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8 Resume Tips For The Tech-Savvy Teacher - Edudemic

8 Resume Tips For The Tech-Savvy Teacher - Edudemic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Today’s classrooms may look similar in form to the classrooms of yesterday, but what’s happening in function is often a completely different story. Flipped learning, social media, iPads, educational technology, and collaborative learning are just a few of the ways our classrooms have changed in recent years, and teachers today will need to catch up to the new trends or risk being left behind. Teachers, we recommend that you add these important 21st century educator skills to your resume today."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 1, 2013 6:31 PM

This strikes me as very important and useful advice for educators all levels, pre-K-20.

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Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought

Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This is a shaggy and quite entertaining novel of ideas. The two most prominent of these are: Why are humans so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And: What has happened to political activism? Do people think typing 140-character morality lectures is pushing society forward?
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A fictionalized, blistering indictment of the thumb-driven "activism" of contemporary political discourse.

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07 - Talk #4 Teaching Writing to Think and Learn

A Digital Creative Writing Project • Presenters: Amalia Zavacopoulou and Stavi Dimas • Coach: Steve Medeiros.
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Story planning game | Character and setting

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Posted October 6, 2014 | by Kim Kautzer | in Writing Games & Activities
Story planning game | Character and setting

“Where in the World?” is a fun activity that teaches kids how to plan characters and setting. This is an oral story planning game you and your child can play together.
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How one year of daily blogging changed my life — Higher Thoughts — Medium

How one year of daily blogging changed my life - Higher Thoughts - Medium
Blogging every day forces you to notice the details of your life. You need fodder for the day’s post. And you’ll scour your world to get it. You become hyper-aware. You find ways to turn little subtleties into big ideas. You start writing with questions only to be faced with answers by the time you reach the end of the post. Your headspace literally becomes transformed.
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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.
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Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 12:19 PM
There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

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As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.
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Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr | Tech Learning

Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr | Tech Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Five Card Flickr generates five random images from Flickr or it lets you to choose your five pictures and then asks you to write a story about these five pictures by putting them together. When you choose your pictures, you can start writing your story by making a connection among the five pictures. When you are done, you can tweet or mail your story. You can also get an embed code to use it on your blog. 
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This is a neat idea, however, since the images are generated randomly, it can be rather challenging to string them together into a story that makes sense. I'd suggest changing the instructions a bit and asking students to select 3 of the 5, while indicating the story needs to have a minimum length. 

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Challenge to Google Books Is Declined by Supreme Court :: NY Times

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a challenge to Google’s digital library of millions of books, turning down an appeal from authors who said the project amounted to copyright infringement on a mass scale.

The Supreme Court’s brief order left in place an appeals court decision that the project was a “fair use” of the authors’ work, ending a legal saga that had lasted more than a decade.

Google in 2004 started building a vast digital library, scanning and digitizing more than 20 million books from the collections of major research libraries. Readers can search the resulting database, Google Books, for keywords or phrases and read some snippets of text.
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Mycoted - Creativity Resources

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Mycoted is a company dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 15, 2:21 PM

A fantastic collection of excellent resources for teaching creativity, innovation, and creative problem solving. Whether you are a beginner - just starting out to try to make your teaching more creative - or an expert, you are sure to find great resources here. Don't miss this site!

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The Reedsy Book Editor: A Powerful Writing Tool

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The Reedsy Book Editor is a free online writing tool allowing any author to format and create professional ePub and print-ready files in seconds.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 10, 9:27 AM

Nice tool for getting your students to create ebooks and stories for the eReader.

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Remind

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"Engaging students and teachers outside of the classroom is one of the most effective - and challenging - practices for increasing learning outcomes. Remind makes the process simple and safe. With the educational app, teachers can send one-way messages to parents and teachers without revealing their own personal contact information and without ever knowing the contact info of families and students. Signing up takes less than a minute. Educators may then add up to 10different classes for free. From there, students and parents send a text message to a particular number with a message that includes a class code. Once parents have signed up, educators can be in touch with them as much as needed to keep everyone informed and working together."

