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Sony K-12 initiative puts the Xperia Tablet S into schools

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In addition to access to special tablet pricing, educators can also utilize the Sony Education Ambassador (SEA) community, a free online destination that provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the ...
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Applying and Integrating Media and Technology for Learning in a Traditional or Post Modern Classroom.
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

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Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand.
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A Simple Guide to Writing a Memorable Speech [Infographic]

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While a lot of credit should go to a person's oratory skills, there are elements of great, memorable speeches we can bring into our own practice.

Want to create a truly memorable, persuasive speech of your own? Check out the infographic below from PapersMaster to learn the elements of a great topic, how to structure your speech to achieve the best response, how to construct the body to support your claim, how to prepare to give your speech, and tips for a successful delivery. (For more de

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5 Must Read Books On The Science of Learning

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Learning is a complex cognitive phenomena that has been and is still the central theme of a wide variety of scientific studies. The overarching question ‘how we learn what we learn’ intrigued scientists across different disciplines and generated tons of literature on the topic. Informative insights coming out of these studies have not only demystified the workings of human cognition but have also shaped pedagogy and teaching methodology in unprecedented ways (e.g. multiple intelligence theory and learning styles). In this month's Books for Teachers, we are sharing with you five popular books on the topic of learning. You may want to bookmark and save them to read in your upcoming vacation. Enjoy

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At and Away From Your Desk: Free Apps That Are Essential for Busy Educators - Teachers With Apps

At and Away From Your Desk: Free Apps That Are Essential for Busy Educators - Teachers With Apps | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Any educator understands that a lot of their time is spent working on lesson plans and grading outside of the classroom. That lecture or long school day is only the beginning of a long work day. But the outside work is just as important to making sure students are receiving the best education they can get. The process outside of school doesn’t have to be a grueling affair. Now that the school year has begun, it’s time to look at some of the proven IOS/Android apps for anyone who’s in the business of teaching young minds.

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* * NOWHERE TO HIDE * * Ashley’s “Normal” Education? Part 1

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How much do you know about the impacts of developmental trauma? Got 60 seconds?
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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

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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 24, 1:25 AM

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

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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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Questions about the Creative Mind

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What does creativity mean? If you were to ask 10 people to define creativity, you are likely to get 10 unique and different perspectives. There are a number of creativity theorists who have made a career trying to define and study creativity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at the Quality of Life Research Center, suggested that exceptionally creative people are described as individuals who work hard for long periods of time with a clearly set intention in a domain in which they have a deep interest. Keith Sawyer, author of Group Genius, agrees that creativity consists of a lot of hard work but added that creativity is enhanced by consistently engaging in practices that develop good ideas. Eva Hoff, Lund University, positions creativity as the combination of two or more elements of reality in a new way with the intention to do something original. Thomas R. Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, relates creativity to the thought process; however, Mark Runco, Professor at UGA, links creativity to bringing something new into existence, such as an invention, design, or work of art. Some theorists characterize creativity as a state of mature emotional intelligence, mental flexibility, and field independence (not relying on information provided by others).

When defining creativity, should it be characterized as personal creativity in order to consider individual differences? Does a child’s style preference (selfish vs. altruistic), attitude, level of curiosity, imagination, emotional maturity, stress tolerance, and self-efficacy impact creativity? Do birth order, extracurricular activities, cultural background, peer pressure, socioeconomic status, parental style (rigid vs. relaxed), and school culture influence creativity? How do all these individual differences work together in group creativity? Christophe Mouchiroud and Frank Zenasni, René Descartes University, have studied the individual differences in the development of social creativity, and determined that novel thinking can lead to behaviors which have a benefit to efficiently solving problems occurring in groups.

What role does imagination play in creativity? Are child paracosms (pretend play and imaginary worlds) a precursor to adult creativity? Eva Hoff stated that pretend play is a “necessary” part of the creative process in both adults and children. Marjorie Taylor, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, studied the perspectives of a variety of theorists and found conceptual agreement that “imagination is a multifaceted capacity that emerges early in life, develops substantially during the preschool years, and continues to be fundamental to human thought throughout life.” Jerome and Dorothy Singer, Yale University, highlighted that “our human capacity for mental imagery representations, reenactments, and anticipatory constructions, which are all elaborations of our direct sensory experiences, may well be a defining characteristic of our species.” Another benefit of imagination is future thinking: the ability to contemplate the future, including theory of mind and inhibitory control.

As you can see from above, imagination and creativity are necessary for child development and success. I believe that imagination is the foundation for a creative mind. Programs, like Destination Imagination, enhance creative behavior and enable students to be flexible and adaptive in their thinking. Destination Imagination is unique in that it strives to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation. What do you think when you “imagine” a creative mind?

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What does creativity mean to you?

Do you believe that creative people are people who work hard for a long time? If not, why?

What do you think about imagination?

Is imaging a creative mind true?

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There are more questions than answers about creativity. That should be considered in teaching.
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Learning Theories

Learning Theories, Connectivism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, Behaviorism

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Perception and the Brain: The Language of Senses

Perception and the Brain: The Language of Senses | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

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The Geneva neuroscientists’ results thus reveal that during development, the various sensory pathways initially share a common gene expression structure, which then adapts to the activity of the organ attached to each sense. 


Summary: Researchers have identified gene expression signatures common to sensory processing that facilitates the brain’s interpretation of sensory input. 


Source: University of Geneva. 


Sight, touch and hearing are our windows to the world: these sensory channels send a constant flow of information to the brain, which acts to sort out and integrate these signals, allowing us to perceive the world and interact with our environment. 


But how do these sensory pathways emerge during development?


Do they share a common structure, or, on the contrary, do they emerge independently, each with its specific features? 


By identifying gene expression signatures common to sight, touch and hearing, neuroscientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, discovered a sensory “lingua franca” which facilitates the brain’s interpretation and integration of sensory input. 


These results, to be read in Nature, pave the way towards a better understanding of perception and communication disorders.


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Pocket Guide to ART Assessments

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 "10 Quick, Simple and Easy ideas to get you motivated to try new assessments in the art classroom. The pocket guide is a a sampling from the “The Complete Guide to Simple Art Assessments” - Like what you see? Download the entire, 65 page book for only $9 and watch yourself become an assessment guru overnight!
Feel free to pass along and share this completely FREE E-Book, but please give credit where credit is due. Always include a link to www.theartofed.com if you share this information in any way in print or online. Please note that much of this publication is based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Although the author has made every reasonable attempt to achieve complete accuracy of the content in this Guide, they assume no responsibility for errors or omissions."
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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

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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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great scoop on the importance and power of reflection
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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

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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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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 24, 3:41 PM

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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 22, 5:51 AM

Some useful tips to share with students.