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Common Core Wars: The English Teachers Strike Back - Blogcritics.org (blog)

Common Core Wars: The English Teachers Strike Back - Blogcritics.org (blog) | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Blogcritics.org (blog)Common Core Wars: The English Teachers Strike BackBlogcritics.org (blog)With the new Common Core State Standards now being recognized by forty-six states and three territories, there is a gradual awareness among non-educators...
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We Are Teachers

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Learn how brain differences affect struggling readers, and steps teachers can take to address those differences in the classroom.
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First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices

First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
I previously wrote about the importance of beginning a class focusing on the learners in the room as opposed to the content to be covered in Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Co...

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A Huge List of Teacher Deals For You!

A Huge List of Teacher Deals For You! | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
We got this list via email the other day, and since we know everyone loves a good deal, thought it was worth sharing. Compiled by an independent website, it claims to be one of the most thorough lists of deals and discounts for teachers out there.
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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs | Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs | Edudemic | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to

7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Semicolons should be used rarely, if at all. And beware dangling modifiers!
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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments

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Vicki Hansen's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:04 AM

Docs Teach sponsored by National Archives remains my favorite, but the LIFE photos are fantastic and searchable by decade.  All provide valuable links to support Common Core standards.

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MEAP move to Michigan Treasury is 'timeout for bad behavior,' could affect federal funds

MEAP move to Michigan Treasury is 'timeout for bad behavior,' could affect federal funds | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Legislators are framing the move as an attempt to give control of testing the state's students to a "more responsive" department.
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Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math

Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
According to math educators, mathematical imagery is what students are missing, and what causes confusion. "Mathematics is a way to read the world of nature and technology around us. If a teacher can convey this, the entire world becomes an exciting textbook.”
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Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.
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How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy? | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.
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Why Common Core Won't Work - American Thinker

Why Common Core Won't Work - American Thinker | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
WND.com Why Common Core Won't Work American Thinker The debate over Common Core in public schools is not about education, but rather about the institutionalization and homogenization of education.
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A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

"Pad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students."


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, September 22, 2013 10:20 PM

This Educators Technology post, featured by John Evans' Scoop It page, addresses several items regarding iPads and the effective integration of mobile devices.  Some of those features includes, iPad integration evaluation rubrics, iPad usage oath/policies, app recommendations and more beneficial resources. 

Ingrid Russell's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:30 AM

Essential iPad info here.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, September 24, 2013 9:13 PM

For the younger generation it's "Love at first Swipe"

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Education-2020 - 21st Century Learning

Education-2020 - 21st Century Learning | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
RT @csctfl: What do 21st century learners need ? http://t.co/HPeEQ9kAev http://t.co/2QM1f4w2nD
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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom.
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How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog | Teaching Now | Scoop.it

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Embracing a New Approach to Standardized Testing

Embracing a New Approach to Standardized Testing | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
From the implementation of the Common Core, to the recent debate surrounding teacher tenure, nearly every issue in public education today can be seen as a facet of a single, fundamental policy question: how should we use standardized assessments...
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Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader

Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Grammar check, instant proofreading, and plagiarism detection. Improve your writing with Grammarly - the leading online English grammar and plagiarism checker
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Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC

Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC | Teaching Now | Scoop.it

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Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts | Visual.ly

Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts | Visual.ly | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
We're in the middle of a Copyright Infringement epidemic happening on the Internet right now. Copyright is misunderstood and as a result webmasters an

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How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile? | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter.
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Watch Out TED Talks: Here Comes A New Generation

Watch Out TED Talks: Here Comes A New Generation | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
TED-Ed is launching a new program for schools with materials to walk students through the process of identifying, developing and presenting their own big ideas in TED talk style.
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Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
More schools are collecting and using information about student attendance and grades to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.
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Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | Teaching Now | Scoop.it
Reading aloud to older children -- even up to age 14, who can comfortably read to themselves -- has benefits both academic and emotional, according to researchers.
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7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Now | Scoop.it

"Today while I was reading a short article on the importance of videos in education, it dawned on me to compile a list of some of the best video creation tools to share with you here. I do have a separate section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have been featuring a plethora of video tools . But today's collection is somehow different not only because it contains the cream of the crop but also because these tools are all web based.

All of the web tools below do not require any software installation and you can work on them right from your browser. I am pretty sure you will find them very useful particularly  when working on video projects with your students. Please have a look and share with us if we have missed any important title. Enjoy!"


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Pratima Patil's comment, September 25, 2013 3:00 AM
Cool stuff. I loved creating my own videos.
Character Minutes's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:22 AM

Students could create use one of these to make their own "character" commercial or the teacher could use it to introduce the "monthly" character trait.

Jorge Leal's comment, September 25, 2013 12:23 PM
Pow toon is a good option, but I had problem when I tried to export the video.
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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Teaching Now | Scoop.it

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner