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6 Futuristic Google Tools That Feel Like Science Fiction | The Gooru

6 Futuristic Google Tools That Feel Like Science Fiction | The Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Self-driving cars, Google Glass, and virtual reality headsets, it is no secret that Google builds products that seem to be pulled straight from the imaginations of science fiction writers. But (…) Read more
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Very nice, especially the sky watching tool.

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9 Essential Online Resources For Establishing A More Efficient eLearning Process

9 Essential Online Resources For Establishing A More Efficient eLearning Process | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Essential Online Resources For Efficient eLearning Process
In the century of technology, studentship can become an easier period of life.
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E-Learning Industries ... awesome!

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

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Both nature and nurture is my experience, in that nature provides the potential but the skill remains under-developed without nurturing. 

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Ajo Monzó's comment, April 9, 2013 3:32 AM
Hello David, I agree with you, to be a critical thinker sometimes can be even dangerous, buttheyare the people who move the world...thanks a lot for your comment!
Monica Gutiérrez's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:54 PM

#criticalthinking 

Diane Darling's curator insight, July 1, 8:42 AM

Definitely a skill to master!

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Coaching Conversations in Online Spaces

Coaching Conversations in Online Spaces | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I've recently started a book club around my text on digital portfolios for students. We are currently discussing Chapter 1 in a Google+ Community, using a thought-provoking question or statement fo...
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Highly intentional

Focused on the other person

Purpose is to stimulate growth and change

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What's new in iTunes U 3.0 | iGeneration - 21st...

What's new in iTunes U 3.0 | iGeneration - 21st... | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
iTunes U 3.0 has just shipped, so what's new? The answer, as is usual with iTunes U, is a small number of big features. Before I list them, it's worth taking a moment to survey the landscape as it existed prior to this release.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Stop Motion Animations with KomaKoma

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Stop Motion Animations with KomaKoma | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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6 Essential Tips for a Successful Online Meeting

6 Essential Tips for a Successful Online Meeting | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

While business owners are now turning to virtual meetings as a cost-effective way to accomplish certain business goals, it is crucial to remember that team meetings should not be compromised for cost savings. To ensure that virtual meetings will be successful, here are 6 proven tips to help you manage them more effectively.

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RoadtoGrammar.com - Free quizzes, notes and games to improve your grammar

RoadtoGrammar.com - Free quizzes, notes and games to improve your grammar | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Brilliant! I have been looking for just this thing! Tons of grammar quizzes, grouped by specific skill.

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Free Online Poster Maker

Free Online Poster Maker | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Lucidpress is a professional-quality poster maker for everyone. With a library of templates and a drag-and-drop interface, you'll have an attention-grabbing poster made in no time.


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Very, very nice! Connect this to infographics, and away we go!

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 28, 9:52 AM

Not just for teachers!  Students could use it, too.  I see some GREAT formative assessment potential here~

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 28, 2:30 PM

Thx Nik Peachey

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, June 29, 4:26 PM

Really nice smooth tool. 

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Teaching Students To Analyze Complex Texts Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Teaching Students To Analyze Complex Texts Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Teaching Students To Analyze Complex Texts Infographic presents a few questions students should ask themselves during the close reading process.
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The question I insist my kids memorize at the beginning of the year, prior to seeing their first primary source document, is: Why did this person write (create) this piece for these people at this time?

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How You Can Become a Champion of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom (EdSurge News)

How You Can Become a Champion of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom (EdSurge News) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
My students often travel with me when I lead professional development at conferences. A few weeks ago, eight-year-old Carson Griffin (pictured here to the right) was helping me lead a session for teachers on “iPads for Elementary Learners,” and we were talking about our classroom Twitter account as
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Brilliantly insightful.

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Creating An eLearning Incentives Program For Your Employees

Creating An eLearning Incentives Program For Your Employees | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How To Create An eLearning Incentives Program For Your Employees
eLearning is a powerful way to train your employees.
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We did, and we were well rewarded with excellent professional development!

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eLearning Localization: 6 Cultural Considerations - eLearning Industry

eLearning Localization: 6 Cultural Considerations - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know how to develop effective training for global learners? Check 6 cultural considerations for eLearning Localization.
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As a teacher at an international school I vouch for the key points addressed in this article. No, not all culture process information in the same way.

