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Six Strategies for Virtual Field Trips - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 1 views

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    "As a school librarian, I always thought of the notion of collection as expansive. Collections might include any of the experiences we discover, as well as any of the people we meet who might enhance learning for our communities.
    Among those experiences are virtual field trips. Opportunities now abound for connections to curriculum and student interests. And easier strategies for video conferencing, combined with new types of interactions, make virtual field trips even more affordable and engaging. You don't risk weather conditions or losing any wandering kiddos who can't find their way back to the bus. You can ignore issues of distance relating to both space and time. And these escapes from daily classroom routine can result in very sticky learning."
John Evans

5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies That Never Miss - 1 views

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    "Formative assessment strategies in the classroom provide both teachers and students with invaluable information about what students understand, and what they don't.  These ungraded assessments are valuable guides for students to help them enhance their performance. They also help teachers determine if further instruction is necessary.
    When formative assessments are used consistently, and effectively, neither teachers nor students are surprised by their final grades. Some formative assessments can take just a few minutes, while others require longer periods of time. The following are 5 great formative assessment strategies for teachers."
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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students' Reading and Writing | MindShift ... - 5 views

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    "Teachers in Littleton, Colorado - like teachers in many places - are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google Docs have made it easy for students to work on the same piece of writing at home and at school, and have allowed teachers to explore collaborative writing assignments and synchronous editing with students. There are also many digital tools that can support students as they learn how to read deeply, take well-cited notes, and navigate the writing process.

    While many teachers are finding efficiency in allowing students to write and submit assignments online, not all students or teachers want to use the exact same set of tools. That's why Littleton's Instructional Technology Specialist, Dana Levesque, started compiling resources on a site that both teachers and students can access to find the tools that fit their needs."
John Evans

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills-in Any Subject | Edutopia - 4 views

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    "As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students. And this is not just an ELA issue-other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills.

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    Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must be sure that they are not simply suppliers of information on a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate reading skills lessons into a curriculum."
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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning - 6 views

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    "Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.

    Here are 35 critical thinking strategies, straight from the mind of Sigmund Freud."
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3 End-of-Year Reflection Strategies for Students | Edutopia - 4 views

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    "Research shows that reflection is an essential part of learning. That means that we need time to think about -- and talk about -- the ways we have processed and applied new information, concepts, and ideas. Unfortunately, including routine reflection time and activities in our curriculum can be an afterthought for many of us teachers.

    Here's one reason why student reflection definitely deserves more attention: When students reflect on what they have learned, ownership of that new knowledge increases -- and with ownership comes more application and use of that new skill or knowledge."
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School Library Makerspace Strategies Webinar | Create, Collaborate, Innovate - 1 views

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    "Ashley Kazyaka and the Colorado State Library invited me to speak to Coloradans/school librarians about makerspaces in affluent communities versus makerspaces in lower socio economic schools. I had a great time today discussing my passion for inclusive makerspaces and in case you missed it, here are the slides for my webinar and here is the Webinar recording!"
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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Edutopia - 3 views

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    "I'm a fan of the writing workshop. That means I also write with my students, and I allow plenty of time for students to conference with me and with each other. I also provide models of what good writing looks like -- and lots of them.

    Here's what the classroom writing process looks like:

    Brainstorming (Think About It)
    Drafting (Getting It Down)
    Revising (Making It Better)
    Editing (Making It Right)
    Publishing (Sharing It!)
    At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. For it to be successful, in my experience, students need plenty of topics handy (self-generated, or a list of topics, questions, and prompts provided). Silent writing is a wonderful, focused activity for the brainstorming and drafting stage of the writing process. I also think it's important that the teacher write during this time, as well (model, model, model).

    However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Students need to, for example, "rehearse" words, phrases, introductions, and thesis statements with each other during the revision stage."
John Evans

Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources... - 3 views

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    "How do you know if something you read is true? Why should you care?

    We pose these questions this week in honor of News Engagement Day on Oct. 6, and try to answer them with resources from The Times as well as from Edutopia, the Center for News Literacy, TEDEd and the Newseum.

    Although we doubt we need to convince teachers that this skill is important, we like the way Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project frames it in a post for Edutopia.


    As he points out, every teacher is familiar with "digital natives" and the way they seem to have been born with the ability to use technology. But what about "digital naïveté" - when students trust sources of information that are obviously unreliable?"
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