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Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics

Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Story Me is a free iPad app for turning your pictures into comic strips. Story Me provides more than a dozen layout options to which you can add pictures from your iPad's camera roll and or from yo...

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Transformational Teaching and Technology
A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
Curated by Chris Carter
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How to Use Information Fluency for Effective Online Research Strategies

How to Use Information Fluency for Effective Online Research Strategies | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Use these Information Fluency-based online research strategies and tips for helping students make the most of their online knowledge quests.
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32 Educational Websites Organized by Content Area curated by Educators' Technology

32 Educational Websites Organized by Content Area curated by Educators' Technology | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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There are some excellent resources here.
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There are some excellent resources here.
David Baker's curator insight, September 18, 7:23 PM
Multiple sites support strong application in schools.
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Excelente recopilación. Siempre hay algo nuevo para probar
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How to Achieve Classroom Engagement With the 4 Minutes That Matter

How to Achieve Classroom Engagement With the 4 Minutes That Matter | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Achieving classroom engagement can happen in 4 minutes with these cool activities for beginning and ending the class with the minutes that matter.
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Cliffhangers are awesome tools for History classes
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5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies That Never Miss

5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies That Never Miss | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
This article features 5 easy and effective formative assessment strategies to use with your students. Quick, fun, and best of all, highly effective!
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I really like the one-minute paper idea!
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12 Super STEM Learning Scenarios to Share with Your Students

12 Super STEM Learning Scenarios to Share with Your Students | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Make STEM a blast with challenging and rewarding projects like the 12 STEM learning scenarios featured in this all new free guide. Full STEM ahead!
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6 Reasons Why STEM Learning Belongs in the Modern Classroom

6 Reasons Why STEM Learning Belongs in the Modern Classroom | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Anne Jolly from Edweek explains 6 reasons why STEM learning is, and always has been, the modern teacher's new project-based learning.
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1. STEM lessons focus on real-world issues and problems. 
2. STEM lessons are guided by the engineering design process. 
3. STEM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration. 
4. STEM lessons involve students in productive teamwork. 
5. STEM lessons apply rigorous math and science content your students are learning.
6. STEM lessons allow for multiple right answers and reframe failure as a necessary part of learning.
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How to Use Compelling Questioning for Checking Understanding

How to Use Compelling Questioning for Checking Understanding | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are some examples of the ways you can use good guiding questions with your students when it comes to the ongoing process of checking understanding.
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Supplemental: Reflective Questions for Debriefing Learning 
 1. Define some of your most challenging moments. What made them so? 
2. Define some of your most powerful learning moments. What made them so? 
3. What would you say is the most important thing you learned personally? As a team? 
4. When did you realize that you had come up with your final best solution? 
5. How do you feel your solution relates to real-world situations and problems? 
6. What do you feel most got in the way of your progress, if anything? 
7. How well did you and your team communicate overall? 
8. What were some things your teammates did that helped you to learn or overcome an obstacle? 
9. How did you help others during this process? 
10. Were your milestones and goals mostly met, and how much did you deviate from them if any? 
11. What did you discover as being your greatest strengths? Your biggest weaknesses? 
12. What would you do differently if you were to approach the same problem again? 
13. What would you do differently from a personal standpoint the next time you work with the same group or a different one? 
14. How can you better support and encourage your teammates on future projects? 
15. How will you use what you’ve learned in the future? 

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The 7 Most Important Personal Qualities That Can't Be Graded By a Test

The 7 Most Important Personal Qualities That Can't Be Graded By a Test | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
What are the most important personal qualities for students to take into life beyond school, and what vital personality traits can no test measure?
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1. Curiosity
2. Compassion
3. Morality
4. Humility
5. Gratitude
6. Perseverance
7. Self-Awareness
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4 Powerful Game Mechanics Driving Higher Achievement in Math

4 Powerful Game Mechanics Driving Higher Achievement in Math | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Experience the power of ST Math through these sample games.
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22 Online Tools That Will Help Learners With Improving Writing Skills

22 Online Tools That Will Help Learners With Improving Writing Skills | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are at least 14 trusty online tools of all kinds to give your students the edge as they work on improving writing skills.
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I found some great resources that I did not know about.
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The 3 Parent-Teacher Discussions That Can Benefit Children the Most

