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Inspiring Creativity with 10 Resources

Inspiring Creativity with 10 Resources | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

In the age of budget cutbacks in education, there is one thing that is completely free… creativity. There are resources available online that will inspire kids to think, dream, write, create, design, and wonder.Whether you have ten minutes to spare or are looking for a great way to get started in a new project, these links include some fun ways to get kids minds in gear…and yours too! Enjoy.

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Making Sense of Words That Don't | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Introduce students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

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The Appreciative Inquiry Portal of Resources

The Appreciative Inquiry Portal of Resources | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

A worldwide portal devoted to the fullest sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change.

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100 Children's Books for Reading and Sharing from NYPL

100 Children's Books for Reading and Sharing from NYPL | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing from the New York Public Library~2014

http://childrens100.nypl.org/2014/#/_

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behaviour patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 23, 2014 9:29 PM

What if we treated each other kindly every day instead of on special days? This might begin with the way adults treat each other in School.

 

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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AnnC's curator insight, December 7, 2014 4:01 PM

What do we gain and lose as our brains rewire with the changing patterns of our culture?

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"Google Keep" Great Note Taking App from Google

Google Keep is an excellent tool to use for creating digital sticky notes. You can use both text and images to capture and share your notes.  You can also use it   to create to-do lists and bookmark content from the web.It has an intuitive and user friendly interface that makes it way simpler to navigate and control than is the case with several other note-taking apps out there.


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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/11/a-wonderful-note-taking-app-from-google.html

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

We all do it, and some see it as a badge of honour, but if we think multitasking makes us more productive then we need to think again.

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Visually Stunning Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Visually Stunning Tilt-Shift Van Gogh | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The visually stunning field of tilt-shift photography became a fairly big thing in the Web a couple of years ago. It uses a special lens that gives a real-world scene the illusion of being a miniature model.

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Personalized Learning: Ready, Set, Blend!

Personalized Learning: Ready, Set, Blend! | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The conceptual age is upon us. How does your classroom need to change? This infographic presents the basics of new blended learning models that will enable you to rethink school and prepare students for the world they’re about to enter.

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects and THINK!

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects and THINK! | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

 Terry Heick uses these sorts of stems to create “learning blends” for students–either with them, or for them. He couples these prompts with other components–technology like apps or social media channels, texts from literary classics to postmodern non-fiction, creativity, or even local matters of citizenship.

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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

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Very Excellent Interactive SAMR Visual for Teachers

Very Excellent Interactive SAMR Visual for Teachers | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

SAMR model  is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your classroom. 

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Russell Downs's curator insight, October 28, 2014 2:02 AM

Not a big fan of assigning tools (apps) to the SAMR model simply because so many can be used at all levels. I do love the overall message here.

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Attributes That We NEED to Instill and Value In Our Students

Attributes That We NEED to Instill and Value In Our Students | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

From Jackie Gerstein's resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we'd like to instill in our students. The post also includes a long, helpful list of resources for everything from how to help students develop hope, to encouraging empathy and social and emotional skills, to how to foster grit, tenacity and perseverance: an educator's guide.

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Student Voice: Transforming Relationships

RT @jca_1975: Ontario: Student Voice - Transforming R'ships http://t.co/hoOlAinbFS @philmcrae @CarolCampbell4 @HargreavesBC #ptchat http://…

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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

What is Appreciative Inquiry? | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a way of looking at oorganizational change which focuses on doing more of what is already working, rather than focusing on fixing problems. It mobilises strategic change by focusing on the core strengths of an organization, then using those strengths to reshape the future.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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Computational thinking: A digital age skill for everyone

In a rapidly changing world, today's students will need a whole new set of skills to solve tomorrow's problems. Computational thinking gives them the ability to recognize when and how technology can boost their own critical-thinking, creative and problem-solving skills in order to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.

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Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students

Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The phrase “personalized learning” gets tossed around a lot in education circles. As with most education jargon, the phrase isn’t fixed, but it usually connects to the idea that not all students need the same thing at the same time. It implies choice, multiple pathways to learning, many ways to demonstrate competency and resists the notion that all students learn the same way.

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Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.”

A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase 

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Curiosity in Young Learners Is the Foundation of Academic Success

Curiosity in Young Learners Is the Foundation of Academic Success | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

They may not be doing algebra, but pre-K kids can master scientific concepts that will make a big difference later on.

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LearnToLearn: LEGO-A Powerful Hands-on Educational Tool

LearnToLearn: LEGO-A Powerful Hands-on Educational Tool | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

LEGO® Education LearnToLearn is a hands-on educational tool that helps elementary school students experience the possibilities of what can be learned using LEGO Education solutions within Design and Engineering, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies while also building and reinforcing the most fundamental learning skills of the 21st century: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.

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AnnC's curator insight, December 7, 2014 4:05 PM

How do we engage a child's curiosity?  

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Hey Science Teachers - Throw Out the Textbook and Really Reveal the Passion of Learning!

Hey Science Teachers - Throw Out the Textbook and Really Reveal the  Passion of Learning! | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations.

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The Research Says: The Important Work of Children is PLAY

The Research Says: The Important Work of Children is PLAY | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Play is a powerful strategy for putting into action many of the ideas suggested by research and social science.

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Everyone Should Own One! The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Everyone Should Own One! The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

What does a  padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker and toothpaste have to do with digital citizenship!? Great visuals to get the point across!

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