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How do You Choose Good Online Sources?

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, “Well, what do you think?” Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your student offers some questionable sources, ask, “Why did you choose that one?” Try to get the student to think about the who, what, why, and when of the article and website. Let the student use critical thinking to come to a valid conclusion. They might just have a good reason for using the source."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:06 PM

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 26, 2015 6:12 AM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Anita Vance's curator insight, March 28, 2015 11:11 AM

Helpful to encourage thinking and self-evaluating...

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Take a Look at This Year's Explore.org Wildlife Cams via @rmbyrne

Take a Look at This Year's Explore.org Wildlife Cams via @rmbyrne | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Explore.org  offers a fantastic collection of live nature webcam feeds. In the gallery of live webcams you will find video feed

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This is How Information Fluency Skills Help You In the Classroom

This is How Information Fluency Skills Help You In the Classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

As an educator, you might be tired of receiving work from your learners with incorrect information from unreliable sources and websites. You might also be weary of them hitting the first link on their Google search as the extent of their research, or using Wikipedia as their only source for information. If this is you, have no fear because Information Fluency skills are the answer.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 1, 7:22 AM

Well worth a read.

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The Future of Education includes learning outside of the classroom

The Future of Education includes learning outside of the classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Education as we know it includes classroom learning and test-taking. Years ago, field trips were introduced in an effort to take learning outside of the classroom. Now, with the demand of greater self-awareness and more specialized skills, it’s time to expand learning outside of the classroom and make it more engrained in the education process to help advance our students. Research shows that work-based programs are one of the most effective tools for learning when it comes to high school and college-age students.

As an educator, administrator, or parent, it’s easy to worry that students will get distracted by work and forget about their main priority: doing well in school. But I’d argue that work actually makes students focus more on the classroom experience. A study from the University of Iowa’s Center for Research on Undergraduate Education underscores this, finding that work experience improves classroom performance for students and helps them gain key skills like critical thinking, leadership, and reasoning. Work-based learning also correlates positively with student engagement.


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Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break - John Spencer @spncerideas

Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break - John Spencer @spncerideas | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Let’s just put it out there. December is exhausting for teachers. The days are shorter. The weather grows colder and (at least here in Oregon) wetter. Students are anxious — whether it’s a buzzing excitement for vacation or a sense of dread that some kids feel in homes that are unsafe during the holidays.

And teachers are tired. They’re tired of redirecting behaviors and tired of the mid-year pressure of the test and simply tired of the sheer energy it takes to be a teacher.

It’s no wonder that so many teachers begin playing holiday movies around this time of year. They want to create a sense of fun and escape and enjoyment, and a motion picture promises exactly that. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s a part of creating a culture of joy. So, please don’t read this post as a slam on teachers showing movies before the break. If this is a part of a positive classroom culture, keep doing it. This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip or a rant or a “you’re doing this wrong” post. This is meant to be a yes/and post offering other options.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 10, 2017 7:47 AM

Although you can't beat Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe OR Princess Bride!

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It's Impossible to Keep Laptops Out of the Classroom

It's Impossible to Keep Laptops Out of the Classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Critics of laptops in schools aren’t prepared for the future of technology.  


Imagine a classroom in the not-too-distant future. Textbooks, slideshows, and notes all interface neatly with devices that once called “phones” and “laptops”—but now those learning materials proliferate through desks, walls, clothes, jewelry, glasses, and maybe even tattooes or contact lenses. The teacher, trained to teach in the 2010s, wants to say, “close your laptops and put away your phones.” But when the phone is embedded in a fingernail, what can a teacher do?

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, December 8, 2017 10:48 AM
In case you missed it, this article in the Atlantic is worth a read. 
 
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Voice Recording Tools

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Our voice is one of the most powerful tools we possess, but many times we default to writing instead of talking. There are definitely times when writing is the way to go, but there are other situations when spoken words can have a dramatic impact.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 14, 2017 10:34 AM

Voice = Presence -  these tools will help you speak to your students. 

Juanita Amiel Townsend's curator insight, November 15, 2017 11:26 PM

Voice = Presence -  these tools will help you speak to your students. 

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Three Ways Parents Can Make Digital Media a Positive for Young Kids

Three Ways Parents Can Make Digital Media a Positive for Young Kids | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Digital technologies have added a new element of anxiety to family life for many parents. A lot of kids now have access to mobile devices, which brings up parent concerns that kids aren’t learning to interact with people, spend too much time on devices and no longer play outside. 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 30, 2017 3:05 AM

Good advice with a useful video in the article.

