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Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure

Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Tennessee is allowing arts teachers to submit their students' work as one yardstick of how well they contribute to the children's achievement.
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Fascinating! Highly useful!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:08 PM

Artifacts like these have a lasting feel to them. You can look at them and talk about them with someone. As well, they provide some interesting personal opportunities for feedback. We often do not see ourselves. Other only see the physical manifestations.

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'Connectivism': Creating Learning Communities

'Connectivism': Creating Learning Communities | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We've known this reality as a profession for decades, yet we have so much more progress to make.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 29, 4:47 PM

The learning concept of connectivism understands learning according to the following eight principles [5. See Connectivism. (2013, July 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:20, July 15, 2013]:

 

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes, or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances: learning can rest in a community, a network, or a database.
  • Learning is more critical than knowing.
  • Maintaining and nurturing connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Perceiving connections between fields, ideas and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency – as accurate, up-to-date knowledge – is the intent of learning activities.
  • Decision-making is in itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality.
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The Guide to Using Google Drive Offline

The Guide to Using Google Drive Offline | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Google Tricks and Tips: Offline Editing in Google Drive! One amazing feature of Google Drive is the ability to work offline. This comes in handy when you are traveling. It is also a great tool for...
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Planes, trains, and automobiles ... Now I can edit anywhere!

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Visible Thinking

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

Every committed educator wants better learning and more thoughtful students. Visible Thinking is a way of helping to achieve that without a separate ‘thinking skills' course or fixed lessons.

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I see!

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PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
You may have already heard about PhotoMath, the new iPhone app that lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.


Some are immediately reacting by citing it’s potential use in “cheating,” while others cheer that it might force math teachers and textbook publishers to be more creative in how they teach math. In some ways, it may force them to do what some of us in other subjects have been looking at — creating unGoogleable questions.


Here are some useful posts about the app, along with a video."


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Chris Carter's comment, October 26, 8:31 PM
Yes, a friend texted me link to the site just yesterday. His take is that it works quite well, except that it struggles to pick up negative numbers if that number begins the math problem.
Melissa Marshall's comment, October 27, 3:43 AM
Good to know - thanks Chris.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, October 27, 5:40 PM

The promo looks slick. I suspect that it does not work quite that well based on some preliminary feedback. But even if it does work well, it seems it might achieve what  WolframAlpha can do without the typing.

It and similar technologies will sensibly provide Maths teachers with a good reason to reflect upon their practice. Good teaching cannot be replaced by a machine as it contains a positive relational component.

perhaps the reverse could be true: Any teacher who can be replaced by technology, probably should be replaced if they are no better than a machine.

 

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List of Online Educational Games for Your Kids - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

List of Online Educational Games for Your Kids - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Parents look for the best educational games available online.
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Issue 9 - ICT in Practice

Issue 9 - ICT in Practice | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Transforming education through sharing knowledge and practice. Created by educators from around the world.

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Superb Ed Tech pub. Filled with insights, direct application, and thoughtful reflections.

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Chris Carter's comment, October 24, 7:37 PM
Thank you, Bonnie, for spreading the word. I discovered this e-pub serendipitously, contacted the editor, and have been contributing ever since. Brilliant vision. I believe ICT in Practice will continue to grow into a force for change.
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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience."


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Chris Carter's comment, October 23, 8:34 PM
Thank you for sharing, Luciana.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 24, 4:37 AM

En utilisant les TIC, d'abord c'est un moyen pédagogique. Puis cela change la manière de donner cours, et on a alors intégré la technologie.

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[Infographic] Surprising Facts About Students Who Learn Online - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] Surprising Facts About Students Who Learn Online - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Shows some surprising facts about students learning online.
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Well, there go my preconceived notions.

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Seeing Is Believing: Visual vs. Linear Content

Seeing Is Believing: Visual vs. Linear Content | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"In order for our learners to see how designing information changes how it is viewed, the students this year placed their visual infographics side-by-side with their linear notes to see the transformation. It was the “ah ha” moment, when they could examine how the delivery of content mattered and how the deliberate choices in font hierarchy, color selection, and placement changed the way others perceived the ideas."


Via Beth Dichter
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Seeing really is believing.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 16, 9:14 AM
Interesting article showing the "ah ha" moment students had when putting their visual notes alongside their regular notes.
Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 21, 12:55 AM

My best presentations are almost all pictures..

