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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

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Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?


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Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:51 PM

This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

Melita Ryland's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:19 AM

This article asks us to rethink what we think to be a work space. They outline that a workspace can come in many different forms and still be productive. By simply moving around an changing the workspace can drastically change the outcomes of student leanring and engagement in more ways than 1.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 8:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model

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The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model: wendell berry, digital literacy, citizenship, transfer
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Based on the work of more than one theorist Mia Mac Meekin illustrates how learning, media and theory play well together! Check her other work - interesting and thoughtful - pedagogically and theorically.

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Using Twitter for Teachers' Professional Development

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Thank you again Tony @TDOttawa for your Scoop!  Worth reading the actual article by Med Kharbach @medkh9.

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Ky Stevens's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:15 AM

I could see that being an issue in today's society.

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Why Kidblog | Kidblog

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If you want an absolutely free, educational, simple and safe blog site for teaching and learning then this one should be at the top of your list!  I'm impressed that the 'free' features and 'paid' features are only different in terms of: upload space and ability to have Web 2.0 tools embeddable (ie. Animoto and Glogster...).

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Dr. Z Reflects: What IS the Difference Between 20th and 21st Century Classrooms

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Table compares 20th Century Learning Classroom with the 21st Century Learning Classroom. Great tool for improving your teaching.

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Let's hope the quality of the teaching and learning are high on the list of improvements :-)

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Could do with some examples for students to have as models but at least the template provides info to show that they are not plagiarising...

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Digital Literacy?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ymjVmCdrLM&list=FLTvtHdlYvKaIXS0BaDmhCfg

 

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Being Digitally Literate - What does this actually mean or look like?

 

Enjoy the YouTube clip and go to : wordle.net to make your own brainstorm about what this means to you...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Blubbr - Create Interactive Quizzes Using YouTube Clips

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Not only is this service another great online tool for teachers and why not students BUT the blog I follow - Richard Byrne - Free Technology for Teachers is another must have in your teachers' toolbelt (www.freetech4teachers.com) !

 

I've learned so much not just about the tools out there but about what the teaching community is doing with them to enhance teaching and learning, creating fun and collaborative and co-operative learning environments!

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iPad Project 2013

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Ella is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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I think this site is so multi-layered and useful - you need to dig in to it for yourself!  Some real treasures here for those who are 'addicted' (in a good way) to their ipads (like me :-)  

 

Enjoy!

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Presentation skills - top tips - Business Works

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Business Works magazine: Journal highlighting business, entrepreneurship, success and opportunity. Online and in print

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How do you define: Digital Citzenship

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What is the definition of digital citizenship?

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Hard to define but absolutely necessary to have a foundational understanding of the risks and affordances of technology before anyone interacts with a device (my opinion)!

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Maria Persson's comment, April 13, 2014 11:55 PM
I couldn't agree more Katie!
Alex Salazar's curator insight, April 15, 2014 2:04 PM

This article defines what citizenship is, and gives a really nice definition of it.

Luke French's comment, April 19, 2014 4:48 PM
I like the idea of digital citizenship. This just goes to show how much things change as the years pass.
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Questioning and higher order thinking skills « Doon Library

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This blog is not only informative but insightful and creative and full of fab resources for teachers.  It shows that teaching and learning requires more than just activities and tests but can be fun and encourages creativity.  Nice blog!

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enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning

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This NZ Government Educational website is rich with content for teachers, school leaders, professional development and e-Learning planning and for those just interested in what is involved in 'enabling e-Learning'.  "Enabling e-Learning brings together relevant information, resources, and communities to support teachers and schools in developing their e-learning practice" - MoE, 2010.


Worth a look if you are a NZ trained teacher or anyone with an interest in the 21st century learner!

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EduTube Educational Videos | Learn something new every day

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Find, watch and download the most popular online educational videos on EduTube.org. Find the best free videos in subject areas such as biology, chemistry, math, software and technology. Learn something new every day.

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Maria Persson's insight:

Always wonder...how did we ever learn new 'stuff' before Web 2.0 - encyclopedias I guess and libraries and books - which we can carry around on our phones...watch movies about 'stuff'. Cool.

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vananh.com's comment, April 20, 2013 7:37 AM
now, we also wait 4 use web 3.0 in school
mariana chiappe's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:16 AM

para ver que encontramos!!!!!!!

 

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The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

This is my presentation on the nine elements of digital citizenship. This video was done by myself on Photopeach but transferred to YouTube. This is the link...
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Super short clip that pretty much covers the essentials that any digital citizen should be aware of.  Thanks bbrandino68 for sharing and to bjang for your hard work producing this.

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Classroom Strategies | Reading Rockets

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Offers effective teaching strategies, activities, lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, exercises, skills, tests, assessments for reading comprehension, language arts, literacy, fluency, phonics and phonemic awareness for children, especially those...
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Where does one begin to describe this valuable resource!  It not only address the academic needs of those who are learning to become 'great' teachers but is useful to parents and others involved in a child's 'literacy' life!

 

Packed full of resources to use in class, at home and to learn from for professional development for teachers, to places where you can read the latest info on what others are doing and planning in thier classrooms.  The most interesting feature for me was the video series where you can actually watch some useful strategies being used with children.

 

Must have in your online favorites list!

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EmergingEdTech. Education Technology. Internet and instructional technologies for teachers & other educators.

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Engaging students and enhancing learning outcomes with the help of Internet technologies and other instructional and education technologies and tools for teachers and the classroom.
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This is one of many useful articles that EmergingEdTech provide.  Worth subscribing to and although it has a strong 'American' focus the online and technological content is not exclusive to one continent!

 

http://www.emergingedtech.com/

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Glencoe Online - Explore Virtual Math Manipulatives

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Virtual math manipulatives is a new creative technique to teach children many of the core principles of mathematics.
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This site adds value to any teachers toolbox.  It is user friendly, can help students both in and outside the clasroom and for those who practice the flipped classroom - a very handy place for students to go and work out a problem or to create content to share the next day! 

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