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Using Technology to Enhance Learning

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We have such opportunities as no generation has ever experienced. Will we make the best of it?
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The United States has experienced many changes in the last 15 years. Most schools and school districts in America have seen drastic changes in their funding, their students, and in the requirements placed upon them by NCLB and now Common Core.
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The 20 Top Education Articles: Our Picks from Around the Web

The 20 Top Education Articles: Our Picks from Around the Web | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Want education stories? Time to end the week with a list of the top 20 education articles we've sourced from all over the Web.
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How to Cope with Teacher Fatigue and Depression

How to Cope with Teacher Fatigue and Depression | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Teacher fatigue, teacher burnout, even depression - whatever you call it, it can be a real problem. Bored Teachers can help you, or a teacher you love, get past it. Check out our article to see how.
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The Trouble with Rubrics (#)

The Trouble with Rubrics - Alfie Kohn
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5 Lessons Learned in Pioneering Personalized Mastery Learning

5 Lessons Learned in Pioneering Personalized Mastery Learning | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
By Kate Bean and Sebastian Cognetta, Ph.D. - Aveson Charter School has evolved its personalized learning model into Personalized Mastery Learning.
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One 'dominator' can damage a group project - Futurity

One 'dominator' can damage a group project - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Love them or hate them, group projects are a staple of college coursework. New research identifies a key aspect of successful teams.
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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

What Students Remember Most About Teachers | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

Image is from Mindshift post on FB.

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,I saw you as you rushed passed me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside.


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 12, 10:00 PM
So true and easy to forget amidst the alphabet of demands.
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Student Success Stories in the Flipped Mastery Learning Environment

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Time to reconsider "Mastery Learning"!   See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKhnlGPT8q8 
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To make a skill stick, practice it a bit too much - Futurity

To make a skill stick, practice it a bit too much - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
A technique called overlearning can help you learn something new and make it stick. It's all about the timing.
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When is the last time you read anything on "overlearning"? Now, that is a dinosaur we need to resurrect. Personally, I think we need to return to "mastery learning." 
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Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’

Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’ | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
' I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life. I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. '
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WeAreTeachers: Hands-On Science Using Nature Works

WeAreTeachers: Hands-On Science Using Nature Works | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Incorporate the Nature Conservancy's Nature Works videos and hands-on lesson plans into your curriculum. Plus, we've got additional resources and links for further experimentation in the classroom!
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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 2, 2016 2:49 PM

Science! is COOL!

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The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn?

The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn? | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

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Adriana Guerrero López's curator insight, April 28, 2014 4:07 PM

Artículo interesante: ¿realmente el futuro del aprendizaje está en el conectivismo?. Las clases invertidas son el futuro?

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, April 29, 2014 5:10 AM

Very interesting research.  Thanks Susan for sharing this.

Lindy McKeown Orwin's comment, April 30, 2014 12:51 AM
Downes' response http://halfanhour.blogspot.ca/2014/04/response-to-dron.html
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Out of Pocket: What Teachers Across the Country Spend on Supplies

Out of Pocket: What Teachers Across the Country Spend on Supplies | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Individual educators pick up where school districts leave off, but the results are messy — and unequal
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Cool Tool History - Bloom's Taxonomy

Welcome to Cool Tool History! Check back every other Thursday as we take a look at some of the Cool Tools of history that helped shape education, and educati...

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Leslie Haas's curator insight, January 31, 2016 11:26 PM

Just thought this was interesting to share and possibly follow to see what other cool tools highlighted in the series

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, February 1, 2016 2:48 AM

Een korte introductie tot de wereld van Bloom. Een nuttig kader om je eigen (differentiatie) aanpak af te toetsen.

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Education Week on LinkedIn: ““As a teacher, I know…

Education Week on LinkedIn: ““As a teacher, I know… | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
“As a teacher, I know that 20 students in a classroom feels like a team, 25 feels like an audience, and anything above that begins to feel unmanageab…
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 5, 1:32 PM
We have known smaller classes are essential to teaching for some time. Theodore Sizer researched and wrote about this almost 40 years ago.
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The Trouble with Rubrics (#)

The Trouble with Rubrics - Alfie Kohn
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Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores

Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
It’s a lesson in scholastic humility: You waltz into an exam, confident that you’ve got a good enough grip on the class material to swing an 80 percent or so, maybe a 90 if some of the …
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Teaching Is Crazy Demanding—So I'm Making These Promises at Home

Teaching Is Crazy Demanding—So I'm Making These Promises at Home | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
With the new school year fast approaching, I can already feel the jarring shift from attentive husband and doting dad to harried English teacher. I know I’ll soon be lost in trying to grade a set of essays, plan a new lesson on subject/verb agreement, prep for club meetings, and cheer on my students in their extracurricular endeavors. Every year I lose track of aspects of family life that have been so wonderful all summer. This year I am trying to make some changes to my teacher work-life balance.

