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8 strategies for reducing your reliance on homework

8 strategies for reducing your reliance on homework | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
What can we do to cut back on our reliance on homework, possibly ditching it completely? Here are eight building blocks to success.
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Lots of (creative and constructive) ideas on how you can reduce homework and improve student learning..

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When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills

When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Teachers find the most success integrating technology into the classroom when they have clear instructional goals.
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Common sense advice for setting up projects..you don't need to know all about tech tools, just give students time to work with tools that interest them.

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Why I Do the Same Student Projects Over Again

Why I Do the Same Student Projects Over Again | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
I once gave the advice to new teachers that they should rip apart their lesson plans at the end of the year.
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I agree-it if works-keep using it, you'll probably end up tweaking it, but why start from scratch over and over again?

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Top Five Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom (and Online)

Top Five Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom (and Online) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Screencasting is one of the most dynamic tools educators can use to transform their classroom in a dramatic fashion without investing a tremendous amount of time learning a new software piece or app. 
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Lots of examples of how teachers/instructors are using screencasting to share instructions for a project, introduce a topic, provide a voiceover for a PowerPoint, assign students to create videos for their projects, and how to give student feedback via a screencast.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, February 4, 2015 1:30 AM

As a consumer or creator, screencasting offers teachers and students exciting avenues for learning.

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Free Technology for Teachers: ProjectWriter - A New Way to Assign and Manage Group Writing Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: ProjectWriter - A New Way to Assign and Manage Group Writing Projects | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

ProjectWriter is a new offering from the folks at BoomWriter. The purpose of ProjectWriter is to provide you with a platform through which you can develop and manage group writing projects for your students.

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You can assign the entire report to a group, and each group member writes a paper, and all students in the group vote which is the best paper to submit to the teacher. Otherwise, you can assign a number of sections, and each group member writes a section, and group members vote on who's paper should be submitted for each section. I like the second option-some students might be better at writing about one topic over another. 

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What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
New Tech Network, which was founded 15 years ago, is taking its school-wide project-based model to national scale.
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Wow, if only we could stop wasting our time and money on testing and spend it on pbl!

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Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year

Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Inviting student agency in the New Year encourages buy-in during the long winter months. Student ownership inspires new ways of engagement and more meaningful lessons.

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11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios

11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

An electronic portfolio can help students reflect on their learning, organize and share their products, and maintain a record of their accomplishments for the future.

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Step by step instructions and resources for setting up e-portfolio assignments for your students.

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, May 1, 2015 11:39 AM

Möglichkeiten und Tools zur Herstellung und Pflege von E-Portfolios.