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Curious about classroom #Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started. - The Corner Stone

Curious about classroom #Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started. - The Corner Stone | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I've never implemented one myself, and I can't quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they're learning? How do you make time for that with all the…”
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2015 Maker Camp Themes - 6 weeks of hands-on projects & cool field trips! #makered

2015 Maker Camp Themes - 6 weeks of hands-on projects & cool field trips! #makered | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ Maker Camp is a free online summer camp for kids and Makers of all ages! Join young inventors and artists from around the world in six weeks of fun-filled projects and field trips, all free.”
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Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice

Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 We...”
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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 13, 2015 1:01 PM

Jackie rocks! great infographic

KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 13, 2015 1:57 PM

Nice infographic!

David Allen Wizardgold's curator insight, August 14, 2015 3:07 AM
It is a shame that many teachers are afraid of technology and won't allow it in the classroom. They see it as a challenge to their control of the students and subject matter within the classroom. To a certain extent it is reasonable because the technology can be used for things other than learning in the classroom. The teachers have a responsibility to get as many of the students to have learned the curriculum for the day and it can't be done if the students are stuck in Facebook.The next thing will be to change the examination system to support the use of new technology rather than requiring students hit the paper with those old-fashioned pens.I'd like to think that there is a way technology can be used as it should be within the classroom. If the students are allowed to make full use of 21st-century technology then maybe the teachers will be able to teach for the next century instead of being stuck in the last one.
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7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ With each presidency come new reforms and initiatives aimed at enhancing education. The new policies, programs, and funding lay the foundation for various innovations and trends to build momentum and transform the way we teach and learn. Before you go back to school, get the skinny on seven big disruptors in education. These seven transformative tools are part of the growing movement to get students creating and problem-solving with technology, which has been supported by the Obama administration’s Educate to Innovate initiative.”
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 14, 2015 10:57 AM

Ranging from Minecraft to Google's Cardboard, here are examples of technologies that are making learning more engaging. 

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What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought

What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ I spent more than 5 years in public school classrooms, both urban and suburban, and while I saw a lot of educators working their behinds off and engaging kids in valuable, essential learning, I also saw a lot of kids that were disenchanted by what school had to offer. After years in the public school system, many of the students that need school the worst had been taught one irrevocable truth: learning was not for them. And not just because school was too hard or too easy, but because it was often at odds with their interests and desires. And then, in just the past few months, I’ve had my eyes opened to the world of schooling that happens beyond the walls of the traditional brick and mortar education. Suddenly, I saw living rooms, parks, co-ops, libraries, churches, and community centers as steady, stimulating learning environments. I saw parents confidently addressing the educational needs of their children without necessarily having the formal training to do so (my good friend, Becky, is among them). I saw how certain learning methods and perspectives could yield the type of student that regularly scores above the national average on an array of standardized tests and feels empowered as a lifelong learner. But what exactly were these families able to do that was so different? And what could we as public educators borrow from these homeschool classrooms–or any non-traditional or informal learning environment–that would be of benefit in our own? Here are the five things that stand out.”
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Elizabeth Walton Coleman's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:19 PM

These are the things I've learned that the half is never greater than the whole.

Heather Maxon's curator insight, August 2, 2015 6:11 AM

Good article

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA2_VwJzwug
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Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas | Edudemic

Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas | Edudemic | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Just like the differentiated lessons taught to meet students’ individual needs, teachers must learn strategies in PD arranged for their individual needs.”
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A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart

A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ Makerspaces, Year 1 Copy | Piktochart Infographic Editor”
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 6, 2015 1:35 PM

Great example of transforming a library into a digital media Maker Space

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Here's What Scientists Aren't Telling Us About Learning

Here's What Scientists Aren't Telling Us About Learning | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“It's rare for educators to be kept in the scientific loop, and rarer still to encounter research that might actually compel us to change our teaching hab”
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Katie Catania's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:09 AM

Research continues to learn more about how we learn, but it is not always easy to find. This post, by informEd, provides 10 suggestions based on current research, and each is discussed in more detail in the post. Below are three of the findings.

* To learn quickly, don't concentrate so hard. Over thinking can make it harder to learn.

* It matters what your learning environment looks like. Did you know that physical characteristics, "such as air quality, colour, and light" can together impact the learning process of primary students by as much as 16% in a single year."

* Understanding a student's learning process occupies the same space in the brain as practicing empathy. I suspect we have all experienced frustration when working with students, but to provide feedback that will help them empathy also plays a role.

This post provides seven additional insights that may make a difference in your classroom. Click through to learn more about research on how we learn.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, December 11, 2015 5:26 AM

EDUCATION. Or not MATTERs as the out coming results are REAL!

Monica Lamelas's curator insight, March 16, 5:08 AM

Research continues to learn more about how we learn, but it is not always easy to find. This post, by informEd, provides 10 suggestions based on current research, and each is discussed in more detail in the post. Below are three of the findings.

