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Questioning; Challenge & Engagement | Gary King - 1 views

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    "Questioning is a fundamental element of pedagogy, one you could read endlessly around, but the reality is using questioning to challenge and engage all learners is demanding and potentially problematic to get right. Recently I've been working with a team of teachers, shaping our CPD model in preparation for the new academic year. Engaging in dialogue around teaching and learning with colleagues is always a pleasure and extremely informative, and one aspect continually crops up; deep, challenging and engaging questioning. Firstly, I think it's crucial to outline what we are trying to achieve when we think about the purpose of questioning, for me it includes the following:

    Allowing students to develop a fuller understanding of a concept because they have tried to explain it
    themselves
    To easily recall existing knowledge
    To be able to link the ideas in the lesson with existing knowledge
    To tackle problems at a deep level and be able to extend their thinking
    To engage easily with a task because they are clear about what is expected
    To develop independence in the way they learn and think"
John Evans

3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge - 4 views

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    "The ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity designed to help teachers explore the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink for teaching and learning. This 5 week challenge invites teachers to have fun learning to use interactive images, slideshow channels and interactive video to power up your pedagogy and redefine learning in the classroom.
    Throughout the challenge, we will use the ThingLink flexible suite of interactive tools for schools to create media rich, customized resources for use in your classroom. The weekly challenge activities are designed to be beneficial to educators who are new to ThingLink and also to experienced users. We will explore all the flexible features of ThingLink and discover the tremendous potential for using this amazing tool. Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge."
John Evans

ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge - Tackk - 0 views

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    "To get started, please create an interactive image to Show Us Your School and get added to our interactive map. Then grab your mobile device and take a walk through your schoolyard or neighborhood to capture photos of gardens, search for insects on your playground, or simply brainstorm a list of local landmarks and do some research. We hope you will find something interesting. If not, please make a suggestion. We love feedback!"
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: TinyTap Introduces Challenge Mode for Building Games on i... - 0 views

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    "TinyTap is a fantastic free iPad app and Android app for building fun and interactive review games. With the app you can create games based on pictures, diagrams, videos, and icons. The latest update to the app enables you to include a challenge mode in your games."
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What Happens When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days | MindShift - 3 views

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    "The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge was taken by boys and girls in grades 4 through 12 at Stuart Hall and Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco - along with some teachers and parents - as part of this private school's attempt to implement its one-to-one iPad program. The idea is to recognize that technology is often a distraction from other important things, like connecting with classmates and family, enjoying the moment or being creative.

    'It was almost a wake-up call for how dependent we are on technology.'
    "This is going to be really hard for me. I think I'm going to have some pretty intense feelings of anxiety after about an hour," said sophomore Eli Horowitz as he sealed up his phone. Other students were also apprehensive about the timeout, citing their desire to be connected to friends through social media as one of the main temptations, but some were glad for the excuse to try putting the phone away for a while."
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3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving - 0 views

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    "The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a familiar concept these days. Yet, the nature of Personal Learning Networks is evolving as the range of tools available to support them increases, and our rapport with those tools becomes more sophisticated.

    The aim of this post is to outline the changes that appear to be taking shape, and to offer some practical strategies for teachers to supercharge their Personal Learning Networks."
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Get Your Game On-Do the Snow Clothes Challenge! - 0 views

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    "Those of you who live and teach in northern climes know what winter is all about. It's not about the beauty of the fluffy white stuff or the bone-chilling temperatures or even the short sunlight hours each day. In a primary classroom, it is really all about the snow clothes. Assuming that the temperature is warm enough to actually go outside (in my school division the children go outside unless the temperature-including wind chill-is below -28C), the whole putting on/taking off all those snow clothes takes up a LOT of time. For some students, it is a ten-minute process. And when you consider that it has to be done first thing in the morning, before and after two recesses, at lunch time and again at the end of the day…well, you can see a lot of time needs to go into this every day."
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The Great Kindness Challenge - 1 views

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    "The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions.

    Help create a culture of kindness on your campus! It's free, easy to implement and has the power to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all grades Kindergarten through High School."
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Put Learning on Display With This Photo 365 Challenge - Brilliant or Insane - 0 views

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    "Many photo geeks ring in the new year by tackling new Photo 365 challenges. Here's a fun but very meaningful challenge to offer up to your students: invite them to complete a Photo 365 project of their own in order to make their learning and their thinking visible. There's even an app for this."
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The 2014 Classroom Cribs Challenge: Meet the Grand Finalists - 2 views

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    "Wow, what can we say! This past summer we decided to start a learning space design challenge on ClassroomCribs.com to highlight all of the amazing "cribs" that you have designed for students.

    Instead of just "aesthetics" we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design.

    And we were blown away by the response!

    Over 4,000 educators have joined our Classroom Cribs learning community and many of you sent in videos of your learning space as part of the challenge."
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | 2015 Classroom Challenge: STEM Curiosity Links - 1 views

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    "As 2014 draws to a close and we look forward to what 2015 will bring, I'd like to share a simple and fun classroom challenge with you: STEM Curiosity Links. For the past two semesters, I've made a point of sharing several STEM "curiosity links" with my students at least once per week. On days I share curiosity links with students, I try to limit myself to just using 10 minutes of class time. I need to set this time limit, because (depending on the class) we can really get into good discussions with lots of questions, and we could take MUCH more time exploring the ideas the week's curiosity links inspire. While I'd love engaging in long discussions like this with students, and I know they have value, I also understand that my students learn the most when they are actually DOING STEM activities rather than just talking about them or STEM ideas. My students who are working and playing in our STEM "Maker's Studio" are always especially eager to "get to work.""
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3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students | Edudemic - 3 views

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    "When app-smashing on iPad, students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product. Applying this concept dramatically increases creative potential, and the rate at which apps are developing allows for new, unique, and dynamic creations to consistently challenge what seemed possible only a few months or weeks ago. The final product involved in app-smashing often lends itself to video, so to kick off the school year, here are a few app-smashing video projects."
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A ThingLink challenge and new video tagging - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 3 views

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    "One of the most versatile and easiest-to-use platforms I've used over the past several years is ThingLink.
    I've used the interactive poster tagging tool to create and embed media-rich image maps, to annotate and evaluate the claims infographics make, as a portfolio and as a curation tool.
    This summer, educator, consultant and ThingLink Education Community Manager, Susan Oxnevad invites educators to share their creativity and push the envelope with a ThingLink Teacher Challenge on a Google+ Community.
    In her blog post, Susan explains the rationale for this free self-paced summer challenge:
    This challenge invites teachers to learn to use interactive images to redefine learning in the classroom. Learn how to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation during this self-paced professional development opportunity. "
John Evans

50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As Teacher - 6 views

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    "Growing as a teacher is all about challenging yourself-moving out of our comfort zone, trying something new. Here are 50 ideas to consider."
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Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 1 views

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    "For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela's Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to engage students with the world, while attacking potential summer reading slump."
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