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The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions

The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Faculty use asynchronous discussions to extend and enhance instructional practices in the online classroom. It is widely reported that online discussions play an integral role in facilitating students’ learning, as well as fostering dialogue, critical thinking, and reflective inquiry (Kayler & Weller, 2007; Morris, Finnegan, & Sz-Shyan, 2005). Despite faculty’s knowledge that discussion forums can serve as a useful learning tool, online discussions are not easy to establish and manage.

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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.
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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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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 18, 9:04 AM
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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Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: It's time for an upgrade

Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: It's time for an upgrade | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is revolutionizing leadership paradigms, and management must be prepared to go digital to survive.
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Truth. For organizations of all types and size, including education.

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Cognitive Load Theory

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I remember talking some years ago about what I now know is cognitive load theory. I'd had a student come into class and express exasperation about having to make a shift between his last class and mine, that he needed a few minutes to finish processing the last class and then prepare for mine and there just wasn't enough time for him between classes to do that. (Insert head smack.) We are ready for our students when they come to class. We've been thinking about our lesson plan, our timing, the objectives and what we need to accomplish by the end of class. I suspect most of us exclude the critical variable of our students in our equation for success. I suspect we tend to forget that they have to make all kinds of transitions when moving from one content area to another. We don't think about how much more complex it might be today because, well, we did it when we were in school and it wasn't such a big deal. Hmm. I suspect our memories are a smidge faulty in that regard, but the point is that we really do need to understand cognitive load theory and that it is a real thing that influences our students and their abilities to learn.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 15, 8:28 AM
Get acquainted to Cognitve Load Theory by reading and discussing it with colleagues. Include your school psychologist.
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DEN Trend Report: 9/11/17

DEN Trend Report: 9/11/17 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

This week in the DEN Trend Report:

  • Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)
  • 21st Century Show-and-Tell
  • The 2 stages of successful early STEM education
  • 3 tips for maximizing your PLC participation during the new school year
  • Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries
  • Setting a vision key to district success on new initiatives, solutions
  • The Power of Shifting to an Active Learning Environment
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Discovery Education Network (DEN) offers up a report on current educational trends.

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Rethinking literacy skills in a digital world

Rethinking literacy skills in a digital world | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
“To be truly empowering, new technologies must stand on two pillars,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as she opened the International Conference on International Literacy Day at Paris Headquarters, which focuses this year on Literacy in a digital world. “First, they must be inclusive, bridging gaps, not deepening them. Second, they must be underpinned by respect for human rights and dignity.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

STEAM/STEM can be at the center of our thinking about digital literacy skills. One of the superpowers of STEAM/STEM is that it can be transdisciplinary. I would love to see every teacher eradicate their block approach to content area teaching because it encourages students to think that science or math or social studies is always separate from each other and each of those is always separate from reading and writing. Tracking hurricanes, earthquakes, or wildfires just now? There are all kinds of ways to incorporate science, engineering, and math using technology as well as reading and writing. Thinking about designing hurricane-resistant buildings? STEAM. Lots of STEAM. The possibilities are incredible and could give rise to what might be amazing digital literacy learning opportunities for students around the world.

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10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The stories shaping the Global, Regional and Industry agendas
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Really? There was a time before Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat and Pinterest??? Really???? Oh yes and with all of those platforms and the accompanying technologies and necessary resources, strategies, etc., and with all of the accompanying legal, ethical, social, and educational implications can more and other jobs that didn't exist either. So much more to come.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 11, 1:06 PM
Makes our job as educators so much more important than ever. All these employees need the foundational and refined skills(intellectual, emotional, social) that are developed as students under our guidance and tutorage. 


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How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character

How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A school transformed its culture by getting rid of rewards for good behavior and prioritizing character education.
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This challenges the status quo and would need careful thought and absolute teacher buy-in for it to be successful. Most definitely worth considering.

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Create Virtual Reality Comprehension Tasks

Create Virtual Reality Comprehension Tasks | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Because some of us are curious about how to make VR work in our classrooms. You'll be introduced to a nifty FREE app and some great integration ideas. Enjoy!

