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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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Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration

Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
At New Tech Network, the Critical Friends protocol is an opportunity for colleagues to engage in honest conversations about teaching and learning. Learn more.
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Until we are ready to hear that we can improve, we will not improve.
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How Online Education Can Save You Money Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How Online Education Can Save You Money Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The How Online Universities Can Save You Money Infographic presents how an online education could be best for your time and your finances.
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Yet, until the relational aspect is solved, spending less money to not complete a degree does no good.
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English Learning Websites

English Learning Websites | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
collection ,English websites,Linguistics, ESL, Conversations, TOEFL, Literature, Technology - Science, Forums, Radio, Other Learning Sites, Dictionary
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Easily Create eBooks with These 3 Powerful Apps - Guest Post from Nik Chatzopoulos - EdTechTeacher

Easily Create eBooks with These 3 Powerful Apps - Guest Post from Nik Chatzopoulos - EdTechTeacher | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
StoryKit, Book Writer, and Book Creator are great apps to create eBooks. Nik Chatzopoulos offers great suggestions for using them with students.

Via Cindy Rudy
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Readlists is also useful in building course readers

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Chris Carter's comment, January 16, 3:07 AM
Thanks for sharing, Dean. As we move more into elearning environments the need to create and publish e-books will only increase.
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Colleges rush to create cybersecurity soldiers

Colleges rush to create cybersecurity soldiers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Target. Home Depot. Sony Pictures.

The now infamous computer hacks infuriated consumers who had personal information compromised and Hollywood honchos who had embarrassing emails made public.

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The digital sum of all fears.

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Maximizing the Working Memory in eLearning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Maximizing the Working Memory in eLearning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Maximizing the Working Memory in eLearning Infographic shows how to design eLearning experiences to maximize the working memory for effective learning.
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Love it!

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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We are already there!

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 15, 9:39 AM

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 7:40 PM
We (Concordia International School Shanghai) are creating a Learning Commons for next fall that will be an amazing learning environment. Genius Bar, Coffee Bar, Maker Space, Quiet Rooms, writable walls, light jazz ... Please apply to this school if you want to be a part of something unprecedented, and you wish to live in Shanghai. Or just visit! The doors are open here. We know that in the sharing of experience and ideas good and great things happen.
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Student Tech Teams 101: A Toolkit for Educators

Student Tech Teams 101: A Toolkit for Educators | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Over the past year and a half I've consulted with educators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, and IT professionals from all over the country (and my friend Matt Robinson who re...
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Talk about authentic assessment. 

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 15, 9:40 AM

Our disengaged kids will learn when we quit lecturing at them an boring them to death. 

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 7:32 PM
Thank you for sharing, everyone! We are working with students right now to launch a similar endeavor right now. We are also crating a Learning Commons for next fall that will be an amazing learning environment. Genius Bar, Coffee Bar, Maker Space, Quiet Room, writable walls, light jazz ... Please apply to this school if you want to be a part of something unprecedented, and you wish to live in Shanghai.
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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 Challenges of Digital Leadership

The Challenges of Digital Leadership | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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7 EdTech Instruments To Develop Your Students Writing Skills - Instructional Tech Talk

7 EdTech Instruments To Develop Your Students Writing Skills - Instructional Tech Talk | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Websites, apps, interactive whiteboards, systems and devices… teaching students the art of writing in the 21st century is vastly different today than just a few years ago.
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Instructional Presentation Is Just As Important As Instructional Design

Instructional Presentation Is Just As Important As Instructional Design | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Instructional Presentation
If you’re an instructional designer, you may think your design work is the most important. Seems logical because without good content the course probably won’t be that good.
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Good point, and often poorly executed.
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3 Steps You Must Take When an Employee Goes Rogue | The Gooru

3 Steps You Must Take When an Employee Goes Rogue | The Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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An unfortunate necessity. 

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Social Media and the Cost of Caring

Social Media and the Cost of Caring | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others' lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.
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Fascinating!

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Stop Sending Emails, and Other Tips for Building Positive Relationships in Schools

Stop Sending Emails, and Other Tips for Building Positive Relationships in Schools | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
It's easy for teachers to find themselves isolated in the classroom. Paul Barnwell has some strategies for getting more involved in the school community and forging connections between colleagues.
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This article had my interest at "Stop sending emails..." It maintained my interest throughout. All effective teaching begins with relationships. We must touch the heart before we will ever be invited to interact with the mind.
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How BrainPop is Breaking Global EdTech Barriers

How BrainPop is Breaking Global EdTech Barriers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
BrainPop provides educational resources with different BrainPop games, BrainPop videos, lesson plans, research and BrainPop apps all in one website.

Via Becky Roehrs
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My middle school aged daughter loves BrainPop, and so do I.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 13, 8:25 PM

Great tool but it's so expensive.

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 7:35 PM
Thank you, everyone, for sharing this resource. Our school makes great use of BrainPop. I find the banter to be both entertaining and engaging. My daughter learns through BrainPop, and that is a good thing.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Video - How to Create Custom Columns on Padlet Walls

Free Technology for Teachers: Video - How to Create Custom Columns on Padlet Walls | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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I use and appreciate Padlet.

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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

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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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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.