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Genius Hour Blog - Genius Hour Introductions

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Genius Hour Introductions to my 6th grade class. Courtesy of ckesler@gmail.com and posted at http://www.geniushour.com/2013/03/31/genius-hour-introductions/

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I introduced the idea of a genius hour project to my three 6th grade honors science classes on Thursday. Overall, I think that it was very well received by the students. I’m trying to focus all of my energy on the 75% of them that ‘got it’, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little concerned about the few that were either apathetic or asking questions like, “Do we have to do this?” Not everyone is going to be as excited about the project as I am. Once they realize that the alternative to genius hour is far inferior, their feelings about the project may change.

I had the students raise their hands if they were excited about the project, and I saw a bunch of hands in the air. I then asked if anyone was scared or nervous about what I was asking them to do, and there were also many hands in the air, including mine! We had the conversation about how they have been told all of their life what they had to learn in school and how I was liberating them from that style of learning. They definitely seemed to appreciate that.

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Why Not? by Just Imagine

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This tasteful outfit includes a leather jacket, lace shirt with optional bra, and a brooch as a gift. Available in 5 sizes and 5 colors, be sure to pick up your outfit today. Available in the marketplace online at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/JI-WHY-NOT-LEATHER-ENSEMBLE-DKB-ADD-TO-UNPACK/6681335
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'The Argument' at Serena Imagine Arts Center

'The Argument' at Serena Imagine Arts Center | Durff | Scoop.it
You are invited to an opening on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm SLT at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/191/25/21 Focusing on how many unjust things are in the world today and how many feelings of hostility are festering among our global neighbors, a group of talented artists have come together to offer "The Argument".
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5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety

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Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter October is National Fire Prevention Month, with Fire Prevention Week happening October 8-14. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has fantastic resources to help educate children on preventing fires. In addition to fire prevention week materials, they are also launching a brand new safety app for kids. In this blog post, I’ll share all of the resources that you can use for educating children how to prevent fires. This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and SparkySchoolhouse.org . Understanding Fire Danger The single most practical fire safety strategy for families is having parents and children agree on a place outside the house where they would meet in case of a fire. For this and other helpful information use the how-to template available in the 2017 Sparky Schoolhouse Fire Prevention resources . Here you can find a selection of videos for preschool through grade five. Just pick the grade level and you’ve got a video you can use. These videos include many cross-disciplinary resources including a history of the Great Chicago Fire and a downloadable ebook (in all formats) to reinforce safety messages, reading, science, math, and social studies. In Sparky’s Schoolhouse, you’ll find grade-level videos and activities for core subject areas. Take some time to incorporate a fire safety message in your lesson plans for next week! 5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety This Week Teach students about a home fire escape plan and holding a dril l Teach children home safety tips including smoke detectors, quick release security bars that everyone can open Consider asking your local fire department to do a presentation on security bars, home escape, and fire prevention and safety Send a flyer home.  The NFPA has many flyers and handouts (and even a cool quiz) that your students could distribute throughout neighborhoods as a service project. (See the teacher resources page for these.) Reinforce the message. Use videos in a variety of subjects – history, math, language arts – to emphasize the fire prevention and safety theme of this week. (They are on the 2017 fire prevention resources page.) Helpful Links and Resources Teacher Fire Prevention Resources SparkySchoolhouse.org homepage is NFPA’s teacher portal for fire safety education. Start here to get resources and plan your week’s activities. Sparky Schoolhouse 2017 Fire prevention resources : Get your fire prevention teacher guide . Download a how-to template for students and families to help them create a home fire escape plan. (This is the type of homework we should assign.) They have targeted materials for high-risk populations. Student Fire Prevention Resources Sparky.org is a student-friendly site for children’s education. Sparky’s Fun House game is a web-based activity to help students learn about fire safety. This could be a great use of their in-class technology time during the week of October 8-14. Sparky the Fire Dog® was hanging out at a carnival funhouse when he heard the beep, beep, beep of a fire alarm! Help him find a safe way out so he can get to the outside meeting place. Once you help Sparky get safely outside, you’ll unlock three fun minigames including a math and a spelling game. Standards-aligned math problems included in the Bot Blaster minigame get more difficult as children progress through the levels, giving kids quick exposure to addition facts ideal for K-2 students. On the Word Coaster mini-game, students will be exposed to common spelling words given in grades K-2, with an increasing challenge level as students spell words correctly. The National Fire Prevention Association has given all of us teachers the resources we need for every subject. We can teach fire safety and fire prevention. Let’s do this. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The post 5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Researching a Topic with Google Keep

