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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | educational technology | Scoop.it

Watch a video that explains Ukraine's crisis in two minutes or read this quick article that covers the same material.  

 

Ukrainians have been protesting since Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for closer integration with the European Union, instead drawing the country closer to Russia. They are still in the streets in huge numbers and have seized regional government buildings in several parts of the country. In Kiev, the capital, clashes between protesters and security forces have become violent, killing several people. On Tuesday, the prime minister resigned. No one is quite sure what will happen next.

 


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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 15, 2014 5:50 PM

This article does a good job of explaining some of the many aspects of the current crisis in the Ukraine. While the media has been covering this conflict it has done little to provide background information on the Ukraine and precisely why Russia has invaded. This article goes into enough detail to flesh out the conflict without becoming in accessible to the average reader.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 5:58 PM

Ukrainians have been protesting since Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for closer integration with the European Union, instead drawing the country closer to Russia. They are still in the streets in huge numbers and have seized regional government buildings in several parts of the country. In the capital, clashes between protesters and security forces have become violent, killing several people. Recently, the prime minister resigned. No one is quite sure what will happen next. What's happening in Ukraine is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow for outsiders who don't know the history that led up to. Here are some basic questions that have basic answers for people who are still confused. What is Ukraine? Why are so many people protesting? How did Ukraine get so divided? What role does Russia play and why do they care so much? Why haven't the United States or Europe helped? But most important, the question we all want to know the answer to is what is going to happen next?

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, May 7, 2015 3:01 PM

Such a helpful article, especially for people like me who don't like to look like an idiot.  This was so informative in a way that condensed the big issue into one short article that covered every aspect and made it easy to understand.  I knew there was something going on in Ukraine but didn't really know what it was, so this was awesome.  However, this is a real issue that people need to be aware of, especially when thinking, "well why doesn't the west just step in?" because that seems to be what we do everywhere else.  However, I think we've pretty much proven that stepping in can sometimes do more harm than good.  And honestly, it is not our problem to solve.

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GeoSettr

GeoSettr | educational technology | Scoop.it

In May 2013, GeoGuessr came online and quickly became a favorite quiz game of geo-enthusiasts.  Using 5 random locations in Google Street View.  The game player can search the area in Street View and then make a guess as to where it is on the map.  Using GeoSettr, you can create your own GeoGuessr challenge by choosing five locations on Google Street View.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 30, 9:23 AM

You can customize your own GeoGuessr quizzes now, as others pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape you selected and find more context clues as to where that location is.  Try my sample quiz that I made based on these 5 clues.   

  1. The best place to get clam cakes and doughboys in RI
  2. My hometown is home to this center of athletic excellence
  3. This monument was a part of my research in this Latin American city
  4. This is where I went to school to get my Ph.D.
  5. Home to the movie “Close Encounters,” this National Monument has always fascinated me.  

Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, February 27, 6:34 AM

another great tool - create your own Geoguesser games

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Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions | educational technology | Scoop.it
Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 2017 1:40 AM

Good tool for taking first steps into virtual reality.

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E-Learning Careers: Your Professional Face: CV Resumes Interviews

E-Learning Careers: Your Professional Face: CV Resumes Interviews | educational technology | Scoop.it

This is a resource page for online teaching professionals looking for work. You'll learn how to design your cover letter, CV and resume. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 5, 2017 12:01 PM

This page is part of the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Career Center.  If you are already working online, or just thinking about the possibility of expanding your career, jump into this curated information. 

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Recap for enouraging reflection on learning

Recap for enouraging reflection on learning | educational technology | Scoop.it
A blog about the use of educational technology in language learning and teaching

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The Current State of Educational Blogging 2016

The Current State of Educational Blogging 2016 | educational technology | Scoop.it
Each year we conduct a survey on how educators are using blogs. Check out the results and trends we found in 2016.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 25, 2017 10:33 AM

Some interesting insights. Would be good to see more comparison and trends across years though.

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10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News - EdTech & mLearning 

10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News - EdTech & mLearning  | educational technology | Scoop.it
A few days ago we shared with you a new Google feature that allows you to easily fact check online content. Today, we are sharing with you 10 good tips that will enable you to critically assess the veracity and credibility of online content (e.g. news stories).  These are guidelines Facebook Help Centre provided for it users to help them spot fake news. However, these tips can also apply to any other type of content. Students can use them to evaluate digital content and enhance their critical reading comprehension.  We have embedded these tips into the visual below so you can print and share with your students in class.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 18, 2017 3:48 AM
Good to know how to check the news...
 
