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The Best Ways To Engage Students

The Best Ways To Engage Students | PBL | Scoop.it
Julie Thompson, Myron Dueck, Bryan Harris, and Debbie Silver share practical suggestions on increasing student engagement. This is the first post in a four-part series.

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17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News

17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News | PBL | Scoop.it
Here’s a slightly Orwellian way to check whether your students may have plagiarized part of their essays: the Chrome extension Draftback, which plays back the revision history of any Google doc you can edit—down to the keystroke.

That was just one of the many extensions, add-ons and hacks for the Google ecosystem shared at a pair of sessions packed to the rafters at the Spring CUE 2018 conference in Palm Springs, Calif. The tools span everything from music to time-saving shortcuts and supports for struggling students or those with learning disabilities. Check out these educators’ top picks or explore a list of attendee favorites here.

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Marci Milius's curator insight, March 17, 10:43 AM
Wow great resources.
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How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education)

How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education) | PBL | Scoop.it
According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institutional data costs and risk–but only if open standards are adopted.

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According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institutional data costs and risk–but only if open standards are adopted.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=blockchain

 

davidconover's curator insight, March 20, 1:32 PM
Here is an excellent report on How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education). This hyperledger will change your district. Who will create and grant these certifications? #ibm, #blockchain, #IBMchampion, #weteachcs. #IBMcode, #edtech
 
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The evolution of eportfolios and career management
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What teens resent: Classrooms controlled by students rather than teachers

What teens resent: Classrooms controlled by students rather than teachers | PBL | Scoop.it
The kids described unproductive classrooms where too much time is sacrificed to irrelevant chatter or tangents. A boy sheepishly said he would deliberately derail his Spanish teacher, a recent college grad struggling with classroom management, with meandering comments and “sort of became famous for it.”

The teens made a telling observation about what happens in classrooms where kids decide how much and when to talk — the students end up being in charge, not the teachers. And that, they said, leads to diminished learning.

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Flippy the Burger-Making Robot was Fired After Just One Day at Work

Flippy the Burger-Making Robot was Fired After Just One Day at Work | PBL | Scoop.it
Flippy the robot has been asked to temporarily step aside while his management team can re-train his co-workers to help him become more efficient.

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8 Excellent Do It Yourself Apps for Students curated by Educators' technology

8 Excellent Do It Yourself Apps for Students curated by Educators' technology | PBL | 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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StoryWeaver - Thousands of stories in hundreds of languages - available for FREE

StoryWeaver - Thousands of stories in hundreds of languages - available for FREE | PBL | Scoop.it
Since 2013, Google.org has given more than $4 million to Pratham Books to build and grow their StoryWeaver platform which today includes thousands of stories in over 100 languages.

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Compartir palabras, compartir vidas
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The 9 things every teacher should know

The 9 things every teacher should know | PBL | Scoop.it
The purpose of feedback is almost always to improve the student, and not the work. The work is simply the evidence that points you to what kinds of improvements are possible and desirable.

I am actually embarrassed by how long I spent teaching without telling my students where we were going
An immediate consequence of this is that feedback should be more work for the student than the teacher, and what really matters with feedback is what students do with it.

If feedback is getting your students to do more of what you want them to do, it’s probably good, and if it’s getting you less of what you want, it probably isn’t. And how your students react to the feedback you give them will depend on the relationship between you, as Lawrence-Lightfoot indicates (see point 1).

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, March 9, 11:04 AM
Clear description of differentiation and the value of thinking about your student when designing lessons.
TatyGoRa ELT's curator insight, March 9, 12:30 PM
So true!
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Aiming for Discipline Instead of Punishment via Edutopia 

Aiming for Discipline Instead of Punishment via Edutopia  | PBL | Scoop.it
By Lori Desautels

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Help your students turn paper images into 3D images via Miguel Guhlin

Help your students turn paper images into 3D images via Miguel Guhlin | PBL | Scoop.it
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Marci Milius's curator insight, March 1, 10:55 AM
What a fun way for students to show what they know.
Wendy Jane Clarke's curator insight, March 2, 6:22 AM
Using technological resources such as this is vital for interdisciplinary unit, cross curricular planning.
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Share with your art & tech ed teacher! VR can happen in ANY classroom!

