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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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The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Having a high EQ will get you a lot farther in life than you might expect. Check out the Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic to find out more.
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People with high EQs succeed. In interviews, the interviewer is really asking, "Do I want to work with this person?" We are fundamentally relational is nature. The people most in tune with this reality naturally win our affections and trust. The good news is, EQ can be acquired through practice and reflection.
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The Five Biggest Mistakes Teachers Should Never, Ever Make

The Five Biggest Mistakes Teachers Should Never, Ever Make | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Everybody makes mistakes, but regardless, here are 5 mistakes teachers should always do their best not to make, for the sake of themselves and their kids.
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I love these five points!

1. Skimping on PD
- My school actually gives every teacher a pool of money from which to daw for PD. Further, we I am privileged to be working with a wizard of a man named Dennis Grice, who is setting up the most amazing, relational, inter-school PD imaginable through CoffeeEDUs and Tech21 programs. We teachers must feed ourselves n order to feed others. It is like putting the air mask first on yourself before assisting the child next to you in the event of an air emergency.

2. Underestimating Your Learners
- Teaching, like life, is about relationships, not content. They will not care what you know until they know that you care. Period.

3. Not Focusing on Relevance
- If we cannot answer the question, "So what?" we need to rethink what we are doing. Even if the content seems not very applicable to daily life, how we deliver the content (PBL, creative and fun formative assessment, etc.) can provide a wealth of growth opportunities.

4. Not Prioritizing a Work/Life Balance
- OK, well, I have nothing here. I work too much. That being said, everything stops for family. I will talk meaningfully with my wife and daughter over grading any time. I will never say to myself, "I should have graded instead of spending time with my family,"

5. Believing You’re Not Making a Difference
- I keep a draw stuffed with individual thank you notes, links to Facebook and LinkedIn messages, and memories to help on the dark days. There will always be dark days. Provide yourself with the tools to work through them. You will be inspired in the end.
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7 Life Skills Learners Can Benefit From Having Beyond School

7 Life Skills Learners Can Benefit From Having Beyond School | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Leaving school is a big deal. Students must be prepared for the world outside with not only curricular knowledge, but also with life skills like these 7.
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Skills that enhance life:
1. Building Relationships
2. Financial Literacy
3. Renter’s Rights and Responsibilities
4. Basic Home Skills
5. Social Skills
6. Job Hunting Skills
7. Personal Health and Wellness

I am blessed to teach at the "Disneyland" of schools. The PE Dept. takes a holistic approach, so the kids learn life skills and health maintenance in addition to participating in organized athletic activities. Keeps track sleep, stress, heart rate, nutrition, and every student wears a Fitbit-like device to assist in the information gathering. We run actual interviews with corporate HR personnel from the businesses nearby, and place kids as Juniors into two-week internship programs. Teachers and admin stress relationship building and conflict resolution, and model these practices. I am so happy!!!
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Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In Education

Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In Education | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Digital transformation is revolutionizing every industry. Here are the top 6 digital transformation trends for education including Augmented Reality, Gamification, Personalized Learning and more.
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When Kathy Schrock catches a good article, I pay attention. The woman is an EdTech legend. Also, she went to a truly great university (inside joke: my own, dear Rutgers). Kathy has done more to support teachers through the use of the internet than any other single person I know. Don't believe me? Check out her home page: http://www.schrockguide.net/
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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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The US desperately needs computer science majors, so keep coding

The US desperately needs computer science majors, so keep coding | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open in the US right now.
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For how long will we continue to hear that we need CompSci majors and not supply the need?
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4 Things To Remember for Using Formative Assessment Effectively

4 Things To Remember for Using Formative Assessment Effectively | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
This article discusses 4 of the more important things we must think about when we are using formative assessment in our classrooms.
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Clear and concise comparison of formative- and summative assessment, further enhanced with a side-by-side chart. Wonderful!
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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

"Most people have heard this story before: the eight-year-old son teaching his forty-year-old dad how to use some new device or app. However, despite being an allegory of our times, a lot has been said off-the-record about misconceptions regarding students’ technological abilities. In an interview with EdSurge, Alexandra Pickett, the Director of New York State University’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence, noted that many of her students know how to use online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for fun, but have no idea how to leverage them for academic and professional use. It’s a point the students at NMC echoed."


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So true. Born into a digital world, we assume kids know how to navigate it. But really, did you know how to navigate your world when you grew up? Most kids are digital "naives" rather than digital natives, knowing just enough to do what they want to do. When I chaired a student-centered panel at EduTECH Asia in Singapore, the kids said the same thing. We should not unnecessarily put students in a box that assumes they know how to use the tools, to full effect, that the digital world provides.
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Jessica's curator insight, July 17, 7:10 PM
This is something I'd like to address beginning in middle school.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 25, 12:42 PM
What we use digital tools for in our daily lives is not what we use them for in classrooms. Neil Selwyn's and Larry Cuban's research have shown that digital tools used poorly do not improve teaching and learning
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 25, 9:39 PM

I'm kinda not surprised by this!

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Teaching 21st Century Skills For 21st Century Success Requires An Ecosystem Approach | #eSkills #ICT

Teaching 21st Century Skills For 21st Century Success Requires An Ecosystem Approach | #eSkills #ICT | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
It is almost universally acknowledged that in order to succeed in the 21st century, students must learn much more than the “three Rs” and basic computer competency.

 

The term “21st century skills” is used often in educational circles to refer to a range of abilities and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Others define the term as “information literacy, media literacy, and information, communication and technology literacy.”

 

More importantly, students need these skills because employers across a huge variety of industries increasingly demand them. A recent McKinsey report indicated that close to 40 percent of employers could not find people with the right skills while 60 percent “complain[ed] of a lack of preparation.” Even jobs that were once considered vocational, such as welding, petroleum production, and even factory work, are now high tech, and require specialized knowledge that includes not only a robust science background and familiarity with the computerized machinery that keeps heavy industry humming, but also critical thinking and collaboration skills. In other words, 21st century job growth is outpacing our ability to develop a prepared workforce, making it more critical than ever to teach these skills.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/if-i-would-own-a-company-what-skills-would-i-expect-from-my-workers-in-21st-century/

 


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I am convinced now that we cannot "put new wine into old wineskins." We need to fundamentally rethink how we conceptualize "school." Bolting on new parts to the old system runs into the problem of the inertia of the old. There is so much to say here. We came into the 21st Century with a model of education that is, practically speaking, a "production" model where teachers stay in front of students and their productivity is measures by hours in front of students multiplied by number of students. The more hours and the more students, the more productive. My school is willing to explore a new paradigm, one in which teaching is modeling how to learn and guiding students toward a lifetime and lifestyle of learning . Such a mindset naturally leads to relational approaches. It is no so much about the numbers, but about learners seeing teachers as learners and learning "guild" leaders, too.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 19, 1:37 PM
Critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills, and cooperating are among the skills needed in the 21st Century. They have been all along, regardless of century. Communicating and cooperating mean that teaching and learning are social and people gather together.
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Teaching 21st Century Skills For 21st Century Success Requires An Ecosystem Approach
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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.