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27 ways to becoming a 21st century teacher - Daily Genius

27 ways to becoming a 21st century teacher - Daily Genius | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 30, 2014 1:41 PM

There are some great ideas. Teachers should also use some of the ideas i.e. question what they are learning, photograph the world they live in, be involved in the community, etc. By setting positive and authentic examples, teachers have an opportunity to help students with their role modeling.

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12 Books That Made You Fall In Love With Reading

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Twelve writers talk about the stories that sparked their lifelong love affair with books.
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Video Nature Flash: Summer Wildlife In England

Nature Flash: wildlife intimate moments
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University of Calgary. Cooperative Workrooms for students.

University of Calgary. Cooperative Workrooms for students. | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Learn about our workrooms & reserve one for group collaboration or study.”
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Kansas boy fighting back after outdoor library shut down by ordinance

Kansas boy fighting back after outdoor library shut down by ordinance | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ Spencer Collins told Fox4KC he had the idea to create a “free little library” after his mother, an elementary school teacher, saw the idea in another state. ”
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The Cuckoo's Calling by J. K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith

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Smart page turner – I downloaded this book because of the buzz and stayed because I literally couldn’t put it down. First of all, I cared about the main characters…they were complex, interesting and not the least bit cliched. Strike, the main character has a fascinating history and an equally interesting present. Others are likewise intriguing. I wanted to sit down with them, have a good dinner and knew I would be assured of good conversation. The plot is sophisticated and the process of moving through the puzzle is drawn in great detail. I also thought the descriptions of place and people were very well done. The narration was excellent.
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British Library puts 1,200 'literary treasures' on new website

British Library puts 1,200 'literary treasures' on new website | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
From Brontë childhood writings to press coverage of Oscar Wilde's trial, 'greatest literary treasures' put online in what will be the largest digital English literature resource.
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A three-time Caldecott winner talks with his editor about how a children's book is made

A three-time Caldecott winner talks with his editor about how a children's book is made | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
Margaret Ferguson has edited children’s books for over 30 years, and is now the publisher of Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. She talked with three-time Caldecott Honor winner and MacArthur Fellow Peter Sís, about the process of editing a picture book and how Sís’ new children’s biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Pilot and the Little Prince, was made.
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5 Easy Ways to Bring Environmental Education Into Your Classroom

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“ Hi Friends, This is Sarah Winchell from Teaching Resources for the Classroom and I'm so glad that spring is here. The daffodils are blooming and spring is ushering in longer days and chances to be outside.”
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Environmental Education Curriculum Provided at Kids for Saving Earth (KSE)

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“ Environmental education curriculum by mail and online for free at Kids for Saving Earth.”
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Six Key Reasons The New Next Generation Science Standards Are Great News For Environmental Education

Six Key Reasons The New Next Generation Science Standards Are Great News For Environmental Education | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ One of the most exciting things to ever happen to U.S. environmental education has come from the developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The reasons for this may not be immediately obvious, but let me explain. The “Next Gen” science standards (first published in May 2013...”
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Re-connecting Geography and Environmental Education

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“ Hodder Education Geography Nest -Our online community for geography teachers and experts, sharing and discussing ideas, resources and all things geography! Hodder Education publishes geography resources for KS3, GCSE and A Level.” This blog post emphasizes the importance of spatial thinking and place-based understanding in environmental studies meaning that all environmental education should have at least some measure of geography embedded within. Geoliteracy is critical for successful environmental education and geographers should advocate for that inclusion.
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What's your ECOpedagogy? - Environmental Education with Mobile Devices - Paul Kelba

“ What’s Your ECOpedagogy?Environmental Education with Mobile Devices - Paul Kelba Calgary Board of Education ISTE 2013”
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This slideshare presentation highlights a range of geographical tasks that can be enhanced using different mobile technologies. Great ideas for data collection, recording and organising information on fieldtrips using mobile devices.

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He hononga a te ao matihiko ki te mahi tiaki taiao.

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Read to babies every day, pediatricians now say

Read to babies every day, pediatricians now say | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
Any experienced parent will tell you: You really can't expect your kids to start reading until long after they start talking. If your daughter or son can make out words at 4, jump for joy.
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, June 25, 2014 11:01 AM
Reading to your baby every day helps "immunize ... against illiteracy."
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Lois Lowry: Reflecting on 20 Years of 'The Giver', her dystopian children's novel

Lois Lowry: Reflecting on 20 Years of 'The Giver', her dystopian children's novel | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
The important thing is that a film doesn't obliterate a book. The movie is here now. But the book hasn't gone away. It has simply grown up, grown larger, and begun to glisten in a new way....
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How are butterflies and moths related? - The Earth Times

How are butterflies and moths related? - The Earth Times | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ The Earth Times How are butterflies and moths related? The Earth Times With day and night terrestrial niches within the herbivorous and pollinating business, there is evidence that they have co-evolved with innumerable flowering plants.”
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The One Thing You MUST Be Confident About (Your Writing) | Positive Writer

