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Free Animated Backgrounds That Move For PowerPoint Presentation

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Breathe New Life into Your eLearning Courses: 5 Helpful Mantras to Live By

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The following five helpful mantras provide refreshing ideas for creating eLearning courses that go beyond a conventional approach.

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niftyjock's curator insight, July 15, 2014 6:07 PM

coool

Julie's curator insight, July 16, 2014 4:30 AM

Perfect creative way to present it !

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Julia Echeverría's curator insight, July 16, 2014 4:03 PM

Genial, me encanta.

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What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

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If you are a school admin or decision maker and your teachers are struggling with the new technology or unhappy with its tech integration then here are some tips to help you out
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iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more

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The new features will begin rolling out July 8 with the ability for teachers to create and manage previously uploaded lessons directly from the iPad. Apple says the course creation features will let teachers grab content from iWork, iBooks Author or “any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad.” It will also let teachers use the iPad’s camera to include shots and video of real-world items in courses. The course creation feature will be available to educators in all 69 with the materials they create distributed in up 155 countries.


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sobrie01's curator insight, July 10, 2014 3:07 PM

Picture creating your own async classroom and having the abilty to have different instructor contribute to the lessons. Very cool functions that are easy to use. Well Done Apple!

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, July 11, 2014 6:12 AM

The addition of discussions moves iTunesU from an elaborate textbook to something that involves collaboration - a good move. Pity it's only for private courses.

Fiona Price's curator insight, July 11, 2014 12:18 PM

Exciting news!

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FingerReader helps visually impaired read in real-time

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FingerReader is a 3D-printed device that is worn as a ring on the index finger and uses a built-in camera and haptic actuators to read aloud as the user tra...

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5 Ways Google Glass Can Be Used in Education | Emerging Education Technology

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Google's innovative visual technology will have many applications for teaching and learning. Google recently announced winners of its Google Glass contest,
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6 positive effects of blogging in kindergarten

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As a kindergarten teacher, I have a unique opportunity to educate, share, engage, enhance and model ways that a variety of technological tools can help my
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Infographic: Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

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Screencasting is an efficient and effective tool for maximizing instructional time.

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Screencasts are efficient and effective ways to maximizing instructional time.

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Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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The teaching of vocabulary has changed over the years. This infographic provides ten suggestions on how to effectively teach vocabulary as well as links to four templates and tools that you might also want to use (and all are available at no cost!). The templates and tools are:

* Top Tips for Word Walls

* Concept Circles

* Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process
* Alphaboxes Graphic Organizer

A great resource that works across many grade levels.


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Education Infographics

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10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:27 AM

All these look like great tips to remember when teaching vocabulary...

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10 Great Strategies for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

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Vocabulary is a crucial component of the linguistic competence. It is also intricately related to other literacy skills including reading, writing, and speaking. A learner with a poor repertoire of...

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Genius Hour Broken Down Into Steps

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Many folks have asked me to break Genius Hour down into steps (especially in regards to how to introduce Genius Hour) so here is a little chart that I made that hopefully helps.  Take your time with...
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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

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Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 2014 12:27 PM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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6 Models of Blended Learning

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Discover how six blended learning models combine traditional classroom experiences with online learning for successful student results.

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Jean-Christophe Francet's curator insight, July 16, 2014 5:29 AM

Excellent explanation of the different possible mixes between online and offline learning.

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2014 2:25 AM

 Handy infographic with six basic models

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, August 30, 2014 1:44 PM

Cada día vemos como el B-learning avanza y los profesores no deberían permanecer indiferentes

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The Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal | Reaching Out to Struggling Online Students with Web 2.0 Technology

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HETL Note: We are pleased to present this feature article titled: “Reaching Out to Struggling Online Students with Web 2.0 Technology“. This well researched article lets the reader understand better the issues related to lack of learner engagement and motivation and shows how the use of social media in the online classroom may help struggling students develop a sense of belonging and fulfillment. It provides a useful starting point for those who are planning to include of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning – in online, or even in traditional class settings. 

