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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

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Curation is a valuable skill for today’s learner. In a culture of content overload, members that provide great content to their audience will be recognized leaders in network communities. Optimally, we equip students to differentiate good content from bad in preparation for their further education and careers. Curating an online topic (and allowing comments) also increases self-awareness and provides additional insight from others. The nuances of sharing content and writing to an audience become much better understood through interactivity between the curator and participating audience.


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I am a big fan of Scoop.it.  It adds value to my professional career.  I find so many things that I am interested in.  It is fun for me to try to understand the algorythm. I believe that curation will be a powerful tool for our future.
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I completely agree with this post. I fully integrated it into one of my courses last year. Students had to choose a potential future career and create a scoop.it page to help them learn about that field. Most feedback was positive. A few students still use it seven months after the grades have been turned in!
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I completely agree with this post. I fully integrated it into one of my courses last year. Students had to choose a potential future career and create a scoop.it page to help them learn about that field. Most feedback was positive. A few students still use it seven months after the grades have been turned in!
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A.B.L. Always be Learning

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Shared in an excellent article about professional development by George Couros: http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/5189
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May Goals:
Shark Tank 4 - Student Production

April Goals:
Complete Yearbook
Apple Teacher - iPad Badge

March Goals
School Yearbook Creation

February Goals:
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January Goals:
Read 4 physical books and several audible books.

I am excited for these upcoming personal PD in December:
Google for Education - South Korea Summit at Chadwick International School, December 3-4:

ONLINE:
"12 Apps of Christmas" by Shake It Up:

"Ditch Summit" by Ditch That Textbook:


After an excellent EARCOS Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumpur, I chose to focus mostly on helping my students produce content in November.


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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

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Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, “‘essential’ in the sense of signaling genuine, important and necessarily-ongoing inquiries.” These are grapple-worthy, substantive questions that not only require wrestling with, but are worth wrestling with–that could lead students to some critical insight in a 40/40/40-rule sense of the term.

I collected the following set of questions through the course of creating units of study, most of them from the Greece Central School District in New York. In revisiting them recently, I noticed that quite a few of them were closed/yes or no questions, so I went back and revised most of them, and added a few myself–something I’ll try to do from time to time.

Or maybe I’ll make a separate page for them entirely. Or, who knows. Nonetheless, below are many, many examples of essential questions. Most are arts & humanities, but if this post proves useful, we can add some STEM inquiry to the mix as well. Let me know in the comments.

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Decisions, Actions, and Consequences

What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?
How do we know how to make good decisions?
How can a person’s decisions and actions change his/her life?
How do the decisions and actions of characters reveal their personalities?
How do decisions, actions, and consequences vary depending on the different perspectives of the people involved?
Social Justice

What is social justice?
To what extent does power or the lack of power affect individuals?
What is oppression and what are the root causes?
How are prejudice and bias created? How do we overcome them?
What are the responsibilities of the individual in regard to issues of social justice?
How can literature serve as a vehicle for social change?
When should an individual take a stand against what he/she believes to be an injustice? What are the most effective ways to do this?
What are the factors that create an imbalance of power within a culture?
What does power have to do with fairness and justice?
When is it necessary to question the status quo? Who decides?
What are the benefits and consequences of questioning / challenging social order?
How do stereotypes influence how we look at and understand the world?
What does it mean to be invisible? (context: minorities)
In what ways can a minority keep their issues on the larger culture’s “radar screen?”
What creates prejudice, and what can an individual overcome it?
What are the causes and consequences of prejudice and injustice, and how does an individual’s response to them reveal his/her true character?
What allows some individuals to take a stand against prejudice/oppression while others choose to participate in it?
What are the causes and consequences of prejudice and how does an individual’s response to it reveal his/her morals, ethics, and values?
Culture: Values, Beliefs & Rituals

How do individuals develop values and beliefs?
What factors shape our values and beliefs?
How do values and beliefs change over time?
How does family play a role in shaping our values and beliefs?
Why do we need beliefs and values?
What happens when belief systems of societies and individuals come into conflict?
When should an individual take a stand in opposition to an individual or larger group?
When is it appropriate to challenge the beliefs or values of society?
To what extent do belief systems shape and/or reflect culture and society?
How are belief systems represented and reproduced through history, literature, art, and music?
How do beliefs, ethics, or values influence different people’s behavior?
How do individuals reconcile competing belief systems within a given society (e.g., moral beliefs conflicting with legal codes)?
When a person’s individual choices are in direct conflict with his/her society, what are the consequences?
What is morality and what are the factors that have an impact on the development of our morality?
What role or purpose does religion / spirituality serve in a culture?
What purpose or function do ethics / philosophy have in governing technological advances?
How do our values and beliefs shape who we are as individuals and influence our behavior?
Adversity, Conflict, and Change 

