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New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter

New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
In all, the new studies paint teacher quality as a mutable characteristic that can be developed, rather than a static one that's formed in the first few years on the job.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:53 PM

No surprise for me here.  Lifelong learning and an ongoing commitment to meaningful professional development are central to what I do and who I am.  


In other words, I am biased. I believe great teachers develop over time.  




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New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter

New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
In all, the new studies paint teacher quality as a mutable characteristic that can be developed, rather than a static one that's formed in the first few years on the job.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:53 PM

No surprise for me here.  Lifelong learning and an ongoing commitment to meaningful professional development are central to what I do and who I am.  


In other words, I am biased. I believe great teachers develop over time.  




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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

Tags: culture, infographic, worldwide.


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Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:58 PM

ça vous en bouche un coin?!

 

Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM

This shows the costums that several other Countries use in north America we cross our legs but in Countries Like Asia disrespectful. In America we view blowing or Noise is normal in Japan that Considered rude

Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:17 PM

This article shows the different customs on gestures or body language in the world. What we might do is disrespectful in another country. For example, even some as simple as crossing your legs while sitting is common in North America and some European countries. However, it is viewed disrespectful in Asia and the Middle East.

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Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 9, 2014 11:30 AM

Guidance on how to add value and quality to your discussion posts.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:20 AM

Best Practices for Online Discussion: 16 Quality, Timing, and Value Added Response Tips

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Web Tools for Teachers: Writing | EVSC ICATS

Web Tools for Teachers: Writing | EVSC ICATS | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
There are a lot of great writing tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do: aMap- Online argument mapping tool for debates and persuasive writing AutoCrit- The AutoCrit Editing Wizard is an instant book editor. With the click of a button it shows you the problems in your manuscript. BibMe- The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page. And it's free. Citation Machine- Citation machine

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Rethinking Curriculum Writing, Part 2

Rethinking Curriculum Writing, Part 2 | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

This is a continuation of the 'Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really' that I scooped yesterday. (Both by Grant Wiggins)  In this post he continues to look at "an explosion of educational innovation" (which began in the 1930s). Along with Ralph Tyler (whom he brought up in his first post) he also presents work from Harold Fawcett, Hollis Caswell, and John Dewey. This post looks at the concepts of curriculum scope and sequence, with a focus on sequence, and if it is 'logical' or 'psychological'. 


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Pear Deck for presentation and interaction

Pear Deck for presentation and interaction | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Plan and build interactive presentation deck directly from your Google Drive.

Launch a live, interactive session on the projector.

Every Single Learner joins the live session on his or her device and participates. It’s fun, easy, and engaging!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:42 PM

Using Pear Deck, design your presentations and engage your students in interactive learning. Works with Google Drive. There are free and paid versions.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 9, 2014 1:58 AM

More power for Google Drive. Interaction and sharing

 

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You Are No Longer Allowed To Present

You Are No Longer Allowed To Present | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Here are some reasons why your presentations are BAD!   We know that so many of you use programs like PowerPoint or Prezi because they have been around for a while, and it is what you know, but change is not always a bad thing, especially if that change can lead to presentations beyond your wildest imagination. 


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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:02 AM

A (mostly) great post with some sound advice for better presentations.  Here's my take on it .....
 

Design

At the risk of upsetting all those wonderful Graphic Designers out there, I would recommend going easy on the fancy designs.   They are not essential.  What is essential  is a clear simple strategy with one idea per slide, minimal text, no bullet points (yes I mean it!) and clear simple pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate your verbal messages.
 

Content
Developing compelling content is important but try to avoid using a script when you deliver.    reading scripts leads to flat, lifeless delivery and makes it much harder to respond, "on the fly2 to your audience.  Instead use  a few cue cards with key points only or a simple mind map.  Either will keep you on track without restricting your ability to improvise in response to audience reaction.

 

Story Telling
To true. Stories are much more engaging that lists of facts or endless graphs.  Stories also create emotional engagement which is needed if you want the audience to be motivated to do something after the presentation. 

 

Humour
Yes it is powerful but it is risky too.   Telling jokes rarely works and can lead to all sorts of problems (poor timing, inappropriate content etc.)  Instead use gentle self deprecating humour.  Be willing to poke a little fun at yourself and the audience will warm to you. 

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:43 AM

My take on good presentations:  1) Story 2) Content: Restrain your left brain 3) Design: the experience 4) Humor (optional).  Presenting starts with story and uses the visual design to reinforce and add new dimensions to your message. Design the experience, not the slides. Humor works if it's actually funny--not contrived. I've seen a lot that doesn't. Humor is optional.  If it comes naturally, great.  Focusing on story and image is mandatory.  Use serious restraint with putting words on your slides.  Words are processed by the rational, 'left-brain' which takes your audience out of any emotional experience and into thinking and linear processing.  Take them on a journey, don't give them a lecture.  If you feel compelled to give your audience words, give them a handout when you're done. 

rwestby's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:36 AM

PowToon, a Chrome Web App (in Beta) is a great presentation tool that can animate and jazz up even the most gray of presentations. Upgrades are available for those who like  a bit extra.

