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10 Things to do with QR Codes On Back to School Night

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The Daring Librarian: 10 Things to do with QR Codes On Back to School Ni... http://t.co/NgTw92quyJ

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5 ways to empower teachers to build a positive, innovative school culture

5 ways to empower teachers to build a positive, innovative school culture | Education | Scoop.it
How can administrators, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders help build a culture of innovation in our schools? What can we do to support teachers in getting connected and pursuing meaningful professional development opportunities?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:07 PM

Kick up some tech culture at your school on March 13th! 


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Pickmeg's curator insight, February 19, 2015 9:04 PM

Teachers need some extra positivity!

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Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy

Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy | Education | Scoop.it
For an hour a day at Centennial Arts Academy, a group of fifth-graders get to take a break from the usual structure to learn about anything they want to.
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30 Graphics That Explain the Last 100 Years - Made From History

30 Graphics That Explain the Last 100 Years - Made From History | Education | Scoop.it
Given we’ll shortly be reaching the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, we compiled this piece to explain the key global events of the...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 27, 2014 7:00 PM

If you teach history/social studies this post is right up your alley. The website MadeFromHistory has put together 30 infographics that look at 30 key events in the last 100 years, and they do acknowledge that the have "left out quite a few events" due to space limitations. You can also find sections that focus on World War I, World War II, and Civil Rights as well as a Referenced Blog, which shares a wide variety of topics.

For many students, using visuals helps them to recall information more readily. If you teach history from the past 100 years it is worth checking out this website.

David Baker's curator insight, July 29, 2014 12:04 PM
Visuals that include original source materials make classroom experiences much more relevant to students. It allows the story of the events to be made more real whether it is the experiences of WWI, WW II, or Civil Rights.
Anne-Maree Johnson's curator insight, July 29, 2014 6:44 PM

 valuable tool for teaching of history. A series of infographics, timelines and a referenced blog which give valuable visual insight into key events from the last century.

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Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster )

Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster ) | Education | Scoop.it
August 4, 2014
In today's post I am sharing with you a set of new wonderful posters to use in class. These posters are created by Rob Kriete from Teaching Quality to help "teachers and parents...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 5, 2014 4:26 PM

Nice graphic to blow up to poster size and print. Keep it in your media center to showcase how your flexible arrangements, color, and varied workspaces fit in to those paths.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 5, 2014 7:46 PM

This might be OK in a classroom on the wall.

 

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching–And 15 That Are Not So Much On Sunday, we’re going to release a basic framework to begin to make sense of what “student-centered learning” mean in...


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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Education | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, August 21, 2014 11:11 AM

Kids now days need to be encouraged to ask more questions. They are so use to being spoon fed, they are afraid.

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Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests

Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests | Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not ma...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 12, 2014 10:32 PM

As many schools move to Common Core the question of rigor is a key issue. States that have tested with Common Core have seen significant drops in scores. Why? The Common Core tests are more difficult than most local tests.

Grant Wiggins states "to significantly raise local standards of performance seems to mean we have to lower student grades." Most schools do not want to do this (and certainly most parents do not want to see lower grades).

He continues to explore this issue looking at rigor, and noting that rigor is currently defined by 3 elements:

  1. The difficulty of the task or questions
  2. The difficulty of the criteria, as established by rubrics
  3. The level of achievement expected, as set by “anchors” or cut scores.

However, he notes that many schools/districts do not get past #1. Why? "The problem of fair/normed grading!"

Wiggins then goes on to the final section of this post, called "Solution: avoid thoughtless calculations based on false equivalencies."

However, there is one more section that provides two helpful pieces of information that may help you create better assessments. It includes Webb's Depth of Knowledge Wheel as well as audit matrix that looks at the Assessment Format (Task Complexity and Context) and Cognitive Demand (Depth and Fluency of Thinking). (See image above).

Additionally, he has included an appendix that has text from Webb for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Math, Reading and Writing.

These are great resources to share with teachers in your district as we move to Common Core.

