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Developing Minds Want to Know: Q&A with Farb Nivi, creator of Learnist - Appolicious

Developing Minds Want to Know: Q&A with Farb Nivi, creator of Learnist - Appolicious | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Developing Minds Want to Know: Q&A with Farb Nivi, creator of LearnistAppoliciousTen years ago I was successfully using social learning as an instructional design within the classroom when I started to notice all of the mobile-enabled communication...

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Applying and Integrating Media and Technology for Learning in a Traditional or Post Modern Classroom.
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5 Good Lesson Planning Tools for Teachers

5 Good Lesson Planning Tools for Teachers | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
In yesterday’s post we reviewed web tools that you can use to create interactive lessons, lessons that integrate a wide variety of multimedia materials. In today’s post, we are sharing with you another collection of web tools in the same direction. These are tools to help you with  your lesson planning. Besides allowing you to design engaging teaching materials, they also provide you with practical functionalities to monitor students learning and track their progress using features such as quizzes and discussions.

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David Byrne & Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Importance of an Arts Education (and How It Strengthens Science & Civilization) Open Culture

Unless you’re a policy geek or an educator, you may never have heard of the “STEM vs. STEAM” debate. STEM, of course, stands for the formula of “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics” as a baseline for educational curriculum. STEAM argues for the necessity of the arts, which in primary and secondary education have waxed and waned depending on prevailing theory and, perhaps more importantly, political will.


Andrew Carnegie may have donated handsomely to higher education, but he frowned on the study of “dead languages” and other useless pursuits. Industrialist Richard Teller Crane opined in 1911 that no one with “a taste for literature has the right to be happy” because “the only men entitled to happiness… are those who are useful.”

It’s a long way from thinking of poets as “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” as Percy Shelley wrote in his “Defence of Poetry” 90 years earlier, but Shelley’s essay shows that even then the arts needed defending. By the time we get to STEM thinking, the arts have disappeared entirely from the conversation, become an afterthought, as venture capitalists, rather than wealthy industrialists, decide to trim them away from public policy and private investment.


The situation may be improving, as more educators embrace STEAM, but “there’s tension,” as Neil DeGrasse Tyson says in the excerpt above from his StarTalk interview show on Nat Geo. In the kinds of funding crises most school districts find themselves in, “school boards are wondering, do we cut the art, do we keep the science?”


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Where Words are Stored: The Brain's Meaning Map

Where Words are Stored: The Brain's Meaning Map | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Semantic information lives all over the cortex

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8 Reflective Questions To Help Any Student Think About Their Learning - TeachThought

8 Reflective Questions To Help Any Student Think About Their Learning - TeachThought | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Why the brain actually benefits from reflection is a matter of neurology, but the extensive research is clear: Prediction, reflection, and metacognition are pillars for the thoughtful classroom. The questions below were created to be, as much as possible, useful with most students at most ages and grade levels with a little rewording.

Perhaps most crucially, by shifting their reflection from content to thought, students have the chance to put themselves back at the center of the learning process. When they reflect, students reimagine what happened in both 1st and 3rd person–as they were seen, and as they saw through their own eyes. How? A sample response for a 7th or 8th grader might be:

I guess I was most creative today when we were given a chance to create our own metaphors for the ways rain forests help the planet “breathe.” Why? Maybe because it forced me to think about something visually, which meant we could come up with our own answers! 

In reflecting, the student had to think both about their own feelings (when they felt something), and how they might be perceived (what others might consider ‘creative’).

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Prediction, Reflection, and Metacognition. We can make this a regular practice in any grade level classroom. These questions and others can provide the pathway.
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Media Use by Tweens and Teens: Infographic // Common Sense Media

Media Use by Tweens and Teens: Infographic // Common Sense Media | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

For full infographic and more details of the analyses, see: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens-infographic#


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Clarisketch -Take a Picture, Talk & Draw

Clarisketch -Take a Picture, Talk & Draw | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

Clarisketch can be played in any browser. Friends and colleagues do not need to install Clarisketch


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Useful tool for creating speaking and listening activities.

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Leaders Grow Leaders: How You Can Encourage Your Employees to Lead

Leaders Grow Leaders: How You Can Encourage Your Employees to Lead | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
“An important part of leadership is helping others step up into their leadership. Learn how you can encourage more people to be leaders.”
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Totally agree, leaders must grow other leaders. If they are not then they are a pied piper!

