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Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology
A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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Beyond EdTech: Build an effective learning ecosytem | David Miyashiro | TEDxAmericasFinestCity

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Reform and incremental growth will not be enough to restore US publ...
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Teaching Children the Value of Reading Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Teaching Children the Value of Reading Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Teaching Children the Value of Reading Infographicis illustrates the value of the written word and how reading can pave the way to success.
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Interesting color and graphics choice

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6 Steps To Easily Create eLearning Courses

6 Steps To Easily Create eLearning Courses | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How To Easily Create eLearning Courses
Who says that eLearning course creation has to be stressful and time consuming?
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Well, I would never say "easily," but this is a decent starter's guide.

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What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like Infographic

What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like Infographic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like Infographic
Blended learning has enormous potential to fuel education transformation.
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Mobility is key.

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Collecting the evidence

Collecting the evidence | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
“Too many teachers are totally absorbed in the process of teaching, by which is meant the ‘delivery of information,’ and are barely concerned with the proc
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If the teaching/learning process is not driven by evidence, then what are we doing?

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Chris Carter's comment, January 11, 9:28 PM
Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing this article. It is a timely reminder for us to not get caught up in the daily content at the expense of formative assessment.
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The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life
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From the source herself, Dr. Carol Dweck.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 11, 9:29 PM
Luciana, thank you for sharing this piece form the coiner of the term, "growth mindset." It is all about the work that kids do, not genetic predispositions.
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How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru

How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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10.9-mount.pdf

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Concise, visually interesting infographic that supports teachers who wish to ask effective, guiding questions in the classroom.

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5 Tips on Using Google Apps for Meetings | Google Gooru

5 Tips on Using Google Apps for Meetings | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Google Apps are powerful alone, but the synergy gained by using them together makes the whole greater than its parts.

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Dave Gray » Visual thinking

Dave Gray » Visual thinking | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. Join the conversation! Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to corporate clients.
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Interesting article intelligently built through visual thinking techniques. To view the site is to experience visual learning.

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Coffitivity

Coffitivity | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work! Coffitivity is the virtual tool to research showing moderate ambient noise helps enhance creative cognition!
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Sounds quirky, but it works! Beats Bach!

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Good fun, great for review exercises in which the kids themselves can build the jeopardy board, and .... easy!!!

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Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in..
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I like listening to prognostications. The two trends that I most agree with are the elevated expectations for tech use in the classroom and the need to find useful curations of resources (like my ScoopIt, for instance?).

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Dyslexie Font: The dyslexia font which eases the reading

Dyslexie Font: The dyslexia font which eases the reading | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Dyslexia font makes reading easy and enjoyable for people with dyslexia. Scientifically proven to improve pace of reading with fewer errors.
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Free for home use.

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7 Tools Driving Social Media Success for Online Educators

7 Tools Driving Social Media Success for Online Educators | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The tools on this list are responsible for driving social media success for online educators around the world.

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Two Good Websites to Download FreeTextbooks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Good Websites to Download FreeTextbooks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @AngelynCheatham: Two Good Websites to Download FreeTextbooks http://t.co/rlCRzzZI4y #edtech #web20 #edapps

Via Cindy Rudy
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I am always looking for free textbooks. Have you checked out the US State Department's US History textbook?

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10 Easy Things to Try in Your Classroom in 2015

10 Easy Things to Try in Your Classroom in 2015 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As we start the second half of the 2014-2015 school year hopefully you are feeling energized to try some new things. Here is a list of 10 suggestions: 1) Throw Out Some Desks The furniture you have...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I appreciate that this post is not about "tech" per se, but rather invites us to reconsider how we "do" classrooms.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, January 23, 3:30 PM

I liked some of the ideas posted, especially the last one.  The visuals will be very helpful for students learning English.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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Simple, engaging, and useful. Triple threat!

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7 Ways to Help Quiet Students Find Their Voices in Class

7 Ways to Help Quiet Students Find Their Voices in Class | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The students who talk the most are often the ones learning the most, says Cossondra George, but it can be hard to get everyone to speak up. Here are her tricks for getting quiet students to raise their voices.
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Sometimes quiet students are simply processing. Their insights and contributions are vital in order add depth to the kids who first throw out their hands, because research tells us that the first kids to respond often have half-formed or weak arguments. The quiet kids add depth and challenge the early hand raisers to think more deeply.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 11, 6:12 AM
Thank you for sharing, Bonnie. I teach international students, predominantly Asian, who tend toward thh quiet side. So many students contribute impressive depth and reflection to the class when they begin to speak.
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5 predictions for education in 2015 | Christensen Institute

5 predictions for education in 2015 | Christensen Institute | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

It’s the new year and with it, hopes for new developments in education. Here are a few scattered predictions from around the world of education about what we might see.

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CCI is consistently well researched and insightful. I enjoy every piece, though I do not alway agree with the authors' conclusions.

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[Infographic] How a Flipped Classroom Model Works - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] How a Flipped Classroom Model Works - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here is an infographic that showcase how a flipped classroom model works in education.
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Very useful.

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Stanford Launches Online Writing Course for High School, College Students -- THE Journal

Stanford Launches Online Writing Course for High School, College Students -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Stanford writing instructors have partnered with undergraduates to create a non-credit course open to the public via Stanford Online.
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Excellent resource for teachers and students, and free!

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Sparklines in Google Sheets | Google Gooru

Sparklines in Google Sheets | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Sparklines are useful in so many ways!

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The Gooru's Top 10 of 2014 | Google Gooru

The Gooru's Top 10 of 2014 | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

We’ve spent the past few weeks analyzing every part of The Gooru website, learning more and more about what content you love so we can continue to bring it to you in 2015! We have a lot of very exciting things in store for you in the next year, but now is the time where we take a moment to look back on 2014.

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A very useful site for Google tips.

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Making Learning Easier And Making It Harder: Both Are Necessary « Annie Murphy Paul

Making Learning Easier And Making It Harder: Both Are Necessary « Annie Murphy Paul | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Grit, and how best to apply the concept.

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Annie Murphy Paul is insightful and well researched. I find each of her posts to be useful in my classroom setting.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 11, 9:32 PM
Thank you, Stephania, for taking the time to share this important article. We educators must make the acquisition of knowledge and skills as hassle-free as possible, while making sure that the knowledge and skills themselves stretch and challenge our students.