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A nagging doubt about national standards

A nagging doubt about national standards | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins, renowned for his work with Jay McTighe in UbD, articulates some concerns about Common Core State Standards.  Some of his concerns, though, seem less about Common Core and more about the chasm of disconnect between high school and college and, I would assert, between college and career.  We have a long way to go.

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The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World | Pew Research Center

The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World | Pew Research Center | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Many experts say digital life will continue to expand people’s boundaries and opportunities. Yet nearly a third think that people’s overall well-being will be
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What ARE the current outcomes of digital saturation? What COULD or MIGHT be the impact, positive and negative, of continued digital saturation? These are great questions and well worth thoughtful consideration and conversation.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 20, 8:23 AM
What are you thoughts regarding a tech driven life during the next decade? Excited, optimistic , worried, terrified?  Read thoroughly and justify your feelings.
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The dying art of storytelling in the classroom

The dying art of storytelling in the classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Storytelling has endangered status in UK schools, partly due to a huge emphasis on 'active learning'.
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I find the notion that storytelling might be endangered because of active learning rather intriguing. Most kids seem to be natural storytellers. I was working with some 4th graders and as they designed their Ozobot map, they decided to make up a story to go along with the map to explain why the Ozobot was moving the way it was. Then they started drawing scenery to support the story. I don't think active learning is the culprit but teachers not being able to find balance in how they introduce learning or encourage students to express their learning. There is no reason for storytelling to be a dying art in any classroom.

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Finding the Right Balance in Tech Use

Finding the Right Balance in Tech Use | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Students engaged in a five-week app design process in part to examine their own use of technology.
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Be still my heart! Computational thinking. Systems design thinking. Kids in charge of their learning!!

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7 Time Saving Strategies for the Flipped Classroom

7 Time Saving Strategies for the Flipped Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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"Education is no longer about a teacher standing up at the front of the classroom, lecturing for hours and delivering an endless stream of material to half-listening, unlearning students." This is true, I believe, at any level. Flipped learning, done well, can make a HUGE difference for the student learning experience. And at any grade level, including college. Flipped learning, by the way, asks us to think differently about feedback and think more along the lines of feedforward.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 12, 11:35 AM
I suggest you consider these 7 strategies for any new classroom initiative you try.
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Instagram as a Means to Create and Implement Chemistry Class Portfolios

Instagram as a Means to Create and Implement Chemistry Class Portfolios | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Educators (and parents) often bemoan that students have few if any digital literacy and citizenship skills. But what if you were to use social media, such as Instagram, as an avenue for students to showcase their learning AND as a means of helping them understand the importance of digital literacy and citizenship?

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Personalized Learning Isn’t About Tech

Personalized Learning Isn’t About Tech | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The key is giving students the decision-making tools they need to shape their own learning experiences.
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Learning is not about the technology. It is not about the curriculum, per se. Learning is about a student's interaction and engagement with opportunities to learn, to explore, to discover, to question, to wonder. Sometimes learning is about a student's need to practice certain skills until she is comfortable with them. Sometimes learning is about a student's need to review vocabulary or concepts or ideas until they make more sense to him. Learning is about feedback and feedFORWARD so students know what they have learned, that they have learned it, and why they have learned it.

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Amazon to close TenMarks online education service after 2018-19 school year

Amazon to close TenMarks online education service after 2018-19 school year | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Amazon will close its TenMarks online math and writing learning service after the 2018-2019 school year, the latest surprise twist in the tech giant’s…
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What I find interesting about this is that Bezos has repeatedly shown that Amazon is not afraid to fail quickly. If something doesn't work they way they hoped or planned, done. It's not to say that we won't see Amazon continuing to push into the K-12 and even higher ed markets in continuing disruptive ways because I'm sure we will see Amazon regroup and launch something new or repurposed.

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Implications Of Learning Theories On Instructional Design

Implications Of Learning Theories On Instructional Design | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Wondering what are the implications of Learning Theories On Instructional Design? Check the implications of 3 Learning Theories On Instructional Design.
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I'm a fan of being aware of learning theories for instructional design. As noted in the conclusion of this article, most of us pull from that which seems to work best for our intended audience. And that means we have to think consistently and objectively about that audience--what those learners need and want to learn as well as how they might most effectively and successfully apply their learning.

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Tools to encourage kids' creativity

Tools to encourage kids' creativity | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Instead of only watching and playing, encourage children to make, code and craft their own content.

