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3 Steps to Cultivating an Effective EdTech Culture in the Classroom - 0 views

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    "Technology isn't automatically valuable for teachers. Tech tools, ranging from student community platforms to online reading logs, become integral to classroom instruction when you create a culture around effective and educational use of technology with your students.

    This requires you and your students to consistently evaluate and adapt while being purposeful with the tools you choose and the lessons you pair them with.

    Here are three different ways to ensure that you're cultivating an effective EdTech culture in your classroom-one that promotes both education and fun learning opportunities for your students."
John Evans

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News - 4 views

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    "I believe that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The maker movement has created opportunities for all educators to give students authentic learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom experiences and to rethink traditional learning environments to include those that nurture the kinds of creativity and innovation that will benefit our students both in school and beyond. We know children learn by exploring and playing and doing and making and that these kinds of things lead to deeper engagement. The maker movement embodies opportunities for experimentation and innovation to occur across all grade levels and all content areas.

    Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful student learning, as well as help cultivate a culture of innovation within a school. My makerspace inspires innovation, passion, and personal motivation and interests, and has encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects and careers."
John Evans

Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children | MindShift - 0 views

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    "In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.

    And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons - not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.

    "The standard things you'll hear about why kids should read I actually don't think are very strong arguments," he says. "Because if the goal is to become a good citizen or the goal is to make a lot of money, I can think of more direct ways to reach those goals than to read during your leisure time."

    Willingham wants his kids to love reading because, he says, "for me it's a family value. It's something that I love, something that I find important. I think I gain experiences I wouldn't gain any other way by virtue of being a reader. And so naturally I want my children to experience that."

    The professor of psychology at the University of Virginia uses his new book to map out strategies for parents and teachers hoping to kindle that same passion for reading."
John Evans

4 Amazingly Easy Steps to Engage Learners: Infographic - Brilliant or Insane - 3 views

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    "You want to engage learners, and it should be easy, right? Of course, inspiring every student to interact with assignments and lessons is a teacher's most imposing challenge.

    This infographic, from teacher Jeni Day, outlines four amazingly easy ways to engage learners. Day adds practical tips for evaluating learning, which we find brilliant because they are student centered and involve meaningful feedback."
John Evans

A Beautiful Classroom Poster On Steps for Good Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mob... - 1 views

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    "5 Steps to Writing A Poem is a visual created by  Cambridge University and outlines the 5 major stages to composing a poem. In fact, the steps mentioned here are generic and can be used for writing any other genre, of course with a bit of tweaking. As a teacher you might want to share this work with your students and guide them through the different stages they need to follow to produce a good piece of prose or poetry."
John Evans

7 steps to creating PLCs teachers want to use | eSchool News | eSchool News - 2 views

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    "At my district, the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, we have found that changing the way we think about teacher training not only benefits staff developers and administrators, but schools, the district as a whole, teachers, and ultimately students. A critical part of our revitalized PD plan has been the use of professional learning communities (PLCs), which are essentially groups of educators that work collaboratively and share ideas, often in an online format."
John Evans

Master Twitter in 5 Steps - An Educator's Guide - 5 views

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    "Is this you?

    You've joined Twitter. You're following a few people. Your profile picture may or may not be an egg. You've even tweeted a couple of times. But you're wondering what all the fuss is about.

    Or maybe this is you?

    You've joined Twitter and you've found tons of interesting people and ideas. But there is just way too much information. You can't keep track of the stuff you want to know more about.

     

    If one of these scenarios sounds familiar, you've probably begun the process of building your PLN (see this post I wrote back in September), but you want guidance about how to make it extraordinary, transformative and-most importantly-personalized for you and your needs.

    Here's how to master Twitter in five steps:"
John Evans

How to Track Steps & Mileage with iPhone to Make the Health App Useful - 0 views

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    "The Health app, loaded onto all iPhones with iOS 8 and sitting prominently on the home screen, is clearly ambitious, but at the moment the majority of it's intended abilities remain inactive or useless (at least without additional third party sensors, which don't seem to exist yet). But for those with a new iPhone, the Health app can be useful right now, because it has the ability to track your steps like a pedometer, as well as flights of stairs climbed, and your walking / running distance.


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John Evans

Seven steps to preventing back pain in pupils - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "The new school term is well under way and the early efficiencies are slipping and bad habits are slipping in. Homework is already being completed late and stuffed into heavy schoolbags before the kids stagger off again.

    In my own case, I seem to spend way too much time each day trying to persuade my son to take a day's worth of kit to school, rather than a week's. The problem is that the sanctions that come with forgetting sports kit or books is worse, in a child's mind, than the possibility, long hence, of back pain.

    But there's things that parents and teachers could do, which help take those damaging decisions out of the childrens' hands:"
John Evans

8 Steps for Students to Remove Thier Digital Footprints ~ Educational Technology and Mo... - 5 views

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    "One of the essential parts of the digital citizenship I have been long talking about in this blog is about digital footprints. Students need to know that whatever they do or create online leaves behind a trail or digital breadcrumbs that others can trace. This "others" can be anyone from prospective employers, to college admission boards, anything you do online should be vetted by a critical lens and if "you don't want your parents to know about it then better not do it"."
John Evans

Building a Professional Development Hub for your School- Part 4- Steps | Langwitches Blog - 0 views

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    "This is part 4 in the series of Building an online Professional Development Hub for your School

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