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Using digital tools to make a difference

Using digital tools to make a difference | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Things have changed for anyone who wants to make a difference today.  Using simple digital tools to raise awareness about causes in a process dubbed “clicktivism,” we can draw attention to the issues that we care about easily.
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Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note

Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Who would have thought that simply putting a bit of semi-sticky glue on the back of a small piece of paper could be so powerful for student learning? How do you use sticky notes in your classroom?
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Year in review: Our 10 most-tweeted education posts | SmartBlogs

Year in review: Our 10 most-tweeted education posts | SmartBlogs | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

SmartBlog on Education has explored a wide range of topics since its launch.

Here’s a look at our ten most-tweeted education posts of 2012.

 

1. Are kids really motivated by technology?

2. What is a 21st-century teacher?

3. 3 tips for teachers new to Twitter

4. Homework: It fails our students and undermines American education

5. Using technology in the classroom the right way

6. Flipped classrooms: Let’s change the discussion

7. Snapshot of a modern learner

8. What is an ed-tech leader?

9. De-grade your classroom and instead use narrative feedback

10. 5 simple ways to be a better teacher tomorrow

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format.

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Interesting discussion below the infographic on whether the labels are switched on cognitivism and constructivism.

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U.S. Education Dept. Offers Tools for Evaluating Ed. Tech.

U.S. Education Dept. Offers Tools for Evaluating Ed. Tech. | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

Education technology, to state the obvious, is everywhere. But how can school officialsjudge the effectiveness of the myriad tools and products being marketed to them, and their usefulness in terms of meeting the particular needs of teachers and students?

 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a draft report, "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World," designed to offer the education community some guidance for navigating the crowded tech landscape.

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Useful iPad App Recommendations | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Useful iPad App Recommendations | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
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21st Century Learning for a Purpose

21st Century Learning for a Purpose | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
(W)e seem to be conflating the technical ability to make a video and put it on YouTube with the intellectual ability to have an idea, think it through, develop an artistic vision to present that idea to others, develop a structure in which to present the idea, draft a creative presentation, edit it, and THEN present it to the world. In other words, we're rarely combining the thinking process with the technical ability to present content.
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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 18, 2012 10:21 PM

Great blog entry! We must always have a purpose when we ask students to work...

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24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know

24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Education technology has a language all its own. In this article, writer Corey Murray shares 24 education-technology terms that should be known by all teachers and administrators. Among the terms are one-to-one learning, adaptive learning, blended learning and differentiated learning, in which technology is used to match students' individual learning styles.
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How to Gain Parent Buy-In for Classroom Technology Integration

How to Gain Parent Buy-In for Classroom Technology Integration | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Getting parents on board for technology integration can be a challenge, says teacher Jennifer Carey. Here are some strategies she's used to gain parent buy-in.
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5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration

5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
The Internet has made the world smaller. Teachers can now collaborate with classrooms around the world to expose different culture to students. Two educators listed just a few of the advantages of investing in a globally connected classroom during a recent webinar hosted by EdWeb.

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The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

Technology will define where online education goes next. All those millions of students clicking online can have their progress tracked, logged, studied, and probably influenced, too. Talk to Khan or anyone behind the MOOCs (which largely sprang from university departments interested in computer intelligence) and they’ll all say their eventual goal isn’t to stream videos but to perfect education through the scientific use of data. Just imagine, they say, software that maps an individual’s knowledge and offers a lesson plan unique to him or her.