Paul Macmullen's curator insight, October 21, 6:32 PM

Useful reference for a graphically challenges creature of language such as myself :-)

 

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Zaption

Log in to Zaption. Teach with video. Create interactive video learning experiences. Track student progress. Join FREE!
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Have you seen the latest curated Zaption vids for Science and Social Science?

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The 60in60: 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes 2014 Version Collection by Brandon Lutz

The 60in60: 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes 2014 Version Collection by Brandon Lutz | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A collection of education technology by Brandon Lutz
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Amazing!

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Jon Samuelson's comment, October 21, 12:28 PM
Why only 32 tools? I feel like I was involved in a bait and switch.
Chris Carter's comment, October 21, 8:18 PM
I have that very question in to Brandon Lutz, the sites's creator and editor.
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7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru

7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Standard Model of Fundamental Particles and Interactions (3000x2275 pixels)

Standard Model of Fundamental Particles and Interactions (3000x2275 pixels) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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I only now realize that these science charts really are infographics.

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Google announces Inbox, a brand new way to do email | Google Gooru

Google announces Inbox, a brand new way to do email | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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E-Mazing!

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Chris Carter's comment, October 28, 8:31 PM
Luciana, thank you for sharing this useful article. More often now than in the past, I think we need to better exploit the tools that we are already using rather than jump to "the next big thing."
Luciana Viter's comment, October 29, 5:23 AM
You're welcome, Chris, I agree with you!
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#EdTech Radio

#EdTech Radio | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Preview and download the podcast #EdTech Radio on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.
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Everyone has a minute to find the latest edtech tools.

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Add custom features to Google Forms with Add-ons | Google Gooru

Add custom features to Google Forms with Add-ons | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Very nice addition.

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Chris Carter's comment, October 26, 8:08 PM
Luciana, thank you for sharing!
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Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms - followmolly.com

Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms - followmolly.com | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Home Page of followmolly.com
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You will find an idea or four.

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Back to Bloom: Solving the 2 Sigma Problem with Online CBE | Christensen Institute

Back to Bloom: Solving the 2 Sigma Problem with Online CBE | Christensen Institute | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

The term competency-based education (CBE) is a lot like the term disruption. It gets misused more frequently than it is deployed correctly. So when I write about both topics at the same time, well, there can be quite the reaction. Some people take CBE as the lowest form of vocational training in service of corporate America while others mistakenly assume that all education is already competency-based.

When issues get muddled, it’s always refreshing to return to original research such as Benjamin S. Bloom’s work on the 2 Sigma Problem. In 1984, this seminal work introduced us to the idea that the average “mastery learning” student could perform at approximately one standard deviation above the average student in a normal classroom of 30 students. Mastery learning includes formative tests, which are “given for feedback followed by corrective procedures and parallel formative tests to determine the extent to which the students have mastered the subject matter.” This is how we would now describe CBE.

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The Christensen Institute allows publishes well researched pieces.

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Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students -- THE Journal

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
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Oh, snaps!

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Chris Carter's comment, October 23, 8:33 PM
Thank you for sharing this, Bonnie.
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Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The perception and treatment of dyslexia is shifting from a symptom-based reaction to a neurological-based understanding of what is primarily an auditory disorder.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, October 23, 8:42 AM

..."Reading interventions for dyslexia should be most effective if they combine auditory perceptual training and memory for speech sounds (phonological memory) with exercises that require relating speech sounds to the written letter (phonemic awareness and targeted decoding)."

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Tech Talk Roundtable 65 | Sorry Dave, I Can't Let You Do That - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

Tech Talk Roundtable 65 | Sorry Dave, I Can't Let You Do That - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips. Articles of the Week how emotions help you learn campaign-archive1.com Annie Murphy Paul hits another home run as she illustrates the link between emotional connection and self-talk with learning. Can’t trust this: Inconsistencies shake faith in Apple | Macworld macworld.com When it comes to …
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How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru

How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Ever have a video stat playing from one of your open web pages right in the middle of class?

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Terry Heick provides a quick tour of Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, along with suggestions for integrating them as classroom best practices.
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I need to think about this.

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Flipping the Classroom with Zaption

Flipping the Classroom with Zaption | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Zaption is a wonderful web app that allows teachers and students to turn videos into a complete, interactive experience! Add images, text, quizzes and discussions to private videos as well as those from YouTube and Vimeo to create a “learning tour.” Perfe
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