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Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi

Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I regularly use my Nexus 7 or my Android smartphone (was Galaxy S2, now Nexus 5) to help me with my Raspberry Pi activities. Here is a 'top ten' roundup of my favourite Android apps that I use with...

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Tools to Help Students Follow Their Passions

Tools to Help Students Follow Their Passions | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
With a little help from technology, a young filmmaker, musician, writer, or artist can pursue their work like a pro.

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8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge by Barbara Blackburn

8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge by Barbara Blackburn | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
By Barbara Blackburn

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Hipster Google - Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

Hipster Google - Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Google is well know for certain tools and services - Search, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Maps, Chrome, and such

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STEM Tools, DIY Projects, and Toys - by Miguel Guhlin - TCEA

STEM Tools, DIY Projects, and Toys - by Miguel Guhlin - TCEA | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
by Miguel Guhlin

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From Dabbling to Doing: 6 Tools That Excite Kids About Coding - MindShift

From Dabbling to Doing: 6 Tools That Excite Kids About Coding - MindShift | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
It’s clear coding and computer science have become key priorities in K-12 education. From Code.org’s massive round of funding and the formulation of the Computer Science Coalition to President Obama’s Computer Science For All initiative to big school districts, like the San Francisco Unified School District, building K-12 computer science curriculum – there’s indications that this is more than a passing fad.

Many educators are excited about the opportunities coding and computer science offer students, but with these new curricular priorities come the major practical, pedagogical challenges of building a scope and sequence and then transforming it into units and lessons (not to mention, you know, teaching). Given the problems computer science has had meeting the needs of all students — especially early on — there’s some tough challenges ahead for school leaders and educators to make sure computer science for all doesn’t fall flat.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 7, 2017 2:21 PM

Assessment Rubrics in #MakerEd.  Edutopia article.

JESSE's curator insight, July 12, 2017 6:35 PM
Awesome'

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 26, 2017 9:00 PM
good idea for a authentic assessment rubric
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SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle

SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Far more complex couplings between SAMR and Bloom are possible, involving convergent/divergent branchings, oscillations between levels, skipping of some SAMR levels, etc. Nonetheless, the simple structure described above is well suited to beginning practitioners’ needs, and even retains usefulness for more experienced faculty.


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Bloom's Taxonomy
Pascal Baquet's curator insight, April 6, 2017 2:32 AM

Combinaison intéressante des deux modèles. Sans doute une aide pour les formateurs en transition digitale.


 

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Most people are secretly threatened by creativity

Most people are secretly threatened by creativity | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
The problem begins with education. We know that teachers say creativity is important. But research shows that many teachers define creativity as a skill that’s mainly associated with the arts—thereby downplaying the essential role that creativity plays in everything from math and science to argumentative writing and sports. Furthermore, teachers routinely label creative students as “disruptive,” treating outside-the-box thinking not as a strength but as a problem to be dealt with.

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Messy Makerspace- Cleaning up the Project “In Progress” Shelf - @GravesColleen

Messy Makerspace- Cleaning up the Project “In Progress” Shelf - @GravesColleen | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Early in February, I decided it was time to tackle the messiest area of our makerspace. Nope, it’s not our maker supply storage, thanks to Leslie Terronez, we cleaned that up last year. It’s not our littleBits cabinet (although, yes, it needs frequent re-organization.) It’s a little old area, I’ve been tinkering with since 2015…..

…..the maker “In-progress”project shelf.

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4 Ways to Teach With Play via @coolcatteacher

4 Ways to Teach With Play via @coolcatteacher | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

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#LEGO #Challenge #Calendar Free Printable for Kids

#LEGO #Challenge #Calendar Free Printable for Kids | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

" A free Printable LEGO challenge calendar to use anytime during the year. Print it out, hang it up, give it to your kids. Feel inspired and taking your LEGO building time in a new direction. I have written out 31 Days of fun LEGO ideas using the bricks you have  and hopefully thinking of new ways to use some of those specialty pieces that don’t see much action. We love kid’s LEGO activities!"


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The 4Cs Are About to Become the 5Ms of the 22nd Century | krissy venosdale

The 4Cs Are About to Become the 5Ms of the 22nd Century | krissy venosdale | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"The pendulum in education swings.  The 4C’s seem to be where it’s at right now… creativity, collaboration, connection, and communication.  Getting kids to connect and create is important.  


But what are we missing when we KEEP talking about 21st century learning? The 4M’s.  I think it’s where we are heading.  No, I hope it’s where we are heading.


Meaningful, mindful, moments, and making."


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Four Ways to Make Boring Meetings (read classes) Better with the Torrance Incubation Model

Four Ways to Make Boring Meetings (read classes) Better with the Torrance Incubation Model | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Paul "Torrance pinpointed 18 cognitive skills that are part of the creative thinking process. They include humor, imagination, originality, and synthesizing. For the sake of simplicity, let’s take humor as an example.In what ways might I incorporate humor to heighten my team’s anticipation about our upcoming strategic planning meeting? "

[4 Ways to Incorporate Humor in a meeting/class]

1. One way to incorporate humor is by sending a funny video in your meeting email confirmation:

“Hi All, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 10 am at our strategic planning session. In preparation for the meeting, please watch this quick, three-minute YouTube video. Cheers!”

Your team members will quickly realize that the video is Tripp and Tyler’s parody of “Every Meeting Ever,” hilariously accurate with all the usual suspect personalities. You’ll have them surprised and laughing, and at the meeting tomorrow you can open with a confession and that you are turning over a new leaf on boring, unproductive meetings.

Videos are effective to stoke humor but there are so many other possibilities.

