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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

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That learning takes place in a social context is a significant issue. This is why collaboration or ‘cooperative learning’ has become so popular – but it has to be more than social collaboration. Cognitive collaboration needs to be encouraged. As students communicate their ideas, they learn to clarify, refine, and consolidate their thinking. Schoenfeld has said that, ‘Groups are not just a convenient way to accumulate the individual knowledge of their members. They give rise synergistically to insights and solutions that would not come about without them.’


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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
“"What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education" by @imjuhokim et al http://t.co/uWqs17MVBO via @MIT_CSAIL/@aconnersimons”
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Could this help us all understand how students use video online? I think everyone who is using video as part of their teaching should take a close look at this.
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Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education

Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Learning how to use image editing software can be difficult and time consuming. And, teaching students how to use it can be even more challenging. Luckily, there are several free, online alternativ...
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This is an area I need all the help I can get and these tools look as if even I might be able to use them.

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20+ UK Twitter Users Educators Should Follow - Edudemic

20+ UK Twitter Users Educators Should Follow - Edudemic | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Curating your Twitter feed is an interesting task. Sometimes you know exactly what you want to get out of the people whose Tweets you’re spending your time reading. Finding new people to follow on Twitter can range from being fun to being a total pain in the neck. Personally, I tend to look for people …
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For those who want to expand their PLN beyond the USA this is a good list of UK educators and institutions that might be worth following and connecting.

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iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone? | iPad Insight

iTunes U 2.0 iPad Review: Education for Everyone? | iPad Insight | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
iTunes U has been around a while now, but version 2.0 is a mean, lean fighting machine of an educational product that I would recommend everyone check out.
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Good ideas from James Potter on using the newly updated iTunes U to help our students.

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5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level

5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
More Fun Free Tools for Collaborative Classroom Assignments In May, we published the post, 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration. Given the
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Most of these tools are new to me but they look as if they are worth trying out. Let me know if you have used them or are planning to use any of them.

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ClassThink.com How Chromebooks have revolutionised learning at one UK school » ClassThink.com

ClassThink.com How Chromebooks have revolutionised learning at one UK school » ClassThink.com | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
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Interesting look at one schools use of technology within a tight budget.
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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
“A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.”
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This might be something we should all be thinking about. It could also act as your calling card when making connections with other educators.
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TouchCast

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I've used Touchcast a couple of times and it really is an amazing piece of software. Great to use in the classroom.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, July 1, 11:27 AM

A TouchCast is a video that is fully browsable, responsive, and alive. Webpages, images, and an assembly of video Apps (vApps) can be tapped for a two-way video experience.

AraDRTech's curator insight, July 8, 7:57 AM

I need to explore this more.  It looks like it could be extremely powerful.

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A winning recipe

A winning recipe | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Learning online and offline IN THE United States worries about private, for-profit universities’ high cost and dubious quality abound. A congressional inquiry in...
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A look at what is happen to education in Brazil. The rise of big business in education is everywhere.

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10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried

10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
A few days back, we looked at five great ways to incorporate word cloud generators into your classroom. There are obviously many more uses out there for them – but that is a discussion for another post.
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You can never have too many word cloud generators.

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Phonics improves reading skills and text message slang boosts spelling

Phonics improves reading skills and text message slang boosts spelling | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Education research round up: 40% of headteachers are concerned about funding universal infant free school meals and phonics can boost a pupil's reading age by two years
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Interesting article about research carried out by a company which provides guidance to education leaders.

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Creative destruction - The Economist

Creative destruction - The Economist | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
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Creative destruction
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HIGHER education is one of the great successes of the welfare state. What was once the privilege of a few has become a middle-class entitlement, thanks mainly to government support.
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How the changes in education will change higher education. An insightful and detailed article from The Economist.

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The What & Why of Backchanneling

The What & Why of Backchanneling | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
A few years back I spoke at a conference and experienced first hand what a backchannel was. Twitter is probably the best tool to do it. I did write a post on that experience back in November of 200...
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Tom Whitby explains the how and why of what a backchannel is and its importance to all of us.

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Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple

Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Showbie makes it easy to assign, collect and review student work in iPad classrooms.
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Although there are a lot of these kinds of apps around I have net found the one for me yet but this looks very promising.

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Kahoot is a Fun Free Game-Based Classroom Response System

Kahoot is a Fun Free Game-Based Classroom Response System | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Engaging Classroom Tool Encourages Students to Take Ownership of Learning & Move From "Learner to Leader"! Kahoot! was launched in 2013 as a game-based
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Not had time to try this out yet but it might be fun and useful for students.

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Are drugs the answer to language learning? – video highlights

Are drugs the answer to language learning? – video highlights | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
A panel of experts debate the implications of using smart drugs to help learn a language at a Guardian and British Academy debate
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Even for the Guardian Education this is pretty strange. Can new drugs aid in the learning of language?

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TEFL Ideas

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This my overview of Evernote as an organization and teaching aid for hard pressed teachers.

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Newsela – Daily News Articles Customized at 5 Different Reading Levels

Newsela – Daily News Articles Customized at 5 Different Reading Levels | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
How cool is this? Real-World News from Major Publications offered at Different Comprehension Levels for Your Classroom! Have you ever wished there was a way to
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This looks like something we could all use in our classes to improve reading but also to stimulate conversation.

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The e-textbook transformation

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“A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes”
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Print is so passé! No self respecting learner or hip tech teacher would use dead trees.
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The Future of Education

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The Future of Education is a social network
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A great site containing interviews with some of the major thinkers and doers in education all under the guidance of Steve Hargadon.

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Free Technology for Teachers: By Request - Good Alternatives to Google Image Search

Free Technology for Teachers: By Request - Good Alternatives to Google Image Search | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it

"This morning I received an email from a reader that has been frustrated by the results her students are getting when they search on Google Images. Rather than relying on the filters on Google Images to generate good results for students, give one of these other sources of images a try."


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Great post from FreeTechnology4Teachers providing information on places to get images.

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Jo Laretive's curator insight, July 2, 6:51 PM

Helpful advise when there is so much out there.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 4, 12:19 AM

Great to have a few more image sources to broaden the bank!

thanks for  sharing!

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ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities.

ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities. | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Move away from the drib drab of everyday lessons, build engagement and get more interactive using this creative free web-based tool called ThingLink.
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ThingLink is a great app especially if you can mirror to an IWB or your larger screen laptop.
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Teachers spend less than half their working week in the classroom

Teachers spend less than half  their working week in  the classroom | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Survey shows time secondary teachers in England – who are younger than peers abroad – spend on admin and preparation (Teachers spend two-thirds of their working week away from classroom http://t.co/9K0zSZs5PI)...
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Article from The Guardian highlights the amount of work teachers do outside the classroom.

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Kaizena - Presentations support, audio improvements and more

Kaizena - Presentations support, audio improvements and more | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
We’re looking to make a series of major enhancements to Kaizena over the summer months. Today, we’re excited to release the first.
1. Support for Google Presentations
You asked for it overwhelmingly,...

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This software just keeps getting better and better. A must have tool for those of us who use Google.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 26, 6:51 AM

If you know Kaizena, you may go straight to the post about the latest improvements to the app.

If you don't, you should first visit Kaizena website and learn about the program. In short, Kaizena lets you add audio reviews or feedback to Google presentations.

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PLNs, CoPs, and Connectivism

PLNs, CoPs, and Connectivism | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
I have been actively involved on Twitter as a means of personal professional development for the past three years or so, and I've been blogging for the past two years. I knew that these activities ...
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A very nice description of how and why we must connect to improve.

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