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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Things to do With QR Codes On Back-to-School Night

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Things to do With QR Codes On Back-to-School Night | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

At back-to-school night parents usually end up with collection of papers that they may or may not be saved for reference throughout the school year. Use QR codes to put the odds in your favor of the information in those papers being saved. I figure that if parents and or students scan and save information on their mobile devices, they are far more likely to retain it that way than if I gave them pieces of paper. So create QR codes and paste them on the door to your classroom or on a bulletin board in your room.

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Oh, this is brilliant! Especially if you are trying to impress parents with your tech skills.

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iPads Aren't Just for Students -- THE Journal

iPads Aren't Just for Students -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Districts are using the tablets to deliver iOS-based professional development to instructors and administrators.
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So true! Teachers can get more out of iPads than students if we realize their potential.

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What-is-Visme-Infographic.jpg (800x2100 pixels)

What-is-Visme-Infographic.jpg (800x2100 pixels) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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What is Visme? Check out this infographic.

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About | Open Badges

About | Open Badges | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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"Badges?!? We don't need no stinking badges! Vaminos!"

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 29, 7:02 PM

Students love creating and sharing. Not all students fall into that category. When given a choice, most students chose the hands-on projects, but occasionally some chose tests and quizzes. The latter were the anomalies, but they are out there.

 

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How to collaborate effectively as a department and across departments

Effective collaboration is an important aspect of a successful department. Over the last two years I have helped implement different ways to encourage synergy both within and between different depa...
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Teenage twin sisters teach robotics lessons

Matt Greenwood seemed to hold his breath as he stared at his robot rolling through a maze on the floor Tuesday night.
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Two lights in Philadelphia.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 55 | LMS My Mooc - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 55 | LMS My Mooc - 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 The Death of MOOCs Has Been Greatly Exaggerated slate.com Perhaps the course creator’s finish line and the student’s finish line are simply in two different places. Digital Life in 2025: Pew Research asks the Experts pewinternet.org Future Tech, thy name …
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Definitely worth a listen.

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5 emerging trends in today's libraries | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 emerging trends in today's libraries | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Libraries are expanding their services to meet the needs of entire communities--one of the top emerging trends includes STEM maker spaces.
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Chromebook Basics by Melissa Lim

Chromebook Basics by Melissa Lim | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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Absolutely useful!

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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, 7:02 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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Outstanding conversation starter.

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197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - Teachers With Apps

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - Teachers With Apps | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About
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World War I in Photos

World War I in Photos | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and set the stage for the 20th Century.
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History teachers out there? Brilliant collection of archival photos of WWI. 100th anniversary of the war that formed the 20th century.

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Teachers Come First: Reflecting on ISTE 2014

Teachers Come First: Reflecting on ISTE 2014 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology provides new avenues for teachers to develop and grow, but it can’t replace them.
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Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution | Christensen Institute

Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution | Christensen Institute | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

The economic urgency around higher education is undeniable: the price of tuition has soared; student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion and is greater than credit card debt; the dollars available from government sources for colleges are expected to shrink in the years to come; and the costs for traditional institutions to stay competitive continue to rise. 

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Brilliant discussion starter: Is this Grond at the the gates of Minas Tirith or the beginning of something beautiful?

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thelinchpinmanifesto.pdf

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Go, Seth Godin!

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.
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25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great”

25 Alternatives to Using the Word “Great” | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Look at this list of phrases. You won't just see replacements for the word “great,” you'll see catalysts.

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HP’s Post-Electronic Solution To Tomorrow’s Huge Data

HP’s Post-Electronic Solution To Tomorrow’s Huge Data | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Internet of things will soon be spitting out more data than today's transistors can handle, but HP thinks it has a solution: The Machine.
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The way of the future internet of things?

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5 examples of blended learning success | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 examples of blended learning success | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Blended learning, which is one of today's most popular learning trends, has important implications for competency-based learning.
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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 27, 8:43 AM

Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educatoris as Curators

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 27, 10:14 AM

For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl


Ajo Monzó's curator insight, July 28, 5:51 AM

Sencillo y muy entendible!, gracias

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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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