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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This will remind some of you of the gradual release (GRR) model. This structure is a good way to help you think about and understand how you might implement an inquiry-based model of learning into your classroom.

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When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation

When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
When teachers don't give grades they find it completely changes the focus of learning in their classrooms.
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There is a LOT of current conversation about not giving grades just as there is conversation about forgoing homework. There are many hurdles the least of which may be parents' perspectives of the value of grades and/or homework. I'm a fan of ditching homework and finding different and more productive ways of letting students know how well they are doing and help them focus on strengthening specific parts of their learning.

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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 7, 1:31 AM

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

Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, September 8, 12:00 AM

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

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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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Empowering Students to Take Ownership of Learning

Empowering Students to Take Ownership of Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
In this education article, teachers will learn different strategies to empower students in the classroom to take ownership of their learning experience.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I like these ideas. I was reflecting on some of the schools I work with and their students, wondering how the kids would respond to these options. The ensuing chaos I imagined wasn't pretty. But then I had another thought about how often teachers are determined to teach in a particular way because of district expectations (it's always so easy to blame the district) and their own. That led me to thinking about the posts we've seen when students get to write "I wish my teacher knew. . . ". Now I'm wondering how students would respond if we asked them to express their thinking about the value of school. And to do so honestly. I wonder if we're brave enough to ask them.

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PD moves toward mastery in K12

PD moves toward mastery in K12 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Teachers today have more control over how and when they receive professional development.
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We KNOW one-size-fits-all PD doesn't work. We KNOW the majority of teachers want to improve their skills and their craft. Competency-based PD that provides pathways for teachers just makes sense.

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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan.
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I've ALWAYS promoted pedagogy first, technology second. But no matter how often many of us say this, there are far too many educators who still believe that putting an iPad or Chromebook in a student's hand will have some magical impact. Nope. If anything it's likely students behaving badly will become students behaving even more badly because they'll be fooling around with the technology. Far too often I've witnessed teachers resorting to technology as a means of trying to control bad behavior and watched as the bad behavior escalated to something nearly out of control.

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Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students.
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I was sitting in a grade-level meeting while teachers were talking about a particular adaptive technology program that was helping them help their students. The program gives teachers specific information so they know where students need coaching and/or targeted instruction. This is a good example of the potentially synergistic relationship between teacher and technology. Teachers using technology purposefully means they can use their time and students' time in ways that benefit students and enhance, even stretch, their learning experience.

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The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The stories shaping the Global, Regional and Industry agendas
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Just in case you're wondering about the veracity of the 4Cs: collaboration, CRITICAL THINKING, communication, and CREATIVITY.

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How 12,000 Tonnes of Dumped Orange Peel Grew Into a Landscape Nobody Expected to Find

How 12,000 Tonnes of Dumped Orange Peel Grew Into a Landscape Nobody Expected to Find | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Amazing.
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Huh. When that weird science experiment yields something wonderfully unexpected.

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Project Based Learning: Start Here

Project Based Learning: Start Here | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Maybe you've always wanted to try PBL, but you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here's a set of beginner-level resources to get you started.
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Worth reviewing even if you've been doing PBL for a while. And if you're wondering what all the PBL fuss is about, you might find this answers many of your questions.

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First Impressions #EdChat

First Impressions #EdChat | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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How will your students SEE you on the first day of school? What will their first impressions be of you? What perceptions will they have of use as a person in charge of their care as an educator? As a person who can support them as a learners?

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 24, 2:35 PM
Resonating with me is the practice of interacting with students as they leave your class for another. THANKS, GOOD LUCK, GREAT WORK TODAY, ETC GO A LONG WAY IN BUILDING/MAINTAINING POSITIVE, AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS. THIS PRACTICE IS ALSO IMPORTANT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY LEAVE FOR HOME. 
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Educators make lemonade with Virtual Worlds –

Educators make lemonade with Virtual Worlds – | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Educators are using virtual worlds, but not in the way they had used them in the past, and not in the same numbers. 

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Remember Second Life? It's still around and is finding its own version of another life in classrooms. Can hardly wait to explore this (again) myself!

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