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4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How do you actually ensure students learn while creating and exploring? Here are four different tips from Shawn McCusker that should keep learning rolling along.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 10, 2013 7:39 PM

As we move to the Common Core and we look at the Depth of Knowledge that will be required for our students it is clear that the need for our students to create is critical. This post starts with the following sentence:

"When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured and efficient in getting the class to a set finish point."

After presenting "the exploding volcano project" the post turns to four strategies. The short hand version is below. Click through to the post for additional information.

1. Start with your specific learning objective.

2. The idea to be expressed comes before the tool used to express it.

3. Make asking "How will this show mastery of the learning objective?" your classroom mantra.

4. Engage in evaluating the PROCESS of creation and not just grading the finished project.

There is also an example a learning objective and a project that one student submitted.

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, September 12, 2013 8:42 AM

Thanks.  Great resource.

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11 Things You Need to Know About the Redesigned Google Drive | Google Gooru

11 Things You Need to Know About the Redesigned Google Drive | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Hemingway App for Mac OSX

Hemingway App for Mac OSX | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

The Hemingway Editor for Mac and PC highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words.

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I love the free online version. I'll buy this. 

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[Infographic] 15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] 15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
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ICT in Practice presents- Minecraft in Education - Google+

ICT in Practice presents- Minecraft in Education - Google+ | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Come and join us to find out more about how to use Minecraft in Education. Listen to Sarah Zaman and Elliott Plumb who are experienced teachers and will share some examples from their classes. You will also have a chance to ask questions.
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Outstanding opportunity

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

One of the things that I always recommend to schools transitioning to Google Apps for Education is to make Chrome the default browser on all of their computers. Chrome is easy to keep updated, offers a fantastic assortment of extensions, and it allows users to sync information across multiple computers and tablets.

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The Power of Teacher Collaboration

The Power of Teacher Collaboration | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Teaching is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. We often say that students make it worth it, but there’s something else that can make or break your happiness as a teacher: your colleagues.


Collaboration begins with finding time to connect with colleagues, to share thoughts, and provide support. Here are three tips for successful collaboration...


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/



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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


Chris Carter's comment, July 22, 10:44 AM
So true. I collaborate with four colleagues on our Humanities curriculum, a combined ELA and Ancient History class, and the growth in quality of the curriculum has been incredible. We have 3-4 hours per week of collaboration time, and we use that time fully. Collaboration is a force multiplier.
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So true. I collaborate with four colleagues on our Humanities curriculum, a combined ELA and Ancient History class, and the growth in quality of the curriculum has been incredible. We have 3-4 hours per week of collaboration time, and we use that time fully. Collaboration is a force multiplier.
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Tech Savvy Teachers Talk Less about Technology and More about Teaching - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Tech Savvy Teachers Talk Less about Technology and More about Teaching - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In my discussion with educators, I found that tech savvy teachers talk less about technology and more about teaching.
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Yes! 

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Course Access - Digital Learning Now

Digital Learning Now believes that it is critical that all students have access to all of the high-quality course offerings that they need to be prepared for life and work in the 21st century. Courses should be offered in different modalities, ensuring that students can learn at their own style and pace. “Course access” describes...
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Rethinking Reading Logs

Rethinking Reading Logs | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In another lively #educoach Twitter chat, we discussed the first chapter of Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild. This excellent resource provides educators with many ideas on how to raise rea...
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This is at least an "A" in SAMR.

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Flipping the flipped classroom | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Flipping the flipped classroom | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Sweet conversation starter. Flipped is not one-size-fits-all.

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A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design - ICT in Practice

A BIG LIST of apps, programs and websites for teaching coding and game design - ICT in Practice | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Big list of apps, programsand websites for teaching coding and game design
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@Yasemin Allsop is doing impressive things in UK for coding. Please consider following.

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Grammar Nerds Will Love Weird Al's Latest Parody

Grammar Nerds Will Love Weird Al's Latest Parody | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Yes, Weird Al from "Just Eat It!" fame. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Crash Course World History 201

Free Technology for Teachers: Crash Course World History 201 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Last year John Green produced a Crash Course on world history. Recently, Green launched Crash Course World History 201. The new course is intended to go into more depth on some topics and fill in the gaps of the previous course. As Green states in the introduction below, the videos are not intended to prep students for the AP exam, they're intended to make students think about world history.

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Teaching Metacognition

Teaching Metacognition | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
This webpage is a summary, written by Carol Ormand, of Marsha Lovett's presentation at the 2008 Educause Learning Initiative conference. Dr. Lovett's slides and a podcast of her presentation can be ...
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Reflection and structure are so important here!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 4:02 PM

The key is self-regulating one's learning, a mindfulness of what is happening and adjusting as needs appear and they will. It would seem that meta-cognition, learning about learning, would be vital in the 21st Century and yet we do little in that area.

