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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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Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I love visiting classrooms that have a range of objects and artifacts. Not just cool and thought-provoking posters, but cool stuff that prompts wonder and questions. And it doesn't have to be expensive. There's the stuff that stays all year long and there's the stuff that changes depending on whatever makes sense to the story of that classroom. There is a subtext to that kind of thoughtful storytelling, and one that kids won't miss.

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Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools

Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Asking users about their needs can open up the possibilities of what can be addressed by schools. As a result of design thinking, one school created a separate parents' center.

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

I love the idea of design thinking and not just because it's such a good way to train kids to think and problem solve. Design thinking can make it easier to solve right now problems right now. However, a key element of design thinking is thinking beyond the solution that works today and imagining the solution that will still work five, maybe ten years from now. And realizing that the exact solution might not work ten years from now, so thinking about the design in such a way that it can be adapted for the changes required by the new needs of the new users.

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davidconover's curator insight, February 24, 9:21 AM

Our at-risk high school students use these steps as they develop PBL -based Serious Games. This strategy takes their Big Ideas and break them down into a tangible and visible means of applying Agile and Scrum management. This is a very useful article.

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The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class

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February 25, 2015
Formative assessment, as we have agreed elsewhere, is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning. The insights...
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Do NOT lose your minds over this. Pick one or two to experiment with and make sure you feel comfortable with how you can use them. I really like Today's Meet and Socrative because they're easy to use right now. Just keep in mind what you're assessing FORMATIVELY, and why.

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A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation

A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation

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Take some time to read this. Ponder it. Reflect on the graphic. Think about what motivates you and why. Think about the external and internal factors. Think about the lack of ambiguity ("so you can get good grades" and "so you can go to college") in what motivates you and how the concrete factors help build your motivation. And then apply that thinking to how you strive to motivate your students or your employees and, more importantly, how you motivate them to motivate themselves.

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How to Leverage Technology to Navigate a Changing Educational Landscape - Forbes

How to Leverage Technology to Navigate a Changing Educational Landscape - Forbes | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The evolution of technology continues to change how students learn.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

And kids continue to figure out how to bend technology to their interests. Meanwhile, too many teachers try to use the technology only as intended rather than experimenting with it to see what else it can do.

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4 Ways To Bring Gamification of Education To Your Classroom | Top Hat

4 Ways To Bring Gamification of Education To Your Classroom | Top Hat | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Motivate your students and transform your classroom through the gamification of education. Here are 4 examples to get you started!

Via Elizabeth E Charles
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Too many think gamification is just using games in the classroom or figuring how to use Minecraft for learning. It isn't. There is so much more to gamification. And, if you really think about, a lot of the corporate employee reward structure has some roots in gamification. Come on, y'all, let's play.

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Mark Rasi's curator insight, February 19, 6:33 PM

With our LMS we are able to award Achievements/Badges. Check out this: http://www.mybigcampus.com/library/448289

 

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Leading The Future Of Learning Through Four Key Trends - Forbes

Leading The Future Of Learning Through Four Key Trends - Forbes | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
I recently had the opportunity to speak at an event dedicated to ‘The Talent Revolution’ and organized by the Google Digital Academy.
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I've long been a proponent of unbundling education and what we're now calling competency-based education using microcredentials, badges, both, or something else entirely. Facilitating what we now call personalized learning but also mentoring students to discover paths and possibilities they (and their parents) might not otherwise consider. Talk about college and/or career readiness.

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The class sizes debate is tired and asks the wrong questions

The class sizes debate is tired and asks the wrong questions | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

‘Small is good, big is bad’ is too simplistic. We should be looking at the relationship between effective teaching and pupil numbers

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

I concur. We all know there are considerable factors influencing "effective teaching." We also know that what works well in 1st period may not work quite as well in any other class period and not just because of time of day, size of the class, energy of the teacher, time of year, day of the week, etc., although all of those factors do matter, even if infinitesimally. Let's ask the right questions and not assume the answers are the same for every teacher.