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We want our students to be creators, not just consumers. We want them to be makers. We'd like our students to stretch themselves and be creative in their own ways. To do any of those things, students need the opportunity and this article presents some of the tools that can be available to you to empower you to empower your students to be creators and makers.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 27, 8:48 AM
Great tech resource for both parents and teachers.
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Weaving, Coding & Storytelling: A Conversation with Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya

Weaving, Coding & Storytelling: A Conversation with Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The conversation below with Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya began at a workshop I attended last month called “Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave" on Stony Brook University's campus. Rodriguez Sawaya led the event alongside Renata Gaui; both women are designers, weavers, coders, and recent graduates from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch.
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For those who might not see code as art or as a way of telling a story.

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Code as Poetry in 4th Grade Scratch Club

Code as Poetry in 4th Grade Scratch Club | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The highlight of my Mondays now is getting to co-facilitate an after-school Scratch Coding Club with my wife. Today one of our fourth graders discovered a wonderful Scratch block that simplified a …
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Eons ago, in the time of floppy disks but after the card decks era, I gave my programming students style points. I invited them to resist the messy "spaghetti" code that might seem easier but was always harder to debug and enticed them to try to write more elegant code. Poetic, Wes might say. Yes. It can be done and it can be quite beautiful.

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Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding | EdSurge News

Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding | EdSurge News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

The “teach kids to code” movement has many thinking that computer science is just coding. 

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I'm an English major: BA and MA. I was a systems analyst/computer programmer for about a decade. I wrote programs in assembly language back (back!) in the day. What I loved about coding was the problem solving--the figuring out how to go from an abstract system concept to a system. Coding is systems design thinking and computational thinking. It's being willing to persevere to figure it out, to find the best coding solution while planning for as many fail points as possible. To code well, one has to understand the strengths and limitations of the coding language and be able to sketch or imagine what those data structures look like so they are managed and manipulated accurately. Coding is creative and imagining the abstract made concrete in a system that performs and works as designed.

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I'm an English major: BA and MA. I was a systems analyst/computer programmer for about a decade. I wrote programs in assembly language back (back!) in the day. What I loved about coding was the problem solving--the figuring out how to go from an abstract system concept to a system. Coding is systems design thinking and computational thinking. It's being willing to persevere to figure it out, to find the best coding solution while planning for as many fail points as possible. To code well, one has to understand the strengths and limitations of the coding language and be able to sketch or imagine what those data structures look like so they are managed and manipulated accurately. Coding is creative and imagining the abstract made concrete in a system that performs and works as designed.

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To Teach Makers, We Must Become Makers | Knowledge Quest

To Teach Makers, We Must Become Makers | Knowledge Quest | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
If we want to help teach and support our makers, we must become makers ourselves. By taking on projects, we can learn the design process and develop empathy.
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I would say that to encourage students to be makers, we have to give them stuff and be the makers we are. I know of an educator who started her makerspace with a few used sewing machines and some fabric scraps collected from various people. Students learned to make, well, whatever they wanted though she was pushing for quilts they might sell to raise more money for more stuff in THEIR makerspace. I know of another educator who keyed off the idea of STEM Bins and just used paper bags filled with various items and invited students to create. I beseech educators not to limit their idea of a makerspace. Sure, circuits and tech components are cool and fun, but there is so much more students can use to experiment with as they discover the makers within.

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Developing 21st Century Skills: Information Literacy

Developing 21st Century Skills: Information Literacy | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Information literacy is a skill students need to be able to seek, access, and apply facts from all sources to guide them in learning and making decisions.
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We need to start with young students, be sure parents are part of this learning, and continue to reinforce throughout all grades and levels of schooling, right up through college.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 20, 8:28 AM
It’s a fact Jack! Don’t be so quick, it could be Fake, Jake!
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Adobe Launches Spark With Premium Features Free of Charge

Adobe Launches Spark With Premium Features Free of Charge | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Woo hoo!!! Adobe Spark is cool and fun and easy-to-use!

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 14, 1:28 PM
It doesn't cost you anything to take a look!
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A tale of two competency-based districts

A tale of two competency-based districts | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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Love that districts are considering and implementing competency-based learning. It's terrifying for some teachers, no doubt. It can create greater tensions for some students, no doubt. However, change management strategies with careful planning and consideration of each school's population will help mitigate many of the known and identifiable issues.

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

17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are some very cool tools in this article. If classroom teachers want a quick 5 to explore, check out Checkmark, Google Keep, OpenDyslexic, Loom, and crxMouse Chrome Gestures.

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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?
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Change is hard. And it's harder for some than for others. That's one of the reasons I like to talk about Knoster's Change Model so that folks are on the same pages of understanding and expectations with change. Even so, there are times we need to consult individually with some folks to help them manage their reactions and emotions about change. This article helps contextualize what some might be experiencing when change challenges them.

