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Teachers, is there much difference in our perceptions?

Teachers, is there much difference in our perceptions? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings August 14, 2014 Teachers, is there much difference in our perceptions? “The delineation of the difference between modern (secular) society and traditional (Sacred) societies and thei...

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This is well worth reading, and very much worth thinking about.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 14, 2014 7:13 AM

Karen Barad in Meeting the Universe Halfway used the term "matter that matters" to describe the entanglement within the universe. The closing poetry summarizes the article well. We are all connected and we are all connected to the universe. Quantum mechanics is beginning to show this, but many wisdom traditions knew it intuitively and what that meant in teaching and learning.

 

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Walk the Talk of 21st Century Learning

Walk the Talk of 21st Century Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Seventeen years into the 21st Century, many educators still don't have the opportunity to practice the same skills and mindsets we require of students.

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"You can't be what you can't see." A corollary might be "You can't do what you can't see." In education we talk a lot about modeling. When I do workshops, teachers want to see stuff in action. They want me to walk them through the "how to." Absolutely. When we're able to do that, teachers will take off on using a new tool or a new skill and with good reason. Why do we seem to keep thinking that the process of differentiated learning for adults is any different than it is for kids?

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Are You an Improver or an Innovator? Differentiating EdLeader Roles

Are You an Improver or an Innovator? Differentiating EdLeader Roles | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - School improvement has seasons, and whether an EdLeader is an improver or an innovator you will find a time where you need their skills.
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Interesting article for current leaders and those who hope/plan to be leaders in education. While the focus is for K-12, I think there is applicability for higher ed leaders, too.

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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

15 hot edtech trends for 2017 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Educators and tech leaders look back on 2016; predict where edtech trends in teaching and learning will head this new year.
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Many of these trends aren't new but continuations of what we've seen developing in 2016 or before. The fact that there is some durability suggests we are seeing true trends rather than faddish trends that burn up social media while everyone tries to be part of the innovator crowd. The faddish trends lose steam as people realize they don't live up to the hype, don't do anything worthwhile, or that there's a better alternative. In these trends we are seeing wide areas--virtual reality, school culture, blended learning. I hope higher education is paying attention.

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Forecasts for 2017 from Five Insightful Investors

Forecasts for 2017 from Five Insightful Investors | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This guest post is authored by Mark Bivens. Mark is a Silicon Valley native and former entrepreneur, having started three companies before “turning to the dark side of VC.” He is a venture capitali…
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Let's assume there is a modicum of truth in any of these global perspectives for 2017. If there are such elements, K-12 schools and higher education need to be aware of them and thinking NOW about those implications.

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Schools ride the next edtech wave

Schools ride the next edtech wave | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
As in years past, this new year will bring all sorts of new technology to schools. The question for educators is: To what degree do these technologies enhance education?
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Yes, to what degree does ANY technology enhance education? What is its purpose? How does that technology help any student learn and to what extent? How does that technology help a teacher help a student learn and to what extent? If there is truth in any of these timeline prognostications, not only will educators be concerned about learning but they will have to be more concerned about security and privacy.

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With Personalized Learning, Every Student Can Succeed

With Personalized Learning, Every Student Can Succeed | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Personalized learning has received a boost from the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here's how this new approach can improve student engagement.
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It occurs to me that not enough teachers (or administrators) really understand ESSA. I have not yet read the Every Student Succeeds Act nor have I read the recent iNACOL report, but I plan to do that over break. Even so, though ESSA doesn't go into full effect until the 2017-2018 school year, changes could be coming for students and educators for the 2016-2017 school year and there is every reason to moving towards those changes now.

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Global Should Be the Education Movement of 2017 for a Smart Planet

Global Should Be the Education Movement of 2017 for a Smart Planet | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Bonnie Lathram and Dave Potter - We challenge you to become a globally connected educator and join us in creating a Smart Planet in the new year.
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What I would LOVE to see is states and districts expressing less concern about standardized test results and more concern about the quality of learning in the classroom. I would LOVE to see administrators place more emphasis on parent engagement and involvement or at least understanding of how school is changing. I would LOVE to see teachers given the freedom to enable their students to learn in meaningful and exploratory ways. If we were able to do any of this in the slightest, I believe we would be on our way to better students with more globally enriched educations.

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How Does Social Media Slang Affect Learning? | Edudemic

How Does Social Media Slang Affect Learning? | Edudemic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The rampant use of social media/texting slang by teenagers is largely due to increased accessibility to mobile phones. How does that effect writing skills?
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We talk about making sure our kids are "future ready" or "global ready." That means helping them understand they have to navigate between their subculture's slang and "proper English." While it may be true that "[t]he need for social acceptance differs between cultures, thus those with a higher need for it would prefer to learn slang over proper English," the need to be aware of larger opportunities beyond their friends and peers is imperative. How to do that with kids whose primary concern is surviving middle or high school? Yep, that's a challenge.

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6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour

6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour | 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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Because Genius Hour is cool.

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Considerations on the MakerSpace Movement – By Tim Gard

Considerations on the MakerSpace Movement – By Tim Gard | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The Maker movement is not new, but its impact on education is in its infancy. Moreover, the thing with ‘newborn ideas’ is that there are always stumbling blocks, and larger learning curves.
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"The most important point about any Makerspace is that it allows students to control his or her learning. It is truly a constructivist environment that emphasizes inquiry; students feel empowered to learn because of the autonomy of the maker context and the excitement found in exploration and discovery."

