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The Value of Project Based Learning A Shining High School Example

Educators in New York's Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) utilize project-based learning (PBL) to engage and inspire students.
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A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills

A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic...etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking. It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems.


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Luís Cochofel's curator insight, June 2, 2013 3:43 PM

Interesting proposition!

Davies Molding LLC's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:12 AM

This is a process that should be on the bulletin board of every organization, and a key skill of every manager. 

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Schools focus on problem-solving, critical thinking skills to increase SOL scores - Charlottesville Tomorrow

Schools focus on problem-solving, critical thinking skills to increase SOL scores - Charlottesville Tomorrow | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Schools focus on problem-solving, critical thinking skills to increase SOL scores Charlottesville Tomorrow This year marks the second attempt Charlottesville and Albemarle schools have had to rebound from drops in pass rates on the math Standards...
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Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow

Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Just a couple of short years ago, the presence of tablets in schools was an exceptional phenomenon. This year, as students across the country go back to schoo

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 4, 2013 12:47 PM

This article takes a look at some of the iPad's competitors

Anusha Rani's curator insight, September 5, 2013 8:46 AM

At Best Technology we update users with the latest and best technology. The Tech News Online, technology, PC technology, computer, windows, hardware, software, reviews, PC gaming, tech news, software downloads, drivers, smart phones, Tablets, Notebook, Cameras, Cars & Bikes Nokia is one of the few brands , especially in India , which could match the emotional connection that Apple had with its consumers. Now this brand has gone. While details are still pending, there is a strong possibility that the world cannot see a Nokia phone again. And Nokia fans , who feel they have an emotional connection with the brand, they are not happy .Under the agreement between Microsoft and Nokia , the software giant is buying equipment and services division of the Finnish company . Not buying the Nokia brand. But brands Lumia and Asha are changing hands.Nokia will remain an independent company and will have full rights to the brand “Nokia ” . But never can a new phone.

http://www.thetechnewsonline.com

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:30 PM

New Education way!

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Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching - 2011 update | ISSUU.com

Welcome to the Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching (HILT). This Handbook was written by a group of subject librarians at Cardiff University to support their colleagues in Information Services as they developed their information literacy teaching.

 

 

Since the appearance of the first edition in 2005, we have received many expressions of interest from outside the University. We are happy for you to use and re-purpose our material; please note that under the terms of our Creative Commons licence, your use of the Handbook is restricted to non-commercial purposes and you are required to acknowledge the source.

 

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10 Essential Tips For Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools

10 Essential Tips For Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
The principal of an elementary school in one of Oakland's most violent neighborhood gives tips on how to implement a blended learning program that serves the needs of disadvantaged students, many of...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, September 19, 2013 10:45 AM

Isn't this the first thing you hear when trying to get more technology infusion into school - "but my kids don't have access to X or Y"?

This article isn't the only answer of course but the tips are good ones. Another great article from MindshiftKQED

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What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It? | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Terry Heick is interested in learning innovation in pursuit of increased social capacity. He is editor of Edudemic Magazine for iPad, Director of Curriculum at TeachThought, and a regular blogger f
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Curriculum & Leadership Journal | School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

Curriculum & Leadership Journal | School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
School libraries & teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy & learning by Hilary Hughes http://t.co/aMz1SrUciA

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lyn_hay's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:35 PM

Highly recommended reading for all teacher librarians and principals. Thanks to Hilary Hughes at QUT and SLAQ for collaborating on this research project that provides solid local (Gold Coast) evidence of school library impact.

Audrey Nay's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:40 AM

Looking forward to this article 

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, January 14, 2014 1:08 AM

Reading for TLs - advocacy

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10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library

10 Digital Resources That Will Improve Your School Library | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it

via Edudemic School had ended. Yet, there was a mini EdCamp nestled deep in the library in Warwick, Rhode Island. In that EdCamp sat a group of inspired, tech-loving educators trying to get ...


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Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:08 AM

Some good ideas here

 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:37 AM

New Trends in school libraries

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

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The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including:

 

– Weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity

– Underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design

– Considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning


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25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - engchat, histchat, Online Learning, scichat, sschat, technology, videos, YouTube

25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - engchat, histchat, Online Learning, scichat, sschat, technology, videos, YouTube | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
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“Cooperative Learning” – Connectivism and Social Learning in Practice | Mr. Hennessey's Primary ICT Blog

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Personalized Learning, Big Data and Schools

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The days of "playlist" learning are here, and with widespread adoption of mobile technologies, the ability to implement personalized learning through data sharing on a broad scale is now possible.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:36 PM

This article takes quite a positive view of what could be a very complex and sticky issue - our kid's data.

Dr. Debi Slaughter's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:24 AM

I have recently designed/developed 2 classes that utilize playlists.  Here's the insight! 

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:40 AM

'Playlist' learning is the new thing in Ed tech and the use of mobile technologies allows it to happen more efficiently and in a more targeted manner. Using data, you can create personalized learning.

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Published Article: Connectivism and Information Literacy

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I am pleased to announce that an article I wrote, "Connectivism and Information Literacy: Moving from Learning Theory to Pedagogical Practice" was published in the journal, Public Services Quarterl...

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Media & Information Literacy is Gaining Momentu...

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In recent years, Media & Information Literacy (MIL) has been increasingly recognized as a critical element in good governance and accountability. This is partly due to the rapid growth in technologies, which has contributed to a changing media landscape and new forms of citizen engagement. 

