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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
Curated by Chris Carter
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Outcomes of game-based learning: Research roundup

Outcomes of game-based learning: Research roundup | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
2013 collection of academic scholarship on the popularity and effectiveness of game-based learning. (Want to know if games are good for learning? this research roundup concludes (drumroll) sometimes yes, sometimes no!
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Thank you for serious research!

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Chris Carter's comment, August 3, 2013 8:56 AM
I so appreciate crunchy research. When articles are gounded on more that gut feel or anecdotal experience I give them more weight.
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Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With Homer Launches On The iPad To Change How Kids Learn To Read | TechCrunch

Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With Homer Launches On The iPad To Change How Kids Learn To Read | TechCrunch | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. (Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With...
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Beautiful!

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InfoGraphics

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Blended Learning INFOGRAPHIC (Blended Learning INFOGRAPHIC http://t.co/tDBN9NbI0W #Manufacturing #Education #STEM #Technology #Classroom #EdChat)
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Worth a second look. Blended learning iterations.

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Crafting Minds In Minecraft – etsmagazine

Crafting Minds In Minecraft – etsmagazine | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The gap sensation can also be caused by a seismic generational shift and by a change in life circumstances (like having one's own children). Technology may produce growing distance between teachers and learners too and ...
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Excellent article on several levels.

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Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment - OnlineUniversities.com

Building the Ideal Skill Set for 21st Century Employment - OnlineUniversities.com | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Excellent article articulating what grads need in the working world, which sound suspiciously like the skills kids acquire in PBL and GBL!

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EdTechReview (beta) - Applications Android sur Google Play

EdTechReview (beta) - Applications Android sur Google Play | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Introducing the Android app for EdTechReview™ (www.edtechreview.in). Through this app we bring you the latest Global Education Technology News directly on to your Andr...
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Outstanding!

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Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal

Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
It's time to try out K-12 textbooks that won't gather dust on your classroom shelves. Here are the best sites for digital books that won't cost you a dime.
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Over 6,000 free textbooks!

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FCC Steps Up Efforts to Boost Schools’ Online Access

FCC Steps Up Efforts to Boost Schools’ Online Access | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The FCC is rewriting the E-rate program guidelines after more than 15 years to better suit the needs of today’s schools.
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Wait, how much was the bank bail out?

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Thank you, Lynnette!
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Positive Impact of Technology On Education - EdTechReview (ETR)

Positive Impact of Technology On Education - EdTechReview (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
From online learning to interactive whiteboards to social media, technology continues to reshape the college experience. See the technologies and innovations fostering the education of "digital generation".
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Beautiful infographic!

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How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool

How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When I arrived at Loyola Elementary School in the Silicon Valley area, I was met by Ellen Kraska, a Technology Integration Specialist who helps teachers in Los Altos bring all sorts of digital projects--movies, digital storytelling, music--into the...
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For cost-conscious, BYOD districts.

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Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing. | Think Tank | Big Think

Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing.  | Think Tank | Big Think | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As neuroscience, cognitive science, computer programming, and artificial intelligence progress, we’re understanding better and better how we learn.  (Project-based learning - "capitalizing on our brain’s unique capacity for curiosity, discovery,...
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True.

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A Detailed Visual Guide To Distributed Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

A Detailed Visual Guide To Distributed Project-Based Learning - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In an effort to help those teachers out, Katie and I found a fabulous new visual diagram that's all about which apps and tools go with the different parts of distributed project-based learning.

Via Beth Dichter
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Gets better with each look.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 1, 2013 8:00 AM

This infographic looks at Project Based Learning (PBL) and divides it into three main sections:

* Organize and co-ordinate work

* Build background knowledge & inspire

* Co-design *making*

The second and third areas are then decided to more clearly deliniate the areas each covers. The last final two sections provide more specific concepts of what it required and also one or more suggestions of tech tools that will assist the process. There are additional groupings as shown in the infographic above.

More and more teachers are engaging in some form of PBL and this visual may serve as a great base to help create a strong foundation and provide ideas of technology tools that might assist in the process.

JennaMRyan's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:04 PM

http://www.edudemic.com/a-detailed-visual-guide-to-distributed-project-based-learning/

 

I really like this resources because it shows where students are getting information for their projects.  The projects are learned through resources that are distributed across many different fields, websites, and search engines.  This allows students to engage in many different types of content curation sites.  Google and skype are a few examples of resources.  The visual is broken up into instant learning and coalitious segments showing how some sites are good for overlapping purposes.  This is an interesting view of PBL sources.

