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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | DMLcentral

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | DMLcentral | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

A few months ago, the Internet buzzed with the results of a study comparing students' note-taking on computers versus note-taking with paper and pen."

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We tend to assume that because our students are comfortable with technology means that they are well-informed and savvy about how to use the technology. Dangerous assumption. If there's something you need them to be able to do with technology, take a few minutes to be sure they know how or they will be lost, you and they will be frustrated, and precious learning time will be lost.

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Digital literacy can support EAL children in understanding 

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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
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

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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Doodling Makes Learning More Sticky for Students

Doodling Makes Learning More Sticky for Students | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
We can all doodle, says Susan Daniels. When students doodle to represent concepts and ideas, they synthesize information, encoding it in memory for easy recall.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Call it doodling, call it sketchnoting. Purists will insist there is a difference but the point is that students are ENCOURAGED to effect visual learning. Why? Because they will retain more information and it's entirely possible they will begin to learn to make connections with what they know and what they're learning. I personally wouldn't spend too much time on a doodle (or sketchnoting) dictionary because that seems to formalize it too much and I think the whole point is to make connections, to deepen learning, not to follow a specific format of doodles. I mean, it's doodling. Requiring them to make it too structured means it no longer belongs to the student and it's less meaningful as they continue to learn and grow.

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The Unexpected Power of Reading Conferences

The Unexpected Power of Reading Conferences | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A high school English teacher has a single accountability measure for her students’ choice reading: talking to them about it.
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Inviting students to talk about the books they're reading. Perfect. Yes, you'll worry about logistics, but not to worry as Ms. Krulder addresses those things and offers up the resources she uses so can adopt and adapt as needed. Go forth and talk about books!

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How to Create Learning Opportunities For Kids on the Bus | MindShift | KQED News

How to Create Learning Opportunities For Kids on the Bus | MindShift | KQED News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Kids who have to get on buses right after school can miss out on after school activities and help. Some schools are helping make up for that difference by bringing digital and analog learning opportunities to the bus.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yes, kudos for figuring out how to provide digital opportunities on a school bus. However, instead of having students read 2 articles and then take a quiz (yawn), how about having them read something they choose to read and then write or draw something. Or have them access code.org or do something with Minecraft or some other educationally-connected game. Or make sure kids have access to books and magazines they'd like to try to read on the bus. Or encourage them to write their own songs or plays or books. Or have, as one principal did, puzzle books, and whiteboards and markers (tons of learning/games they can play). Sheesh. Learning shouldn't always be about scoring 80% or more on a quiz.

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Social Media Social Life Infographic | Common Sense Media

Social Media Social Life Infographic | Common Sense Media | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
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If you've not yet joined Common Sense Media, do so today. It's free. Once you've joined, you can download the full 72-page report (it has plenty of charts and graphs). This infographic, though, is useful. Could be a great resource for conversations with students about digital citizenship. Just a thought.

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Why Does the School Day End 2 Hours Before the Workday?

Why Does the School Day End 2 Hours Before the Workday? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This mismatch creates a child-care crisis between 3 and 5 p.m. that has parents scrambling for options.
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Productivity. Wage gap. After school programs. Costs. Costs. Personnel. Costs. The upshot there is no easy solution to any single of these problems and solving one may not contribute to a solution to any others. (And why is it "school day" and "workday"? "Day" is still the word being modified whether by "school" or "work." Interesting. Annoying.)

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ACT’s Latest Act: Investing in an Open-Source Assessment Startup | EdSurge News

ACT’s Latest Act: Investing in an Open-Source Assessment Startup | EdSurge News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

ACT, the nonprofit best known for its college-readiness test, is undergoing a major transformation.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Yes, well, it's still a test. It's still a model of being asked a question that is in search of a specific answer. I have to wonder about the last time the folks at any assessment company, or any company, had to take a bubble assessment that told anyone anything worthwhile about what those people know and can do.

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Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools

Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I know most high school students will scoff at poetry though I think that's often because we don't teach it well. So please go to this web site and at the very least visit the "How to read a poem out loud" link and focus on #3. You might use that if you read Jason Reynolds' book Long Way Done, which is not your typical YA book. You might also read https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/70144/learning-the-poetic-line that may or may not help you understand why some poets write poetry the way the do. Oh, and poetry isn't just for high school students though most of these selected poems might be.