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’ve taught lots of tools for research with Diigo being one of my favorites. (Diigo tutorial here .) However, with some recent integration of Google Keep with Google Docs, for this project I have students using Google keep and tagging. I’ve embedded two tutorials below. First, you’ll have the YouTube video. It will just play and not pause. Second, I’ve got the Edpuzzle video. If you watch Edpuzzle, you can see how I’ve inserted pauses, etc. in it for students to do the work. They can ask me for help if they get stuck at any point. (I’ve written about Edpuzzle before.) YouTube Tutorial     Edpuzzle The post Researching a Topic with Google Keep appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher

Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher | Durff | Scoop.it
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Thank you for listening to the 10-Minute Teacher. We’ve broken the quarter of a million download mark and growing. So many amazing educators have joined the show to inspire and encourage teachers. Here are the top 10 shows for season 2 so far. #10MT Season 2 Top 10 (So far) 5 Mistakes Teachers make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis (#115) Thinking Routines in the Classroom  with Karen Voglesang #134 5 Ways to Help At-Risk Children Succeed  with Basil Marin #130 Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak #118 Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger #111 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Superheroes  with Kecia Ray #135 Hack Homework: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton #120 LEAD like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers)  with Shelley Burgess #136 23 GSuite IDeas to Excite Your Students about Learning  with Eric Curts #112 Edtech and Social Emotional Learning  with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman #137 To be fair, it takes about six weeks to see where a show will end up in the download rankings. Thank you so much. Thank you for listening, sharing, and for the guests who are appearing on the show to help other teachers. This 5-day a week podcast for teachers is truly a work of heart. Please contact us   if you have suggestions for guests. Here are some new features to help you find resources you want. TIP #1: Search for the Topic I’ve invested in a database search tool to index all of the shows. You can now search for a guest or topic and find what you want. You can search on the main podcast page . TIP #2: Get the Shows Emailed to You At the bottom of this post, you can sign up to have the show notes sent to you. I”ve got an amazing person, Kymberli Mulford , who is transcribing every episode and making tweaks for readability. (That is why we call them enhanced transcripts. I also add links to them as well.) Would you take time to leave a review? Reviews, particularly those on iTunes, really help the show. If you’re enjoying it, would you take time to review the show? Click this link to go to the show and leave a review. Thank you!   The post Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Visit Just Imagine at Renaissance Faire Hunt VII 2017

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Be sure to check out Just Imagine at the 7th Annual Renaissance Faire Hunt this month. The faire runs from September 1 to September 30th. The theme is Kings, Queens, & Fools. Be sure to check out Just Imagine at this event! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Shelley/50/174/37
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Habits of Mind

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Very happy that I attended this school. Current Head of School had this to say to alumnae this week:

Two weeks ago, I shared my support for a Friends Council on Education statement issued after the violence in Charlottesville which emphasized that those events serve to deepen the commitment of Quaker schools, "to teach our students habits of heart and mind that insist upon a disposition of openness and respect for every member of our community."

Indeed--in George School's commitment to intellectual discipline, to truth seeking, and to strength and openness of heart, mind, and imagination--I see an antidote to the hatred, violence, division, and incivility on display in Charlottesville and all too casually expressed in daily life. 

For more than a century, George School students have learned to listen actively and patiently, debate with the benefit of accurate information, open their minds and hearts to perspectives other than their own, and weigh the merits and demerits of ideas against the values of Quakerism. In light of this, it is little wonder so many of our graduates and current students alike are forces for constructive change in a world that sorely needs them. 

