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Student Feedback Tools Tutorials by Richard Byrne on YouTube 

Student Feedback Tools Tutorials by Richard Byrne on YouTube  | Technology in education | Scoop.it

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To what extent does Bloom’s taxonomy actually apply to foreign language teaching and learning?

To what extent does Bloom’s taxonomy actually apply to foreign language teaching and learning? | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Bloom’s taxonomy of higher order thinking skills has acquired a mythological status, amongst educators. It is one of those reference frameworks that teachers adhere to with some sort of blind allegiance and which, in 25 years of teaching, I have never heard anyone question or criticize. Yet, it is far from perfect and, as I…

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WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving?

WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving? | Technology in education | Scoop.it

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A straightforward exposé of the advantages and limitations of Webquests in all situations, especially language learning.  

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another | Technology in education | Scoop.it

What if we could dramatically improve our thought processes and learning strategies by tapping into the social genius of another? What if a classmate, colleague, or friend could help us recognize and claim our strengths, new habits of thought, and strategies from a perspective that we never imagined by ourselves? As human beings, our survival depends on others. Our ability to cooperate and collaborate has trumped the stress response state of competition within our species and throughout evolution. With a group affiliation to nurture these relationships, we can strengthen and reappraise our own thought processes.


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The 7 minuted DO NOW TASKS described at the end of the article are especially interesting and applicable. 

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Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies

Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Evidence based teaching strategies have a far larger effect on student results than others do. Discover the top ten, evidence based teaching strategies in this article.

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How Technology is Changing the Way People Learn

How Technology is Changing the Way People Learn | Technology in education | Scoop.it

"We can make all sorts of assumptions about the way technology is changing learning, but what does the science actually say? According to Alfred Spector, Google’s vice president of research, it says a lot. For example, virtual tutors have helped average students reach the top 2% of their course; video games provide immersive environments that take the bordedom out of studying; and social networks are being used to increase interaction between students."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 15, 2015 10:56 PM

Technology...some argue for it and others against it, but was does the research say? This post explores current research. Sections include:

* Better at maths, worse at reading - In short, "edtech applications boost mathematics achievement, especially when individualized computer-assisted instruction is involved."

* More games, bigger brains - Research shows that playing video games can make an impact on the brain. One study cited stated "a robust positive association between the cortical thickness and video game duration in teens who invested the most time in games." Two areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (responsible for decision making and self-control) and the Frontal Eye Fields (which govern visual-motor processing) showed cortical matter increases.

* Selective knowledge, shallow creativity - This section discusses how technology may make it easier for us to recall information. Are we potentially "outsourcing our knowledge to digital tools"?

What do you think? Many schools are moving towards 1-to-1 digital devices to help students learn. Will this improve their outcomes at school? This post explores some of the issues that may help us choose the best ways to use digital tools, and when it may be better to approach learning using other methods.

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Technology...some argue for it and others against it, but was does the research say? This post explores current research. Sections include:

* Better at maths, worse at reading - In short, "edtech applications boost mathematics achievement, especially when individualized computer-assisted instruction is involved."

* More games, bigger brains - Research shows that playing video games can make an impact on the brain. One study cited stated "a robust positive association between the cortical thickness and video game duration in teens who invested the most time in games." Two areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (responsible for decision making and self-control) and the Frontal Eye Fields (which govern visual-motor processing) showed cortical matter increases.

* Selective knowledge, shallow creativity - This section discusses how technology may make it easier for us to recall information. Are we potentially "outsourcing our knowledge to digital tools"?

What do you think? Many schools are moving towards 1-to-1 digital devices to help students learn. Will this improve their outcomes at school? This post explores some of the issues that may help us choose the best ways to use digital tools, and when it may be better to approach learning using other methods.

