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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 Gooru's Top 10 of 2014 | Google Gooru

The Gooru's Top 10 of 2014 | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching 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 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, 2015 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.
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How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You

How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Here's How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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No one is going to give you your privacy back. Anyone who wants an iota of privacy has to work for it.

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, December 21, 2014 2:32 AM

As the author himself says at the end of the post, Google is so much a part of our lives that we really can't get away from it. I find things like the advice on controlling apps practical. The rest of it? Go figure.

PrivacyWise's curator insight, January 2, 2015 8:39 AM

Helpful guide for data deletion for all Google users

Chris Carter's comment, January 5, 2015 7:38 PM
Thank you for this scoop. Anyone who wants an iota of privacy has to work for it.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Guide to Blogging and Examples of Classroom Blogs

Free Technology for Teachers: A Guide to Blogging and Examples of Classroom Blogs | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"Embedded below you should see my 90 page guide to using Blogger. The guide covers everything from starting your first blog to privacy settings to editing your blog's layout. The guide also includes a glossary of terms frequently used in blogging.Click here to download the guide."

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Richard Byrne is simply one of the best resources for Ed Tech leads. This post, in particular, is full of actually exemplars of blogs used in the classroom. If you and your students blog, or you wish to explore this pedagogical tool, then please enjoy this piece.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 6, 2015 1:53 AM
Thank you for sharing, Dean. Richard Byrne puts up excellent content.
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The 5 Most Popular Educational Apps of 2014 -- THE Journal

The 5 Most Popular Educational Apps of 2014 -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
These are the five top-rated apps from Common Sense Graphite's "Best Ed Tech of 2014" list.
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Not my five, but a nice list none the less.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 5, 2015 6:55 PM
Thanks for rescooping, Jim. I curate to large part to support teaching professionals filter through the tsunami of articles, apps, and tools available. I found this article helpful in that regard.
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The Future of EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

The Future of EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Humanity is in the midst of one of the most transformative times in history. We are experiencing ever more rapid waves of technological innovation and disruptions. The speed of change has accelerated...
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Worth a read.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 26, 2014 7:31 AM

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 31, 2014 7:42 PM

The pace of change is not new to 2014/2015. Deep thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Alfred North Whitehead, and Jacques Ellul wrote about the pace and an inability to keep pace. Arendat suggested we may not have the language needed.

 

It is a challenge which may need new conversations and questions rather than dogmatic answers. The conversations have to include those closest to the action, teachers.

 

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Chris Carter's comment, January 20, 2015 10:13 PM
Thank you all for sharing the look ahead. If there is anything certain about the future, it is that the future will be a bit different than we expected.
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'Interactive Learning Spaces' at the center of Ball State U.'s faculty development program @insidehighered

'Interactive Learning Spaces' at the center of Ball State U.'s faculty development program @insidehighered | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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The most effective teaching is relational at heart. That means positive interactions.Not, "You are amazing simply because you breathe!" positive, but catching kids doing good, supporting excellence through quick and useful feedback, and correcting behavior that is destructive in a way that guides kids to take responsibility for their own improvement. Interactive learning spaces makes relational teaching easier than traditional classroom construction. For that I am thankful.

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12 big education challenges your LMS can solve | eSchool News | eSchool News

12 big education challenges your LMS can solve | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
There are a host (well, at least 12) challenges that I’ve identified that educators must first address before classroom models are flexible enough to expand both within and beyond classroom walls, and our solution for helping to solve them.
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Yes, LMSs answer more questions than they create. are rare thing indeed.

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Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world - YouTube

Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world - YouTube | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes—one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of “Mystery Classroom” was all...
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The world changed today. It will never be the same.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 17, 2014 7:00 PM
Evdokia, thank you for rescooping let other people know of this valuable article!
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Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future

Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The Top 10 Education Gamification Examples according to Pioneer and Stanford Lecturer Yu-kai Chou is 1. Duolingo 2. Ribbon Hero 3. Class Dojo 4....

