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How to Tell If You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset [Infographic]

How to Tell If You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset [Infographic] | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
How do you think? With a fixed mindset, or a growth mindset? Do you believe in limitations or possibilities? Compare the two and see where you fit in!
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An Excellent Web Tool for Recording Educational Video Tutorials

An Excellent Web Tool for Recording Educational Video Tutorials | Professional Resources | 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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Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs - YouTube

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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.
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Pocket - Curation Tool

Pocket - Curation Tool | Professional Resources | Scoop.it

Pocket (Read It Later, Inc) was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline.


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I have used Pocket for years to keep articles that deserve revisiting or more than a glance.  I also like the feature that will allow the user to email links to pocket.  
 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 11, 2017 2:03 AM

This looks like a really useful curation tool.

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Open Broadcaster Software | Home

Open Broadcaster Software | Home | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Stream to Twitch, YouTube and many other providers or record your own videos with high quality H264 / AAC encoding.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 11, 2016 11:50 AM

Very useful, free and marketers may like Open Broadcaster too.

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Very useful, free and marketers may like Open Broadcaster too.

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Playing with Habits of Mind

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What are the mindful habits of successful learners and how can an
understanding of these habits help us better achieve our learning goals?
This is the question Art Costa Bena Kallick set out to answer with their
study of the Habits of Mind. In 'Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind'
Costa and Kallick identify sixteen habits which when utilised promote
deeper understanding, unlock creativity, encourage reflective thinking and
scaffold problem solving for individuals and groups. Exploring the Habits
of Mind leads you away from definitions of intelligence as a fixed unitary
attribute towards an understanding that it is a diverse set of traits and
dispositions and that its growth is within the control of the individual.
The implication of this for educators is made clear by Costa & Kallick; 'We
need to develop learning goals that reflect the belief that ability is a
continuously expandable repertoire of skills, and that through a person's
efforts, intelligence grows incrementally.’
 
A more detailed discussion of the expandability of intelligence is
presented in 'Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind’ and builds on the
thinking of Arthur Whimbey who argues that intelligence can be taught. This
coupled with an understanding that intelligence comes in multiple flavours
is covered in great detail by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas in ‘New kinds of
Smart’ and reading this is recommended to any educator with a desire to
better understand the role they can play in expanding the intellectual
capacity of their students. 
 
Once we accept that intelligence is neither fixed nor unitary we are
obliged to do something with this understanding. This is the point where
the ‘Habits of Mind’ play their part. Incorporated into a culture of
thinking the Habits of Mind provide insights into the patterns of action
which result in intelligent thinking and acting. The Habits go beyond
theory into readily applicable action theories that show individuals and
groups how they may act in particular circumstances to achieve the desired
results. In many respects the habits of mind are what intelligent actors
deploy when they don’t know what to do and are the sort of actions required
by the challenges of twenty-first century thinking and learning. 
 
A common misunderstanding can occur when teachers attempt to deploy the
‘Habits of Mind'. Out of fear of overwhelming our students we feel
compelled to introduce the habits gradually. A small number are often
identified for targeting in a term and with these come the focus of
thinking throughout that time. This is not an entirely bad thing but it
means we miss out on many opportunities to identify the habits as they are
being used within the class. The truth is we do not use a subset of the
habits in our daily lives instead using a mix of many of them as the
situation demands. Costa & Kallick identify this reality 'These Habits of
Mind seldom are performed in isolation; rather, clusters of behaviors are
drawn forth and used in various situations.’ Claxton and Lucas write of an
orchestra of Habits in which at times one instrument comes to the fore
while at other times more than one plays an essential part. 
 
I like to use the metaphor of a recipe where each habit is an ingredient in
the meal we are producing. Faced with a situation which requires us to act
intelligently we call upon a range of habits as we initially encounter,
analyse, understand and solve the problem we are confronted by. Intelligent
actors are able to consciously determine which habits they are using at any
point in time and also are able to call on the habits which will best serve
their needs. The habits we deploy are determined by our understanding of
their utility to the situation we are in.  We mix and match ingredients to
suit our needs and can then describe what we used and why.
 
The challenge for teachers is to build this understanding in our students.
Our task is to enable their intelligence by helping them to understand the
habits of mind and to then empower our students to make intelligent choices
about the habits they deploy. 
 
With this goal in mind I developed a website that explains each of the
Habits, provides examples and questions to shape one’s understanding of
each and connects them with thinking routines. The goal is to have a
resource that teachers can use with students as they take on the challenge
of identifying the right mix of habits to use and while reflecting on their
current use of the habits. This site can be found online at -
http://www.rediquest.com/
 
The next evolution of this idea is to create and share a set of ‘Habit
Cards’ that students and teachers can use to readily construct
representations of thinking recipes. Each card describes the Habit
accompanied by an image that helps younger audiences understand what the
habit is about. On the back are questions to ask about your thinking and
thinking routines. The cards can be laid out on a table in the order they
were used and can become a talking point in reflective practices. A student
might begin by placing the ‘Responding with Wonderment and Awe’ card on the
table and could describe how the stimulus material used in the lesson made
them feel. Next that might identify their use of ‘Questioning’ to unlock
their wonderings about the topic or problem being explored before ‘Applying
past Knowledge’ as a habit to engage their memory. The cards bring a
physical dimension to the reflective practice and would allow students to
compare the habits they use with the patterns chosen by others. Not only
will students discover new ways of approaching problems through the process
of sharing the habits they are using they will develop a deeper
understanding of the choices they are making and the choices they have
available. 
 
