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The Nerdy Teacher: The Next 10 Words #Next10Words

The Nerdy Teacher: The Next 10 Words #Next10Words | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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We are not always pressed for thoughtful engagement. Too often PD is a series of pithy observations, occasional hands-on activities for engagement, and a sound bite or two for wrap-up. But what are the next 10 words? and the next? and the next? How do we expect our students to engage in thoughtful and purposeful conversations if we cannot do so ourselves? If we want meaningful change in our classrooms, we must also change meaningfully. As many of my edtech PD-gallivantin' colleagues are also fond of saying, we must encourage our educators to pick one thing they can change now, or this week, or this month. And then we must provide the support for them to do that. And when I say to my teachers that I want them to reach out via email, text, Skype, or hangout, I mean it. I want to partner with you to help implement purposeful and authentic change in your classroom. Let's plan.

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How to Stop Delegating and Start Teaching

How to Stop Delegating and Start Teaching | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
By doing so, you’ll broaden your team’s skills.
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This is important for classroom teachers and administrators, too.

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Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills

Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Simple classroom strategies can assist students with deficits in executive function skills like time management and active listening.
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I'm often intrigued by what teachers think students already know, especially in primary grades, though not just in primary grades. Should parents be teaching their kids about time management? Probably, but time management in the context of home is different than it is in school. Should parents be teaching their kids how to recognize what they need and when they need it? Probably, but, again, that learning at home is different than it is in school. So when we find ourselves saying "Kids just don't know how to. . .," it may be time to figure out how to integrate teaching them that skill in context of learning how to learn and learning in school.

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How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas. | EdSurge News

How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas. | EdSurge News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

There is a lot of talk these days about robots replacing humans in the workforce, but those conversations remain largely abstract.

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It's not just kids being prepared for the future of work, but employers and universities being prepared for the next wave of high school graduates, Boomers who won't/don't want to retire, and the generations between. It's everyone being prepared to think differently about what matters in learning and how everyone can learn to learn, learn to be prepared for change.

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Drones Take Flight as Latest K–12 Learning Tool - EdTech Magazine

Drones Take Flight as Latest K–12 Learning Tool - EdTech Magazine | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This innovative technology is quickly finding a home in schools willing to push the limits of STEM learning.
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Drones!

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11 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About Schools in 2018 | The 74

11 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About Schools in 2018 | The 74 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data. Go Deeper: See our full series. Education can look static when viewed from 30,000 feet. Every year, tens of millions of kids enroll in public schools, most moving on to the next […]
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This is particularly thought-provoking as school and district leadership begin to reflect on their success metrics for the 2018-2019 school year and start to think about what to do differently for the 2019-2020 school year.

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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.
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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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A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading)

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The good news is, every child is capable of learning these skills--we just have to teach them.
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So I'm okay with this conceptually, but part of me revolts at some of the strategies like the empathy faces. But that wasn't my mom. She'd tell me to deal with it or smack me around a bit. She didn't have to verbalize her feelings because she had other ways to telegraph them. I learned the hard and often painful way to navigate her feelings. I think these outlined skills are all well and good, but let's be realistic about the types of households to which she refers. For kids who don't live in households with parents who can or will respond this way, then what are the options for teaching these important SEL skills to students?

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The future of work won't be about degrees, it will be about skills

The future of work won't be about degrees, it will be about skills | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
No one school can ever insulate its students from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption. The result: new, nontraditional education options are beginning to proliferate.
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People worry about AI and robots. Stop it. Just stop it. All of that will continue to change. Yes, technology progression is absolutely unpredictable so K-12 teachers can't really hope to prepare students in truly meaningful ways when it comes to AR, VR, and more. That's not to say they shouldn't try; however, what's far more important is teaching students the value of learning, how to learn, and that learning is an on-going and delightfully (IMO) never-ending process.

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Strategies to Help Your Students Feel Heard

Strategies to Help Your Students Feel Heard | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
One way to cultivate a classroom culture in which students feel valued and respected is to focus on listening to them.
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As teachers and students head back to school after break, it's good to be reminded of some things. One of my favorite responses to comments or questions is "Tell me more about that." The more we know our students--and each other--as individuals, the greater the likelihood for positive collegiality.

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How Do We Make Edtech More Effective? (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Technology) | EdSurge News

How Do We Make Edtech More Effective? (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Technology) | EdSurge News | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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I used to say "Pedagogy first, technology second" just as many of my colleagues did. Last spring I started saying "Students first, pedagogy second, technology third." We cannot know what pedagogical strategies will work best until we know the students in front of us.

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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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