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Research: Children see words and faces differently from adults –

Research: Children see words and faces differently from adults – | PBL | Scoop.it
Young children literally see words and faces differently from adults. Where adults can most easily comprehend a word when they look at it straight on, children need to look a bit up and to the left…
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Managing the pressure of the 'difficult' class —

Managing the pressure of the 'difficult' class — | PBL | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it seems the class you are teaching is more than you can cope with.    A whole range of factors seem to conspire against you at the start of the year and despite your efforts you don’t feel you are gaining the usual traction with your students. Whether it’s the particular mix of learners,
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Explore Virtual Labs, Lesson Plans at Top Science Site via Common Sense Media

Explore Virtual Labs, Lesson Plans at Top Science Site via Common Sense Media | PBL | Scoop.it
Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best

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Why Speaking Is A Skill Schools Suck At Teaching And How To Fix It by Oskar Cymerman

Why Speaking Is A Skill Schools Suck At Teaching And How To Fix It by Oskar Cymerman | PBL | Scoop.it
We spend all our existence learning to live. Sometimes we look at another person and think they have it all figured out but they don’t. That is the truth. We are all learning.  We are at different points; our levels of skill at various skills vary. If someone drew a curve for every skill t

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Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started | PBL | Scoop.it
Every teacher I know has virtual reality on their radar. It’s one of those short-listed disruptive technologies that kids want to be involved in and will change teaching for the better. I was…

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 23, 7:23 AM
very good introduction for newbies!
Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, March 23, 10:55 AM
Getting started with using virtual reality in the classroom really is this easy
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Here Is How to Cite Online Sources in APA Style via Educators' technology

Here Is How to Cite Online Sources in APA Style via Educators' technology | PBL | 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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Vladia Martinë Vittler's curator insight, March 20, 8:07 AM
Useful guide for educators and students 
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 20, 2:37 PM
Or...use citefast :)
RebeccaMoore's curator insight, March 31, 11:24 AM
From the 6th Edition APA manual (2010), here is a quick guide to citing online sources and webpages, as is so common in our 21st century learning model. 
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Quick Ideas for Computational Thinking: Abstraction – The Geeky Teacher

Quick Ideas for Computational Thinking: Abstraction – The Geeky Teacher | PBL | Scoop.it
So if understanding and using computational thinking is important I thought I would share some simple ways to cover this in your classroom.  Which for the first blog post is Abstraction.

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We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction via medicalXpress

We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction via medicalXpress | PBL | Scoop.it
A new study of dysfunctional use of smart technology finds that the most addictive smartphone functions all share a common theme: they tap into the human desire to connect with other people. The findings, published in Frontier

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"There is a lot of panic surrounding this topic," says Professor Samuel Veissière, from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, Canada. "We're trying to offer some good news and show that it is our desire for human interaction that is addictive—and there are fairly simple solutions to deal with this."
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A Handy Visual Featuring 18 Collaborative Web Tools for Teachers and Educators via Educators' Technology

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Mindset: What Breaking the 4-Minute Mile Taught Us About the Limits of Conventional Thinking

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When Bannister broke the mark, even his most ardent rivals breathed a sigh of relief. At last, somebody did it! And once they saw it could be done, they did it too. Just 46 days Bannister’s feat, John Landy, an Australian runner, not only broke the barrier again, with a time of 3 minutes 58 seconds. Then, just a year later, three runners broke the four-minute barrier in a single race. Over the last half century, more than a thousand runners have conquered a barrier that had once been considered hopelessly out of reach.

Well, what goes for runners goes for leaders running organizations. In business, progress does not move in straight lines. Whether it’s an executive, an entrepreneur, or a technologist, some innovator changes the game, and that which was thought to be unreachable becomes a benchmark, something for others to shoot for. That’s Roger Bannister’s true legacy and lesson for all of us who see the role of leadership as doing things that haven’t been done before.

