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What is Design Thinking? Innovation | Campbell School of Innovation

What is Design Thinking? Innovation | Campbell School of Innovation | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

What is Design Thinking?

 

Design thinking is an empathy based, creative problem solving process embraced by innovators around the world for addressing complex problems. At its heart, it nurtures the ability to see a situation from someone else's point of view, engineer a solution, and then test and refine your solution based on feedback. It is one approach CSI students will use to master the California Common Core State Standards and build the adaptable thinking skills they will need for success in the 21st century workforce.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 26, 3:40 PM

Campbell Union School District: Innovation -- makes you want to see it all in person, doesn't it?

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The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments - Edutopia

The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments - Edutopia | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
We talked to some of the leading architects in the country about five key principles in K–12 school design.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, March 29, 7:54 AM

En el mundo de la educación, el diseño de los espacios condicionan fuertemente el proceso de aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Por ello las tendencias actuales es ir a espacios mucho más flexibles, sin paredes, con diversidad de ambientes que estimulen el aprendizaje activo y que permitan aprender directamente del contacto con la naturaleza. 

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Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers

Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Over the years, I have learned quite a few ways to help teachers integrate technology, overcome fears, and get out of their comfort zone. I have compiled my Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers into this handy infographic.
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14 Educational Apps to Teach Kids Coding - Educators Technology

14 Educational Apps to Teach Kids Coding - Educators Technology | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of interesting iPad apps to help kids and young learners learn the basics of coding. They (apps) provide a wide variety of interactive games, digital stories, video tutorials, and several other materials to make learning coding fun and engaging. All of these apps are featured in iTunes Apps for Young Coders collection. You may want to check them out and share with us your feedback.

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2018 Inventor’s Challenge Invites Youth Creativity and Problem-Solving

2018 Inventor’s Challenge Invites Youth Creativity and Problem-Solving | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

"Do you know a budding young builder, maker or scientist? Encourage them to submit their best and brightest ideas for this year’s Inventor’s Challenge. The month-long challenge is underway and closes February 28.

The Inventor’s Challenge is designed to provide an opportunity for kids, both in and outside of school, to engage in a creative process that both fosters 21st century skills and is rewarding and fun.

Through the Inventor’s Challenge, we’ve watched children make their vision come to life and embrace their entrepreneurial side. Kids are challenged to find a problem they want to solve in their home, school, or community, invent something to solve it, and make a video sharing their invention with the world!

Students can submit videos demonstrating and explaining their invention for the contest portion of the Challenge, which will award prizes in four age categories to the inventions demonstrating the most originality, usefulness, and creativity of design and presentation."


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Teen Happiness Plummeted After 2012. Here’s One Possible Reason Why … | KQED Future of You | KQED Science

Teen Happiness Plummeted After 2012. Here’s One Possible Reason Why … | KQED Future of You | KQED Science | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
We’d all like to be a little happier.

The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. People can be unkind, and jobs can be tedious.

An analysis of 1 million teens showed those who spent more time on the internet, playing computer games, on social media, texting, using video chat or watching TV were less happy.
But we do have some control over how we spend our leisure time. That’s one reason why it’s worth asking which leisure time activities are linked to happiness, and which aren’t.

In a new analysis of 1 million U.S. teens, my co-authors and I looked at how teens were spending their free time and which activities correlated with happiness, and which didn’t.

We wanted to see if changes in the way teens spend their free time might partially explain a startling drop in teens’ happiness after 2012 – and perhaps the decline in adults’ happiness since 2000 as well.

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An analysis of 1 million teens showed those who spent more time on the internet, playing computer games, on social media, texting, using video chat or watching TV were less happy.
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Paper Circuits For Makerspaces - Makerspaces.com

Paper Circuits For Makerspaces - Makerspaces.com | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
5 Free Paper Circuit Templates - Paper circuits are great makerspace projects for teaching electricity & circuits. Paper Circuit Tutorial PDF

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A special class: how to teach kids to spot fake news - Quartz

A special class: how to teach kids to spot fake news - Quartz | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility?

Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes.

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50,000 Free Clip Art Vectors to Download

50,000 Free Clip Art Vectors to Download | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
55460 Best Clipart Free Vector Art Downloads from the Vecteezy community. Clipart Free Vector Art licensed under creative commons, open source, and more!
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3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
“Innovation” is one of the most used words in education right now. It is something that I am obviously passionate about, hence the reason I wrote the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”.  I am scared that we use the word “innovation” in the wrong way when there is power to this type of thinking. Words do not become “buzzwords” because they are used too frequently; they become “buzzwords” when they are used frequently in an incorrect manner.

Here are some misconceptions about the word that we need to dispell to protect “innovation” in education from becoming a buzzword.

