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Digital literacy: Students analyze rap lyrics with computer code

Digital literacy: Students analyze rap lyrics with computer code | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Many teachers believe that digital literacy means understanding how computer science and coding can connect to other subjects
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Computer science isn't just science because computers and coding are ubiquitous. Students need to understand that the more they know about how stuff works, the better equipped they will be to ask questions that matter and to understand what others are talking about.

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The role of AI in education and the changing U.S. workforce

The role of AI in education and the changing U.S. workforce | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
AI is set to have a dramatic impact on education in America.
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In my mind, this article reinforces what so many schools are already doing--reflects the disconnect between what's happening in many schools and what people think is happening in schools. Even so, educators who are finding ways to incorporate AI in fun and/or meaningful ways will help their students grasp the nature of AI so it becomes a bit more commonplace for them.

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Why One Science Professor Has Students Write a Children’s Book

Why One Science Professor Has Students Write a Children’s Book | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A biologist lets students in his upper-level courses choose to write a book explaining complex concepts to kids instead of taking a final exam.
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When I taught writing, I'd have students write about a single incident or topic from three different perspectives so they would think about word choice, sentence structure, voice, etc. Having students write a book to children about complex topics--science, math, or otherwise--takes this to another level. Great idea! Two-stage exams is new to me, but I love this idea and can imagine how much valuable learning could develop as a result of the conversations, provided there are great questions.

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Survey Results – Top Ten Teacher Reasons for Going Global | The World Classroom

Survey Results – Top Ten Teacher Reasons for Going Global | The World Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Still pondering the value of going global? Check out these survey results.

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How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat | EdSurge News

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If this is true, nontraditional educators will impact not only higher education but K-12 education as well. In fact, I think we are already seeing the leading edge of some potential ripple effects. If that is the case, the availability of technology will not be the issue. The issue will be engagement and how well educators and students are able to make productive use of that technology. Please don't misread "productive" because I don't mean substitution or even augmentation; I mean educators and students pushing boundaries and exploring limits as powerful learning discoveries.

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From Trump to Tolstoy: What’s Bringing Computer Science and Literature Together | EdSurge News

Calculating ratios for different types of pronouns in civil rights speeches. Counting the frequency and proximity of vowel sounds, consonant sounds and rhymes in rap music.

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Computer science and literature? Be still my heart!!! This is just too cool for school.

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A Map of Every Building in America - The New York Times

A Map of Every Building in America - The New York Times | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

"These images are drawn from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year. The company’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and then to trace the shapes of buildings across the country. Such information has been available before in some places, but this is the first comprehensive database covering the entire United States.

"In some cases, we have augmented the data with information from state and local governments that have collected their own.

"Classic maps answer questions like: How do I get from Point A to Point B? These data images, instead, evoke questions — sometimes, simply: What’s that?

"We found fascinating patterns in the arrangements of buildings. Traditional road maps highlight streets and highways; here they show up as a linear absence.

"Where buildings are clustered together, in downtowns, the image is darker, dense. As suburbs stretch out with their larger lawns and malls, the map grows lighter. Your eye can follow the ways that development conforms to landscape features like water and slopes.

"You can read history in the transition from curving, paved-over cow paths in old downtowns to suburban sprawl; you can detect signals of wealth and poverty, sometimes almost next door to each other. It all reveals what Andy Woodruff, a cartographer, calls “the sometimes aesthetically pleasing patterns of the built environment.”

 

Image above shows housing patterns in Mesa, Arizona. -JL


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This is so cool!

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Seven Things That Happen When Students Share Their Work

Seven Things That Happen When Students Share Their Work | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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John Spencer includes empathy and confidence. I'd include self-awareness and opportunity to self-reflect, both of which are somewhat integrated in some of the others he lists. I love how he begins with an anecdote that reflects my persistent fear: that we consistently understand estimate the abilities of our students and their resilience.

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Top 5 trends in classroom redesign

Top 5 trends in classroom redesign | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

A one-size-fits-all approach to learning doesn’t suit today’s students, and the same can be said for schools and classrooms–learning spaces will increasingly need to become flexible. . .

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I know flexible seating is a thing and often there is good rationale behind trying to make changes; however, planning is really, really, REALLY important. Too many teachers or schools have tried to adopt some sort of flexible seating only to discover some unpleasant unintended consequences. So when you develop a plan, be sure you really examine it closely and, more importantly, think about how this plan for flexible seating will work for the students 3, 4, or 5 years behind these classes. Will that seating plan still work for those kids? If not, well, that's why we have backspace and delete keys.

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How one high school journalism teacher guides students through the 'fake news' era

How one high school journalism teacher guides students through the 'fake news' era | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
In a time when high-profile officials routinely question facts, David Cutler shows his students it's crucial to tell stories and commit to finding the truth.
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Some interesting insight into what "fake news" could be and mean, and how to write as a high school journalist.

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Learning.com Joins the Google for Education Technology Partner Program

PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) September 21, 2018 -- New Integration With Google Classroom Helps Districts Ensure Greater Student Access to Digital Literacy Instruction
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That's a big deal.

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What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.
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I can feel teachers cringing at the idea of students creating their own math homework. Let me start with this: why is there still math homework? Second, if we have to have homework and are bold enough to ask students to design their own math homework, why don't we actually do that and in ways that make sense for their grade levels? For example, I saw a lesson in inequalities the other day. Basic learning activities to understand the concept. Fine. What if the teacher asked students to design their own practice problem or homework? I might suggest thinking about those kids who are trying to race a certain amount of money with a certain amount pledged per lap or mile. There's an inequalities problem in there. As with anything start with one lesson that feels manageable by both the teacher and the students, and then see what else they can do. 

