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Civic Mirror: Simulated Nation Building for Middle Schoolers

Civic Mirror: Simulated Nation Building for Middle Schoolers | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
When I was in middle school, I had a U.S. history class that I can remember almost nothing about.
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Now, I want to teach middle school.

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Chris Carter's comment, February 6, 2014 6:28 PM
Linda, I am happy to pass this one along. Educational games must be, first and foremost, fun. Without that, that will not be played. There is plenty of education built in here.
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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Finding Supplementary Material for your Online Course - GoConqr

Finding Supplementary Material for your Online Course - GoConqr | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
A guide to finding and evaluating supplementary material to use with GoConqr's Course Builder
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A treasure trove of excellent sites that supply images, videos, and public domain texts.
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A treasure trove of excellent sites that supply images, videos, and public domain texts.
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Pear Deck

Pear Deck | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
With Pear Deck, bring interactive, engaging slide presentations to your classroom. Real-time formative assessments and discussions enhance understanding and empower your students’ learning process.

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A nice find by Nik Peachey, there is a free version of this tool!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 9, 1:57 AM

Interesting tool for projecting your presentation onto the students' devices and making the slides interactive. The free version can be found at: https://www.peardeck.com/pricing/comparison/

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5 Keys to Understanding and Enabling Learners Who Struggle in Class

5 Keys to Understanding and Enabling Learners Who Struggle in Class | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
If you've had trouble enabling learners who struggle, you may not have known how best to approach them to help them learn. These ideas will help.
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1. Seek first to understand
2. Get to know them on a personal level
3. Find out how they learn best
4. Teach the Growth Mindset
5. Expect the best from them (and give it)
- Giving the best takes more work than expecting the best, and is essential to any effective teacher-student relationship.
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7 Things Effective Principals Do Differently

Ian Lancaster talks about the 7 habits of highly effective principals in this updated article originally featured on TeachThought.
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Having served along-side excellent principals, I do agree with the list. Some items are not obvious or intuitive, yet are essential: 
1. Balance management and leadership. 
2. Envision what’s ideal but focus on what’s doable. 
3. Represent the missing voice. 
4. Listen and interpret. 
5. Practice consistent reflection. 
- Too easily overlooked, but essential for all lifelong learners!
6. Plan for their absence. 
- The second not-so-obvious trait is this one. In the military the rule is to make yourself redundant. 
7. Make student learning the highest priority.
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Tech Talk Roundtable 04-27 | Student Wellness - the Data Difference

Tech Talk Roundtable 04-27 | Student Wellness - the Data Difference | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Data. No, not Mr. Data from Star Trek Next Generation. I mean data as in potential information.
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When Big Data and Student Wellness meet, all is well.
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Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic]

Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Explore what research says about how students can use their bodies to better learn math --and how technology can help.
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The Sleeper Autistic Hero Transforming Video Games | Backchannel

The Sleeper Autistic Hero Transforming Video Games | Backchannel | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Video games like Overwatch are becoming unexpected sites for destigmatizing autism spectrum disorders.
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Embracing autism and the power of people who have it.
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How to Be a Lifelong Learner

How to Be a Lifelong Learner | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through being a lifelong learner in this Greater Good post by Kira Newman.
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Get past simply teaching content. Guide students in discovering the importance of learning.
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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 13, 8:53 AM
Thx Chris Carter! A good read for my Study Skills students. A very nice synopsis of the benefits of learning with some fresh facts (only 11 minutes of walking helps! I have a chance!) that may make it more accessible. 
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"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is a Roadmap for Success in Schools

"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is a Roadmap for Success in Schools | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
We are proud to announce the introduction of our latest and best book yet—"Growing Global Digital Citizens" is now on sale at Solution Tree.
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A profound truth. global citizenship is essential. As Theodore Roosevelt said, "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
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How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"Without some structure early on, an afterschool maker club can quickly turn into unorganized chaos.  Through a lot of trial and error, I found ways to set routines, norms and procedures that helped us to have more structure"

 

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10 of the Most Versatile Digital Age Skills We Can Teach Our Learners