DigitalVibes's curator insight, November 4, 2017 9:59 AM
Este artículo habla de cómo la tecnología se ha convertido en un motivo de ansiedad en las familias. Muchos padres la ven como una amenaza y están preocupados porque ven en ella un instrumento que impide que los niños aprendan a relacionarse con personas reales. Estos temores están privando a los adultos de ver las ventajas que la tecnología podía traer a sus hijos (siempre de manera controlada).

En el texto se hace referencia a la charla TED de Sara DeWitt (https://twitter.com/saradewitt) en la que desmonta los 3 miedos más comunes de los padres con respecto a las pantalla. Aquí el link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8woKcr7u-YQ
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Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work

Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"Research on effective learning reveals that an awful lot of what goes on in the classroom simply doesn’t matter. There are many pointless activities that take up valuable time in the name of engagement, merely demonstrating progress as opposed to actually making progress. Often, these approaches not only have limited impact on student learning but can have a hugely detrimental impact on teacher workload and wellbeing.

There is significant evidence to suggest that teachers should prune back what they do and focus on a more streamlined approach in the classroom. So it’s less about spending hours cutting things up and putting them in envelopes, and more about creating conditions in which students can gain long-lasting knowledge that can be applied in a range of situations. The following six principles are a distillation of key research on what really matters in the classroom."


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Ashley Hoyer's comment, November 16, 2017 9:59 PM
@Tera S. Ellis You're right- it is possible that they could become a behavior problem. That makes me think of a child in my classroom- he hasn't been identified in our TAG program; however, I will be recommending him for next year. He tends to distract others and interrupt the learning of others quite possibly because he is completed and not being challenged enough.
Cheryl Turner's comment, November 16, 2017 11:13 PM
Ashley and Tera , thanks for your comments but you are misunderstanding the definition of cognitive load. It doesn't have any thing to do with gifted learners not being stimulated. It has to do with the amount of information any person can handle focusing on at any one time. For instance, if you are trying to do a difficult math problem while listening to a challenging jazz riff or perhaps watch a movie at the same time, the cognitive load of those tasks in combination is going to be excessive. in that situation, you would not be effective at the math problem, because you have increased the cognitive load of the task. You have not increased the difficulty level of the task, in terms of its abstractness or the level of challenge for the mind trying to figure it out, but you have made the conditions less than optimal for that mind to operate on that task.
Ashley Hoyer's comment, November 19, 2017 4:12 PM
@Cheryl Turner I really appreciate the clarification!
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10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class via educators' technology

10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class via educators' technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 2017 8:17 PM

There's little better in a classroom than a great discussion.  That's why I really like the ideas here, especially under "Encourage Students to Expand their Answers".  A great discussion fosters learning and students never even know it happened.  I still remember some of the great discussions in past classes!

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Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The challenge is not information storage but information processing. It's not about information itself but how to use information. The teaching of creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself will be critical to transitioning from the industrial age to the automated age.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 2017 1:26 AM

Have to agree with this.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, October 3, 2017 4:50 PM
All educators need to examine their practice to motivate learners to want to learn
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 6, 2017 8:45 AM
The 21st Century teaching and learning environment teach students how to think vs. what to think.
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16 Good iPad Science Apps for High School Students

16 Good iPad Science Apps for High School Students | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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The Textbook Is Dying. Meet the Artificially Intelligent Software That’s Replacing It. 

The Textbook Is Dying. Meet the Artificially Intelligent Software That’s Replacing It.  | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
This fall Pearson introduced an “immersive digital learning tool” called Revel that reimagines the textbook as a multimedia experience replete with videos, interactive exercises, and animated infographics. The goal, Pearson’s Stephen Frail tells me, is to make the course materials “more compelling than Facebook,” which after all is only “one click away” whenever a student is doing coursework on her computer or tablet.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 15, 2017 1:12 AM

Takes a while to get to the point, but worth reading.

Gabrielle Giangrasso's curator insight, November 13, 2017 10:55 PM
Inquiry Session #4-Technology 
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MATH YouTube channels curated by Educators' Technology

MATH YouTube channels curated by Educators' Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Its tremendous :)
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“How do you keep students engaged and on task?"