2. Another way to use humor is to draw on your own strengths. For example, I can imagine my punster father writing this email to his banking colleagues:

“A wealth manager, an operations technician, and the CEO walked into a bar. Come to tomorrow’s meeting at 10 am and I will reveal the punchline!”

This is setting the tone. It’s what teacher Emily Hyland likes to call “making a pitch.”

3. Another possibility to engage humor and originality is to pose a question:

“As you prepare for tomorrow’s strategy meeting at 10 am, think about the following question: In what ways might we incorporate productive humor into this and future meetings? The funnier your response, the better. See you there!”

Take just 3 minutes at the start of the meeting to share and have a laugh.

4. When you connect humor to the very topic of your meeting, you will get right to the next stage of Torrance's model and dive deeper into the topic.

If you are discussing the development of an online financial portal, your email might look like this:

“In preparation for tomorrow’s development meeting at 10 am, please consider the following question: What tweaks might we make to the product so that customers experience a smile or a laugh during their user experience? The wackier the ideas the better, as crazy ideas can help us break out of the current predictability of our thinking.”


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“Rice above the statistics”: using grains of rice for data visualisation

“Rice above the statistics”: using grains of rice for data visualisation | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Statistics are a particularly useful source of evidence to help students form opinions and illustrate their arguments, but can too easily become meaningless numbers lacking in persuasive force (as Stalin infamously put it “One death is a tragedy. A million is merely a statistic”). An effective way to combat this is by challenging students to “guess the statistic” in advance of being given the data to generate an element of surprise or even shock when they are presented with the correct numbers. However, to impress these statistics more effectively upon the memory, it is worth getting students to then present them in a visually engaging way. Histograms and pie charts are a classic way of doing this, but an even better way is to use grains of rice to create physical representations of the statistics. Here is a fantastic exposition by the artists of Stan’s Cafe:

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Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity via Matt Miller

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity via Matt Miller | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Want to add deep, critical thinking, engaging visuals and a little fun? Try using Caption This! activities using Google Drawings and/or Slides!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 7, 9:57 AM

This is definitely COOL! AND it uses @Bitmoji !!

Thanks @jmattmiller!

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Video lessons creation tool

Video lessons creation tool | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
If you're new here, it's best to browse the video quizzes in our library and see what an interactive video quiz is (it's simple: questions popping up during the video).

If you like them, you can make your own quiz from any Youtube or Vimeo video here on iSLCollective (Click here or on the Upload menu). It takes 5 minutes to learn to use the quiz maker, and about 0.5-1 hour to finish a quiz.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 15, 2017 5:06 AM

A huge collection of free video activities and a tool and tutorial to create your own.

Greg Quinlivan's curator insight, December 15, 2017 11:24 PM
Huge collection of video quizzes with a variety of question types and a variety of presentation styles. Well organised according to level, focus, etc. An excellent resource.
ducky58's curator insight, December 17, 2017 8:05 AM
Utilissimo strumento per creare video interattivi
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Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years -- Campus Technology

Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years -- Campus Technology | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Faculty in our 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey believe tech will play a positive role in the future of higher education — but some technologies will be more important than others.

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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This is so great!
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Project-Based Learning Research Review

Project-Based Learning Research Review | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results.

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53 ways to check for understanding via Edutopia - Assessment for Learning

Infographic by Edutopia featuring 53 ways to check for understanding ... beyond pen/pencil written tests


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5 Ways to Use the Raspberry Pi Camera Module for Time-Lapse Photography

5 Ways to Use the Raspberry Pi Camera Module for Time-Lapse Photography | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
When paired with the popular camera module and portable battery, the Raspberry Pi can be used as a surreptitious camera. With this in mind, I recently captured five stunning time lapse videos.

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Build your own matchbox sized DIY timelapse spy camera for only $30

I’ve been a huge fan of the Arduino for quite a few years now. It allows me control cameras and lights in ways that would be otherwise impossible. As an open source project based on the Atmel…

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Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites.  Based on the responses to that Padlet, we noticed an important shift in Maker Education.  Once driven by STEM and makerspace in a box types of kits, we are seeing much more of an emphasis on open-ended exploration and stocking makerspaces with materials that foster that. We strongly believe that makerspaces should be unique learning environments that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all.  Our list for 2016 reflects that same philosophy.

With so many amazing makerspace products now flooding the market, it was an incredibly difficult task to narrow our favorites down to just 10. All of the items on our list are aligned to the Worlds of Making ‘MAKER’ Framework, which serves as a guide for choosing the right products for your makerspace.  

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paul rayner's curator insight, November 30, 2016 3:46 PM
It's kind of ironic that our "favourite" Makerspace "ingredients" are mass manufactured products. It kind of flies in the face of what Makerspaces really should be.
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What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News)

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it


"In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.” 


 In that article and in many other articles, there is another term that appears often: “Computational thinking.” Well, what is Computational Thinking (CT), and how does it differ from Coding and Computer Science—especially when it comes to classroom practice and instruction?""


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Let's 'Make:' Another Humble Bundle! - GeekDad

Let's 'Make:' Another Humble Bundle! - GeekDad | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Looking through the catalogue of Make: books, I used to go like “Oh, that looks interesting, I want that … Huh, that book about Raspberry Pi would also be cool… Hey, making robots, I should order that and try it out…” Thanks to Humble Bundle, now I actually go through the books’ contents, reading up on all the fascinating project ideas.

The other day, I told you about the “Tinker Birthday Party“, where we built a small alarm system, inspired from Make: Fun, which I had purchased through Make:‘s first Humble Bundle from a few months ago. Now Make: is back with Humble Bundle, with another batch of great books.

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