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Assessment, but not as we know it... #EduTechAU

Assessment, but not as we know it... #EduTechAU | Technology in education | Scoop.it

Assessment today is simply to give grades, for students don't study to learn, they study to earn their grade. What is in a number? How can something as complex as learning be reduced to a single figure? Why doesn't assessment provide more to the learner than a grade? Because it was established at a time when knowledge was the main currency for education, and where employers demanded knowledgeable workers. That has chaned now.


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Critical thinking

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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It’s Time to Reform Learning Measurement

It’s Time to Reform Learning Measurement | Technology in education | Scoop.it

Our lives are increasingly data rich. The demands for educational measurement continue to grow—from the epics of students’ high-stakes testing, the politics of teacher measurement (and pay), higher education’s quest towards competency-based education, and professional learning’s venturing into the world of micro-credentials and new-age certificates. Our current measurement tools are at best mediocre for the learner, and downright abysmal for hiring managers. Given the accelerating change in the way people learn, the world is ripe for a stronger way to signal learning and skills aptitude. ...


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Summer Learning Loss Statistics + Tips To Promote Learning All Summer Long

Summer Learning Loss Statistics + Tips To Promote Learning All Summer Long | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Did you know most students lose two months of knowledge in the summer? Find more statistics and how to promote summer learning in our guide.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 29, 2015 10:15 PM

The summer reading slump...as teachers we know that learners will lose skills if they do not use them during the summer. This article (which includes a lengthy infographic) shares statistics about what may happen over one summer (and also shares long- term consequences).

Did you know that a learner at the end of Grade 6 whom has experienced summer learning loss over the years may be 2 years behind their peers?

Or that 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer?

Many schools are starting to prepare summer packets with the hope that learners will complete them over the summer. You may find that information in this infographic is worth sharing with parents. They may not be aware of the consequences of how much summer learning loss may impact their child.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 30, 2015 9:31 AM

My challenge to all of the Region One librarians is to help your students download apps/bookmark/etc. associated with our Virtual Library components.  Host a DIY family night or some other similar event.  Help your families learn ways to keep their children learning for the summer.  http://www.esc1.net/virtuallibrary

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Mindset Kit: Resources to Teach Learners about Growth Mindset

Mindset Kit: Resources to Teach Learners about Growth Mindset | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Students who have a growth mindset do better in school. Learn more about a growth mindset, the evidence showing its power, and the practices that promote it.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:56 PM

The data shows that learners whom have growth mindsets do better in school. But how do we know which learners have growth mindsets and which have a fixed mindset. PERTS (the Project for Education Research that Scales from Stanford) has a mindset kit (in beta form) that is available at no cost. In it  you will find lessons that you can use with your learners. The website states that the mindset kit is a "free, online resource designed to help educators and parents learn about adaptive academic mindsets, learn practices that promote these mindsets, and download activity ideas."

You will also find a survey that you have learners take (and you will receive a report with the final score).

Are you interested in teaching your learners about growth mindset? This is a great tool, and they welcome feedback as they will continue to add resources to this site. Take some time to  explore this site.

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Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic

Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic | Technology in education | Scoop.it
National Geographic has embraced digital extremely well and provides a huge set of resources that can be used to inspire and teach students about the world.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 10, 2015 11:12 PM

National Geographic has a wealth of resources and this post from Fractus Learning shares many of them. You will find:

1. Ideas, Activities and Lesson Plans that are easy to search.

2. Five thousand plus amazing videos

3. The best photography in the world

4. Online games and apps - many interactive resources

5. This day in geographic history - help students learn geographic facts by using this resource

There is also a section that provides additional links and resources.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 12, 2015 5:40 AM

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 13, 2015 12:32 PM

Always of great quality when National Geographic is involved.

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Technology in education | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 11, 2015 4:03 PM

When we ask students to become better questioners we are asking them to use critical thinking skills. The infographic/visual above is based on an article published by Edutopia called 5 Ways to Help Students Become Better Questioners. The post, by Warren Berger, suggests five ideas to encourage learners to ask more questions:

* Make it safe.

