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ISTE Presentation… PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas

ISTE Presentation… PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it

Great collection of Project Based Learning resources in STEM education gathered by Michael Gorman at the ISTE 2012 conference. Really excellent collection. -JL


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A Principal’s Perspective: The Importance of School Culture

A Principal’s Perspective: The Importance of School Culture | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it
Building a strong school culture helps breed student success.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 28, 2016 7:55 PM

School culture underlies staff and student engagement.  This article highlights the importance of culture.

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Piaget's stages of cognitive development - YouTube

Learn about the stages and developmental milestones in Piaget's theory of cognitive development. By Carole Yue. These videos do not provide medical advice an...

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Anna Westminster's curator insight, October 15, 2014 3:35 PM

The video “Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development” published by the Kahn Academy gives a brief overview of Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development. I thought that it was concise and accurate in accordance with the “Exploring Psychology in Modules” textbook. The video explains Piaget’s theory that children from 0-2 years of age are in the sensory-motor stage where they can sense things through sight, sounds, smell, taste, hearing, and touching, and they are physically active. In this stage they don’t understand object permanence and can’t grasp the notion that, when hidden, an object is still In existence. (Yue, 2013)(Myers, 2014) Then from ages 2 to 6 or 7 children enter the pre-operational stage wherein their mental skills develop further through imagination, pretend-play, symbols, and egocentricity. (Myers, 2014) (Yue, 2013) Ages 7-11 use more conversation and mathematics and are classified in the concrete operational stage. And finally, the formal operational stage is from 12 years and higher. Reasoning in both abstract and moral senses is developed. This is where both Myers and Yue are in agreement that Piaget’s theory was too strict in the age classifications. Both agree that younger children than 12 could think in the formal-operational way and criticize Piaget’s narrow-mindedness.

What I like about this video is at the end Yue explains that this theory isn’t the “be all end all.” There are variances in all childhood development, and most times the development cannot be categorized specifically for an age group. The video in no way exhibits any belief perseverance with Piaget’s theory, which makes it very credible. Additionally, Carole Yue and Kahn Academy are both relatively reliable sources. Carole Yue is a cognitive psychology grad student and her Kahn Academy video was exactly the same as the information found in the textbook “Exploring Psychology in Modules.” The only difference between the textbook and the video was the video’s example of how to identify whether or not a child is in the concrete operational stage. The scientific reasoning behind this experiment was very informative, interesting, and relevant to the topic. It allowed the viewer to gain a broader knowledge of cognitive psychology.

The topic does not cover cultural differences in any way. Since it’s summarizing Piaget’s theories, and since the author’s always agree that his theories are too narrow to be accurate, I think this takes into account a very broad range of lack of diversity. Piaget used his children as studies, and therefore his theories are taking no diverse groups into account, which is a big part of the reason why they cannot be deemed relevant today. This video accounts for no diversity whatsoever, but demonstrates that these theories are often too specific to be able to account for our diverse world which is insightful and avoids confirmation bias.

 

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Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring psychology in modules: With updates on dsm-5. S.l.: Worth Pub.

 

Yue, C. (2013, December 20). Piaget's stages of cognitive development. Retrieved October 26, 2014.

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1309 Active Learning - You Got Questions, We Got Answers

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Tomorrow's Professor - Desk-Top Faculty Development, One Hundred Times A Year (Questions and answers about active learning.
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5 Excellent Resources for Teaching Students about Cyber-safety

5 Excellent Resources for Teaching Students about Cyber-safety | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it

In an age where almost everybody has access to the net virtually anywhere anytime, issues of cybersafety particularly when it comes to young surfers has come to the surface in such a pertinent way that it is just no longer possible to just side-cure it.


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Coding for kids: Tynker

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Tynker creative computing platform unlocks STEM skills for educators, kids and parents

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 9, 2013 2:57 PM

 

Do YOUR BEST for that the kids could develop their creavity...


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Una nueva herramienta para enseñar a programar a los niños y que puedan aprender a traves de la creacion de programas, aplicaciones y juegos.

La gracia de aprender a codificar es que ayuda a organizar los pensamientos, priorizar y estrcturar los procesos.

Si el estudiante logra captar ese orden, sera capaz de llegar a un resultado satisfactorio, casi sin dudas.