Our students come from many places, have many identities, and hold many views about the world--and all have that divine spark that makes them valuable and worthy of dignity and respect. I can assure you that George School's faculty and administration will be listening to our students with the same openness of mind and heart that they do to each other. 

As our community reconvenes during a time of considerable global and domestic turmoil, our students surely will help us find more ways to make George School a more inclusive community, consistent with the values of the Religious Society of Friends. In fact, students already have sought the Deans' Office help in planning a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with all who are the victims of hate and intolerance. We will share information about that event when planning is further along. 

Our new director of inclusion, Marcus Ingram, joined our community this summer to build on all of the good work that our colleague Edna Valdepeñas has done over many years. Marcus is a member of the Religions Department and comes to us most recently from Wake Forest University where he has served in various community engagement roles including that of chaplain. 

Going forward, we must ensure that institutional decisions take account of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the value of a George School education and to the quality of our community. To that end, as director of inclusion, Marcus is a member of the school's senior administrative team and will work regularly with students, employees, and the George School Board. 

I write fully aware that there is much to worry about in the world. But there is also much to celebrate. In particular, for all of our human imperfections, we are blessed to live, learn, work, and play in a Friends school that takes seriously the injunction to live in the world as it can be, rather than the world as it is. For that, I am deeply thankful. 
 
Warm regards, 
 Sam Houser Head of School
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Dance the night away in Ballo: Tango by Just Imagine

Dance the night away in Ballo: Tango by Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
This stunning red formal is covered with shimmering tulle and comes with a matching evening purse, gloves, and scarf. The gown is partially mesh. Remember to wear your group tag for a discount! Be memorable this summer in this pants outfit. Hurry in to get yours now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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High School Teachers with less than 5 years experience sought.

High School Teachers with less than 5 years experience sought. | Durff | Scoop.it
Do you have 1 to 4 years high school teaching experience? Do you use technology in your classroom with your students? Did you attend a teacher education program that taught you how to integrate technology in the classroom? My name is Carol Deuling-Ravell and I am conducting a dissertation study about how beginning teachers overcome the barriers to technology integration in their classroom. I would love to talk with you about your experiences integrating technology in your teaching. Your time commitment would involve a one hour interview and responses to 4 to 6 journal prompts. Any communication with me for purposes of this study will remain confidential. If you would be interested in participating in the study, please message me via Facebook at Carol Deuling-Ravell; on LinkedIn at Carol Deuling-Ravell or email at carol.deuling-ravell@waldenu.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!pty description
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Classic Blue by Just Imagine

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Classic Blue Day By Day by Just Imagine The Day by Day outfit in Classic Blue includes a top with free bra included and leggings in a complimentary color. Remember to wear your group tag for a discount! Be memorable this summer in this pants outfit. Hurry in to get yours now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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Access Tons of Free Digital Textbooks to Use in Your Teaching curated via Educators' tech 

Access Tons of Free Digital Textbooks to Use in Your Teaching curated via Educators' tech  | Durff | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Educatorstechnology.com has provided access to FREE digital textbooks that can be used in your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Digital textbooks are such a wonderful tool for engaging students through technology. It is the world of their future and the more we can give learners experience using these tools, the better equipped they will be for tomorrow.
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Overcoming barriers to technology integration

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Carol Deuling-Ravell is conducting a dissertation study about how beginning teachers overcome the barriers to technology integration in their classroom. She would love to talk with you about your experiences integrating technology in your teaching. Your time commitment would involve a one hour interview and responses to 4 to 6 journal prompts. Any communication with Carol for purposes of this study will remain confidential. If you would be interested in participating in the study, please message Carol via Facebook at Carol Deuling-Ravell; on LinkedIn at Carol Deuling-Ravell or email at carol.deuling-ravell@waldenu.edu.
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Serena Imagine Arts Ctr Photo Contest

Serena Imagine Arts Ctr Photo Contest | Durff | Scoop.it
Enter by July 29 by placing your entry in a notecard into the submission box at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/153/122/21 Touch the box to read the notecard for contest rules. May the best photo win!
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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) | Durff | Scoop.it

"According to Code.org, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near future—but only 40 percent of schools teach it. Critics claim that it is mainly the more affluent schools that offer computer science courses, thus denying those who attend poorer schools the chance to learn necessary skills. A focus on STEM is not enough: Code.org also reports that while 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing, only 7 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science. It is imperative that savvy schools begin to focus some STEM resources on computer science and programming.

