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Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Researchers in the fairly new field of music neuroscience are finding that kids who learn to play a musical instrument also develop important skills related to literacy, math and mental focus.

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Great opportunity to read/re-read Musicophilia.

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Rhana Kozak's curator insight, July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

Practicing a skill or an artform longterm maybe at the heart of happiness and success.

Luopo's curator insight, July 26, 2014 2:23 AM

The impact of music and cognitive ability

Karolyn van Putten's curator insight, July 26, 2014 11:50 AM

Although there isn't much research yet, what exists has been steadily increasing since 2000.  Time to pay attention...

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Bloom (Krathwohl and Anderson) and Web 2.0

Bloom (Krathwohl and Anderson) and Web 2.0 | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
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Karen E Smith's comment, May 6, 2013 8:01 AM
Interesting responses, gentlemen. My own thoughts on this are that Scoop.it or other curation programs fit on different levels for different people. Like the first few months I used Twitter it was for an entirely different purpose than when I got hooked on Twitter. When I began using it for remembering and creating, with all the other pieces somewhere in the back of my mind, then I found it useful and it became part of my need-this list.
Joaquim Nogué II*II's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:29 AM

Una interessant pirmàmide tecnològica que ens ha de fer pensar en la importància d'aquestes i les possibilitats que ens ofereixen en el nostre dia a dia.

Rebecca Cahill's curator insight, July 23, 2014 11:01 AM

Bloom's Taxonomy and technology in the classroom.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 2, 5:17 AM

... so much to learn about and to tryout...

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 2, 5:19 PM

#STEM #Projects #Guide

Larry Heuser's curator insight, Today, 9:48 AM

Help your child gain an interest in the latest technology that could lead to a well paying job. Many opportunities exist even without a college education. 

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) -

74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) - | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
  Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.
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Free online mindmaps tool

Free online mindmaps tool | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it

Mindmaps is an HTML5 based mind mapping app. It lets you create neat looking mind maps in the browser.


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weknow's curator insight, June 24, 11:17 AM

Mindmaps sacó una versión online gratuita. 

Armando's curator insight, June 25, 6:08 AM

Free online mindmaps tool

Doug Joubert's curator insight, July 1, 9:20 AM
Though I have been told this works on the iPad, my attempts have been for naught.
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DIVII DIC: English video dictionary app for TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC

DIVII DIC: English video dictionary app for TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Dictionary meanings are not clear?
Don't worry! Watch unlimited video examples and also search meanings by tapping the text in subtitles!

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Gabriela's curator insight, June 23, 10:21 AM
Diccionario de Inglés en Video Situaciones de la vida real con Ejemplos Ilimitados en Video Su solución “todo en uno” para escuchar, hablar y desarrollar sólidamente el vocabulario.
Carolyn Quarterman's curator insight, June 24, 3:15 PM

Can search for a term in online video clips to see examples. Of course, beware of some that may not be appropriate! Could be a good resource for teachers to look up video examples of terms.

Imelda Elliott's curator insight, June 27, 4:31 AM

Very interesting for language learners

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10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer

10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
You've reached the time of year that EVERY teacher dreams of from the first day of school: summer break. Now, as you pack your bags and head for that

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Some Excellent Android Apps for Learning English Grammar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some Excellent Android Apps for Learning English Grammar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
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Document Writer - Word Processor and Reader for Microsoft Office app review

Document Writer - Word Processor and Reader for Microsoft Office app review | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Look no further if you have been searching for a document editing and management suite for your handheld device because Document Writer has arrived. For both your iPad and iPhone, Document Writer empowers you to do a lot from your handheld device.
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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.

 

Learning Objectives:

Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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I am using this and enjoy it.

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Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:12 PM
Can't wait to try this?
Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:03 PM

Augmented Reality will impact on education in the future If not already. Get on board and explore the possibilities.  Very exciting.  Can be tough at first but worth pushing through the pain.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 12:11 PM

Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now - Edutopia

Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now - Edutopia | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it

"Code.org sums up the situation nicely:

"Computer science drives innovation in the U.S. economy and society. Despite growing demand for jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the U.S. K-12 education system."

There are many reasons for this. As you well know, teachers are already stretched pretty thin, and often it seems like there's just no bandwidth to add something new to a very full schedule. Additionally, some schools have few or no computers and/or tablets for classroom use.

