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Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far | HOTS | Scoop.it
More and more research was published supporting the view that, yes, our students need good schools, but if we're truly serious about providing them with genuine opportunities, what really needs to happen are major economic and political changes.
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Score Rubrics on Your iPad - Class Tech Tips

Score Rubrics on Your iPad - Class Tech Tips | HOTS | Scoop.it
If you use rubrics to grade student work you have to try ForAllRubrics! Once you set up your class list, this website allows users to import rubrics they've already made, or easily create new ones....

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:57 PM

Really good information

Brian Romero Smith's comment, July 19, 2013 12:09 AM
Awesome! Definitely an asset to the iPad classroom.
ChristopherBell's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:09 PM

YEAH!

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A Four-Phase Process For Implementing Essential Questions | TeachThought

A Four-Phase Process For Implementing Essential Questions | TeachThought | HOTS | Scoop.it

By Grant Wiggins

 

"We had a delightful visit to The School of the Future in New York City the other day. Lots of engaged kids, a great blend of instruction and constructivist work, and an obvious intellectual culture. And as the picture illustrates, everywhere we went we also saw helpful visual reminders of the big ideas and essential questions framing the work we were watching:

 

"School of the Future staff have long been users of UbD tools and ideas.

But far too often over the years I have seen plenty of good stuff posted like this – but no deep embedding of the Essential Question (EQ) into the unit design and lessons that make it up.  Merely posting the EQs and occasionally reminding kids of it is pointless: the aim is to use the question to frame specific activities, to provide perspective and focus, to prioritize the course, and to signal to students that, eventually, THEY must – on their own – pose this and other key questions. (Note: I am not criticizing what we saw and heard at SoF, rather using this teachable moment to raise an issue that needs addressing by almost all faculty using our work.)

 

"Let’s start with a simple example from my own teaching. The EQ for the unit: Who sees and who is blind? The readings: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Oedipus the King. Students are instructed to take notes around the EQ and other questions that arise related to it (e.g. Why do people deceive themselves?). We alternate between small-group discussions of the previous night’s reading, Socratic Seminar on the readings with the whole class, some mini-lessons on reading and note-taking skills, and a teacher-led de-briefing of what worked, what didn’t in Seminar as well as a discussion of confusing points in the texts. The final assessment? An essay on the EQ.

 

"At every turn, in other words, the EQ looms large in the unit. Students are not only encouraged to keep pondering it across each reading, but they take notes on the question and routinely remind one another that this question is the focus.

 

"This is far different than what we typically see in walk-throughs where EQs are being used. The only person that keeps referring to the EQ is the teacher; the main use of the question is by teachers in which they point out “answers” to the EQ. Rarely is the EQ central to the assessment – in part, because all too often the EQ is too convergent and has a right answer that the teacher wants learned. Almost never does there appear to be a plan whereby the question goes from the teacher’s control to the students’ control."


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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | HOTS | Scoop.it

This short article is geared more towards elementary educators but I think the main idea of it is still pertinent to high school educators--that kids should understand how their brains work so that they can understand how they learn. The term we used to throw around in education classes was "metacognition."  Also, I'm a big believer in telling teens about how their brains work in order to make the point that it is dangerous to expose them to various toxic substances.


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Googleable or Not Googleable?

Googleable or Not Googleable? | HOTS | Scoop.it

"When Ewan McIntosh is working with schools on our Design Thinking School programme, one of the easiest ways to explain what he's looking for in the way a project is set, is whether the statement or questions being asked can be Googled easily: is this a Googleable or Not Googleable topic? Every topic, every bit of learning has content that can be Googled, and he doesn't want teachers wasting precious enquiry time lecturing that content. He wants students, instead, to be using class time to collaborate and debate around the questions that are Not Googleable, the rich higher order thinking to which neither the textbook nor the teacher know the answers." | by Ewan McIntosh


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On Fire for Bloom’s « techchef4u

On Fire for Bloom’s « techchef4u | HOTS | Scoop.it

"Just finished a Super Saturday “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” workshop. Wish I had come across Brad Wilson’s “App Learning Tasks” sooner. What a fantastic resource! Have included his site with seven others I thought might be useful for promoting higher order thinking skills when utilizing an iDevice."


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New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HOTS | Scoop.it

"Blooms Taxonomy is one of our topical themes in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Over the last couple of years, we have been posting dozens of articles on how teachers can can apply the HOTS ( Higher Order Thinking Skills ) in their teaching. You can check the resources below to learn more."


