Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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Serious Games Directory

Serious Games Directory | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

The Serious Games Directory is published by the Serious Games Association, an international trade organization open to all professionals engaged in the serious games industry. Membership in the SGA is open to developers, artists, programmers, publishers, project leads, administrators, faculty, human resource personnel, middleware and tool companies, service providers, vendors, researchers, analysts, marketing, advertising and public relations personnel, consultants and students.|


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 1, 2015 3:37 PM

A useful directory.

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20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
This is part 1 in our #iteachthought campaign. This is our equivalent to “back to school,” and is intended to help you focus in the 2015-2016 school year on taking a thoughtful approach to your craft as a teacher. Among these shifts we’ll talk about is turning our focus from content and teaching to thinkers and thinking. This is a student-centered approach to pedagogy (and heautagogy), and will consist of four parts:

Part 1: Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

Part 2: Learning Profiles: What Great Teachers Know About Their Students

Part 3: 50 Questions To Ask Your Students On The First Day Of School

Part 4: Getting The Best Work From Your Students

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50 Videos for Career Path Explorations

50 Videos for Career Path Explorations | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
KQED Art School/ Chris Johanson
From art to science to religion, introduce students to a variety of careers with KQED, BAVC and Salesforce resources.  Use these videos to inspire young people to discover careers and explore possible career paths.
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8 Videos You Must Watch to Learn About Integrating Technology (with 21st Century Vision) in Schools - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

8 Videos You Must Watch to Learn About Integrating Technology (with 21st Century Vision) in Schools - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Watch out these videos below to learn more on integrating technology in schools.

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Brain Scans Can Predict Good Grades

Brain Scans Can Predict Good Grades | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
White matter, gray matter, regional volumes, neural activity, fiber architecture, bilateral symmetry, connectivity, plasticity. The vocabulary of neuroscience is a cornucopia of terms to describe the complexities of a 3-pound organ. Hidden from view by a bony shell, our brains orchestrate a symphony of chemical, electrical, and mechanical interactions to produce the behaviors that define our individuality and humanity. While the brain is the source of our every thought and movement, this complex organ is also changed by the very experiences it creates. This dynamic loop is crucial to our ability to learn, evolve, develop, and know.

We are because we respond. We are because we change.

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:53 PM

we need to use this tool carefully and not mislabel children's potential (as we usually do with new technologies)

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CNN Student News

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CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 10, 2015 1:44 AM

Great source of content for building lessons.

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Understanding the History and Pervasive Myths Around Autism

Understanding the History and Pervasive Myths Around Autism | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
In 1938, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger gave the first public talk on autism in history.
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Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.


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3 Tips to Pump Up Student Voice in Your Classroom

3 Tips to Pump Up Student Voice in Your Classroom | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Hear this: Teachers everywhere are looking for ways to amplify their students’ voices in classrooms that are increasingly test-based.
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Preparing Students For 21st Century Survival

Preparing Students For 21st Century Survival | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
7 Skills Students Will Always Need by Jennifer Rita Nichols Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2013 post. As educators, we constantly…
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Celebrating Literacy: Kids as Readers, Writers, and Imaginers

Celebrating Literacy: Kids as Readers, Writers, and Imaginers | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Filled with imagination-stirring moments and an intrinsic appreciation for the many joys of reading, these engaging picture books cast young protagonists in the role of creator, inspiring children to go forth and dream big.
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Melanie Weitz's curator insight, September 12, 2015 9:49 PM

Fun ways to engage young children in literacy! 

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...


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David Baker's curator insight, February 17, 2015 10:54 AM

The power of the Infographic is that it references both teacher and student actions and habits. I have shared it with my teachers. This might become a solid self-assessment tool for coaching conversations with teachers.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 2015 10:21 AM

Love the graphics in this post.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 3, 2015 12:05 PM

Interesting graphic with some great ideas on interpreting 21st century skills as they pertain to teaching

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10 ideas to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset at school - Anne Knock via @gcourous

10 ideas to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset at school - Anne Knock via @gcourous | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Are schools taking advantage of the breadth of career opportunities for young people?