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23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation

23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

In January I was one of the Apple Distinguished Educators who got to talk at the Apple Leadership Summit. Below you can see my presentation. For more information check http://ipa...


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 9, 2014 2:08 PM

Teachers, check out this interesting slideshow by Suzanne Lustenhouwer about how to turn a boring book report into an exciting presentation using different iPad apps.

Thanks to Suzanne for the suggestion.

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Five Mistakes Online Students Make (Part 1)

Five Mistakes Online Students Make (Part 1) | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Thinking about going back to finish a degree online after an absence of several years? In the two articles, I will detail five pitfalls you should seek to avoid. Even the most prepared students can fall prey to these traps — and this is especially true for those who have not had an online class experience.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:49 PM

Thinking about going back to school online?  Here is some solid advice to help you prepare for the new challenge of learning online. 

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The World of Presentation Software

Today we will discover the various methods of using presentations software available to you.-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.co...

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Estelle Ayer's curator insight, December 13, 2013 5:05 AM

Another presentation software

Shilpa Bansal/Balan's curator insight, December 14, 2013 6:46 AM

This was really an informative presentation presented in an entertaining way. It is simply not done to possess knowlege but how do you use it and share your knowldege that is important.

Vicki Sullivan's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:19 AM

Helpful for those looking for a new presentation tool.

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The 30 must-have iPad apps for teachers around the world - Learn Egg

The 30 must-have iPad apps for teachers around the world - Learn Egg | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Taking the plunge into launching iPads in your classroom? Check out these awesome iPad apps for teachers looking to enhance learning with technology.

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A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:22 PM

Here's a list of essential apps that I mostly agree with, and includes a bunch of useful utility apps that will link the iPad to desktops, printers and servers.

Nick van Breda's curator insight, December 3, 2013 10:45 AM

30 must have apps for teachers

Laura's curator insight, December 3, 2013 11:15 AM

Of course, we would add the One Minute Reader app too!

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DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here.
Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is an animating bubble chart linking health and wealth which you can interact with online here and download offline here.


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Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:24 PM

Although this is a very long video, it provides extremely important facts about the explosion of population growth, the history and background behind it all, countries and states at risk, already occurring issues and possible solutions to these rising problems. - UNIT 2

MissPatel's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:21 AM

Most of you have watched this - have a quick recap. Can you use this in any of your answers to exam questions? 

AHS Model UN's curator insight, November 19, 2015 2:13 PM

Population growth in an important topic that is connected to economic development.  If you've seen Hans Roslings TED talks, this is an hour-long version of many of the same concepts and data visualizations.  His Gapminder data visualization tool, it is a must see for geography teachers to show the connections between population statistics and developmental patterns--let students see the data.  This is an article that looks at a different factor, arguing that overpopulation isn't the real issue.  
 

Tags: gapminder, population, demographic transition model, development.

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You Suck at PowerPoint!

You suck at powerpoint! The power and importance of good design in your presentation.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, March 31, 2015 11:39 AM

Learn from these slides what mistakes you should avoid making so that you wouldn't suck at PowerPoint!


Sorry, this presentations has just been marked private. Too bad it happened now that many people have seen it.

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, April 1, 2015 9:06 AM

Powerpoint tips

Jean Marrapodi's curator insight, April 1, 2015 10:32 PM

Great preso. Love the retro pictures here. 

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200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

"Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from? Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, created this fascinating visualization of the number of immigrants to the U.S. since 1829 by country of origin.  The graph hints at tragic events in world history. The first influx of Irish occurred during the potato famine in 1845, while the massive influx of Russians in the first decade of the 20th Century was driven by anti-Semitic violence of the Russian pogroms (riots). Meanwhile in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, army conscription and the forced assimilation of minority groups drove people to the U.S. in the early 1900s.  Since WWII, Central and South America and Asia have replaced Europe as the largest source of immigrants to the U.S. Immigration shrunk to almost nothing as restrictions tightened during WWII, and then gradually expanded to reach its largest extent ever in the first decade of the 21st Century."

 

Tags: migration, historical, USA, visualization.


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David Holoka's curator insight, September 8, 2015 9:36 AM

The statistics in this article shocked me. I already new America took in a large number of immigrants, but I thought most came illegally from Mexico. Instead, the immigrants we hold are very diverse in ethnicity.  

