looking for a specific lesson or how to meet a specific objective, chances are someone has a lesson for it.  Looking through Open Educational Resources can help you find what you need, or at least get you started in the right direction.
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it's a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful.


Via Nik Peachey, Jim Lerman
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It's Noam Chomsky and the quote speaks for itself.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, March 7, 9:43 AM
about the assessment paradox...
 
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
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21st century teaching
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4 Ways Digital Technology has Changed K-12 Learning

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Has changed and continues to change. The teachers I get to work with are always looking for ways to engage students, exploring tools and resources, collaborating with each other and with colleagues they've never met.

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7 Best Bean Bag Chairs and Other Sweet Seats to Sit Back In!

7 Best Bean Bag Chairs and Other Sweet Seats to Sit Back In! | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Kids love bean bag chairs for their squishiness and fun factor. Check out some of our favorite bean bag chairs and other unique seats below!
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The Slow Gamification of K-12 Classrooms

The Slow Gamification of K-12 Classrooms | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Setting aside the generalizations (and the generally offensive "If their parents used this technology correctly"), there are some valid points in this article. Districts can be reluctant to buy some apps and not just because of updates or replacements. Teachers can be hard-pressed to figure out how best to use some digital games. On the other hand, there are some that are becoming a regular part of the classroom digital landscape. Some teachers are reluctant to encourage too much gamification in learning because then students expect everything to be a game or want to rush through other assignments to get back to a game. Gamification is a double-edged sword for some educators and may continue to be so as long as the digital upheaval continues.

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16 Differentiated Instruction Strategies. Infographic @medkh9

16 Differentiated Instruction Strategies. Infographic @medkh9 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
e-learning, elearning, educación, Spain, España, TIC, MOOC, redes sociales, edtech, edublog, socialmedia,
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Explore and enjoy. I've no doubt you'll find something new or be reminded of something you used to do.

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The Challenges of Digital Leadership

The Challenges of Digital Leadership | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Because digital devices and online environments can simultaneously be transformatively empowering and maddeningly disruptive, the work of integrating digital learning tools into schools is usually difficult and complex.
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Scott McLeod writes "Independent schools that figure out how to blend powerful digital tools with greater student-driven opportunities in order to facilitate deeper learning and engagement - all while honoring past legacies and points of pride - will be poised for success in the decades to come." Maybe. He makes some OUTSTANDING points based on his global experience working in digital leadership. But I disagree with some of his statement. Honoring points of pride? Perhaps. It depends on what those points of pride might be and if they will continue to be worth that pride. Past legacies? Again, it depends.

 

In fact, I'd edit his statement to read: "Independent schools that figure out how to provide tool and resource options informed by student-driven learning possibilities, and that continue to revise their vision and strategic support based on the needs and expectations of a learning-centered environment, will be poised for success for a foreseeable future."

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15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards | Tech Learning

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For those of you exploring ways to integrate PBL effectively and/or looking for additional support or resources for PBL.

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Future Ready Librarians Hold The Key To #GoOpen & OER...Here's One Idea For Curating and Sharing These Too!

Future Ready Librarians Hold The Key To #GoOpen & OER...Here's One Idea For Curating and Sharing These Too! | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
One of the things that is most important to me as a Future Ready Librarian and educator is making sure educational opportunities an
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And not just because my friend Shannon McClintock Miller knows what she's talking about,  but mostly.

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Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K 12 Market (EdSurge News)

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K 12 Market (EdSurge News) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students.

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There are always pros and cons to some of the new(er) tech resources. I work with teachers who use Apple Classroom and many who use Google Classroom. Those who use Apple Classroom loved how they could lock student iPads but also keep an eye on their students. They REALLY love Airdrop though some of the kids have gotten a little crazy with what they airdrop and to whom. So in addition to trying to stay ahead of kids who quickly figure out how to work around whatever constraints teachers are trying to place on them, they absolutely have to do a better job of teaching them the fundamentals of digital citizenship since kids really don't understand the ramifications of sharing content with a potentially unknown device. Protecting kids from themselves is becoming a full-time job for some school/district IT folks.

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There are always pros and cons to some of the new(er) tech resources. I work with teachers who use Apple Classroom and many who use Google Classroom. Those who use Apple Classroom loved how they could lock student iPads but also keep an eye on their students. They REALLY love Airdrop though some of the kids have gotten a little crazy with what they airdrop and to whom. So in addition to trying to stay ahead of kids who quickly figure out how to work around whatever constraints teachers are trying to place on them, they absolutely have to do a better job of teaching them the fundamentals of digital citizenship since kids really don't understand the ramifications of sharing content with a potentially unknown device. Protecting kids from themselves is becoming a full-time job for some school/district IT folks.

