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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.
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They aren't looking for students who know a lot, they're looking for students who know how to think. Why? Because the problems faced in the future aren't currently known. Very interesting concept - how does this fit into the current school model? Does it fit at all? Good idea or bad? I'm intrigued by this whole concept but especially by the rigorous selection process.

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom’s Taxonomy

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom’s Taxonomy While critical thinking is a foundation rather than a brick, how you build that foundation depends on the learning process itself: exposing students to new thinking and promoting...
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Nicely organized "question stems" to share with teachers to help develop some critical thinking conversations in the classroom.

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:24 PM

The question stems encourages students to engage in higher-order/critical thinking

Bill Roberts's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:03 AM

All great inquiries start with a question(s)

Terri Hart Payk's curator insight, January 7, 2015 8:32 PM

I will be using this with my grade 8's to think about how, as writers who are Christians, we can we write mystery/suspense stories about things like kidnapping, attempted murder, etc. etc. and do so in a way that is pleasing to God. 

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Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

Kid President believes we're all teachers and we're all students. What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from? Share this with a special teach...
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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces - Edutopia

ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces - Edutopia | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Writing teacher, world citizen and guest blogger Stephanie West-Puckett reflects on the idea that, by integrating Maker culture into curriculum, we are transforming how learning happens in our schools.
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I love the opening lines on this article: The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. To counteract educational standards, testing and uniformity, this fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity -- products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating -- and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, do-it-yourself (DIY) style.

YESSSS! Heads up, library folks! This is a solid idea for bringing in patrons and starting the process of CREATING knowledge that can be shared in a peer-to-peer fasion.

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Michelle Folkman's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:43 PM

This is where Makerspaces tie into my Essential Question.

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Bring Drawings to Life With colAR Mix

Bring Drawings to Life With colAR Mix | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
colAR Mix is an augmented reality application that turns your paper drawings into animated 3D objects on your students' iPads. Students create and color drawings that are printed from the colAR Mix...
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, September 16, 2013 11:28 AM
I just heard about this app while at EdCampATL this past weekend so it was great to see this pop up on my news feed. Can't wait to play around with it!
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17 Tech Terms Connected Educators Must Know - Edudemic

17 Tech Terms Connected Educators Must Know - Edudemic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Time to update your virtual vocabulary! These tech terms are important for all connected educators to know about.
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Some new, some familiar - just more terms to add to your edu-ese.

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What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2013) - Edudemic ...

What Is A Flipped Classroom? (Updated For 2013) - Edudemic ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Flipped learning has been around for awhile. It's a rethinking of the standard classroom model that puts students in the driver's seat. With the influx of technology into education, the flipped classroom model has really taken off.
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To go along with that last article, here is a really nice infographic to help move you along in a visual format. LOVE infographics!

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Closing school libraries? This means war - Philadelphia Weekly

Closing school libraries? This means war - Philadelphia Weekly | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Philadelphia's school budget woes have shuttered the district's much-lauded libraries. It's a failure of basic civilization that cannot be allowed to stand. By Stephen Segal. Add Comment | Comments: 2 | Posted Sep.
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The article is well-stated but the comments are also enlightening. Like this one: We hold these students accountable for high acheivement but don't provide the equity amongst districts and schools to support them, you don't have to be a math genius to figure out that high standards with NO resources will NOT add up to a quality education."

No it doesn't - and it doesn't take a math genius to hold a political office with the power to cut the purse strings of public education either. Very, very sad.


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What’s In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology

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What’s In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology Education is an odd beast, full of change, yet stubbornly resistant to change. Sometimes it’s difficult to get an honest picture of learning trends and educational churning...
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Happy: Connected content, personalized learning, curating, maker spaces, and digital citizenship trending up.

Sad: digital reputation and infographics trending down. Very interesting read.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:14 PM

Part of the problem is the idea that the trends are being tabulated so rapidly no one can keep up. Is that by design?

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, September 13, 2013 1:22 PM
Good question. Everything moves and changes so rapidly these days it is hard to know.
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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

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By Thom Markham
A grave miscalculation exists in the minds of many educators: That inquiry-based learning, project based learning, and 21st century competencies can flourish in industrial model schools.
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YES! I have been thinking this for quite some time but Thom Markham writes eloquently about this "grave miscalculation" that is being ignored. Administrators and legislators keep voicing the mantra of 21st Century while tying the hands of front line educators with 19th century models (testing, desks, etc.)

