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Simple Guide to Creating Infographics in PowerPoint [Template]

Simple Guide to Creating Infographics in PowerPoint [Template] | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Learn how to create an infographic without a designer using PowerPoint.

 

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http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33499/The-Marketer-s-Simple-Guide-to-Creating-Infographics-in-PowerPoint-Template.aspx

 


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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS


Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

 

Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:

 

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http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/09/how-twitter-is-reinventing-collaboration-among-educators272.html

 


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Sonia Thomas's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:53 PM

Twitter provides a great opportunity to collaborate with educators outside of your local physical community. The exchange of ideas and perspectives can reenergize your career. “Twitter is often just the introduction — the virtual handshake that opens the door to a deeper collaboration”

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11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy

11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Any educator who wants to take advantage of the benefits video can have in the classroom needs to create and implement a video strategy.

 

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http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/09/11-reasons-every-educator-needs-video-strategy/

 


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10 Free Tools for Everyday Research

10 Free Tools for Everyday Research | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Why do so many students choose Wikipedia when asked to find information on the Internet? I believe the answer is that Wikipedia is like the McDonalds of the Internet, you can always find it and you know what you’re going to get.

 

 

 

 

 

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http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/09/10-free-tools-everyday-research/

 


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50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities

50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills.

 

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http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/09/16/50-best-ipad-apps-for-reading-disabilities/

 


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Top 25 Critical Thinking Skills

Top 25 Critical Thinking Skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Here are the top 25 Critical Thinking Skills. First, here are the top 10 skills. These are especially important. They are the core of critical thinking.

 

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http://www.problem-solving-techniques.com/Critical-Thinking-Skills.html

 


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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

 

Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests
“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”

 

Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:

 

1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Tries to be well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions
5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence
6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position
7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well
9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution
11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do

 

What are the principles of critical thinking?

 

- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.


- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.


- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.


- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.


- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.


- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?

 

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http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/critical-thinking-2/

 


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Diane Darling's curator insight, July 1, 2015 8:42 AM

Definitely a skill to master!

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 1, 2015 9:53 PM

Both nature and nurture is my experience, in that nature provides the potential but the skill remains under-developed without nurturing. 

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, July 4, 2015 11:54 PM

An interesting post on critical thinking.  The post debates whether critical thinking is a skill or whether it can be taught.....also contains a couple of videos.

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Curation is the New Search by Dr. Joyce Valenza [pdf]

Curation is the New Search by Dr. Joyce Valenza [pdf]


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Curation: Scoop those slides! Scoop.it

Curation: Scoop those slides! Scoop.it | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Curation starts with great content. It\'s the impulse you had as a teenager when you discovered a song you instantly loved and rushed to your friends to make them listen to it. Or the awesome article you just have to share.

 

So today, we’re happy to announce our integration with SlideShare. It will make it easier than ever to curate presentations...

 

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http://blog.scoop.it/en/2012/09/11/scoop-these-slides/

 


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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including:

 

 –weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity

 

–underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design

 

–considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning

 

Some educators seek out the ideal of a 21st century learning environment constantly, while others prefer that we lose the phrase altogether, insisting that learning hasn’t changed, and good learning looks the same whether it’s the 12th or 21st century.

 

At TeachThought, we tend towards the tech-infused model, but do spend time exploring the limits and challenges of technology, the impact of rapid technology change, and carefully considering important questions before diving in head-first. 

 

The following take on 21st century learning developed by TeachThought is notable here because of the absence of technology. There is very little about iPads, social media, 1:10 laptops, or other tech-implementation. In that way, it is closer to the “classic” approach to “good learning” than it is the full-on digital fare we often explore.

 

The size of the circles on the map are intended to convey priority.

 

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning...

 

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http://www.teachthought.com/learning/9-characteristics-of-21st-century-learning/

 


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- 108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom

- 108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/technology-tools-for-education/p/2448449135/108-ways-to-use-word-clouds-in-the-classroom-word-clouds-in-education-series-part-2-michael-gorman

 


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What Is Thinglink?

What Is Thinglink? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Intro to Thinglink...

 

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http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/thinglink-for-teaching-learning/article-what-is-thinglink

 


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Gust MEES's comment, September 3, 2012 11:21 AM
http://www.scoop.it/u/hteague

Hi Helen,

Thx for sharing this! With Thinglink one can also share a whole course, I realized this here http://www.thinglink.com/scene/296377469991124993 Please check. Have a great day :)
Dr. Helen Teague's comment, September 6, 2012 9:05 AM
Hi Gust: Thanks for the link: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/296377469991124993
it is very informative!
Have a great time today!
Adam Schulman's curator insight, May 17, 2014 5:44 AM

ThingLink helps you create and find images from all over the net.  With those images you can then place comments and details to help your students to understand the image. You can also make your images come to life with music and video clips. you tell your stories.  I have found that the use of Thinglinks are very useful in educating students with LD's because it places: images, texts, and audio methods, at the teacher's disposal.

