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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
Curated by Chris Carter
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Tech Talk Roundtable 04-27 | Student Wellness - the Data Difference

Tech Talk Roundtable 04-27 | Student Wellness - the Data Difference | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Data. No, not Mr. Data from Star Trek Next Generation. I mean data as in potential information.
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When Big Data and Student Wellness meet, all is well.
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Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic]

Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Explore what research says about how students can use their bodies to better learn math --and how technology can help.
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The Sleeper Autistic Hero Transforming Video Games | Backchannel

The Sleeper Autistic Hero Transforming Video Games | Backchannel | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Video games like Overwatch are becoming unexpected sites for destigmatizing autism spectrum disorders.
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Embracing autism and the power of people who have it.
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How to Be a Lifelong Learner

How to Be a Lifelong Learner | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through being a lifelong learner in this Greater Good post by Kira Newman.
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Get past simply teaching content. Guide students in discovering the importance of learning.
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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 13, 8:53 AM
Thx Chris Carter! A good read for my Study Skills students. A very nice synopsis of the benefits of learning with some fresh facts (only 11 minutes of walking helps! I have a chance!) that may make it more accessible. 
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"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is a Roadmap for Success in Schools

"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is a Roadmap for Success in Schools | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
We are proud to announce the introduction of our latest and best book yet—"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is now on sale at Solution Tree.
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A profound truth. global citizenship is essential. As Theodore Roosevelt said, "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
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How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"Without some structure early on, an afterschool maker club can quickly turn into unorganized chaos.  Through a lot of trial and error, I found ways to set routines, norms and procedures that helped us to have more structure"

 

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10 of the Most Versatile Digital Age Skills We Can Teach Our Learners

10 of the Most Versatile Digital Age Skills We Can Teach Our Learners | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Let's take a look at 10 useful and versatile digital age skills for students to have as they leave school for life and work in our ever-changing world.
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Though straightforward, the article actually coalesces several important trends into one concise, clear piece. If you are a teacher and only have time for one article today, please consider this one. 
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This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow

This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Everybody needs some inspiration, and new teachers are no different. Here are some tips that will help you with the first few days, weeks, and beyond.
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The daily workflow is predictable, but th weekly workflow is golden. Stick to it, and new teachers will fly!
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5 Ways To Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team - eLearning Industry

5 Ways To Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know how to Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team? Check 5 ways to Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team successfully.
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8 Ways To Continually Develop Your eLearning Skills And Knowledge - eLearning Industry

8 Ways To Continually Develop Your eLearning Skills And Knowledge - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Free eBook on How To Build A Successful eLearning Career. Download the Free eBook to learn about 8 ways to develop your eLearning Skills and knowledge.
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Straight forward reminder
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 2, 5:39 PM
Straight forward reminder
lisa gorena's curator insight, July 3, 3:20 PM
8 great tips on how to maximize your eLearning activities. It's not just about how you present your eLearning programs but also stepping into your students' place and taking an eLearning class. Do activities to get a different perspective and improve.
 
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7 Best Practices For Using Digital Manipulatives in the Classroom

7 Best Practices For Using Digital Manipulatives in the Classroom | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Based on embodied cognition research, these guidelines help educators design instructional experiences for mathematical understanding
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6 Ways to Use Critical Thinking Practices for Engaging Classroom Teaching

6 Ways to Use Critical Thinking Practices for Engaging Classroom Teaching | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Do you want to experience more engaging classroom teaching? Use these 6 critical thinking class strategies to make your transformation happen.
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Using these six Critical Thinking practices in my classes have, in retrospect, transformed my teaching.
1. Formulate Different Rules 
2. Create A Different Relationship 
3. Ask Different Kinds Of Questions
4. Get Students To Develop Different Skills
5. Give Students Different Kinds Of Assignments 
6. Get Different Students To Work Together 
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6 Social Media Activities for Engaging in Project-Based Learning