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Formative Assessment Infographic

Formative Assessment Infographic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I've had a great time preparing my formative assessment infographic to show ideas for assessment with and without the aide of technology. Do you have ideas for formative assessment? Please share in...
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Thank you, Pamela J.! Nice reminder and idea tree for formative assessments.

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Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
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Thank you, James, Felix, Pauline, and robinwb!
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Thank you, Allison and Diana!
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Ahead of iPad in education push, Apple activates pre-teen iTunes accounts for school purposes

Ahead of iPad in education push, Apple activates pre-teen iTunes accounts for school purposes | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As part of its new iPad in education initiative, Apple on Thursday revised the iTunes Store's terms and conditions to allow children under the age of 13 to open and manage their own accounts, as long as the Apple ID was requested by an "approved educational...
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iTunes U, here we come!

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Smart Technology May Help Kids With Autism Learn, Communicate

Smart Technology May Help Kids With Autism Learn, Communicate | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Study found apps on iPad, iPod made it easier for them to concentrate, show what they know (Great article about how the #iPad helps in the #education of Autistic children: http://t.co/VJEMmDBiOU ...
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Yes! Keep these coming!

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Chris Carter's comment, August 2, 2013 11:29 PM
Thank you, Heather!
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High Tech High philosophy encourages project-based learning

High Tech High philosophy encourages project-based learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What started as a single San Diego charter school has become a growing network of K-12, graduate, and professional development programs.
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If I return to the US, I apply here.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 08/02/2013

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 08/02/2013 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 08/02/2013 http://t.co/FUKMeuY0pV via @coolcatteacher
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Always worth a look.

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Project-Based Learning: How Students Learn Teamwork, Critical Thinking And Communication Skills

Project-Based Learning: How Students Learn Teamwork, Critical Thinking And Communication Skills | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What is project-based learning?PBL is a new learning approach which places greater emphasis on targeting the learning of complex experiences, geared to a specific goal or objective, in place of the traditional academic approach strongly...
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Cool.

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Chris Carter's comment, August 3, 2013 8:57 AM
Thank you, Dina!
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Thank you, Ms. Smith!
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Thanks, Bruno!
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Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Seven Spaces of Education Technology
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Beautiful, thought-provoking 15 minutes. Physical and digital environment becoming one.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 2, 2013 7:55 PM

Well worth watching and reflecting upon. Some of the 'spaces' outlined have been incorporated into the learning commons of the new Radford College senior school.

Chris Carter's comment, August 2, 2013 8:01 PM
Thank you, Allan! I am happy to hear the news concerning Radford College senior school. Is this the Radford College at College Street Bruce ACT Australia 2617?
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Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology in Education is not a trend, it's a MUST!
#googleplus #edtech #education http://t.co/Or2NndtrO7
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ETML deserves plaudits!

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Close Reading: Essential for Deep Learning

Close Reading: Essential for Deep Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

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Our Humanities program thrives on close reading. The students synthesize, analyze, and, with a writing prompt, evaluate their texts.

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Quincy Jones Launches Music Education Software 'Playground Sessions'

Quincy Jones Launches Music Education Software 'Playground Sessions' | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Education technology meets the arts as Playground Sessions uses a Rosetta Stone style approach to music education. (Quincy Jones Launches Music Education Software ‘Playground Sessions’: According to Brittney M.
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Hey, Quincy Jones.

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Jim Gratner's curator insight, August 7, 2013 9:33 PM

Need to check it out of course, but my instinct says I want this badly.

Chris Carter's comment, August 7, 2013 9:41 PM
I hear you, Jim. My Fine Arts peeps are excited to explore this one!
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Intro to Animals and Functions

Introduction/Anticipatory Set/Driving Question to teaching First Grade Science Standards: 1. Identify and compare the physical structures ofa variety of anim...
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Brilliant example of a driving question further enhanced with video tech.

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many na
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iPadders of the world, explore!

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Chris Carter's comment, August 3, 2013 8:56 AM
Thank you, Mariam!
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You are very welcome, Ibligen!
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Thanks to Chris Carter

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Technology Brings New Accuracy to Academics

Technology Brings New Accuracy to Academics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Advances in testing are giving educators new opportunities to personalize their teaching to meet the specific needs of students. (This week's blog shows that good directions are vital both in driving and education.
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Intelligent use of tech in assessment.

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