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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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5 Great Sites for Downloading Free Icons

5 Great Sites for Downloading Free Icons | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are five sites that will help you discover free icons to download.

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great share from Recursos Online

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Solar Roadways! - YouTube

Video by Michael Naphan It's the roadway of the future! Feel inspired? Help us bring this project to the next step: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-...
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Too good to be true, or an extraordinary near future?

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How to speak so that people want to listen

How to speak so that people want to listen | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
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Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking

1. Gossip

2. Judging

3. Negativity

4. Complaining

5. Excuses

6. Exaggeration - leads to out and out lying

7. Dogmatism - Confusion of fact and opinion

 

Four Cornerstones of Powerful Speech (HAIL)

1. Honesty

2. Authenticity

3. Integrity

4. Love

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7 Pillars Of Digital Leadership In Education

7 Pillars Of Digital Leadership In Education | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
7 Pillars Of Digital Leadership In Education
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#3 Branding: My school has a fully staffed marketing department. No kidding!

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Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Blogger Andrew Miller offers six simple, effective approaches to differentiated instruction in project-based learning.
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New Study Destroys Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule

New Study Destroys Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

icelIt takes more — or less — than "deliberate practice."

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Intelligent article.

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9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World

9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

People who positively impact the world demonstrate 9 core behaviors that set them apart.

 


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John Michel's curator insight, June 4, 10:59 AM

It’s critical to note that people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged or “special” by any stretch.  Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 6, 2:37 AM

All good behaviors and traits to imbibe, if you really want to have a positive impact!

Rémy Ginoux's curator insight, June 7, 7:20 PM

Interesting from my view point, just read them for inspiration, and you will see the link with #KM...“the more you give, the more you get.” !

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
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Wearable Technology: will education look very different in the future? | eLearning Marketplace

Wearable Technology: will education look very different in the future? | eLearning Marketplace | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Wearable technology certainly seems to be gaining ground with many getting very excited about the variety of devices coming on the market. Whether it's a smart
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Within 5 years.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 1:07 PM

The question is not about whether education (School) will look different. It is about School being different for everyone and not just those who can afford the latest gadgets.

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Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 52 | Do Angry Birds Brag? - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 52 | Do Angry Birds Brag? - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips. Articles of the Week Is It Sharing or Bragging? Educators Struggle With the Topic of Humility | Rae Pica huffingtonpost.com Why do some people think we want to know about the awards they’ve received? The successes they’ve experienced? When they tweet or blog about the great …
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Is there anything more pleasant than spending time with friends, shooting the breeze? Join our Ed Tech circle.

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graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning

graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Searching for apps/games/websites is as easy as the image above suggests. Brilliantly simple and powerful.

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"The 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 7:49 PM

Yesterday I posted the top choices from the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) on the best apps for 2014. Today they listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

As you review the websites you will find one or more standards that are addressed by the websites.

Although I know many of the websites, there are some that are new to me that I look forward to exploring. Below are several that I have used and really like, or are ones I have checked out and will be using in the future.

Are you looking for new tools and want ideas on how to use them as well as examples and links to learn more about the tool. Check out Remix-t, a site from the University of Notre Dame, that is chock full of great ideas and resources. Although this site is geared to college teachers the resources and examples will provide you with great ideas and you will be able to modify them for your classroom. You will find in under Content Resources.

Mixed Ink is a new site to me. It allows you to create a group of students who will write together. They may comment and evaluate the submissions and each students' writing will show up in a different color. This looks like  a great site, esp. for schools that are not using Google apps.

There are many more that I will be exploring. Do you have a favorite website? Share them in the comment section and let us know why it is a favorite of yours.

Murielle Godement's curator insight, July 3, 1:54 AM

Annuaire (partiel et) commenté par catégorie.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 3, 1:01 PM

the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

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Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
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Playing to a stereotype, or is a sea change at hand? Discussion starter.

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What Does the Future of Work Look Like? - The Future Workplace

What Does the Future of Work Look Like? - The Future Workplace | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I flew to NYC to film a video on the future of work with the folks over at Success Factors. The video was recently debuted at SAP’s Sapphire conference in Orlando. It explores a lot of the themes and ideas that I care about such as employee engagement, workplace flexibility, the …

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Tim Robinson's curator insight, July 6, 9:59 PM

 Interesting perspectives. Also, U.K. have just given employees the right to ask for flexible working hours and the right to expect a reasonable answer, whether affirmative or not.

Beatrice Sarni's curator insight, July 7, 3:37 AM

futurology...always fascinating!

