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Using Quests in Project-Based Learning

Using Quests in Project-Based Learning | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Questlines—learning pathways that are both personalized and differentiated—build choice into any lesson.


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Quests are a catchy way to encourage our students into learning!
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Contra la personalización de la educación a través de la tecnología

Contra la personalización de la educación a través de la tecnología | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Una moda nos vende la tecnología educativa como el remedio para personalizar la educación de los niños, adaptando el ritmo del aprendizaje y los contenidos impartidos a base de vídeos, evaluaciones automáticas y adaptaciones de los entrenamientos y ejercicios a las competencias alcanzadas.


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Food for thought... real facts to take into account... ICT must be used wisely, not as a swiss knife
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Marta Torán's curator insight, September 2, 2017 8:29 AM

Excelente artículo de José Cuerva.


Trata del cambio de paradigma necesario en la Educación. No basta con incluir la tecnología en un modelo anticuado.


El aprendizaje social como solución. Ya lo sabemos porque, como nos cuenta José, lo hemos practicado y experimentado. Con profesores excepcionales o con aprendizajes especiales.


Genial!

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How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students

How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Achievement is considered a higher priority than caring for others, according to kids surveyed. But having a school and family culture that values kindness can
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Innovation? New ESL methodology?... nope, pure common sense! KINDNESS
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A Handy Infographic Featuring 10 Things Every Teacher Should be Able to Do on Google Classroom

A Handy Infographic Featuring 10 Things Every Teacher Should be Able to Do on Google Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Google Classroom: A world of possibilities everyone should be familiar with
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Amreet Kaur Sandhu's curator insight, August 19, 2017 8:07 PM
Google Classroom: A world of possibilities everyone should be familiar with
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How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods

How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Helping to demonstrate the evolution of teaching and technology, we’ve created the following infographic to shed some light on how modern technology is helping some teachers give their tried and trusted learning practices a new lease of life.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 15, 2017 1:19 AM

A little bit optimistic.

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How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
As one-size-fits-all PD fades away, more personalized professional development models have emerged. The Pineapple Chart may be the greatest of them all.
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Nothing new here, just a way to see how we can share our innovation, our projects... nice way, indeed!!!
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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 10, 2017 11:18 AM
Easy to implement idea for providing PD to teachers. 
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15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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Good tips to give solid foundations to PBL... best way to prove it is not just playing time
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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms.


Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.


At the University of Eastern Finland’s Normaalikoulu teacher training school in Joensuu, Finland, you can see Hietava’s students enjoying the cutting-edge concept of “personalized learning.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

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

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 7, 2016 8:09 PM
Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms.


Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.


At the University of Eastern Finland’s Normaalikoulu teacher training school in Joensuu, Finland, you can see Hietava’s students enjoying the cutting-edge concept of “personalized learning.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

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

 

Olaia Baquedano's curator insight, November 9, 2016 2:34 PM
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Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms?

Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
From middle schools to colleges, cellphones’ adverse effects on student achievement may outweigh their potential as a learning tool.
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Interactive video platforms are the future of online learning

Interactive video platforms are the future of online learning | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Despite the leaps in technology that surround us, online learning is still not the success story that it should be. The old-school approach continues to produce better results. With today’s technology, there is no reason online learning can’t be revamped to compete with its traditional counterpart. Interactive video platforms can indeed enhance students’ experiences and increase engagement and retention.


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A deep insight into a real scenario. Good read!
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Mary Elizabeth McNabb's curator insight, June 13, 2016 12:54 PM
It seems that the design of the learning experience makes the difference.
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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All teachers should make sure there's more than a pinch of this in their performance!
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Creative teachers: Squeezing our brains for a world of wonder in the classroom.

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6 Best Practices for Online Student Engagement

6 Best Practices for Online Student Engagement | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
While online education can be an excellent choice for many students, it can require a bit of a learning curve on the part of the teachers. Obviously many of the same teaching strategies for the traditional classroom are not applicable. Utilizing these tips can help both young-adult and adult educators engage students in variety of online class scenarios

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Easy, brief and useful... a good reminder
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Guido Remberto Bustillos Vargas's curator insight, May 5, 2016 5:27 PM
engagement
Melissa Spears's curator insight, May 7, 2016 7:20 AM
There is a growing shift towards online education. Many traditional universities are also now providing online education. Read on about the practices that engage students online.. 
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The Seven Types of Creative Teachers

The Seven Types of Creative Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
When you the word “creative,” you might think of a painter or a playwright or an author or a photographer or a filmmaker or a chef. In other words, yo...
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Let's take a closer look on how we innovate... or let's just check if we do
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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and more engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the fiv
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A very interesting video showcasing the most important aspects of PBL
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Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom

Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"Students having access to technology is, of course, the first step in creating a thriving edtech ecosystem. However, once technology becomes readily available, teachers must create their own landscape in which students are free to explore, create and grow."