6 Social Media Activities for Engaging in Project-Based Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are a few simple social media activities that feature creative infusions of PBL. These are great ways to interest and engage students!
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These are fine ideas, especially #5, an oft overlooked method of building healthy relationships. We tend to grow more emotionally and mentally healthy when we work with and help others. Find local volunteer projects!
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App Recommendations | Mobile Learning

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Thanks to the University of Minnesota for these reliable and useful suggestions.
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The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
These board games incorporate math in unique and fun ways!
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The Best Way to Help When Your Child “Just Doesn’t Fit In”

The Best Way to Help When Your Child “Just Doesn’t Fit In” | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
When your child has trouble fitting it, it can be painful to see—and hard to know how to help. An LCSW shares the most important thing a parent can do.
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Kids can be emotionally crushed by negative comments or perceived negative reactions to them. I am not saying we should tell kids they are great just because they breathe. Praise the work effort. Always. And use these ideas when your child just doesn't fit in.
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This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It

This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching with imagination is an everyday adventure.
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Teaching the content is like giving a student a bunch of bricks with mortar. Having kids use the content to build understanding in a creative way is like building a house.It is essential to have the kids build their own understanding with the content.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 12, 12:57 PM
Teaching with imagination is a great place to teach from.
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9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers

9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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3 Ways to Build Trust on Your Team | Joe Hirsch

3 Ways to Build Trust on Your Team | Joe Hirsch | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
How the Cubs built trust into their clubhouse culture.
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Insight into student team-building from a business source. Excellent points!
1. Get to know the other person.
2. Readily share information.
3. Facilitate whole-person growth.
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Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work

Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are 10 all-around useful classroom management tips that are applicable to almost any modern innovative learning environment.
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I agree with all five strategies.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 6, 3:27 PM
All have value.
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Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
By challenging the assumption that every child growing up today is a one-size-fits all digital native, we can make sure each of them can find their own way to relate to technology — whether using it to accomplish basic tasks or to create new technologies and worlds. Being aware of our kids’ differences now is what could help keep them from drifting apart.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 5, 9:37 PM
A much more nuanced view, and one that I appreciate. I have long called so-called digital natives "digital naives" because the majority of kids only know enough about tech to use it to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Tech does not really come any easier for them. Tech is simply more common to them.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 6, 5:17 AM
Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet
Edward Russell's curator insight, July 7, 10:51 AM
beyond these over-simplified tags. this distinction is always interesting, as is how young people actually use tech.
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Tech Talk Roundtable 04-25 | Unsolved Mysteries: The Secret Powers of Tech People

Tech Talk Roundtable 04-25 | Unsolved Mysteries: The Secret Powers of Tech People | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Have you ever had a frustrating technology problem? Then the tech person at your school comes in and fixes it by just looking at it or laying hands on your computer? What is this magical power? Today on the Concordia EdTech Roundtable we dig in and explore this arcane and esoteric mystery to see if we can’t explain this “unexplainable” phenomena.
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Ever wonder why the tech works just as tech support arrives? And then you are left trying to explain that it really did not work before. Listen as EdTech specialists reveal the reasons why that happens!
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I Want to Get Better at... Learning through Video

I Want to Get Better at... Learning through Video | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Check out these ideas for getting better at learning through our interactive videos in the Tch Video Lounge.
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Teaching Channel has something here. As a society, we are visual. Learning through short, targeted videos is one of the better ways to improve as a teacher. Seeing implementation of a teaching technique is ever so much more effective than hearing about it.
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5 Things to Remember That Will Make You a Better Teacher Instantly

5 Things to Remember That Will Make You a Better Teacher Instantly | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Becoming a better teacher is about being better than you were yesterday, and about teaching with heart. These 5 truths can help you find your way.
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This piece is a valuable read for every new teacher. It will bless your career. It is also a good reminder for those of us who are more experienced. 
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7 Open Source Image Sites for Great Project Pics

7 Open Source Image Sites for Great Project Pics | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Some of the best of the best in open source image sites are listed in this article, as well as great guidelines for ethical searches and Creative Commons
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Yes, Google is one of the options. You can set your settings to filter out licensed images. Check out the article. I also find Pixabay to be an excellent source of images.
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