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Teachers, is there much difference in our perceptions?

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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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Should schools gorge on gadgets? - BBC News

Should schools gorge on gadgets? - BBC News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
What if all of the gadgets brought by schools are a huge waste of money which would be better spent on employing more teachers?
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The easy answer is no, school should not gorge on gadgets. School leaders need to make thoughtful decisions about technology. Whenever they make a decision about technology, they have to be acutely aware of its impending obsolescence, but shouldn't forestall buying decisions because of that. Those idling interactive whiteboards? Quite possibly because teachers haven't gotten sufficient training on how to use them effectively in their classrooms. Successful implementation of technology isn't just about the device, but about the training and support offered by the school and district leadership.

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15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning - Edudemic

15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning - Edudemic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Let's say you start digital learning by encouraging students to use Animoto or just use a device in the classroom. Then what?
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Just an observation: students will not really learn unless they are encouraged and allowed to be inquisitive about something. If they are given any kind of resource with step-by-step directions of what to do and how to do it, they are not really learning. . .except how to follow step-by-step directions.

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How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique.


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You know there are tinkerers among your students. Perhaps you are one. Perhaps you have that space in your garage or in that back room and it's cluttered with the disemboweled or broken, or jars or containers of extra pieces of stuff. The taking apart process is half the fun; the other half may be equal parts discovering how it worked and figuring out how to make it work again or make it do something entirely different.

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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The short answer is "yes." You might also use Padlet, About.me, Evernote, or Weebly (and many others that other folks might recommend). As is the case with digital options, there are MANY. Choose the one that makes the most sense for you and your teaching style, grade level, etc. And have fun with it! As important as it is to demonstrate professionalism, it's also important to demonstrate digital literacy and creativity.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 19, 8:45 AM

Yes. I absolutely think every teacher should have one of these.

Verity Cole's curator insight, January 21, 3:46 PM

Useful stuff.  Though I'm not convinced an ELT professional needs a Digital Teaching Portfolio as well as a website.  The former seems to be a pared down version of the latter?

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3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing

3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

I am back on my soapbox... ...because I continue to see great things happening in classrooms, but get blank stares, when I ask, if these things are being shared beyond the school building.. . 


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. . .because sharing contributes to the collaborative and learning culture.

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2015: The Year of On Demand

2015: The Year of On Demand | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Technological advancements always empower people to behave differently. . . 


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Oh yes. Technology advances have often astounding influences on our lives and our behavior, some quite unexpected. This article underscores not only how technology influences how we work and communicate, but how we think about how we work and communicate.

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Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

It's so important for students to learn how to frame and ask questions. These are great pointers for developing questions, but it's important to read the article to have (much!!) better context:

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Do not stop to judge, discuss, edit, or answer any question.
  3. Write down every question exactly as it was asked.
  4. Change any statements into questions.
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13 Digital Strategies For Teacher Collaboration

13 Digital Strategies For Teacher Collaboration | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Start Something: 13 Digital Strategies For Teacher Collaboration

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There are so many ways to collaborate and these are some outstanding suggestions. Just pick one to try before the end of January, or maybe before the end of winter. Of course, that could vary depending on where you live.

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All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes

All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The myth of preferred learning styles states that people learn better when they are taught in a way that matches their preferred style. Yet there is little evidence to support this claim, and plenty of reason to doubt it.

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Mark Rasi's curator insight, January 19, 2:10 AM

A good resource to look through when on the "more personalised, more variety" mindset goes too far???

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche

Diving into a great novel can be an immersive experience that makes your mind come alive. Want to give your brain a workout? Open a foreign language novel.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

It's a two-year-old post, but worth revisiting. Reading is good for you!!!

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Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation?

Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
We think of praise as a good thing, even admirable. Don’t we praise our kids when they show us the drawing that they made in art class? To be anti-praise is almost like being anti-good person.

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"Positive and negative feedback are tied to objective standards of excellence, and give the message that the goal of education is to reach standards of excellence, not gain teacher approval." And there you have it.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 5, 1:32 PM

I teach veteran teachers how to do something new.  My students are masters of their content. Most arrive with significant teaching skill and a good deal of anxiety at being out of their comfort zone. 


