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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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How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
We conducted a comprehensive review of assessments of 21st century competencies, including widely used measures and some that are in development, and talked with educators about how these measures are being used and the challenges and limitations associated with them. Based on this review, we identified a set of key lessons learned for those who develop or implement these new assessment systems.
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Sound advice, all.

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Chris Carter's comment, February 17, 2014 1:15 AM
Michel, it is my pleasure.
Ana Calvo's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:03 PM

If you can´t define a variable, you can´t measure it.

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective.
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Misleading headlines have their purposes.

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Ana Calvo's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:10 PM

If that´s not teaching, then what is it then?

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Hemingway

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Thank you, Richard Byrne (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/). Brilliant app!

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The student of 2024: two versions of campus life in 10 years’ time

The student of 2024: two versions of campus life in 10 years’ time | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
At best, third-level education will deliver vision, accessibility and diversity. At worst, it will deliver a two-tier system of exclusivity on the one hand and cheap education on the other
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Fascinating dichotomistic views of Ed's mid-range future.

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A Case for Student-Centered Learning

A Case for Student-Centered Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Good news for students and schools: A new study, released last week by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), looks closely at four schools that are achieving positive outco
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Involve me and I will understand.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:37 PM

I am reading a book by Gert Biesta who makes the case for a need for teaching as a risky way. He says that it is not given that students learn which makes it risky. There might not be a centre to learning. It is about relationships and the exchange of information. When I read complexity leadership material, the same message is shared by some to those writers and researchers, as well.

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Students with Attention-Related Learning Challenges Significantly Increase ... - PR Newswire (press release)

Students with Attention-Related Learning Challenges Significantly Increase ...
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The study encompassed 24 children in Grades 2 through 7 with attention-related academic performance challenges and other learning disabilities.
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Tech at its best.

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20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning

20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning
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Let's play 20 questions.

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Chris Carter's comment, February 13, 2014 9:29 PM
Always a pleasure, Dean!
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Charter Schools See Largest Enrollment Increase in 14 Years -- THE Journal

Charter Schools See Largest Enrollment Increase in 14 Years -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Charter school enrollments grew 12.6 percent in the 2012-2013 school year, with nearly 6,440 total public charter schools serving 2.57 million students across the United States.
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These #s don't lie.

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Best of History Web Sites

Best of History Web Sites | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites and activities.
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Best curation of history websites that I've ever seen.

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Chris Carter's comment, February 13, 2014 7:46 PM
Dean and Linda, it is my pleasure. EdTechTeacher is an impressive group.
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9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners -- THE Journal

9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
With ever-increasing opportunities for online learning, educators must find new ways to engage their students and create a sense of community in a virtual world.
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Vital tips to online Ed.

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PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too

PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Student reflection is a key ingredient in project-based learning, and for good reason. As John Dewey reminded us nearly a century ago, "We do not learn from experience . . . we learn from reflecting
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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

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Chris Carter's comment, February 12, 2014 9:39 PM
Luciana, you are very welcome. Reflection is the heart of true learning and insight. Without it, nothing even enters the long-term memory, and cross-curricular connections are not made.
Waldo Conti-Bosso's curator insight, February 14, 2014 8:50 AM

Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning, by George Siemens:

http://elearnspace.org/Articles/HETL.pdf

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Technology in Education: A Future Classroom

This is a submission for the 2014 White House Student Film Festival Directed/Edited/Visual Effects by Daniel Nemroff (class of 2015) Filmed by Daniel Nemroff...
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A believable vision. Still brick & mortar. Still teacher in front.

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What does the future of learning look like?

What does the future of learning look like? | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
A new report provides educators with solutions for how to change pedagogies to foster deep learning.
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Brilliant!

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How the Stasi spied without social media

How the Stasi spied without social media | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Newly obtained files offer a crucial reminder of what a repressive regime can do with even a little information
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Just think what modern social media allows agencies to do.

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Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website

Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Engage website visitors better by designing your site to match how people's eyes move on the page. Here are some surprising eye tracking stats to help.

 

Putting together a great looking website is a great start, but it is just a start.

 

True web design requires you to venture beyond the aesthetic and into the worlds of User Experience and Conversion Rate Optimization.

