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Vicki Davis

Welcome to CK-12 Foundation | CK-12 Foundation - 2 views

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    Free textbooks in a variety of topics on CK-12. This is promoted as "learning made simple." Do students know how to find and download alternate sources of information? Can they find and search for the topics they are currently studying? This is a valuable way to compare and research topics.
Jodie Riek

Teacher Excellence Narrows the Achievement Gap | Edutopia - 4 views

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    By embracing research-backed instructional design, consistent PD, and strong, caring relationships, all boats are rising and teachers have gone from surviving to thriving at this once-failing middle school.
Vicki Davis

Dropbox - Simplify your life - 4 views

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    Wonderful, flexible tool that I've used to take my classroom paperless.
Suzie Nestico

Kids Programming Website - 19 views

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    Small Basic is a lighter version of Visual basic. Interesting site to start kids out programming from a problem solving perspective. Demo'ed at #140ed conference to show how programming is not boring for kids.
Suzie Nestico

k12wiki - tagging to help teachers - 18 views

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    Wiki with detailed explanation of how to tag articles
edutopia .org

"0" As a Grade | Edutopia Group Discussions by and for Educators - 3 views

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    Controversial discussion on the merits of a "0" grade.
Suzie Nestico

Jim Klein :: Weblog :: To those who would lead... - 9 views

  • What we must never forget, no matter what circumstances are forced upon us, is that without failure, there is no success. We learn when we fail. We grow when we fall. Science is all about learning from failure, and failure is a key component of innovation, without which nothing would ever be tried. The right technology brings with it the opportunity to create environments where students have the opportunity to not just fail, but to fail gracefully, recover quickly, and move forward having learned from the experience in a non-threatening way.
    • Suzie Nestico
       
      Seems, by far, to be one of the most powerful statements in this blog.  As educators, we need to remind our students how very important failure can be.  Not to suggest we purport failure as a good thing, but that we emphasize it as part of a growth model.
  • As is so well stated by Weston & Bain (2010), "Bransford et al (2000), Jonassen (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008), and Jonassen et al. (1999), fix the future of educational technology in cognitive tools that shape and extend human capabilities. Cognitive tools blur the unproductive distinctions that techno-critics make between computers and teaching and learning (Bullen & Janes, 2007; Hukkinen, 2008; Kommers et al., 1992; Lajoie, 2000). When technology enables, empowers, and accelerates a profession's core transactions, the distinctions between computers and professional practice evaporate.
  • For instance, when a surgeon uses an arthriscope to trim a cartilage (Johnson & Pedowitz, 2007), a structural engineer uses computer-assisted design software to simulate stresses on a bridge (Yeomans, 2009), or a sales manager uses customer-relations-management software to predict future inventory needs (Baltzen & Phillips, 2009), they do not think about technology. Each one thinks about her or his professional transaction." 
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    Must read about considerations for the future directions of our schools and developing the 21st Century learner.
Vicki Davis

The Evolution of Classroom Technology - Edudemic - 18 views

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    Fascinating Evolution of Classroom Technology over at Edudemic (hat tip Stephen Downes.) Look at how many of these technologies are still here in some forms. All I can think as I read about halfway down is the ah so lovely smell of that mimeograph paper!`
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    Fascinating read on the evolution of classroom technology.
David Hilton

Let teachers get on with teaching | spiked - 35 views

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    A thought-provoking article on the reasons for the decay in education. Couldn't agree more.
Vicki Davis

Triptico | Inspiration for Imaginative Teachers | Interactive Resources for Imaginative... - 6 views

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    This is a free downloadable desktop app that assists in many classroom management jobs like random student selection, timers, starter activities, and more
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    Interesting resources for whiteboards including word magnets. It is adobe air powered and has a ton of resources included in it.
Dean Mantz

An 'A' in Abstractions -- THE Journal - 4 views

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    Article from "The Journal" about measuring learning and 21st Century Skills.
Nelly Cardinale

Duke Digital Initiative - 21 views

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    Lot of resources and ideas about how Duke Univ integrates tech in the classroom.
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    Lot of resources and ideas about how Duke Univ integrates tech in the classroom.
David Hilton

Let's give children the 'store of human knowledge' | spiked - 11 views

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    Having just gone through one of those start-of-the-year induction programs at school this article was particularly relevant. If I see another YouTube video telling me that the jobs students are going to have haven't been created yet I'm going to scream!
Dean Mantz

Brain-based learning, ideas, and materials - 16 views

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    Site is dedicated to bringing the insights of brain science to the classroom. A laudable goal, it seems to me.
David Hilton

Learning Styles Re-evaluated | Psych Central News - 22 views

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    A long-standing educational philosophy is under attack as a new research report downplays the importance of different learning styles.
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    An interesting contribution by psychologists to a field usually left to educational researchers. Given how dominant the belief in 'learning styles' has become in education it is quite troubling.
Dean Mantz

Learning in Hand Blog by Tony Vincent - 10 views

  • This is the presentation where I talk about the importance of creating and sharing, focusing on iPod touch and three types of products: comics, animations, and audio podcasts.
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