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Vicki Davis

Global Math Task Twitter Challenge - 1 views

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    The @globalmathtask #gmttc math challenge is an awesome way for kids of all ages to join in and collaborate to talk about math. You sign up by September. Then, you are assigned a week to create and share a problem. The other weeks, you're solving problems and tweeting the class that made them. Such a great program!
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How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick | MindShift | KQED News - 7 views

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    Drill and kill doesn't work. Here's what does. (Interestingly, many people don't know what is best for their own learning!)
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Classroom Eye Candy: A Flexible-Seating Paradise | Cult of Pedagogy - 12 views

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    The most beautiful classroom ever
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Special Report on Blended Learning - Education Week - 5 views

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    A breakdown of research on blended learning from Education Week.
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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect | Edutopia - 7 views

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    " Kristy Cooper's insanely rigorous mixed methods study, Eliciting Engagement in the High School Classroom: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Teaching Practices, published in the April 2014 American Educational Research Journal, does an exceptional job of showing what works. Cooper, an award-winning researcher at Michigan State University with an MA and Ed.D from Harvard, examined the impact of three well-supported strategies that teachers employ to increase student engagement. As you read each summary below, try to guess which practice had the greatest impact." Todd Finley shares the three methods and asks which has the most impact: 1) Lively teaching, 2) Academic Rigor and 3) Connective Instruction. A fantastic must-read on student engagement that you'll want to email your staff.
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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves | Edutopia - 12 views

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    Can you help students motivate themselves? Yes you can! Larry Ferlazzo shares some incredible ideas in this blog post over on Edutopia with more than 25,000 shares as of this time. We can help students motivate themselves.
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Video Interaction Tools | FlippedClass.com - 4 views

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    For those who are flipping or in flipping their classroom, here are some awesome video interaction tools. Don't just SHOW a video, have students interact with it. So many ideas here. Hat tip Jon Bergmann in a conversation he and I were having.
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Drawing to Learn | Learning Sciences Research Institute - 1 views

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    "Ainsworth, Prain and Tyler  (2011) in a paper in Science argue that  drawing  can play a number of  important roles in learning:, namely: Drawing to enhance engagement - surveys have shown than when students draw to explain they are more motivated to learn compared to traditional teaching of science. Drawing to learn to represent in science - the process of producing visual representations  helps learners understand how scientific representations work. Drawing to reason in science - student learn to reason like scientists as they select specific features to focus on in their drawings, aligning it with observation, measurement and/or emerging ideas Drawing as a learning strategy - if learners read a text and then draw it, the process of making their understanding visible and explicit helps them to overcome limitations in presented material, organise and integrate their knowledge and ultimately can be transformative. Drawing to communicate - discussing their drawings with their students provides teachers with windows into students' thinking as well being a way that the peers can share knowledge, discovery and understanding."
Vicki Davis

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Students & Teachers Explain Benefits of MinecraftED... - 10 views

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    Awesome video and information about Minecraft and why it is so AWESOME. Watch this 7 minute video if you just don't get it! H/T Wes Fryer
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Cool Cat Teacher - YouTube - 6 views

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    A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions: What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?
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Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses - YouTube - 7 views

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    A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions: What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?
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Distracted to Learn? | Psych Central News - 6 views

  • It was as if those who were denied the same degree of distraction during testing as they experienced during learning suffered a disadvantage.
  • In the end it didn’t seem to matter what the distraction was during recall as long as subjects had had a distraction during learning. Everybody who had been distracted in both learning and recall performed better than those who were distracted while learning but undistracted during recall.
  • There just had to be the same degree of distraction at both times.
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  • Another task is to figure out what might be going on in the brain to allow divided attention to be a boost for recall, rather than a hindrance for learning
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    Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task. Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage. Thus, the real issue is that inconsistent distraction can impair our recollection of the task. As long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we'll do just fine, say the researchers.
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Resources | MailChimp - 6 views

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    If you're using Mailchimp (or even if you're not) these incredible resources from Mailchimp can help you work with your email list.
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Cool Instructographics on Pinterest - 7 views

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    Instructographics are graphics that include instructions and they are very popular on pinterest. As teachers, we should be familiar with instructographics. Here's a board of great ones.
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Annie Cushing's Must-Have Tools - 11 views

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    If you have a website of any kind, this must have tools list is an incredible list from Annie Cushing. It is a must bookmark and use gem.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers - 9 views

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    Helpful Google forms Tutorials for teachers if you're wanting to learn how to do this. Great info from Richard Byrne.
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Mac App Store - Microsoft OneNote - 1 views

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    Microsoft One Note on the Mac Store. It is free.
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Classroom Authors - 10 views

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    "Students from all over the world can collaborate in their classrooms and at home to create and publish books using Classroom Authors web based publishing application." Very cool website -- this from the publisher "Our software was developed working with Colombia University Teacher's College and over 40 classrooms with the purpose of engaging students in the writing process through collaborative book publishing." This looks to be a very cool website and another way to have students publish books and have an authentic audience.
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Game Mechanics | Gamification.org - 4 views

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    The mechanics of games that gamers use as they plan games and design them. I've learned about this from Ray Yan from Digipen in the Gamifi-ed OOC last week.
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CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teach Online Class by V... - 5 views

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    CO14 is happening this weekend and so many great people are presenting. It runs from February 7-9 and is free. My session is sharing how writing has been reinvented as I share the 9 tools that have changed how we teach forever (a sneak preview of my book coming out in May.) If you teach writing, work with curriculum or teach, feel free to join in. The session is at 8 am EST on Saturday morning, February 8. Anyone can join. Lots of amazing presenters are speaking so check it out.
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