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 21, 2017 8:34 AM
This is a good resource infographic on "Fake News" that can be used within your21st Century teaching and learning environments.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 12, 2017 2:48 AM
10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | educational technology | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 24, 2017 6:51 AM
Nice ideas if not new
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Rebooting Learning for the Digital Age

Rebooting Learning for the Digital Age | educational technology | Scoop.it

The report reviews best practice around the world to show how technology is benefiting universities and students through better teaching and learning, improved retention rates and lower costs


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 15, 2017 5:00 AM

Interesting report by Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

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Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid | educational technology | Scoop.it

Marie Norman, PhD  "...there are a number of small mistakes that can shorten the shelf-life of video unnecessarily, limit its reusability, and compel you to re-record sooner than you’d like. I know because I’ve made virtually all these mistakes myself!


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 2017 1:06 PM

Creating 'Evergreen Video' is the idea. Marier Norman offers find advice that will extend the life of our video presentations.  Time Saver! Don't miss it!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 18, 2017 10:28 AM
Great suggestions!
 
Daniel Collins's curator insight, March 2, 2017 6:10 PM
Extending the shelf-life of your videos is a really important idea - especially when you're putting a lot of effort into their creation!
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Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future

Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future | educational technology | Scoop.it
What innovative technologies that have recently appeared will soon reside in the future classrooms?

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, December 31, 2016 5:36 AM
Definindo a sala de aula do futuro.
Norton Gusky's curator insight, January 1, 2017 11:00 AM
Great article to start the new year.
Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 19, 2017 12:25 PM
While this blog entry focuses on elementary grade classrooms, these same technologies will disrupt the high school and college classrooms just as well!
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein | educational technology | Scoop.it
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. (What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?)

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. The ultimate goal is for the learners to work on their own, self-selected problems in which they will apply the design thinking.

Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process:

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 15, 2016 8:19 AM
Great activities with videos to highlight the student work

Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:36 AM
I think this is a great intro to design, but this is a tad over the heads of our K-2 students or special needs. We really need to break it down into one step at a time and not give them everything at once. 
Siri Anderson's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:15 PM
Very nice assemblage of lesson ideas and processes for a person new to integrating engineering and design thinking at the elementary level. 
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Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12

Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12 | educational technology | Scoop.it
There are various types of student inquiry. How many of them do you know? Thanks to a post I found on Twitter, you’re about to know about all of them. I watch social media closely and it’s my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

The different levels of student inquiry  are about what a teacher does versus what a student does when guiding a lesson plan, project, or other school activity. Shelly Terrell posted an infographic on her Twitter account that explains the different types of student inquiry. The infographic was created by Trevor Mackenzie.

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Election Cartograms

Election Cartograms | educational technology | Scoop.it

"The states are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, or the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, respectively. There is significantly more red on a traditional election maps than there is blue, but that is in some ways misleading: the election was much closer than you might think from the balance of colors, and in fact Clinton won slightly more votes than Trump overall. The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones.

We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island."

 

Tags: electoral, scale, political, density, mapping.


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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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Why Virtual Reality is the Saving Grace of Education

Why Virtual Reality is the Saving Grace of Education | educational technology | Scoop.it
With VR there is no coasting option of just sitting and listening. Students have to interpret and examine, in real time, the subject matter that is portrayed in front of them. In this way, VR is helping educators recapture class interest, boosting their efforts in the process.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 16, 2017 1:46 AM

This is a bit evangelical and focuses rather too much on the motivational aspect of VR, but still worth a quick read.

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Gamification: How to Use Game-Based Learning in the Classroom

Gamification: How to Use Game-Based Learning in the Classroom | educational technology | Scoop.it
It’s really easy for instructors to implement a reward system that can improve both the learning experience of students and their behaviour. Active learning is more potent than its passive counterpart, and transferring video game concepts from the screen to the classroom is a great way to inspire students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 1, 2017 1:09 AM

Some good basic points.

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Should Students Take Notes on a Computer?

