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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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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning - MindShift (blog)

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning - MindShift (blog) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
MindShift (blog) Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning MindShift (blog) A grave miscalculation exists in the minds of many educators: That inquiry-based learning, project based learning, and 21st century competencies can...
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The profound importance of starting with the right questions.

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Fishtree Education's comment, September 12, 2013 9:08 AM
Hi Chris, thanks for sharing great articles! Always interesting to check your scoops.
Chris Carter's comment, September 12, 2013 8:13 PM
You a kind, and motivating! I wish to share, to support fellow teachers and tech coaches in our mutual pursuit of being more efficient and effective in instruction and lifelong learning.
Fishtree Education's comment, September 13, 2013 7:38 AM
What a great mission! Agree, learning comes in collaboration and discussion, and only by helping each other we can find the best ways to adapt to fast changing environment. At Fishtree, we share the same values, we believe that collaboration is the key for life-long learning, especially among teachers, students and parents. Thanks for inspiration, Chris! Keep on sharing great articles, and I hope you have a nice Friday.
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Technology in Education: How About Air Conditioning?

Technology in Education: How About Air Conditioning? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology in Education: How About Air Conditioning? http://t.co/rmEABWAidp
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Gut check.

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Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism -- THE Journal

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism.
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11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher

11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher

Via Skip Zalneraitis
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"4. Common sense isn't common."

Truth spoken with love.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:33 AM

Interesting. Thanks to Skip Zalneraitis.

Chris Carter's comment, September 11, 2013 10:37 AM
Definitely. Highly readable and informative.
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Education World: Five Reasons Why Writing with Technology Matters

Education World: Five Reasons Why Writing with Technology Matters | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Tech-infused language arts instruction allows for collaboration and critical thinking that wouldn't be possible otherwise. A school shares its story.
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Process is essential!

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Classroom Observation | Lesson Observation | Teacher Professional Development - IRIS Connect

Classroom Observation | Lesson Observation | Teacher Professional Development - IRIS Connect | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
IRIS connect delivers effective school improvement through teacher led CPD, lesson observations and communities of practice by using the latest web based video technology.
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Powerful use of tech for reflection

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How To Build a Student and Tech-Centric Classroom

How To Build a Student and Tech-Centric Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As technology continues to evolve, the education sector must cope with it. Teachers must continue to learn and adapt to the changes, to create a curriculum fit for the next generation.
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Poorly worded title. Flipped does require tech.

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14 Mac Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Your Computer

14 Mac Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Your Computer | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
These life-changing shortcuts are RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.
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Seconds add up. Several tips are useful.

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Why Games Will Be More Successful in Education than Radio, TV, or MOOCs (#GBL)

Why Games Will Be More Successful in Education than Radio, TV, or MOOCs (#GBL) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
by Justin Marquis Ph.D., OnlineUniversities.com Radio, TV, computers, video games, the Internet, and MOOCs. As major technological innovations have occurred throughout our history they have been re...
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Education experts urge technology use during classroom lessons - Arab News

Education experts urge technology use during classroom lessons - Arab News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Education experts urge technology use during classroom lessons Arab News MIND IT: Technology is used to promote the development of thinking skills among students, says Mukhtar Khan, executive director of the World Center for Education and Training,...
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Not just for NA & Europe.
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ATTO: Assistive Technology Basics

ATTO: Assistive Technology Basics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
These AT Basic modules provide general AT information on a variety of related uses for elementary students with disabilities. They include links to tutorials on the setup and use of several products as well as links to related resources.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Yasemin Allsop
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Yasemin Allsop does it again! Great source!

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University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university

University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. (FINALLY, Technology disrupting education.
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Meritocracy or mediocracy?

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How Coffee Makes Your Brain Work Better « Annie Murphy Paul

How Coffee Makes Your Brain Work Better « Annie Murphy Paul | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Skip Zalneraitis
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!00% brewed self-interest.

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4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How do you actually ensure students learn while creating and exploring? Here are four different tips from Shawn McCusker that should keep learning rolling along.

Via Beth Dichter, Yasemin Allsop
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Yasemin Allsop does IT again!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:39 PM

As we move to the Common Core and we look at the Depth of Knowledge that will be required for our students it is clear that the need for our students to create is critical. This post starts with the following sentence:

"When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured and efficient in getting the class to a set finish point."

After presenting "the exploding volcano project" the post turns to four strategies. The short hand version is below. Click through to the post for additional information.

1. Start with your specific learning objective.

2. The idea to be expressed comes before the tool used to express it.

3. Make asking "How will this show mastery of the learning objective?" your classroom mantra.

4. Engage in evaluating the PROCESS of creation and not just grading the finished project.

There is also an example a learning objective and a project that one student submitted.

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, September 12, 2013 11:42 AM

Thanks.  Great resource.

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Badges and the Common Core

Badges and the Common Core | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When today's K-12 students enter college and embark in their careers, they will most likely encounter a wide array of game-like elements, such as badge systems.
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The synergy is clear: Common Core-dashboard-badges.

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My Turn: Technology is a means, not an end

My Turn: Technology is a means, not an end | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Last month President Obama laid out an ambitious plan to transform the federal government’s relationship with higher education.
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True, understood, but worth repeating.

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Knowledge in Action: "AP+" Project: Research on a Project-Based Learning Approach to AP

Knowledge in Action: "AP+" Project: Research on a Project-Based Learning Approach to AP | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Knowledge in Action: "AP+" Project: Research on a Project-Based Learning Approach to AP (Watch the research: Learn how project-based learning works in AP classes: http://t.co/P4gsXEButL #pbl #edchat...
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Brilliant video!

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Zaption: Making video interactive

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I am excited. This tool appears to truly make videos interactive in new and interesting ways!

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Education Technology Trends and Statistics 2013 [Infographic]

Education Technology Trends and Statistics 2013 [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
edtrends:
“ “ Information and statistics regarding education technology trends in 2013. ”
• 93% of students who own phones, use them to send text messages.
• 89% of colleges surveyed send text message...
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Useful infographic

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Flipped Classroom Design Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout

Flipped Classroom Design Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Flipped Classroom Online Course for professional development.
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Great focus.

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Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

86% of online adults have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations when using the internet. Despite precautions, 21% have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.
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What do people have to hide? Their privacy!

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Udacity teams up with Google, AT&T and other tech giants for Open Education ... - GigaOM

Udacity teams up with Google, AT&T and other tech giants for Open Education ... - GigaOM | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Udacity teams up with Google, AT&T and other tech giants for Open Education ...
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“The key to innovation ... is fast iteration”
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Let's Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Let's Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In the simple reframing from technology to empowerment of people, I believe there’s something everyone one of us -- whether designer, programmer, entrepreneur, investor, teacher, student, parent, or child -- can learn from Red.
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Worth remembering.

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Digital technology makes students better creative writers (sometimes), study says

Digital technology makes students better creative writers (sometimes), study says | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here's the catch, new research from Pew Internet Research shows that American middle and high school teachers think technology is helping kids with creative writing, but they're also more likely to...
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Pew is outstanding.
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Chris Carter's comment, September 10, 2013 8:19 AM
Thank you, Charles.
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20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship

20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship (Manners matter!
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How can 20 rules be basic?

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Chris Carter's comment, September 10, 2013 8:19 AM
Thank you, WikiRendum
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Thank you, WikiRendum