Is there a fixed mindset in the structure and organisation of school as if nothing has changed?

Who is making the choices for technology? The educators, the techies or the persuasive sales-people? 

The key is being open and willing to embrace the opportunities of a changing world. Creativity flourishes within the context of constraints. There are conditions that must be maintained, including: academic rigour, standards, student safety and the joy of learning.

So rather than see the world either/or, how do we embrace the both/and to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset? To meet community expectations AND create the context for entrepreneurs to flourish.

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An Interesting “Take” On Research “Reproducibility”

An Interesting “Take” On Research “Reproducibility” | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
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Last week, there was a lot of media attention to a report about scientific studies suggesting that over 60 percent of them fail to be reproduced.

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Steve Blank's Innovation Cycle

Steve Blank's Innovation Cycle | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Last week I covered the tension between efficiency and responsiveness and between coordination and motivation. I've hinted that I believe that the answer to the former cannot be an "either-or" solu...

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Ian Harris's curator insight, September 12, 2015 12:45 AM

For consideration! Just in case you thought you were doing enough!

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20 key principles for teaching and learning

20 key principles for teaching and learning | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
An APA group has condensed the
scientific literature into an easy-to-use
resource for PreK–12 teachers.

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Digital Literacy and 21st Century Skills in the Classroom


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California's school test scores reveal gaping racial achievement gap

California's school test scores reveal gaping racial achievement gap | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
California's scores for its revamped statewide tests ranged from mediocre to dismal. Of more than 3.1 million public school students tested in English, only 44 percent met or exceeded standards; in math, only 33 percent met that threshold.

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5 Classic Children’s Stories With Great Life Lessons

5 Classic Children’s Stories With Great Life Lessons | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
There are many reasons why fictional children’s books are a great resource for learning. First, the cute and funny characters pictured in these books are relatable and keep students’ attention.
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Building Learning Spaces in Unexpected Places -- Campus Technology

Building Learning Spaces in Unexpected Places -- Campus Technology | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Austin Community College transformed an aging shopping mall into a revitalized campus hub and high-tech learning lab.

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Study: Kids’ Math Anxiety Reduced When Learning With Tutors

Study: Kids’ Math Anxiety Reduced When Learning With Tutors | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Math anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains and improved performance, too.

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The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues (& other grades)

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues (& other grades) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined […]
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 9, 2015 12:14 AM

It seems there might be a relationship between less physical activity in school (less PE, more adult control, etc....) and increasing sensory issues.  In moving toward heavier academics are we depriving our children? -Lon

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How I Optimize My Reading Time

How I Optimize My Reading Time | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Which is more beneficial, spending ten hours reading one book or spending one hour each with ten different books? What about reading 100 pages from one book or ten pages from ten books?
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Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits

Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
As a developer of an educational application for mobile devices, I often find myself wondering how parents are adapting to the new paradigm presented by mobile gaming. There has always been a debate of good screen time versus bad screen time, but as more technology is being adapted into the home that debate has shifted

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 8, 2015 2:58 PM

The debate over screen time for our children not only continues, but is constantly changing.  Except in a few relatively isolated conclaves, no screen time is no longer an option, but limits on the amount of screen time is also becoming complicated since some screen time is quite beneficial.  The next few years are going to see an adjustment and accommodation that aims toward minimizing negative influences. -Lon 

Navya Wagle's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:07 AM

very informative

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International Literacy Day: GNRD Stands Up for Equal Opportunities in Education

International Literacy Day: GNRD Stands Up for Equal Opportunities in Education | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
RT @GNRD_NGO: International Literacy Day: @GNRD_NGO Stands Up for Equal Opportunities in #Education : http://t.co/kjMXPHJ1Zv http://t.co/GR…;

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