 

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Education and cognitive science are largely separate worlds that have begun communicating only in the last decade, partly because “teachers see all sorts of reforms come and go, and they’re skeptical — and rightly so — of anyone who comes in and says, “Well, I’m going to tell you how to make the kids learn better,” he said.

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Some useful tips to share with students.

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How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class?

How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Create A Cell Phone Jail Have you ever tried to have students leave their cell phones in their lockers and a mysterious glow comes from under their desk? I got tired of the cell [...]

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Some research suggests a tech break every 20-30 minutes. It helps students learn to self-regulate their behavior.
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Why We Should All Be Data Literate

Why We Should All Be Data Literate | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
If you’re data illiterate, there’s a good chance that your designs—based on the data you don’t understand—will be rubbish.

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Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators @GravesColleen @Edutopia

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators @GravesColleen @Edutopia | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Future-ready librarians are transforming traditional school libraries into bustling makerspaces where creativity and learning go hand in hand. The maker environment has the potential to teach our students to work collaboratively in ways that our curriculum often does not. Many of our students leave school lacking the abilities to solve problems, work in groups, act as leaders, and deal with failure because these skills aren’t covered in the curriculum. The good news is that these are all skills that can be gained through collaborative making and participatory learning in a makerspace. I find that combining making and research is beneficial to students because making is inquiry driven.

When you start out embedding making in the curriculum, it is essential to share with teachers the relevance of making as problem solving and the importance of process so that they don’t end up with glitter catapult assignments or extra crafty English language arts assignments that turn out more like craft experiments than true project-based learning. Sit down with teachers and look through the curriculum for places where a hands-on project could create learning across disciplines.

Whether you are teaching librarians or teachers, your professional development needs to get all educators to understand that the process and meaning a student gets from making are the most important aspects to making and education. The final product may be faulty, and that’s okay. At my campus, I work on explaining to all of our students that persevering after failure is what leads to innovation. Making stuff is cool, but the real learning happens from the meaning you get from making.

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Six Ways to Successfully Build Relationships with Your Students

Six Ways to Successfully Build Relationships with Your Students | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
It is all about relationships when it comes to education. This is probably something that you have heard a million times, but have you really stopped to think about the true effect relationships have on your students? Study after study has shown that a classroom teacher is the number one contributor to student achievement, even above the parent, peers, the entire school, or poverty.

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Phone Photography 101: How to Take Good Pictures With Your Phone

Phone Photography 101: How to Take Good Pictures With Your Phone | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

Taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there -- I'm sure you've seen at least a few.

 

What's the secret to taking great pictures with your smartphone, then? As it turns out, there are a few of them.

 

Check out these tips below to improve your smartphone photography game. (And once you have the photo-taking part down, check out some of the best photo editing apps for mobile.)...


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HubSpot shares helpful tips for taking your smartphone photography game from good to great.

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HubSpot shares helpful tips for taking your smartphone photography game from good to great.

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How important is vocabulary? Tim Shanahan

How important is vocabulary? Tim Shanahan | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
FN: We think vocabulary is a hidden driver of long term outcomes in both reading and in school overall.  In Reading Reconsidered we advise teachers to invest more heavily in it.  But vocabulary has an assessment problem. It’s hard to tell how good students’ vocabulary is or how fast vocabularies are growing.  Any practical thoughts on measurement of vocabulary for schools?
 

TS: Vocabulary is important—especially as one moves up the grades and confronts texts that use a more diversified collection of words. The correlation of vocabulary and comprehension is surprisingly low in the earliest grades, but that correlation increases every year as students advance through school. Initially vocabulary isn’t that important because the word load of most beginning reading materials don’t exceed children’s oral language development (for years, publishers worked very hard at making sure, in fact, that the vocabulary demands of early textbooks did not exceed what children were likely to know in this regard). But, as this question notes, vocabulary assessment is challenging. If all that you want to know is whether a student is making progress in vocabulary development from year to year or what their normative level of vocabulary knowledge might be, then there are standardized instruments like the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test that can be group administered. The benefit of such testing is that it should account for both the intentional and incidental aspects of vocabulary learning. Students certainly can learn words that are taught to them, but a substantial share of vocabulary development results from independent reading, media experience, and social interactions, when there may be no real intent to learn new words. However, what we often really want to know is how much impact our intentional efforts to foster vocabulary growth are having, and for that I would suggest simply keeping track of all the words that kids are exposed to through instruction and evaluating their knowledge of random sets of these words from time to time. Thus, let’s say across the curriculum, you were introducing/exposing/teaching 20 words per week. Perhaps at the end of the month you would randomly select 20 of these 80 to 100 words, to estimate what percentage of these kids were maintaining. Then at the end of two months, you’d have 160-180 words to choose from, and so on. This would not tell you how fast kids’ vocabularies were growing because it would ignore all the incidental learning that we know takes place, but it would allow teachers to estimate how effective their vocabulary teaching efforts were and if some kids were benefiting more than others.

