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Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading

Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Blogger Andrew Miller recounts his journey from enforcing a punitive grading system to shaping a paradigm that engages all learners.

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From the article: So what was the problem? Where do I start? I had no time. I was grading everything. I had so much paperwork because I was trying to give great feedback on everything in addition to grading and inputting the grades. Perhaps even worse, I wasn't focused on the larger problem. My students cared more about the points than they did about the class. They weren't engaged, and whose fault was that? It was mine. I was "cattle-prodding" them into doing work. It was punitive. "Don't do the work and your grade will suffer." I should have been focusing on my instruction and creating engagement lessons and projects for students to do.

 

Instead, I was clouding the issue of instruction with grading. I was putting the blame on students rather than on myself. That is a key reflective moment that every teacher should engage in when students are doing the work: What did I instructionally do, or not do, to engage all learners? Not, how can I make them do the work?

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


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From the post: We can start the process of leadership coaching IN the classroom. All this takes is an intentional approach and tools that teachers can use to teach leadership as part of their curriculum! 

Just like we coach our kids on the court, track or wrestling mat, we need to coach them on how to lead positive change and avoid the inferior behaviors that come so easily with aggression and unmanaged conflict. 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:02 AM

Find yourself a mentor, teacher or coach ...

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:01 AM

Los Profesores de Como Líderes, mentores y Entrenadores.

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:03 AM

Magnífica reflexión para iniciar el nuevo curso.

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10 Excellent New Educational Web Tools for Teachers

10 Excellent New Educational Web Tools for Teachers | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

March 20, 2015Here are some very useful educational web tools we have curated over the last few weeks. These are EdTech tools we came across through posts from other edubloggers. As is the case with...


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Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery

Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Ten Disciplines of a Learner
We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”

Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”

1.     Asks questions

2.     Builds on other people’s ideas

3.     Uses mistakes as learning opportunities

4.     Takes criticism constructively

5.     Speaks up

6.     Welcomes a challenge

7.     Takes risks

8.     Listens with an openness to change

9.     Perseveres in tasks

10.   Decides when to lead and when to follow.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism

 


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Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 21, 9:57 AM

Love this examination of 'Disciplines of a Learner" that clearly distinguishes between master and learning. I think we should demonstrate greater value to the lifelong skill of learning .

Carv Wilson's curator insight, March 21, 10:01 AM

Like the questions.

 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 2:07 PM

Whether in school or the work place, we talk about measurable goals and objectives but most of us struggle to define how those goals or objectives might be measured. Now that's often because the goals and objectives aren't actually measurable, but it's mostly because we don't think through what we're actually asking students or employees to accomplish.  For students, success and progress can be measured when they see "that [their] learning, not [their] intelligence" matters. For  employees, success and progress can be measured in much the same way.

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STEM App Collection: The Amazing Digestive Journey - TeachThought

STEM App Collection: The Amazing Digestive Journey - TeachThought | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:24 PM

Tip o the Hat to John Evans!

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Elevate Visual Thinking Skills using MindMeister

Elevate Visual Thinking Skills using MindMeister | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Mindmeister is a mind mapping tool that you can use with your students to make the visual thinking process fast, effective and collaborative.

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Discovery Education Science Fair Central offers ideas for science fair projects and experiments for kids

Discovery Education Science Fair Central offers ideas for science fair projects and experiments for kids | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
ideas for science projects, science fair projects, science experiments, science fair experiments, science fair ideas
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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models ~ TeachThought ~ by Terry Heick

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models ~ TeachThought ~ by Terry Heick | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

"Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large.

"Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally.

"Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. This page was created and is updated by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff, who you can contact directly with suggestions for terms, improved citations, corrections, or additions to the index.

"Revisions: Persistently updated. In addition to new definitions, models, and strategies, citations and references will also be added periodically, as will updates, corrections, edits, and revisions."


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Weekly Trend: Startups Using Curation to Transform Education

Weekly Trend: Startups Using Curation to Transform Education | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Many educators and media experts who cover the education industry believe curation will radically improve the outcomes of our education system. Robin Good of MasterNewMedia predicted that, “The adoption of curation approaches will directly affect how students learn about a subject and the value that can be generated through a personal learning path.”


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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 22, 8:14 AM

Many educators and media experts who cover the education industry believe curation will radically improve the outcomes of our education system. Robin Good of MasterNewMedia predicted that, “The adoption of curation approaches will directly affect how students learn about a subject and the value that can be generated through a personal learning path.”