These are the promises I am making to my family this year. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 27, 11:41 AM

All online teachers seek a work life balance.  Few attain it, especially early in their online careers.  It is easy to be 'on' 24x7. What promises do you make to yourself and your family as the new semester begins?

Dove Nobel's comment, September 27, 11:48 AM
http://tech-support-number.jigsy.com/entries/computer/microsoft-office-2010-help-support-service-in-affordable-rates
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Quick Learners; High Achievers: Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth

WATCH: A 45-year study has changed the way we view giftedness. Find out more at http://vanderbi.lt/hcxyn. Follow Vanderbilt on Twitter
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Overuse of Technology Can Lead to 'Digital Dementia'

Over-dependence on our digital devices is leading to cognitive dysfunction and brain imbalance. Learn how to help yourself or a loved one avoid the damage.
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The Power of Speaking Out as a Teacher

The Power of Speaking Out as a Teacher | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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Teachers often "suck it up" and let it go. But, that doesn't really accomplish anything. Maybe it is time we permitted "teacher-run" schools. Speak out...after all, you are the trained expert. 
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Lack of jobs linked to gun violence at schools - Futurity

Lack of jobs linked to gun violence at schools - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
"Our study indicates that increases in gun violence in our schools can result from disappointment and despair during periods of increased unemployment...."
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Here is a new study on gun violence in schools. I think the researchers are a little off on this as I have spent some time studying this as well. Most shootings seem to be among middle class schools and I, honestly, have not seen a tie between job availability being a factor. Of course, I may have missed something. Nevertheless, we need to know all we can to try to prevent this from becoming common place. 
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7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore | Huffington Post

7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore | Huffington Post | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Here are the other things that matter: Helping a group of students work through a disagreement civilly. Keeping everyone calm when someone vomits on the floor. Watching the shyest student in your class, the one who never ever spoke back in September, volunteer to read a part in The Crucible — and he’s hilarious, and he does it with an accent, and he makes two new friends because he finally let himself be vulnerable.

Your job is so much more than test scores, meaningless goals, and cyclical initiatives. It is tying shoelaces and distributing Band-Aids. It is listening to a parent cry about her crumbling marriage. It is showing teenagers how to debate thoughtfully, how to think critically, how to disagree respectfully. It is hearing from students ten years after graduation, because they just thought you should know it was your Spanish class that made them want to study abroad, your passion for science that led to a major in biochemistry, your quiet encouragement during their dark days that convinced them to keep coming to school in the first place.

Where does that fall on the “highly effective” checklist? How can you document that kind of delayed impact? It certainly can’t be measured by A’s and E’s, or even by weekly walk-throughs. It’s no wonder you’re getting frustrated.

It’s no wonder you don’t want to do this anymore.

But if these are the reasons you might leave, here is the reason you might stay: the kids, man. The kids. After a year without them, you might miss their unbridled school spirit during Homecoming Week, their contagious sense of humor, the way they draw pictures for you and wave joyous hellos in the hallways. You might miss their ability to make you forget about the rough start to your morning, or the looks of awe on their captivated faces when they finally learn something that matters.

If it weren’t for them, instead of Googling “I don’t want to teach anymore,” you might already be gone.
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I could not have said this any better. ;-(
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Under new standards, students are struggling "productively!"

Under new standards, students are struggling "productively!" | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

I can remember spending almost a full period on one short paragraph while reading about endothermic and exothermic reactions in science class. We spent time highlighting, underlining, making connections to things we already knew, asking questions in the margins, defining words and more. The room might as well have smelled of smoke— these kids were thinking, brains-on-fire style! They were struggling…PRODUCTIVELY! I was hooked, and unbelievably, so were they. I heard several kids exclaim, “Ohhhhhhh, I get it.”


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ACTIVITY: Simulating a Connectivist Learning Environment

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Activity: Simulating a Connectivist Learning Environment In preparation for Extended Session for Learning2 Asia 2016 (October 6-8, 2016) Purpose The purpose of this activity is for the participants to have a shared experience which can then be used to provide illustrations and examples as w

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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it


Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 4, 2016 5:21 PM
This is a great resource!