“How do you keep students engaged and on task?" | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“How do you keep students engaged and on task?” I am frequently asked this question when I train teachers on blended learning models. The concern implied in this question is that if I am not working directly with students that they will immediately be off task or disruptive. In actuality, classroom management has never been a big issue for me. In part, I credit my lesson design for keeping them interested, engaged, and on task. I blend a mix of online and offline work that allows students opportunities to self-pace through activities, work collaboratively with their peers, and make key decisions about how they learn.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 10:43 AM

Catlin Tucker shares her blended classroom experience in a series of strong articles. Learn to "... mix and match media, link to online websites, and engage students in polls, collaborative brainstorms, and written responses."

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Dealing with digital distraction in the classroom - Do you collect/ban devices in your class?  by MERIS STANSBURY

Dealing with digital distraction in the classroom - Do you collect/ban devices in your class?  by MERIS STANSBURY | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
BY MERIS STANSBURY

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The Best Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset

The Best Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
There is no topic in education that is more furiously debated than assessment. Of course, self-assessment tends to raise even more alarm bells. The notion of students assessing themselves is difficult for many educators to get around, but they’re warming to the idea. If our students learn to ask the right self-assessment questions and keep themselves accountable, the results in learning improvement can be amazing.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 11, 2017 1:31 PM

This infographic delivers a powerful message about the growth mindset. 

Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 21, 2017 9:06 PM
Self assessment questions for growth mindset
 
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No, you aren't a 'visual' learner

No, you aren't a 'visual' learner | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

The idea that people have different styles of learning — that the visually inclined do best by seeing new information, for example, or others by hearing it — has been around since the 1950s, and recent research suggests it's still widely believed by teachers and laypeople alike. But is there scientific evidence that learning styles exist?

 

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 21, 2017 11:12 AM
Yet the myth persists. 
 
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Create your own Google Logo - teacher lesson plans for Hour of Code

Create your own Google Logo - teacher lesson plans for Hour of Code | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Empowering all students to create with technology through free computer science clubs developed by Google.

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, November 17, 2017 9:09 AM
Create your own Google Logo - teacher lesson plans for Hour of Code
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, November 19, 2017 7:01 PM

Great insight on celebrating the Hour of Code! #csfirst by Google

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10 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love!

10 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love! | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

If your classroom is far from a 1:1 environment (more like 1:32), it can be hard to find great technology projects that really work. Here are some simple tech tools students can use to create awesome projects.


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 18, 2016 5:46 AM

Muy recomendado!!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 5, 2017 3:21 AM
Love these!
GwynethJones's curator insight, November 5, 2017 2:45 PM

Great ideas for tech collaboration! Reel 'em in! 

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Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain

Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones. You have a “use it or lose it” brain. It’s almost as easy to drive changes that impair memory and physical and mental abilities as it is to improve these things. Merzenich says that older people are absolute masters at encouraging plastic brain change in the wrong direction.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, October 29, 2017 3:39 AM
You can go negative or positive in influencing brain neuroplasticity. What road do we as educators and institutions take? Article gives some insights on how to do it right.
Volkmar Langer's curator insight, October 29, 2017 5:39 AM
Learning - always stay tuned - use it or lose it
Jackie Newman's curator insight, October 30, 2017 7:27 PM
Keel Learning!
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Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures

Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Pause procedure incorporates many of the best practices when it comes to online and active learning, including creating instructor presence, emphasizing metacognition, and aligning with outcomes-based learning.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 23, 2017 5:00 PM

Here's a solid design for anyone creating online lectures.

Donna Farren's curator insight, October 23, 2017 7:23 PM
This is a good model to use - especially with so many people trying to "flip their classroom" and make videos for students.  I really like the solid theory behind it.  Good find!
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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The rate at which you learn and progress in the world depends on how willing you are to weigh the merit of new ideas, even if you don’t instinctively like them. Perhaps especially if you don’t like them.

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Abel Linares's curator insight, October 7, 2017 11:53 AM
The ability to change your mind is a superpower.
Pascale Hotterbeex's curator insight, October 8, 2017 1:59 PM
"Closed-minded people focus much more on being understood than on understanding others..." - tout est dit!
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9 Essential Digital Skills for Teachers

9 Essential Digital Skills for Teachers | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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32 Educational Websites Organized by Content Area curated by Educators' Technology

32 Educational Websites Organized by Content Area curated by Educators' Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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David Baker's curator insight, September 18, 2017 7:23 PM
Multiple sites support strong application in schools.
Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, September 21, 2017 1:45 PM
Excelente recopilación. Siempre hay algo nuevo para probar
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 27, 2017 2:20 AM
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Create an online quiz game board in minutes

Create an online quiz game board in minutes | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

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