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:28 PM

We need a different conversation that not only appears to be changing the educational system but really does one focused on the needs of children. This article covers a number of features that we can use i.e. children's curiosity guided by 'empowered teachers' in the Peter Vaill tradition.

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, September 13, 2013 1:23 PM
Agreed. My read on this is that we are finding plenty of answers in education but perhaps the real issue is that we have not asked the right questions.
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Power Tumbl’ng: Why Tumblr Is a Great Way to Reach Teen Patrons

Power Tumbl’ng: Why Tumblr Is a Great Way to Reach Teen Patrons | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Illustration by Regan Dunnick In his video “Tumblr: The Musical,” Youtube celebrity Hank Green mocks how Tumblr aficionados get lost in a loop of scrolling, liking, and reblogging to the point of neglecting everything else in their lives, including...
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Another way to look at Tumblr to see if it's something YOU can use. 

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Check Out the Math: One Elementary School’s Library-Based Math Program

Check Out the Math: One Elementary School’s Library-Based Math Program | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Last May, inspired by a library math project conceived by librarian and 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Jennifer Lagarde, I decided to make the usage statistics of my library at the Ruth Borchardt Elementary School in Plano, TX, connect with...
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A great read for those who have struggled with how to integrate math and library! 

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Jennifer Callaway's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:43 PM

I love this idea. I'd like to maybe gather a group of students who would work with me to create the data as a project. I would then make the math questions to be posted. 

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7 tips for making your principal your ally

7 tips for making your principal your ally | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 
Librarians, you cannot afford to have an adversarial relationship with their principals. You cannot even afford principals who are "agents of benevolent neglect." You need an administrator who actively supports you and your program.
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Rebecca toltz's comment, September 11, 2013 7:08 PM
Such a pertinent piece and always useful at this time of year
Rebecca toltz's comment, September 11, 2013 7:08 PM
Such a pertinent piece and always useful at this time of year
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12 Tools For Making Classroom Posters From edshelf

12 Tools For Making Classroom Posters From edshelf | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Need to create a poster for your classroom? There are a number of websites and mobile apps you can use to help you craft something beautiful and informative....
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MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials

MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
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Smartphones in the Classroom? Sure, With These Top Apps for Each Subject

Smartphones in the Classroom? Sure, With These Top Apps for Each Subject | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
  via Digital Partners Whether teachers like it or not, students are going to use cell phones in their classrooms. A University of New Hampshire studyrevealed that 65 percent of surveyed stude...
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, September 16, 2013 11:29 AM
Nice list broken down by subject area. Share this article with your classroom teachers to help them manage smartphone use in their spaces.
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27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management - Edudemic - Edudemic

27 Tips For Effective Classroom Management - Edudemic - Edudemic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
No matter what your role is in school, classroom management is a keystone to accomplishing everything else. These tips will get you started.
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Yet another GREAT infographic from Mia McMeekin. Share with your classroom teachers.

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5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
There are some issues that come up when you have a flipped classroom. Here are tips and solutions for teachers living on the flip side.
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Great suggestions and insights if you are just getting started or want to improve your "flip."

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6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind

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6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind The role of play in learning is a complex thing, in part because it is easily misunderstood as “playing is learning.” While that’s certainly true, there is...
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I've been advocating this for years - humans have always learned through play so why did the factory-model school become the ONLY model for educating young people? I love the Play Elements Chart and plan to put this on a poster for my library.

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This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses toothed gears (magnified above with an electron microscope) to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward. All images courtesy of Malcom Burrows To the best of our...
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So thinking ahead... if we can see this amazingly small gear apparatus on the hopping bugs, will we be able to use 3D printing technology to replicate these tiny things to use in tools for humans? What are the implications of new technologies that could emerge from these discoveries. What a great writing prompt or discussion start for students to get their creative brains in "gear." (pun intended)

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Teaching Literacy Across Content Areas | Literacy in Learning Exchange

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Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

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Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to...
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My take-away: Although the emphasis on academic achievement often captures most of the attention in debates on school reform, important inroads are being made by those who take a more holistic approach to education. [Researchers] Wang, Haertel, and Walberg reported that among eleven factors most important for classroom learning, social and emotional factors accounted for eight.

EIGHT out of eleven. Yet the teacher is accountable for ALL of them even though the lion's share of the important factors for classroom learning primarily come from the home environment. One part of me wants to say "well, duh!" while the other part wants to say "finally there is recognition!" 

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NGLC Shifts Focus To Funding Experimental Schools

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The Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) is moving towards funding schools that want to shift from traditional teaching to more experimental models.
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Shifting from tech funding to innovation funding. Interesting.

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