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Tech tools and teaching that will bring innovation, engagement, and improved learning to students (focus on middle school)
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IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience | Metropolis Magazine

IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience | Metropolis Magazine | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
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'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition

'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Initiatives seek to give students permanent online records for skills they have developed that they could then use when applying to college or for jobs.
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The Teacher as a Conductor of an Orchestra | Langwitches Blog

The Teacher as a Conductor of an Orchestra | Langwitches Blog | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Should Teachers Be More Like Conductors? This bog post from 2009 took me to the following TED talk by Itay Talgam. Although I am not a musician, nor listen to much classical music, I was mesmerized.
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100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School – Eternal Code

With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
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What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking

What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Beautiful and interactive site simply showing how cracking works and its environmental impact.
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Why Design Matters (Now More than Ever) | Signal Blog

Why Design Matters (Now More than Ever) | Signal Blog | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
by Woody Holliman We all know that design can play an essential role in the success of a new product or company, and it’s no secret that many of the most...
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You don't think all kids can learn?! | EdReach

You don't think all kids can learn?! | EdReach | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
On March 1st, the Seattle Times published an OpEd where the author argued that teachers can only teach the students who come to class motivated to learn, a...
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Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm | November Learning

Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm | November Learning | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

Years ago, when farms dominated our landscape, children were responsible for performing meaningful jobs that were vital to each family’s success. Depending on their age, children would care for animals, repair farm equipment, prepare food to sell at local markets and more. Children were essential to the very survival of the family. At the same time, these jobs taught children the value of hard work, leading them to become more productive citizens within their communities as adults.

The six jobs described below outline creative ways that your students can make valuable contributions to their learning community. While these jobs can be successfully implemented individually, it is bringing them together in harmony where we can create a more balanced vision of teaching and learning.

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Information Fluency: Staying Ahead of Web 2.0

Information Fluency: Staying Ahead of Web 2.0 | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

This workshop page is part of the Carl Heine and Dennis O'Connor's work shop for ICE (Illinois Computing Educators).  The work shop is scheduled for February 28th in St. Charles Illinois.


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10/10 really great article. Very intriguing. 

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Bring Your Own Technology Empowers Educators to Facilitate Learning

Bring Your Own Technology Empowers Educators to Facilitate Learning | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
As more students bring their own devices to school, Forsyth County Schools prepares teachers to facilitate learning and assess different kinds of work.

"It's not the kids and the parents that have the issue with it," said Tim Clark, district instructional technology specialist. "It's the teachers sometimes who are not comfortable teaching that way."

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A Day of Learning Made of Glass | MindShift

The focus on this second installment the company produced is learning — imagining the possibilities of augmented reality on school field trips and a community work table made of interactive glass where students collaborate on online projects alongside the teacher.

 

Wish we had this already!

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The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools | MindShift

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools | MindShift | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

Sometimes teachers and administrators need a kick in the pants to see what they perceive as problems re-framed in a different way.

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Pupils learn how to 'fail well'

Pupils learn how to 'fail well' | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
A top girls' school is planning a "failure week" to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.
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Lesson Idea: Teaching Writing With E-mail Spam

Lesson Idea: Teaching Writing With E-mail Spam | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Gillespie explains that teaching students about these digital cons not only prepares them for a "serious threat" that intensifies as kids get older, but also gives teachers an opportunity to "zoom in on the persuasive language techniques used in spam emails." By the end of the unit, Gillespie says, his students could identify the terms of endearment used to lure readers.
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Good Riddance to the Five-Paragraph Essay?

Good Riddance to the Five-Paragraph Essay? | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
He suggests that teachers go back to Aristotle's original structure for writing persuasive essays, because it allows students to incorporate "compare/contrast, cause/effect, definition, or analysis paragraphs as appropriate," as opposed to the five-paragraph essay that mostly forces them to write in expository paragraphs. He also writes that Aristotle's form should be coupled with the College Board's recommended format called SOAP (Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose), which helps students pinpoint the rhetorical context that they are writing for and provides a limitless structure for their writing.
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Innovation Excellence | Can Innovation Skills Be Learned?

Innovation Excellence | Can Innovation Skills Be Learned? | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Putting the research together, some of the most essential qualities of a successful innovator appear to be the following:

curiosity, which is a habit of asking good questions and a desire to understand more deeply
collaboration, which begins with listening to and learning from others who have perspectives and expertise that are very different from your own
associative or integrative thinking
a bias toward action and experimentation
But as an educator and a parent what I find most significant in this list is that they represent a set of skills and habits of mind that can be nur­tured, taught, and mentored! Many of us tend to assume that some people are born naturally creative or innovative — and others are not. But all of the experts whom I’ve cited share the belief that most people can become more creative and innovative — given the right environment and opportunities. Indeed, Judy Gilbert’s job is to continue to develop the capacities of Google employees to become more innovative.
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Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm | November Learning

Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm | November Learning | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

The six jobs described below outline creative ways that your students can make valuable contributions to their learning community. While these jobs can be successfully implemented individually, it is bringing them together in harmony where we can create a more balanced vision of teaching and learning.

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Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)

Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized) | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
I love a good infographic! After all, knowledge is power and the visualization of data makes absorbing information all the easier. Well-designed infographics have a way of pulling me into a subject...
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Teaching students to be inventive | The Dish

“I wonder what would happen if instead of waking up every day and going to school to learn yet another formula, yet another piece of information, kids would wake up every day to go to school to invent something new . . . every day, a new invention, every day, a big idea,” said PAULO BLIKSTEIN, assistant professor in the Stanford School of Education.
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How to use JING screen capture tool

Free ICT technology help videos for JING for MFL teachers...

 

Really good for beginners.Very simple.

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How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift

How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

Explaining how to distinguish the important words has sometimes proven challenging with younger students. Recently, however, fellow Googler AJ Kimbembe observed that the mark-up process reminded him of rebuses. You might remember these puzzles from childhood, where select words in a narrative are replaced with pictures.

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Life in an Inquiry Driven, Technology Embedded, Connected Classroom: English | NWP Digital Is

Life in an Inquiry Driven, Technology Embedded, Connected Classroom: English | NWP Digital Is | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
Great article with concrete examples of projects that work
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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it
A North Carolina school district has quietly emerged as a model digital school, with thousands of laptops issued to students and test scores up across the board.
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How Computer Games Help Children Learn | MindShift

How Computer Games Help Children Learn | MindShift | Tech Tools for Schools and School Libraries | Scoop.it

Epistemic games are computer games that are essentially about learning to think in innovative ways. They’re designed to be pedagogical tools for the digital age where the player learns to think like professionals by playing a simulated game of such professions as management, engineering, journalism or urban planning.

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The Advantage of Google Docs in Education | edSocialMedia

It’s no secret that Google Docs has made teachers more effective at teaching writing. After making a full Google Docs integration this year in my history classroom, I will never go back. My students are required to write every paper in Google Docs. This way, I can help with the process and not just the finished product.

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