Mrs. Madeck's curator insight, October 1, 2015 5:56 PM

Migration

Fred Issa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 4:24 PM

We tend to forget that the first real Americans were the Native American Indians. Immigration is a hotly discussed topic right now, but I wonder where we would be as a nation, if the original Native Americans told the settlers at Roanoke Island, the Chesapeake, and Plymouth Rock, that no, we are not allowing any foreigners to settle on our shores and land. Food for thought. Fred Issa,

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The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius

The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

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Jayne Courts's curator insight, February 9, 2015 5:24 AM

Tuesday 10th February 2015 is Safer Internet  Day. Please visit http://safetytrain.org.uk/safer-internet-day-2015.html where Safety Train have details on how to stay safe online.

M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, February 9, 2015 12:08 PM

intéressant, certes.

 

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:11 PM

Almost all our students are addicted to social media. this is a point to take advantage of their interest to make them learn without  stress.

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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students'
iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for
demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are
several ways this can be done in the classroom. Read the post for more
information and for a handy chart.

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Ian Rennie's curator insight, October 2, 2014 11:29 AM

If this works in college I will be amazed and rather pleased

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2014 Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:07 PM

Clinefelter, D. L. & Aslanian, C. B., (2014). Onlinecollege students 2014: Comprehensive data on demands andpreferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 9, 2014 8:13 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, October 9, 2014 11:35 AM

Very interesting look at where online education is heading based on student preferences.

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5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives

5 Fresh PowerPoint Alternatives | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

PowerPoint. Everyone’s used it, everyone’s heard of it, and a lot of people are pretty tired of it. Have you found yourself seeking an exciting new angle to approach your presentations from? If so, try these five fresh PowerPoint alternatives on for size.

 

 


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Don Karp's curator insight, October 3, 2014 5:06 PM

Something to consider.

Susan C. Freeman's curator insight, October 16, 2014 3:42 PM

For those who fear death by PowerPoint (of whom I am  not).

 

A GREAT PowerPoint is compelling, entertaining and memorable!

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Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning

Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Live Events, Twitter Feeds, Chat Rooms, and other resources for the Understanding Cheating in Online Courses MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 10, 2014 1:52 AM

Clever Mooc Style open course on cheating in the online environment. All course modules are open and available to you. 


The hastag for this course is #cheatmooc .  Clever, and provocative; can you cheat your way through a mooc? Why would you? What would be gained?  Lots to think about here.

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, June 13, 2014 7:35 AM

Cheating in online coursework remains a hot topic. Take another look at the issue here.

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:47 PM

These are great resources to use in your 21st century learning environment!

Rosa Delia Acosta's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:31 PM

Great, I just want to learn and use these interesting tools in my classes.

JordiMarínba's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:27 PM

Essential tools to build a creative PLE

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Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms

Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
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Alenka Andrin's curator insight, March 17, 2014 3:45 PM

Examples of Using Google Forms in education.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:22 PM

Différentes façons d'utiliser google form : des idées très intéressantes à utiliser. 

Anabela Luís's curator insight, February 10, 2015 6:02 AM

Muito bom para quem usa formulários do Google ou quer aprender a usar.

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10 ways to learn how to use Prezi

10 ways to learn how to use Prezi | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Starting your first prezi is exciting—the blank canvas contains so much potential, creat...

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tracey morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Good overview

tracey morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Nice overview

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 13, 2013 2:55 PM

We have taught several classes with Prezi and the students seem to love it.  Anyone interested in a lesson?

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Haiku Deck - now a web app

Haiku Deck - now a web app | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software -- it’s simple, beautiful, and fun.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, November 23, 2013 12:14 PM

What a great news for those who do not own an iPad - Haiku Deck have launched a web app! Admittance via the waiting list.

Peg Gillard's curator insight, November 23, 2013 5:21 PM

This looks like a great tool and possibility!

Patricia Buckley's curator insight, November 23, 2013 5:42 PM

I would like to introduce this app to you as an altenative to keynote and PowerPoint

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Mapping How Americans Talk

Mapping How Americans Talk | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Enhanced video based on previous "soda vs. pop vs. Coke" maps


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 26, 2013 6:28 PM

I'm from California, and yes, this is a freeway.  This fun 4 minute video highlights some previously shared language maps.  

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:21 AM

Very insightful video about the differences in dialecs throughout the united states. I would say I am experienced when i comes to lingustic changes because i lived on the North Dakota Minnesota border for 2 years. And let me tell you it is impossible to get a a midwestern local to call a carbonated beverage a soda they refuse to call it anything other than pop. You could say its became apart of their local culture and heiritage.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:58 PM

This Dilect Survey is a very comical yet accurate take on how Americans pronouce the same words in different areas. As a Rhode Islander, the ways in which we classify words such as soda or the highway are much different than those of the south or western coast. Differnt regions, different words, same meanings.