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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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Want to Have More Creative Breakthroughs? Redesign Your Day According to This Step-by-Step Guide

Want to Have More Creative Breakthroughs? Redesign Your Day According to This Step-by-Step Guide | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

You stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours, waiting for your brain to come up with a brilliant idea, and it never comes. There has to be a better way to brainstorm, right?

 

There is--and it might be as simple as doing the laundry.

 

In the new book The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking, Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack--former faculty members of Stanford's Start X incubator program--explain how breakthrough insights come about. The two describe these insights as "that feeling of sudden clarity when you feel the answer staring you in the face."

 

"The biggest misconception about breakthroughs is that they're accidental or that they're spontaneous," says Fox Cabane. "But in reality that aha! moment is just the tip of the iceberg. It is the single conscious moment you have at the end of a very long, complex, unconscious process."

 

To understand how to prime the human brain for creative breakthroughs, one must first understand what parts of the brain help power them. As Fox Cabane and Pollack explain, the brain has two networks: the executive network, which is the "goal-oriented" part of your brain that you access to complete an action; and the default network, the part of your brain that's home to what the authors call the "genius lounge," or the place where creative insights lie. But, to access the genius lounge, your brain needs to tune out the executive network.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 12, 6:40 PM

The authors of a new book on the art of breakthrough thinking explain how designing your day more thoughtfully can get your creative juices flowing.

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Four Easy Ways To Make A Memorable First Impression

Four Easy Ways To Make A Memorable First Impression | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

You already know the basics of leaving a polished first impression, like dressing well, making eye contact, and having a firm handshake. That's great advice, but it's probably not enough. If you really want to be memorable (for the right reasons), you need to think about what you say and how you say it. Here are a few straightforward pointers that many people miss.


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Despite the admonition, "Do not judge a book by its cover," we do all of the time. Make your cover as compelling your book is.
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Adele Taylor's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:43 PM
some great tips, but maybe not so much the first one for interviews
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 20, 2016 4:26 AM

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Re-imagining #Schooling: School as an Affinity Space for #21stcentury Through a #Multiliteracies Lens

Re-imagining #Schooling: School as an Affinity Space for #21stcentury Through a #Multiliteracies Lens | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Author: Stephania Savva  


The core of this chapter reports on the development, implementation and evaluation of a theory based framework named Affinity Multiliteracies Practice (AMP) with the intention to provide an example of a teaching and learning approach to schooling that acknowledges students’ multiple and diverse identities, experiences and capabilities while also equipping them to become the flexible and dynamic learners required in the 21st century.


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Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, May 10, 2016 5:04 PM
An innovative perspective on teaching and learning based on empirical fieldwork undertaken with primary aged students for a doctoral thesis investigation.
Stephania Savva, Ph.D's comment, May 12, 2016 2:50 PM
Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing!
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Understood Helps Us Understand Academically Challenged Kids | Tech Tools Daily #156 - 21CL Radio

Understood Helps Us Understand Academically Challenged Kids | Tech Tools Daily #156 - 21CL Radio | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Overview Understood is a web resource that explains through experience the frustrations that our children who are challenged academically face every day. The site helps us understand our kids in a three-step process. First

Overview Understood is a web resource that explains through experience the frustrations that our children who are challenged academically face every day. The site helps us understand our kids in a three-step process.
 
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Six channels of 21st Century learning

Six channels of 21st Century learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"What is 21st century learning, and how do networks and technology function within it? ..."


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How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017 | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Resolutions are often an exercise in wishful thinking. People rarely keep them, mostly because they’re vague about their goals and don’t have a plan for following through. But that isn't the only thing that may weaken resolve or slow progress toward a goal. Failing to understand some practical brain science can just as quickly do you in.

 

Neuroscience has shown us this year that we may actually have everything we need to stay focused, be more creative, remember more, and make better decisions—just as long as we can work a bit more with our brains, not against them. Here are a few things we learned that can take you closer toward being your best self in 2017.


