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Online education trend expands

Online education trend expands | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Over the past several months, dozens of universities, including the University of Texas System, Brown and Wesleyan, have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

Last week, the American Council on Education, an association for higher education presidents, raised the possibility that such courses could count toward a degree when it said it would review several to determine whether they ought to be eligible for transfer credit.


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How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success

How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"Whether you teach entirely online or have a physical space, your digital classroom needs to facilitate successful learning. There is no one right way to arrange or present education to your students. However, there are markers and go to ideas for a healthy digital learning environment."

 

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Una de las partes más importantes de las nuevas tecnologías es saber implementarlas en clase. Las técnicas quizá todavía no están claras, pero con este artículo se muestran algunas claves, como la consistencia en el método escogido o alentar que los alumnos compartan dispositivos.
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How to Begin Asking Authentic Learning Questions Right Now

How to Begin Asking Authentic Learning Questions Right Now | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Authentic learning happens when our learners look beyond the test and the right and wrong answers to achieve critical understandings and vital life skills.

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Teaching & Developing Critical Thinking

Teaching & Developing Critical Thinking | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Thinking allows connections, leads to development of new ideas.

Thinking in the right frame is valid in learning. Developing the right frame of thinking is essential in teaching.

Spread of false news, image editing and blending, audio editing, and video clipping are some common fallacy we come upon. Belief in such mistaken identities can be dangerous to individuals and societies. To bring upon awareness on such misinterpreted or misrepresented information, thinking skills need to be developed among students

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New Infographic: The 12 C's To Managing the Modern Classroom - The Innovative Educator  @InnovativeEdu

New Infographic: The 12 C's To Managing the Modern Classroom - The Innovative Educator  @InnovativeEdu | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Time off-task. Distractions. These are problems educators new to using technology might face in their classrooms. But used correctly, technology can easily move from a weapon of mass distraction, to a tool of engagement.  


Experienced and talented #NYCSchoolsTech teachers shared their tried and true strategies and the software selections that work in their classrooms. I categorized them and wrote them up into a list. Innovative educator Eileen Lennon took that list and turned it into this infographic.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, November 29, 8:30 AM
Good sensible plan!
Presenters's curator insight, November 30, 3:01 AM
¿Cómo dirigir las clases modernas? En esta infografía aparecen elementos que te ayudarán mucho. 
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Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries

Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"Can a library be the perfect place for personalized learning? We believe the answer is yes. Libraries offer endless resources, space for learning, and individuals who are ready to assist students in the learning and research process."


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These 7 Strategies Help You Reach Challenging Students More Effectively

These 7 Strategies Help You Reach Challenging Students More Effectively | Education Matters | Scoop.it

One of the most common tasks we have as educators is trying to reach challenging students. It will happen to all teachers of all levels eventually. Every once in a while there’s one student that tries our patience to the limits. Perhaps they’re rude or disruptive. Maybe they’re lazy or apathetic—you name it. Whatever the case, that one kid makes you question why you became a teacher. And that really bothers you.

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Characteristics of Effective Learning Feedback

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Students work on the feedback provided to them to bring the best out in their performance. However, there can be a possibility that students are getting the right feedback which hinders their growth. Without having the correct feedback it is impossible for students to work on their weak areas. As educators, the feedback provided needs to be of sort that can direct students towards better results.

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Mónica Antequera's curator insight, November 9, 12:30 PM
Características del Feedback Efectivo en Educación
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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, November 10, 9:47 AM
Try some, analyze the results, & decide if the alternatives measure up.
Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, November 23, 1:05 PM

Todos los padres sabemos el problema que nos plantean los escolares con sus deberes o tareas que les ponen para hacer en casa. Pero hay alternativas a esa forma de aprendizaje

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, November 24, 5:45 AM
Wat als... we het concept huiswerk eens herbekijken.
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Blended Learning Ideas for Modern Classrooms: 8 Strategies and 3 Projects

Blended Learning Ideas for Modern Classrooms: 8 Strategies and 3 Projects | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Presenting information to students the right way can be the key to achieving learning outcomes. We see them developing higher levels of interest in what they need to learn. Beyond that, we make learning exciting enough to become a lifelong pursuit for them. There are many different ways to do this in a modern classroom. One of the most popular today is using blended learning ideas. 


There are many benefits of using blended learning in the classroom. Many teachers lack the experience of using technology to help their students, though. Incorporating blended learning projects into the classroom can be a difficult and frustrating experience. This can be turned around with time, and an interest in connecting students to meaningful learning.

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Five Practices to Unleash Problem Solvers

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, October 29, 6:15 PM
For me, the phrase "unleashing problem solvers" brings to mind the barely contained energy of racehorses at the starting gate: The gates open, and the horses fly out of confinement, taking off in a display of their natural speed, grace, and ability. That's what it can feel like in a classroom where children are encouraged and expected to be masterful problem solvers. So how do we release the natural energy for problem solving within our students? In my classroom, I rely on five practices that help students develop critical thinking, creativity, communication skills, and collaboration skills—the "Four Cs" of 21st century learning (NEA, n.d.).
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Combining Inquiry and PBL: 3 Guidelines for Success

Combining Inquiry and PBL: 3 Guidelines for Success | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Engaging in inquiry does not mean logging hours in the library or on the computer searching for information. Especially with elementary students, inquiry happens in a variety of settings and experiences. As John Larmer, Editor in Chief of the Buck Institute, points out: “Students can find answers to their questions from many sources, including readings, but also experts, experiments, and field work.”