The cards are at a first draft stage and I warmly welcome feedback.  

Download your copy of the Habit Cards
 

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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome we
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Hacking Design Thinking For Education Part 3: Design Thinking In School

Hacking Design Thinking For Education Part 3:  Design Thinking In School | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Think. Design. Create. Test. Analyze. Think. Design. Iterate. Test. Solve. Improve. Solve better.Think you're done? Think again!The Design Thinking Process is really a cycle that looks something like this:Take the iPhone. Apple releases a new model e
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Adilene Rodriguez admits she has always struggled with academics. Especially in middle school she hated getting up early, found her classes boring and didn’t really see where it was all going. When she started her freshman year at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, just south of Oakland, she was a shy student who rarely spoke up in class and had little confidence in herself as a scholar.

Rodriguez is now a senior and her approach to school has changed dramatically over her high school career. She attributes her shift to her freshman science teacher, Jim Clark, who taught the class about growth mindset from the very beginning and backed up the discussion with action.

“He would tell me, ‘You need to push yourself, that’s how you’re going to grow. Be confident. You’re not always going to be successful on your first tries, but you can get there,’ ” Rodriguez said

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J A Jones's curator insight, February 10, 2016 10:24 AM

Carol Dweck"s book Mindset is a great resource for teachers who want to learn more about this topic.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 15, 2016 10:29 PM
"She also tries hard to model a growth mindset to her students by being open about her own struggles as a parent and a teacher. “They’re not used to teachers apologizing,” Rodgers said. “But I tell them I’m going to make mistakes all the time. And I think showing that helps them realize they can actually make mistakes.” When teachers and administrators say they want kids to have a growth mindset, the school environment has to back up that rhetoric. At Arroyo, the emphasis on growth mindset came alongside a shift to standards-based grading. Kids can see that mistakes along the way aren’t negatively affecting them and keep working to master the concepts. “When you believe it; they believe,” Rodgers said. “If I didn’t believe this, they wouldn’t buy what I’m selling.”"
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A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
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The 16 Best Google Apps Updates of 2015 (So Far) | The Gooru

The 16 Best Google Apps Updates of 2015 (So Far) | The Gooru | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
With only a month and a half left until 2016, we thought now is as good a time as ever to take a look back at all the new features Google Apps released this year. There were so many amazing ..more ›
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Info about new features in Docs, Sheets, Gmail and Classroom!

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7 advanced Google Chrome tips and tweaks that save you time

7 advanced Google Chrome tips and tweaks that save you time | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
If you spend most of your workday with Google's browser, you'll want to put these Chrome tips to work so you can get more done in less time.
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Growing from Peer Feedback

Growing from Peer Feedback | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
How to use peer feedback to develop growth mindsets in young students. With positive and constructive feedback from peers, students can develop resiliency in trying things that are challenging to them.
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Improving Critical Thinking With a Simple 5-Step Process [Video]

Improving Critical Thinking With a Simple 5-Step Process [Video] | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Samantha Agoos talks about a simple and effective 5-step system for improving critical thinking in this TED Ed animated video.
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How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017 | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Neuroscience offers some handy hacks to learn faster, focus better, and make smarter decisions this year.
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Don't Let Praise Become a Consolation Prize

Don't Let Praise Become a Consolation Prize | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Helping children confront challenges requires a more nuanced understanding of the “growth mindset.”
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Genial.ly - software for creating interactive content

Genial.ly - software for creating interactive content | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
Genial.ly is the best web tool to create engaging interactive visual content (pictures, posters, presentations, etc) for people without programming skills.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, November 9, 2016 10:49 AM

Use Genial.ly to create presentations with interactive effects and animation, add content from YouTube, Google Maps, Spotify. Monitor performance in real time. Share or embed your creation. Works in 7 languages. Looks awesome!

Rebecca Scriven's curator insight, November 10, 2016 3:30 AM
I've been trying Genial.ly out today, it is really easy to use.  I think it would be great for students to use it for presentations and interactive mind maps, also interactive infographics! Great tool.
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Stop Student Plagiarism Before It Starts by CHERYL MIZERNY

Best content around Instructional Materials Future Ready selected by the EdTech Update community.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes

Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
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Teachers Rejoice! NEW Google Sites is at Hand!

Teachers Rejoice! NEW Google Sites is at Hand! | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
A NEW Google Sites! Teachers rejoice! Google has heard your cries of frustration as you’ve tried to create slick looking class websites with their historically clunky and not terribly pretty …
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Mic Note -Voice Recorder & Notepad for Windows,Mac,Chrome,Android,Linux.

Mic Note -Voice Recorder & Notepad for Windows,Mac,Chrome,Android,Linux. | Professional Resources | Scoop.it

For schools/companies we provide a set of tools for managing mic note users in your domain, you can pre-define app settings, such as syncing database, disable spell-checking, etc.


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Julia Polshina's curator insight, February 7, 2016 4:05 AM

Might be interesting.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 2016 6:10 PM

I love that this time stamps. Such a useful feature when doing interviews for research purposes! 

Dennis Swender's curator insight, March 19, 2016 10:10 AM

This looks like a really useful digital note taking tool which allows user to also record lectures, add images and create time linked transcriptions. Great way to make note taking a more effective.

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The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education by @coolcatteacher

The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education by @coolcatteacher | Professional Resources | Scoop.it
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Frances's curator insight, January 24, 2016 8:49 AM

"Devices" does not just mean technology.

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This article lists 7 strong ideas/thoughts to keep in mind as an educator always.