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ISTE | Mystery Skype: Where in the world are they? - 0 views

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    "It's time for my students to make a guess: Where is the class they are meeting for the first time via Skype?

    "Is it North Carolina?"

    There is silence in the classroom as my fifth graders crane their necks toward the screen.

    "No!" shouts a voice from the computer speakers, and my students scramble back together. A buzz of "What could it be then?" envelops them.

    This is what it sounds like when 23 students engage in what is known as Mystery Skype. The idea is incredibly simple, but how it unfolds can be downright magical. When else can you see students using all of their background knowledge, tech savvy and common sense just to figure out where someone is in the world?"
John Evans

The Idiot's Guide to Smarter Coffee Drinking (Infographic) - 0 views

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    "Science has figured out how to drink coffee for maximum benefit, and chances are you're doing it all wrong. That's because the right way to drink coffee isn't always intuitive."
John Evans

The Teacher's Guide to Using Pinterest in Education - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "Five or so years ago when it launched (way back when, in technology terms), Pinterest entered a social media market dominated by text. Quite simply, it brought an unprecedented visual aspect to social media which users enjoyed, though it was a fairly basic platform. Fast forward to today and you'll find a plethora of new features that can make it particularly useful in your classroom.

    Read More: How to Use Instagram In Your Classroom

    So how can making boards and pinning photos be a useful tool for teachers? Pinterest offers a number of different options for teachers both for professional development and for student work. Tons of teachers (and other folks, too) are using this tool  - there are countless boards devoted to lesson plans, classroom ideas, and more. There are purportedly around 100 million active users as of December 2015 - and as with many web-based tools, the more people there are contributing to a platform, the better stuff there will be for you to use (even if you have to sort through some garbage to find it!)   To get your wheels churning, we've collected a few of our favorite ideas below."
John Evans

Building Innovations Around Experiences : The Skills and Dispositions of Accomplished A... - 0 views

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    "In schools today the pace of change and shifting sands are quick. Skilled administrators need to wear many hats and be strategic yet operational at the same time. They must build empathy, be inclusive and build a learning culture where shared decision-making allows teachers and students to thrive. "
John Evans

11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer | iGameMom - 0 views

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    "Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in many different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer coding."
John Evans

Kid Builds BB-8 Robot Out of Beach Ball, Deodorant Rollers, Speaker Magnets | Make: - 1 views

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    "I saw this video on YouTube this past week and was completely floored by it. Not only is it an impressive build for any maker, but the builder here, Angelo Casimiro, is a 17 year old boy."
John Evans

Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning - 0 views

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    "Stewart Middle Magnet is a STEM magnet school, and part of our curriculum comes from Project Lead the Way, including classes in engineering, robotics and aerospace.  The Design Process is an important part of that curriculum.  It also ties in beautifully with what we do in our makerspace.  So it made sense for me to partner up with one of our Project Lead the Way classes to teach our students about the basics of the design process.  While this was a lesson with a specific class, it could easily work with small groups, after-school clubs, or any group that you bring into your makerspace."
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The NFL's magic yellow line, explained - YouTube - 0 views

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    "Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on the field, rather than simply plopped on top of the players, so it doesn't distract from the game at all.

    The line debuted during a September 27, 1998, game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was developed by a company called Sportvision Inc. and operated by six people in a 48-foot semi-truck parked outside the stadium.

    ESPN was the only network that immediately agreed to pay the steep price of $25,000 per game. Before long, other companies began offering the yellow line to the other networks, and now you won't see a football game without it.
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John Evans

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners - TinkerLab - 1 views

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    "While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it's mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We're lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them.

    However, we've had a few mornings filled with creative projects and this stop motion animation project is a winner. 

    If you're looking for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project, this is for YOU!"
John Evans

A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room | The Art of Education | Blo... - 1 views

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    "I was first inspired to explore stop-motion when I met influential art ed dude Mark Jones. He's the genius behind some of the best stop-motion animation videos designed, written, and created by kids. I was lucky enough to see him at my state art ed conference a few years back. If you haven't seen these videos - watch them before you go any further!

    The Robot and the Butterfly
    Stand Up Tall
    Stand Up Tall: Behind the Scenes (to help visualize the process)
    See more on Mr. Jones' YouTube channel.
    After seeing the potential, I asked myself: How do I do this with MY kids?"
John Evans

Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning - OSSEMOOC Courses for Education Leaders - 0 views

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    "Using hashtags can be a powerful way to find the users you want to follow so that you can build a rich Twitter feed.  There are two key ways to use hashtags for this purpose."
John Evans

Here Are Some of The Best Word Cloud Generators for Teachers ~ Educational Technology a... - 1 views

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    "Below is a collection of some of the best tools and mobile apps to use for generating word clouds. We have arranged these resources into three main categories:  word cloud generators for Google Drive, iPad word cloud generators, and web based tools for creating word clouds. As for Android users, the one we recommend is Word Salad which is also available for iPad."
John Evans

Developing and Maintaining a Growth Mindset - The Learner's Way - 3 views

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    "For educators, parents and learners Carol Dweck's research on the benefits of a Growth Mindset is naturally appealing. Those who have a growth mindset achieve better results than those who don't, are more resilient and accept challenge willingly. In response schools have embraced the notion and classroom walls are adorned with posters identifying the characteristics of growth versus fixed mindsets. Teachers make efforts to shift their students towards a growth mindset and parents consider how they may assist in the process. After two years of incorporating a growth mindset philosophy we are finding that the reality of shifting a student's disposition away from a fixed mindset and then maintaining a growth mindset is significantly more complex than at first imagined. Numerous forces and influences play a role and progress is unlikely to match a linear curve.

    Where schools have made steps in the right direction, is in raising awareness of the two mindsets. In this regard the placement of posters and discussion around the role that our mindset has in our learning are steps in the right direction. Demonising the fixed mindset is perhaps an unnecessary step and our students may be better served by understanding that we all have times when we fall into a fixed mindset. Education of how we may recognise such times and apply strategies of mindfulness and metacognition would avoid shifting already vulnerable learners on to the circle of shame. Awareness is however far form the end of the journey towards reaping the benefits of a Growth Mindset."
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