10 of the Most Versatile Digital Age Skills We Can Teach Our Learners | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Let's take a look at 10 useful and versatile digital age skills for students to have as they leave school for life and work in our ever-changing world.
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Though straightforward, the article actually coalesces several important trends into one concise, clear piece. If you are a teacher and only have time for one article today, please consider this one. 
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This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow

This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Everybody needs some inspiration, and new teachers are no different. Here are some tips that will help you with the first few days, weeks, and beyond.
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The daily workflow is predictable, but th weekly workflow is golden. Stick to it, and new teachers will fly!
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5 Ways To Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team - eLearning Industry

5 Ways To Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know how to Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team? Check 5 ways to Speed Up Technology Adoption On Your Team successfully.
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ABC OF GAMIFICATION – ED Blog

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8 Useful Tips for Teachers Experiencing Edtech Frustration

8 Useful Tips for Teachers Experiencing Edtech Frustration | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
If you're struggling with edtech frustration, take note of these 8 useful tips from this article by Terry Heick at TeachThought.
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I especially like like 8!
8. Use the 40/40/40 Rule: This is about big-picture thinking, and moving backwards from the end. He explains this useful rule for managing edtech frustration in this article <http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/applying-the-404040-rule-in-your-classroom/>.
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An Animated Look at "How Google Works" [Infographic]

An Animated Look at "How Google Works" [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Neil Patel from Quicksprout provides us with an "animated" take on the intricacies of how Google works with his mesmerizing and informative infographic.
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This animated infographic is simply fun to explore, and is particularly useful for AP Computer Science Principles classes.
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The Bloom's Taxonomy Periodic Table of Activities for Inspired Learning

The Bloom's Taxonomy Periodic Table of Activities for Inspired Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Enjoy this Bloom's Taxonomy Periodic Table of Activities. Simply mouse over each "element" to reveal the pop-up of the activity.
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This chart is worth a symbaloo page at least!
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App Recommendations | Mobile Learning

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Thanks to the University of Minnesota for these reliable and useful suggestions.
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The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
These board games incorporate math in unique and fun ways!
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The Best Way to Help When Your Child “Just Doesn’t Fit In”

The Best Way to Help When Your Child “Just Doesn’t Fit In” | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
When your child has trouble fitting it, it can be painful to see—and hard to know how to help. An LCSW shares the most important thing a parent can do.
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Kids can be emotionally crushed by negative comments or perceived negative reactions to them. I am not saying we should tell kids they are great just because they breathe. Praise the work effort. Always. And use these ideas when your child just doesn't fit in.
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This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It

This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching with imagination is an everyday adventure.
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Teaching the content is like giving a student a bunch of bricks with mortar. Having kids use the content to build understanding in a creative way is like building a house.It is essential to have the kids build their own understanding with the content.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 12, 12:57 PM
Teaching with imagination is a great place to teach from.
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9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers

9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers | 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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3 Ways to Build Trust on Your Team | Joe Hirsch

3 Ways to Build Trust on Your Team | Joe Hirsch | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
How the Cubs built trust into their clubhouse culture.
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Insight into student team-building from a business source. Excellent points!
1. Get to know the other person.
2. Readily share information.
3. Facilitate whole-person growth.
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Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work

Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are 10 all-around useful classroom management tips that are applicable to almost any modern innovative learning environment.
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I agree with all five strategies.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 6, 3:27 PM
All have value.
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Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
By challenging the assumption that every child growing up today is a one-size-fits all digital native, we can make sure each of them can find their own way to relate to technology — whether using it to accomplish basic tasks or to create new technologies and worlds. Being aware of our kids’ differences now is what could help keep them from drifting apart.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 5, 9:37 PM
A much more nuanced view, and one that I appreciate. I have long called so-called digital natives "digital naives" because the majority of kids only know enough about tech to use it to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Tech does not really come any easier for them. Tech is simply more common to them.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 6, 5:17 AM
Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet
Edward Russell's curator insight, July 7, 10:51 AM
beyond these over-simplified tags. this distinction is always interesting, as is how young people actually use tech.