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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before …

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 19, 2014 11:36 PM

A brief argument for using Twitter as a PD tool.

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Edu Apps (Grades 6-8) - Edutopia and Graphite have compiled some of the best resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Edu Apps (Grades 6-8) - Edutopia and Graphite have compiled some of the best resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities. | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

Edutopia and Graphite have compiled some of the best resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.


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Monty Bell's curator insight, June 11, 2014 10:37 AM

Still a bit daunting but an interesting collection. Found three gems. 

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If You Let Them Build It, They Will Learn - WORLDS OF LEARNING @NMHS

If You Let Them Build It, They Will Learn - WORLDS OF LEARNING @NMHS | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
"A Makerspace is defined as:

 

…a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects …the key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creative goals."


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YoouKids to Manage Videos for Students - Class Tech Tips

YoouKids to Manage Videos for Students - Class Tech Tips | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

"YouTube is a terrific resource for teachers looking for content to share with students.  There are tons of videos that will reinforce key concepts and help kids get excited about what they are learning in the classroom.  Since there are plenty of videos on YouTube that are not kid-friendly, YoouKids has developed an iPad app that helps teachers organize which clips they want to share with their students."

 


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Collaborative whiteboard for visual methodologies

Collaborative whiteboard for visual methodologies | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

TUZZit is a online collaborative whiteboard that will help you to develop your creativity. It's the perfect tool for visual and design thinking. Through our canvas library learn new visual methodologies.


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Елена Гончарова's curator insight, June 5, 2014 6:02 AM

добавить понимание ...

milagros's curator insight, June 11, 2014 8:58 AM

Magnifico para los educadores.  

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, June 26, 2014 3:51 AM

Une nouvelle voie "visuelle" pour synthétiser nos pensées et nos décisions.

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Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready.

Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.


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Antón Seoane Pardo's curator insight, June 11, 2014 1:08 PM

Interesante herramienta para practicar la escritura creativa y el desarrollo de historias no lineales. Fantástica para aprender a crear "historias de videojuego" o relatos 2.0. 

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, June 26, 2014 3:47 AM

Captee les éléments essentiels d'un interview : fondamental. Twine peu aider .

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, June 30, 2014 4:29 AM

Créer une histoire intéractive

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Critical success factors of Technological Innovation

Critical success factors of Technological Innovation | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

Information and communication technologies' rapid advancement, coupled with growing demand from a knowledge-driven society, places increased pressure on higher-education institutions to innovate with technology and disseminate the results.1 Researchers have proposed multiple definitions of innovation; however, it commonly refers to "the introduction of a new idea, method, or device."2 Today, the innovation focus is frequently on technology, largely because new technologies can provide flexibility and enhance operations for institutions that invest the time and energy in the adoption process.3


Once institutions decide to pursue a technological innovation, they must consider the logistics of how the process occurs as well as the timing. This may pose a dilemma, as multiple diverse groups on university campuses have differing — and sometimes competing — goals and priorities.  Attempting to meet the demands of the campus community may impact the innovation process in terms of timing and/or addressing strategic goals. For example, some groups may need to move more quickly than practical due to an immediate need or readily available funding, while others may need to move more slowly to allow for thorough identification of requirements or to secure funding. IT leaders often must find a way to navigate this balancing act and meet the needs of their campus.


This research focused on two groups that play primary roles in higher-education innovation efforts: faculty and IT leaders. Faculty members comprise a primary constituent group on university campuses and use many different technologies. The ubiquitous use of technology by faculty and other constituent groups poses a challenge for university IT leaders — one that will likely continue to escalate in the foreseeable future as new teaching and learning tools continue to emerge.4 Meeting this challenge, while ensuring faculty members have an innovative atmosphere in which to be creative, is a major consideration of IT leaders on university campuses.


I conducted a survey to explore the perceptions of faculty and IT leaders regarding the critical success factors (CSFs) that impact technological innovation, adoption, and diffusion. The resulting data can be used to help university faculty members and IT leaders gain a better understanding of the CSFs that help ensure efficacious technological innovation and diffusion in a university setting. It can also help faculty members and IT leaders gain insights into each other's perspectives and create new synergies through collaboration, as well as better support innovation and diffusion processes by focusing efforts on the most critical items.


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Educator as a Design Thinker

Educator as a Design Thinker | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
   Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Think...


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Enrique Robles's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:54 AM

This is article is interesting.

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL's curator insight, May 31, 2014 9:13 AM

Visualize your thinking and reach a bigger audience!

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 31, 2014 11:32 AM

perfeita combinação: educadores como desenhistas de pensamento (designers thinkers).


