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New research on school climate and how it impacts on bullying and delinquent behaviour

New research on school climate and how it impacts on bullying and delinquent behaviour | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Schooling in Australia today seems to be increasingly focused on content and assessment. We have an obsession with testing and rankings. But school lif
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ACARA seeking curriculum writers for Languages

ACARA seeking curriculum writers for Languages | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
ACARA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the role of curriculum writer or expert t
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21st century skills for senior education: An analysis of educational trends - paper_snr_21c_skills.pdf

“ 21st century skills for senior education An analysis of educational trends November 2015”
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10 Insights of Remarkable Parents from a Family Therapist

10 Insights of Remarkable Parents from a Family Therapist | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Ten key insights from a family therapist outline what parents can do to best support the healthy social and emotional development of their children.
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Sound and sensible
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Comment on The Flip: End of a Love Affair by Anony

Comment on The Flip: End of a Love Affair by Anony | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
As a student, what I like about flipping is getting rid of the lecture which is inefficient and passive. I don't think a video is needed at home either. Instead, READ THE TEXTBOOK (actively, working the example problems) and then work the homework.
In class, the time could be used for practicing problems, recitation and Q&A, labs, or select enrichment (e.g. "war stories" on the chemistry, economic aspects, in the news).
I'm not a fan of constructivist chemistry. If I wanted to review a course, it would not help me. If I wanted to learn it from scratch, it would be inefficient.
1983 AP (5), chem major, practicing engineer, back for a Ph.D. in chem.
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The Tech Elite’s Quest to Reinvent School in Its Own Image

The Tech Elite’s Quest to Reinvent School in Its Own Image | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
The guy behind an online learning juggernaut has started a new school in Silicon Valley. Salman Khan is trying to reinvent the classroom. Again.
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"The Tech Elite"...I like that. ;)See it on Scoop.it, via Integration and Teaching: Ed Tech
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An extreme version of our collective quest for personalised education.
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Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality In Education - eLearning Industry

Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality In Education - eLearning Industry | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Read this article to see how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are being used to implement primary and secondary education in Spain.
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An exciting new tool...
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10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education

10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education
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Amazing potential or the beginning of the end?
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Getting (Dis)Connected: Shallow Interaction Design For Deeper Human Experiences – Smashing Magazine

Getting (Dis)Connected: Shallow Interaction Design For Deeper Human Experiences – Smashing Magazine | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Which digital experiences should we make shallow, supporting and enabling human interactions? Let's talk about the “shallow interaction design”.
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An emerging perspective.
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Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work - Faculty Focus

Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work - Faculty Focus | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
One of the biggest questions about the flipped classroom model is how to get students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared.
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Real questions and answers about flipped and blended learning.
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The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Mary Beth HertzFlipped ClassroomEdutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz presents a balanced look at the flipped-classroom model: what it is, what it isn't, …
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A useful explanation.
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'Impossible' Homework Assignment? Let Your Child Do It

'Impossible' Homework Assignment? Let Your Child Do It | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
I thought the assignment was too hard. It turns out it was just hard enough.
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A good reminder for parents and teachers of just what students are capable of.
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Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students | Edudemic

Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students | Edudemic | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
No matter how much you love your students, it’s not an easy task with so many of them in front of you and so many duties to balance.
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Agreed: challenging but critical!
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Demand for people skills is growing faster than demand for STEM skills

Demand for people skills is growing faster than demand for STEM skills | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Despite the hype about STEM skills, research shows interpersonal, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills will make you more employable in the 21st century.
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A gentle introduction to data visualisation using R

A gentle introduction to data visualisation using R | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Data science students often focus on machine learning algorithms, overlooking some of the more routine but important skills of the profession. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have advised students working on projects for industry clients to curb their keenness to code and work on understanding the data first. This is important…
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Hugely important insight: make sure visualisation highlights understanding and empowers people to respond.
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So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02)

So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02) | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
“ Have you ever done a blog post that totally leads people down the garden path – then promises to make up for it by saying that Part 2 will be more focused, useful and better-written? Have you ever forgotten to write that Part 2? Whoops! 8 So, as I was saying – ELT has been…”
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Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School

Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
When it comes to schoolwork, there is a chasm separating students with parents who have predictable work schedules and those whose parents don’t.
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Pressures on parents is a genuine concern in the homework debate.
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This is why Finland has the best schools

This is why Finland has the best schools | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just abou
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We keep holding up Finland as exemplifying successful modern education. Why not enact some of these ideas?
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Learning to Think Different

Learning to Think Different | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Rebecca Mead on Max Ventilla’s startup, which uses big data, responsive lesson plans, and student surveillance in micro-schools.
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A genuinely exciting new change of direction...
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The Gift of Failure Can Lead to Success

The Gift of Failure Can Lead to Success | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
In The Gift of Failure, teacher/writer Jessica Lahey calls on parents to value failures along the way to help children build growth mindsets. She also effectively describes how educators can work with parents, reports retired principal Mary Langer Thompson.
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Failure as opportunity for learning is a gift.
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Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’

Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’ | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
With news that half of England’s teachers plan to leave in the next five years, what can be done to keep them?
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Important to remember that feedback does not have to be written...
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How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids Build Resilience

How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids Build Resilience | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Metacognition or reflecting on our own thoughts is how we gain insight into our feelings, needs, and behaviors — and how we learn, manage, and adapt to new experiences, challenges, and emotional setbacks.
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Easy to forget but important...
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Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
Instead of teaching coding, start with design thinking and empathy. Have students design a service-oriented app and then figure out how they can build it.
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An interesting approach to coding.
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By: ED270 Operating in the Cloud

By: ED270 Operating in the Cloud | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
[…] discover tools that can more effectively innovate, manage, and challenge your […]
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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | Curriculum Trends | Scoop.it
How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival
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Self-evident? Perhaps but a reminder never hurts.
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