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Kleinspiration: An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!

Kleinspiration: An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder! | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"FluencyFinder http://www.fluencyfinder.com/ the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update.  

What is FluencyFinder?  FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1st-8th).  This is done by printing out a Reading passage (6 per grade level w/ more on the way) and then having the student read while following along on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone).  The teacher will begin the assessment by starting the app timer and then tap (+) or (-) as a student makes or corrects a mistake.  When the student is finished the teacher will end the timer and then press the finish assessment button to get instant real-time results.  These detailed results will include WPM, word counts, number of mistakes and more."


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this looks good but it needs to be available for android

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Gabrielle Dunn's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:49 PM

This a great tool that teachers can use in the classroom to assess reading fluency. The app will provide information on where mistakes were made which will allow teachers to get a more detailed report on a students reading ability. This can then go on to determine reading groups in the classroom and will allow the teacher to work with students to improve in areas they struggle with.

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25 of the Best Educational Games For Home and the Classroom

25 of the Best Educational Games For Home and the Classroom | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Among the many ways to actively engage children in the learning process, educational games are one of the most fun. With so many award winning and cleverly designed games on the market, young children to teens (and even adults!) can develop new skills and reinforce other skills, without even realizing they are learning.

Board, card, cooperative, puzzle games, and more encourage interactive hands-on learning in a humorous, light hearted environment. In a addition to math, reading, vocabulary, logic, problem-solving, and spelling skills regularly introduced by educational games, turn based and cooperative games foster with social interaction, communication skills, and self confidence.

Consider adding one of these excellent educational games to your home or classroom collection.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 29, 9:01 AM
Alternatives for "do when finished," fillers, centers, activity periods, inside recess, Game Nigh, or rewarding Fun Friday's.
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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 1:14 AM

Not sure about blowing your students' minds, but useful.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, July 23, 10:03 PM

Some of these critical thinking exercises would be good at the start of the lesson - to get the brain engaged.

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14 Reasons Why Pokemon GO Is The Future Of Learning

14 Reasons Why Pokemon GO Is The Future Of Learning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it


"ONE: Students are on their phones ALL the time. Students are not on their textbook all the time. Think about that. And I’m not saying we should only do what students want to do. One of my favorite quotes is “the object of education isn’t to make students comfortable, it’s to make them successful.” But I do think leverage and engagement are useful."


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'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life'

'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life' | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Our world is getting increasingly complex; so how do we know what is worth teaching and learning?

David Perkins, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is interested in how to adapt our curriculums in an ever-changing world. He believes that what is conventionally taught in our schools is not designed to produce the kinds of community members we want and need.

Perkins believes that only by reimagining what we teach our children can we lead students down the road to a more prosperous life.

Here, in a piece that first appreared on the Global Search for Education website, Professor Perkins, whose latest book is Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World, discusses what is worth learning.                                                             

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 17, 12:45 AM

When I was first in the classroom as a student, this issue of teaching for living was being debated.  Its amazing that the topic is still being discussed and have made only a little progress in it. -Lon

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Digital Classrooms – VideoNotes

Digital Classrooms – VideoNotes | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
 VideoNot.es is a great tool for building your students’ digital literacies and their abilities to use video to study online. It enables students to take time stamped notes while they watch video content and save them alongside the video file.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 6, 1:36 AM

You can download the free book and video here. Great tool for creating interacation in the flipped classroom.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 7, 4:57 AM

In this document you can find:
-: a step by step guide showing how to use it
-: a video tutorial that you can show to students
-: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it as part of an online or face-to-face course.


 

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Encouraging creative instincts…

Encouraging creative instincts… | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
What is creativity?

Can anyone be creative?

What are the conditions for creativity?

Can creativity be taught?

Can/should creativity be assessed?

How might we encourage children’s (and teachers’) creative instincts?

How do we create opportunities for creativity in our classrooms?

Is teaching creatively the same as teaching creativity?

Is creativity an attitude, a skill, a conceptual lens or is it action? (PYP connection)

What is the relationship between inquiry learning and creativity?

How might global collaborations  enhance creativity?

