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5 ways to use memes with students

5 ways to use memes with students | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Memes can be an engaging way for students to demonstrate their understanding of content while showing their humorous side.
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Children’s sleeplessness may be linked to bedtime use of electronic gadgets

Children’s sleeplessness may be linked to bedtime use of electronic gadgets | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
An analysis of data from 26,000 children provides the strongest evidence yet of a link between bedtime use of electronic devices and poor sleep, inadequate sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.
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I truly think our kiddos need some digital detox time.

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Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Your friend shares a story on Facebook. You read the headline and you think it's too good to be true, but it looks like it's from a news site. Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake.
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More exciting than learning from text books! by @PrimaryLessons

More exciting than learning from text books! by @PrimaryLessons | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
I recently read an article by Doug Belshaw (5 ways to make’ textbook lessons’ more interesting) which made me think about what I do in my classroom. Text books contain a wealth of information that …
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I love it when technology and the real world meet.
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Ten ways to use WordFoto app in the classroom… by @87History

Ten ways to use WordFoto app in the classroom… by @87History | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
I regularly use apps for teaching and learning. Apps that are quick, simple and easy to use but have an impact in the classroom. WordFoto does that. The app does cost £1.49 but in my opinion it’s a…
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10 free tools for building blended & online learning by @nikpeachey

10 free tools for building blended & online learning by @nikpeachey | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
As internet connections improve and costs of classroom hours increase, it’s becoming increasingly important to offer some form of blended or totally online materials to enhance courses. In this pos…
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Education on Air: It Takes a Teacher

Education on Air: It Takes a Teacher | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Sessions around the clock, around the worldJoin us for a free, online conference. Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom. Watch the video below to see highlights from the 2015 event.
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Fact or Fiction? 8 TED-Ed Videos and a TED Talk to Show To Your Students

Fact or Fiction? 8 TED-Ed Videos and a TED Talk to Show To Your Students | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Wondering how to start the conversation with your students about fake news? TED-Ed ( ed.ted.com ) is a great place to begin th
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Steps Teachers Can Take to Keep Girls and Minorities in Computer Science Education

Steps Teachers Can Take to Keep Girls and Minorities in Computer Science Education | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
An outline of practical steps has helped teachers keep students from under represented minority groups in computer science class. Part of the guideline means
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Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm - InformED

Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm - InformED | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous studies over the past decade... Read More
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Why all kids should learn a musical instrument!
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Three Ways to Design Better Classrooms and Learning Spaces

Three Ways to Design Better Classrooms and Learning Spaces | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
By Danish Kurani - Our potential for better education remains limited by outdated physical spaces, so here are three ways to design better learning spaces.
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Beats and Bytes by @b3ndavi3s

Beats and Bytes by @b3ndavi3s | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
On June 25th, Sarah Zaman (@sezzyann72) and I had the pleasure of hosting eleven local primary schools for an afternoon of live coding using Sonic Pi. This is a re-blog post originally posted by Be…
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Students should knit, paint and cook to ward off stress and depression, experts say - Schools Improvement Net

Students should knit, paint and cook to ward off stress and depression, experts say - Schools Improvement Net | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
The Daily Mail is reporting that experts have revealed through new research that students could ward off stress and depression through knitting, painting and cooking meals. Cooking a meal from scratch or knitting a jumper can ward off depression in students, new research suggests. While painting, drawing and writing also helps to boost a sense of wellbeing to keep spirits high. Experts say these ‘old-fashioned activities’ that are favoured by the Women’s Institute may lead to an upward spiral of emotions in young adults. Rising stress levels have been linked to a host of serious illness including heart disease and cancer. Researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, wanted to find out if engaging in normal creative acts make people feel better. An analysis of the information found a pattern of more enthusiasm and higher ‘flourishing’ following days when the undergraduates were more creative. Study author Dr Tamlin Conner said: ‘There is growing recognition in psychology research that creativity is associated with emotional functioning. ‘However, most of this work focuses on how emotions benefit or hamper creativity, not whether creativity benefits or hampers emotional wellbeing.’ More at: Why students should knit, paint and cook meals from scratch: Experts say it could help young adults to ward off stress and depression Do you agree with the research findings? Do you think schools should encourage creativity during exam season to help students’ wellbeing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena    'Shocking' figures show a third of children behind at five Growth of the 'untouchables' – schools that academy chains won't go near
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Important life skills in any case! We do too little handicraft stuff these days!
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High School's Help Desk Teaches Open Source IT Skills

High School's Help Desk Teaches Open Source IT Skills | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter six of The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students, a new book written by Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the book, Reisinger recounts more than 16 years of Linux and open source education success stories.
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25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter

25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
In our survey, we asked teachers to tell us about resources that they found on twitter which they then implemented in the classroom. Here are 25 of the most commonly shared ideas: FiSH Feedback …
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Steam | Creativity in the Classroom |Silicon Valley | Metroactive

Steam | Creativity in the Classroom |Silicon Valley | Metroactive | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Oscar Pangilinan vies for the attention of more than dozen rambunctious fourth- and fifth-graders, who have gathered for an after-school class at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School southeast of downtown San Jose, near the Happy Hollow Zoo. Today, he is having students build their own instruments. There's a drum made of an oatmeal can and balloons; a pan flute of drinking straws and tape; and a harp fashioned out of a shoebox, rubber bands and a pencil.
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Changing the Way Children Learn to Code – Scratch Foundation Blog – Medium

Changing the Way Children Learn to Code – Scratch Foundation Blog – Medium | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
When Mohona Bose first started learning programming as an undergraduate student 10 years ago, she remembers feeling fear. Born and raised in India, Bose majored in Computer Science at an engineering…
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A Detailed List of 9 Self Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset

A Detailed List of 9 Self Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Here are some great self assessment questions that are based on an infographic that features a list of growth mindset principles.
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Dragging the Classroom Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century by @Love_DA

Dragging the Classroom Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century by @Love_DA | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
The SAMR model for the integration of ICTs into the classroom is a typical example of the way in which the introduction of ICTs is seen as transformative. It shares with models such as the Apple Cl…
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IT offers a great deal, but teachers need to be cautious!
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Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

Evaluating Websites as Information Sources | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Using a six-point strategy, teachers can help students learn about responsible web research by assessing the validity of most information that they’ll encounter online.
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EduApp: Space, by Tinybop

EduApp: Space, by Tinybop | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Tinybop, Inc., makers of award-winning educational apps loved by millions of kids around the world, launched Space on the App Store. Space puts our awe-inspiring solar system in kids’ hands. Kids e…
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World War 2 Lesson Plans, Interactive WW2 Simulations

World War 2 Lesson Plans, Interactive WW2 Simulations | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Interactive World War 2 lesson plans, simulations and activities. Engaging WWII lesson plans for middle, high school students
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9 Essential Tools for A Paperless Classroom

9 Essential Tools for A Paperless Classroom | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
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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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
With this collection of resources, you can teach your students to code—even if you’re still learning yourself.
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Welcome

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g(Math) is a Google Add-on for Docs, Sheets, and Forms. It allows you to
create graphs and rich math expressions and insert them directly into your
Doc, Sheet, or Form and allow your Form Responders to use g(Math) as well.
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For all my Maths teacher friends!
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