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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 Holy Trinity of Effective eLearning: Usability, Utility and Desirability

The Holy Trinity of Effective eLearning: Usability, Utility and Desirability | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Usability, along with utility and desirability, unlocks the key to effective eLearning content. By following these three essential principles, course

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Simple, profound tech truths.

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PARANDEKAR: Adapting Education to Technology

I was procrastinating on the Internet the other day and found a list of things that are now considered outdated in elementary school classrooms. The first item on the list was chalkboards, which ma...
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His last point is the most profound.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential. (Fascinating article on new teaching methods!
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Fascinating!

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For These Schools, Adding Arts to STEM Boosts Curriculum -- THE Journal

For These Schools, Adding Arts to STEM Boosts Curriculum -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Adding the arts to a STEM curriculum engages students who might otherwise have been left behind
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STEAM

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Sailing into knowledge: Learning is a breeze for Our Sisters' School students | SouthCoastToday.com

Sailing into knowledge: Learning is a breeze for Our Sisters' School students | SouthCoastToday.com | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
NEW BEDFORD — Not everyone gets to learn the concepts of basic geometry by using a boat tiller. But a lucky young group of girls has been doing just that.
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Tech comes in all shapes and sizes.
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What eLearners Want: Key Factors of Instructional Design

What eLearners Want: Key Factors of Instructional Design | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
You can't always tell what elearners think when it comes to instructional design. Find out what eLearners really want.

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Worth considering if you are developing ePD

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Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to ‘Jump the Curve’

Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to ‘Jump the Curve’ | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
  via Wired It may not be “The Winds of War.” It may not even be as exciting as “Sharknado,” but I would argue that the role of ed tech in Education 3.0 is far more important than anything Hollywood has produced (and definitely more valuable than...

Via Thomas Faltin
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Nice starting point for the uninitiated,

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Aldo de A. Barreto's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:40 AM

The role of ed tech in Education 3.0 is far more important than anything Hollywood has produced and definitely more valuable 

James simms's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:21 AM

Great article on the new focus of education - if you haven't got Education 2.0 nailed then can you jump to Ed 3.0? Revolution or evolution????

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What it Takes to Make a Hesitant Teacher Use Technology? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What it Takes to Make a Hesitant Teacher Use Technology? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Many educational institutes have teachers who are hesitant and resistant to adopt new technologies. Let’s learn about how can we make hesitant teachers use technology.
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Ongoing PD is a key.

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Nadia Fonseca's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:11 PM

"Dejemos lo tradicional atras, pongamonos tecnologicos , di no a la resistencia. : P"

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Will Technology Make Us All Jobless?

Will Technology Make Us All Jobless? | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
According to a recent study at Oxford University, nearly half of U.S. jobs are at risk of computerization. 45% of America’s occupations will be automated away over the next two decades. That sounds scary, and my bet is that it proves to be true.
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It is called "creative destruction" for a reason. I though most future job were not invented yet?

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All About Data

All About Data | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Girls' Education: Why It Matters - infographic 1/2 Two infographics from technology provider Intel's girls and women project show the impacts of education for girls on their future wages, family health and surrounding poverty levels.
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Positive impact of educating young ladies, and cost of not doing so.

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Robyn DeAbreu's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:52 PM

This relates to Half the Sky because this is the main solution the authors talked about to end gender inequality. This is a great visual to show that education really does make a difference in girl's lives as well as in the lives of people around the world. 

Jacob Cooney's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:00 PM

This drew my attention because it relates to HTS by showing various statistics and facts about what happens when more women are educated.

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Technology in Education Basic Theories & Framewor...

Technology in Education Basic Theories & Framewor... | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Find the right structure and content for your course and set up a syllabus (I just published a new mind map on MindMeister: Technology in Education Basic Theories & Frameworks http://t.co/HOjc1Ysgec)...
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Enjoy this post on several levels

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:28 PM

Theories and frameworks are important in setting context and explaining to staff the importance of pedagogical change.

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Simulation Complex: Into the Military's Love of Video Games - Defense One

Simulation Complex: Into the Military's Love of Video Games - Defense One | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Simulation Complex: Into the Military's Love of Video Games Defense One We can see evidence of the former in microwave ovens and semiconductors, GPS and jet engines; there's evidence of the latter in wide-scale standardized testing, distance...
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Exploring ethical dilemmas.

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Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future

Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Coursera's co-founder, Andrew Ng, argues that most college-level classes don't need to run 12 weeks. In many cases, shorter is better.
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Just-In-Time Ed?

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Tales of a MOOC Dropout | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Tales of a MOOC Dropout | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Nuggets to be mined.

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You are quite welcome. I appreciated his candor and concise descriptions of the key differences of two courses that might appear very similar on a web blurb.
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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on Solving America’s Innovation Crisis

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on Solving America’s Innovation Crisis | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The skills needed to be successful today are rapidly evolving, which is why education has never been more important—especially for those in the technology industry, where I'm lucky enough to work.
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Illuminating.