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Digital Education Cannot Replace Classroom Coaching Anytime Soon, Veteran Indian Edupreneur Says

Digital Education Cannot Replace Classroom Coaching Anytime Soon, Veteran Indian Edupreneur Says | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
T.I.M.E has already got into those domains.While he believes that online education can definitely add value, it cannot displace pure play classroom training anytime soon.
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Note the phrase "classroom coaching" rather than teaching. While I agree that digital education, blended learning, personalized learning, and even technology integration or infusion will not replace a classroom teacher in the near future, it is most certainly true that what many consider traditional teaching is becoming a thing of the past. That is NOT to say that whole class instruction has been or should be completely eradicated. That is NOT to say that a teacher providing instruction should no longer be part of a classroom experience. What it does mean, however, is that a teacher has more choices about when to implement whole class instruction, how to use technology in ways that are best for her students and their learning, when to use centers, etc. A teacher has incredible choices and options, and that can be the problem for teachers are too often overwhelmed by the choices and possibilities, by how to go about change.

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Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't)

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Read to young children in this way, and they'll develop greater intellectual empathy -- and become more successful.
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There are plenty of our kids who don't have parents or guardians who can or will read to them and for a variety of reasons. If we have parent volunteers or students from older grades who can be readers or just time in our reading circles, we should mindful of some of these strategies and how they might help some of our developing, struggling, and even proficient readers.

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4 good computer habits every teacher should have

4 good computer habits every teacher should have | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Good computer habits in the digital age can help teachers with not just productivity and student achievement, but with health, too.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.
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Put this on your "to do" list for spring break.

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Obvious, but important, reminders. 
 
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A quick read which may save you some time, worry, or money. Enlist a tech savvy friend to assist if necessary.  At least follow the advice about your passwords.
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Virtual Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You

Virtual Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Soon students will sense movement, explore the human body in 3D and mix chemicals virtually thanks to companies like Oculus, Facebook and Nearpod.
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VR allows and will allow students to have a level of experience otherwise unimaginable. VR will allow students to explore all kinds of things which will, in turn, enable them to imagine all kinds of possibilities for themselves and their futures.

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Day of Discovery Tour

Day of Discovery Tour | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A Day of Discovery is a professional learning experience brought to you by the Discovery Education Community.  It is focused on three simple but important goals: learn, share, connect
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DISCLAIMER: I get to do some consulting for Discovery Education though I'm not sure if I'll get to go to any of these. ;)

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The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs

The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yep, this is a pretty good list. ;) Check out #2, and #7 and #8, #9, #13, and . .  love that some of my long-time colleagues and heroes are on this list! Now 68 is a LOT so my recommendation is that you peruse the 1st five and see which ones "speak" to you. Then next week look at another five. Or split them up among colleagues/friends as a sort of blog jigsaw and then report on the ones you like the most. But please don't ignore this treasure trove of rich resources!

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Generally, there are four key qualities of a good teaching & learning blog: Activity (25%). Information should be updated regularly Originality (25%). It should add value with content that’s different from all the other blogs out there Helpfulness (25%). A good teaching & Learning blog should teach you a new skill, direct you to a useful resource, or at least get you to think in a new way about something Authority (25%). The author/authors have the authority and credentials to blog about the topic of teaching & learning Each category was assigned an equal weight in our evaluation. They were averaged together to determine the final score in order to come up with our list of the top 68.
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Solid top ten. No major disagreements! Check out their rating system.
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Scribblebot design

Create a scribblebot!
https://t.co/HJmBIiywC1
#STEM #edtech https://t.co/q4wVvCJmsm
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Yep, gotta try this.

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Project Based Learning: 5 More Misconceptions and Resources to Raise the PBL Bar, Pt 2 | Tech Learning

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And not just because PBL is a popular approach in education today, but because PBL has been a strong, realistic, authentic, and worthwhile approach to learning for a very long time.

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5 ways Beebots can teach students

5 ways Beebots can teach students | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
5 ways Beebots can teach students
#edtech #ISTE #elemchat
https://t.co/OE4r9K6uDU https://t.co/w59xR8SVU0
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I introduced some kindergarten teachers to Bee-bot and within hours we had kids using them to: 1) practice counting and recognizing numbers; and 2) practice simple addition and subtraction. We designed activities to identify sight words and to create a very simple story. You may be limited only by your laminator. ;)

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 20, 12:27 PM
Creative teachers will have fun structuring activities for the students. The Beebots are so cute that the children will not take their eyes off them.