But the earlier we introduce children to coding, the more comfortable they will be when presented with more in-depth learning opportunities in middle and high school. Also, early exposure to coding helps teach children how important it is to understand computers as the valuable tools they are rather than merely fun playthings."


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20 Must-have iPad Apps for Student Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Must-have iPad Apps for Student Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it

Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students.

So how do you get there? Here are some tips that can help you get creative in the classroom in a variety of ways.


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The Future Shapers's curator insight, February 25, 3:16 AM

If we teachers themselves don't use creativity how will we inspire and develop creativity in children. Our future leaders and employees need to be able to innovate, if they can't? Find out how The Future Shapers 'Enable' leaders to drive innovation...

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, March 6, 3:14 AM

 

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Trying these!

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Whether you want to have students turn in homework via an online form or simply take a quiz or test, online quiz tools are critical to having a connected classroom. Most tools are free, all are robust, and they’re quite easy to use. What could be better than that? You can use any of these below tools to get feedback from parents, students, colleagues, and more.

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, July 2, 2:13 PM

7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/6ce55N

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 2, 2:20 PM

These are very handy for formative assessment. They are let you get your results in a hurry. 

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Europeans and the Internet: 18% of Europeans have never used

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/digital-agenda-scoreboard EU citizens and businesses are going online more and more; they are also shopping online more...

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Getting more out of your iPad or iPhone and your printer with your Mac - iMore

Getting more out of your iPad or iPhone and your printer with your Mac - iMore | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
This week's Mac Help column doesn't describe a problem with the Mac, specifically, though the Mac is integral to its solution. It involves a new iPad, an existing Mac, and printer support.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Apps & Sites for Creative Writing Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Apps & Sites for Creative Writing Projects | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
10 Good Apps & Sites for Creative Writing Projects http://t.co/m9ozSTZM2D #ipaded #flipclass #byod #ipadchat #edtech

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A great list for getting the creative juices flowing.

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The Best Teacher Apps for Learning Speed Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Google Glass: Is it Giving Way to Google Pants?

Google Glass: Is it Giving Way to Google Pants? | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
At the recent Google I/O Conference, the giant announced and demoed Project Jacquard, which involves seamlessly weaving wearables into everyday fabrics.
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Reading and writing might become and everyday fabric.

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5 apps to improve literacy | Devex

5 apps to improve literacy | Devex | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it

 

A mobile game called “Worm Attack!” teaches players to rid themselves and their communities from infestation with intestinal worms, a problem that affects 600 million school-age children worldwide. The USAID-supported Half the Sky movement developed this game in hopes that the problem can be addressed and children will stay in school and have higher rates of literacy. Photo by: Ed Owles / Worldview / U.S. Agency for International Development / CC BY-NC

 

Mobile phones are without a doubt a game changer in global development, facilitating the delivery of basic services such as education.

At its recently concluded meeting in Paris, members of the U.N. Broadband Commission for Digital Development suggested that mobile devices and related apps, coupled with connectivity, have the potential to help realize education for all.

“For the first time in history, mobile broadband gives us the chance to truly bring education to all, regardless of a person’s geographical location, linguistic and cultural frameworks, or ready access to infrastructure like schools and transport,” International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said during the meeting, one of the featured events of UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week, Feb. 23-27.

See more stories from #YouthWill Embrace Learning:

● #YouthWill launches to recognize global development leaders
● How #YouthWill affect change: Voices from the Youth Assembly
● 3 ways to improve education worldwide
● I want to make it, I want to go to high school
● How soccer saved me
● The world is connected, but some still wait for a plug
● MOOCs to the rescue?
● Microsoft: Technology is a critical enabler for youth

Indeed, myriad learning apps are now available, with some in local languages. Here are just a few examples:

LearnEnglish
Developer: British Council
Available for Android, Apple and Windows devices

This is a suite of apps that enable users to learn and improve grammar skills, both in British and American English, and widen their vocabulary.

MoToLi Library
Developer: Education for Development
Available for Android devices and Windows, Apple and Linux computers

MoToLi Library is part of suite of applications designed to teach reading in native languages. The open-source app allows writers to develop storybooks suited for early grade reading and schools to build a digital library where users can store and print books on demand.