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The 2 stages of successful early STEM education revisited

The 2 stages of successful early STEM education revisited | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

We need to be teaching to and for our students' futures. I've often said that. Or, as Alice Keeler says, "teach the future, not your comfort level." You'll be fine not knowing how to do everything. Learning together models the importance of being open to learning opportunities whenever they present themselves.

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Cultural Borrowing Is Great; The Problem Is Disrespect

Cultural Borrowing Is Great; The Problem Is Disrespect | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Who owns yoga—or “talking black” or Samurai regalia? No one, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to use them in ways that ridicule or exploit the cultures they come from.
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Cultural borrowing is a wonderful opportunity to increase global awareness. I've no doubt there are people who don't realize that yoga wasn't started in yoga studios in the US and that ignorance is problematic. Exploring what we've borrowed and why can open all kinds of possibilities to learning about how globally integrated we really are. 

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See How This AI Assistant Helps Recruiters Find The Best Candidates

See How This AI Assistant Helps Recruiters Find The Best Candidates | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This new AI assistant could help recruiters find the right candidates 10 times faster than using traditional search methods.
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A skill we will have to start teaching our high school and college kids is how to write a profile and a resume for AI "recruiters."

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The Biggest Challenge for District Leaders? Finding and Keeping Good Teachers | EdSurge News

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Um, no surprise here. Teacher responsibilities seem to increase every year yet respect for teachers does not. Too often they are not treated like professionals with great responsibility for education but treated like extended babysitters. Administrators can make a huge difference in how teachers are seen and treated, which can make a huge difference in their abilities to recruit and retain teachers. Even so, economic and other realities often interfere with whether or not teachers can stay in a school or district.

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Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts - Edutopia

Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts - Edutopia | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Via John Evans
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First, understand that your introverts are not necessarily shy: they process differently and respond differently to stimuli and people. Second, technology offers all sorts of possibilities for introverts to express themselves and share their ideas in ways that make sense for them.

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How Data Privacy Lessons in Alternative Reality Games Can Help Kids In Real Life | MindShift | KQED News

How Data Privacy Lessons in Alternative Reality Games Can Help Kids In Real Life | MindShift | KQED News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By creating an alternative reality game about data and privacy, teachers imbue students with a deeper understanding of what's at stake in regards to what they reveal online.
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This is pretty awesome.

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KQED Learn | Go Above the Noise Topics

KQED Learn | Go Above the Noise Topics | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Great resources for teachers to try to engage their students in topics that may seem more relevant and be of more interest.

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Student-Created Videos in the Classroom

Student-Created Videos in the Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Making videos allows students to demonstrate their learning in an engaging way.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

There are so many great tools that enable students to showcase and share their videos, and most kids really enjoy making videos. The better they understand the purpose, the harder they work to create really good videos. I had a bunch of 3rd graders spend 90 minutes on developing their first 30-second PSA. The tool and the concept were new to them, but they wanted to get the script AND the video as perfect as possible. It was way more time than we'd planned for the activity, but we knew the time spent on them figuring things out would pay off in the end.

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Turning chores into classrooms: New grocery store experiment hopes to inspire learning 

Turning chores into classrooms: New grocery store experiment hopes to inspire learning  | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
If you’re grocery shopping in Philadelphia over the next year you might run into a cherubic cartoon character named A.J.
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I like this idea although I'm enough of a cynic to worry that researchers will start talking about sustainability and building capacity to try to replicate the model precisely as designed to figure out if there is a "meaningful difference" in something and thus ruin a perfectly good idea. So here's my though: find some retired elementary school teachers and give them the broad strokes of "Talk It Up" with access to some of the resources and probably some guidelines. Let them modify it to what will work with their students in their grocery stores in their neighborhoods. Yes, keep track of what they've modified and how but don't over-assess what might be "meaningful difference." If a kid who seem completely uninterested in math before seems to have a little bit of an interest now, that's a meaningful difference in my book so let's invite kids and parents to self-report what they think and what, if anything, they're doing differently. It won't be a magic potion for learning, so please don't try to make it one.