In fact, two Wharton School professors have analyzed the lessons for business of the four-minute mile. In their book, The Power of Impossible Thinking, Yoram Wind and Colin Crook they devote an entire chapter to an assessment of Bannister’s feat, and emphasize the mindset behind it rather than the physical achievement. How is it, they wonder, that so many runners smashed the four-minute barrier after Bannister became the first to do it? “Was there a sudden growth spurt in human evolution? Was there a genetic engineering experiment that created a new race of super runners? No. What changed was the mental model. The runners of the past had been held back by a mindset that said they could not surpass the four-minute mile. When that limit was broken, the others saw that they could do something they had previously thought impossible.”

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1st Step To Preventing The Next School Shooting, Experts Say: Quality of Adult-Student Relationships

1st Step To Preventing The Next School Shooting, Experts Say: Quality of Adult-Student Relationships | PBL | Scoop.it

 




Prevention: The first step


 


School climate may sound fuzzy or abstract. It means the quality of relationships among the students and the adults in a school. It's affected by the school's approach to discipline and behavior, the availability of professionals like counselors and social workers, as well as any social-emotional curriculum taught in the classroom.


 


School climate, in turn, affects students' mental and emotional health and academic success. And research by Astor and others has consistently found key factors that can make schools safer: cultivate social and emotional health, connect to community resources and respond, particularly, to troubled students.


 


Why does this matter? Well, for one thing, the very kids who bring weapons to school are more likely to report being bullied or threatened themselves. They may be fearful of gang violence and feel a need to protect themselves on the way back and forth to school.


 


Or, they may be individually ostracized and aggrieved. This is true not just in the United States, says Astor, but in "Kosovo, Canada, Chile, Israel, the kids who bring weapons to school are reporting tons of victimization."


 


So, if you devote resources to shutting down bullying, discrimination and harassment, there is a chance to de-escalate conflict before it starts.


 


And research shows that school climate measures really work. In fact, there has been a steady downward trend in bullying and harassment over the past decade, which Catherine Bradshaw at the University of Virginia attributes in part to evidence-based social and emotional measures.


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What Is Differentiation All About? | @TeacherToolkit

What Is Differentiation All About? | @TeacherToolkit | PBL | Scoop.it
What does differentiation actually mean? You have heard the word a million times before and you are pretty sure that differentiation means changing the way you teach to reach all the learners in your class. But what does that exactly mean?

 


I have since learned that differentiated instruction allows for multiple pathways that ensure that students have equal and appropriate access to curriculum with a variety of classroom instruction techniques and assessments.


Differentiated teaching:


1… should be proactive
Teachers should anticipate the learning styles and needs of students and tailor lessons to fit. The learning opportunities should be robust enough to challenge every student in the class, but not so challenging that students are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and shut down.


2… often involves group work, but not always
An effective differentiation strategy is to group students heterogeneously, not homogeneously. Students can bring both strengths and weaknesses to the activity and work together for the benefit of all students. There are times when whole-group teaching is effective and can be followed up with small group and individual activities designed to meet students’ needs.


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Social media to blame for poor grades? –

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“Concerns regarding the allegedly disastrous consequences of social networking sites on school performance are unfounded,” says Professor Markus Appel, a psychologist who holds the Chai…
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Peer or Self-Assessment? Benefits and Challenges by @RichardJARogers –

Peer or Self-Assessment? Benefits and Challenges by @RichardJARogers – | PBL | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt about it – getting students involved in their own assessment and marking has a wide variety of benefits. Take this great summary by Rosario Hernandez at University College Dublin f…
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Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing

All it takes is a single selfie.

From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but fabricated from whole cloth by software.

With more time, Pinscreen, the Los Angeles start-up behind the technology, believes its renderings will become so accurate they will defy reality.

"You won't be able to tell," said Hao Li, a leading researcher on computer-generated video at USC who founded Pinscreen in 2015. "With further deep-learning advancements, especially on mobile devices, we'll be able to produce completely photoreal avatars in real time."

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