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Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle

Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle


Gust MEES: I do this already since 2002 and  I call it analyzing and adjusting...


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 29, 2014 2:26 PM

That's what I am doing since 2002 already and this NOT ONLY with students, learners. BUT ALSO with teachers... Those who are following me on Twitter, know this ;) I call it analyzing and adjusting...


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The Student-Centered Classroom - Liberate Learners To Flip Their Own Lessons

The Student-Centered Classroom - Liberate Learners To Flip Their Own Lessons | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

"The expanded availability of easy tech tools has empowered educators to rethink homework and daily instruction. Flipping the classroom with teacher-made videos allows students to self-direct their at-home learning. Many of these clips, however, still involve a one-day delivery of information, from teacher to student. Another approach is to allow children to make their own educational videos. They can enlighten their classmates with their creations, and they can teach themselves the material and the skills during the process of production."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 26, 2014 8:47 PM

Have you considered having students use the Adobe Voice app (iPad) to create materials that others may use to review work? This post shares how one school has done this with 8th grade students and provides 3 videos embedded in the post as well as a link to a page where you can see more student work.

The post also discussed "four key proficiencies" that students may demonstrate as they create an Adobe Voice video:

* Symbolic and visual metaphor - in choosing images and/or icons  and their definitions of words students are demonstrating understanding of figurative meaning.

* Narrative - students narrate their story and provide images that seamlessly move from one point to another within the story.

* Text- students select key text, highlighting vocabulary.

* Design - students learn critical elements necessary to convey content. Elements may include, music, images, voice, color, transitions, layout and more.

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Les filles sont meilleures que les garçons à l'école. Depuis 100 ans et dans toutes les matières | Slate

Les filles sont meilleures que les garçons à l'école. Depuis 100 ans et dans toutes les matières | Slate | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Depuis quelques années, de nombreuses études montrent que les filles ont de meilleurs résultats à l'école que les garçons, à tel point qu'aux Etats-Unis, les discussions tournent aujourd'hui autour de ce «nouveau» déséquilibre éducatif et des moyens d'aider les garçons à combler ...

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IPaddling through Third Grade: Guided Math in an iPad Classroom

IPaddling through Third Grade: Guided Math in an iPad Classroom | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

"Just like guided reading, it is vital that we individualize and differentiate our math instruction on a daily basis.  Another important factor is that it ties in with district and state standards as well as district curriculum.  The Bellevue Public Schools use the Pearson Math Series."


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Left to Their Own Smart Devices

Left to Their Own Smart Devices | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

Educational institutions should enter the mobile age and embrace the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and cost sensitive than ever before. The challenge, like with any disruption, is to rethink the system design and utilize new concepts, such as multi-persona, that align with this new age of mobility. Exciting times are ahead for educators.


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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 16, 2014 3:42 AM

This is a long debated subject.  Just get on with it...... it's happening.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 16, 2014 7:54 AM

Left Their Own Smart Devices

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, April 16, 2014 9:28 PM

Brush off your vocabulary, and learn about BYOD. "Granularity" of education consumption, with temporal limits. Some possible solutions to objections about the use of personal technology in the learning space.

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The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Chunking is a critical element of the learning process and explains how we can learn and retain increasingly complex information.

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Mary Starry's curator insight, June 14, 2014 9:15 AM

This article explains the concept of chunking and key aspects to keep in mind when using the process.  We are starting to use chunking with our videos, using short videos that focus on one concept, with each video building on the preceding ones.

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Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
More teachers are using digital games in the classroom, and they're using them more frequently, according to a new teacher survey just released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But more surprisingly, the study reveals that teachers are finding that one of the most impactful use of games is for motivating and rewarding students, specifically those who are low-performing.

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If You Let Them Build It, They Will Learn - WORLDS OF LEARNING @NMHS

If You Let Them Build It, They Will Learn - WORLDS OF LEARNING @NMHS | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
"A Makerspace is defined as:

 

…a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects …the key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creative goals."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)

Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things) | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

"While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon thePhoto Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that. "


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, June 9, 2014 7:34 PM

Just downloaded and checked it out. So easy to use. Choose a photo and that's it! (GPS data with photo, of course.) Lots of templates to choose from. 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:42 PM

Very useful for fieldtrips and site -based learning activities - the app allows you to record the location, a map, a photo and notes about the location in a single "postcard" style image.  Geological survey, environmental outings, etc could all be recorded with this innovative, yet very simple application.

