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The Quest of Reading and Writing in Common Core State Standards

Mission statements for all educators: – Common Core State Standards ask that every teacher plays a role in students’ writing development, whether you teach Literature, Math, Science or Social Studies. – The Standards for the English Language Arts requests to get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions… Read More ›

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Free Lesson Plans and Resources: Teaching Children That it’s Fun-2B-Fit!

By Em Buchanan The NHS has revealed that 3 in 10 children are classified obese. Thanks to the increasing availability of electronic devices and microwave meals, more and more 8-11 year olds are spending their weekends plugged into the internet, eating junk food. Arguably, parents and carers are responsible for controlling these habits and allowing them to get out… Read More ›

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Teach the Web: a Mozilla MOOC for Webmaker Mentors

from Teach the Web Learn how to teach digital literacies, master webmaking tools, develop your own educational resources, and take what you learned back to your communities and classrooms. Join us for this free and open online course. As part of our non-profit mission, Mozilla believes that web literacy—the understanding how digital things work—is an… Read More ›

Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age

by Tom Vander Ark, GettingSmart.com : Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age Marty Neumeier teaches companies to innovate.  He shared lessons learned in his new book Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age.  Neumeier sees machines taking jobs that don’t require creativity, humanity or leadership. “Creative abilities are critical in a time of change,” says Neumeier. “Unfortunately,… Read More ›

Master Common Core Skills with Free iBook (#History)

How to master Common Core skills in social studies, Peter Pappas made a model of using technologies for nurturing critical thinking skills. Peter Pappas published a free ebook for deeper learning with document-based questions(DBQ) : My latest multi-touch iBook, Progress and Poverty in Industrial America, is available for your iPad - free / iTunes. It’s a great resource… Read More ›

Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for All

Preparing students for their future in a rapidly changing world.  A video from ISTE, CSTA, and NSF tells you how. (Scooped by Jean-Charles Blondeau onto Education 3.0, that’s where we came across this introductory video) This video points to a computational thinking (CT) resource page on ISTE, the following free resources are provided. The CT Toolkit - You can use resources in… Read More ›

Free Digital Citizenship Tool Kit

A survey of teachers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project cautioned the concerns about digital literacy of teens. How Teens Do Research in the Digital World – released Nov 1, 2012 by Kristen Purcell, Lee Rainie, Alan Heaps, Judy Buchanan, Linda Friedrich, Amanda Jacklin, Clara Chen, Kathryn Zickuhr The teachers who instruct the most advanced American secondary school students render mixed… Read More ›

Future Work Skills 2020

In the 1990s, IBM’s Deep Blue beat grandmaster Gary Kasparov in chess; today IBM’sWatson supercomputer is beating contestants on Jeopardy. A decade ago, workersworried about jobs being outsourced overseas; today companies such as ODesk and LiveOps can assemble teams “in the cloud” to do sales, customer support, and many other tasks. Five years ago, it would have taken years for NASA to tag… Read More ›

It’s about The Learning, Not The Tools

Frankly I’m tired of tools. Exhausted from experimenting. Weary of web 2.0 options popping up on a daily basis… Well not entirely. Is this how you feel these days. Edna Sackson wrote about “It’s about the learning, not the tools…” with this thought as a “kick-off” idea . And I really like she pointed us to a… Read More ›

Leveraging Digital Learning to Facilitate Deeper Learning

Getting Smart® today launched “How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning,” a white paper that examines how key aspects of personal digital learning – common standards, next-generation assessments, blended learning, and affordable devices – can provide deeper learning opportunities for students. Check this article and the infographic to learn more! ***** Co-written by Tom Vander… Read More ›

History and Technology – A Perfect Pair

Leveraging technologies to teach, learn, and interpret history is becoming inevitable, it empowers us to think and collaborate in different ways. These are a few examples. Master’s Program in History Pilots Mobile Learning Boise State’s master of applied historical research program is the first at the university to fully implement mobile learning across the curriculum…. Read More ›

Learning – Everything Works, But How Well?

by Brandt Redd, OfThat.com In a recent Freakonomics Post, Roger Pielke Jr. writes about the perils of “False Positive Science.” We constantly fight the fallacy of equating correlation with causation. But false positive science involves a more subtle error. In the search to find statistically significant results, researchers often try many different analytical alternatives. Their papers rarely list… Read More ›

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Historical Scene Investigation in Classrooms

The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed for social studies teachers who need a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom. With the advent and accessibility of the internet, many libraries, universities and government agencies are housing their historical documents online. Simultaneously, there has been a push in K-12 history education… Read More ›

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Literacy Shed – Visual Resources for Literacy

The Literacy Shed is a “treasure trove”  for literacy education.  It’s the home to a wealth of visual resources – video clips or pictures -  that the site owner has collected over his 10 year career as a primary school teacher. It can help you improve your students literacy and  critical thinking skills. The curated contents are divided into… Read More ›

Why and How to Teach Critical Thinking – Tool Kits

With a generation of strong critical thinkers, we won’t just see improvements in the workplace. We’ll see it in public policy and political discourse. But critical thinking takes practice. And that practice needs to begin in our schools. ***** Critical thinking: Why our students need it and resources for teaching it If you believe in conspiracy theories,… Read More ›