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13 Lessons to introduce primary students to fractions

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Curriki resource: This unit will introduce the concept of fractions with activities and lessons that cater to visual, auditory, and tactile learning styles.

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My English Scrapbook

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How to succeed with EAL students in the classroom

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Fantastic top tips and practical ideas on communicating with students for whom English is an additional language • Plus free teaching resources

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A Great Rubric for Using Technology in K-8 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Rubric for Using Technology in K-8 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it

"If you are a teacher in k-8 and are looking for new ideas to invigorate your curriculum using technology then the chart below will definitely work for you. This is a wonderful work realized by Philly Teacher from mbteach in which he mapped out some skills and concepts across different grade levels."


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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 11:07 AM

Great K-8 media center resource.

TheOwl's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:44 AM

Excellent information.

Alicia Luke's curator insight, September 10, 2013 8:04 PM

Good for getting a general idea of what ideas within technology to introduce at different grade levels

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Google's Professional Development Resources for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Google's Professional Development Resources for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/CFr9QxiVzM via @medkh9

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We've already done Habits of Mind!

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"I've already done persistence!"
This was what my daughter came home saying after her teacher had "done" persistence for the third time this semester.

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A Mindful School For A Mindful Community

At Waikiki Elementary, students are taught the "Habits Of Mind," which are a strong set of values the students live by that teach the students how to be a be...

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Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socrates

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socrates | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it
ASK GREAT QUESTIONS Building a successful venture means consistently making good decisions. The question is how to become great at making good decisions. The answer is to look to Socrates.

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:28 AM

Socratic cultures are intense, engaging and driven. They are on a quest to create the best possible outcomes. They are willing to dig deep, take decisions and iterate ever better decisions through the ongoing Socratic method. So tomorrow, when you wake up, ask yourself which great questions you will bring to your tribe that will advance your mission!


Challenging and being open to challenge are key requsities of great leadership! Asking great questions is the start of the process!

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Neo-Piagetian Theories of Development | Education.com

Neo-Piagetian Theories of Development | Education.com | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it
Information on education and child development for parents and educators. HOW NEO-PIAGETIAN THEORIES DIFFER FROM PIAGET'S THEORY OVERVIEW OF ...

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Anna Westminster's curator insight, October 27, 2014 6:51 PM

This is a great article which analyzes new ways that Piaget’s theory has been advanced and implemented to adapt to current breakthroughs in developmental psychology research. This is very relevant to this ScoopIt page because other scoops such as “Babies: ‘The R&D division of our Species,’” “Critiques and Influences of Piaget’s Theories,” and “Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development” all emphasize that fact that Piaget’s theories are very influential, but also seen as a baseline for further research. This article “Neo-Piagetian Theories of Development” by Nancy Jackson offers new research and insights based on his initial findings.  This is the first article that truly considers culture as an influence on developmental psychology. Jackson refers to Lev Vygotsky’s theory that socio-cultural influences have the biggest influence on developmental psychology. (Jackson, 2009)(Myer’s 2014)  Jackson takes these theories further by highlighting that there are differences between each individual child, and they cannot all be grouped as one. One great example of this is “Case’s Theory” in which children reared in different environments are shown to have similar levels of complex thinking, although large differences in numerical thinking. (Jackson, 2009) Through research and experimentation, Case found that early differences can be regulated through proper instruction and teaching. (Jackson, 2009) This article is a great summary of how Piaget’s influence has helped improve the way children are taught, and given a great overview of many important critical thinkers. Without critical thinking, most of these concepts would be left as-is, but the curiosity of our society allows us to make breakthrough’s in theories that were just developed fifty years prior! This is a great example of avoiding confirmation bias.

The source list is a clear example of how much research went into the article. They are almost all academic journals and make it clear that the information gathered is reliable. The conclusions in this article appear to be reasonable as the author used prominent psychologists’ ideas and relays numerical information as well as graph’s to aid in understanding that information. Furthermore, the inclusion of cultural diversity and the role it plays adds to the credibility and interest of this article. An example of this is that 

this article references an academic journal “Intellectual development from birth to adulthood: A Neo-Piagetian approach” by Robbie Case. This journal emphasizes that although Piaget’s theory gives a great “formal description of the human organism’s knowledge at different points in time, it provides little insight in the precise mechanisms by with that knowledge is constructed or utilized.” (Case, 1975 p.1) He further reasons that social class differences need to be accounted for in order for these theories to be relevant.

