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PEN00031 | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community - 8 views

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    "Title: Persuasive letter about persuasive letters
    Description: A letter which attempts to persuade the reader to write their own persuasive letter, and which highlights some of the main points to include.
    Category: Primary English/Literacy > Non-fiction"
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The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic - 22 views

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    Comforto (2015) explained how to identify open educational resources (OERs), listed a handful of places to start looking for them, and provided micro reviews of repositories for literature, math and science OERs, as well as videos, courses and textbooks. She included suggestions for appropriate use and re-use of OERs, and invited comments pointing out similar repositories or resources.

    Comforto, Nicole. (2015, July 30). The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/guide-open-educational-resources/

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition | Edutopia - 20 views

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    "Metacognition (or thinking about thinking) is the secret to and driving force behind all effective learning. If you want your students to learn as much as possible, then you want to maximize the amount of metacognition they're doing. It's a pretty simple equation.

    The only problem is that most classrooms are set up to promote metacognition in the teachers, not the students."
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Rubrics for Assessment - 93 views

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    This page provides brief explanations and an impressive menu of links to resources and tools for assessing and providing feedback to learners on technology-supported activities and projects. Categories include:

    Rubrics for Assessment - General
    Rubric Generators
    Assessing … Blogging
    Assessing Coding & Gaming
    Assessing Graphic Organizers
    Assessing Podcasts
    Assessing Technology & Social Media
    Assessing Video, Screencasting, and Digital Storytelling Projects
    Assessing Websites/Digital Portfolios
    Assessing Wikis
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Educational Malpractice - The Child Manufacturing Process | Creative by Nature - 13 views

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    "[I]f the learner-centered model has proven itself to be so effective, and the high-stakes testing approach of the factory model has not, why is this model still dominant in many "leading" nations around the world? Why are so many business and government leaders in nations like the United States, Japan, Britain and Korea obsessed with test scores and international rankings? Are they not aware of the social consequences of this approach?" (¶10, 2015.03.30)
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MultiBrief: The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Critical thinking - 20 views

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    "This is the first article of a four-part series on teaching the four C's effectively to English learners: Critical thinking | Communication | Collaboration | Creativity" (deck, 2015.03.16).
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What students think of their blended learning teachers | eSchool News | eSchool News - 21 views

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    "A recent survey [in Australia] reveals that teacher training may impact student opinion in blended courses" (deck, 2015.03.11).
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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | Edutopia - 39 views

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    "[I]t can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many gray areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety. But to help teachers navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here are some of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest" (¶2, 2015.02.23).
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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia - 29 views

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    "This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills." (para. 1, 2015.01.24)
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PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading | Edutopia - 22 views

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    "Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program."
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50+Ways - Finding Flickr Photos - 38 views

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    Loaded with tips and tools for finding and attributing sources of Creative Commons images.
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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | MindShift - 41 views

  • pupils today can change the way they study to exploit the brain’s quirky learning processes, using the strategies revealed by memory and learning research
  • Students need to understand that learning happens not only during reading and studying, but in all sorts of ways, so that they can examine their own habits to know which ones may be helping or not, and make adjustments
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    Chen sums up an interview about Benedict Carey's book, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens, highlighting and exemplifying take-away messages for self-directed learners as well as teachers.
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Boom-Bang Homework Assignments | Edutopia - 26 views

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    "Multiple sources recommend about ten minutes per night in the first grade, then add ten minutes for every subsequent grade, for a maximum of two hours in all subjects by the 12th grade" (2. How much homework is recommended, ¶1 [of 1]).
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MultiBrief: Grading practices that better support 21st‑century learning - 35 views

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    In this post, Stack (2014.08.25) suggested four ways of developing or improving grading practices:

    1. Separate and acknowledge the role of both formative and summative assessment.
    2. Stop averaging averages to get more averages.
    3. Separate academics from academic behaviors.
    4. Use rubrics and a rubric scale, not percentage scores.
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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art | Global Digital Citizen Foundation - 23 views

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    Great tips about using art for critical thinking and writing prompts
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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? - 21 views

  • The elements that make up this approach are not necessarily new — great teachers have been employing these tactics for years. But now there’s a movement to codify the different pieces that define the deeper learning approach, and to spread the knowledge from teacher to teacher, school to school in the form of a Deeper Learning MOOC (massive open online course), organized by a group of schools, non-profits, and sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • So what defines deeper learning? This group has identified six competencies: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.

  • “Before we assess, we need to know what we are assessing for,” said Marc Chun, program officer at the Hewlett Foundation. What does effective collaboration look like? What does it really look like to be a critical thinker? These skill are more oriented towards process than content, making them difficult to assess in a standardized way.
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    Schwartz (2014.02.28) acknowledged that approaches fostering deeper learning are not new, and pointed out related competencies derived from a MOOC. She also highlighted challenges of assessing such competencies.
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    Schwartz (2014.02.28) acknowledged that approaches fostering deeper learning are not new, and pointed out related competencies derived from a MOOC. She also highlighted challenges of assessing such competencies.
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Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment - 74 views

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    A mother lode of rubrics for all sorts of products, projects, and processes
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TESOL Connections - January 2014 - 20 views

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    "IRIS holds data collection instruments from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. These include, for example, questionnaires about motivation, attitudes, learning strategies, and intercultural understanding; experimental teaching methods; classroom observation and interview schedules; teaching tasks; sound and video files; word lists; pictures for encouraging learners to use specific structures; language tests for different skills and types of knowledge… and many more besides" (Materials on IRIS, ¶1).
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Learning objectives, targets and goals - 13 views

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    "While the authors of The SIOP Model advocate for writing separate content and language objectives, others are advocating for the incorporation of language skills into content objectives. In either case, making language learning explicit benefits students as it clarifies what they should know and learn in a given lesson" (¶9).

    Some teachers also incorporate a third type of objective: behavioral. Behavioral objectives make explicit to students the actions and behaviors associated with classroom activities. Examples of behavioral objectives may include engaging in conversations, working in cooperative groups or delivering speeches" (¶10).
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Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - 35 views

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    "The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century" (¶1).
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