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A Helpful Guide to Essay Writing :: Vivien Perutz

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"This guide to essay writing, composed by Cambridge University visiting lecturer Vivien Perutz, is helpful indeed. The 24-page monograph is split into two broad sections: structure and organization, first, and then style and clarity. The first section takes readers through the basics of essay structure and introduces six stages of essay writing, including analyzing the question, planning, using the plan to guide research, refining the plan, drafting, and editing. In addition, Perutz introduces key concepts in the style and clarity section, including academic writing style, descriptive writing, argumentative writing, evaluative writing, citing references, and using personal experience, among others. In all, this is a pithy and helpful guide to essay writing that is perfectly designed for advanced high school students and college students."

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Writing Through the Year Unit 3 {Aligned with Common Core}

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Writer's Workshop is a wonderful way to incorporate all of the ELA standards while introducing your students to the love of writing. This best practice unit
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8 Ways Teachers Kill A Love of Writing���...And How To Fix It With Amanda Write Now ���

Recorded on 03/17/2016 11:17 PM UTC by iteachtvnetwork Live viewers: 49 Heart count: 812 https://www.periscope.tv/iteachtvnetwork
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5 Tips to Capture a Moment in Writing

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And each day there have been moments I’ve desperately wanted to capture. These are moments you know you’ll never forget. It’s walking into a refugee camp in Greece, knowing your life will never be the same. It’s holding hands for the first time in a foreign city, wondering what it all means. It’s hugging someone goodbye at the airport, not knowing the next time you will see them.

How to Capture a Moment in Writing

These moments are what make up your life. They are the moments that make up stories.

The ability to capture these moments will change your writing. So in today’s post, I want to explore just how to do that. Here are five tips to consider while trying to capture a moment.
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New SAT essay tips | Preparing for the test

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"The idea of a timed essay can strike fear into the heart of any student. If your homeschooled teens plan to take the SAT in the next year or so, don’t wait to prepare for the essay section. Help your high schoolers become familiar with the SAT format and scoring well in advance. Then, guide them through writing lessons and extra-curricular activities that will build their skills and boost their confidence.

"...let your high schooler read the SAT essay tips below. Remind them to try a few this week!"

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The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — Panel & Frame — Medium

The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received - Panel & Frame - Medium
To embrace You are what you do means examining whether you’re living your purpose. Is it fear that’s holding you back, much like it was for me? If it is, then it’s time to understand why and let it go. There is no reason to live a life that isn’t a reflection of your whole self. This doesn’t mean quitting your day job if it means keeping a roof over your family’s head and food on the table. Rather, it means looking at the core of how you live your life and asking yourself is everything that I do and engage in a reflection of how I love myself? If you can answer yes, then you’re living your dream.
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

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As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.

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A Bright Light on a Dark Street :: Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Foundation
April, 2016
 
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
-Nelson Mandela

 

April 2016 Newsletter 
 
A Bright Light On a Dark Secret 
 
By Erin Gruwell
 
"When I asked, “Stand if you know anyone who has ever thought about, or God forbid, attempted suicide?”  the response to my question was stunning. In a crowded classroom, nearly every teenager, stood. Some looked at their feet—hoping the floor would swallow them whole, some had tears streaming down their face, paying homage to those who’ve been lost, and then one teenage girl let out a wail so gut-wrenching, that it pierced the silence. As the students sat down, I was drawn to this troubled teen. I stood beside her, held her hand, as her cry for help turned into hyper-ventilating. “You are not alone,” I said, as I, too, began to cry. Her friend had recently taken her life, and she was still reeling—still processing the pain. “If any of you want to show solidarity with her, please show her some love.” As if on cue, teenagers of different shapes and sizes leapt to their feet, rushed to the grieving girl, and hugged her. While the entire scene seemed liked organized chaos, it was what I hoped for—to shine a bright light on a dark secret. We needed to rip the Band-Aid off of a festering wound. Perhaps by exposing the pain, the healing would begin. These students would no longer have to suffer in silence, and those guttural cries for help would not fall on deaf ears.
 
"I was asked to come to this rural community in Washington state to hold an assembly for the entire student body because over a dozen high school students had tried to take their lives in a very short amount of time. Over a dozen? What would make a young teenager want to stand on a ledge, swallow a bottle of pills, or put a razor blade to their wrist? In the crowded room, there was an unspoken bond. What would make all these teens want to end their lives before they truly began? 
 