How does conflict lead to change?
What problem-solving strategies can individuals use to manage conflict and change?
How does an individual’s point of view affect the way they deal with conflict?
What personal qualities have helped you to deal with conflict and change?
How might if feel to live through a conflict that disrupts your way of life?
How does conflict influence an individual’s decisions and actions?
How are people transformed through their relationships with others?
What is community and what are the individual’s responsibility to the community as well as the community’s responsibility to the individual?
Utopia and Dystopia

How would we define a utopian society?
How has the concept of utopia changed over time and/or across cultures or societies?
What are the ideals (e.g., freedom, responsibility, justice, community, etc.) that should be honored in a utopian society?
Why do people continue to pursue the concept of a utopian society?
How do competing notions of what a utopian society should look like lead to conflict?
What are the purposes and/or consequence of creating and/or maintaining a dystopian society?
What is the relationship between differences and utopia?
Chaos and Order

What is the importance of civilization and what factors support or destroy its fabric?
What are the positive and negative aspects of both chaos and order?
What are the responsibilities and consequences of this new world order described as “global”?
What role does chaos play in the creative process?
What are the politics and consequences of war, and how do these vary based on an individual or cultural perspective?
Constructing Identities

How do we form and shape our identities?
In a culture where we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be,”
How does one form an identity that remains true and authentic for her/himself?
What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?
In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
Creation

What is creativity and what is its importance for the individual / the culture?
What is art and its function in our lives?
What are the limits, if any, of freedom of speech?
Freedom and Responsibility

What is freedom?
What is the relationship between freedom and responsibility?
What are the essential liberties?
What is the relationship between privacy, freedom, and security?
When does government have the right to restrict the freedoms of people?
When is the restriction of freedom a good thing?
Good and Evil in the World

Is humankind inherently good or evil?
Have the forces of good and evil changed over time and if so, how?
How do different cultures shape the definitions of good and evil?
Heroes and “She-roes”

Do the attributes of a hero remain the same over time?
When does a positive personality trait become a tragic flaw?
What is the role of a hero or “she-roe” (coined by Maya Angelou) in a culture?
How do various cultures reward / recognize their heroes and “she-roes”?
Why is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience?
What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts?
How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?
In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
The Human Condition / Spirit

In the face of adversity, what causes some individuals to prevail while others fail?
What is the meaning of life, and does that shape our beliefs regarding death?
Illusion vs. Reality

What is reality and how is it constructed?
What tools can the individual use to judge the difference, or draw a line between, illusion and reality?
Language & Literature

How is our understanding of culture and society constructed through and by language?
How can language be powerful?
How can you use language to empower yourself?
How is language used to manipulate us?
In what ways are language and power inseparable?
What is the relationship between thinking and language? How close or far are they apart?
How does language influence the way we think, act, and perceive the world?
How do authors use the resources of language to impact an audience?
How is literature like life?
What is literature supposed to do?
What influences a writer to create?
What is the purpose and function of art in our culture?
How does literature reveal the values of a given culture or time period?
How does the study of fiction and nonfiction texts help individuals construct their understanding of reality?
In what ways are all narratives influenced by bias and perspective?
Where does the meaning of a text reside? Within the text, within the reader, or in the transaction that occurs between them?
What can a reader know about an author’s intentions based only on a reading of the text?
What are enduring questions and conflicts that writers (and their cultures) grappled with hundreds of years ago and are still relevant today?
How do we gauge the optimism or pessimism of a particular time period or particular group of writers?
Why are there universal themes in literature–that is, themes that are of interest or concern to all cultures and societies?
What are the characteristics or elements that cause a piece of literature to endure?
What distinguishes a good read from great literature?
Who decides the criteria for judging whether or not a book is any good?
What is the purpose of: science fiction? satire? historical novels, etc.?
Love & Sacrifice

If any, what are the boundaries of love and sacrifice, and where does one draw the line between them?
What are the factors that move individuals / communities / nations to great sacrifice and what are the consequences?
Nature in the Balance

What are the responsibilities of the individual / society / superpowers in regard to the health of the environment?  (local, regional, national or international context can be used)
What are the consequences of being unconcerned with nature’s balance/harmony?
Our View of the World and Ourselves

How do we know what we know?
What is changeable within ourselves?
How does what we know about the world shape the way we view ourselves?
How do our personal experiences shape our view of others?
What does it mean to be an insider or an outsider?
What does it mean to “grow up”?
Where do our definitions of good and evil come from?
What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts?
How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?
In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?
Past, Present, and Future

Why do we bother to study/examine the past, present or future?
What are the recurrent motifs of history and in what ways have they changed or remained the same?
The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happiness, and what is the degree of importance in one’s life?
To what extent does a culture / society / subculture shape an individual’s understanding or concept of happiness?
Relationships and Community