 

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Case, R. (1975). Social class differences in intellectual development: A Neo-Piagetian investigation. Canadian Journal Of Behavioural Science/Revue Canadienne Des Sciences Du Comportement, 7(3), 244-261. doi:10.1037/h0081912

 

 

Jackson, N. (2009, December 23). Neo-Piagetian Theories of Development. Retrieved October 27, 2014.

 

Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring psychology in modules: With updates on dsm-5. S.l.: Worth Pub.

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A look at the Reggio Approach

The Reggio teacher is unique because she offers herself to the process of co-construction of knowledge, she releases the traditional roles of a teacher and opens doors to new possibilities. She starts with the use of the child’s own theories, promotes disequilibrium, and helps the child to think about their thinking to facilitate new learning. (Seong Bock Hong 1998).


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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers

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Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2
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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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"A couple of years ago Tony Wagner and I were speaking at the same event in Pennsylvania. While I had heard about his best selling book The Global Achievement Gap, I was quite unaware of the detail...

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How Da Vinci-Like Thinking Helps You Imagine Future Success

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Da Vincis belief that everything connects helped make him the 15thcentury Italian Renaissance man we all admire today. And it was another legendary...

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 24, 2013 12:19 PM

 "so how do we practice visualization?

As an entrepreneur, author, technologist, and a dreamer, I have taught myself three basic things in the hopes of manifesting my own future:

imagine myself in the final stage (of my goals, my products, my companies, my personal life, etc.).

study patterns (of my surroundings, my markets, my skills, my behaviors, my reactions, my skills, etc.).

practice rituals (to be disciplined about my devotion, to recover from my defeats, to thrive, to achieve a higher degree of confidence, etc.)."

Daniela Bartoli's curator insight, May 26, 2013 3:12 AM

Well, da Vinci's thinking wasn't always perfect... there is no way his tank design would have worked on first application BUT yes correct: the power of visualization can also be known as "moment-to-moment thinking." Just imagine how the project you are designing will work moment-to-moment to tailor it to what could work and how you can make it happen. Moment to moment is just one step in the lateral thinking program which shows how movement is created from provocations.

 

An important consideration with new ideas is not to immediately apply judgement.  Instead of saying: "this is the same as," focus on the qualities that make it different.

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This is part of our focus in Primary school during the first half tern.
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Plan ELT

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Welcome to Plan ELT- download free ELT lessons.

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English 4 Kids - ESL/EAL Resources

English 4 Kids - ESL/EAL Resources | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it

A huge ESL/EAL site with a vast collection of PDF worksheets and flashcards, activities, games, ebooks and media for English language students.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language


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Augmented Reality

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Some brilliant new resources added to the Augmented Reality area on Shambles including :

AR Minecraft | AR Hangout | AR IKEA | 3D Model Glasses | Anatomy 4D |

Most are free. 


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Shamblesguru's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:25 AM

AR will become a must have tool for learning.

kathymcdonough's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:31 PM

Augmented Reality may really resonate with certain learners.

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For Boys With Autism, Video Gaming Can Be Problematic - Disability Scoop

For Boys With Autism, Video Gaming Can Be Problematic - Disability Scoop | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it
Boys with autism are spending much more time playing video games than their typically developing peers and are at higher risk for gaming to be problematic or addictive, researchers say.
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Tech Transformation: What do you do when you don't know? (Part 2)

Tech Transformation: What do you do when you don't know? (Part 2) | Primary School Topics | Scoop.it

This is the second in a series where I'm comparing Art Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind with the IB Learner Profile and the PYP Attitudes. This post will look at the habits of thinking flexibly, thinking about thinking and striving for accuracy and precision.


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The Other 21st Century Skills

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"Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony Wagner."


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 23, 2013 3:39 AM

And all mixed with with a spoonful of passion!!

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Me gusta! Lo estaba buscando!
Pedagogía para el Éxito's comment, August 4, 2013 4:31 PM
Gracias, clarificador !!