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill not because they’ll all go into it as a career—that isn’t realistic—but because it impacts every career in the 21st-century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term.

With the following resources, you can teach programming to every student and every age."


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Do an Hour of Code Dec. 5-11! Thanks to Yashy Tohsaku. 

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Trip by Just Imagine

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Take your next trip dressed in the Trip outfit with a woolen poncho, leather skirt, and over the knees socks. This is a stylish way to travel during this autumn season. Outfit available in 5 mesh sizes. Remember to wear your group tag for a discount! Be memorable this summer in this pants outfit. Hurry in to get yours now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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How to Choose Font Sizes

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A tutorial video From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Helping students select the right font sizes could be a challenge. My sister is a graphic design professor and taught me a simple way to select font sizes. Graphic design students might find it a bit oversimplified but for high school students it works like a charm. I’ve also included the assignment I give after this assignment for those of you who want to understand how this works. YouTube Video: How to Choose Font Sizes   The Edpuzzle Video: How to Change Font Sizes This has some checkpoints built into it for those of you who want to understand how I use that tool. Remember that edpuzzle will also let you rip the original audio off and record it in your own voice for those of you who want to use my video and add your voice instead of mine.   A follow-up assignment to demonstrate learning Note that I’ve already taught my students about the six basic font families: Old Style, Modern, Slab Serif, Sans Serif, Script, and Decorative. I don’t share that video publicly because I lean heavily on The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams (not the comedian.) This book is so helpful when trying to explain basic graphic design to students or adults who need just enough to make their work look great but aren’t in design school. This lesson reviews font families and also helps them practice interpolating font sizes. The Font Size Assignment Based on what you learned in the Font Formula Video , you are going to use PowerPoint. Each slide will have the following: A Font Formula (you must use 6 different font formulas) The name of the font you selected The name of the font family for that font Make the slide look similar to the one below where you show a Heading, a subheading, and a body typestyle. Draw arrows from the formula to the font size that you selected. Turn in the PowerPoint here. It should be six slides. Six different formulas. Six different font families and fonts. A Sample Slide This is a sample slide. Note that I don’t require students to change the background color but they often want to make it look like mine. This is a simple follow up as well to PowerPoint skills as well but the focus is font families and font sizes and correct interpolation. The post How to Choose Font Sizes appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning | Durff | Scoop.it
Sponsored by Kids Discover Online From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers), Monica Burns (Class Tech Tips), and I will be hosting a free webinar with Kids Discover Online on October 3 from 4:30-5:30 pm Eastern Time. We will discuss 10 ideas for excellent inquiry-based learning . The emphasis is on practical ideas — you can start using them today! Register here and join us . In this webinar, we’ll cover: What is inquiry-based learning? What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning? Securing administrator support for inquiry-based learning Practical do’s and don’ts for inquiry-based learning in the classroom Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom 10+ practical examples If you want to implement or improve inquiry-based learning at your school, this webinar is a must join. Learn more now . The sponsor of this webinar is Kids Discover Online. I’ve written about their 150 nonfiction science and history articles and how they support inquiry-based learning.   Monica Burns, Richard Byrne and I will be discussing 10 ideas for Excellence Inquiry-based learning on October 3. Join us!   I hope you see you at the webinar. It is going to be fun and very informative. If you want to build inquiry-based learning, this will be helpful!   Disclosure of Material Connection : This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.)   The post Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Be A Queen: Elisabeth now available at the 7th Annual Ren Faire

Be A Queen: Elisabeth now available at the 7th Annual Ren Faire | Durff | Scoop.it
The faire runs from September 1 to September 30th. The theme is Kings, Queens, & Fools. Be sure to check out Just Imagine at this event! See the all the medieval outfits in our booth. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/232/225/22
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Thinking Project Based Learning with the Buck Institute

