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EduTech Smackdown Open Mic Night | The Daring Librarian

EduTech Smackdown Open Mic Night | The Daring Librarian | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Via GwynethJones, Dennis T OConnor
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I hope you'll add to the crowdsourced slide presentation & join us on Monday Night 8pm Eastern USA time to share your awesome ideas!

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Don't miss this great event.  LIsten to the Power Librarians!

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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards - The Hechinger Report

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards - The Hechinger Report | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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I can imagine district personnel saying this would never work in their district. The challenge is finding one person who will build a relationship with one organization that will allow students to work on a small problem--maybe one that's already been solved so the students can compare their work to that of professionals. When students and school prove themselves, maybe the company will underwrite buying materials to work on another project. Then perhaps another company will underwrite buying materials to work on one of its projects. No one has to pay students for their time as that is very unusual. But the opportunity to work on or simulate work on real-time problems and projects is invaluable and the experiential paycheck is incalculable. 

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Making experiences

Making experiences | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Throw away the instructions. Making is about the experience, not the project. Ask "Now what can you do?" or "What else could you do?" Yep, that about sums it up.

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​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too - EdSurge News

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A very long while ago I was a tech writer for some rocket engineers, literally. I worked in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Cape Kennedy and tried to translate rocket engineer-speak into something other people could understand. Years later I was a systems analyst/programmer myself. As an English major, I had a secret talent: I could write well. I often found myself in the position of translator between systems people and customers. And I often found myself rewriting user materials so the actual users could understand them. Yes, writing skills are important. Certainly not 5-paragraph essays, but, at the very least, clear process pieces that explain how something should be done, could be done, is being done. . .and why.

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How you can stay relevant during the robot revolution

How you can stay relevant during the robot revolution | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Technology is reshaping the world of work faster than ever before - and if our workforce is to stay relevant, workers and their employers have to adapt to this rapid change. Here's how.
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BECAUSE technology is reshaping the world of work, we MUST reshape education. Not just to ensure that educators are still relevant, but to ensure that the students we graduate have skills that matter, that make sense, that enable them to be adaptive to the world of work into which they will be thrust before and after college graduation. That educational training can't wait until high school or college. It MUST begin in elementary school.

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A Useful List of the Best 100 Education Hashtags for All Educators

A Useful List of the Best 100 Education Hashtags for All Educators | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Erik Day presents a comprehensive list of 100 of the best education hashtags for every social media-savvy educator out there.
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I was just talking with a group of administrators today about their WHY for tweeting, but also encouraging them to think about who they choose to follow and the hashtags that #makesense for them to use and follow. Perfect timing.

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Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries

Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Modernizing learning in the 21st-century school can start in the library.
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For those of you who might think the library is no longer necessary and its purpose outdated, think again!

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Facebook founder Zuckerberg discovers rural education innovation on visit to Hazard | NKyTribune

Facebook founder Zuckerberg discovers rural education innovation on visit to Hazard | NKyTribune | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and members of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative visited the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard on Sunday. The visiting team was there to learn from students and teachers about the innovative learning taking place in K-12 schools across eastern Kentucky. 

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Because innovation can happen anywhere provide students have opportunity, at least some resources, and encouragement to be inquisitive.

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President Trump Earmarks $200 Million in Federal Grants for STEM, Computer Science Programs - EdSurge News

“Does that sound like big bucks? What do you guys think?”That’s what President Donald Trump asked a young student today in the Oval Office.

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I really do try to stay away from these politically-charged announcements, but I cannot ignore this one. Is 200M a lot of money for STEM? Yes. But look carefully at this announcement.

"According to the memo, 'The Secretary of Education (Secretary) shall, consistent with law, establish the promotion of high-quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular, as one of the priorities of the Department of Education. The Secretary shall take this priority into account, to the extent permitted by law, when awarding grant funds in fiscal year 2018 and in future years.'

There appears to be no new federal funding for this new initiative. Rather, the memo directs the Department of Education to devote at least $200 million in existing grant funds to support computer science education efforts." So not NEW money but just a redistribution. 

 

More importantly, the wording reinforces the archaic thinking that STEM/STEAM is only about computer science. The whole STEM/STEAM initiative has been working hard, hard, HARD to reinforce the idea of transdisciplinary learning which is, should be, could be, and can be some of the outcomes of STEM/STEAM learning.

 

Coding is not just about computer science. 

 

BTW, 45 asked the student the wrong questions. A really important question to the kids as well as to teachers and parents is this: "How can this money best be spent to help make sure kids have access to the transdisciplinary skills and knowledge they need to be successful in STEM/STEAM following whatever path they choose, including coding?"

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Edpuzzle solves so many of my flipped classroom problems. 