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Despite prevalence of 1:1 programs, districts still have much to consider

Despite prevalence of 1:1 programs, districts still have much to consider | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Success requires robust planning, but luckily there are now plenty of great examples of best practices and what not to do.
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Some of the schools I work with have homework policies precisely because so many of their students have limited tech access at home. They have thought specifically and intentionally about what kind of technology they want to have and how they want students to use it during the school day. The challenges are real.

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STEAM spreads to subjects from Spanish to business

STEAM spreads to subjects from Spanish to business | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Forgetting the notion that STEAM projects need pricey tools or tech know-how helps incorporate those skills across the curriculum.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Let's assume that the question you're ALWAYS going to ask students is this: What problem do you want to solve today? I don't mean that as a big ol' existential "let's change the world today" question, but a fundamental way of thinking and learning. A colleague of mine asked me to bring my Ozobots to class with me because she wants her 3rd and 4th graders to map a story. When I was working with a different group of 3rd graders, they were just playing with Ozobots and then decided to create a story based on the map they started and then revised the map as they developed their story. STEAM? Oh yea. Let your students push their creative and imaginative boundaries with whatever tools you have had at hand (or have managed to get through DonorsChoose). Amazing things could happen.

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What Should Graduates Know And Be Able To Do?

What Should Graduates Know And Be Able To Do? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating and on-going conversation. You've read the liberal arts are dead but you've also read that the liberal arts are more necessary than ever. Three observations: 1) there is no one answer to this question other than "it depends;" 2) keep in mind that most companies are looking for those with initiative and a willingness to learn; 3) employees must always be prepared for "other duties as assigned" which means flexibility, critical thinking, and communication skills will ALWAYS be important.

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7 Reasons to Use a Digital Assistant (like Alexa) in Your Classroom

7 Reasons to Use a Digital Assistant (like Alexa) in Your Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

You'll find lots of reasons to use a digital assistant in your classroom. These are some. HOWEVER, this comes with a huge caveat. Be aware that the systems behind Alexa keep track of what is said to help with refining its voice recognition and AI capabilities. But it could be used for more. Even a rep from Amazon doesn't think Alexa has a place in the classroom (https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-11-do-voice-assistant-devices-have-a-place-in-the-classroom). Amazon, Google, and others are in the business of BUSINESS. Just be careful and smart about how you and your students use these tools.

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Student PSAs Create Connections to Critical Issues | Professional Learning

Student PSAs Create Connections to Critical Issues | Professional Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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What I love about PSAs is that they force students to be focused and concise. I had some 3rd graders use the video capability in Padlet to create PSAs on the states of matter for 1st and 2nd graders. The states of matter might not be a critical issue, but it helped them focus on critical information as they thought about their audience. And Padlet is fun and easy to use with a range of features for students and teachers.

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Companies Ramp Up Worker-Retraining Efforts

Companies Ramp Up Worker-Retraining Efforts | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A tight labor market and changing job requirements are pushing companies to invest in teaching current workers to do more sophisticated tasks.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

We have to be acutely aware of "radical reskilling." Companies need to be responsive to changing requirements in their own organizations and they can't wait for the bureaucratic processes of state DOEs and universities so it make sense they'll do it themselves or find a partner that can accommodate what they need. 

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Little-known BARR program has lifted 9th grade performance almost everywhere

Little-known BARR program has lifted 9th grade performance almost everywhere | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The Building Assets, Reducing Risks program, known as BARR, was started by a Minneapolis school counselor in 1999, and remains relatively obscure.
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What this seems to be is a small group of teachers working collaboratively in the best interests of their students AND each teacher working to build a relationship with students. While it's great that we know their names, students need to know we SEE them and not just when they're in trouble. And students need to know the others in their classes. It's not unusual for students to know only a few people in their high school classes so don't assume students know the other kids in their classes.

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How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
New micro-credentials designed to help educators master the integration of technology into their classrooms
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

If you have instructional technology coaches as a part of your team or as an outside consultant, use this article as a resource for conversation and planning. If you are an instructional technology coach, use this article for your own planning and to help you with conversations with teachers. Please.

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