 

To thrive in this environment, citizens need the critical abilities and communicative skills to effectively access, analyze, and evaluate information.  These skills will help citizens make informed decisions and form opinions that can impact their daily lives and the communities they live in, as well as minimize risks associated with the very same technologies, such as security, safety, and privacy.

 

With its empowering effect, MIL can foster a citizenry capable and aspired to demand better services, hold leaders accountable and engage as active stakeholders in governance reform. Yet, MIL has struggled to gain the momentum needed to become part of the development agenda. However, this might be about to change.

 

In June this year, The Global Alliance for Partnership on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) was launched at the Global Forum for Partnerships on MIL, held in Nigeria, and attended by 300 participants from 40 countries. UNESCO is spearheading the initiative, in cooperation with the United National Alliance of Civilizations, UNICEF, the Open Society Foundation, IREX, the European Commission, and other international development partners who have agreed to join in the near future. In total, some eighty countries have agreed to collaborate to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies.

 

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 16, 2013 5:40 AM

Democracy and good governance are anchored on unfettered access to information and the ability by citizens to access, analyse, evaluate and ethically use information for academic, work and social purposes.

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:32 PM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 9:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.
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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

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Remember reflection? That's something we used to do occasionally before we all became addicted to checking our Web-enabled devices every few minutes for our much-needed digital data fixes. Prior to...

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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:32 PM

:) .. curious, does the constant burst mode style of reading we now getting acustomed to, afforded by our various mobile devices, errode our ability to stop think and reflect? ... i would like to think not.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 13, 2013 6:03 AM
I wouldn't think os Andreas; I prefer to regard those bursts of reading as a provocation, a springboard for thinking and reflection.
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Developing Critical Thinking and Web Research Skills

E-book designed for K-12 educators to support the development of critical-thinking skills in the classroom. The e-book was designed as a primer to a comprehens

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Sam Johnston's curator insight, February 28, 2013 1:35 AM

Microsoft-sponsored research lessons. Full of links to great resources and interesting activities. For a more comprehensive offering by Google, check out: http://www.google.ca/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html

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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources

10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Wondering how to get your students to use and analyze primary sources instead of their beloved Wikipedia? Here are some great resources for primary sources.
The post 10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources appeared first on Edudemic.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:39 AM

And here I was thinking that ed tech folks didn't know anything about primary sources! Another great piece from Edudemic!

Kristi Ritter's curator insight, October 4, 2013 2:27 PM

Yay for primary sources! Double-yay for knowing how to use them!

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Developing Assessments of Deeper Learning: The Costs and Benefits of Using Tests that Help Students Learn

Developing Assessments of Deeper Learning: The Costs and Benefits of Using Tests that Help Students Learn | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it

In this report, Linda Darling-Hammond and Frank Adamson argue that the resources that are currently spent on student testing could support much higher quality assessments, including performance tasks that include critical thinking and problem solving skills. To do this, states and districts will need to implement a combination of:

 

Cost savings, such as the economies of scale enabled by state consortia, online delivery, and efficient scoring of open-ended tasks by teachers and computers.Strategic reallocation of resources that are currently used for state and local testing in fragmented ways and that are not focused on improved assessment quality.Use of professional learning time and incentives to support teacher engagement in assessment scoring, development, and use, which provides the double benefit of improved instruction and more efficient use of resources.
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Teacher Librarian Article Published | Keith Curry Lance

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Today, Teacher Librarian magazine published an article by Deb Kachel and me.  The article presents the find

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lyn_hay's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:01 AM

The latest research project conducted by Keith Curry Lance and associates in Pennsylvania which examines school administrators' perceptions of school libraries and student test scores. One of the reports recommendations highlights the need for more TL practitioners to work at building local evidence to strengthen the research base, as the authors conclude: "We also need more local action research studies—otherwise known as self-assessments—by school librarians themselves. Many school librarians do not feel they have time to conduct self-assessments in the form of local, evidence-based studies of their practice. Yet this needs to be an integral part of the research. If we wish to see the kind of change in the public education policy that will establish firmly the future of school libraries and librarians, local decision-makers—administrators, school board members, and even parents—must be made aware not only of what we know from large-scale studies but also of evidence of ways in which their own experience of school libraries and librarians matters. Only then will they internalize a deep understanding of the contributions that school library programs make and begin to make decisions consistent with a

personal commitment to them."
I could not agree more with this recommendation. Since 2010, Dr Ross Todd and I have been working together to help build the capacity of Australia's TL profession as evidence-based practitioners. This is a slow movement, but we are starting to see some excellent practice-based research being published in journals such as Scan and Access, and being presented at conferences. We are slowly building this evidence, but we need this movement to extend beyond those leading lights in the profession. Only then will we be in a position to demonstrate to education systems, governments and the wider community of school libraries impact on student achievement. Please join our EBP Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EBPforSL/ for more information.

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10 Good TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers ~ Edu...

10 Good TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers ~ Edu... | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
"It's a long time since I last posted in Ted Talks for Teachers section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. However, today I have a list of great TED talks from inspiring teachers.
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ConnectED: Delivering the Future of Learning | The White House

ConnectED: Delivering the Future of Learning | The White House | Learning & Instruction | Scoop.it
Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling discusses transforming education through technology.
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Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory |...

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George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism.
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