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The most important point about any Makerspace is that it allows students to control his or her learning. It is truly a constructivist environment that emphasizes inquiry; students feel empowered to learn because of the autonomy of the maker context and the excitement found in exploration and discovery.
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Thinking on Their Feet: Instructional Carousels

Thinking on Their Feet: Instructional Carousels | 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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Looks like a great strategy! Looking forward to trying it.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 8, 2016 8:34 AM
I like the formula.
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Class Tech Tips: How To Strengthen Student Listening Skills with Podcasts | Tech Learning

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
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I love the use of podcasts in K-12 classrooms. I love the idea of kids creating podcasts to support/report their learning. I think podcasts could help many, many teachers, especially those with some student behavior challenges, students who reading below grade level, and students who just need to hear something more than once (or a dozen times) before they connect with it.

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26 YouTube shortcuts everyone should know

26 YouTube shortcuts everyone should know | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Educational technology resources, ideas, help guides, training videos, and news, with a focus on Google Apps for Education, from Eric Curts.
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Just a good FYI.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 8, 2016 8:31 AM
Personally, very helpful.
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Dealing With Digital Distraction in the Classroom

Dealing With Digital Distraction in the Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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For those faculty willing to try to let their students use their smartphones and for those who encourage any digital resource, here are some strategies and recommendations to help your students stay focused on the task at hand. Keep in mind, though, that some of the best learning is serendipitous--what we find when we're not really looking.

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What Learning Science Tells Us About How to Use Educational Technology

We talk to two researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative—one who is an expert on adaptive learning software and another who is a
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This is one of the reasons it's important to think in terms of TPACK (tpack.org). Using technology for the sake of using technology makes no sense. Educators and students must ask "why?" to make sure they know the right tool for the right task. Instead of tossing out options, let's make sure we know what some of our tools can do and which ones might be better in some learning situations than others.

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Fiction has significant role in social emotional learning

Fiction has significant role in social emotional learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Another strong reason for reading and for the liberal arts, as though we ever doubted. ;) We already know that kids can often learn how to navigate their own emotions or the emotions of friends and family through the fiction they read. We already know that reading fiction can open some unexpected doors to some pretty exciting places. I'm not sure why we have to keep justifying the importance of reading and reading fiction, but we'll keep doing it!

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5 Emerging Trends in Project-Based Learning | Getting Smart

5 Emerging Trends in Project-Based Learning | Getting Smart | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Rosie Clayton - These 5 emerging trends in project-based learning will continue to push the limits of the design and impact of PBL everywhere.
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For schools looking to finish strong in the 2016-2017 school year as well as those already planning for next school year, this is worth reading and considering.

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How Your Students Can Design Their Own Learning

How Your Students Can Design Their Own Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Students who get to decide the questions they ask and the products they create are engaged, invested, and proud of their school work.
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Lots of good ideas and lots of good resources for those of you interested in encouraging and supporting PBL as well as personalized learning.

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DEN Trend Report: 12/21/16

DEN Trend Report: 12/21/16 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
In this DEN Trend Report:
>The Nation’s Report Card Goes Digital  
>Authentic Project Based Learning… Santa Believes in PBL… Do You?
>7 things Gen Z students say about educational technology
>8 Steps to Evaluating Ed Tech Products
>In the marketplace: An NBA math program, coding tools, and a new literacy initiative
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Disclaimer: I get to consult for Discovery Education, even so what's really, really, REALLY cool about DE is that the organization listens to the educators it serves. They understand how hard it is to navigate the lines between federal/state/district expectations and try to do what makes sense in the classroom. And that is one of the reasons it's a privilege to work with DE.

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The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education
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As you wind down 2016 and begin to look towards 2017, think about the Twitter chats in which you want to participate or in which you'll lurk to learn (#lurk2learn). Don't miss these opportunities!

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 21, 2016 8:03 AM
Make 2017 the year you use Twitter and this list of education related hashtags make it easy. Make it a resolution and do not procrastinate. 
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We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change

We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By things I mean information. Perspectives. Ideologies. What’s socially acceptable and what’s not. Our collective cultural biases & intellectual prejudices.
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I agree in theory and to a point. If I were to open a charter school, it would be a 21st century version of a one-room schoolhouse. Kids would know there are standards for them to work towards and they would take some responsibility for how they would demonstrate their learning. However, the freedom to work without block scheduling and without expectations for certain types of teaching is nigh on impossible in most districts and for a whole host of reasons. The district and its grip on educational expectations is one; the testing industry's grip on assessment is another. If we could find a way to dump the mostly pointless standardized testing, teachers and students would be able to engage learning and discovery in amazing and profound ways. If only.

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Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A few of the top classroom management questions and answers that every novice teacher wants to know.
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Classroom management is one of the most important skills for any educator. It behooves us to revisit our classroom management strategies but also to think very particularly about the demographics of our students. We need to SEE them as they are not just as we want them to be, and then we need to help them see themselves as they could be.

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Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice

Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice | 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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The power of video is that teachers can often not only what they do, but how their students really do react to that particular learning experience.

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What Do You Mean My Kid Doesn’t Have Homework?

What Do You Mean My Kid Doesn’t Have Homework? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
It's time to move past our expectations that sending a worksheet home will help children learn in meaningful ways, writes Sandra Hulsner.
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Just "six minutes a day practicing can change the wiring" in a student's brain. Of course, getting some students to stay focused for six minutes is its own challenge, but this reminds us that sometimes is just a pointless slog, and then another thing to grade.

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Approaches to teaching and learning

Approaches to teaching and learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A blog about the ways that educational technology can transform teaching and learning.
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There is a reason "action plans" are called "action plans." Has something to do with that word ACTION. Such plans do no one any good if they are never reviewed, if the team never calibrates with them, if they are simply written and never actually acted on.

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