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iPhoneography

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"iPhoneography is a powerful new artform for digital storytelling and creative expression. Learn how to use it to engage students, build community, and enhance teaching."

 

Nicole Dalesio and Lisa Highfill have used great creativity in synthesizing a unique approach to digital storytelling through the use of iPhone photography and numerous iPhone apps -- they call it iPhoneography. The site offers a compelling examples of a digital story, links to recommended apps, a handy how-to section, a list of iPhoneographers to follow, a place for social networking (called untitled), a collection of interesting articles and blog posts, and how to get in touch with the principals. I think iPhonegraphy is really going to go places. -JL


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15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology

15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Out of 125 responses from teachers indicating their top 3 apps, these are the apps that were listed most often.
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Telling the Story in Your Organization

Telling the Story in Your Organization | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
How can you increase the storytelling culture within your organization? Here are 11 tips to help you and others in telling the story.


Stuck for ideas about where to find stories in your organization? Looking for concrete practical advice for how to support storytelling within your company?


Then you are going to love these quick easy tips to get you started!


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Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, March 26, 2012 11:08 PM
Thank you for re-scooping this article Dennis! Have a great week :)
Ken Morrison's comment, March 27, 2012 5:37 AM
Hi Karen.
Wow! Scoop.it score of 91! I have my students starting their 10-week scoop.it project this week. If you you have a few sentences of advice, I would be glad to pass it on to them.
Best wishes.
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Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, March 27, 2012 12:58 PM
Hi Ken! Yep, pretty proud of that score :) Here's my advice -- write reviews and add tags. Both are invaluable and make the distinction between an 'aggregator' of information and a curator who carefully selects, reviews, comments, and catalogs the articles to create a meaningful context for readers. Sounds like a fun class! Looking forward to hearing more about it.
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Fourteen reasons schools are troubled (and no, it’s not all about teachers)

Fourteen reasons schools are troubled (and no, it’s not all about teachers) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"After a decade of studying U.S. K-12 education, in some cases up close and personal, I think it is likely that a larger fraction of underprepared, besieged, or dogmatic K-12 principals and superintendents are accountable. The two former conditions trace to marginal preparation for the organizational and management tasks faced, a product of sub-par managerial training, and an organizational culture that is more complex than most private sector firms a multiple in asset size or head counts.

The latter condition is more problematic, a function of Lord Acton’s most famous lament (“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”), and the discontinuity between qualities required by a de facto educational CEO versus how they are recruited and hired. Few local school boards have the experience to hire a superintendent, who may hold an EdD or PhD, and needs the vetting aligned with the management challenge of a complex system.

Aggravating the challenge, in the writer’s home state the only requirement to become a superintendent, given prior district or system service, is a one-page application and check payable to its Department of Education, along with a job offer as a superintendent. The department lacks even the manpower to verify degrees claimed.

This is just a beginning to understanding why our teachers should not be burned at the stake. There are 12 other entities that play a major role in whether a district, or school, or even a classroom can meet our learning goals:"
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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know about Health-Reform Supreme Court Debut

"Today's the day. The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments as to the constitutionality of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Note that phrase: 'Various provisions.' The Supreme Court is not looking at the act as a whole. Rather, they're considering four separate questions related to separate parts of the law. Here's my colleague Sarah Kliff with a primer of what they are, and why they matter. And after that, a special round-up of news, analysis, and opinion on the subject. And after that, your regularly scheduled Wonkbook:
On Monday morning, at 10 a.m., the Supreme Court of the United States will open oral arguments on the health reform law. The hearing will last six hours and stretch over three days, the longest arguments in 45 years.

One reason these oral arguments will last so long has to do with the variety of the topics that the justices will address. The Court won’t consider the Affordable Care Act as one single issue, but rather has broken the case into four, separate issues. Here’s a Wonkblog guide to what those issues are, how each side will argue, when it happens, and why it matters.

One quick programming note: While the Supreme Court’s arguments will not be broadcast live, C-Span has said it will make them available within a few hours of their conclusion each day here."
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Personalized Learning (Teaching) … What Is Your Perspective?

Personalized Learning (Teaching) … What Is Your Perspective? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Richard provides his perspective about personalized learning from four different perspectives:

 

"When I think of personalized learning in light of these roles I find that my mind-set (perspective) can not help but influence my views.

 

as a …

Parent – I am all for personalized learning. I really am not all that concerned how it happens as long as it is good for my son and helps him develop the qualities of an engaged life-long learner.

 

as a …

Curriculum Developer – I find that personalized learning is not so much about the content of the curriculum (I am speaking of learning outcomes, in particular mathematics outcomes and processes) but about the modes through which students are able to meet the outcomes.

 

as a …

Student – I can only say yahoo. About time.

