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A Collection of Some Good Educational iPad Apps for Elementary Students - Educator's Technology

A Collection of Some Good Educational iPad Apps for Elementary Students - Educator's Technology | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
For those of you asking about educational iPad apps to use with elementary students, here is a chart we published a few months ago featuring some good options to start with. We have arranged the apps into 10 main categories: math apps, social studies apps, digital storytelling apps, art apps, music apps, apps for learning grammar, apps for learning spelling, writing apps, apps for learning coding, and apps for learning science.

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Flipping Awesome Science: Marc Seigel Talks About Flipping Science

Flipping Awesome Science: Marc Seigel Talks About Flipping Science | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. How do lessons flow? What are common mistakes?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 11:01 AM

A dose of flipping STEM. 

THE 10-MINUTE TEACHER SHOW WITH VICKI DAVIS, THE COOL CAT TEACHER -- Flipping Science Podcast.  

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27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom - TeachThought

27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom - TeachThought | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
We’ve talked about the definition of intrinsic motivation in the past. We’ve also talked about some basic ways to improve student motivation.

This time, it’s Mia MacMeekin‘s turn to speak to you about the same, but through gridded, blocked, and easy to read infographics. The graphic starts with a definition for both intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation, then offers 27 verbs that can help promote that magic stuff that is characterized by curiosity, effort, engagement, and academic success.

Some were a little iffy–“praise” and “milestones” seemed a little closer to extrinsic motivation. But the vast majority are useful to consider as you design units, lessons, and activities this school year.

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Results Just Unveiled Of Big New Growth Mindset Study Co-Authored By A Ton Of Well-Known SEL Researchers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Results Just Unveiled Of Big New Growth Mindset Study Co-Authored By A Ton Of Well-Known SEL Researchers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Thanks to Benjamin Riley, this morning I learned about the results of a big new growth mindset study that was released yesterday, Where and For Whom Can a Brief, Scalable Mindset Intervention Improve Adolescents’ Educational Trajectories? (happily, not behind a paywall).

It’s written by a zillion of the biggest names in Social Emotional Learning Research (David Yeager, Paul Hanselman, David Paunesku, Christopher Hulleman, Carol Dweck, Chandra Muller, Robert Crosnoe, Gregory Walton, Elizabeth Tipton, Angela Duckworth).

Using a representative sample of U.S. schools and their students, they found that students doing two twenty-five minute online lessons about a growth mindset resulted in a small but important academic gain (measured by GPA’s), with larger improvements found among students who had a track record of experiencing academic and socio/economic challenges.

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This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College

This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Generation Z will leverage their online resourcefulness to uncover the right learning platforms to level-up their know-how and skill sets. Resources like General Assembly, Lynda.com, Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, and YouTube are already giving Generation Z the learning edge to leapfrog college.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 21, 12:32 AM

Some interesting links.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 21, 1:22 PM
We are finding it challenging when students use third-party resources instead of our curriculum. The problem is students don't always select the best learning resources. 
 
Sharon Berman's curator insight, March 19, 5:21 PM
Gen Z are the first generation to have had access to digital technology from the outset of their lives.  It makes sense that they turn to technology first then for all aspects of their lives.

The challenge is making sure the coaches and mentors are providing the support these young people need.

Are they rushing to grow up, by-passing a more formal type of education, and spending time with their peers?

Although we need disruption in the current education system, these ideas are possibly too disruptive to be implemented en masse.
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5 Chrome Tools For Struggling Readers & Writers | A Listly List

Taken from the session by Dr. Lynne Herr at FETC 18. Follow @lherr on Twitter and @drlynneherr on Instagram. | Rewordify.com | Understand what yo

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Taking the time to think

Taking the time to think | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
It seems that we never have enough of it and the result is a feeling of constant pressure to do things quickly. As a result, we fall into a pattern of making quick decisions, with incomplete information and then proceed to take hasty action and seek short cuts. Our busy lives, the business of those around us, the schedules we set ourselves and the constant stream of distractions and interruptions ensure we have very little time to do things well and we never seem to get things done. 

"Could it be though that the disruptive, 24/ 7, multi-channel communications we value so much are actually eroding our ability to think clearly, creatively and expansively?” (Lewis, 2016 p1)

Against this trend towards doing more, in less time and at a faster pace is a trend towards slowing down, taking time and giving our minds time to catch up. 