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I like EDpuzzle. PlayPosit is another option for managing video the way you can with EDpuzzle, but I recommend you try at least one of them. And check out what Vicki Davis has to say because, well, she's Vicki Davis. ;)

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Think 21st-century learning is digital-only? Think again

Think 21st-century learning is digital-only? Think again | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Why print resources can still play a valuable role in today’s high-tech classrooms.
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Pedagogy first, then technology. #dowhatmakessense "It comes down to the quality of the content, and whether or not it is the best fit for the school, students, and teachers. It’s about usability, functionality, and creating new methods of learning and discovery, whether that is through print or digital curriculum." 

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How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning

How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into innovative makerspaces, giving students the chance to experiment and grow in new and exciting ways.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

While I will argue that makerspaces should not be confined to the library, I will agree wholeheartedly that having a makerspace in the library is a necessity if there are no other options. I will also assert that not only does the library need to transformed to be more forward-thinking, but so does the library media specialist. The librarian who resists these kinds of changes does a disservice to the students. As a lover of books and libraries, I can tell you I LOVE to see the library that makes room for books and various opportunities for students continue to excite their passions and their curiosity.

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Mapping Learner Experience | Getting Smart

Mapping Learner Experience | Getting Smart | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Adam Kulaas - As students navigate their learning journey, we must deliver explicit, student-owned opportunities to set and map their course.
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I really like this idea of students mapping their learning experiences. I like the potential of students being able to make their own authentic connections between their school learning experiences and their lives and the potential of their lives. I think it could be fascinating for students to complete a mapping experience in middle school, then revisit it in the middle of their junior year, and then again in the middle of their senior year. This experience could be quite informative for them, and provide some telling insight for educators.

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I see "life mapping" as a valuable activity for students, teachers and administrators that can accomplish several purposes.
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4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed

4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
From communication to STEM experience, these experts offer tips on future readiness.
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Be a good communicator. Be a problem-solver. Be curious. Be unafraid about technical things.

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5 Benchmarks That Will Define A Technology Backed, Future Ready School

5 Benchmarks That Will Define A Technology Backed, Future Ready School | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Are we measuring what really matters for the progress of a child?
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"Are we measuring what really matters for the progress of a child?" Are we really measuring realistic success factors for that future-ready kid in a world we cannot really imagine? I have a colleague whose district has asked her to move away from some foundational kindergarten skills (sight words, letter sounds, etc.) for more engaging and dynamic lessons. Um, I'd recommend some balance because the foundation should be secure for the student to continue to build on that learning. But it's entirely possible that what will be considerable truly fundamental and foundational is undergoing its own dramatic change and we just can't yet see it.

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5 Tech-Free Classroom Innovations, and Ideas for Getting Started

5 Tech-Free Classroom Innovations, and Ideas for Getting Started | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Kyle Wagner - Here are five simple tech-free innovative learning experiences that will help you and your students think differently.
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Innovation does not always require fancy technology. It's true, especially if you consider paper and a writing utensil or even a book as a form a low-tech tech. Schools that implement some form of Genius Hour or 20% Time have students who experience delightfully unexpected results so that's as good a place as any to start.

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How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn

How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Technology is already transforming the way we teach and learn. What will these trends lead to? What will the word “education” mean 30 years from now?
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I love this question: "What will the word 'education' mean 30 years from now?" Actually, what will education mean even 5 years from now? Technology IS changing how we teach and learn, at least for some in some places. Districts that have embraced personalized learning have found students are able to grow and learn and pass silly standardized tests with outstanding scores. What worked 10 or 20 years ago worked because the students were different and the world was very different. What can you change this week? this month? How will you begin to transform the way you teach so you can transform your students to be future-ready learners?

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BrainPOP and Newsela Team Up to Give Teachers a New Way to Deepen Connections and Bolster Reading Engagement

BrainPOP and Newsela Team Up to Give Teachers a New Way to Deepen Connections and Bolster Reading Engagement | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Well this is interesting. A few weeks ago teachers were expressing a certain weariness with BrainPOP so this might be just the infusion teachers need. A key question is, of course, how much does it and will it cost?

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Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

To succeed in a world of automation will require being as unmachinelike as possible, writes basic-income advocate Scott Santens.


Via Roger Francis
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We've been talking about teaching students HOW to think for decades. That's why we've seen trends like Common Core and are seeing movements in STEM/STEAM as well as computational thinking. And because we've been talking about this for decades you'd think we'd begin to make progress in actually teaching students HOW to think. Let's get on that, shall we?