Should Students Take Notes on a Computer? | educational technology | Scoop.it
Despite the arguments for writing notes by hand in class, typing out notes during a lecture has its own unique benefits and advantages. New classroom-centered software is being developed on an almost constant basis, creating opportunities for students to use these new platforms to actively engage with the material they’re learning while the professor is teaching it.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 10, 2017 12:38 AM

A good balanced view.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 11, 2017 5:07 AM
Con's and pros...
 
Edward Russell's curator insight, May 11, 2017 8:25 AM
this argument is never ending!
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‘Follow your passion’ is wrong, here are 7 habits you need instead

‘Follow your passion’ is wrong, here are 7 habits you need instead | educational technology | Scoop.it
It’s common wisdom. Near gospel really, and not just among young people and founders. Across generational lines, sentiments like those from Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement at Stanford have been engraved into our collective consciousness:  

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.” 

In other words, follow your passion. There’s just one problem: “‘Follow your passion’ is dangerous advice.” 

That’s a troubling claim, but it comes straight from Cal Newport’s investigation into “the details of how passionate people like Steve Jobs really got started” as well as what scientists say predicts happiness and fuels great accomplishment. 

Newport’s not alone. In recent years, a host of leaders, academics, and entrepreneurs have all come to the same startling conclusion: nearly everything you’ve been told about following your passion is wrong. 

Here are seven habits you need instead. 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 27, 2017 11:13 AM

Leadership habits that last!

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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator | educational technology | Scoop.it
Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 21, 2017 5:13 PM

Making and writing go together. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 4, 2017 5:13 PM

Make it happen in the writing process classroom.

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A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018

A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018 | educational technology | Scoop.it

Rapidly changing technology continues to make its mark on K-12 learning. The recently-released New Media Consortium Horizon Report details six up-and-coming technologies in the next five years for K-12 classrooms. Let’s take a closer look.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 16, 2017 5:25 AM

Worth having a look. There's also a link through to the report.

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Two Key Points for Understanding Imagination in Education

It is  astonishing to me that we rarely talk about imagination in education.

At the same time, I do have a sense why this is the case: from at least Plato’s time,  we’ve associated imagination with the irrational; imagination is “fantasy” and “make believe.”

Imagination is misunderstood.

Many teachers equate “imagination” with early learning. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Others assume discussion of imagination in education refers to an arts-infused curriculum. Again: not true. Others consider imagination as a “frill”—who has time for “flights of fancy” when the contact we have with students is so limited and curricular demands are so great? The idea that imagination is at odds with rigorous, academic learning is a dangerous misconception.

These beliefs are deeply rooted and, I think, why many teachers don’t spend focused pedagogical time thinking about how to engage their students’ imaginations in learning.

And herein lies a great contradiction.

I have never actually met anyone who believes that being imaginative is a useless quality or that the imagination is a useless feature of the human mind. In reality, we constantly seem to acknowledge its importance. We want it for our kids—we admire it in others.

And yet we neglect it in schools.

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Video: Step Into a Refugee Camp

Video: Step Into a Refugee Camp | educational technology | Scoop.it
The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is one of the largest Syrian camps in the world. In the fall, we visited the camp live with our audience. Here’s what we heard from the refugees and from you.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 2017 8:35 AM

If you want to humanize the massive refugee crisis, and have lives and stories to connect to statistics, this 11 minute video shows what life is like in a refugee camp, and goes into the hopes, dreams, and life stories of the refugees. 

 

TagsMiddleEast, Jordan, Syria, political, refugees.

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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact | educational technology | Scoop.it
Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that help tell your own story.

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Justin Hurd's curator insight, May 21, 2017 10:27 AM
Being Adobe, I always thought that this tool would cost money, but I am pleasantly surprised that it is free. A great tool that can be used for designing graphics and videos. 
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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact
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Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that help tell your own story.
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LingoRank.com- Improve your English

LingoRank.com- Improve your English | educational technology | Scoop.it
400 selected talks to improve your English listening and vocabulary skills, while learning about interesting topics. From basic to advanced level.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:46 AM
This site seems to offer a good source of inspiring texts... worth using with our students!!
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What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News)

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News) | educational technology | Scoop.it


"In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.” 


 In that article and in many other articles, there is another term that appears often: “Computational thinking.” Well, what is Computational Thinking (CT), and how does it differ from Coding and Computer Science—especially when it comes to classroom practice and instruction?""


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