Any yet they persist. They take the RISK of failing and turn the opportunity into new learning.  


Of utmost importance in this article is the sound, research backed advice on how to give more effective feedback.  Indeed specific feedback trumps general praise.  This is an excellent and thought provoking read! 

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http://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/winter-2005-2006/ask-cognitive-scientist. Check out this article on praise. I found it to be very interesting and the parameters for praise given here are some good practices to follow when giving praise. It can be done with without undermining student motivation. Don't let "titles" get in the way...call it praise or feedback...we all need and instinctively give one form or the other. Both articles are a great read!
Simon Awuyo's curator insight, January 16, 2:26 AM

Praise is an incentive. Every one likes to be praised for work well done.

It enhances performance.

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The Power of Digital Story

The Power of Digital Story | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Teachers can use their students' world of digital media to nurture the listening, sharing, and persuasion that have long been part of oral and written storytelling.

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I think we all love a good story. We know that anecdotal evidence is mostly a (non-fiction) story to emphasize a point or to demonstrate or showcase a point. We also know it can be hard to tell a story well and even harder to write that story, and to know when to use "that" and when to use "who." That point will make sense to some after reading the opening paragraphs of the article.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 8, 11:42 AM

DIgital storytelling...always great creative outlet.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, January 9, 10:51 AM

In times when students are less likely to pick up a pen and jot down a story in longhand, it makes good sense to use technology to nurture creativity albeit in the digital format. If your student is reluctant to turn in a a paper that is handwritten, it might be better to allow him or her to turn in an assignment that has been word-processed than to have nothing at all. The dynamic  and versatile nature of digital technology, however has resulted in  wide ranging options for creativity in students. Some students turned up some amazing videos on advertisements which they had been given as a summer vacation task. Some of these were uploaded on you-tube. Similarly, when students of Grade eleven word processed their thesis papers and sent their first and second drafts online, it made for an easier assessment by their teacher who colour coded the errors for further rectification. The final products that were turned in by the students were of the best possible quality. The proliferation of social networking sites can also be explored to encourage students to use digital media to nurture listening (You tube) sharing, (Facebook) and persuasion (twitter) to further creativity and add zest to assignments! I personally use my blog to connect to students, and I find this digital medium to be  one of the most effective digital mediums to connect to my students when they are not there in the class with me. So then why not encourage a student to start a blog as a means to express his or her ideas, or why not ask a student to tweet his opinions on a burning topic? Tweeting which is a micro-blogging options is an art which helps the learner express ideas in the shortest possible form should not be overlooked if it can be used to further expression!

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Why I'm Teaching My Kids That Sharing Isn't Always a Good Thing - Huffington Post

Why I'm Teaching My Kids That Sharing Isn't Always a Good Thing - Huffington Post | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
When it comes to sharing, it's not just about you. It's also the information you share about others, starting with those closest to you....
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Privacy rights. Digital citizenship. Awareness of how large one's digital footprint might be. Even if we can't imagine the kind of notoriety some celebrities and other public figures garner as a result of a mistimed or badly phrased tweet, we should be learning from those choices of when and what to share and with whom and how.

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

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I love Terry's observation that PBL isn't always linear even if the graphic suggests it is, though I've seen some project launch presentations from project management offices that look a lot like this. There is a recursive nature to any project-based effort, whether it's learning and doing in the classroom or learning and doing in the work place.

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

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"Students who have grown up in the current school system are used to being told exactly what they need to do in order to succeed. But the emphasis on grades and college can sometimes have the unintended consequence of making learning all about achieving an external goal and not about the learning itself." True. So when we teach kids the importance of asking questions and how to learn to ask the better questions, we work towards ensuring our students are learning how to learn.

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Tips on Choosing Technology Devices for Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Tips on Choosing Technology Devices for Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Tips on evaluating and choosing technology devices for your classroom in order to provide more personalized solutions.