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching | Education | Scoop.it

Here are "15 examples of teacher-centered learning, and 15 examples of student-centered learning. The text is shown below, but it reads better in the graphic as you can read both side-by-side for comparison’s sake."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 17, 2014 7:07 PM

Do you wonder what the difference is between student-centered learning and teacher-centered learning? If you do check out this post. They provide a list of 15 examples of each.

Below you will see three sets of examples. The first one is student-centered. The second one is teacher-centered.

1A. Being clear about how to do well in your class

1B. Being clear about how you will promote, measure, and celebrate understanding

2A. Handing students a rubric or scoring guide

2B. Collaborating with students to create the rubric or scoring guide

3A. Helping students master content

3B. Helping students understand what’s worth understanding

Many of the changes are small tweaks, but they will take time and effort. If one of your goals this year is to create a more student-centered learning environment you will find many ideas in this post.

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Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table

Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table | Education | Scoop.it
This overview shows the progression of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, how each thinking skill applies in practice, and examples of activities using digital tools.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:26 PM

This version of Bloom's Taxonomy has been extended with a sharing component for Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and is listed in the higher order thinking skills. The functional level of sharing is publicly sharing, publishing and broadcasting.

Along with this printable version of Bloom's Taxonomy you will also find links to five resources. Four of these look at Bloom's (in a variety of ways) and one is a research paper that looks at sustainable innovation in teacher practice.

Randy D. Nichols's curator insight, August 25, 2014 11:12 AM

Remediating Bloom for new literacies.

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, August 25, 2014 2:24 PM

This is a wonderful resource with a jpeg link and a description...thank you for scooping it, Beth!

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Free Downloadable Maps to Use in Class

Free Downloadable  Maps to Use in Class | Education | Scoop.it
June 3, 2014
I got an email earlier today from a teacher asking about a web resource where she can download US maps.USGS is the one I suggested to her. USGS provides digital topographic maps for...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 3, 2014 3:55 PM

How many times have you been asked for a resource like this? If you're a school librarian I KNOW it's been more than once. Keep this one in your back pocket so you can whip it out next time that request comes across your desk...

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 23, 2014 11:05 PM

Thx Susan Grigsby!

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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Education | Scoop.it
11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth by Saga Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 5, 2014 7:48 AM

Yes, I saw myself in some of these! As school librarians are morphing more and more into the role of teaching, this is an excellent article to read and reflect upon. The author not only points out the bad habit but suggests ways to alter it into a good one. 

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 2014 9:06 PM

An article to share at the beginning of the year and midterm. ;-)

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Education | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 7, 2014 9:37 PM

Did you know that the Common Core standards do not require students to learn to write in cursive, but they do require that students become proficient at keyboarding? Recent research is showing that it is important for students to write in cursive. Why?

Quoting from the article:

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

There are some states that are still requiring cursive. One wonders if this new research will lead to a shift in Common Core standards.

Click through to the article for additional information.

Kimberly House's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:35 PM

I am so happy to see this article. Both keyboarding and handwriting are essential skills. One cannot replace the other. There are critical connections that happen in the handwriting process (as shown in Beth's comment). These connections help with not only spelling but the flow of writing. 

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When They Read But Don’t Understand

When They Read But Don’t Understand | Education | Scoop.it

How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? You know the answer. We are doing poorly when it comes to genuine comprehension:


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A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation

A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation | Education | Scoop.it

While it is designed not as an educational framework, but rather as a way to demonstrate gamification and its many strands, gamification is about human encouragement and motivation. For educators, student motivation is one of the pillars of a academic performance. While the terms are sometimes misunderstood–and risk becoming cliche as we continue to talk about them topically rather than specifically–student motivation and student engagement are prime movers in the learning process.


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Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments Updated | Education | Scoop.it
Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don't understand. That's where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in! My school dis...

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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, October 31, 2014 1:28 AM

We often think of assessment in a formal, summative sense; however, the art of formative evaluation is critical to master in order to assess how well students are grasping concepts.  Jumping past basic recall and simple predictions, formative assessments are great tools for establishing where  personal connections have been made in a child's learning process. While we are reaching for the application and synthesis of knowledge, we need to break free from multiple choice bubbles and encourage students to travel deeper into their learning. 

LibrarianLand's curator insight, November 2, 2014 9:18 AM

Some good ideas here.