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people need people to learn (unless you're Bill Gates)

people need people to learn (unless you're Bill Gates) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

There are three problems with [the autodidact's] premise, van Merriënboer and Kirschner write. The first is that novices, by definition, don’t yet know much about the subject they’re learning, and so are ill equipped to make effective choices about what and how to learn next.

The second problem is that learners “often choose what they prefer, but what they prefer is not always what is best for them;” that is, they practice tasks that they enjoy or are already proficient at, instead of tackling the more difficult tasks that would actually enhance their expertise.

Third, although learners like having some options, unlimited choices quickly become frustrating—as well as mentally taxing, constraining the very learning such freedom was supposed to liberate.

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Where's Richard Byrne? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Where's Richard Byrne? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne of FreeTechnology4Teachers fame joined us to talk about his travels and favorite edtech resources.

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Richard Byrne is an Ed Tech light!

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radio shows - concordia ed tech podcast | BAM Radio Pulse

radio shows - concordia ed tech podcast | BAM Radio Pulse | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The No.1 App for Every Teacher…. | Learning and Innovation dedwards.meChrome Web Store - StayFocusd google.comStayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.Quill quill.org My daughter writes these worksheets at home. I know that she'd rather complete them online, with the instant feedback that online delivers.

- See more at: http://pulse.bamradionetwork.com/concordia-ed-tech-podcast/blog#sthash.523Gy7Fw.dpuf

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3 useful ed tech reviews in in 12 minutes!

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Classtools Countdown Timer

Classtools Countdown Timer | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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It is time to count down!

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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We… (All education is self-education.  Period...

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Richard Samson's curator insight, July 21, 11:38 PM

There is something for everyone here. You can learn about anything online!

Liz Falconer's curator insight, July 22, 7:41 AM

Great quote

 

Linda Alexander's curator insight, Today, 6:24 AM

An incredible list organized by subject matter....

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Teachers who just got iPads - iPad 4 Schools

Teachers who just got iPads - iPad 4 Schools | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith(@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. So here it is, my visual, albeit briefer introduction for teachers who just got iPads:"


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 19, 5:40 AM

9 tips for teachers with ipads. 

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 19, 8:24 PM

Thanks so much to Holly, Tanya and Richard for an essential Professional Development resource to have on hand for any staff kicking off with iPads!

Heidi Veikkolainen's curator insight, July 20, 12:43 AM

A worthwhile link.

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Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing?

Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The challenge of implementing disruptive innovation within a school has never been more apparent than in recent weeks, as skeptics turned giddy when Rocketship Education, one of the most innovative school systems in the nation, stumbled....
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Discussion starter.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 19, 4:04 PM

Disruption is not a totally dismantling of the organization or institution. Even though I think School is an overly bureaucratic, technocratic technology, it is about trans-forming structure based on what works, what does not, and what new needs to be added. Trans is the in-between space this work happens in.

 

Most School re-form, de-form is undertaken by those furthest from the action. Some of those folks were in classrooms and could not wait to get out. It is like changing Mars from Earth. It cannot be done as an external ordering by bureaucrats, technocrats, and vested interests.

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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
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Seeing the big picture.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ideas for Using Plickers In the Classroom - Results of My First Trial

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ideas for Using Plickers In the Classroom - Results of My First Trial | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"Earlier this week at the Practical Ed Tech Summer CampI was able to use Plickers with a group for the first time. Plickers is a neat student response system that uses a teacher's iPad or Android tablet in conjunction with a series of QR codes to create a student response system. Students are given a set of QR codes on large index cards. The codes are assigned to students. Each code card can be turned in four orientations. Each orientation provides a different answer. When the teacher is ready to collect data, he or she uses the Plickers mobile app to scan the cards to see a bar graph of responses."

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I love when a product is tested by the person writing!

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CodeHS

CodeHS | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Everything you need to teach computer science at your high school or start learning at home. CodeHS tutors are here to help when you get stuck.

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New to teaching code? Worries that your kids will know more than you do? Start here.

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Educating Kids About Sleep « Annie Murphy Paul

Educating Kids About Sleep « Annie Murphy Paul | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

We tell children why it’s important to eat their vegetables. We tell them why they need to get outside and run around. But how often do we parents tell children why it’s important to sleep? “Time for bed!” is usually the end of it, or maybe “You’ll be tired tomorrow.” No wonder children regard sleep as vaguely punitive, an enforced period of dull isolation in a darkened room. But of course sleep is so much more, and maybe we ought to try telling children that.

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As we plan for the school year ahead, a timely reminder.

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