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Curation


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/learn-every-day-a-bit-with-curation/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/practice-learning-to-learn-example-2/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/pkm-personal-professional-knowledge-management/

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, March 14, 10:39 AM

First, I am going to  jump on it;   and I will certainly share with my peers and students.

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Perfecting the Connected Classroom of the future - Innovate My School

Perfecting the Connected Classroom of the future - Innovate My School | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
As technological change gathers pace, the classroom of tomorrow is going to look very different to today. Steve Smith, director of learning for Capita Managed IT Solutions, takes a look at emerging technologies – and what teachers can look forward to seeing in their classrooms.

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Moodle for Teachers

Moodle for Teachers | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Create Online Courses with Moodle Join Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Electronic Village Online (EVO) for 2015 from January 12, 2015 for 5...

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Estas son los mejores libros y pinturas que pasan al dominio público en 2015

Estas son los mejores libros y pinturas que pasan al dominio público en 2015 | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Cada vez que comienza un año, se libera un montón de obras culturales y pasan a ser de dominio público. Si nos ceñimos a la legislación de la mayoría de los países europeos nos encontramos con un plazo de 70 años desde la muerte de su autor. 2015 va ser un gran año en este sentido por la cantidad (y calidad) que engrosan esta lista.


Via Gumersindo Fernández, Javier Sánchez Bolado, Sonia C. Alonso, Alfredo Calderon
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Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 8, 6:56 PM

Asynchronous learning allows for reflection and is not exclusive to online learning. The two are complements to each other regardless of media.

 

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Armando's curator insight, January 10, 5:30 AM

Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

Andrew Hockley's curator insight, January 27, 2:10 AM

Nice little summary.  For more on developing an e-learning strategy check out http://the-round.com/resource/managing-education-in-the-digital-age/ ;

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e-Jobs: Director of Curriculum Development - University of the People

e-Jobs: Director of Curriculum Development -  University of the People | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Minimum Qualifications:


Master's degree in education, instructional technology, project management or a related field
Demonstrated ability to design, execute and manage curriculum development projects
Broad knowledge, and an ability to make creative connections between different academic disciplines
Strong written and oral communication abilities
Strong organizational skills; a self-starter capable of working independently while also being a team player
Excellent computer and technology skills

 

Preference Given to Candidates Who Possess All of the Above Plus:
Have previous experience in an online institution
Have previous experience in higher education
Have previous experience working with Learning Management Systems


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 6, 2:00 PM
This is an opportunity to work at a global level to deliver very low cost higher education to students around the world.
 For more on the University of the people see this Ted Talk: 
alvarojasd's curator insight, February 1, 9:06 AM

añada su visión ...

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Turning Minecraft to Mathcraft - My Kid's Locker

Turning Minecraft to Mathcraft - My Kid's Locker | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Turning Minecraft to Mathcraft! This post teaches a lesson about Perimeter and Area using Minecraft.

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Digital Learning Success Is About More Than the Technology

Digital Learning Success Is About More Than the Technology | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
A principal offers insights from his teachers on Digital Learning Day.

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Sonja Hartemink e-learning Spanish's curator insight, March 28, 8:47 AM

Digital learning offers the student the important opportunity to study in his or her own pace and time. 

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Ann Klotz: ​​​Nurturing Resilience: Reminding Ourselves What Kids Need

Ann Klotz: ​​​Nurturing Resilience: Reminding Ourselves What Kids Need | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

atThe 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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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 18, 10:18 AM

Headmistress of Laurel School shares, "Resiliency isn't a Race" (either!) Love this piece. 

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How to make a student iPad podcasting studio

How to make a student iPad podcasting studio | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

This past summer I converted our conventional podcasting studio with PCs over to iPads in hopes of improving the workflow. To be honest, I amazed at how easy podcasting is now for my elementary students. Here are the basics:


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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help.

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Suzanne's curator insight, February 17, 5:02 AM

Every language teacher and student should contribute to make this a powerful resource concept. Language is an instrument; use it, take care of it, share it.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 18, 11:15 AM

Thanks to @Dennis T OConnor for sharing this infographic on finding and identifying open source education resources.  

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 19, 12:00 PM

Bastante úteis estas informações para professores e gestores educacionais.