* To learn quickly, don't concentrate so hard. Over thinking can make it harder to learn.

* It matters what your learning environment looks like. Did you know that physical characteristics, "such as air quality, colour, and light" can together impact the learning process of primary students by as much as 16% in a single year."

* Understanding a student's learning process occupies the same space in the brain as practicing empathy. I suspect we have all experienced frustration when working with students, but to provide feedback that will help them empathy also plays a role.

This post provides seven additional insights that may make a difference in your classroom. Click through to learn more about research on how we learn.

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An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century

An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“In 2011, I wrote a blog post, titled Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century. It described how I learned about a new version of the traditional KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and wh...”
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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 13, 2015 1:14 AM

What other tools and activities would you include and organise according to the KWHLAQ chart? !

Tony Guzman's curator insight, June 15, 2015 2:44 PM

This article shares an updated version of KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and what have I Learned). How many use this in their classrooms?

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:49 AM

Check out this new version of the KWL chart by Silvia Rosenthal Tomlison. What we once called KWL is now the KWHLAQ.

* K stands for  'What do you KNOW?'

* W stands for 'What do you WANT to know?'

* H stands for 'HOW will you find out?'

* L stands for 'What have your LEARNED?'

* A stands for 'What ACTION will you take?'

* Q stands for 'What further QUESTIONS do you have?'

This new visual also includes suggestions under each category to help students make their "thinking and learning visible." For more information click through to the post.

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What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge

What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution. ”
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Mrs.Piltz' Kinders's curator insight, June 13, 2015 12:25 PM

There is such value in problem solving and persevering through a challenge.

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A Visual on Learning Progression

A Visual on Learning Progression | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Great learning progression visual.
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 2015 10:23 PM

Take a look at this visual that describes the learning progression. It looks at three questions as the starting point:

* What's the learning outcome for the lesson?

* How will I know if students have achieved it?

* How will I check if students have achieved it?

A variety of ideas are shared for each of these questions...short and sweet, and great for visual learners.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 16, 2015 6:11 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ra's curator insight, June 18, 2015 6:16 AM

Great graphic for teachers to identify the strength of their learning intentions and outcomes.

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Grant Wiggins on Edutopia (RIP - archive of articles)

Grant Wiggins on Edutopia (RIP - archive of articles) | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it

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Does Your Classroom Cultivate Student Resilience?

Does Your Classroom Cultivate Student Resilience? | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Over 100 years ago, the great African American educator Booker T. Washington spoke about resilience: I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.”
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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 31, 2015 1:42 PM

As we work on school improvement, we must look at the skills that lay the foundation for learning and academic achievement.  For too many of our poverty students, school becomes the place where these skills must be taught, nurtured and reinforced.  This must be a school wide, intentional effort.  Every adult in the building must be committed to developing these  skills in our children.  We must backwards design these skills into our curriculum before high school, looking at how these skills can be embedded into the school routine.

Bill Weigall's curator insight, July 6, 8:43 AM
Underpinning success in all subjects
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Robotics Lesson Plans - NASA @Makerspaces.com

Robotics Lesson Plans - NASA @Makerspaces.com | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
""18 Lesson Plans for Maker Educators from @NASA that are great for #makerspaces " 18 Lesson Plans for Maker Educators from @NASA that are great for #makerspaces
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 3, 2015 12:15 PM

Mostly oriented towards younger grades, but still some good stuff buried in here.

Deborah Davison's curator insight, September 5, 2015 8:49 PM

Lesson Plans from NASA for makers, inquiry or pbl

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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ The idea that students can learn something valuable from play isn’t new, or even controversial. A sizeable body of research has been conducted to back up what many teachers already knew to be true. Fun and learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it really works better for everyone involved when they’re not. As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn’t feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started.”
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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 23, 2015 10:19 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, November 27, 2015 6:11 AM

Agree...and if you add also apps with virtual lego bricks they also learn abstract thinking and visualisation :) ...

 

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, November 27, 2015 8:19 AM

The legacy of Legos is amazing - so many children had developed concepts and skills through the construction and creativity of Legos. From my perspective, they ABSOLUTELY belong in every classroom - and every home. Play IS Learning.

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11 Inspiring TED Talks for Modern Educators

11 Inspiring TED Talks for Modern Educators | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Educator Lisa Goochee shares these 11 inspiring TED Talks that every educator should not only see, but also share with their students and PLN—so inspiring!”
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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 13, 2015 9:32 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Camala Mitchell's curator insight, August 13, 2015 3:57 PM

Make sure you check out the inspiring TED Talk from Christopher Emdin, a former 4th grade teacher.  This is a great way to bring in the New School Year! 

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A Visual on Learning Progression

A Visual on Learning Progression | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Great learning progression visual.
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 2015 10:23 PM

Take a look at this visual that describes the learning progression. It looks at three questions as the starting point:

* What's the learning outcome for the lesson?

