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10 Tips For An Effective Global Collaboration - Edudemic

10 Tips For An Effective Global Collaboration - Edudemic | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

This post was co-authored by Danielle Hartman, English/Literacy Specialist, Technology Integration teacher, Burlington County Institute of Technology, NJ, USA @danielle6849and Miriam Orlando, ESL teacher and teacher trainer, Liceo Celio-Roccati, Rovigo, Italy, EU @miriam2065

 

Creating an effective global collaboration isn't easy. But once you master these quick tips, you'll be ready and itching to collaborate with many others!


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Global e pals is a great way to get kids to understand how connected our world really is.   

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:51 PM

Collaboration lights the learning fires: International, national, regional... oh just get outside of the school walls!


Back in the Compuserve days I ran a 'sneaker net' collaboration between my rural middle school kids in Nevada and a high school class in Tatebashia Japan. It was one of the most dynamic experiences of my teaching career.  These days the technology is so much more transparent. I had to gather word processed letters on a disk and send them out via my home 300 baud modem on Friday nights. Now you can interact in real time. 


If you haven't tried global collaboration with your students, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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Formative Assessment Infographic

Formative Assessment Infographic | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
I've had a great time preparing my formative assessment infographic to show ideas for assessment with and without the aide of technology. Do you have ideas for formative assessment? Please share in...

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Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
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Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
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Thank you, Allison and Diana!
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Authentic Education - What is UbD™?

Authentic Education - What is UbD™? | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
@HahnclanMegan UbD = Understanding by Design http://t.co/U5gG2po7GU. #4thchat
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UbD by Grant Wiggins- it just makes sense...

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Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online

Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Watch free, streaming, online documentary films and movies. Collection of stunning, eyeopening, interesting, controversial, full-length documentaries.
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Interesting list

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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:59 AM

Useful for a number of curriculum areas.  Great Scoop!

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Stages of Technology Development for Kids - EdTechReview (ETR)

Stages of Technology Development for Kids - EdTechReview (ETR) | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
When is the right age to introduce children to technology ? In this new infographic, we walk you through the technology milestones for different development stages.

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.
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enjoy reading this

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:30 PM

We know that reading makes a difference.. but it's interesting to see this "medical" point of view.

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The New School Library | Bibliotecas & Cª

The New School Library | Bibliotecas & Cª | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
As libraries continue to change with the growth of technology tools, good schools know that libraries and professional librarians are still essential to their missions.
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This cannot be said too often.  School libraries are necessary and school libraries make a difference.

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20 Ways to Integrate Bloom's Taxonomy into your PowerPoint Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Ways to Integrate Bloom's Taxonomy into your PowerPoint Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources

Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  

Find out more about open source software and open educational resources (OER), so that you can use them in your teaching and learning.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/open-source


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I Don't Get Digital Badges

I Don't Get Digital Badges | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Digital badges appear to becoming the next, "new" thing in education. What follows is a description of digital badges as described by Digital Media and Learning: A digital badge is an online record...

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101 Excellent Sites for English Educators

101 Excellent Sites for English Educators | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
A list of the top 101 websites for English & Language Arts (ELA) chosen by real teachers from prominent LinkedIn groups.

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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher


While Apple products (*cough* iPad *cough*) are known for their integration in classrooms, Google’s offerings give up little here.

In fact, the sheer diversity of Google products might make them a more natural fit in the classroom in lieu of the iPad’s gravity. Below we’ve listed 25 ways teachers can get started using Google in the classroom.

Let us know on our Google+ page if we’ve missed anything.


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Keeping up isn't easy - but this offers some interesting articles.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:34 AM

There are a lot of good ideas we can use in our daily taeching journey.

Carlos A. Lozano's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:56 PM

Cómo ser mejor maestro con ayuda de Google

Gary Harwell's comment, March 13, 2013 12:31 AM
Eso es un gran problema. Hay tantas cosas grandes que hay, nunca será capaz de tomar ventaja de todo esto.
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Evolution of educational technology (infographic)

Evolution of educational technology (infographic) | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Education is no longer about pencils and schoolbooks but iPads and internet connections, a new infographic charting the evolution of the use of technology in education shows.

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Daniel Tan's curator insight, March 10, 2013 11:54 PM

As was rightly commented in the post, while the educational technology has changed and evolved, the practice thereof has not, at least progressed likewise, That should now be the focus - the learning design and gteaching practice, rather than solely the technology.

Arayah's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:52 AM

Short Article about technology trends...

Michelle Spallone's curator insight, March 12, 2013 5:20 PM

How true I have a three year old son who is almost as good on the computer as I am.  He can pick the sites he wants from a picture and use the mouse and the pad on my lap top.  It is amazing.  I'm glad as things change so should the way we educate.