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Wonderful Charts Featuring Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Wonderful Charts Featuring Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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ETML does it again!

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- 9 Challenges of Project-Based Learning

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
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A worthy read that saves class time.

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Chris Carter's comment, October 17, 2013 7:52 AM
Sure thing, John. I believe that we should being ways of being more efficient and effective as teachers to the forefront. This article does just that.
JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:26 PM

Although Terry Freedman is an advocate for project-baesed learning, he stresses he is not unaware of its challenges.  The following are the nine challenges he lists in his article and a brief description of each:

1. Coming up with a rich problem- Teachers need to come up with a "rich" problem that has many potential dimensions.  Essesntially, he says the problem needs to be open-ended causing students to think, and it should not be something they can look up in two minutes.

2. Monitoring who is doing what- First, teachers need to be careful to ensure everyone has the same opportutieites to devleop the same skill.  Second, teachers need to be careful not to let some students get away with doing very little.

3. Assessing Accurately- Be careful not to give five people involved in the project the same grade automatically.  Teachers should consider monitoring who do what and keeping record, having kids log themselves, and talk to students invidudually to maek sure everyone pulled their own weight.

4. Monitoring Progress- Ensure each student is improving.

5. Providing catch up opportunities- Consider telling individual students what their role will be on upcoming projects if you see they have not been involved in a certain area of the project.

6. Ensuring no time is wasted at the start of the lesson- Make sure that during work time, the students already know and understand the game plan.  They should end every lesson time with a block of planning time so they can be more productive during their next working time.

7. Ensuring Quality Learning- Peer-learning only goes so far as the peer pairs know what they are doing.  Teachers need to establish class experts and set up their classrooms with resources for students to utilize.

8. Ensuring nobody waits too long for assistance- Making yourself available for student questions is crutial in PBL.  Make sure the to limit "wait" time.

9. Not minding an air of organised chaos- Since we expect kids will really get into this project, be aware your classroom will be a bit noisy and students will be out of thier seats.

 

I think these are really helpful insights.  PBL is not all fun and games.  Children actively learning will sounds like organized chaos.  You want the wandering around the room purposefully asking eachother questions and finding resources to get answers.  Keeping track of student time is really emphasized in this article and it gave me some good things to think about.  I hope to establish a culture of collaborative learning in my classroom.  I want students to ask three before me and try to find the answer on their own rather than running straight to me.  I want to make sure I use my teaching time in the best possible way, so I understand from this article that the majority of my planning and preparation has to happen before the kids start the projects or else they'll be asking "What are we supposed to do?" constantly.  I grew deeper understanding for a more realistic PBL expereince by reading this article.

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Why Teachers Need to Be Great Storytellers

Why Teachers Need to Be Great Storytellers | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The New Tech Network includes more than 100 schools in diverse settings that put project-based learning at the center of instruction.
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Life is built on relationships.

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Chris Carter's comment, October 16, 2013 7:57 AM
My pleasure, John. Storytelling is how we've transmitted information for longer than we've been writing things down.
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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms - KQED (blog)

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms - KQED (blog) | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
KQED (blog) Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms KQED (blog) What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly...
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I only question how HW is used.

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Singapore school engages students with game-based learning - FutureGov Magazine

Singapore school engages students with game-based learning - FutureGov Magazine | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Singapore school engages students with game-based learning FutureGov Magazine Canberra Primary School (about 2000 students) in Singapore has revamped its virtual learning environment, applying game-based learning and providing an experiential...
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Students Need Great Teachers—Not Just the Latest Tech - The Experts - WSJ

Students Need Great Teachers—Not Just the Latest Tech - The Experts - WSJ | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
There are intriguing technological innovations I would love to see in every classroom in America.
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Economist article cites similar research.

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6 Apps & Tools For Learning About Shakespeare

6 Apps & Tools For Learning About Shakespeare | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The Bard can be daunting for most students, not to mention for many teachers teaching his works in the classroom.

Via Skip Zalneraitis
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It's all Greek to me.

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Mastering Maths Through Game-Based Learning: Apps and Resources for Secondary School Students

Mastering Maths Through Game-Based Learning: Apps and Resources for Secondary School Students | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The more teenagers practice maths, the faster their maths skills will improve.  But it can be difficult to get maths-phobic students to practice outside of school or homework assignments. Learning ...
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Maths should be fun.

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Teacher's Simple Guide to Creating an Effective Classroom Website ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Simple Guide to Creating an Effective Classroom Website ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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Outstanding resource

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Ghosts in the Machines « Der Feuilletonist

RT @symphily: Superb analysis of technology, #education policy, and neoliberalism => http://t.co/E36yST1kZl [ #loveHE #edstudies #sociology…
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I dare you.

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