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 30, 2017 5:06 AM
Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom
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Digital Storytelling: Tips and Resources

Digital Storytelling: Tips and Resources | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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A very useful set of guidelines for proper digital storytelling
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Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones

Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"As smartphones have become more common, educators have struggled with the question of what to do with smartphones in the classroom. For K-12 educators, the answer has been to ban smartphones from the classroom completely."


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Obvious statements? Maybe, but still necessary to be mentioned!!! Good easy read on the need to incorporate mobile devices in our classrooms!
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Nataliacp's curator insight, May 29, 2017 1:01 PM
A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that undergraduate students who were allowed to keep their phones with them actually scored better on tasks that measured their cognitive functioning. Even when they weren’t allowed to use their phones, students who were allowed to keep their phones in their pockets performed better than students whose phones were confiscated. 

As teachers, we need to take into account in which moments it is necessary to use the cell phones within the classrooms and which situations is essential confiscate them. Furthermore, we need to consider the age of the students and the subject that we are teaching.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 2017 9:50 AM
Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones
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Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation: Policy Brief - Office of Educational Technology

Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation: Policy Brief - Office of Educational Technology | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education believes it is important that all programs responsible for pre-service teacher training prepare all graduates to effectively select, evaluate, and use appropriate technologies and resources to create experiences that advance student engagement and learning. We call upon leaders of teacher preparation programs to engage in concerted, programmatic shifts in their …
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The main TO DO's when considering edtech teacher training. Good ideas that should not be neglected!!
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Why students love a game-based learning experience by SUSANNAH HOLZ

Why students love a game-based learning experience by SUSANNAH HOLZ | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Gamification in learning is an established trend, and uses the core elements of what make games fun – mastery, narrative, instant feedback, competition, and reward, to create new ways for learners to internalize information.That's why students simply love a game-based learning experience.

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Just in case you had doubts... let's play and learn!!!
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 21, 2017 10:37 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Tom D'Amico. 

Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, March 22, 2017 5:30 AM
gamification

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 25, 2017 1:06 PM
This should not come as a surprise. Students enjoy play.
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Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
This is a real revolution in education.

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Time for debate... too bad we can't move forward in time and see how next generation learns after these dramatic changes... I personally believe this is the way!!
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Paula Weir's curator insight, November 15, 2016 9:12 AM
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What is Phenomenon-Based Learning? | #Finland does it WHY NOT WE!? #Europe #LEARNing2LEARN #PracTICE

What is Phenomenon-Based Learning? | #Finland does it WHY NOT WE!? #Europe #LEARNing2LEARN #PracTICE | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

What is Phenomenon-Based Learning?

Finland will go through a new education reform that will take over in the academic year 2016-2017. Phenomenon-Based Learning will be complementing Finland’s traditional subjects. The Phenomenon or Topic Based Learning is being planned to be conducted over periods during the year and could be paced in projects – is the old new in Finland’s education. For more than three decades, Finnish schools have had a form of Phenomenon-Based Learning. What will change in 2016-2017 is that it will be obligatory in all basic schools for seven to 16-year-olds.

Phenomenon-Based Learning tackles real-world scenarios holistically from different subject areas’ perspectives. This method will entail a rich learning experience, which is relevant to learners’ lives. The interdisciplinary learning could be conducted in a simple way, by linking similar knowledge areas between different subjects and introducing them at the same slot of the academic year.

 

This develops awareness of how curricula intersect to form the broader frame of knowledge. A more sophisticated interdisciplinary approach, such as Phenomenon-Based Learning occurs when we go beyond simply linking different subjects to applying, organising centers and essential questions to plan topic teaching. One example could be the questions students have about a topic such as the importance of the European Union. To answer these questions knowledge and skills from economics, history, geography and languages are to be integrated.