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We need to put what we know about Neuroscience to help our students and ourselves. 
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How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation

How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Emotions play an active role in almost all of our decision making. That's one reason why emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage those emotions, is such an invaluable skill. 

 

But how specifically does emotional intelligence help us with our daily tasks? Here are three tips to make sure your next presentation is emotionally intelligent:

1. Don't get anxious. Get excited.

All of us get nervous before a presentation, even if we've done it hundreds of times. So take that nervousness and turn it into something positive: enthusiasm.How do you do that exactly?

Spend those final few moments reviewing your favorite parts of the presentation. Remind yourself why you're doing this, and focus on the value you have to deliver to your listeners.

Now, take that enthusiasm and give a talk that you passionately believe in.

 
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Any Tech Coach worth her salt knows that all good teaching is relational, which invariably involves an emotional connection.
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"But how specifically does emotional intelligence help us with our daily tasks? Here are three tips to make sure your next presentation is emotionally intelligent: . . . "

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 4, 2016 5:18 PM
The Learning Factor's insight: View your presentation from your audience's perspective instead of your own.
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7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

As we go through our daily-by-day lives without a pause or a moment to think about what it is we are actually doing, it's easy to assume we are working as effectively as we can. It is important to take that pause and observe others in action. Are we working as effectively as our extremely successful peers?

Inspired by Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, take a look at the things very successful people do and see how their habits aid them in achieving their maximum effectiveness.

Want to become one of those highly effective people and no longer a bystander? Try these 7 habits and find your own success.

1. Be proactive

Nothing will ever get done if we do nothing but sit around waiting for things to happen. Effective people know that there is no value in overthinking, in spending more time on our words than our actions. The most powerful thing anyone can do is simply take the reins in their own hands to instigate movement.

2. See the end

While the process of action is undoubtedly important, sometimes the impetus for our most powerful, effective actions comes from knowing where the end lies. If we continue to keep that in mind, we'll be able to maximize our productivity to reach our highly desired, very rewarding end goal.

3. Prioritize

When embarking on a task with many steps, it can be tempting to stop something halfway through when the going gets tough. What we should do, however, is actually push through. The difficulty of an action shouldn't change that it's our priority.

4. Visualize

Effective people can always imagine a favorable outcome--even if one doesn't seem likely to be written in the books. When you feel bogged down, or your actions are simply not getting you where you want, practice visualization for a couple minutes. Visualize your goals and the steps you need to make to get you there.

5. Try to understand things beforehand

Often, people jump into things without properly reading the instructions--ultimately resulting in ineffective actions far from the results they had previously envisioned. Setting aside adequate time to sort through and plan can really benefit your end results.

6. Synergize

There is nothing more powerful than combining forces. Regardless of how competent we might be on our own, there is always greater strength in numbers. Synergize on everything you can--how much more effective you are may surprise you.

7. Renew and improve

Last, one of the most important habits of all is that of self-care. We need to allow ourselves the time and space--not just once in a blue moon, but a bit here and there every day--in order to mend our burnt-out ends. Make time to regenerate and you will find that you are better able to effectively achieve your personal best.

 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 5, 2016 7:42 PM

Are you working as effectively as your extremely successful peers? If not, there's something you can do about that.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, May 8, 2016 5:45 PM
Some good tips to become more effective!
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3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom

3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently ThingLink introduced ThingLink for Video, an exciting new editor for annotating video content with rich media.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 14, 2014 7:07 PM

With ThingLink for Video now available you might be wondering what you could do with it. Find examples of:

* How to Kick off a Unit and Target Instructional Goals

* Prepare a Flipped Lesson to Prepare Students for Work in Class

* Using ThingLink for Video for Professional Development

* 12 Examples Created by Teachers

* plus a How To Video to help you create your own

ThingLink has developed a resource that may become a staple in your classroom. If you do not yet have an account, go create one at the ThingLink website and you should be up and running pretty quickly.

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, July 15, 2014 1:59 PM

This post also discusses the Flipped Classroom model.

Recep's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:30 AM

worth trying..