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Becoming a Better Public Speaker: Tips From the Greats

Becoming a Better Public Speaker: Tips From the Greats | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Former Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen shares a few lessons to help teacher leaders feel better prepared for public presentations.
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It may not be Aristotle, but the advice is spot on none the less.

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Technology can transform education, but not without people

Technology can transform education, but not without people | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Five years ago I was trying every new tech tool to come out. I was glogging with glogster. I was threading with voice thread. And I sure was writing and editing in real-time with Google Docs! But the technology was not transforming me. It was not transforming my classroom, because it was just technology.

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I do not fear the tech revolution. Life has been and always shall be built on relationships. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 1, 3:43 AM

Interesting short read.

RossanaPiccini's curator insight, July 1, 8:18 AM

Not to be ignored. 

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5 eLearning Platforms From A Teacher's Point Of View - eLearning Industry

5 eLearning Platforms From A Teacher's Point Of View - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know about eLearning platforms in educational technology? Check 5 eLearning platforms from a teacher’s point of view.
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It takes all kinds.

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100% Is Overrated: The Importance of Failure

100% Is Overrated: The Importance of Failure | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
On celebrating mistakes and never considering oneself "smart."
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Growth mindset, an essential perspective.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.

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Wow!

 

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 2, 5:17 AM

... so much to learn about and to tryout...

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 2, 5:19 PM

#STEM #Projects #Guide

Larry Heuser's curator insight, Today, 9:48 AM

Help your child gain an interest in the latest technology that could lead to a well paying job. Many opportunities exist even without a college education. 

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5 Best Practices For Transforming Faculty Into Fully Online Educators - eLearning Industry

5 Best Practices For Transforming Faculty Into Fully Online Educators - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know how to transform Faculty into Fully Online Educators? Check the 5 best practices for transforming Faculty into fully Online Educators.
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This piece is refreshing, making #1 priority the need to collaborate with peers. Effective teaching is always relational at heart, on more than one level.

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14 social media hacks from the experts

14 social media hacks from the experts | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

This round-up of pro social media hacks comes from fourteen hard-hitting social media pros.


Use these 15 helpful and actionable social optimization tricks to boost your engagement, productivity, revenue, and following....


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barbarabrn's curator insight, June 29, 8:46 AM

14 very useful social media hacks from experts. #1 looks especially valuable. 

Gigi Bozzano's curator insight, June 29, 11:29 AM

Whether you work for someone else, are an entrepreneur, or own a small business having a social media plan is essential to furthering your brand awareness and boosting both your visibility and engagement. How to do accomplish this without spending hours a day? Here are some helpful hacks to get you there.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, July 1, 3:30 AM

Quelques conseils intéressants pour les médias sociaux.

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12 Things Students Remember Most About Good Teachers

12 Things Students Remember Most About Good Teachers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In 2013, Canadian educator Lori Gard wrote a popular piece for Huffpost Living which highlighted caring as the most important thing a teacher can do for

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True, true, and true. All effective teaching begins with the relational aspect. It is accurate to say that kids do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. It is a chiasmus, the switching of two words to make a memorable statement, and it is spot on!

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 29, 2:41 AM

This article makes Sense.  Isn't this what good relationships are based on?  Isn't this kind of thinking what builds a real community where a person belongs and can feel safe?  -Lon

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A Wonderful TED Ed Video on The Cognitive Advan...

A Wonderful TED Ed Video on The Cognitive Advan... | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A Wonderful TED Ed Video on The Cognitive Advantages of Bilingualism on iGeneration - 21st Century Education curated by Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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The Rise of Learning Resource Centres Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Rise of Learning Resource Centres Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The The Rise of Learning Resource Centres Infographic highlights how LRC are replacing traditional school libraries and help students' development.
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I do not know why we insist this is a Library. Learning Centers are their own, passing traditional institution.

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If You Give A Student A Website...

If You Give A Student A Website... | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A Rhyme? Why not! Let's start out in a rather unconventional way. Just in case you aren't familiar, the title of this post is a play on the popular children's book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by...
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A playful piece, with wisdom.

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Tania Bumstead's curator insight, June 29, 8:34 AM

love the rhyme. Very cute for wall.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Helpful Hints for Combining Google Drive With Symbaloo

Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Helpful Hints for Combining Google Drive With Symbaloo | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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