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Hot Apps to Improve Learner`s Thinking Skills for Free

Hot Apps to Improve Learner`s Thinking Skills for Free | HOTS | Scoop.it
Hot Apps 4 HOTS ( Higher Order Thinking Skills ) is a free iOS ebook that is available now in iTunes store. This is an ebook that is designed to promote learning and healp students acquire new skills.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | HOTS | Scoop.it

Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, has many rewards: increased perspective-taking, understanding, empathy, and higher-order thinking, among others. These benefits, however, do not manifest without a skillful and knowledgeable facilitator.

Unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence demonstrates that many teachers mistakenly conflate discussion with recitation.


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27 Presentation Tips For Students And Teachers

27 Presentation Tips For Students And Teachers | HOTS | Scoop.it
In an effort to help you become the next Steve Jobs of presenting, here are more than two dozen different presentation tips.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 2:37 PM

A simple and useful tips-guide (infographic) for your students to present.

BookChook's curator insight, October 9, 2013 11:44 PM

Great tips for kids and adults. 

Jazmin Reyes's curator insight, February 13, 2014 2:45 AM

Everyone is afraid of getting up on stage and giving a speech or what ever they need to do in front of an audience. These kind of tips are helpful in every way possible especially when someone is nervous. Knowing that we need to just breathe is an important thing. These skills can allow us to get better in our presentations.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | HOTS | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...

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LETP's curator insight, July 25, 2013 4:46 AM

A useful read for teachers to understand different learner capabilities. 

Andrea Barrett's curator insight, November 16, 2014 7:22 PM

I'm going to rebadge this as "models" of learning /instruction as opposed to theories - which would suggest a hypothesis of how learning occurs

Monia Sannia's curator insight, February 25, 2016 9:40 AM

A visual map of learning theories

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Mr P's ICT blog - iPads in the Classroom: Why Twitter is essential for every teacher

Mr P's ICT blog - iPads in the Classroom: Why Twitter is essential for every teacher | HOTS | Scoop.it

I firstly joined Twitter in an educational context when I created a class account around a year ago after reading an article about how it can be used to share work with parents and friends of the school. I had my own personal account where I followed friends, sports stars etc but had nothing to do with teaching - I had no idea the power of twitter as a teacher.


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The Challenge of Teaching Higher-Order Skills

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Education Week's Teacher Beat takes a look at teacher evaluations and the task of teaching higher-order thinking skills in our Information Age.


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Hot Web Apps for HOTS « techchef4u

Hot Web Apps for HOTS « techchef4u | HOTS | Scoop.it

"Apps and web apps are only as purposeful as the products and projects that they are used to create. After spending copious amounts of time publishing “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” to iBooks http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=2234  I felt I should allocate some time to focus on web apps and how they too can be used to support higher order thinking skills."


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5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -THE Journal

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -THE Journal | HOTS | Scoop.it
Mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating.

Five great ideas that will help your students with critical thinkings. Most examples will work with elementary through high school students. 


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Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools

Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools | HOTS | Scoop.it

This post shares a robust list of "Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools...designed to provide a scaffold which enables students to think with more depth and structure."

Each tool (and over 35 are provided) has a brief description which explains how the student would use the tool, often referring to Habits of Mind or Multiple Intelligences. Links to all are provided.


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Mohini Lata's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:27 PM

The Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to enable students to think with depth and structure. This article Thinking Tools builds inclusive learning by building students coping and problem solving capacities. This article links with my topic of Using Mathematical Higher Order Thinking in the digital Technologies to present their thoughts and findings using Multiple Intelligences. This program could be used to support the Digital Technologies processes and production skills strand of the proposed Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculums sub-strand of Interactions and impacts.  The learning curve provides inclusive learning by building cohesive learning partnerships

Ange McSweeney's comment, June 10, 2013 8:22 AM
Hi Mohini,
Just had a read of this article - fantastic! I really like how they have presented the interactive thinking strategies and tools that promote deep thinking and further structure. I think this article is particularly important in relation to the topic of higher order thinking in mathematics, which is so vital to students being educated in the 21st Century by fostering critical thinking.
Great job, feel free to check out my curated collection on implementing technology eucation through science with a focus on Natural Disasters at http://www.scoop.it/t/implementing-technology-education-through-science
Thanks again for your insight and hard work,
Ange :)
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White Paper: How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information

White Paper: How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information | HOTS | Scoop.it

A Key Common Core Skill > Eye On Education

 

The importance of critical thinking is noted in the new national standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative directly identifies higher-order thinking skills as critical to achieving career and college readiness for all students.


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Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning

Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning | HOTS | Scoop.it
Watch a lesson that helps students build higher order thinking skills.

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