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Teacher Agency vs The Collective Voice - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    With good reason, much is made of learner agency but the concept of teacher agency is important too. If we hope to build a profession in which we are all self-navigating life-long learners, we must acknowledge the role that teacher agency plays. 
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The danger of teacher burnout - The Learner's Way - 9 views

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    Teaching is by nature a high energy profession that demands a lot and while their is much to celebrate there is arena danger of burnout. Taking some time to relax and de-stress is important as is noticing the signs that you are reaching your limit. For all teachers understanding that a break and a change of schedule benefits not just you but your students too can be the catalyst for granting yourself permission for a genuine break.
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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | TeachB... - 64 views

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    A simple and clear comparison worth thinking about...
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Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction - 42 views

  • It has nothing to do with videos, or homework, or the latest fad in education. It has everything to do with who owns the learning.
  • No. The thing that I didn’t expect was that my students created flexible groups, depending on what they were working on. They found peers who were working on the same concept they were, so that they could help each other. Sometimes they realized who they couldn’t work with on a particular day, and found a different group of peers to work with instead. And to solidify what my students were learning, we engaged in hands-on activities and labs that actually used the Chemistry concepts they were studying.
  • When I first encountered the flip, it seemed like a viable way to help deal with the large and sometimes burdensome amount of content
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  • I imagined the flip as a stepping stone to a fully realized inquiry/PBL classroom
  • Lest anyone think we were able to do this because we learn in a high-tech school, that’s not the case. We weren’t a 1:1 classroom. We used whatever devices my students had, which often was a couple of iPads, a few computers, and student cell phones.
  • Alfie Kohn’s book The Homework Myth
  • Learning isn’t simply a matter of passively absorbing new information while watching a lecture on video; new knowledge should be actively constructed.
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    Great post by Shelly Wright. It's not about the videos.
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Kidblog in Action! Classroom Q&A With Kindergarten Teacher Sharon Davison | Kidblog - 19 views

  • I use a variety of technologies that help to engage, enhance, and inspire children to want to pursue their ideas. I have found that once you are inspired to learn, you learn how to learn through your ideas about what you understand.
  • Developing Relationships/Making Connections. I have used Kidblog prior to kindergarten even starting! I set up an account each year and email directions on “How To” blog with a rationale about why, etc. My new students and their families begin in the summer before they begin kindergarten! They post photographs of things they are doing. Then others who are new also to kindergarten begin to post comments on their posts and introduce themselves! A lot of blogging has happened BEFORE we even begin kindergarten and BEFORE we meet face to face! One year one of my kindergarten students wrote, “Only 2 more sleeps until kindergarten.” This is so great! It reflects a beginning of an understanding about how blogging is used to communicate and meet new friends in a safe way.
  • Kidblog hasn’t changed how I approach the writing process, but rather it has helped me to showcase and enhance the writing that my students are doing. Through blogging, my students experience the same things they experience when writing on paper. They use inventive print, leave spaces in between their words, use periods to end their thoughts, and of course they check their sentences for meaning. This is HUGE. Young children are beginning to re- read and reflect about what they understand and THEN they are able to make changes/edit.
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  • Through blogging my students have lots of opportunities to share what they are doing inside and outside of kindergarten. This is important because it is through our discoveries and explorations that we are able to share, connect and collaborate with others. Through these connections my students are motivated to blog and share what they are blogging about. Just by sharing their blog independently on our SMARTboard my students make connections about what they see and hear. They all want to share their blog posts! It is very empowering to read your ideas and share your work when you have a safe and kind environment to do so. The children support each other and their ideas. Kidblog has been wonderful for supporting and creating a positive classroom culture. I have never had a student not want to share their blog. How great is this? It helps build self-esteem too!
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    Wonderful examples and clarity of purpose that his teacher is able to communicate.
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Grammar-Quizzes: Practice on Points of English Grammar (ESL/ELL) - 32 views

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    "Grammar-Quizzes.com is an open educational resource for understanding, learning and practicing English grammar usage. These materials present simple grammar concepts and are most appropriate for non-native speakers, but also include practices that could be used for K-12 native speakers" (Mission, ¶1, 2012.01.05).
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    **** English grammar: exercises and theory
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    This Site helps teachers with grammar lessons and also lets the students study and absorb more vocabulary and grammar words.
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    Wow! Great resource. I will learn a lot with this site. Thanks, Shelby!
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McLoud teacher resigns amid claims of improper student photos | NewsOK.com - 55 views

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    This is NOT how to leverage Skype in education!!!!
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**** Free ESL Materials.com | Sean Banville's Websites, Lesson Plans, Handouts, Worksheets - 25 views

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    Plein de ressources pour des activités (news, cinéma, conversations, etc.)
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High-Tech Teaching in a Low-Tech Classroom - 47 views

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    As 21st-century teachers, we are expected to help students master the technological tools they will use in college and the workplace. But in many districts, the one-computer classroom is not extinct. So how can we do a lot with a little? How can we best use limited resources to support learning and familiarize students with technology?
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Education Week Teacher: High-Tech Teaching in a Low-Tech Classroom - 1 views

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    Tips for the teacher w/out wealth of tech resources for the classroom.
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2011 Summer Rejuvenation Guide: Ten Teacher Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summe... - 31 views

  • It's time for you! Time to relax, reflect, and recharge. Whether your summer plans call for a cool adventure or professional development, you'll find resource-packed ideas here. Take the time to learn about digital storytelling or join a site for bookworms and, most importantly, enjoy your summer!
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EdTech Toolbox: Teacher Cheat Sheet: Twitter & text abbreviations - 72 views

  • Teachers can often get caught out when their students start using text abbreviations. Some of us might use them but no where near to the extent of our students. Don't get left out of the conversation - good or bad. Find out the meanings of some of the most common abbreviations.
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Video Games as Curriculum - 41 views

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    This content unit gives an overview of the use of STARLOGO software (FREE) for education from MIT. This is an awesome software and curriculum!
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Facebook Friending 101 for Schools - 52 views

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    "Facebook has added an incredible complexity to our lives and relationships for one simple reason: it is in writing. The courts have always put things "in writing" in higher esteem above word of mouth. Now that we are inundated with video, text, and photographs and a set of complex relationships - we end up with things "in writing" that are distributed far beyond our true "friends" into places that get us in trouble."
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