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Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News)

Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News) | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

by Betsy Corcoran

 

"Making represents the kind of informal learning that happens mostly outside of school. Part of me didn't want to see it in school because it would lose its magic if it was to become defined as curriculum. I want making to flourish as something we do because we discover it and love to do it -- not because we are forced to do it. I've also come to think that rather than having making fit into school, we should transform our schools so that this kind of informal learning is given greater emphasis and so-called formal learning de-emphasized. 

"Certainly, I would like more and more young people to have the opportunity to become makers, and having makerspaces in schools and library seems like the best way to reach more of them. I've been excited by the progress I'm seeing. I have to say that making is the only thing in education that is getting adopted as the result of grassroots initiatives. It's bottom-up, not top-down. 

"I believe that one of the lasting impacts of the maker movement is to transform our education system, replacing a standardized curriculum and testing with learn-by-doing experiential learning. Kids will lead the way, saying "I don't learn the way they are teaching." That's how the next generation will learn that they have the freedom to become productive and creative."


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Free Technology for Teachers: GeoGebra Quickstart Guides for Desktop and Tablets

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.

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DropTask - Visual Task Management app | Tech Learning ~ by David Andrade

DropTask - Visual Task Management app | Tech Learning ~ by David Andrade | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
DropTask is a free visual task management app that is web based and available on iOS and Android. It is easy to use and lets you create a visual to do list that is color coded and with lots of features. You can take notes, chat with others, attach files, set reminders, work with others, and more. It is a very beautiful interface with drag and drop functionality.
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edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | edo1-eportfolio | 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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 19, 2015 3:29 PM

Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 2015 12:04 PM

Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects. 


Libraries become hives of invention when you promote a maker culture.

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

"Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."


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Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute!

Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute! | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool was designed by former teacher David Hunter. The creator of the innovative Zombie-Based Learning curriculum, he founded our parent company EdCourage, Inc. to offer powerful teacher tools that easily add Authentic Learning to standards-based curriculum. David will be presenting on this topic at ASCD15 in Houston.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:50 PM

I set up an account and built a 21st Century Skills Collaboration rubric based on Common Core in less than a minute. Very clever. You can combine standards from different tracks and them share via web address or social media or download. 


This product delivers.  Give it a try. 

Anica Petkoska's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:56 AM

The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool

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Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials

Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

Google Tutorials

This page contains tutorials for using Google tools. The tutorials that I've created you are welcome to use in your own blog, website, or professional development session. Before using the tutorials created by others, please contact their creators.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 2014 5:27 PM

Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

Joann David's curator insight, September 26, 2014 4:20 PM

Always good to bookmark a great resource for technology tutorials. Great tips to explore.

Elizabeth Hartley's curator insight, August 4, 2015 6:56 PM

Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

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Google Drive in Class: 38 Ideas by Sean Junkins

Google Drive in Class:  38 Ideas by Sean Junkins | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

August 11, 2014
This is the third post in a series of posts aimed at helping teachers and educators make the best out of Google Drive in classrooms. This series comes in a time when teachers are getting ready to start a new school year and hopefully will provide them with the necessary know-how to help them better integrate Google Drive in their teaching pedagogy. The two previous posts featured in this series were entitled consecutively "New Google Drive Cheat Sheet" and "Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing". Today's post covers some interesting ideas and tips on how to go about using Google Drive in your classroom. This work is created by Sean Junkins from SeansDesk.


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 2014 11:17 PM

Are we using Drive in our classes? We shoudl be.

Judith Edwards's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:39 PM

Just found this great Scoop by our own Sean Junkins.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 19, 2014 1:22 PM

With a bit of imagination, some of these can be altered to fit business needs as well!!

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Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle

Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.

 

Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 16, 2014 12:37 AM

Moodle is a great LMS.  One the strengths of the platform is the rich set of resources available to online teachers. The Moodle Rubric system is a valuable assessment tool that will help your students understand the target... and hit it.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 20, 2014 7:39 PM

Plataforma Moodle.

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'Tech support' scammers using fake downloads to snare new victims

'Tech support' scammers using fake downloads to snare new victims | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Intentionally failed installation lures users into calling ‘support’ line - which drags them into multi-million pound scam. By Charles Arthur

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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated -

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …

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Jay Roth's curator insight, June 10, 2014 3:11 PM

More new ideas!

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An E-Portfolio With No Limits -- Campus Technology

An E-Portfolio With No Limits -- Campus Technology | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Students at the University of Mary Washington build their academic identities on their own personal Web domain.

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Gary Bertoia's curator insight, April 3, 2014 5:09 AM

Great idea as I slowly try to control my Digital Identity

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Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad ~ by Richard Byrne | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Think Kit is a new addition to Paper, a popular and free iPad app for sketching notes and drawing. Think Kit offers tools for creating diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps. Within Think Kit you will find a Diagram tool for drawing straight lines, connecting lines, and drawing shapes. The Fill tool in Think Kit allows you to color the shapes in your diagrams. Think Kit's cut tool makes it easy to cut and move shapes in your diagrams.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 18, 2015 8:44 PM

Bonnie Bracey-Sutton has great curations. Check them out!

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Chrome Apps for Education

Chrome Apps for Education | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

Chrome Web Apps are interactive webpages that run from within the Chrome Browser. Once added from the Web Store a shortcut is accessible from the New Tab Page and App Launcher. Many Apps link direc...


