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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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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, 8:40 AM

9 tips for teachers with ipads. 

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 19, 11:24 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, 3:43 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, 7:04 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

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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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Benefits of Being a Connected Educator - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Benefits of Being a Connected Educator - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
There are many benefits of being a connected educator, they are listed as follows.
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All true, but preaching to the choir?

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Role-playing games: Games such as Dungeons and Dragons could help to solve some of the greatest technological challenges of our time

Role-playing games: Games such as Dungeons and Dragons could help to solve some of the greatest technological challenges of our time | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Games such as Dungeons and Dragons could help to solve some of the greatest technological challenges of our time

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Make me an elven ranger!

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Gary Hayes's curator insight, July 15, 12:55 AM

Quote "What role-playing games do so beautifully is to provide a structure for non-writers, people who might say they're not very imaginative, to create characters. Those dice rolls, those bare-bones statistics – like the two dots and a line that suggest a face – start to encourage anyone to imagine a character. If this woman has come out through some random number generation to be physically agile, not very attractive, but skilled at thievery, how did she end up working in this library?If this man's got a lot of money, is quite bright, but is only averagely strong and catastrophically clumsy, what's he doing on an Arctic expedition? So much of storytelling is in the gaps, in allowing the imagination to work.

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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?
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Superb conversation starter. Can "grit" be taught? Is it just the latest distractor from real reform? You decide.

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Tips for Proofreading for Yourself and Others

Tips for Proofreading for Yourself and Others | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The importance of proofreading cannot be overlooked. Proofreading skills do not develop overnight, but rather improve with practice. You can develop these skills by reviewing your own work, as well as the work of others. Because proofreading can often be a tedious project, below are some...
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Good, old fashioned advise, especially "sleep on it." Sounds like a great idea!

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3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom

3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently ThingLink introduced ThingLink for Video, an exciting new editor for annotating video content with rich media.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 14, 7:07 PM

With ThingLink for Video now available you might be wondering what you could do with it. Find examples of:

* How to Kick off a Unit and Target Instructional Goals

* Prepare a Flipped Lesson to Prepare Students for Work in Class

* Using ThingLink for Video for Professional Development

* 12 Examples Created by Teachers

* plus a How To Video to help you create your own

ThingLink has developed a resource that may become a staple in your classroom. If you do not yet have an account, go create one at the ThingLink website and you should be up and running pretty quickly.

Helen Teague's curator insight, July 15, 1:59 PM

This post also discusses the Flipped Classroom model.

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10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic helps you find out just how much technology has become integrated with your teaching life.
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Will.i.am - A Black Eyed Pea with a Knack for 3D printing

Will.i.am - A Black Eyed Pea with a Knack for 3D printing | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The quirky, but extremely likable singer has given his time and money both in the U.S and in the U.K to promote 3D printing.
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Quirky, true. Interesting, yes. You have to did for this one.

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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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Be More Productive—By Doing Less « Annie Murphy Paul

Be More Productive—By Doing Less « Annie Murphy Paul | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

“Leisure is the new productivity.”

That counterintuitive slogan emerged from a panel I attended last week at the annual conference of the New America Foundation, a Washington D.C. think tank where I am fortunate to be a fellow. The panel was anchored by Brigid Schulte, a Washington Post reporter and the author of a new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time.

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Annie Murphy Paul is on to something.

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How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline (EdSurge News)

How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline (EdSurge News) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As more schools look to implement blended learning, positions like “Blended Learning Manager” and “Personalized Learning Director” have popped up in larger numbers on jobs boards. I just wrapped up my first year in such a role as the Director of Technology for KIPP Chicago Schools. As I reflect on t
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When a KIPP veteran speaks, I listen.

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7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher - Edudemic

7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What does being a ‘digitally competent’ teacher mean? Does it mean using laptops, smartphones, or tablets in your classroom? Does it mean finding new and interesting ways to use those devices along with apps and web tools?  What level of expertise with technology constitutes ‘competent’? Or does the concept encompass more than that? Do things …
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See "10 Signs You Are A Tech-Savvy Teacher." http://elearninginfographics.com/tech-savvy-teacher-infographic/

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10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic

10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The How To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic presents how you can curate your own professional learning community.

 

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- http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

 


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So very true.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 15, 7:46 PM
As lifelong learners we need to model what good PLCs look like, and be transparent with our students. For example, when I use an app in class for the first time I will tell my students he source of the find, which is almost inevitably my PLC. I then follow it up with something like, "You already have a PLC, your study group. Regardless of your profession, seek out peers and coaches to make you better."
Profleluherne's curator insight, July 16, 5:59 AM

Bon, là il me manque le blog

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 16, 8:44 AM

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

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Let's stop talking about teaching w/ technology, and let's start talking about teaching - Google Drawings

Let's stop talking about teaching w/ technology, and let's start talking about teaching - Google Drawings | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Most teachers don't care about technology.
Here's the more important thing I've learned: they shouldn't.
When I went through the education program at my college, I wasn't interested in learning how to 'create and share a Google Doc' or how to 'flip my classroom'. I wanted to teach English. I wanted to teach kids how to actively read, how to engage in thoughtful discussion, how to communicate effectively, and how to be lifelong learners. I wanted to teach kids to be collaborative, persistent, and reflective.  I didn't want to spend time sifting through iPad apps, learning about different content management systems, or sitting through workshops about QR codes.  I wanted to teach.
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Krista Moroder's wisdom, and in an infographic, to boot!

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Info still highly relevant.

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