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Inspiring Creativity Through Nonfiction Texts

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A high school English teacher aims to counter his coworker's fears that the common-core literacy standards' focus on nonfiction will hinder students' creativity.
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Measuring Good Teachers | Scholastic.com

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Itâ??s the million-dollar question. How do you fairly evaluate your most valuable assetâ??teachers.
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The Six Elements of Effective Reading Instruction: Every Child, Every Day

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The six elements of effective reading instruction don't require much time or money—just educators' decision to put them in place.


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DEN Spring VirtCon - Free virtual conference

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The DEN Spring VirtCon: Connecting Communities

 

Combining the Best of Virtual and Face-to-Face Events

 

The DEN Spring Virtual Conference is a free professional development event for educators to learn about the most effective ways to integrate digital media into their instructional practices. It is unique because of its blended environment. The sessions will be broadcast online, but you can attend either from your own home or at one of the many face-to- face (F2F) events around the world. By attending an event in your area, you get that buzz that can only be experienced by being face to face with others.

 

About the Event

 

The theme for the Spring VirtCon is Connecting Communities. From Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) to classroom communities, we're all more connected than we've ever been. To that end, we've partnered up with some incredible educational organizations, which you can learn more about on the Community Partners page.

What can you expect from the VirtCon?

*Three keynote presentations (9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm ET)

*Four slots for concurrent sessions (10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm ET)

*Every session will be broadcast LIVE with a full video feed

*Dozens of F2F events to attend around North America and the world

*All sessions will be archived and available immediately following the presentation


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Customized Instruction: Four Characteristics of Effective Instruction

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"Learning can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Students constantly face conceptual, social, emotional, and mental obstacles that can’t be overcome with all-purpose solutions. Just as every student is unique, so is every learning situation."


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Vocabulary Instructional Strategies: Marzano's 6-Step Process

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"Effective vocabulary instruction is a key foundation to helping students acquire a wide and diverse vocabulary. Students need both direct and indirect instruction in vocabulary and word meanings as well as multiple exposures to words. It is through multiple exposures and repetition that students begin to understand the nuances of words and how to use them when speaking and writing."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 8:40 PM

With Common Core State Standards coming into play quickly the issue of vocabulary is coming into play in a new way. This post provides a look at six strategies to use with vocabulary instruction. Get a great look at the strategies and learn some of the lessons that have been learned.

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With Common Core State Standards coming into play quickly the issue of vocabulary is coming into play in a new way. This post provides a look at six strategies to use with vocabulary instruction. Get a great look at the strategies and learn some of the lessons that have been learned.

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21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

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If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters?

 

In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing.Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive literacy framework. And, vocabulary plays an important role in the Common Core State Standards.

 

I’ve posted previously about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and developed a popular Infographic featuring the “Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction.” Since a broad vocabulary program includes both direct and indirect word learning strategies, the following online tools can be easily integrated to support word learning.


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Will MOOCs Work for Writing? | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

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When faced with a complex, fluid, and potentially uncontrollable situation, I’ve often heard people say, “It’s like herding cats.” I can think of no more complex, variable, and fluid task than writing. Its nuances and complexities seem to defy consistency; what works as “good writing” in one circumstance can be disastrous in another. Indeed, the push toward multimodality in student writing means even the products can vary: essays one minute, blogs the next, videos after that. We also strive to develop stylistic variation: the strongest students develop a personal voice that makes their work distinctive. Everything about writing activities makes them seem like one-offs: what works in each instance is different than the next solution. The complex challenges of teaching students to work within that degree of variability makes me despair.

Recent writing studies scholarship on transfer attempts to address this frustration by identifying the parts of our writing courses that stay with our students and benefit them in future situations. What parts of writing are transferrable to new situations? What skills do we need to teach our students to best benefit their future writing tasks? These answers are not simple, certain, or clear. What we do know is that metacognition is essential for effective writing practice: if students are conscious of the decisions they make when crafting their words, they make better decisions. Therefore, the task of effective writing instruction often becomes one of teaching awareness as a skill.


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