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The Difference between Gamification and Game-Based Learning

The Difference between Gamification and Game-Based Learning | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
By Steven Isaacs Have you tried to gamify your classroom? Do you incorporate game-based learning into your curriculum? Gamification and game-based learning have become buzzwords in education yet some general confusion still exists regarding what each is and what each is not. I would love to clear up any misconceptions. Gamification Gamification is the idea of adding game elements to a nongame situation. Corporate reward programs are a good example. They reward users for certain behaviors. Starbu

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, January 19, 8:08 PM

It is good to distinguish between the two!

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 10, 11:48 AM

Good to know. They're often mixed-up. 

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Preparing Students for a Project-Based World

Preparing Students for a Project-Based World | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Why we need to do a better job of preparing students for a project-based world.

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How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius

How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you are used to create your own lessons. The xerox, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint are your trusted companions. But how can you effectively use iPads in your lessons? The ebooks provided by publishers are mostly static and just not interesting enough for today’s students. Some educational apps are great, but finding the …

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Lead With Patience - General Leadership

Lead With Patience - General Leadership | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
Take a deep breath, put on your patience hat and redirect that energy into ensuring the lesson is learned and not repeated.
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– Creating class engagement through visuals and other new elements on social media

– Creating class engagement through visuals and other new elements on social media | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
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Step by Step Procedure to Convert PowerPoint into E-learning by Using Articulate Storyline

Step by Step Procedure to Convert PowerPoint into E-learning by Using Articulate Storyline | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it
You need to formulate an appropriate instructional design strategy to convert your PowerPoint presentations into engaging eLearning courses. After the strategy is developed and a storyboard is designed in PowerPoint, you need an authoring tool to develop the course and publish it.

Here, I would share the steps to be followed to convert your storyboard developed in PowerPoint into an interactive eLearning course using one of the most popular rapid authoring tools -Articulate Storyline.

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"Choosing the right Plugins for Moodle" - a guide by @lambdasolutions

"Choosing the right Plugins for Moodle" - a guide by @lambdasolutions | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

Lambda Solutionsplugins, a Moodle and Totara Partner in BC, Canada has published a quick guide to plugins in the case you’re not looking to sift through nearly 1,000 which exist at Moodle.org.

Download your copy here: http://lambdasolutions.hs-sites.com/choosing-the-right-totara-moodle-plugins-guide (form required)

They’ve narrowed their focus on plugins to assist in specific circumstances which might fit your needs, plugins that help manage

- self-paced learning – the Progress Bar
- blended learning – synchronous tools like BigBlueButton
- online compliance training – the Certificate and Attendance
- automated user enrollment – Email-based self-registration with confirmation or SAML
- report on learner progress – Configurable Reports and My Grades


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Nine things educators need to know about the brain

Nine things educators need to know about the brain | Digital Learning, Technology, Education | Scoop.it

It was shaped over millions of years of sequential adaptation in response to ever-changing environmental demands. Over time, brains grew in size and complexity; old structures were conserved and new structures emerged. As we evolved into social beings, our brains became incredibly sensitive to our social worlds.

 

This mixture of conservation, adaptation, and innovation has resulted in an amazingly complex brain, capable of everything from monitoring respiration to creating culture. This added complexity came with a cost. Not only do all of these systems have to develop and interconnect, but they also have to stay balanced and properly integrated for optimal performance.

 

This evolutionary history poses a challenge for educators. While findings from social neuroscience can provide some welcome guideposts for teachers, they cannot substitute for the flexibility needed in the classroom to accommodate a range of students. Students and teachers are not uniform raw materials or assembly-line workers, but a diverse collection of living, breathing human beings with complex evolutionary histories, cultural backgrounds, and life stories.

If we are going to move forward, we will have to admit that a one-size-fits-all model of education is doomed to fail the majority of students and teachers.

 

And through understanding how students’ brains actually work and using that knowledge to benefit classroom learning, we may be able to positively influence classroom education and prepare students to better face unknowable futures. Here are nine scientific insights that educators might want to keep in mind.

 


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Suvi Salo's curator insight, January 4, 3:07 AM

”1.The brain is a social organ.

2. We have two brains.

3. Early learning is powerful.

4. Conscious awareness and unconscious processing occur at different speeds, often simultaneously.

5. The mind, brain, and body are interwoven.

6. The brain has a short attention span and needs repetition and multiple-channel processing for deeper learning to occur.

7. Fear and stress impair learning.

8. We analyze others but not ourselves: the primacy of projection.

9. Learning is enhanced by emphasizing the big picture—and then allowing students to discover the details for themselves.”