These are some of the big questions with which participants grappled in a PYP workshop on encouraging creativity, last week at Victorious Kidss Educares, an international school in Pune.

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100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic

100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
We're showcasing the top 100 video sites for educators to use in their classrooms. Appropriate for a variety of subjects and age levels.
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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 12, 11:35 AM

Great resource for educators of all levels!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 15, 9:16 PM
Excellent list of resources. Well organized, too! 
Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 23, 2:49 PM
Incorporating videos in a PBL/flipped setting goes beyond just using YouTube or Khan Academy videos. What a great list of video sites. Lots of ideas here!
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The Case for Making Audiobooks Part of Curriculum

The Case for Making Audiobooks Part of Curriculum | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
By William Weil - Audiobooks are more than a nice library resource or good for struggling readers--they are an important literacy tool for K-12.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 25, 7:22 AM

Yes. Really useful addition to any teacher's toolkit.

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Making & Science - The Google Science Initiative

Making & Science - The Google Science Initiative | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Check out Science Journal-- a digital science notebook to inspire kids and adults explore the world around them using sensors and data!

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The 2016 Guide to Drones | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

The 2016 Guide to Drones | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
On a sunny spring morning, a team from Make: headed up the hillside of the beautiful Kunde Family Vineyards in Sonoma, California to fly a variety of quadcopters and compare them side-by-side for our 2016 drone guide.

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, May 11, 9:28 AM
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Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot

Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"The educational acronyms of the 21st century look a bit different from those of previous generations. The “Three R’s” (which, confusingly enough, weren’t even R’s to begin with) have since largely been replaced by STEM, and parents of the newest generation are doing everything they can to better prepare their progeny for success in an increasingly digitized world.

Key to that success appears to be an early start — an extremely early start — when it comes to learning important skills like computer programming and other technical talents. Here to help is Cubetto, and adorable little wooden robot that is specifically designed for pre-literate children ages 3 and older that teaches the basics of computer programming and STEM, sans screen. "


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, May 5, 3:26 AM
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5 Sites and Apps to Read Free, Quick Short Stories Everyday - @MakeUSeOf

5 Sites and Apps to Read Free, Quick Short Stories Everyday - @MakeUSeOf | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
If you aren’t reading fiction already, you should be! Reading fiction has several benefits, studies have shown, from relieving stress and sleeping better to lightening your mood and keeping your mind sharp as you age.

Now, it’s advisable to target one brain-boosting habit each year. So for 2016, let’s make it about reading a little fiction every day. Like with any habit, the less resistance in getting started, the easier it will be.

We scoured the world wide web for the best sites and apps that serve a dose of short stories whenever you want them. Here’s what you need.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 5, 9:32 AM

Well worth reading.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 6, 7:10 AM
Learning and critical thinking skills
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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Below is a curated collection of some of the best YouTube channels created by teachers for teachers. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide teachers with a handy resource where they can access a plethora of educational video materials to use in their instruction. We have arranged these channels into the following categories: channels for science teachers, channels for math teachers, channels for chemistry and physics teachers, channels for learning English, channels for educational documentaries, and channels that provide intelligent content for students. Enjoy

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 24, 6:16 PM
I am an advocate of YouTube for its educational channels. Explore some and discover the many resources available.
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4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom

4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As you've no doubt noticed, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm since its release on July 5, 2016. It's getting people outside to actively explore their surroundings and giving millions their first experience with augmented reality. But it's also raising questions and concerns about whether the game's location and mapping features are compromising people's data and information and luring players into danger.

With school starting up again soon, we wanted to offer some guidance for teachers on how to address and manage the Pokémon GO craze in your classroom and school.


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What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides)

What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides) | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"Confession: We at EdSurge are a bit in love with what may be America’s favorite new pastime: making. Indeed, it’s been a busy two years since we published our first guide on making, during which makerspaces have spread into classrooms and curriculum far and wide. But for many, issues of budget and buy-in mean maker education is still far from mainstream. 


 To be sure, there have been changes in the Maker movement in the decade-plus since the first Maker Faires wooed a new generation of DIYers. Along the way, we’ve celebrated successes and asked hard questions. How can we help making become more equitable and inclusive? How can maker ed embrace traditional technology, including computer science? What are the benefits of a maker education, and how do we measure them? In this guide, we hope you’ll find answers to—or at least ideas about—these and other questions that explore the meaning of making."


