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

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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