Chaz's curator insight, July 7, 8:09 AM

The future workplace is almost here.

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The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever.

The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever. | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When I was in the classroom, I used the workshop model.  After students read silently every day, I asked that they write in their reading response journal for just five minutes.  They could choose ...
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Teachers: Equip Your Classroom for FREE

Teachers: Equip Your Classroom for FREE | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Do corporations make their employees pay for their own office supplies? Nope. Yet the average teacher spends up to $1,000 of his/her own money every ...
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Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.
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We all direct instruct sometimes. I do not apologize for it. That being the case, let us become the best at direct instruction that we can be. This article lists five salient points that will improve everyone's direct instruction game. 

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10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
By Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern Teachers are incorporating more and more projects into their curriculum, allowing for much greater levels of collaboration and responsibility…
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#2 is important!

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What Is Social Intelligence? Why Does It Matter?

What Is Social Intelligence?  Why Does It Matter? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Social intelligence is the key to career and life success. Do you have it?

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My experience is that EQ is at least as important as IQ for career success.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 3, 3:41 PM

Social intelligence is the key to career and life success. Do you have it?


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Keys to influence

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Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success

Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a major disconnect between what companies look for in their top performers and best leaders, and what students learn in school. Why don’t we better align these skill sets? For instance, among educators there is lots of talk these days about “grit”: the tenacity to focus on working toward a goal despite obstacles and... Read more »

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Tom Hood's curator insight, July 4, 8:54 AM

Having just finished our fifth class of Leadership Academy for our emerging CPA leaders, this article resonated  with me. While the notion of EQ as a critical leadership quality is on point, I think it must be in the context of how leadership is changing in this hyper-connected, rapidly changing world. When we asked our emerging leaders to compare and contrast leadership across the ages, they identified the common traits we all know - vision, communication, passion, and authority. Yet when looking at the current state, they added words like collaborative, transparent, more communication,.

 

These skills include the ability to engage and inspire followers to a shared vision and action. The other critical piece is to 'know themselves' in a way they can be that authentic leader with their own unique style rather than trying to fit some standard leadership model that forces them to change. We do this with Strengths-Finders and Values to help them become self-aware.

 

Thus I see the idea of EQ to include specific group dynamics, collaboration, listening, and making your thinking visible to others. These skills can be taught and developed and we are seeing emerging leaders  able to apply these as they grow into the kind of future leaders we will need.

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 1:51 PM

Absolutely...however, students need to have the "grit'" and tenacity to survive as well as to thrive in this world. Some, if not most, of us Boomers learned this during our lifetimes, most likely the "hard way," so to speak.

 

Just being able to focus in the digital world for younger people (mainly younger children) has to be a challenge in itself! While the digital age is perfect for them to learn as quickly as their brains are moving, somewhere there has to be a delicate "balance" to keep them grounded. 

 

Yes, we do need to align the skill sets needed to survive and become great leaders with what we're teaching young children. I predict an education overhaul in the very near future! 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 5, 12:28 PM

Bring the real life to the classroom to shorten the gab between the classroom and their future lives outside the classroom.

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The Outliner of Giants: A feature rich outline processor for students, researchers, writers, and project managers

The Outliner of Giants: A feature rich outline processor for students, researchers, writers, and project managers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Outliner of Giants is a feature rich Outline Processor designed to support the creation and management of large corpuses of information, such as those generated by students, researchers, writers and project managers.
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We use Google Docs. That being said, this resource looks promising.

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How Dysgraphia Affects Kids' Social Skills and Self-Esteem

How Dysgraphia Affects Kids' Social Skills and Self-Esteem | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Children with dysgraphia often face social challenges on top of their writing difficulties. Here are four common ways dysgraphia affects social skills.

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Geddit

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Response tool's clever content delivery supports students' confidence
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Geddit ... got it? Good!

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10 hottest education blogs from June

10 hottest education blogs from June | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are the top 10 SmartBlog on Education posts that have been making the rounds on Twitter this June via your colleagues' tweets, likes and shares: PREP
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Do Teachers Really Hate Common Core? From the Floor of ISTE 2014 (EdSurge News)

Do Teachers Really Hate Common Core? From the Floor of ISTE 2014 (EdSurge News) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
These days, the phrase “Common Core” brings up a whole mess of tightly-coupled issues. There are the written standards. Then there are questions around how those standards are implemented in classroom teaching. And finally, who can forget the testing? Or, more to the point, who can forget that the r
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A clear eyed, non-partisan, balanced piece. Wow! Nice to see this objectivity, though the article freely admits the data sources are not scientific. 

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