"Following the assembly, the proactive principal and concerned counselors selected several students to attend intimate break-out sessions with me. By the end of the day, the room runneth over. We broke every fire code, challenged every bell schedule, and had the blessing of the superintendent to poke, prod and peal back the layers. My initial intention was to play "The Line Game" with the students, in an attempt to ask questions about bullying—the mean tweets, the taunting, and the cyber threats—but so many students sought this safe place, that there was no space for a line, nor room for movement. All we could do was stand silently—to look, listen, and learn.   
 
"Although I could not see scars, cuts or wounds, I so desperately wanted that room to become a place for these students to heal and to become whole. The compassionate community we would create in that safe space would help build them up, rather than tear them down. Their passionate principal will stop at nothing to get these teens, her school, and this community aware of this unspoken epidemic.   
 
"As I was about to follow my compass to this concerned community, a dear friend of mine, who had tragically lost his own son to suicide, offered to help the school heal. He helped donate seed funding for each student to get a copy of “The Freedom Writers Diary.” If you would like to help the students get a copy of the book, please donate to their ambitious Go Fund Me campaign.
 
"When this day of compassion concluded, I realized that these brave students, and their stirring stories would remain with me. I was privileged to bear witness, and watch a community of care-givers offer support and solutions. They are committed to this journey, and these teens are no longer invisible. They are seen. They are known. And they are not alone. I still see their eyes, still hear their voices, and still feel their hugs. I hope there is hope—and I hope there is healing. "
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This piece is the lead article in the April 2016 Freedom Writers Newsletter, by Erin  Gruwell. I was not able to obtain a link to the article, but felt it was important to post - so I cut and pasted the entire thing. If there is any objection to this action, please let me know and I will take it down. - JL

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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

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German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained why the man considered ‘the greatest writer [...]

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The best leaders are definitely story-tellers?

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 27, 2015 1:53 AM

Powerful stories are told with conviction and the most powerful are often told on the basis of personal experience. 


Learning to articulate your powerful personal learning experiences as stories will not only help you to reflect on your learning and therefore make it more powerful, but also help you share your learning with others and influence them to take action.  Leadership indeed!

James Hutchison's curator insight, January 28, 2015 11:01 AM

Of course you reach people by telling stories - it's how we make sense out of life - you can give the theory but you have to provide real world examples and that's why we have stories. Stories help us understand life. But if you tell a story to teach a moral I would suggest that unless you live by that story's moral lesson it doesn't matter how many stories you tell - nobody will believe you. Telling a good story is one thing but having integrity is another.

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Google Classroom and Newsela - Teacher Tech

Google Classroom and Newsela - Teacher Tech | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Newsela brings current events into your classroom. Newsela takes current news articles and changes the readability based on lexile level. New articles are provided daily at 5 different reading levels. Students can take assessments based on the news articles.

Google Classroom

Providing links to news articles through Google Classroom brings the world to students. Linking to Newsela articles helps to differentiate for different reading abilities of your students.

Automatically Create Newsela Accounts

Newsela syncs with Google Classroom class rosters. Updating Google Classroom automatically will update the Newsela account roster.
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Creativity and Innovation - P21

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Many have heard of the 4 Cs of 21st Century Education -- Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking. This conceptual collection was popularized by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which published much of its work in the early aughts. 

 

This page contains links to numerous resources that illustrate how Creativity can be defined and taught.


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DataMaid - Storytelling for busy people

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Use DataMaid app to capture experiences as they are happening. Choose from photo, video, audio, text or combine all media.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 9, 12:47 AM

A nice tool for creating stories on the go. Great for class trips or projects.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, April 10, 4:01 AM
Nice storytelling authoring tool
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Oscar Winning Short Films 1

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"For readers who love short films, this website, which features Academy Award winning short films spanning several decades, will present itself as a welcome discovery. Here readers will find films ranging from comic to tragic, from the 2014 Dutch heart warmer, Helium, to the comically bizarreFranz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life from 1995. In addition, anyone who loves the irreverent, antic comedy of the eccentric Steven Wright will find 26 minutes of delight waiting for them in the 1988 extended comedy sketch that is The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. Here Wright is at the height of his powers as he sees a hilariously unethical and incompetent psychiatrist, played by Rowan Atkinson. With over a dozen Academy Award winning shorts to watch, this site can provide hours of entertainment."

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Short films can be great for those 43 minute periods. Make sure you view the film before asking your students to!

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 9, 6:49 PM

Short films can be quite useful in those 43 minute HS periods. Make sure you watch the film before giving it to your students!