* How will I know if students have achieved it?

* How will I check if students have achieved it?

A variety of ideas are shared for each of these questions...short and sweet, and great for visual learners.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 16, 2015 6:11 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ra's curator insight, June 18, 2015 6:16 AM

Great graphic for teachers to identify the strength of their learning intentions and outcomes.

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Growth/Fixed Mindset, Math Practices, Standards Based Grading Visuals

Growth/Fixed Mindset, Math Practices, Standards Based Grading Visuals | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Instead of writing a syllabus or creating assessments or working on lessons plans, I have procrastinated and scoured some images from the web to make these. I have uploaded .png's of these into thi...”
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Katie Catania's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:06 AM

If your learners are fans of Star Wars, then these posters may find a place in your classroom. You will find not only the image above (which is on Growth Mindset), but also an image of The Dark Side, otherwise knows as a Fixed Mindset.

In addition, there is a poster 8 Mathematical Processes of Jedi Masters, as well as one on Standards Based Gradings (an assessment tool). To go directly to a page that allows you to download the images click here.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, December 11, 2015 5:20 AM

Just because you/we might not for what ever reason might have the abIlity to learn like others does still give us the opportunity and information with others ! Share if you  agree! 

Cathy Coghlan's curator insight, March 21, 12:30 AM

If your learners are fans of Star Wars, then these posters may find a place in your classroom. You will find not only the image above (which is on Growth Mindset), but also an image of The Dark Side, otherwise knows as a Fixed Mindset.

In addition, there is a poster 8 Mathematical Processes of Jedi Masters, as well as one on Standards Based Gradings (an assessment tool). To go directly to a page that allows you to download the images click here.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“When asked what my first language is, I often answer, "visual." I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that a...”
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jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, July 18, 2015 10:31 AM

AÑADA su visión ...

sherri jarrett's curator insight, July 30, 2015 10:02 AM

In our world today we are surrounded by visuals. Yet we walk into many classrooms and see many written texts that often have few visuals. This post begins with a quote from John Medina, the author of Brain Rules (and a developmental molecular biologist). He states "We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision)."

There is also a video that was created by students explaining their frustration with the lack of visual learning that takes place in the classroom.

Additional sections include:

* Use Visuals, Images, Data Visualizations, Infographics and Videos to Teach Concepts

* Use and Teach Learners How to Make Concept Maps and Graphic Organizers

* Use and Teach Learners How to Do Sketchnotes

* Allow and Encourage Learners to Show What They Know Through Visual Imagery

* Teach Visual Literacy

Jackie Gerstein provides a thought provoking post with links to additional resources. Take the time to read and consider how you might increase the use of visuals in your classroom. And if you have not read John Medina's book you might want to check out his website.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 2, 2015 7:08 PM

In our world today we are surrounded by visuals. Yet we walk into many classrooms and see many written texts that often have few visuals. This post begins with a quote from John Medina, the author of Brain Rules (and a developmental molecular biologist). He states "We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision)."

There is also a video that was created by students explaining their frustration with the lack of visual learning that takes place in the classroom.

Additional sections include:

* Use Visuals, Images, Data Visualizations, Infographics and Videos to Teach Concepts

* Use and Teach Learners How to Make Concept Maps and Graphic Organizers

* Use and Teach Learners How to Do Sketchnotes

* Allow and Encourage Learners to Show What They Know Through Visual Imagery

* Teach Visual Literacy

Jackie Gerstein provides a thought provoking post with links to additional resources. Take the time to read and consider how you might increase the use of visuals in your classroom. And if you have not read John Medina's book you might want to check out his website.

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Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers

Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone. Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace. Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.”
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 2015 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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Learning How to Read Needs to Be More Hands-On. No, Really. - GOOD

Learning How to Read Needs to Be More Hands-On. No, Really. - GOOD | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ Two years ago, the Albermarle County school system in Charlottesville, Virginia, moved forward with a rather bold experiment: They abandoned traditional explicit instruction in all summer school classrooms, replacing classic lesson plans with student-directed summer making programs, run as part of Maker Ed's Maker Corps program—an educational subset of the “maker movement” (a widespread cultural push to teach both kids and adults more hands-on and do-it-yourself skills). ”
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Making the Case - Maker Ed

Making the Case - Maker Ed | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“ “Making the Case” contains resources that demonstrate the impact of the maker education movement and provide inspiration for what’s possible. These stories, articles, reports, videos, and other information may help funders, administrators, fellow educators, facilitators, and community members see how making in education affects learning for all.”
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10 Things You Don't Know About Formative Assessment - Brilliant or Insane

10 Things You Don't Know About Formative Assessment - Brilliant or Insane | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“Formative assessment is a verb, not a noun: ten things you don't know about formative assessment.”
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50 Alternatives To Lecturing

50 Alternatives To Lecturing | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
“50 Alternatives To Lecturing”
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