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Call for online Makerspace resources

Call for online Makerspace resources | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

I'm happy to announce that I have just been appointed Director of the brand new Possibility Zone Makerspace at Kean University. This is part of a long-term grant and will have a focus on STEM students and professors and the preparation of pre-service K-12 STEM teachers.

 

As part of the project, I plan to start a new Scoop.it topic on Makerspaces very soon. I'm looking for blogs, websites, wikis, videos, ezines, ebooks, paper.li feeds, etc. that deal with Makerspaces and things related to them. Basically, I want to set up an information flow to curate. 

 

If you have an idea or resource for me to check out, could you please send it? I think a helpful way would be to use the "Reactions" link that appears on the bottom left of this Scoop.it window when you mouse over it. (If you're reading this, it's likely that you can see it now.) Please be sure to include URLs in your suggestions.

 

Thank you so much for your help. I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity and hope to be of assistance to others through the new topic here on Scoop.it.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Lerman

 

PS - The photo is not of our Makerspace at Kean, but one at the Cincinnati Public Library. We have just started to create /design our space. What fun!

 

 


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17 Fantastic Infographic Generators!

17 Fantastic Infographic Generators! | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

Data is crucial. However, displaying a chunk of plain data can be monotonous. Infographics visualize plain data and make it visually more appealing. Data turned into infographic has a higher potential to go viral and be effective. While many of us are designers who can design amazing infographs, Infographic Generators can come in handy to Designers and non-designers alike. They can be a time saving resource. So here is a list of 17 fantastic Infographic Generators I compiled together:...


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Fran Bozarth's curator insight, March 11, 2015 2:31 PM

This could spice up just about any presentation - student or instructor. 

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2015 4:46 PM

Get your ideas and data across in a very effective way.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 20, 2015 11:49 PM

Here are links for to help with creating info-graphs.

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Venn and the Art of Teaching Online: Finding Work in Online Teaching

Venn and the Art of Teaching Online: Finding Work in Online Teaching | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

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Wired @ Heart's curator insight, January 1, 2015 3:11 AM

#online #Teaching

Sue Walsh's curator insight, January 4, 2015 5:39 PM

Skills in each of these areas is essential if you are to be effective in Online Teaching!

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 13, 2015 9:59 AM

Check out the blogpost...

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The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education

The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
By Walter McKenzie

A millennium ago, artists and artisans formed guilds to share expertise and support one another in highly-skilled professional practice. These vibrant learning communities sustained artistry and craftsmanship through the dark ages when centers of learning were exclusive and rare. Much like these medieval guilds, professional learning communities (PLCs) provide a new dimension to professional development as educators flock around high-interest needs and topics. By definition, PLCs

Form organically around immediate member needs and interests.
Allow participants to self-select their roles and contributions.
Offer opportunities to enrich and deepen understanding.
Include collaborative inquiry in the learning process.
Provide practice and risk taking in a safe, supportive climate.
Grow, morph, and disband as part of a life cycle.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 30, 2014 11:53 AM

When Walter McKenzie speaks about professional learning communities --- listen.  Walter is a very bright light. He's a pioneer in all things involving virtual communities of practice. He is also one of my mentors. Walter has taught me much over the years. Let him teach you a bit about PLC's. 


Rich Schultz's curator insight, December 1, 2014 11:58 AM

Online learning communities are the key to building successful collaborative learners!

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When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together – a cautionary tale

When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together – a cautionary tale | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Increasingly, to oppose tech innovation is akin to defaulting on Enlightenment values. But there is a dark side to this gospel of digitalisation when it is closely aligned with financial motives

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Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Pinterest isn't just for wedding themes, DIY craft inspiration, and pretty pictures — it can also be a great educational tool! Here are some creative ways educators are using Pinterest to enhance the learning experience.

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, August 14, 2014 9:32 PM

Useful ideas in how TLs can use Pinterest as a way to resource the curriculum.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 17, 2014 6:50 AM

Pinterest as an educational resource  for inspiration,  activities and classroom tools.

Heather Spiva's curator insight, February 8, 2016 3:47 PM

This is great .Looking forward to using these ideas!

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Online safety: is the internet really a dangerous, lawless jungle for children?

Online safety: is the internet really a dangerous, lawless jungle for children? | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it
Unsubstantiated news reports do nothing to help, argues Stephen Balkam, unlike education and evidence-based policy

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Using Moodle for Corporate Training - Super Moodle

Using Moodle for Corporate Training - Super Moodle | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

Is it really worth all the effort, to implement using Moodle for corporate training? Moodle is one of the top LMS designs out there, stealing the top of LMS lists dependably enough. It's a good system, with a lot of rich features, extended integration, and its open source nature means that its features are clinically limitless.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 16, 2014 12:42 AM

There are hundreds of LMS aimed at the corporate market.  None of them have the user community that sustains Moodle as an international favorite. 

Jose Pietri's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:43 AM

Consider by 7 SEP 2014.

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Engage your students with #MysterySkype

Engage your students with #MysterySkype | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

It's suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:04 AM

Here's an online learning activity that will engage and energize your students. It would be a great back to school project. Skype in the Classroom will help you connect with other tech using teachers for a game based exchanged.


National and international connections are waiting to be made.


Jump in and have some fun.



Dorothy Retha Cook 's curator insight, February 9, 2015 11:21 AM

Thanks be to you for the post and God for the educational increase.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: How to showcase #TeacherEffectiveness using digital portfolios

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: How to showcase #TeacherEffectiveness using digital portfolios | edo1-eportfolio | Scoop.it

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