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Why Ninth Grade Can Be a Big Shock For High School Students | MindShift | KQED News

Why Ninth Grade Can Be a Big Shock For High School Students | MindShift | KQED News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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I imagine there are plenty of grown-ups who want to tell kids to just suck it up as they did back in the day, but I'd wager our recollection of that transition to high school is a bit fuzzier than we'd care to admit. And, let's be honest, high school in the 21st century is waaaay different than it was even a decade ago. Let's just figure out what makes sense for the communities in which we're asking our students to learn. Maybe your district won't try to replicate this exactly, but what parts of it might work for you and what might you modify so your students are more successful in your school environment?

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Classroom of 2030: A flashforward to learning techniques

Classroom of 2030: A flashforward to learning techniques | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Education to not only use technology as tools but also to inculcate computational thinking
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So many wonderful possibilities from which to choose. Educators get overwhelmed when there are too many choices, so just pick one idea and give it a go. We never know what will inspire our students and what might inspire our colleagues. We need to remember our work is really about our students and their learning, not about our teaching.

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The World Of Work -- In Elementary School

The World Of Work -- In Elementary School | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Learn how Cajon Valley Union School District's World of Work program helps students "take responsibility for their own learning."
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Love this. It's an idea that could be adapted and expanded for middle and even high schoolers. Great to get them thinking differently about the possibilities that may await them!

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How Principals Can Banish Toxic Adult Behavior

How Principals Can Banish Toxic Adult Behavior | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Adult agitators or slackers can sabotage morale in schools and undermine principals. School leaders must confront the behaviors directly and diplomatically.
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Managing toxic adult behavior is absolutely necessary for any organization to become and stay healthy. What's important to note is that many of these folks may not realize their behavior is toxic. Tread carefully but diligently.

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How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

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This is the kind of thing that makes me absolutely giddy as I think about the possibilities. This could enrich and extend learning in the most amazing ways. Talk about student choice! Oh, and not just academic publishers, by the way. Think ginormous tagged database. Like Project Gutenberg on digital steroids.

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ISTE | ISTE Announces New Computational Thinking Standards for All Educators

ISTE | ISTE Announces New Computational Thinking Standards for All Educators | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
CT Competencies focus on the knowledge, skills and mindset needed to bring computational thinking (CT) to all K–12 content areas and are designed for all educators, including those who are new to computer science.
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This will be so helpful for those who are struggling to understand computational thinking and how it can work in K-12 content areas. Bravo!

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What's the blueprint for a 21st-century college campus?

What's the blueprint for a 21st-century college campus? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
With enrollments declining and technology advancing, colleges are breaking ground on high- and low-tech spaces — from lecture halls to libraries to dorm rooms — that give students and faculty new ways to engage.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Whether higher education or K-12, we should be thinking about a blueprint for the 22nd century. We're 18 (or 19) years into the 21st century so we need to be planning ahead. And yes, flexibility is the key because we know that what is trending now won't be trending 5, 10, 15 years from now. But we also know we won't be going back to rows of desks and that lecture halls will/could/should look different as professional educators become professional mentors, facilitators, and docents of what students need and want to learn.

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Most schools don't teach the skill employers want most: oral communication

Most schools don't teach the skill employers want most: oral communication | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Negotiation and coordinating with others are on the list of the top 10 skills needed in the work force in 2020, according to the World Economic Forum. Oral communication is imperative for both of those. So it's not just presentations or running meetings, but being able to participate in team meetings or in meetings with customers during which an interchange of ideas and facts are significantly important.

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Game on: How UNLV is teaching students the esports business

Game on: How UNLV is teaching students the esports business | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Robert Rippee, who runs the Esports Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, shares strategies for teaching students the emerging business model.
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I work with a high school that has some students interested in starting an esports team, so this is not just at the university level. Schools should not dismiss this as an option and an opportunity for students.

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Micro-Writing is Having a Macro Impact on Identity Development | EdSurge News

Students in my freshman English class have incredible stories to tell, but they aren't always eager to share them.

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Maybe you call them quick writes or "writing on demand." The point is that they're writing activities that help students get more comfortable with writing. The first two on his list are like two of the Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) resources: 6-Word Story and 3-2-1, but then, those strategies were designed by teachers. The last one reminds me of the BHH strategy in *Disrupting Thinking* by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. You can also try a variation of flash fiction: they can write no more than 50 words. That could be fiction or non-fiction, but they will soon learn that they have to focus on the most important element of their text. So it's not just identity development, but writing confidence. Powerful stuff.

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Only a fraction of students consistently get grade-appropriate assignments

Only a fraction of students consistently get grade-appropriate assignments | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Low-income students, English learners, students of color and those with disabilities are far less likely to be given the chance to do grade-level work.
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This points to the on-going struggle and push for us to think differently about what constitutes authentic learning experiences for students and what teachers really need to be doing with and for students to help them learn and learn to learn.

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A Learning Strategy for Gen Z

A Learning Strategy for Gen Z | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By designing experiences tailored to the learning style and goals of Generation Z, learning leaders can deliver personalized, relevant and continuous learning experiences to this generation.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

First, I think later boomers jumped around a lot as they, we, were figuring out how and where we fit. It wasn't until later in our careers that many of us settled into one place, but that's a dangerous generalization. Even so, students learn differently today because of the technology many of us boomers helped create. By the same token, I think generalizing the characteristics of an entire generation is dangerous and somewhat disingenuous. Just as we all want to be appreciated as individuals, so do those of Gen Z.

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The Future of Work: Will Our Children Be Prepared?

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Students as problem finders (Ewan McIntosh). Students willing to ask "I wonder. . ." and "What if. . ." questions about improbable probabilities. The future of work demands changes in how we hope and expect students to learn and show us how and what they've learned.

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