The 3 Parent-Teacher Discussions That Can Benefit Children the Most | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are 3 of the most vital parent-teacher discussions geared toward the importance of student welfare and success. Which of these have you had?
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1. Discipline Philosophy ... Agreed
2. Communication Philosophy ... Agreed
3. Classroom Philosophy ... Agreed
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Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Debates over note taking tend to focus on whether devices are helpful or harmful, rather than on strategies students can use to make connections between ideas
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The multimodal aspect is interesting.
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10 Online Learning Resources For Building Practical Skills

10 Online Learning Resources For Building Practical Skills | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Have a look at this list featuring some of the best and easiest online learning resources that can be found on the Web today.
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I have learned of some new sites for lesson plans and resources. Awesome!
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These 5 Practices Will Help You With Improving Critical Thinking Skills

These 5 Practices Will Help You With Improving Critical Thinking Skills | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Improving critical thinking skills can become an unconscious daily practice with the aid of useful strategies like the 5 we've listed here.
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The One Fail-Safe Classroom Management Strategy That Always Works

The One Fail-Safe Classroom Management Strategy That Always Works | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Dominque Smith reveals the one single classroom management strategy that can work in any learning environment in this article featured on TeachThought.
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Yes, life is about establishing, nurturing, and working through relationships. No surprises here.
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Yes, life is about establishing, nurturing, and working through relationships. No surprises here.
GwynethJones's curator insight, September 17, 10:15 AM

Always worth the effort.

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A List of 15 Terrific TED Talks for Igniting Creativity [Infographic]

A List of 15 Terrific TED Talks for Igniting Creativity [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
In Good Taste features this infographic that suggests 15 cool TED Talks for igniting creativity in the best ways. Share them with students for inspiration!
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Andrew Stanton ... brilliant!
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6 Reasons Why Gamification Enhances The Learning Experience 

6 Reasons Why Gamification Enhances The Learning Experience  | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"Enhance your learning experience by utilizing gamification and rewards like certificates, badges, or points."


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Gamification is not a game. It is serious learning.
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You get to do over .. you get immediate results, you can improve your score, you can pick games you like.
Judith Peterson's curator insight, September 11, 5:03 PM
I have used Quia to create games to help my students learn the elements and principles of design and other art facts with my high school art classes. The games provided a safe place for them to test themselves on what they have learned. They excitedly shared their scores with their peers and took part in friendly competition. I was delighted that my entire class worked until they got 100%! Needless to say by the time they took their final exam, they were READY!
Michelle Audain's curator insight, September 12, 10:49 PM

Learning is always easier when it's fun and gamification makes it addictive too!

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10 Things You Can Do for Teaching Effective Listening Skills

10 Things You Can Do for Teaching Effective Listening Skills | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are some useful strategies to employ with your students when focusing on teaching effective listening skills for learning and for life.
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We have two ears and one mouth for a reason.
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5 Free Design Resources Creative Learners Will Love Using

5 Free Design Resources Creative Learners Will Love Using | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
These 5 free design resources from the global online creative community are an absolute goldmine of all freebies design-related.
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These are new resources for me! Check out LogoInstant!
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Envisioning Future Learning: Social Networking and Beyond

Envisioning Future Learning: Social Networking and Beyond | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Let's visualize future learning infused with the most popular form of communication on the planet today and in the future: social; media.
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3 Alternatives to Evernote and Notability for Note-Taking

3 Alternatives to Evernote and Notability for Note-Taking | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Check out these great student- and teacher-friendly note-taking apps.
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And yet I still use Evernote. These are worthy considerations.
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ASCD Express 12.24 - Well-Argued Writing

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Fantastic resource that covers it all concisely!!!
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How to Use Formative Check-Ins to Quickly Assess Understanding

How to Use Formative Check-Ins to Quickly Assess Understanding | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Mike Anderson from Edutopia talks about how using formative-check-ins focused on student choice help with understanding and planning classroom learning.
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These check-ins are fast and ever so much more informative of student understanding that multiple-choice and identify style questions.
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The Teacher's Ultimate Checklist for Effective Lesson Planning

The Teacher's Ultimate Checklist for Effective Lesson Planning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
No matter what your most effective lesson planning strategy consists of, if you need some more tools this post will provide them. Sound like a plan?
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I love the short list. The 20-point list is useful, but long.
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20 of the Best Design Collaboration Tools

20 of the Best Design Collaboration Tools | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
A list of the easiest-to-use online design collaboration tools, including communication platforms and project management software.
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