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Awesome article. Tks!
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Visual Recording on the iPad

A brief overview of how to use the iPad for visual recording/notetaking. Includes things to consider when doing this; how this is different from traditional (paper-based) visual recording; and comparisons of four tools (Ideas, AirSketch, Brushes, and SketchbookPro).
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12 YouTube Videos Every Online Educator Should View

12 YouTube Videos Every Online Educator Should View | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
What are the benefits for the teacher and learner in the context of open education and OER? How does a blended-learning school boost student achievement? How can we design the schools for 21st Century Learning? How will be the classroom of tomorrow? What are the tools and resources for the 21st Century Educator?
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How Teachers Use Skype in the Classroom

How Teachers Use Skype in the Classroom | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
"Skype in the Classroom" was created for teachers so that they could introduce their pupils to cultures and experts worldwide in real time
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Picture Perfect: Teaching to Visual Literacy -- THE Journal

Picture Perfect: Teaching to Visual Literacy -- THE Journal | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Visual Literacy proponent Lynell Burmark explains why the use of images is so important in the classroom and how it can help teachers meet the challenges of getting through the curriculum and engaging students in skills and content they'll actually remember and apply after the test.
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Student Research: The Right Information at the Right Time

Student Research: The Right Information at the Right Time | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

Reducing "information noise" for students is near the top of the list of responsibilities for the 21st century teacher.

 

But teaching students to do this for themselves, so that they have a far greater likelihood of finding the right information at the right time, just might be responsibility number one.

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30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic

30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn - Edudemic | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
What are the real ways students learn? Is daydreaming a good thing? Should they play violent video games? A new report takes a close look.
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Some not so surprising or controversial, but a thought provoking list.

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educational-origami - Comparing 20th & 21st Century Education

educational-origami - Comparing 20th & 21st Century Education | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it

Comparing 20 and 21C learning. Which century is your class in? http://t.co/uFGXn7ej

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YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum

An exciting initiative for students and teachers to develop digital literacy skills on YouTube and across the wider web in a few short lessons. Go to http://www.google.com/edu/ytcurric or http://www.youtube.com/teachers
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This video serves as an introduction to an exciting initiative for students and teachers, which can also be used by parents, to develop digital literacy skills on YouTube and across the wider web in a few short lessons. The interactive curriculum is aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:  YouTube’s policies, How to report content on YouTube, How to protect their privacy online, How to be responsible YouTube community members, How to be responsible digital citizens. The goal is to help students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity. To take part, go to http://www.google.com/edu/ytcurric

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started. BY EDUTOPIA STAFF

Resources by Topic:
All About Twitter
The Un-Conference Model
Tech Tools on Your Own Time
Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
Additional Resources on the Web
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Snapshot of a Deeper Learning Classroom: Aligning TED Talks to the Four Cs

Snapshot of a Deeper Learning Classroom: Aligning TED Talks to the Four Cs | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Edutopia is pleased to premiere the first blog in a new series designed to showcase compelling examples of how students are developing 21st century skills through a deeper-level of learning. Through this blog series, we hope to increase awareness and encourage replication of successful models.
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Digital Citizenship| The Committed Sardine

Digital Citizenship| The Committed Sardine | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school.

The speed, immediacy, accessibility, and ease of use—means that Global Digital Citizenship is paramount.

But how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?
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Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Connected Learning “is an answer to three key shifts as society evolves from the industrial age of the 20th century and its one-size-fits-all factory approach to educating youth to a 21st century networked society.
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Online Citizenship | Common Craft

Online Citizenship | Common Craft | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
Most people are good citizens in the offline world. They are kind to others, they obey laws and want their community to be a better place.

But these days many of us are also citizens of the online world. We participate in discussions, share photos, and get help using websites. While this makes communication faster and easier, it can also cause problems.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 4, 2012 9:00 PM

Common Craft videos always do a great job explaining basic concepts. 

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Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Contemporary learning | Scoop.it
This Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers is an important resource for Member States in their continuing work towards achieving the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) – all related to MIL.

It is pioneering for two reasons. First, it is forward looking, drawing on present trends toward the convergence of radio, television, Internet, newspapers, books, digital archives and libraries into one platform – thereby, for the first time, presenting MIL in a holistic manner. Second, it is specifically designed with teachers in mind and for integration into the formal teacher education system, thus launching a catalytic process which should reach and build capacities of millions of young people.
Via Dr. Luis Cañals
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