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The real reason why the US is falling behind in math - Boston Globe (subscription)

The real reason why the US is falling behind in math - Boston Globe (subscription) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

If my seatmate on an airplane asks me what I do for a living, I tell the truth: I’m a mathematician. This generally triggers one of two responses

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

I got similar responses when I told people I teach English, but what's most interesting to me is the observations about math instruction. We KNOW we aren't doing this well and yet we cannot seem to make changes. I think every math teacher--K-12 and college--should be required to watch Dan Meyer's TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover and change at least one lesson plan to incorporate this thinking just to see what happens. They can consider it an instructional experiment and gather data on what students learned and how well they learned it. IF the teachers implement this kind of thinking and instructional practice well, I cannot imagine they won't make additional changes to the way they teach math. Their students and their students' employers will thank them for it.

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Why College and Career Readiness is an Integral Component of K-12 Education

Why College and Career Readiness is an Integral Component of K-12 Education | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Ready or not, here they come. Over the past few weeks, a wave of incoming college freshman transitioned from high school to higher education to begin their collegiate careers.
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Communication, critical thinking, problem solving as well as initiative and self-awareness. Kids need to be more aware of their strengths and their weaknesses.

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6 Types Of Assessment Of Learning

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6 Types Of Assessment Of Learning

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I am consistently astonished by the number of teachers who really don't understand assessment: when to use it, how to use it, and how the teacher and the students might use the information gleaned from the assessment.

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A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Many young patients resort to tv to pass the time during long hospital stays. A mobile maker project aims to ignite creativity, while helping kids solve problems they face during their visits.

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This is just cool.

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Why teachers can’t deliver real personalized learning in today’s schools | Christensen Institute

Why teachers can’t deliver real personalized learning in today’s schools | Christensen Institute | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Hmm. Well, sure there are constraints. Some of them legal, some of them logistical, some of them personal, etc., etc., etc. We can always find reasons not to ask a question, not to do a quick check to see if a child is okay. We can pretend not to notice when something seems different about a kid. We can pretend it's not our job because this is school and our primary responsibility is to make sure that child learns. Yep, we have to consider where we might draw the lines because it can be a slippery slope once we start investing in the lives of our kids. But if we don't, and if we don't bring that child's needs to someone's attention or let that child know that someone actually cares, well, we shouldn't be surprised when that child chooses a path we know isn't a good one.

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Your Kid's School Is Missing the Tech Revolution, and It's All Your Fault - Wired

Your Kid's School Is Missing the Tech Revolution, and It's All Your Fault - Wired | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I got an email from a parent at my son’s San Francisco public school, asking if I was familiar with an app called Pencil.
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It occurs to me this is an edge of managing disruption. After all, at what point does disruption become absolutely unmanageable chaos?


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Libraries in the Digital Age? Yes, They're Still Crucial

Libraries in the Digital Age? Yes, They're Still Crucial | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A panel in New Mexico helped open eyes to the many roles already filled by libraries – a reality, panel members said, that many policy-makers sadly are not that familiar with.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Books still matter. Just ask Prince. Libraries also still matter and not just because of books. Libraries still matter because they are the hub of information and information literacy. Librarians--or digital media specialists or technology media specialists or whatever you want to call them--are among the most resourceful and adaptable people on the planet.

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PBL Recipe Cards ~ Ginger Lewman and Kevin Honeycutt

PBL Recipe Cards ~ Ginger Lewman and Kevin Honeycutt | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

"Look over the titles and descriptions for each set below. Then decide if you'd like to have a copy of the cards mailed to you ready to go on beautiful, slick card stock, or if you'd prefer a digital download, where you can access the cards immediately for no shipping and handling costs. Either way, you're getting a great value!"


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I usually don't include resources that carry a price tag, but these are so valuable and reasonable in cost that they are definitely worth checking out. Lewman (and Honeycutt) have created project assignments that combine engaging real-wprth tasks with common core skills. The cards are useful k-12 and can be applied with or without technology. A very practical and well thought out approach, Kudos! Sample cards are provided to give examples.