Knowing how the viewers of your site really see it can help to shine light on new and/or missed opportunities within your current design. It may also bring out the need for new elements or changes.

 

While there are plenty of options for improving CRO, eye tracking analysis provides some of the most useful information for optimizing your biggest digital marketing asset, your website.

 

A good design will catch people’s eye, but a great design will keep people on your site and get them engaged with your content. And while you shouldn’tunderestimate the power of good copy, your design is what people notice first.

 

We teamed up with our friends over at Single Grain to put together the infographic below in hopes that it will help everyone get a better, basic understanding of what eye tracking is and what it can do.


Via Russ Merz, Ph.D., GoConqr, KB...Konnected, Dean J. Fusto
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Brilliant, especially for my website kids!

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Steve Baker's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:37 AM

Designing clean, effective websites that work and deliver clients 

Mike Milazzo's curator insight, February 21, 2014 10:09 AM

When we get past all the ads.

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:55 AM

One of my students' favorite topics... XD

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SAMR

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"SAMR, a model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning, was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D..  The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and...
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Kathy Schrock, as usual, offers up a beautiful and thoroughly curated resource set that puts others to shame.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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A beautiful infographic of an earlier post.

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Schools Should Be Teaching Kids How to Use the Internet Well

Schools Should Be Teaching Kids How to Use the Internet Well | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
But outdated web filters make that mission quite difficult.
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Conversation starter.

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Sylvia Sanchez's curator insight, March 2, 2:11 AM
The Internet is all around everyone, any age, anytime that is why it is important to show kids, how to use the internet the right way. There is a lot of dangerous out there that any kids can get caught up on. For school to teach their students how to use the internet is a good idea, because you will show them how to be safe while doing whatever they are doing in the internet. Schools can also teach those ways to search up documents and how to use the internet to be useful for school. They will eventually know 
how to research, if the teachers show kids how to use the internet. There is really no age limit to this because now a days parents give their child a tablet so they can play with it. Society could avoid a lot of situations that are going on today, just by teaching the children how to use the internet the right way. 

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Most parents prefer that their children pick up a book rather than a game controller. But for kids with dyslexia, action video games may be just what the
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Positive, unintended consequences.

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Learning Never Stops: 7 (more) websites that make learning science fun

Learning Never Stops: 7 (more) websites that make learning science fun | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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Brilliant!

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Some Great Practices of Tech Savvy Educational Leaders - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Some Great Practices of Tech Savvy Educational Leaders - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Some real-life practices of tech savvy educational leaders are listed below
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Effective EdTech in action.

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Research Suggests Professional Development Delivers Better Student Scores -- THE Journal

Research Suggests Professional Development Delivers Better Student Scores -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
When teachers participate in professional development, students do better in assessments. That's the conclusion of a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.
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Is this supposed to be a surprise?

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Using Online and Blended Learning To Help Students Design Their Educational Experience -- THE Journal

Using Online and Blended Learning To Help Students Design Their Educational Experience -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
For Julie Young, who recently announced her retirement as president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, the journey to online and blended learning began with her organization's mission: "To deliver high-quality technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success."
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Permission To Innovate: Reigniting the Passion To Teach -- THE Journal

Permission To Innovate: Reigniting the Passion To Teach -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
What would you do if your superintendent told you “You Have permission to innovate wildly?” What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best? And are you willing to find out?
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This teacher's on fire!

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Chris Carter's comment, February 12, 2014 6:00 AM
My pleasure, Dean!
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How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE: http://t.co/qMNNJDUsyO
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Essential reading and resources for PBL.

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jessica slater's curator insight, February 20, 2014 12:57 PM

Being creative might not come as natural to some students as it does to others. We need to nurture creativity in all students by designing projects that bring out creativity, encouraging and promoting creativity within the classroom, and building competency by teaching them the process of innovation. Creativity and innovation can be measured by describing what creativity looks like to students as well as qualities that make the product creative. Ensuring students know these factors will really help students who feel that they are less creative. Building an environment where students feel safe, engaged, and and supported really enhances cognition. This article gives options for measuring creativity and innovation without placing restrictions on what being creative means.