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Setting Expectations and Tone for your Classroom

Setting Expectations and Tone for your Classroom | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Classroom Expectations
The first step towards smooth classroom management is having clear classroom expectations. Both you and your students need to know what types of behaviors are expected in your classroom and what will happen if those expectations are not met. Even young students can be involved in creating and following expectations! In this video, watch preschool teacher Jennifer Hawkins communicate and reinforce classroom norms. Now watch how expectations can be set with older students.

Set the Tone
Once you’ve established expectations, it’s up to you to set the tone for your classroom. Think about creating an environment where students feel safe, respected, and able to take risks. Watch how Nick Romognolo communicates clear expectations while setting the tone for his algebra class. Then watch how another math teacher, Marlo Warburton, sets the tone for her class. What can you do on a daily basis to create the classroom community you’re hoping for?

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The Secret of Finland’s Amazing Success

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A recent article in The Guardian in the U.K. revealed the secret of Europe's most successful school system: Finland. It is a four-letter word: P-L-A-Y. The author, Patrick Butler, visited the Franzenia daycare center and describes what he saw.
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Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1

Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1 | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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iTalk Recorder on the App Store

iTalk Recorder is a full-featured recording app with a streamlined and intuitive user interface. Press the big red button to record; press it again to stop. You can append to existing recordings, choose from three levels of recording quality (11.025, 22.05, or 44.10 kHz sample rates), and manage your recordings, all with just a fingertip.


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Make high quality recordings and share them quickly and easily from your mobile. Great for providing on the spot pronunciation support or listening activities.

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Open education and the Unenlightenment

Open education and the Unenlightenment | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Generally I don’t go in for a romantic view of the past, and a sense of displeasure with the present. We forget just how grim the past was for most people, for most of history. But lately, I&…

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If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral

If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
“Children go out in the world, they look, they see—and a camera is another way for them to capture that,” says Tovah P. Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive. “You were putting him in the world to look around.” And the stamps and games? “Those took him out of it.” The digital add-ons are a distraction that pulls their focus (literally) away from picture-taking and into a world of silly hats and goofy effects. And developmentally, little kids are very bad at filtering out distractions. “The more simple the toy they’re given,” Klein says, “the more they discover for themselves.”

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The Four Stages of Reading Students Should Know about

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How to Read a Book   by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is one of the most celebrated classic works in the reading literature. I

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How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation

How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

These days, your online presence is your resume. It’s also the best way to promote your personal and professional brand. Haven’t yet jumped on the social media bandwagon? Now is the time.


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Some tips for teachers.

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Raising awareness about the importance of digital reputation management might save us of making mistakes that could put our lives (or any field) at risk. An image, a post or a comment could end up being a disaster for our professional fields if they are not along with social conventions about social behaviours. In additon, as social networks allow people to get a fast and massive access to information, we need to pay closer attention to the kind of content we publish since these spaces, nowadays, can even play the role of a resume for a job interview (as Scoop.it slogan says, "You are the content you publish"). My suggestion, then, could be to have our several social domains in separate virtual spaces instead of migled into only one, or limiting our virtual spaces to determined or previously set objectives.
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Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16

Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16 | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Online live event
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.

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Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs? Blended Learning

What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs? Blended Learning | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
All learning should be personal – we are teaching individual students, after all – but when advocates talk about “personalized learning” they are often describing programs and teaching methods that look unlike the typical school. They envision school as a place where students have more control over their own studies; where they are not constrained by age or grade level; where children can move through subjects as fast or slowly as they need.

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Sugata Mitra appeals to education decision makers to allow use of the Internet during exams

Sugata Mitra appeals to education decision makers to allow use of the Internet during exams | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
The future of pedagogy has got to allow spontaneous order as a new method in children’s education in the presence of the Internet. Internet must permeate the education system.
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Uso de internet durante los exámenes?

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Use of Internet during exams

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This is inevitable. The education systems need to prepare accordingly and be ready to embrace the concept. The way we assess needs to change dramatically.