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I love the idea of having a mix of resources so teachers can tailor, em, personalize (?) the technology to the learning objectives and needs of the students. Next week I'll be working with a school district that is exposing--and TRAINING--teachers on a range of technology options (LearnPad, iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) and letting them choose what to use when. Smart. Really smart.

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Mark Fuson's curator insight, January 27, 8:42 AM

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft has to offer to compete with the Chromebook. I wish the author had gone into more detail about exactly what features (or lack thereof) of the Chromebook made it a poor choice in upper-grade levels.

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Top 10 benefits of a digital classroom

Top 10 benefits of a digital classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A digital classroom concept works in tandem with their vision to adopt to world class education practices for their students and teachers.

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A reminder that digital learning is a global concern as is technology integration and the successful implementation of digitally-oriented, student-focused instructional practices.

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Beatrice J. P. Vasconcelos's curator insight, January 19, 3:28 PM

Acho que precisamos nos aproximar disto...

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Shifting To Visual Teaching

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Shifting To Visual Teaching

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I believe many educators already incorporate the visual in their teaching. I am reluctant to join the chorus to "shift to visual teaching," but I do think we need to consider in what situations we can use visual teaching to help students make connections so they can achieve the learning you wish and hope for them.

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Margarita Gutiérrez's curator insight, January 16, 7:25 AM

"We need to become visual teachers"


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One Of The Most Common Theories Of Effective Education May Be A Myth - Business Insider

One Of The Most Common Theories Of Effective Education May Be A Myth - Business Insider | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
There's no evidence that you have a "best" way of learning information.
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What we've known as learning style may be more appropriately called "learning preference."

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What's the Point of Assessment?

What's the Point of Assessment? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.
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A thoughtful article reflecting on the value and purpose of any kind of assessment--what it says about us as educators and what it tells us AND OUR STUDENTS about THEIR learning.

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Great Educational Tools for School Cancellation Days

Great Educational Tools for School Cancellation Days | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Thanks to some technology tools for educators, snow cancellation days don’t have to be a complete loss of teaching time with your students.

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As I watch the snow swirl through the corridors of the city skyscrapers, this seems even more timely and relevant.

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Technology in the Classroom: Don't Believe the Hype - NEA Today

Technology in the Classroom: Don't Believe the Hype - NEA Today | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Lawmakers and tech gurus say technology in the classroom is the only road to better schools and U.S. competitiveness. Is this hype supported by facts?
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I am a technology advocate. I'm also a sucker for a provocative title. I will say again what others and I have said repeatedly, though evidently not often enough nor loudly enough: DO NOT START WITH THE TECHNOLOGY. We do not need a new vision nor do we need "technologies that are based on what we know about the process of learning" or that "take advantage of the mobile, network technologies of today." We have tons of technology. What every school and/or district needs is a vision and a plan for the integration of technology and a plan for who gets to choose what technology options will be school- or district-wide and what will be left up to the teacher. What every school and district needs is a plan and process to provide training and support for teachers and students. Technology can make a difference, but it's just another resource.

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The Future is Learning, But What About Schooling? - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

The Future is Learning, But What About Schooling? - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

"I come to my fascination with learning and schooling, as most educators do, through deep life experience."

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

This is a bit of a commercial for Dr. Elmore's MOOC through HarvardX. Setting that aside, he takes a bit of time to get to the point that too often "school" means "getting a teacher's approval" rather being a place that provides opportunities for learning. And too often we confuse "learning" for "getting a teacher's approval" or "getting a good grade" rather than, well, learning. . .and true in K-12 as well as higher education.

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Distance learning is revolutionizing education

Distance learning is revolutionizing education | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Students of any age are able to learn, at any time and from anywhere.
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Digital learning capability is becoming commonplace, but I just read a grant application which reminded me that not every student has access to one or more devices and/or to the Internet. We simply cannot forget those who do not have access in our rush to incorporate the digital.

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Calling all nerds: How can we make K-12 education more student-focused

Calling all nerds: How can we make K-12 education more student-focused | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
We're sending out the nerd Bat-Signal: Tackle a local problem, get your ideas some airtime and win prizes to help you make it happen.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Love this idea. Shouldn't be limited to nerds. Every school district should be doing this. Now.

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