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Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team?

Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Visit schools where project-based learning (PBL) is taking hold and you are almost certain to see teachers collaborating.
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Spot on! Librarians are essential!

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Enhance Students Productivity with These Web Tools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Enhance Students Productivity with These Web Tools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Actually several lists of tools, broken down by purpose.

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24 Top Tools for Online Teaching - OnlineColleges.net

24 Top Tools for Online Teaching - OnlineColleges.net | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What tools do you use for communication, collaboration, proctoring, productivity, and content presentation? Check out our favorites for online teaching.
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Excellent list!

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Why Investing In Girls Is The Smartest Move We Can Make

Why Investing In Girls Is The Smartest Move We Can Make | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Lack of access to education and health care for girls around the world doesn’t just hurt girls -- it hurts their families, communities and economies. Last month, UN Women released an infographic illustrating in numbers just how beneficial suppo...
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Economic development is driven by this one factor.

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elearn Magazine: How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom

elearn Magazine: How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Mary Burns of Education Development Center explains the five best practices used to train teachers to integrate technologyespecially computer useinto their instruction and course design. These universal methods, which have been used in places ranging from Indonesia to the United States, emphasize not only skills training, but also implementation.
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Thoughtful.

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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology

Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. CT asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.
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Textbook costs getting you down?

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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I particularly like the Learning Ecology portion.

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ICT in Practice Presents: Games in Education! Shall we play or should we ban? - ICT in Practice

ICT in Practice Presents: Games in Education! Shall we play or should we ban? - ICT in Practice | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

 Come join us to discuss using games in education with the wonderful Paul Darvasi who designed The Ward Game

 https://plus.google.com/events/cue8n0v13m35svo91ccui2tqpn4    

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This series of talks is simply brilliant!

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"Computational thinking" is a skill everyone should have. Here's how to develop it.

"Computational thinking" is a skill everyone should have. Here's how to develop it. | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

At the core of the field of computer science, beneath the visible trappings of hardware and software, is a mental discipline known as computational thinking. Computational thinking is the ability to understand and apply the fundamental principles on which computers and networks operate. While particular features and products come and go, these bedrock rules remain the same.

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As usual, Annie Murphy Paul hits a home run.

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5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Sheree Schulson, a teacher at Parkside Elementary School in Coral Springs, Fla., shares five interactive apps for K-5 students.
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Zaption

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

Zaption Gallery just released! US History and Government videos, all carefully curated with questions and points that draw out the highest orders of thinking from students. This gallery is nothing short of brilliant, and it is FREE! 

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I cannot say enough about Zaption Gallery. To say that I am impressed is an understatement. Free!!!

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A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work

A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.

In 2012, more than one-third of childr
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I do it. I love it.

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Minecraft add-on LearnToMod aims to teach children coding skills

Minecraft add-on LearnToMod aims to teach children coding skills | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Developer ThoughtSTEM will release programming tool in October following 150-student beta test. By Stuart Dredge
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Wait until my daughter gets a hold of this!

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Coding in N.J. classrooms: 'Language' of computer science grows as life-skill

Coding in N.J. classrooms: 'Language' of computer science grows as life-skill | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
It's estimated that one in every 10 schools now offers classes in coding for students at all grade levels
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Go New Jersey!

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The 31 Educational Web Tools Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 31 Educational Web Tools Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Google Drive is, rightly, 1st.

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Does Spelling Count?

Does Spelling Count? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?
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Nice conversation starter in this age of tweets, memes, and Instagrams.

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Create a More Connected Classroom

Create a More Connected Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When my wife re-entered the teaching ranks last year, after staying home with our young kids for five years, I was once again allowed to live vicariously through a classroom. As an administrator of...
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Excellent tools for building an interactive, student-focused classroom.

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

How To Become A Better Online Researcher | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. …

 

===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===



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===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===


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This skill is so essential, especially for overseas schools like mine (Concordia International School Shanghai). Thank you for making me aware of this piece.
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Pasi Sahlberg – Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

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Conversation starter.

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1-to-1 + BYOD + PD = Success -- THE Journal

1-to-1 + BYOD + PD = Success -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The winner of this year's Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation is Richland Two, which has found the right formula for a tech transformation.
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The "+ PD" part is absolutely vital.

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ClassKick Empowers Teachers and Students Through an Impressive iPad Service

ClassKick Empowers Teachers and Students Through an Impressive iPad Service | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Give students more feedback than ever! Classkick lets teachers see their
students' work instantly and respond quickly. Class Kick.
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If you are part of a 1-1 iPad school, you will always be happy that you checked out ClassKick.

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Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 59 | Mythology of Future Jobs - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 59 | Mythology of Future Jobs - 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 Commentary: 3 Myths about Technology’s Role in Education – NBC News.com nbcnews.com Classcraft – Make learning an adventure classcraft.com “Life’s a game, all you have to do, is know how to play it.” – Anonymous These Are The Surprising Jobs …
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Brilliant!

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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online.
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Freedom of speech and social media do not, in fact, support each other according to Pew's latest findings.

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How to add video calls to Google Calendars | Google Gooru

How to add video calls to Google Calendars | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Google Gooru rocks!

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Flipping Utah schools: Lessons at home, homework in class

Flipping Utah schools: Lessons at home, homework in class | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Last school year, teacher Pam Loveridge faced her toughest group of students yet. Within a few months, nearly 40 of her 200 middle school math students were failing — much higher than the normal two. She knew she had to do something dramatic. So she flipped her classroom at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Loveridge asked students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class, ...
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Flipped is mainstream.

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Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute

Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning—that is, formal schooling may end, but we continue to be students of life. As such, who are your teachers? When you encounter a thorny problem, where do you turn?

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These pieces are so well researched, and also thoughtful. While I do not always agree with the articles' assertions, I find myself impressed with the depth of them. Simply superb discussion starters.

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Sensible, professional commentary.