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Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes

Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us. Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft.

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Lifelong Learning and the Maker Movement

Lifelong Learning and the Maker Movement | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Despite the impressive potential of the maker movement and the aspect of fun learning by making, still, there remain some challenges in mainstreaming the maker movement in education. First of all, it should not be misunderstood that learners should be given to build things without proper acquisition of fundamental skills, such as basic literacy and numeracy,

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 26, 1:28 AM

Good background article for people interested in understanding the maker movement in education.

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50 Facts about Hair - Lessons in Digital Literacy

50 Facts about Hair - Lessons in Digital Literacy | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

In the lesson students will learn some amazing facts about hair and the historical significance it has had in different cultures around the world. They will also learn to challenge and question the accuracy of information they find online.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 13, 8:56 AM

This is one of the lessons plans I developed to help students engage with online information in a way that is both personal and critical and which developes their digital literacies.

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Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution

Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You’re likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent research, my colleagues and I found that in 80% of countries, girls have more negative feelings towards maths than boys.

But this higher level of maths anxiety in girls is not justified by their actual level of performance and may put them off continuing a career in maths-related subjects, such as physics and computer science.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 2, 6:09 PM

This is interesting. Thanks to John Evans.

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How Workforce Needs Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

How Workforce Needs Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The shift in postsecondary credentialing and the needs of the 21st-century workforce will revolutionize higher education. Colleges and universities have vast potential to be positive agents of this change.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 1:12 AM

Interesting.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 16, 12:57 PM
Interesting article. 
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Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless |

Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless | | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Children have both a drive to learn and an affinity for quick rewards – digital aids amplify both. Few people would imagine that children left in a room with an encyclopedia and enticing toys (even educational ones) could, on their own, summit the intellectual mountain that is a K-12 education.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 11, 12:54 AM

Some very good points.

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4 Helpful Websites for Literacy Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Helpful Websites for Literacy Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Below are four great websites to enhance literacy teaching and learning. They provide a wide variety of educational materials and resources designed specifically to help learners and struggling students take their reading and writing to the next level. Apart from Readwritethink, a platform we have reviewed multiple times in the past, the three remaining websites (we discovered through Graphite) are included here for the first time.

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How Orange Juice Is Made

The process of making orange juice on a humongous scale. The Americans drink so much of the stuff I'm surprised they still have any left for export.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 8:59 PM

If you image that your orange juice comes from farmers on ladders picking, then hand-squeezing oranges into orange juice, then you need to see just how mechanized this agribusiness is.  The machinery alone means that a small-scale farmer simply can't compete on the open market.  

 

Questions to Ponder: Why is OJ concentrate cheaper in the store if they have to work hard to extract the water out of the juice?  How would OJ concentrate be an example of either a bulk-gaining product or a bulk-reducing product?  

 

Tagsfood production, agriculture, foodeconomic, industry, economic, scale, agribusiness.

Antonio Andrade's curator insight, May 4, 5:47 PM
Excelente conocer todo el proceso!

Character Minutes's curator insight, July 1, 7:07 PM
Great resource for FACS teachers.

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FREE e-Book: Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows

FREE e-Book: Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Around the world, there is a new movement to use the new tools and technology of the Maker Movement to give children authentic learning experiences beyond textbooks and tests. The Stanford FabLearn Fellows are a group of 18 educators who are working at the forefront of this new movement in all corners of the globe. They teach in FabLabs, makerspaces, classrooms, libraries, community centers, and museums – all with the goal of making learning more meaningful in the modern world.

In this book, the FabLearn Fellows share projects, assessment strategies, lesson planning guides, and ideas from their learning spaces. In over 200 pages illustrated with color photos of real student work, the Fellows take you on a tour of the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. To read this book is to rediscover learning as it could be and should be – a joyous, mindful exploration of the world, where the ultimate discovery is the potential of every child.

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asli telli's curator insight, April 8, 12:27 AM
FabLearn fellows work compiled in a book. Interesting read.