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Engaging Parents in Digital Homework

Engaging Parents in Digital Homework | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Empowering parents to support their children is a key aspect of making sure digital homework is a success.
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Whether your at-home work is for a flipped classroom or to make sure work is completed, this article should be helpful as you think through how best to acclimate parents to digital homework. When you schedule PTA or Parent/Family Night events, you might think about having students (or teachers) demonstrate some of the digital tools and resources being used in the classroom.

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Google Slides: Add Slide Numbers

Google Slides: Add Slide Numbers | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Add slide numbers to Google Slides presentations in G Suite by using the insert menu.
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This is a great tip for those of you using Google Slides, especially when you invite your students to collaborate and they get agitated, anxious, and/or confused about whose slide belongs to whom.

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Why Apple struggles to get more iPads in schools

Why Apple struggles to get more iPads in schools | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Apple wants kids to be creative on iPads, but schools want keyboards and lower price tags.
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". . .schools want keyboards and lower price tags." Yep, this article prompted this blog post: http://www.learning-next.com/2018/03/apple-ipad-challenges-more-than-cost.html

 

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Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
What matters isn't so much who's on your team, but rather how the team works together.
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"Good teams thrive on trust." That should be a no-brainer but it takes a lot of work to make sure trust is developed and then remains as part of the team. I see teams flail all the time because there isn't sufficient empathy, because there are some who do not believe their voices will be heard, because others aren't willing to listen, because someone feels like they have to be the smartest person in the group, etc. When leadership takes some time to help teams refresh this skills and perspectives, the teams are more likely to work effectively if the teams can't or won't do this on their own. If teams are in chaos, unproductive, or just spinning, regrouping and reinvesting in the safety of the group is paramount. Or disband it and start over again.

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I considered all the great teams who I had the pleasure of working with over the years. The teams possessed all the qualities listed and trust and respect headed their list of qualities. It took time and sometimes it did take a restart. It was amazing to experience their accomplishments!
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Flippy the burger-making robot has started its shift

Flippy the burger-making robot has started its shift | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Now you can get a robo-grilled burger at the California restaurant chain CaliBurger.
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My first thought was that Flippy is less likely to get distracted and so the burgers are likely to be cooked as ordered. My second thought was that it wouldn't take much to goof up the line because the robot is precise is its movements and timing. My next thought was that accidents could be reduced and perhaps sanitation issues would less problematic except there are a lot of moving parts to clean in a robot and what happens when it gets really greasy after a lot of use? The grill is still going to need to be scraped and cleaned, and now so is the robot!

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 8, 8:23 AM
Most robots at the present time still need humans. Can you imagine where Flippy and others will be in 1, 5, or 10 years?
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School Networks: Getting Beyond the Technical

School Networks: Getting Beyond the Technical | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By Corey E. Mohn - As soon as our network makes a partnership official with a new affiliate, the first question is typically: “When can we get a copy of your curriculum?” While this is flattering, it completely misses the larger point for why our network exists.
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There are times I meet with teachers who want to know what new stuff I have to share with them. There are times I meet with teachers who want to know if there other ways to use the stuff I shared with them the last time we met. There are times I meet with teachers who just want to review what they have and what they've been using to figure out what makes the most sense and to talk about ways they can meet the needs of their students. Not too long ago I was asked about my philosophy of education. I tried to come up with something that sounded really cool. But where I landed made more sense to me: "Meet the learners where they are and then help them get where they need and want to go in ways that make sense to them." My networks enable me to help others do precisely that because of strategies and resources I learn from them, but also what they learn when something goes sideways. While networks can be about the stuff, they're mostly about the relationships and what we can learn from each other.

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Dr. Roberts’s shared philosophy was my main take-a-way from reading this. “Meet the learners where they are and then help get where they need and want to go in ways that make sense to them.” I could not agree more.
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3 Things That Impact Learner Engagement And Session Time In Digital Learning

3 Things That Impact Learner Engagement And Session Time In Digital Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Wondering about learner engagement and Session Time In Digital Learning?

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Why is this important? Well, an increasing number of adults are getting their job embedded training via elearnings and other digital learning experiences. If it is true that "[v]ideo engagement commonly drops off after 3 minutes, but best practice for podcasts tends to be 15-18 minutes," we have to be cognizant of the fact that many parents are learning this way and may be learning at home. Which may mean that students might notice when their parents can't watch a learning video for longer than 3 minutes but can stay tuned to podcasts for longer. You know this will, in turn, influence the way students think about learning. They may not say anything in school, but when what they perceive as adult-appropriate learning does not sync with their own experiences, they are going to wonder and that wonder may turn to micro-aggressions, or more.

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