Once we realise that as described by Chris Lewis we are moving too fast to think, we can start looking for an alternate course of action. The obvious answer is to slow down, to pause, switch off and take the time we need to reset but doing this requires deliberate action. We begin the process by recognising that taking our time, slowing down and being deliberate in the processes of thinking is a pathway towards becoming more productive, more creative and more attuned to the world around us. In what seems like a contradiction in terms, the best strategy for coping with the rapid pace of our lives is not to speed up but to slow down. 

 

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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
To foster growth mindsets in students, teachers can coach students to try different learning strategies that make the brain work smarter. Educator praise can be used to acknowledge specific strategies students have tried and can push students to reflect on themselves as learners. This process is more complex than it looks and ultimately should help lead students to become more independent thinkers.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 20, 9:29 AM

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101 Creative Ways to Show What You Know

101 Creative Ways to Show What You Know | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Resources for Teachers - Tools, Information and Resources to Help Teachers Increase Student Learning

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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator Teachers of young children juggle a lot

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21st Century teaching and learning environments include 6 strategies for creating an Inquiry-driven classrooms.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 22, 1:31 AM

Thanks to Rob Hatfield.

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Using Flippity for Makerspace Challenges

Using Flippity for Makerspace Challenges | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 8, 9:13 AM

When you check out Flippity, you will find there are lots of other ways you can use it as well!

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Design Thinking Can Work in Any Subject – The Synapse – Medium

Every day, I ask my kids, “What did you make in school today?” Too often, they can’t give me an answer. But on the days that they do, their eyes light up and they passionately describe their projects. It’s in those moments that I am reminded that making is magic.

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Design thinking brings out the creativity in students
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Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
For a teacher, it’s pretty easy to focus on improving students—that’s our job, right? So when I learned about Carol Dweck’s theory of growth mindset, my first thought was about how I could get my students onboard with this idea.

And then I realized that if I were to better my own craft, I would have to take on the challenge for myself as well.

I think that I succeed as a teacher because I’m willing to mess up often and mess up big. And yet, I also take any excuse to avoid pushing myself to grow. Having a growth mindset doesn’t just mean learning about the theory and leaving it at that. It’s a constant process. Sometimes it’s difficult, often it’s a little painful, but it’s always worth the effort.

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Implications Of Learning Theories On Instructional Design

Implications Of Learning Theories On Instructional Design | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The world of Instructional Design has evolved over the years. Influences from various learning theory movements like behaviorism, cognitivism, and social learning have constructed a foundation which acts as pillars of successful approaches. While each theory includes specific focal points with regards to how learning occurs—either by behavioral response or knowledge acquisition—they have contributed unique perspectives on learning as a whole and are responsible for how the field of Instructional Design has changed over time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 18, 7:36 AM

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment - TeachThought

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Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging 21st Century skills, using digital tools, collaborating with others around the globe, performance tasks, and more. Getting these design elements into a teacher’s current curriculum demands that teachers create professional habits around Replacement Thinking.

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Critical and Creative Thinking :: The Australian Curriculum

Critical and Creative Thinking :: The Australian Curriculum | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"Responding to the challenges of the twenty-first century – with its complex environmental, social and economic pressures – requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.

"This capability combines two types of thinking: critical thinking and creative thinking. Though the two are not interchangeable, they are strongly linked, bringing complementary dimensions to thinking and learning.

"Critical thinking is at the core of most intellectual activity that involves students learning to recognise or develop an argument, use evidence in support of that argument, draw reasoned conclusions, and use information to solve problems. Examples of critical thinking skills are interpreting, analysing, evaluating, explaining, sequencing, reasoning, comparing, questioning, inferring, hypothesising, appraising, testing and generalising.

"Creative thinking involves students learning to generate and apply new ideas in specific contexts, seeing existing situations in a new way, identifying alternative explanations, and seeing or making new links that generate a positive outcome. This includes combining parts to form something original, sifting and refining ideas to discover possibilities, constructing theories and objects, and acting on intuition. The products of creative endeavour can involve complex representations and images, investigations and performances, digital and computer-generated output, or occur as virtual reality.

"Concept formation is the mental activity that helps us compare, contrast and classify ideas, objects, and events. Concept learning can be concrete or abstract and is closely allied with metacognition. What has been learnt can be applied to future examples. It underpins the organising elements.