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3 Budget-Friendly Makerspace Organization Hacks

3 Budget-Friendly Makerspace Organization Hacks | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Aside from my feeling that we're overusing the word "hack," these are some wonderful strategies for organizing tech tools.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 2, 1:26 PM
My favorite is the one you can see here, #3.
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How to leverage $200 million toward computer science—and rethink school as we know it - Christensen Institute

How to leverage $200 million toward computer science—and rethink school as we know it - Christensen Institute | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Improving the world through disruptive innovation.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Christensen Institute reminds us that $200M is much less than Obama's $4B but also notes that others are looking to kick in some additional funds. Once again, however, the emphasis is on computer science rather than coding. Once again people are overlooking the importance of computational thinking as well as how coding is now an intrinsic part of every part of ours lives. Do you have to be a computer scientist to code? No. Is it important to know about computer science to be a coder? No. Learn more about engineering design or computational thinking or both. THAT'S what matters. Computer science is an avenue or pathway for coders; it is not the only route.

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3 Ways to Run Your Classroom Like a Startup - EdTechTeam

3 Ways to Run Your Classroom Like a Startup - EdTechTeam | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

After spending six years as a third-grade teacher before working in leadership roles in both public education and the EdTech industry, there are three activities that the technology industry uses that, should I go back to the classroom, I would implement on Day 1. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yep, yep, yep. Love all of these ideas. A teacher I'm working with has one of the counter bells she touches lightly when the volume in her classroom gets a bit louder than she would like. I've used a counter bell to get the attention of students and teachers. I like the idea of getting a collection of toy instruments: kazoo, xylophone, triangle, maracas, recorder, finger cymbals, and bells to vary the signal given to kids to get their attention OR to celebrate when something good happens in the classroom.

 

I like the idea of the scrum board but I think it could be challenging for teachers to find the space for that. They won't want to give up their white boards; however, if they use sticky notes, a variation of the scrum board could be for a unit, for a project, or for preparation for a benchmark, or. . .  Teachers are creative people so they could find a way to implement some variation of a scrum board.

 

I started using stand-up meeting with my team when I was last in corporate America. We were so much more efficient than when sitting around a table. Everyone has to pay attention differently because they're standing up so no fooling around with wobble seats or tablets or whatever on the table. Not a sit-down circle either, but standing up and with a clock set so you take no more than a specifically allotted time. Get 'er done and then get on to the rest of the day's work. I'm thinking I'd implement a stand-up coming back from lunch and/or recess--just a few minutes to take care of any final wiggles or distractions. Then back to work. ;)

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Learn About Blogging with our Free Courses for Teachers and Students

Learn About Blogging with our Free Courses for Teachers and Students | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Our recent poll indicated that lack of skills is an obstacle to blogging for many of you. Did you know we offer a range of free self-paced courses for educators and students? This post provides an …
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Come on now. Let the blogging begin.

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4 Ways Audio Recording Can Boost Classroom Learning

4 Ways Audio Recording Can Boost Classroom Learning | 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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Over a decade ago, when I was teaching freshman college students how to find their voices and improve their writing, I recommended they read their work aloud to HEAR it. Some students struggled to capture their thinking in writing could say what they wanted to express. I told those students to record their words and then transcribe them. That meant they could edit their words as they typed. Voice-to-text capabilities in Google Docs and Microsoft 10 allows for speech recognition that can be used in a number of applications. While typing and writing by hand develop, reinforce, and enhance some skills, those students who can express their thoughts in words should be encouraged to find ways to do that constructively and effectively.

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Karen Mejia's curator insight, September 20, 3:02 PM
This article talks about the benefits of using audio recording in class for learning because it can help students with their pronunciation, their fluency, It helps students to be more familiar with the act of being speaking in English. 
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Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Via Nik Peachey, Jim Lerman
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I talked to a brand new teacher recently who wondered why she'd bothered to go to college since her education program prepared her for very little of what actually happens in her school, a Title 1 school. She has little to no familiarity with technology or even where to go to find resources to figure out what's best to use when. When she does try to research something, she is overwhelmed by the options. She is not alone. A tech coach can help provided the tech coach isn't split between numerous buildings and provided the tech coach has time and opportunity to research other options and knows how to ask teachers questions about what they need and want, especially since most teachers don't know what they don't know. It's a conundrum not easily solved by working with an edtech consultant, though that is a solution. You can find me on Twitter @elainej or check out my web site: http://www.p20partners.com. I can help.

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If this is true in US, then how much more so on a global scale?

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If this is true in US, then how much more so on a global scale?

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Digital divide
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History of Programming Languages: C Language, BASIC and Beyond

History of Programming Languages: C Language, BASIC and Beyond | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
From the original computer to coding for kids, colleges have always been in the arena of computer science.
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A long, long time ago, when I taught computer science and programming languages, we spent time investigating coding strategies for each of the languages with which we worked and examining the strengths of each of the languages. There were options then, and now, and each option offered students the opportunity to learn something different about structure and composition of a program by working to the strengths of the language and within its parameters. 

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, September 18, 9:06 AM
“When fully operational, ENIAC occupied a room 30 by 50 feet in size and weighed 30 tons,” reads the history of the computer on Penn's website. This development not only marked a big first in the history of computing as we see it today, it helped set the precedent of universities as leaders in computer science innovation.
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