The One Thing You MUST Be Confident About (Your Writing) | Positive Writer | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ I had found the confidence I needed and never knew I had. I’d like to show you how to find that confidence for yourself.”
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The Witness by Nora Roberts [abridge]

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Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
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'How to write good'

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Environmental & STEM Education: A Natural Connection

Great presentation on Environmental Education from The Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO).
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Educational Technology Guy: STEM and our Planet - Environmental issues in STEM Education

Educational Technology Guy: STEM and our Planet - Environmental issues in STEM Education | Art & Nature | Scoop.it

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Harris County Precinct One Environmental Education Program seeks Traveling Naturalist Interns

Harris County Precinct One Environmental Education Program seeks Traveling Naturalist Interns | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
“ The Environmental Education Programs seeks two interns for the summer.”
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Gaia Town is a 3D environmental education game

Gaia Town is a 3D environmental education game | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
The movement to become more environmentally responsible and create a sustainable society has taken root all over the world. Most experts agree that this will be a gradual process with future generations becoming more accountable for this change. Thus education and involvement of today’s youth is a critical component for a sustainable future. Could there be a better way to engage children than through a new video game? Probably not. That’s the strategy behind Gaia Town ( www.gaiatown.com ), an environmental education game for children. Gaia Town is being produced by Mas Digital, a Guatemalan gaming company. “Our planet is on a dangerous course and it’s extremely important to make a change now,” said Antonio Carias, COO of Mas Digital. “Gaia Town is a game in which you can help our troubled planet by building your own town from scratch. “This environmental game educates through short lessons and reinforces through game play the importance of things like recycling, reducing carbon emissions, fire safety, organic food sources, energy solutions and more.” The first step in playing the game is creating a personalized town. Gaia Town then guides each player through different activities like picking up trash, recycling, harvesting crops and other unique pursuits that will determine the course of the town. Each town can be viewed in rotating 3D, allowing players to check every building, street and angle. The goal is to increase the size of the town – but in a sustainable way. With complex game strategies, colorful and engaging graphics, and sophisticated functionality, this educational game requires many hours of work as well as intricate, multi-functional software. Carias estimates that $200,000 will be needed to fund the project. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which can be viewed at www.kickstarter.com/projects/933524150/gaiatown-the-fun-game-to-save-the-planet . Donations of any amount are welcome. The goal of Carias’s Kickstarter project is to be able to release GaiaTown in September 2014. The funds will support the work needed to finish the game and publish on iTunes and Google Play. Carias would also like to expand the story, create new mini-games, add more avatars, broaden the city catalog, enhance the graphics, add other languages and so much more! With your help, we can raise a generation of kids that understands how our planet works, realizes the challenges it is facing, and is prepared to create a better future. Depending on their donation levels, backers can receive copies of the game, the Gaia Town soundtrack, their own avatar in the game and other perks. “While Gaia Town is an engaging and entertaining game, the goal is to educate our children,” said Carias. “It will raise awareness about the state of our planet and provide support to solve global problems like climate change and pollution.” For further information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/933524150/gaiatown-the-fun-game-to-save-the-planet ; the Gaia Town website, www.gaiatown.com ; or the Gaia Town Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Gaia-Town/445242475590338?ref=hl Carias can be reached directly at info@gaiatown.com Contact: Antonio Carias Company: Gaia Town City: Guatemala City Zip Code: 01009 Country: Guatemala Phone: +502-43918400 Email: antonio@mas.com.gt Website: http://www.gaiatown.com
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Spatial Environmental Education | GIS Education Community

Spatial Environmental Education | GIS Education Community | Art & Nature | Scoop.it
Zooming in to a satellite image to examine deforestation, visualizing the retreat of a glacier, and navigating a trail on a smartphone have become commonplace in the 21st century. For centuries, maps have stirred imaginations and inspired explorations of the unknown. Far from the static documents of the past, today’s maps can be manipulated and combined with other maps, charts, images, databases, videos, websites, and other data to help us understand spatial relationships. Geotechnologies make the maps and the everyday activities detailed above possible. However, the technologies are effective because the people using them have cultivated a spatial way of looking at the world by examining patterns, relationships and trends through maps. Decisions that use GIS include planning urban greenways, mitigating invasive weeds, locating optimal sites for wind energy, and studying the impact of groundwater withdrawal on aquifers, from a local to global scale. Geotechnologies are more than cool tools; they provide a way of exploring a rich body of content, a framework for thinking about the world, helping develop key critical and holistic thinking skills in problem-based scenarios. Through GIS, students grapple with current, relevant, important issues in science, such as sustainable agriculture, natural hazards, water, energy, climate, and others. GIS enables these issues to be analyzed spatially because they all have a geographic component. Spatial analysis through geotechnologies helps students solve problems. Students begin to see the big picture so that they can understand how different patterns and trends are related. Students become involved digital citizens that can use the technologies to ask the “what if” questions, test hypotheses, and model scenarios using a valuable 21st century tool. See more at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/2014/05/09/spatial-environmental-education/#sthash.qrrMBk5o.dpuf
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