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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"Accio broom!"

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 17, 2014 1:59 PM

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 23, 2014 9:10 AM

Here are 10 examples of gamification tools that could be used in your classroom. Most of these are K-8 examples but some can certainly be used in high school and college environments.

Dawid Bielski's curator insight, January 6, 2015 10:30 AM

Kolejny przykład na zmiane edukacji poprzez technologie :) 

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Top 5 Tricks You Did Not Know You could do with Piktochart - YouTube

Did you know that holding the SHIFT key performs some wonderful tricks on Piktochart? Do you know what are the shortcuts that can save you time on Piktochart...
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Simple and easy.

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Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
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It all starts with us, teachers.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Trading Cards for Fictional and Historical Characters

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Trading Cards for Fictional and Historical Characters | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Big Huge Labs offers a great selection of free tools for building digital products with your pictures. One of the tools that I like is theirTrading Card generator that allows you to create trading cards about people, places, and events both real and fictional. To create your card you simply upload a picture or import one from Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook then add some text details about the person featured in the card. I created one about my dog, Morrison.

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I will use this service for AP European History. Now, the trick is to gamify it. "I will see you 30 Years War and War of the Three Henrys, and raise you a Seven Years War and World War One!"

"Your Louis XIV beats my Henry VII?!?"

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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 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 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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Without mental maps, we’re lost

Without mental maps, we’re lost | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Elwood was a senior geographer working on the ground-floor of the very global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) he will throw up for discussion in his TEDx talk.

His question: Are we surrendering our innate mental map making abilities to technology and relying on and trusting it too much? And for TEDx audiences only, he’ll toss out ideas on ways to prevent that from happening.

 

Tags: mapping, GPS, cartography, TED, 201.


Via Seth Dixon
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I had the pleasure to participate in Dr. Judy Willis'
(neuroscientist/MS teacher) ( RADTeach.com) keynote address at 21st Century learning in Hong Kong last month, and was further blessed to interview her for my Ed Tech podcast. A point she made that has stuck with me is that graphic organizers/mental maps are like having a second brain. Why would we not take advantage of them?

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Jeff Cherry's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:08 AM

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Wyatt Fratnz's curator insight, March 18, 2015 8:08 PM

This text tells about a geographer who exaggerates today's modern dependency of Global Positioning Systems and Mapping, and the importance of still developing a mental map. It is important because lack of reliance of our mental maps leads to a primal fear and increasing instances of the feeling of being lost. The challenge is presented of how we stimulate technology in our mental maps. 

 

This article describes technological and mental process of mapping and how we should use it in our everyday lives. This is important because it gives humans a sense of direction and tells us how to keep it.

Carlee Allen's curator insight, March 26, 2015 6:20 PM

This is an article that explains and adds on to the fact that we Americans have begun too reliant on technology. Keith explains how kids now a days don't have a geographical sense and how it is really going to hurt them in the future.

 

I thought that this article was interesting, because it is a pretty controversial topic and very relatable.

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45 Fantastic Chrome Apps and Extensions!

45 Fantastic Chrome Apps and Extensions! | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
My absolute FAVORITE Google Chrome Apps and Extensions! As many of you may know, I am a confessed Chrome addict ! I even have a presentation to prove it:  Confessions of a Chrome Addict . I have...
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I made the switch to Chrome and have been happy for it.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 5, 2015 6:49 PM
Thank you Dean and Jim, for sharing this useful Chrome Apps piece. With so many sites, apps, and other Ed Tech tools available it is sometimes difficult to cut through the thrash. This article has great apps! Thanks again.
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Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning. But a recent study from A-GAMES, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, is significant because it looks at the way games impact the learning experience and the relationship [...]
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Play on!

