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SAMR success is NOT about Tech

SAMR success is NOT about Tech | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"I was thinking today that I had to make it clear that competency with technology is not the first issue you should worry about if you want to make SAMR progress. The issue to tackle first is the teaching conventions and mindsets amongst the staff, and for this you need some pretty simple and effective arguments.

So here are some I’ve used to move staff on a little:"


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Could not agree more. It is about the willingness to embrace a growth mindset.

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John Pearce's curator insight, February 4, 2014 8:55 PM

One of the problems with mass adoption of education models is the way in which the models are 'massaged' to suit purposes other than what they do best. Most models have been developed to describe and categorise behaviours. They're often great for use as the basis for generating discussion. Where they to often fall down is when they become the basis for a curriculum guide into which practice is inserted according to a perceived hierarchy.

 

So it is with SAMR where writers such as Richard Wells are beginning to question some uses of the model. 

Transformational Teaching and Technology
A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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22 Powerful Closure Activities

22 Powerful Closure Activities | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.
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7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions - TeachThought PD

7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions - TeachThought PD | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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The Virtual Reality Tools Shelf | edshelf

The Virtual Reality Tools Shelf | edshelf | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

A collection of 23 virtual reality tools for educators.


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I love EdShelf, and the man behind it is pretty awesome, too.
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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 17, 6:23 PM
Thx Jim. Lots of gret possibilities to explore for exploring!
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How to get parents on board with your big changes

How to get parents on board with your big changes | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Parents can be our biggest ally for reaching goals with kids. Here's how you can get them on your side.
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Story Spheres Brings 3D Virtual Reality Stories Direct To You | Tech Tools Daily#230

Story Spheres Brings 3D Virtual Reality Stories Direct To You | Tech Tools Daily#230 | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
360 degree and virtual reality content is becoming more popular. For example, you can find a TON of related contentstorysp on YouTube now.
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Hundreds of reviews on EdTech tools, sites, and services. Can't be beat for saving you time and giving you what you need.
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Connectivism – the knowledge of the connected individual

Connectivism – the knowledge of the connected individual | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Knowledge is everywhere. In a mobile phone, a fitness tracker and our brains. Not a science fiction film but the learning theory of connectivism. Recently over a coffee

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 13, 9:12 AM

Knowledge is everywhere. In a mobile phone, a fitness tracker and our brains. Not a science fiction film but the learning theory of connectivism.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Connectivism

 

Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, January 13, 11:58 AM
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Elizabeth Karvonen's curator insight, January 20, 4:44 AM
Definitely a new slant on Bloom. Important for all teachers in the digital age.
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How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017 | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Resolutions are often an exercise in wishful thinking. People rarely keep them, mostly because they’re vague about their goals and don’t have a plan for following through. But that isn't the only thing that may weaken resolve or slow progress toward a goal. Failing to understand some practical brain science can just as quickly do you in.

 

Neuroscience has shown us this year that we may actually have everything we need to stay focused, be more creative, remember more, and make better decisions—just as long as we can work a bit more with our brains, not against them. Here are a few things we learned that can take you closer toward being your best self in 2017.


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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, January 11, 4:39 AM

Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

Lee Hall's curator insight, January 12, 4:43 PM
We need to put what we know about Neuroscience to help our students and ourselves. 
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Academic Discussions: Analyzing Complex Texts

Academic Discussions: Analyzing  Complex Texts | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Ways to support your ELLs with discussions. Here we see ELLs analyze complex test with small groups and academic discussions.
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A marvelous, concise resource for discussing complex texts
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Microlearning And Gamification: What Research Tells Us-eLearning Industry

Microlearning And Gamification: What Research Tells Us-eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Microlearning And Gamification: What Research Tells Us and How We Can Put It Into Practice. Join this special webinar, scheduled for 24th of January, 2017.
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Maker-Centred Learning & STEAM

Maker-Centred Learning & STEAM | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

In 2016 we embraced the new possibilities that come with having a dedicated Maker Space and students in their final year of Junior School were the first to fully benefit from this. The Maker Space allowed for a significant expansion of the Maker Centered Learning which was already a hallmark of the Personal Passion Projects and many students developed projects which pushed at the limits of what was possible ...