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 23, 8:38 AM
Seems like this is a common question for teachers. Consider these recommendations.
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What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland

What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland | Education Matters | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 1:51 PM
The infograhic is helpful. I am not convinced that these are new skills. John Dewey wrote about character, learning as social, communicating, problem solving, etc. a century ago.
Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 10:13 PM
This article adds Citizenship and Character Development to the 4C's.  I agree!
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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know | Education Matters | Scoop.it
As education continues to evolve, adding in new trends, technologies, standards, and 21st century thinking habits, there is one constant that doesn’t change.

The human brain.

But neuroscience isn’t exactly accessible to most educators, rarely published, and when it is, it’s often full of odd phrasing and intimidating jargon. Worse, there seems to be a disconnect between the dry science of neurology, and the need teachers have for relevant tools, resources, and strategies in the classroom.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 6, 8:38 AM
Knew many but I have quite a few to master. Start with the ones you use and check your understanding. Occasionally add to.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, December 7, 4:39 AM
Verrijk uw neurologisch-didactische vocabularium en spreek voortaan eenzelfde taal in uw team. 
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8 Great Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions - Teachthoughts

8 Great Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions - Teachthoughts | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so.

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What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’?

What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Personalization is often used in the ed-tech community to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace. The only choice a student gets is what box to check on the screen and how quickly to move through the exercises. For many educators that’s not the true meaning of “personalized learning.”

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 4, 1:36 AM

Worth a read.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 4, 5:12 PM
"Personalization is often used in the ed-tech community to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace."

How is that different than the traditional process of prescribed set of activities. The only difference is pacing, maybe? What is different is it is an facile and trite new expression that is easy to throw out there and impress people. It is part of a nonsensical neo-liberal agenda.

I subscribe to John Dewey, William Doll, and Ted Aoki and letting students have a voice in their learning in ways that allow them freedom to make choices and still follow the curriculum-as-plan.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 5, 7:39 AM

Personalized learning is not learn at your pace and check the box when you are done. Thats control and compliance to learn something. Personalized learning misgiving the learner the  freedom to follow a meaningful line of inquiry, while building the skills to connect, challenge and analyze information and make their assumptions on best way to leverage those skills.

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5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Barbara Oakley’s professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (which is not affiliated with this MindShift). Oakley co-created Coursera’s most popular course, “Learning How to Learn,” with Terrence Sejnowski, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students. 

But Oakley is a self-described “former math flunky” who “retooled” her brain — and who has since made it her life’s work to help others learn how to learn by explaining some key principles from modern neuroscience. 

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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it
35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

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Marta Torán's curator insight, November 15, 3:13 PM

Estrategias de Aprendizaje basadas en principios psicológicos. ¡Hasta 35!

Mark Cottee's curator insight, November 19, 11:14 PM
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Making Technology Transitions Less Scary: 8 Keys To Success -

Making Technology Transitions Less Scary: 8 Keys To Success - | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Technology transitions can be scary for school districts.

New technology often means changing the way your teachers and staff do their jobs on a day-to-day basis. For many people, change is scary. For teachers, this is no different.

There are so many things teachers do in the classrooms that the thought of changing something could tumble the entire house of cards. It’s easy to think that implementing a new technology tool is only about making the technology work, but it is so much more.

New technology requires a change in mindset for your district. So how do school districts implement new technology on a large scale, without too much disruption, while still getting the most of the new tool?

Here are 8 keys to the success of your new technology rollout. You can use these to help your implementation run as smoothly as possible so teachers can get up to speed as quickly as possible, and begin impacting student achievement.

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Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons | Education Matters | 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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Ileane Smith's comment, November 17, 10:33 AM
Hi there! FYI - the first tool listed there is the YouTube editor, but YouTube retired the editor a few weeks ago.
Nevermore Sithole's comment, November 22, 1:57 AM
Thank you for this information
Nevermore Sithole's comment, November 22, 1:57 AM
Thank you for this information
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Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy) - Edutopia

Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy) - Edutopia | Education Matters | Scoop.it
A handful of tips to help teachers ease into PBL without getting overwhelmed.

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5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid by Frank McKay

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Why the Increased Focus on Social-Emotional Learning? - by Katherine Prince

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by Katherine Prince

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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 8:38 PM

I was a little skeptical on this.  However, if you think about it-it makes sense.  All of this technology used for social media is impeding students from learning to critically think, collaborate, empathize-among other things.  Helping them learn to work closely with others in a school environment will help them learn to engage well with others at work and in society as a whole when they are adults.

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10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class via educators' technology

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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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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 8:17 PM

There's little better in a classroom than a great discussion.  That's why I really like the ideas here, especially under "Encourage Students to Expand their Answers".  A great discussion fosters learning and students never even know it happened.  I still remember some of the great discussions in past classes!

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5 ways educational games improve learning, according to teachers

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When teachers used educational games in the classroom, students raised test scores by more than half a letter grade in only three weeks.

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Matt Adcock's curator insight, December 6, 7:12 AM

This article disccuss the merit of game-based learning