 

as a …

Teacher – I believe that personalized learning is a good thing for students and I hope to promote a classroom atmosphere that supports personalized learning. I am also really nervous about how this is to be done as my learning was certainly not personalized so I am working it out as I go."

 

What is your perspective?


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Doodleslide for PowerPoint

Doodleslide for PowerPoint | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Amazing hand-drawn images and templates for presentations and documents.

Read Doodleslide’s slide design and presentation tips.


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Research and an Infographic About Research

Research and an Infographic About Research | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Infographics are viral.

 

In my own PLN, one of us discovers an infographic relevant to learning or libraries or research and it’s all over the edtech/library world in a matter of minutes.

 

The infographic, Wikipedia: Redefining Research appeared on Open-Site recently, documenting the end of Britannica’s long print-based history and Wikipedia’s growing prominence as a reference source.

 

After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to halt the presses and go out of print. Facing the realities and the stiff competition from Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica will now focus primarily on their online services. But even then, it might be too late. Wikipedia has grown to be the number one source for students. In fact, many students will stop research and change topics if it’s not on Wikipedia.

 

As I looked more carefully at the infographic, as I really read it, I began to see some distorted truths and some opportunities for information literacy explorations.

 

I saw many jumps in logic. But I will focus here on just a few that are closest to my heart."

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Research to action: 5 Must Read Bullying Research Briefs

"A recent post by danah boyd, social media researcher announced some new resources in the effort to combat bullying, created for the new Born This Way Foundation, created by Lady Gaga and her mother.

“The Foundation wants to create a kinder, braver world so that youth can be the change-agents that we all need them to be. For youth to be empowered, the Foundation recognizes that 1) youth need to be safe; 2) youth need to have skills; and 3) youth need to have opportunities.”

danah, along with many other notable folks, are working with the new foundation. In her post, she announced a working paper series, starting with five new resources that synthesize research for the Foundation – and help schools and communities easily get the best, accessible advice to inform their local efforts. Best of all, the foundation and these working papers emphasize that youth empowerment needs to be a main focus for these efforts. This kind of insight and commitment is admirable - this is NOT a feel-good celebrity cause for the cameras."
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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

From the website

 

I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. I tried to make my rubric work for the broadest range of apps, from drill and practice to creative endeavors, while stressing the purpose for using the app.

 

My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Admittedly, there are good apps that are not customizable and focus on lower order thinking skills. Factor Samurai, for example, is a fantastic game for identifying prime and composite numbers. It would be nice if the app had flexibility to adjust difficultly, but it's still a good app if it is relevant to the learning purpose.

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Vincent provides his rubric for download and also a significant number of additional resources devoted to app analysis and evaluation from other individuals and organizations. I really appreciate all the work he put into this. 

 

Thanks Jim for curating this!


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The Student Voice – "I learn best in class when…”

The Student Voice – "I learn best in class when…” | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

After reading these student responses and reviewing the graph on how students learn best, it became evident the need to apply the principles of UDL in our instruction.  Listen closely and learn!

 

"In our continuing look at what works and doesn't work for students, based on our 7300+ student survey reponses, we consider their answer to the prompt: I learn best in class when...

There are few real surprises in the findings: they learn best when there is hands-on experience, lots of examples, discussion, order, visual aids. But have a look at the patterns. More specifically, as you read these, ask yourself: Which of these form a consistent pattern of common-sense best practice? However: Which of these answers in general conflict with one another? In other words, we have below some important evidence of an easily-overlooked fact: what works for some people does not work for others. So, as professionals we have an obligation to factor that need for varied and differentiated learning into our plans." - Grant Wiggins


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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

"Yes, says Noam Wasserman, because educators have data that can help company founders avoid common mistakes. No, says Victor W. Hwang, because entrepreneurs need skills that come only from life experience."

"Across the country, schools are rushing to introduce entrepreneurship classes. Self-help books for business founders are topping the best-seller lists.

All of which is rekindling an age-old debate in the business world: Is entrepreneurship a skill that can be taught, or one you have to develop by doing?

Education proponents argue that if you can teach people general skills that are useful in business, you can instill lessons about running their own companies, too. What's more, the proponents argue, research in the field of entrepreneurship has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, so educators can do much more to help entrepreneurs avoid common problems.