* Make it "cool"

* Make it fun

* Make it rewarding

* Make it stick

Additional information is found in the post.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 19, 2015 1:29 PM

Because student questions and curiosity should drive the learning. @ramusallam

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Communicative Language Teaching: Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury

The Communicative Approach is so well-established, it's more or less the default methodology for second language teaching. But where did it come from? How has it evolved? Where does it work? What are its strengths and its weaknesses? In this wide-ranging conversation, in which Scott Thornbury and Jeremy Harmer interview each other, they will address these questions from the point of view of their own experience, convictions and doubts


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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise

4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Technology in education | Scoop.it
During revision, students should work closely together, share often, discuss models, add details, delete the unnecessary, and rearrange for clarity and effect.

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Technology in education | Scoop.it

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”


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A wonderful synopsis of Benedict Carey's Book How We Learn - a must read for all residents of the planet. 

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21st Century Skills Definition

21st Century Skills Definition | Technology in education | Scoop.it
The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others—to be critically important to success in today’s world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces. Generally speaking, 21st century skills can be applied in all …

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The links to the Three Models partway through this article are very good. 

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Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students

Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students | Technology in education | Scoop.it

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Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout

Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout | Technology in education | Scoop.it

"Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 2015 6:23 AM

If you are looking for some great tools that will provide inspiration for learners to write stories check out this post by Richard Byrne. He provides ten tools that you may find useful.

The first section has two tools that help learners create collages, CanvaPicCollage (Android and iPad app), and  PicMonkey (browser based). He also suggests using ThingLink as a tool for learners to enhance their collage (and links to a tutorial).

The second section looks at "threading images into stories." Thematic allows you to upload images and display up to twenty in a story with one line of text for each image. Storehouse is a free iPad app that allows you to use images and video and arrange them with a line of text above or below the image or video clip. Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that also allows you to create stories and has more features than Storehouse.

The final section looks at creating picture books and suggest My Storybook (web based), Picture Book Maker (web based) and Little Story Creator (free iPad app).

Each of these tools is described in more detail in the post. As this school year draws to a close your class might enjoy using one of these tools to create a story about what they have learned this year.

Monica Lamelas's curator insight, March 16, 5:09 AM

If you are looking for some great tools that will provide inspiration for learners to write stories check out this post by Richard Byrne. He provides ten tools that you may find useful.

The first section has two tools that help learners create collages, Canva,  PicCollage (Android and iPad app), and  PicMonkey (browser based). He also suggests using ThingLink as a tool for learners to enhance their collage (and links to a tutorial).

The second section looks at "threading images into stories." Thematic allows you to upload images and display up to twenty in a story with one line of text for each image. Storehouse is a free iPad app that allows you to use images and video and arrange them with a line of text above or below the image or video clip. Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that also allows you to create stories and has more features than Storehouse.

The final section looks at creating picture books and suggest My Storybook (web based), Picture Book Maker (web based) and Little Story Creator (free iPad app).

Each of these tools is described in more detail in the post. As this school year draws to a close your class might enjoy using one of these tools to create a story about what they have learned this year.

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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary)

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary) | Technology in education | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.

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Nick Urban's curator insight, July 16, 2015 3:02 PM

These tech tools offer the teacher a wide array of options that can serve a multitude of purposes. In this article you can find a list of technologies this teacher has utilized and the tasks that they offer. From video creation, to word sharing, to primary sources this article offers an abundance of great information for any teacher, but really plays to the success of the social studies teacher.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 1:48 PM

Technology integration for social studies

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I am supporting a social studies teacher integrate technology in her classroom  

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Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies

Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Evidence based teaching strategies have a far larger effect on student results than others do. Discover the top ten, evidence based teaching strategies in this article.

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10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: The Ultimate Instructional Solution

10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: The Ultimate Instructional Solution | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 16, 2015 6:13 PM

Always wondered… Thx Beth Dichter

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:51 AM

When you read or hear the words PBL do you think Problem-Based Learning or Project-Based Learning? This post discusses problem-based learning, and provides a historical background before discussing defining it. .The post then compares problem-based learning with project-based, inquiry-based and case-based learning before moving on to provide ten recommendations. Three are below.