Thinking Project Based Learning with the Buck Institute | Durff | Scoop.it
Rody Boonchouy on episode 139 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Rody Boonchouy @rodyboo from the Buck Institute talks about effective project based learning. With a powerful metaphor explaining the difference between projects and project based learning, Rody sets the stage to discuss PBL trends and tips. Let’s dive deeper into PBL. Today’s Sponsor is TeacherVision .  TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. To give you a closer look, they’re giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan  at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision . Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today. Listen Now Listen to the show on iTunes  or Stitcher Stream by clicking here . Below is a transcript modified for your reading pleasure. For information on the guests and items mentioned in this show, scroll down to the bottom of this post. **** Transcript for Episode 139 Link for this show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e139 This enhanced transcript will be posted as soon as it is available. In the meantime, listen to the show! Full Bio As Submitted Rody Boonchouy A former PBL principal, teacher, and school development coach, Rody has comprehensive expertise and practitioner experience in instruction and leadership for Project Based Learning. He began his career teaching overseas, and in 2003 founded a New Tech Network school in Davis, CA. He taught for seven years as a high school PBL English teacher and served as a principal of a PBL high school before joining the staff at the Buck Institute for Education. Rody completed his dissertation on leadership for Project Based Learning. As Senior Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at BIE, Rody oversees BIE’s high profile grants and program development, national institutes, and partnerships. During his tenure at BIE, Rody led the development of BIE’s National Faculty community, a consultant group of 100 members made up of PBL practitioners, leaders, and experts. He joined BIE as a National Faculty member in 2007 and has served on staff since 2013. Rody has a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, M.Ed. from U.C. Riverside, M.Ed. from University of La Verne, and an Ed.D. from U.C. Davis. He also holds single-subject and administrative credentials. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.) The post Thinking Project Based Learning with the Buck Institute appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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B & W Photo Competition ~ Serena Imagine Arts Ctr

B & W Photo Competition ~ Serena Imagine Arts Ctr | Durff | Scoop.it
Serena Imagine Art Center is delighted to showcase the photos of SL artists who entered the 2017 competition. You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition between August 5th to August 31st at the Art Center.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/145/118/22
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You are invited to an opening at Serena Imagine Art Ctr

You are invited to an opening at Serena Imagine Art Ctr | Durff | Scoop.it
This Thursday July 27, 2017 at 1 pm SLT we request the honor of your presence at the opening of "Picture of Oh" by Aldiladeisogni at Serena Imagine Art Center http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/46/110/2002
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Geometry PucciWaves by Just Imagine

Geometry PucciWaves by Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
Be fashionable in this geometric Pucci Waves dress by Just Imagine. A mesh dress in 5 sizes - leather belt included. Remember to wear your group tag for a discount! Be memorable this summer in this pants outfit. Hurry in to get yours now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources | Durff | Scoop.it

The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success.


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"Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions: is the nature of knowledge changing, and how do different views on the nature of knowledge result in different approaches to teaching? what is the science and research that can best help me in my teaching? how do I decide whether my courses should be face-to-face, blended or fully online? what strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment? what methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes? how do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject? how do I maintain high quality in my teaching in a rapidly changing learning environment while managing my workload? what are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?"
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Pretty sure this is going to be worth a read for anyone involved in ELT publishing, whether focused on digital products, like me, or not. 
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Teaching in a Digital Age
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Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power

Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power | Durff | Scoop.it
You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him. A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist's responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk -- which earned him a standing ovation midway through -- Ramos explains why, in certain circumstances, he believes journalists must take sides. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)
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Learning in the digital age - theory and practice

Learning technology is just about everywhere in education. Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and person…

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 30, 10:32 AM

Excellent graphics illustrating his creative ideas-I looked at all 74 of the slides! I especially like the images of two paths

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, July 3, 2:32 PM
Curricula is evolving, one classroom at a time.
David Alexander's curator insight, July 14, 4:25 AM
Just wanting to have this available for my colleagues.