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5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn

5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn | Education | Scoop.it
TEST 5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn
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There has been a large body of work in neuroscience, psychology, and related fields offering more and more insight into how we learn.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, July 30, 2014 5:04 PM

Last one for the day - great article for back to schoolers...

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What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework

What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework | Education | Scoop.it
August 14, 2014
 Depth of Knowledge is a conceptual framework and a vocabulary reference developed by Webb (1977) to help with analyzing the cognitive demands and expectations students are to...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 14, 2014 1:18 PM

I find this to be quite similar to the Technology Integration Matrix but this may be useful to have handy when talking to teachers. I especially like the idea that curricular units should be a mix of these four levels since many times teachers think they aren't "doing it right" if every lesson isn't a full level four (full integration). 

Katherine Gibbs's curator insight, August 14, 2014 3:59 PM

This looks like a good tool for developing critical thinking prompts.

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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning | Education | Scoop.it

In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure.


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Putting Students at the Center: A Reference Guide | Students at the Center

Putting Students at the Center: A Reference Guide | Students at the Center | Education | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:08 AM

"This reference guide from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation delves deep into the principles of student-centered learning, and explains how they can be implemented to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in college and beyond."

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53 Ways to Check for Understanding - from Edutopia


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 15, 2014 9:14 PM

Edutopia is providing great resources using the hashtag #bestyearever. This will take you to a pdf that provides 53 ways to check for understanding. Below are three of the ideas:

* Invent the quiz: Write 10 higher-order text questions related to the content. Pick 2 and answer them in a page.

* Misconception Check: Give a common misconception about a topic, students explain why they agree or disagree with it.

* Muddy Moment: What frustrates you and confuses you about the text? Why?

As many of are just beginning or will shortly begin a new year the 53 ideas may provide you with some new ways to check for understanding. For more information download the pdf and you might also check this this post from Edutopia, Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding, where the author discusses assessment, with a focus on Alternative Formative Assessment (AFA) strategies, which generated the list found in the pdf.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2014 1:24 PM

Here's a few different ways to help check to see if students are with you or if you need to stop and shift things. 

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Shouldn't Education and Learning Be the Same Thing?

Shouldn't Education and Learning Be the Same Thing? | Education | Scoop.it

"Schooling and institutionalized education have become removed from true, instinctual, and human/humane learning.  Humans have been learning since the beginning of time with major discoveries and innovations historically and currently emerging in spite of school.  This is the biggest problem I have with schools – most are contrived and coercive and do not honor the innate human need and desire to learn, discover, and evolve."


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:41 AM

Interesting post which discusses how to pull schools out of the 20th century. 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:49 AM

Interesting post which discusses how to pull schools out of the 20th century. 

Ian Lowe's curator insight, May 24, 2015 3:55 AM

student at the heart of learning. problem based and context based learning key for this. students will often ask " why are we doing this?" if they can apply the lesson to their life it then becomes obvious why they are learning

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How the maker movement is embracing education

How the maker movement is embracing education | Education | Scoop.it
I have a confession: I am not a “maker” in the conventional sense. I have no idea how to program in Arduino, no desire to 3D print anything, and I have yet to take advantage of the free soldering lessons offered at the Maker Faire each year.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 3, 2014 5:34 PM

The entire section under "What Maker Culture Brings to Education" is worth a read. I see libraries all over it.

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A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class

A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class | Education | Scoop.it
June 3, 2014
Pixabay is a great platform where teachers and students can search for and find public domain images. Using Pixabay images you will not have to worry about copyright issues or...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:24 PM

Excellent resource to share with students. Just remind them, as this article does, that there are images on Pixabay that are "sponsored" and, therefore, NOT free. 

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A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of

A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of | Education | Scoop.it
June 7, 2014
From elementary school to college, students of all ages have a growing pool of educational tools available to them. Here are a set of tools you might not be aware of, and have been...

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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 7, 2014 2:07 PM

Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! These are valuable for teachers AND students - share with your families, too!

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 7, 2014 2:08 PM

Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! - A great variety for all ages.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 2014 10:28 AM

New tools to explore!