* Clearly define your purpose for doing problem-based learning

* Develop ill-structured problems

* Emphasize depth over breadth

To learn more about these three recommendations and view the other seven click through to the post. You may find that problem-based learning is already being used do some degree with your learners, and this post may provide some ideas on how to move into this direction more efficiently.

Katie Catania's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:16 AM

When you read or hear the words PBL do you think Problem-Based Learning or Project-Based Learning? This post discusses problem-based learning, and provides a historical background before discussing defining it. .The post then compares problem-based learning with project-based, inquiry-based and case-based learning before moving on to provide ten recommendations. Three are below.

* Clearly define your purpose for doing problem-based learning

* Develop ill-structured problems

* Emphasize depth over breadth

To learn more about these three recommendations and view the other seven click through to the post. You may find that problem-based learning is already being used do some degree with your learners, and this post may provide some ideas on how to move into this direction more efficiently.

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for dec

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2015 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:36 PM

Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:37 PM

Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations - ProCon.org

Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations - ProCon.org | Technology in education | Scoop.it

"We offer these lesson plan ideas to help teachers cover important skills in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Each SKILLS-BASED IDEA and CONTENT-BASED IDEA suggests specific ProCon.org topics and resources that are particularly well-matched to the lesson and designed to help you meet multiple curriculum goals."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 2015 7:44 AM

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ProCon is one of my favorite websites. The mission of the site is to promote 'critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisian, primarily pro-con format." There are 52 controversial topics that are available, and they have just released 20 lesson plans. Seventeen of the lesson plans are skill- based and three are content-based. The lesson plans are geared to learners in grades 5 - 12. Below is a list of two skill-based lessons and two content-based lesson, along with the grade levels.

Skill-Based (material quoted from site):

* Critical Thinking Quotes - Engage students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using ProCon.org's collection of critical thinking quotes. Grades 9 -12.

* Main Ideas of Visual References - Use charts and graphs on ProCon.org to engage students in a visual literacy exercise. Grades 6 - 8.

Content-Based

* Exploring Controversial Issues in Literature - To introduce a novel, use ProCon.org to help students build background knowledge and examine the novel’s controversial issue(s). Grades 5 - 10.

* Drug Ads Over Time: Analyzing Historical Images - Use ProCon.org's Gallery of Drug Ads to give students an opportunity to practice ad analysis and recognize how methods and messages have changed over time. Grades 5 - 10.

To access the 52 issues that have detailed information and provide references (and links) to the materials used click on the Home page and you will find topics in Education, Elections & Presidents, Health & Medicine, Media & Entertainment, Money & Business, Politics, Religion, Science & Technology, Sex & Gender, Sports, and World/International.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 8, 2015 12:44 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Great skills building via content-based articles that center on hot topics in the news related to science concepts (and others).

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Mindset Kit: Resources to Teach Learners about Growth Mindset

Mindset Kit: Resources to Teach Learners about Growth Mindset | Technology in education | Scoop.it
Students who have a growth mindset do better in school. Learn more about a growth mindset, the evidence showing its power, and the practices that promote it.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:56 PM

The data shows that learners whom have growth mindsets do better in school. But how do we know which learners have growth mindsets and which have a fixed mindset. PERTS (the Project for Education Research that Scales from Stanford) has a mindset kit (in beta form) that is available at no cost. In it  you will find lessons that you can use with your learners. The website states that the mindset kit is a "free, online resource designed to help educators and parents learn about adaptive academic mindsets, learn practices that promote these mindsets, and download activity ideas."

You will also find a survey that you have learners take (and you will receive a report with the final score).

Are you interested in teaching your learners about growth mindset? This is a great tool, and they welcome feedback as they will continue to add resources to this site. Take some time to  explore this site.

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, April 4, 2015 12:43 PM

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