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Web-Based Tools to Create Free Infographics

Web-Based Tools to Create Free Infographics | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Now days you must be seeing many big websites and companies releasing Infographics daily to show their company data or to do an analysis. Infographics has become a good way to express your data information quickly in an easy and understandable way. In this post we cover some free web based Infographics services through which you can create your infographics very easily.

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enjoy reading info graphics, then enjoy making them as well 

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 2013 2:05 PM

I recently built a piktochart infographic for my E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Cerfitificate Program. From account set up to finished product took me a few hours. It's a solid intuitive tool. 


I'm already thinking about how I could create an infographic version of my discussion facilitation rubric.  This is an interesting way to design and think! 


Pictochart and several others are reviewed in this timely article. 

Mouhssine Kharbach's comment, July 30, 2013 8:12 PM
Here is another list of tools to create educational infographics:http://www.teacherstechworkshop.com/2013/06/19-great-tools-to-create-educational.html
Dave Barry's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:29 PM

A great way to share a lot of information

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Interesting list of what we need to integrate into alll our lessons

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Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 2013 8:13 AM

Some good reminders in here.

Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:04 AM

More like this please!

Debbie Goodis's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:16 AM

Can these posters be purchased and printed?

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Animated Video Maker - GoAnimate.

Animated Video Maker - GoAnimate. | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Make a video online for free with GoAnimate! Make videos for YouTube and Facebook, create business and educational videos, make animated e-cards and more!". Limited dialogue in the free version but enough to get started.

 

My rating: 7/10

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Another interesting tool for those of us that are "graphically challenged" -

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TEDxOrangeCoast - Matthew Peterson - Teaching Without Words

In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn mathematical concepts and problem-solving without words - and not just geometry and shapes but advanced mathematics such as solving algebaric equations.

 

My rating: 9/10

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Better teaching for inquiring minds

Better teaching for inquiring minds | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Inquiry-based learning is an educational method centred on the investigation of questions, scenarios or problems.

The aim of the EU-funded FIBONACCI project ('Large Scale Dissemination of Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education') was to help spread this teaching method throughout the European Union, in ways that fit in with national and local conditions.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-inquiring-minds.html#jCp


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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.
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We know that reading makes a difference.. but it's interesting to see this "medical" point of view.

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 17, 2013 3:20 PM

enjoy reading this

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How Libraries are Coping with Digital eBook Discovery | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

How Libraries are Coping with Digital eBook Discovery | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
eBook Discovery is something that every major online bookstore and the publishing industry is trying to figure out.
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Expert calls for computer literacy in primary schools

Expert calls for computer literacy in primary schools | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Classroom Games Icebreakers | How Do You Play

Classroom Games Icebreakers | How Do You Play | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:50 AM

We often think of ice breakers at the beginning of a school year or at the introduction of a new course. These could be used through out the year.

nicolaperry's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:17 AM

Useful resource for new teachers

 

Milissa Ann Copeland's curator insight, September 5, 2013 12:01 AM

add your insight...

 

 
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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.

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MOre things to think about .. but we cannot avoid learning to understand and  use the tools that are out there. 

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Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:08 AM

From the text: "So that’s why I’d encourage you, the modern teacher, to tackle each modern method one at a time."

 

The 10 Skills:

 

1) Build your PLN (Personal Learning Network)

2) Establish Real Relationships

3) Understand Where Technology Fits in Education

4) Know How To Finde Useful Resources

5) Manage Your Online Reputation

6) Know How To Correctly Blog

7) Slow Down!

8) Make Social Media Work for You

9) Don't Be Afraid Of Failing

10) Know When To Disconnect

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:56 PM

This is the bricolage or blend on the edges of new and old so to speak. We cannot teach and learn without authentic relationships which reach out to others. What do we do to accomplish this?

Jan Peter van Zijl's curator insight, March 18, 2013 2:45 PM

 

1 Build Your PLN (personal learning network)

 

2 Establish Real Relationships

 

3 Understand Where Technology Fits In Education


4 Know How To Find Useful Resources

 

5 Manage Your Online Reputation

 

6 Know How To Correctly Blog

 

7 Slow Down

 

8 Make Social Media Work For You

 

9 Don’t Be Afraid Of Failing

 

10 Know When To Disconnect

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read alouds for writing and reading workshop

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kindergarten teacher Joyful Learning In Kc is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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Can we use pinterest to create a useful reading list for every grade level

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Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions \ The Lab

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions \ The Lab | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
'Essential questions' are all too often lower order. And not that essential.

 

When we're working with schools on our Design Thinking School programme, one of the easiest ways to explain what we're looking for in the way a project is set, is whether the statement or questions being asked can be Googled easily: is this a Googleable or Not Googleable topic?


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Getting kids to think about questoins...and how/what to ask is vital at every level 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 3:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 3:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 15, 2013 3:19 AM
Thanks, will take a look.