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Three Good Sources of Fun and Interesting Math Challenges

Three Good Sources of Fun and Interesting Math Challenges | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
"When are we ever going to use this?" Raise your hand if you have ever heard that question from a student in the middle of a math lesson or any other lesson. Giving students some clever math problems that tie-in a "real world" situation can go a long way toward helping them see how math skills are skills they'll use for a lifetime. The following three websites all provide good math challenges to use with your students. 

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Rosa Parks on To Tell the Truth

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"In 1980, civil rights hero Rosa Parks appeared on To Tell the Truth, a long-running game show. Parks appeared alongside two other women claiming to be Parks."

 
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Google Drawing Templates – Google Drive

Save these Google Draw Templates to your Google Drive to use with your students. 
 
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The 90 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts (Updated for 2018)

The 90 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts (Updated for 2018) | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

If you work in education, you’ll know there’s a HUGE array of applications, services, products and tools created to serve a multitude of functions in education. There are so many tools, though, that it can be difficult to keep up!

So how do you know which ones are the best? We decided to do a bit of research to help you.

 
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The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments

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To get a sense of the best practices in contemporary school design, we interviewed four of the top K–12 architecture firms in the U.S.: Fanning Howey, Corgan, Perkins+Will, and Huckabee. Collectively, the companies bill hundreds of millions of dollars in work annually, and have built or renovated thousands of schools throughout the country and around the globe. Key insights into five common design principles—technology integration, safety and security, transparency, multipurpose space, and outdoor learning—surfaced during our conversations.


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JOSE MANUEL LEAL's curator insight, March 5, 6:04 PM
¿Hasta qué punto afecta en el aprendizaje la arquitectura de los lugares en los que se desarrolla? ¿Una diferente disposición de los elementos puede hacernos pensar diferente, desarrollar nuestra creatividad, etc.? Y lo que es más importante, en caso de ser así, ¿cómo debería ser el diseño de ese lugar de aprendizaje ideal?
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The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking - AJ Juliani @ajjuliani

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking - AJ Juliani @ajjuliani | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
It doesn’t matter if you look at Bloom’s Taxonomy, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, or any other set of educational standards or guidelines.

When students are communicating and collaborating (and talking) much more learning is happening!

This is the three-step system we used and it worked well, but constantly needed to be tweaked.

It looked very different in terms of setup and time allotted when I did it with different groups of students depending on their age, level, and experience in a student-centered environment.

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What’s So Different About High Tech High Anyway? | MindShift | KQED News

What’s So Different About High Tech High Anyway? | MindShift | KQED News | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Aside from the small class sizes, autonomy, project-based curriculum, freedom to design classes based on loose themes, and expectation that students will create work that experts will want to evaluate, High Tech High is different from the conventional high school in other ways. Students aren’t tracked, and there are no AP classes. All students can opt into honors-level work, which comes with a few different requirements but doesn’t separate them into a different section. Crucially, students decide whether they want to be on the honors track two to three weeks into the semester, which gives tentative students the opportunity to try out honors-level work before committing.

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50 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom!

50 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom! | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Check out this list of 50 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom! Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others? Yep! Google is known for making their applications open to working with third-party applications, and Google Classroom is no exception.
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From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Informed”

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Informed” | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings”, I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learnin…
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Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 12, 2:42 AM
Collection intéressante pour améliorer les recherches.
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need data or an article for a project ? here are search engines that go beyond....give you and edge...

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Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google
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How Can We Bring Coding into Authentic PBL? | Getting Smart - Getting Smart

How Can We Bring Coding into Authentic PBL? | Getting Smart - Getting Smart | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Coding does not live in a vacuum. Similar to how knowing another language will not automatically make you effective in navigating another culture, knowing a coding language does not mean you will automatically have the deeper problem-solving skills necessary to meaningfully apply that knowledge in a real-world setting. Coding must be a part of larger project-based experiences in order to reach its full potential. But how can coding be integrated into authentic PBL? Perhaps more importantly, how can we develop a scalable solution accessible to all?

The answer lies in differentiating between raw coding knowledge and the thinking skills that allow students to use code creatively and effectively.

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7 Questions on Relationships and Lifelong Learning in Education

7 Questions on Relationships and Lifelong Learning in Education | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
In 2010, I wrote a post on, “What Makes a Master Teacher.” Below, is an image created by Sylvia Duckworth that embodies the characteristics shared in the original post: As I look back a…
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A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC Team

A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC Team | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
by GDC Team

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 12, 2017 1:34 AM
A great place to start as a teacher if you are wanting to think about using social media in the classroom. 
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 14, 2017 1:13 AM
A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 16, 2017 2:58 PM

Yes, the more teachers know. . .