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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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13 Resources To Help You Teach Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal

13 Resources To Help You Teach Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
These Web sites and books can guide districts in developing a comprehensive acceptable use policy that will give students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.
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A good place to start if you need resources to begin to construct a digital literacy program.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 18, 1:20 AM
Thank you for rescooping, Dean! I participated in a Skype call into a conference of learning professionals looking into how to integrate digital citizenship and digital literacy into the classroom. this post would have been in my toolbox has I known it at the time.
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Thank you for rescooping, Dean! I participated in a Skype call into a conference of learning professionals looking into how to integrate digital citizenship and digital literacy into the classroom. this post would have been in my toolbox has I known it at the time.
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Free Textbooks

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Street-Smart Stats: A Friendly Introduction to Statistical Research Methods Math -- especially statistics -- CAN be fun and engaging. Statistics is an incredibly valuable tool and everyone should h...
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The beginning of something wonderful!

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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Useful idea builder for BYOD schools.

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Handwriting vs Typing - Reflecting on Finland's changing policy on cursive writing

Handwriting vs Typing - Reflecting on Finland's changing policy on cursive writing | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

The debate is no longer restricted to QWERTY vs Dvorak. What has changed most as a result of this change is that the makers of keyboards are aware that they must create systems that are easy to use. 

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Covers the issue nicely, concisely.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 14, 9:46 PM
Thank you Suvi and Dean for spreading the good word. There is a good deal of smoke in the education community concerning this discussion. Some articles based on unscientific, deeply flawed studies have created a lot of buzz. What I see bubbling up through more rigorous studies is this common thread: When kids simply take dictation, either typing or handwriting, then their brains do not retain the information. It is all short-term memory. When kids redact, apply their own coding, modify the material, then the information is much more likely to be retained. At this point, kids are actually interacting with and engaging the content.
Anabel Gonzalez's curator insight, December 15, 8:50 AM

Hmmm.  Call me old-fashioned but those handwriting skills are still needed.  Let's see how this pans out.  I guess only time will tell.

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Students don't know what's best for their own learning

Students don't know what's best for their own learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Universities and governments around the world rely on student evaluations to assess university teachers and degrees. Likewise, potential students check online ratings when deciding where to study. These…
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Student evals are linked to grades, not learning. Worried about grade inflation? Stop using student evaluations!

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Future of Education - Government 2020

Future of Education - Government 2020 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Virtual learning, digitization and augmented reality make obsolete our old definitions of a classroom in 2020. Unbundled, personalized, and dynamic education is the new normal.
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Brilliantly crafted website that has a breadth of ideas and arguments that is simply impressive. The home page looks at the big picture of governments dealing with the drivers, and resultant trends of government direction.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 16, 7:30 PM
Thank you, Bonnie. I discovered this resource serendipitously, and I find that it is a gold mine of insights.
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Merge Cells in Google Docs Tables | Google Gooru

Merge Cells in Google Docs Tables | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Niche, but a big, important niche.

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This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube

This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...
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This 7:22 video brilliantly captures the essence of good teaching. Fear not, good teaches, for your jobs. He really nails it at about 5:50.

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ChronoZoom - Zoomable Timelines!

ChronoZoom - Zoomable Timelines! | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Think "Big History!"

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This site is so techie that to actually build a timeline is not for the faint of heart. However, to use the existing timelines is a pleasure. This site is a Big History must!

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Atomic Learning: 12 Days of Learning

Atomic Learning: 12 Days of Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Happy Holidays from Atomic Learning! We hope you enjoy the twelve tech-rich articles we have gathered for you. Help ring in the new year with a new resolution to learning!
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Just in time for the holidays!

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4 Ways Technology Can Make Your Music Lessons Sing -- THE Journal

4 Ways Technology Can Make Your Music Lessons Sing -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
New tech tools that give students control over their music also inspire them to create and innovate.
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Music to my ears.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 3, 9:37 PM
Thank you Dean and Mark for retweeting. Music is an essential for our humanity, yet unfairly has to fight for academic acceptance.
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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code.

 

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don't need this skill because they'll all go into it as a career -- that isn't realistic -- but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here's how you can start."

 


Via John Evans
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I love the fact that the piece points out that computational thinking does not require computers. We do not need to raise up a generation of programers. Instead we need to make sure that the next generation nows how to organize their thoughts in a way that is logical and effective. Rock on, Edutopia! Rock on, John Evans!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 29, 11:53 AM

Older article but pertinent information with resources on teaching your students coding.