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Free Photos - Free Images - Royalty Free Photos

Free Photos - Free Images - Royalty Free Photos | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Download free and premium high quality photos and illustrations. Our professional, royalty free images can be used in corporate, personal and educational projects.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

 


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No Gust, thank you!!
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The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship

The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is important to understand for today's students, staff, and teachers. Microsoft has just unveiled a free curriculum that gives great tips and ideas on teaching digital citizenship and creative content.

 

A MUST read:

http://edudemic.com/2012/10/teachers-guide-digital-citizenship/

 


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Trend Micro: Is this website safe? Check it before sharing!

Trend Micro: Is this website safe? Check it before sharing! | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Site Safety Center

 

Gust MEES: In a world where nearly everything is getting shared it is very important to make sure that the shared websites (URL's) are safe! But how to know this?

 

Teachers as also learners share websites, so basics of IT-Security (not ONLY Internetsafety) are a MUST in Education!

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/get-smart-with-5-minutes-tutorialsit-securitypart-5-not-only-internetsafety-also-it-security/

 

 

This free service has been made available so that you can check the safety of a particular URL that might seem suspicious. Trend Micro reserves the right to block automated programs from submitting large numbers of URLs for analysis. If you need to check a lot of URLs, please contact Trend Micro for help.

 

Try it out, YOU should...:

http://global.sitesafety.trendmicro.com/

 

Check out also my FREE courses about basic IT-Security:

 

https://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/beginners-it-security-guide/

 

https://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/why-ict-security-why-the-need-to-secure-a-computer/

 

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/cyberhygiene-hygiene-for-ict-in-education-and-business/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/category/get-smart-with-5-minutes-tutorials/

 


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Instagrok - a promising curation tool interactive web search engine for learners

Instagrok - a promising curation tool interactive web search engine for learners | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

 

instaGrok allows students to keep a journal of their work . The journal is automatically populated with the websites a student visits, allowing them to keep an evolving annotated portfolio of their work. A teacher can see and comment on their students’ journals, or they can be shared with classmates so they can learn from one another! Here you can find age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces generates quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment .

 


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80 Educational Alternatives to YouTube

80 Educational Alternatives to YouTube | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Kids learn best when they see how things work, when, where and why they happen. Watching educational videos is a great way to learn because it allows kids to build a visual picture or model in their mind. The visual dimension not only helps them understand concepts better but also stimulates curiosity and encourages self-training.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/03/80-educational-alternatives-to-youtube.html

 


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5 Great Sites for Student Animation

5 Great Sites for Student Animation | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Animation is a great way to bring creativity into the classroom. Get your class excited and engaged with these 5 great websites for student animation.

 

 

 

 


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Rubrics for Evaluating Educational Apps

Rubrics for Evaluating Educational Apps | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
How do you choose the best educational app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand, sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources.

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.avatargeneration.com/2012/09/rubrics-for-evaluating-educational-apps/

 


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Teachers Guide to The Use of Twitter in Classroom

Teachers Guide to The Use of Twitter in Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

As you know Twitter has made such a big jump from just a social netwrok where people get to share their mundane activities to a rigorous learning and teaching activitiy. The potential of Twitter is even way bigger than we might think and I personally depend a lot on it for my professional development .Anyway, to bring you closer to how you can leverage this social media tool in your classroom and to help you learn more about the essentials of ' educational tweeting' I would recommend that you have a look at the guide below .

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/09/teachers-guide-to-use-of-twitter-in.html

 


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Stanford University Offers Free Entrepreneurial Courses Online

Stanford University Offers Free Entrepreneurial Courses Online | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
For those of us with a constant thirst for education, Stanford University is currently offering online courses this Fall - for free.

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/seanrosensteel/2012/09/10/stanford-university-offers-free-entrepreneurial-courses-online/

 


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50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia

50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Check out 50 of the best Twitter chats in academia, offering a great way to get connected and stay informed in the world of education.

 

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http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/09/09/50-great-twitter-chats-academia/

 


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How to Make Your Own Infographics

How to Make Your Own Infographics | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Website provides 10 tools for educators to make shareable online graphs and diagrams.

 

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http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2012/08/how-make-your-own-infographics

 


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Top Websites that provide Educational Video Tutorials for Teachers

Top Websites that provide Educational Video Tutorials for Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Video tutorials are great way to stimulate students cognitive capabilities and elicit more engagement from their part. But not all the teachers have the necessary skills or time to go about creating tutorials for their students and this is why we should always make sure we have a bunch of ready-made tutorials at our disposal for rainy days.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/free-teacher-video-tutorials.html

 


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New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now | Edudemic

New Study Finds 11 Real Ways Technology Is Affecting Education Right Now | Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

The amount of technology flooding into classrooms may vary widely, but there’s no denying that it’s a red-hot trend in education. A new study further bolsters this idea as it’s found that digital devices are saving students time, are widely accepted, and are actually making students more likely to do their homework.

 

All these factoids and more are presented in the study by CourseSmart and Wakefield Research which focused on more than 500 currently enrolled college students. It found that nearly all of the students (98%) that own a device have used it in school. 90% of these students say it saves them time, too. Here’s the rundown of what the study found according to a recent MarketWatch article (also check out the handy infographic below for even more details)...

 

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http://edudemic.com/2012/08/new-study-finds-11-real-ways-technology-is-affecting-education-right-now/

 


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