What are the elements that build a strong friendship?
How do friendships change over time?
What impact does family have during different stages of our lives?
What can we learn from different generations?
How is conflict an inevitable part of relationships?
How do you know if a relationship is healthy or hurtful?
What personal qualities help or hinder the formation of relationships?
How are people transformed through their relationships with others?
What is community and what are the individual’s responsibilities to the community as well as the community’s responsibilities to the individual?
Shades of Truth

Who defines “truth”?
How does perspective shape or alter truth?
Sources

My brain; Grant’s authenticeducaiton.org; L. Beltchenko 2007-2008 and the Greece Central School District, New York; Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

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#101Educators to Follow on Twitter by @TeacherToolkit

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Who would you recommend to follow on Twitter? This list of educators are people I draw inspiration, advice and interact with on social media.
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The Future of Education

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The Future of Education is a social network
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Evaluating personalization

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In my last post, I looked at the way that, in the absence of a clear, shared understanding of what ‘personalization’ means, it has come to be used as a slogan for the promoters of edtech. In this post, I want to look a little more closely at the constellation of meanings that are associated…

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Netflix joins Amazon and Reddit in Day of Action to save net neutrality

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Netflix changes tune, says it “will never outgrow the fight for net neutrality.”
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Affinity Designer on the Mac App Store

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Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Affinity Designer. Download Affinity Designer for Mac OS X 10.7 or later and enjoy it on your Mac.
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What happens when Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Cuban grill Walt Mossberg?

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Tech celebs say bon voyage to Walt on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.
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Top 75 Educational TechnologyBlogs and Websites | EdTech Blogs

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Educational Technology Blogs Best List. Find information on educational software, instructional technology, history of educational technology, school technology and much more by following Educational Technology Sites.
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So close to 1000 subscribers. I started in 2013. I ^think^ that this is my first spammy post.

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I hope that you like this page.  I still love Scoop.it
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Découvrez l'univers du livre audio: Votre premier titre offert ! Téléchargez l’appli Audible et écoutez les livres audio les plus vendus en ligne.
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A Report and a Syllabus to teach Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online

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No laptops in the lecture hall – Seth Godin – Medium

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The typical classroom experience used in high school and college is fundamentally broken, but there’s a simple solution. In a recent NY Times op-ed, Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public…
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I love the tuna sandwich analogy and the reminder of the $100 per lecture.  Like many of his thesis, he doesn't want you to take his argument hook, line, and sinker, but to consider which aspects  of our current routines are due for revisiting.
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8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations

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Giving memorable and persuasive presentations is more than an art. It's brain science.

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How “fake news” could get even worse

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RICK ASTLEY is rightly famous. His 1987 single, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, has been played more than 330m times on YouTube. But in February last year Mr Astley (pictured) indulged in a rather odd experiment.
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Connect to the World on September 21st - Tackk

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Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 21st, 2017, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators an
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10 Awesome Places to Find Background Music for Video

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Instagram can be a powerful learning and communication tool for educators,
so I've written a guide for teachers.

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Bill and guidelines would help California schools teach about ‘fake news,’ media literacy

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"The guidelines would be brief and could be taught at all grade levels, in any subject, although high-school government, history, English and journalism classes would be the most likely venues. As defined in the bill, media literacy “means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, develop, produce, and interpret media and encompasses the foundational skills that lead to digital citizenship.” Digital citizenship “means a diverse set of skills related to current technology and social media, including the norms of appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior.”


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Australia’s kid-focused newspaper Crinkling News wants to teach media literacy to young readers

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Saffron Howden knew she was on the right track with Crinkling News, her Australian kid-focused weekly newspaper, within a few days of Donald Trump being elected. Even among Australian schoolchildren, there was a lot of trepidation about the implications of a Donald Trump presidency. One school introduced art therapy to help kids process their emotions.

The uncertainty that kids felt in November — much of which persists among both the young and not-so-young — underscored Howden’s initial motivation a year ago to create a newspaper written for the country’s young news consumers, ages 7 to 15. The world can be a scary place, she argues, and the country’s largest media companies were doing a poor job of explaining things in a way that kids could understand.

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The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.

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Digital pedagogy does my head in.  I welcome any support that guides the incorporation of digital pedagogy into my classroom pedagogy.

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Digital pedagogy is such a complex field, but it doesn't have to be! The SAMR model, Bloom's taxonomy, frameworks for teaching literacy, numeracy and other capabilities, as well as this pedagogy wheel are great tools for helping us to get through the fluff and into what really matters - the learning experience. It's all about the pedagogy first - learner-centred, content-directed - and the apps we use to apply that pedagogy, second.

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I feel that this wheel is the best way I have been the SAMR model explained. When first introduced in word format, it can be difficult to understand the differences between each level. This is a clear representation of thinking which I think all teachers should have a look at and apply to their curriculum planning.
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George Siemens Asks: Can Mixing Automation and a Human Touch Keep Students ‘On Task’? (EdSurge News)

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