"Dispositions such as inquisitiveness, reasonableness, intellectual flexibility, open- and fair-mindedness, a readiness to try new ways of doing things and consider alternatives, and persistence promote and are enhanced by critical and creative thinking."

 

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What’s Going On in This Picture? - The New York Times

What’s Going On in This Picture? - The New York Times | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Intriguing Times images stripped of their captions -- and an invitation to students to discuss them live.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 6, 12:38 AM

A great collection of images to get students thinking critically.

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How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills

How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

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To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. We hear about it in PD. We’re even evaluated on whether we’re cultivating it in our classrooms

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 24, 2017 2:11 PM

Curation activates critical thinking. 

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This is a bit of inception with an article on the benefits of curation, curated into a collection on Scoop It. This article discusses the way that curation can enhance higher order thinking by allowing students understand, analyze and evaluate content matter as they curate it. It gives examples of tasks as well as way to present the information. It is a great resource for planning activities to cultivate higher order thinking.
GwynethJones's curator insight, February 11, 7:47 PM

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation by @cultofpedagogy Super GREAT Post with LOTS of Great ideas!

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10 Connected Learning Lesson Plans from the Remake Learning Network

10 Connected Learning Lesson Plans from the Remake Learning Network | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
We’re excited to launch a new collection of resources that exemplify some of the best connected learning practices that have been developed in Pittsburgh over the last several years. Late last year, The Sprout Fund invited 10 Remake Learning Network organizations to develop new lesson plans inspired by their previously supported connected learning programs.

These 10 projects come from 10 remarkably varied sources: three were created by public school teachers and the other seven were developed in informal learning settings, including a public library, museums, a YMCA branch, and a community makerspace. Each project is interdisciplinary: major themes include ecology, sustainability, and visual arts, but these lessons delve into intersections between art, technology, science, history, and more. There’s even content that addresses social emotional learning skills, like self-reflection activities that help students effectively transition from high school to college. Some of these lesson plans are for activities lasting an hour or a few class periods; others are intended as major projects that can unfold over several weeks or an entire school year.

 

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An outstanding collection of excellent projects. Well worth your time to check these out!


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Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

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It may not be easy to define critical thinking, but we do have suggestions for how you can teach it.

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10 good Apps to Enhance Kids Critical Thinking Skills

10 good Apps to Enhance Kids Critical Thinking Skills | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students - Edutopia

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students - Edutopia | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The key to preserving (not creating) intrinsic motivation is to nurture students to move to the next level. This also means that in the course of the school day, children must have a chance to do things that enable them to experience accomplishment and competence instead of feeling inadequate. Many believe that children have been constructed with a lot of resilience, so that a good day does not have to mean 90 percent performance, or even 50 percent. It’s not clear what the percentage is, and it may vary across children, but what is clear is that having some positive accomplishment every day will keep kids motivated.

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Connecting Making, Designing and Composing - DML Central

Connecting Making, Designing and Composing - DML Central | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
In her closing keynote at FabLearn a couple years ago, Leah Buechley turned a critical eye on the maker movement. If you don’t know Buechley’s work, she is arguably one of the maker movement’s central players, founding the former High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and inventing the LilyPad Arduino, among many other contributions. She is a champion of making, which makes her all the more thoughtful in her critiques. Buechley asks us to consider who gets to make and who is represented in the maker movement. I thought about her keynote a lot this fall as I moved through a range of conferences focused on digital literacies, design thinking, and making.

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In her closing keynote at FabLearn a couple years ago, Leah Buechley turned a critical eye on the maker movement. If you don’t know Buechley’s work, she is arguably one of the maker movement’s central players, founding the former High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and inventing the LilyPad Arduino, among many other contributions. She is a champion of making, which makes her all the more thoughtful in her critiques. Buechley asks us to consider who gets to make and who is represented in the maker movement. I thought about her keynote a lot this fall as I moved through a range of conferences focused on digital literacies, design thinking, and making.
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5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks :: Richard Byrne

5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks :: Richard Byrne | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Writing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories that they develop. Multimedia publishing tools that include a collaboration component can further help students as they work together with each other or with you to improve their work.

The following five platforms make it possible for students to create and publish multimedia ebooks in their web browsers.

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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, December 12, 2017 9:29 AM
Good list.  I sometimes think that digital storytelling is over sold, but the case for writing can always be made.