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LeaderTalk: My Apple Basket - A Personal Wellness Story for Teacher Leaders - 2 views

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    "A story I like to tell to get teachers thinking about managing their personal wellness is one I've come to call "My Apple Basket". Every day we carry an invisible apple basket around with us. In it we carry all our "apples", those positive energies we have collected through the things we do for ourselves each day to contribute to our personal wellness. There's the apple for the exercise session I did this morning, the good night's sleep, the healthy breakfast, the time spent in reflection, the one for time spent with family, friends and significant others. You get the idea. If we do things wisely our basket should be getting filled each day."
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices | EdSurge News - 2 views

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    "To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, mobile devices can be an express pass to exploring beyond the walls of our schools. While pushing students to learn outside our classrooms is a step in the right direction, how do we ensure that these experiences lead to deeper learning? Here are 5 ways to get to curate that practice by making your class a BYOD zone."
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10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network - - 3 views

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    "According to Marc-André Lalande,  "a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who's part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk-just check out what people are saying-or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so."

    As for this graphic? You can thank Sylvia Duckworth, who always does a great job sharing simple sketch notes to help teachers. (She also took our 12 Rules of Great Teaching and created a predictably wonderful graphic to supplement the text, among others.) We've taken her graphic and provided starting points for each 'reason' a teacher need a PLN."
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6 Steps to Make Math Personal-Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen | EdSurge... - 4 views

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    "Even after teaching for a decade, Pamela Baack found herself battling the calendar as she tried to keep her students on track.

    She's the first to admit it wasn't easy to change the way she had been teaching for a decade.
    "We were always on someone else's pace, not our kids' pace," says Baack, who teaches at the Bella Romero Academy of Applied Technology, a K-8 public school in Greeley, Colorado. Most lessons were taught to the entire class, requiring Baack to constantly search for opportunities to help the students who struggled. "It was hard to differentiate, because it was hard to find the time to go back," she says.

    Today, students in Baack's third-grade classroom work through addition, multiplication, and division activities at their own pace. Some progress through lessons quickly, while others get the opportunities they need to relearn and practice key concepts until they are ready to move forward. Importantly, Baack says, even the students who struggle the most are at grade level. "They're still doing what every else is doing, but at a different pace," she says. "They're exposed to grade-level standards and content and will be able to move up."

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John Evans

The Real 1:1 Is Not About Devices | Brian Aspinall, CV - 0 views

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    "The more and more I think about changing my classroom practices, the less and less I consider technology. Perhaps I should celebrate how embedded in practice it has become since I no longer consider it an event. It takes times for this natural fit. Time and energy.

    Two things teachers don't have much of during the week - time and energy. Between raising families, coaching sports teams, planning lessons and marking at night (forget having a social life), it can be challenging to learn about new tools an technologies. Trying a new app with a full class of kids generates a lot of anxiety and fear. What happens if the technology fails?"
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16 of the Best Financial Literacy Resources for 2015 | Edudemic - 4 views

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    "Money is a necessary tool, but like any other, it can easily lead its untrained users into uncomfortable - perhaps even painful - situations. So why, then is, financial literacy an educational requirement in less than half of the states in the U.S.? Students deserve to approach life armed with the knowledge they need to understand money matters. The following resources can give you insight into how to bring financial literacy into your classroom."
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How Much Does Google Really Know About You? #infographic ~ Visualistan - 6 views

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    "Google started as a search engine, but now it's one of the biggest collectors of data in the world. Whether it's your personal details, shopping habits, or even where you travel, Google has a lot of ways of keeping track of it. This infographic scratches the surface of Google's data collection systems."
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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    "Every school day since 2009 we've asked students a question based on an article in the New York Times. Five years later, we've collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year."
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26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer - 0 views

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    "These questions are more about the student than you, your classroom, or education.

    What every student should know starts with themselves and moves outwards to your content area: self knowledge-> content knowledge.

    As an educator, your job is lead students to understanding, but student self-awareness and self-knowledge should precede that. These questions hit at a range of topics, but all revolve around that idea of a learner's identity.

    If it hasn't already come, the first day of school is probably imminent for you, and these kinds of questions could come in handy there as well. Get to know you type stuff. But they can also help set the tone in your classroom that introspection is a must, awareness and thinking are always-on, and self-knowledge is the ultimate goal of any system of learning."
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Handy Web Tools to Help You Grow Your Personal Learning Network ~ Educational Technolog... - 0 views

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    "Interested in expanding your Personal Learning Network over social media? Here are some tools to make you a social media pro."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Gen i Revolution - A Personal Finance Game for Middle Sch... - 1 views

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    "Gen i Revolution is an online game designed to help middle school and high school students develop and test their knowledge of concepts in personal finance. Gen i Revolution contains fifteen "missions" in which students have to select "operatives" to assist them. Each mission is designed to help someone make better personal financial decisions. Some of the mission topics include credit, budgeting, and investing for the future. "
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3 Resources to Build Your Personal Learning Network - 0 views

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    "Personal Learning Networks are becoming a popular way to learn from other educators. But how do you get started in creating a personal learning network, or PLN? I've put together a quick list of 3 resources that educators are using to build PLNs:"
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