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How to Engage the Students Who Need It Most: Gamification

How to Engage the Students Who Need It Most: Gamification | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
That’s the truth about gamification: it will not make your kids smarter or perform better on tests. Gamification is about increasing motivation and engagement. Once you have a kid’s attention, it is still up to the teacher to deliver a solid, meaningful lesson. Gamification is not a magic bullet, nor does every student need it, but the students who benefit the most from a gamified classroom just so happen to be the ones who most need motivation and engagement.

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Ante Lauc's curator insight, December 26, 2016 2:21 AM
Gamification will improve GAU/HAU
Teresa Maceira's curator insight, January 2, 12:32 PM

Good explanation of gamification.

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38 Employee Engagement Ideas Your Team Will Love Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

It’s tough coming up with creative, engaging ideas that your team will actually enjoy. Here are 38 employee engagement ideas your team will love.
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Works with students, too!
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Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

Really nice case study type article. Looks like a great project.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:57 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Peter Mellow.

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3 Ways To Encourage Children With An Interest In Computer Programming - InfiniGEEK

3 Ways To Encourage Children With An Interest In Computer Programming - InfiniGEEK | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Most children will never show an interest in creating software or games and programming computers. However, some will have the right personalities and attr

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:59 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Yashy Tohsaku.

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Take a VR tour of the White House with President Obama

Take a VR tour of the White House with President Obama | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Obama may be just wrapping up his stay in the White House but before he leaves he wants everyone to stop by for a visit, as long as you have a VR headset. Facebook-owned Oculus debuted an impressive 360-degree video tour of the White House, with the sitting President and the First Lady as special guests
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This is the closest I’ll ever come to being in the Oval Office. This is the closest I’ll ever come to being in the Oval Office.
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5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Google Classroom lets you assign to small groups or individual students. See how it works and how you can use this feature in your class.
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Making Happier Educators

Making Happier Educators | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
With teacher evaluation software, discerning the burdensome from the beneficial. GUEST COLUMN | by Todd Whitlock Teacher performance management—whether you’re the teacher, administrator, or facilitator—has evolved considerably in recent years, and remedying outdated evaluation practices can make a world of difference. For one, the way we analyze teachers today—considering the amount of compliance directives, limitations…
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While many of us bristle at the mention of being evaluated, there are real and significant growth opportunity that emerge if evaluations are down with a growth mindset rather than a simple ranking objective. 
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17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness

17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Author-consultant Sarah Tantillo identifies 17 common teaching actions that can lead to student inertia & learned helplessness and suggests better alternatives.
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New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.
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Learning to learn with a MakerSpace

Learning to learn with a MakerSpace | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Making, Maker Centred Learning and STEAM fit neatly alongside Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) for many schools. Commonly this approach includes a constructivist view of knowledge and teachers seek to establish conditions which allow students to explore questions and ideas with greater independence than may occur in the traditional classroom.  Learning becomes a collaborative partnership between teachers and students with a clear focus on a learner centric approach. These core beliefs are enacted through a combination of scaffolds such as those developed from the research of Harvard’s 'Project Zero’ where cultural forces, thinking routines, and an awareness of habits of mind focus the learner’s efforts on developing
positive dispositions for learning while building deep understandings. In such an approach to learning Making becomes a pathway to developing the dispositions required for success in the 21st Century and a way of demonstrating one’s competence within a creative and collaborative
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How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
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Thinking of the end-user is the heart of Design Thinking.
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15 hot edtech trends for 2017

15 hot edtech trends for 2017 | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Educators and tech leaders look back on 2016; predict where edtech trends in teaching and learning will head this new year.
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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Teaching students good learning strategies would ensure that they know how to acquire new knowledge, which leads to improved learning outcomes, writes lead author Helen Askell-Williams of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. And studies bear this out. Askell-Williams cites as one example a recent finding by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, which administers academic proficiency tests to students around the globe, and place American students in the mediocre middle. “Students who use appropriate strategies to understand and remember what they read, such as underlining important parts of the texts or discussing what they read with other people, perform at least 73 points higher in the PISA assessment—that is, one full proficiency level or nearly two full school years—than students who use these strategies the least,” the PISA report reads.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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Meta-Cognitive practices are vital for the profound learning that connects fields of study and life experience. I call this learning "synthetic" because it synthesizes knowledge and skills from more than one realm into new understanding and learning, thus leading to unique insights. Thank you, Gust MEES, for your consistency excellent curation!
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 4, 11:28 AM
The focus is on student self-assessment as it should be. All should be aware of not just what they know, but how they learned best.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, January 5, 9:01 AM
Leren over leren. Het loont.