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Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try

Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university. A pedagogical conundrum was raised by a colleague whose enthusiasm and question stayed with me and inspired me to write this post. The question posed by this colleague is relevant to all instructors who have ever used group work to assess their students: How should one deal with the issues that arise when members of a group are not picking up their share of the responsibilities during a group work project?
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Spot-on, practical advise to address the issue of kids allowing others to carry the load in group projects. Why reinvent the wheel? Ride the wheel that works.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 5, 2015 6:53 PM
Thank you, too, for sharing this one, Jim. I work with teachers who wrestle with the challenge of group work and equity. This article tackles the issue head on. My hope is that teachers will discover the power of well structured group work, thus being able to take advantage of its pedagogical power. As a profession, we have known through solid research the benefits that group work can provide. Perhaps a few more teachers will explore this alternative.
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Best Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2015

Best Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2015 | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
At CustomShow, we decided to list some alternatives to powerpoint that could help in solving your overall presentation software problems. These programs serve many purposes.
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I am a fan of image-based and info-graphic based presentations, as these avoid the issue of text and talk dissonance that confuses the brain. Haiku is wonderful in that it forces the creator to work within constraints in ways that lead to more powerful presentations. I would add to this list piktochart, or any infographic generator that has a built in presentation function. We have to visual the data. text and numbers alone only confuse and distract.

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13 Resources To Help You Teach Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal

13 Resources To Help You Teach Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
These Web sites and books can guide districts in developing a comprehensive acceptable use policy that will give students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.
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A good place to start if you need resources to begin to construct a digital literacy program.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 18, 2014 1:20 AM
Thank you for rescooping, Dean! I participated in a Skype call into a conference of learning professionals looking into how to integrate digital citizenship and digital literacy into the classroom. this post would have been in my toolbox has I known it at the time.
Chris Carter's comment, December 18, 2014 1:20 AM
Thank you for rescooping, Dean! I participated in a Skype call into a conference of learning professionals looking into how to integrate digital citizenship and digital literacy into the classroom. this post would have been in my toolbox has I known it at the time.
Chris Carter's comment, December 24, 2014 11:03 PM
Thank you for sharing, Bonnie. This issue of digital literacy and citizenship is vital. Too often we make the mistake of believing that kids know how to use digital resources effectively because of their exposure t tech at a young age. I believe kids are digital naives, not natives. These resources help address the issue. Again, thank yo for sharing.
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Free Textbooks

Free Textbooks | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Street-Smart Stats: A Friendly Introduction to Statistical Research Methods Math -- especially statistics -- CAN be fun and engaging. Statistics is an incredibly valuable tool and everyone should h...
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The beginning of something wonderful!

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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Useful idea builder for BYOD schools.

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Handwriting vs Typing - Reflecting on Finland's changing policy on cursive writing

Handwriting vs Typing - Reflecting on Finland's changing policy on cursive writing | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

The debate is no longer restricted to QWERTY vs Dvorak. What has changed most as a result of this change is that the makers of keyboards are aware that they must create systems that are easy to use. 

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Covers the issue nicely, concisely.

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Chris Carter's comment, December 14, 2014 9:46 PM
Thank you Suvi and Dean for spreading the good word. There is a good deal of smoke in the education community concerning this discussion. Some articles based on unscientific, deeply flawed studies have created a lot of buzz. What I see bubbling up through more rigorous studies is this common thread: When kids simply take dictation, either typing or handwriting, then their brains do not retain the information. It is all short-term memory. When kids redact, apply their own coding, modify the material, then the information is much more likely to be retained. At this point, kids are actually interacting with and engaging the content.
Anabel Gonzalez's curator insight, December 15, 2014 8:50 AM

Hmmm.  Call me old-fashioned but those handwriting skills are still needed.  Let's see how this pans out.  I guess only time will tell.

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Students don't know what's best for their own learning

Students don't know what's best for their own learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Universities and governments around the world rely on student evaluations to assess university teachers and degrees. Likewise, potential students check online ratings when deciding where to study. These…
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Student evals are linked to grades, not learning. Worried about grade inflation? Stop using student evaluations!

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