But many critics think that the education boosters' logic is flawed. Starting and running a business, these critics say, requires skills that a person can only develop in the real world, not in a classroom setting—everything from dealing with many different types of people to handling the constant uncertainty that so often comes with a start-up company."
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39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom

39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"How Much Did Steve Jobs Change the World? You might be reading this on your iPhone, iPad or computer, but whether or not you have a Macintosh or a PC, Steve Jobs is responsible for so much of the technology we are using today. Did you know that Windows computers copied the drop-down window interface from Apple computers? Yes, all true. So today, when the power went out in the school and we couldn't get on the Internet, I noticed what an important part of my life technology has become. Talk about making a dent in the world. Jobs' legacy will live on in generations to come. Here are 39 sites for using one of Jobs' greatest innovations: THE iPAD."
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Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical

Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson, who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting...
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30+ great ways to promote your self-published eBook | Cendrine Marrouat

30+ great ways to promote your self-published eBook | Cendrine Marrouat | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Before the release of your eBook The day of the release and afterwards One of the most common questions authors ask me is this: “How can I promote my upcoming ...
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20 questions for parents about K-12 school reform

20 questions for parents about K-12 school reform | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In an earlier post, I made a case for taking a broader perspective about the causes of U.S. school learning challenges, rather than simply focusing on its teachers.

The list of entities that play a major role in whether a district, or school, or even a classroom can meet the public’s learning goals include local school boards, state boards of education, the testing industry and more. (You can see them all here.) And finally, I said this:

“The observant reader may note that the above list is one short. Here it is, though it is not politically correct to say: ‘America’s K-12 parents.’ ”

If you are a parent, here are 20 questions for you to answer that will reveal how you would support a local school system that wanted to seriously reform.

Take the test. To how many of the following 20 propositions can you honestly say “yes?”"
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Sub Plunges 7 Miles to Earth's Deepest Place: Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific.

Sub Plunges 7 Miles to Earth's Deepest Place: Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Film director James Cameron returns to the surface after becoming the first person in 50 years to reach the deepest point in the ocean, the Mariana Trench."

 

"Hollywood director James Cameron has returned to the surface after plunging nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.

 

He made the solo descent in a submarine called "Deepsea Challenger", taking over two hours to reach the bottom.

 

He spent more than three hours exploring the ocean floor, before a speedy ascent back to the surface.

 

His craft was kitted out with cameras and lights so he could film the deep.

 

This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean's deepest depths - the first took place in 1960.

 

The earlier descent was made by US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard.

They spent about 20 minutes on the ocean floor but their landing kicked up silt, meaning their view was obscured."

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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"Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain."

"The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind — like remembering a sequence of directions while driving."
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Every Single Social Network Explained Through Donuts| The Committed Sardine

Every Single Social Network Explained Through Donuts| The Committed Sardine | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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Encourage Wandering

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Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find yourself. Encourage wandering.
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“How Big Is Our Solar System?” Infographic

"The BBC has created a very, very large infographic titled “How Big Is Our Solar System?” Scroll down (which is a little odd) and it will take you from the surface of earth to the far reaches of space."
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Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App

Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Khan Academy is slated to launch its iPad app any minute now in Apple's store. The enhanced version of Khan Academy will include time-syncing between devices--no Internet connection required--an interactive transcript of the lectures for easy searching, and a handy scrubber for moving between parts of the lectures.

 

The iPad frees Khan Academy from the constraints of a laptop and Internet connection.


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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Podcasts for Education Leaders

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'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

"Companies like 3M allow their employees to have an hour a day to do whatever they want: work on a side project or tinker with a hobby."

"Beethoven would try as many as 70 different versions of a musical phrase before settling on the right one. But other great ideas seem to come out of the blue. Bob Dylan, for example, came up with the lyrics to the chorus for "Like a Rolling Stone" soon after telling his manager that he was creatively exhausted and ready to bail from the music industry. After going to an isolated cabin, Dylan got an uncontrollable urge to write and spilled out his thoughts in dozens of pages — including the lyrics to the iconic song.

Scientists are now learning more about how such moments occur, says science writer Jonah Lehrer. His new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, explores where innovative thoughts originate and explains how some companies are now working to create environments where they're more likely to occur.

'Moments of insight are a very-well studied psychological phenomenon with two defining features,' Lehrer tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. 'The answer comes out of the blue – when we least expect it. ... [And] as soon as the answer arrives we know this is the answer we've been looking for. ... The answer comes attached with a feeling of certainty, it feels like a revelation. These are the two defining features of a moment of insight, and they do seem to play a big role in creativity.'"
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Real World Math - Ideas for Using Google Earth in Math Class

Real World Math - Ideas for Using Google Earth in Math Class | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Real World Math is a site with lessons and ideas for using Google Earth in the math classroom. There are lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for math that are based on active learning and project based learning, including analysis and creativity.

The Lessons page has lessons grouped into five categories: Concept Lessons, Project-Based Learning, Exploratory, Measurement and Space.  There is a Community page for teachers to collaborate and share lesson ideas. There is also a Resource page with links to other sites, blogs, or materials that users of Real World Math should find helpful. This will include links to tutorials on Google Earth and SketchUp.

This is a fun and interesting way to teach, and learn, math."
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