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, November 29, 7:51 PM

Mais alguns exemplos de programas

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This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege

This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
With a recycling bin and some scrap paper.
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Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

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Chris Carter's comment, November 27, 2:15 AM
Bonnie, thank yo for sharing! As a tech coach I get excited about low-tech and no-tech solutions. Use the tool that best does the job. Paper and trash can? Sure!
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Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world - YouTube

Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world - YouTube | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes—one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of “Mystery Classroom” was all...
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The world changed today. It will never be the same.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 17, 7:00 PM
Evdokia, thank you for rescooping let other people know of this valuable article!
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Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future

Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Top 10 Education Gamification Examples according to Pioneer and Stanford Lecturer Yu-kai Chou is 1. Duolingo 2. Ribbon Hero 3. Class Dojo 4....

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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"Accio broom!"

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Chris Carter's comment, December 15, 7:34 PM
Most impressive. Case studies that can inspire us.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, December 16, 10:55 AM

Le gamification reste un grand mot sans les finances qui peuvent soutenir ce genre de projet en informatique. Depuis toujours les jeux de rôles, et autres activités ludiques sont faites au cours, mais l'ordinateur rajoute une couche spécifique.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 17, 1:59 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Top 5 Tricks You Did Not Know You could do with Piktochart - YouTube

Did you know that holding the SHIFT key performs some wonderful tricks on Piktochart? Do you know what are the shortcuts that can save you time on Piktochart...
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Simple and easy.

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Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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It all starts with us, teachers.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, December 13, 8:57 AM

Thx Chris Carter

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Trading Cards for Fictional and Historical Characters

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Trading Cards for Fictional and Historical Characters | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Big Huge Labs offers a great selection of free tools for building digital products with your pictures. One of the tools that I like is theirTrading Card generator that allows you to create trading cards about people, places, and events both real and fictional. To create your card you simply upload a picture or import one from Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook then add some text details about the person featured in the card. I created one about my dog, Morrison.

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I will use this service for AP European History. Now, the trick is to gamify it. "I will see you 30 Years War and War of the Three Henrys, and raise you a Seven Years War and World War One!"

"Your Louis XIV beats my Henry VII?!?"

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Edit Microsoft Office files in Gmail | Google Gooru

Edit Microsoft Office files in Gmail | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Sweet!

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20 tips for putting Google's 20 percent time in your classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

20 tips for putting Google's 20 percent time in your classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Google's 20 percent time's gaining ground with educators who are working on innovative inquiry-based projects that resonate on a personal level.
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20% time ... catchy.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 9, 12:24 AM
Thanks, Dean. My colleagues and I just completed our 78th podcast, in which we examined this specific article in addition to two others. If you ever wish to catch out podcasts, then I invite you to either visit podcast.concordiashanghai.org or check us out on iTunes. Just search podcasts for Concordia Ed Tech. Thanks again!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Free iPad Apps for Creating Visual Representations of Data

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Free iPad Apps for Creating Visual Representations of Data | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was looking for a recommendation for iPad-friendly tools for creating visual representations of data. I had two recommendations for her. My recommendations were Canva and iVisual Info Touch.

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I enjoy using Canva to translate numbers to graphics. Piktochart os capable of doing  similar things.

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The Power of Poetry in the Classroom

The Power of Poetry in the Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When his students write poems, they reveal the gap between who they are and who they might become, teacher Kip Zegers says.
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I use Poetry 180 in my classroom, though I am a History teacher. I find that poems do connect with themes and voices in History.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 4, 9:43 PM

What is interesting is one of the gurus I used to work indicated in presentation the lack of worth in teaching poetry. Today, I noticed his blog is nominated for an award,

 

Poetry requires learning to select the right words, creating spaces where silence can live, and speaking from the heart.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Chris Carter's comment, December 16, 7:42 PM
Thank you for sharing, Bonnie. We still know so little of how the brain works, yet we do understand that imagination and imagery both play vital parts in the learning process. Poetry is perfectly suited for both areas.
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Online Courses in High School Could Help with College Prep -- THE Journal

Online Courses in High School Could Help with College Prep -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A recent study suggested that taking online classes especially benefits students' "self-regulatory behaviors," which are important for success in higher education. Time management and the coordination of "distributed" or study groups surfaced as being particularly important.
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Interesting discussion starter. Is it an imperative to have HS students take an online class or three?

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Merge Cells in Google Docs Tables | Google Gooru

Merge Cells in Google Docs Tables | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Woohoo!

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New Sims - PhET Simulations

New Sims - PhET Simulations | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Fantastic math and science downloadable simulations!

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Chris Carter's comment, November 28, 10:32 AM
Thank you, Dean and Bonnie, for letting your networks know about this excellent resource!