Shabdon ka Khazana
Developer: Sesame Workshop India
Available for Android devices

Catered to children in India, this digital word game features the revered Sesame Street character Elmo on a treasure hunt. It teaches players beginning and ending sounds, rhyming words, reading skills and problem solving.

Ustad Mobile
Developer: Ustad Mobile
Available for most devices

Ustad Mobile is an open-source learning platform that allows users to create content to improve literacy and facilitate skills training. In Afghanistan, where girls were banned from attending school during the Taliban rule, the United Nations has used Ustad Mobile to help 150 female police officers from 11 Afghan provinces read and write.

Worldreader Mobile
Developer: Worldreader
Available for Android and Windows devices as well as feature phones

This application is billed as “the single place to discover, read, and collect free books in a variety of languages, from different parts of the world.” It hosts more than 15,500 e-books and stories in 43 languages and from at least 150 publishers, including science, technology, engineering and math textbooks and learn-to-read books.

Know other great learning apps? Leave a comment below, tweet #YouthWill — and check out the Youth Will website.

Youth Will is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, The Commonwealth Secretariat, The MasterCard Foundation and UN-Habitat to explore the power that youth around the globe hold to change their own futures and those of their peers.

About the author Ma. Eliza VillarinoFollowDevexElizaJV

Eliza Villarino manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.


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Top 10 Best Apps for Handwriting Suggested by Occupational Therapists and Teachers

Top 10 Best Apps for Handwriting Suggested by Occupational Therapists and Teachers | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
  We recently asked our Facebook page what their favorite handwriting apps for occupational therapists and teachers were. We were blown away with the responses and have compiled them here for ...
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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 9:45 PM

Students and teachers need to use all their senses and experience life fully.

 

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Juanita Jackson's curator insight, May 15, 11:46 AM

keep our students actively participating...

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 19, 2:27 PM

There are several topics cover d in this article. The first is the use of movement to augment learning. This is not a new idea as many foreign language teachers have been using and recommending TPR - Total Physical Response as a p highly effective teaching strategy.  

 

The second point is about the distracting nature of highly decorated rooms. In my experience, the walls need to teach.  I do agree that decorations unrelated to content are irrelevant and distracting to learning.  We do not need photos of skateboarders or beaches that encourage daydreaming.  However, decorations that review content already taught or link concents within the content are highly effective learning strategies.  Visual cues can help spiral learning.  I had teachers who created a visual content organizer and added visuals as they progressed through the year.

 

the third point is about writing as a means to reduce test anxiety.  

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25 maps that explain the English language

25 maps that explain the English language | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
From Beowulf to Wikipedia, here's how English grew, spread, and changed.
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I've used charts before but maps explain it much better.

 

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Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever | Edudemic

Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever | Edudemic | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
In his popular TED talk, Ken Robinson made the powerful point that most of the students doing work in your classrooms today will be entering a job force that none of you can visualize. That talk is from almost ten years ago, so we already know he was right and can only assume he’ll continue to be so in the years to come.

Learning a specific skill set doesn’t have the value in today’s world that it once did. Learning how to be more creative (and thus adaptable) – now that’s what prepares students for life beyond the classroom.

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Ron Wolford's curator insight, March 20, 5:49 AM

Edudemic

ClaireM's curator insight, March 24, 1:23 PM

Promoting creativity is important for students and is useful for them in the future. Using different programs can allow students to obtain skills that will be good for them in the future.

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How To Create A Perfect Tweet [INFOGRAPHIC]

How To Create A Perfect Tweet [INFOGRAPHIC] | Transliteracy Network | Scoop.it
Much has been written about how to write the perfect tweet, from what link shortener to use to how many characters to leave room for retweets.
Now the folks at Neomobile have tried their hand at creating a guide to composing the perfect tweet.

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Pyramid Point Acct.'s curator insight, March 9, 8:44 AM

how to write a best tweet....

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 7:58 AM

Great Brian Yanish share (as always).

Tamasa Nelson's curator insight, March 16, 10:49 PM

Info graphics are a great way to assemble and distribute information, especially data in one document. Teachers can request their students to compile data and create a visual to share quantifiable information.

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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Eileen Otero's curator insight, June 24, 8:38 AM

Very useful information, highly recommended

Karen Dunlap's curator insight, June 24, 11:09 AM

I really didn't realize....

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 25, 1:42 PM

Thx Tom D'Amico