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I'm a fan of the work done by Ginger Lewman and Kevin Honeycutt. They know their PBL!!

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about.

Via Gust MEES, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think badges are still becoming a thing, but while they're in the process of finding some traction, it won't hurt to know a bit more about them. The more we think about how they could be used and their value, the more likely we are to determine if they're worth our time and effort.

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Armando's curator insight, February 18, 7:16 AM

How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about.

Alex Enkerli's curator insight, February 18, 8:44 AM

As #OpenBadges expand outwards, we can reappropriate them in education. via @Kim Flintoffand @Gust MEES

Karlitha Espino García's curator insight, February 19, 8:45 PM

añada su visión ...

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Reclaiming Innovation

Reclaiming Innovation | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Let the unbundling begin, please. HOWEVER, let us not forget that we need students to understand how to use the technology tool, what skills they are developing as a result of using that tool and how to transfer those skills. And, perhaps, we reinforce what they can learn as a result of the tool, how well it functions for the work we're expecting to do with that tool, and more.

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'Fraction Phobia': The Root of Math Anxiety? - Education Week News (blog)

'Fraction Phobia': The Root of Math Anxiety? - Education Week News (blog) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Hung-Hsi Wu, a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, explains why instruction on fractions, which he calls "the backbone of school mathematics," needed to change.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think fractions is where it all starts to go downhill or sideways or off the rails or just plain badly for students. I love this article because it can help teachers and students reduce the panic and begin to eliminate the phobia.

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We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts ... - Washington Post

We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts ... - Washington Post | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The ability to draw from other disciplines produces better scientists.
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YES!!!! This highlights the importance of liberal arts training in the sciences and mathematics (in high school and college), but also the significant value of good mentors.

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educationtoday: Got a math problem?

educationtoday: Got a math problem? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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When teachers provide honest, constructive criticism to their students, students are more likely to develop some confidence in their learning. Half the battle is knowing where they are and where they need to be. The other half consists of knowing there are individuals and resources to help them get where they need to be and/or provide strategies to manage or offset their weaknesses.

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20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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We'd think know what they need to know about learning. But teachers seek professional development for reasons other than hanging out with their bffs. They want to refresh their learning about learning, to learn new strategies, to learn about new research, and to have their instincts affirmed. These fundamentals do much of that.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 6:22 PM

I would have thought teaching and learning are relational in nature.

 

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Pearson Australia's curator insight, February 15, 4:53 PM

I think this is a great post for Academy. I think I could probably write some content around classroom learning and the practice of telling children why they are learning what they are learning.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 8:16 AM

The fundamentals listed in this article are easy to do. I suggest trying to incorporate 1 or 2 a month Into your teaching.

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This Is Why Handwriting Helps Students Learn Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This Is Why Handwriting Helps Students Learn Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Not necessarily cursive, but handwriting in general. Writing by hand can make a difference in learning.

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The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius

The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
If you’ve been to this site more than once. you’ll know that (a) social media is everywhere and (b) it can be extraordinarily useful for teachers.

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You'll want to see the infographic.


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Jayne Courts's curator insight, February 9, 5:24 AM

Tuesday 10th February 2015 is Safer Internet  Day. Please visit http://safetytrain.org.uk/safer-internet-day-2015.html where Safety Train have details on how to stay safe online.

M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, February 9, 12:08 PM

intéressant, certes.

 

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2:11 PM

Almost all our students are addicted to social media. this is a point to take advantage of their interest to make them learn without  stress.

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4 eLearning Trends Every Educator Must Know - Brilliant or Insane

4 eLearning Trends Every Educator Must Know - Brilliant or Insane | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
4 powerful eLearning trends that every modern teacher must know and share.

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Even passing familiarity with each of these trends can matter so you won't be surprised as they become something more than a trend.

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JoanHughes's curator insight, February 6, 5:41 AM

Learning trends are constantly changing especially since the evolvement of Web 2.0, the concern for most educators is how do we keep up?


Here are just four of the current elearning trends being discussed at present

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e-learning