 


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Matt Manfredi's curator insight, October 13, 2016 3:03 AM
Phenomenon-Based Learning
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#SCEUNED16 Phenomenon-based learning
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#SCEUNED16 WHAT IS PHENOMENON
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News)

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News) | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, m

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 2, 2016 12:07 PM
With effective monitoring, mobile devices can be integrated into courses and classroom time
Yeison Ossa Trejos's curator insight, November 2, 2016 12:45 PM
From my point of view, personal devices such cell phones, tablets, ipads, among others, can be a huge risk if we allow students to use them in the classroom. However, it is also true that we as teachers should try to find useful ways to incorporate these potential resources into our lessons if we want to increase learner involvement and motivation while at the same time improving time management, teacher-student interaction, meaningful learning and real-time provision of feedback. 

All these educational factors can be simultaneously addressed if teachers take some time to do a little research on the web to find out the countless activities that digital devices allow them to perform along with your students both in and outside the classroom. 
Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, December 4, 2016 6:07 PM
One of the most common expressions that I use to listen to nowadays is "put your cellphone away". Many teacher deal in their daily basis with students distracted by their phones and most of time they take desperate actions towards this situations which leads to a rough environment and affects the atmosphere of the classroom. In fact, one need we have in this current days is that of creating students perception towards the use of this devices which is not  a short way to walk but neither impossible. Providing the conditions and raising awareness about other possible uses into the classroom as well as raising curiosity to what is happening in the classroom will increase the possibilities of obtaining better behaviors in terms of technology. Our task then is to start thinking of strategies to implement since the very basis of the students academic life.
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Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology. But what changes have had the biggest impact on teachers in recent years?


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Well... some other things could be added, but quite rigt in some points... I'm missing the storytelling bit here!
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Ana Maria Montañez's curator insight, April 24, 8:08 PM
This article really caught my attention since as an English teacher, I am not all the time aware of the innovations and contributions that has been done in the field in order to improve the teaching process. During my teaching training process I have been exposed to some of these innovations such as, the interactive whiteboards, platforms to get authentic materials like TED talks and multiple digital platforms like google docs and Edmodo; which I consider are high quality tools in view of the fact that they facilitate teachers’ lives while they also improve the teaching process. On the other hand, I was not aware of the advantages of using innovations such as the Online CPD (continuous professional development) and the global staffroom; and theoretical approaches like the Teaching soft skills and critical thinking skills and Students steering their own learning. My personal objective will be to explore more about those innovations that I am not aware of in order to improve my teaching practices and proficiency.
Mauro Betancur Agudelo's curator insight, May 11, 10:37 AM
It is important to look backwards and reflect on the evolution that LT has faced during the last twenty years thanks to online resources and technological devices, which have permitted us to contact with the world in an easier way, to access to information faster and to improve our independent learning skills as we have the tools to learn quickly and look for what we exactly want to learn.
Mario Muñoz's curator insight, May 28, 3:50 PM
As future teachers, we should take into account that English is a changeable subject. Considering that, we should include all the possible advantages that technology offers. This article shows the high importance of common websites such as Facebook  and Google-docs, which are commonly used by most of students worldwide. Also, the use of Corpora, which is a list of collections about language structures used in real contexts is a great idea that we could promote in our classrooms. This text shows us how we can make students realize that they are also responsable for their learning experience, and it is not necessary in a boring way. It mentions crutial aspects that we can show our learners in order to promote autonomy while learning a new language, in our case English. The ten innovations that have change English teaching are great ways we can use for developing curiosity and motivating our pupils. In fact, it helps to break down the taboo about using technology at classrooms since it explains that technology are great sources for searching authentic material about English usage in real contexts, and it also allows us to keep contant online with people, even native speakers, who can help us to improve our language skills and critical thinking abilities. 
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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 425+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, May 24, 2016 7:13 AM
Planos de aula para usar conteúdos da sétima arte.
Barbara Goebel's curator insight, May 28, 2016 6:27 PM
Free, densely-packed lesson plans using video clips from popular Hollywood features and science documentaries. 
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Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. This means more than learning to read and write – it means being able to master academic content and apply that knowledge across contexts in a meaningful way.

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Good visual approach into a more inovative teaching focus. Download the complete report as an ebook.

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Peta White's curator insight, March 19, 2016 3:55 AM

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