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Booktrack Classroom - A New Way to Learn

Booktrack Classroom - A New Way to Learn | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Booktrack Classroom allows students to read and create stories with a movie-style soundtracks, with proven benefits to reading comprehension and retention.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 22, 2014 8:41 AM

This is an interesting tool for reading and writing activities which enables students or teachers to add sound effects to accompany the text while students read. The site makes claims that research has shown an improvement in reading and retention skills.

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The temporal perspective in higher education learners: Comparisons between Online & Onsite Learning

The temporal perspective in higher education learners: Comparisons between Online & Onsite Learning | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

Higher Education increases flexibility with online learning solutions. Nevertheless, dropout rates in online university are large. Among the reasons, one aspect deserving further study is students’ Time Perspective (TP), which has been studied in onsite HE. It is necessary to know the TP profile of the growing population of online students, and consider its relation with students’ preference and convenience factors for choosing online or onsite contexts. In this study, learners’ TP in an online and an onsite Catalan HE institutions are compared. Results show that HE students present a high future orientation in general, while online students showed a higher orientation to past negativism. Basic guides are given to help institutions and students in the choice of the better suited learning context according to their TP.


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Angie Walter's curator insight, March 7, 2014 7:39 PM

Check out this great visual image that helps to link digital technology with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students could select specific resources to assist them with planning, evaluating, designing, investigating or communicating their design ideas, plans and solutions or alternatively use one of these digital technologies to research, collect and collate information relevant to their market research for a new product or product re-design they are working on. Whether your students are engaging in higher or lower order thinking technology activities, there is a digital resource here to suit their needs. 

 

Curriculum Links:

 

Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP036) (ACARA, 2014).

 

Effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make designed solutions (ACTDEP037) (ACARA, 2014).

 

Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions (ACTDEP039) (ACARA, 2014).

Karen Willis's curator insight, April 27, 2014 1:46 AM

Wonderful ideas utilising many digital technologies to promote blooms taxonomy in the contemporary classroom. Digital resources are displayed and linked to relevant blooms taxonomies. A great resource to keep handy in the classroom and an excellent guide in implementing blooms taxonomy through ICT and modern technologies. 

 

This links to the relevant content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001)

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words? | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
The importance of positive language within how society conceptualizes learning is evident for the growth of student potential and learning.


Denton’s book advocates for teachers to mean what they say and for the meaning to be central and without ambiguity. From this perspective, why use failure for a positive when it has an established negative connotation?


Discussion of failure is largely a discussion about challenge, about scaffolding, about providing a place where the right answer might not come the first time, and depending on the project and subject it shouldn’t, but where the student can learn from their mistakes and build forward. However, as Engestrom and Denton show in their research, the manner in which we engage needs to be positive rather than negative, measurable rather than intangible and based on the notion of grit.


As longtime K-12 teacher Joe Bower noted, the argument for grit is an argument blaming external factors rather than focusing on internal, social and structural challenges. Focusing back on creating environments of discovery and positive interaction can create the same opportunities for students that failure advocates wish to see, but without the negative connotations and outcomes.


Gust MEES: That's what I am saying since very long and I mentioned it ALSO in Tweets on Twitter; I prefer to use the word "Learning By Doing" which is MUCH more positive.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:25 AM

That's what I am saying since very long and I mentioned it ALSO in Tweets on Twitter; I prefer to use the word "Learning By Doing" which is MUCH more positive.


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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …


This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Student-designed App to get people together in real world - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Student-designed App to get people together in real world - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it
Student-designed App to get people together in real world Scoop.co.nz (press release) “So we wanted to create something that would allow people to connect in the real world easily and simply.” BoredCast works along similar lines to SnapChat where...
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22 Things We Do As Educators That Will Embarrass Us In 25 Years

22 Things We Do As Educators That Will Embarrass Us In 25 Years | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

"Saw a picture today from the 1970s of a mother driving her car with her newborn baby in the passenger seat (no car seat). This, of course, got me thinking about education. What do we do now that in 25 years we’ll look back on and shake our heads? What are our “doctors smoking cigarettes while giving check ups” moments? I have a feeling we’re going to look back and be really confused by quite a bit. There’s probably a lot more than this, but I had to stop somewhere."


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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | To learn or not to learn? | Scoop.it

“We can’t turn back,” Wolf said. “We should be simultaneously reading to children from books, giving them print, helping them learn this slower mode, and at the same time steadily increasing their immersion into the technological, digital age. It’s both. We have to ask the question: What do we want to preserve?”


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 11, 2014 2:01 AM

Very interesting

Eric de Beauvoir's curator insight, April 11, 2014 2:34 AM

Humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. 

jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:23 PM

Indicated 7 Keys to observe differences http://educarencomunicacion.com/2013/07/7-claves-para-escribir-en-la-web/ ;