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Response: We Need to 'Nurture Creativity for all Students' 5 Takeaways from Redefining Professional Development. On Monday afternoon at the ISTE conference I was one of four people on a panel discussion titled Redefining Professional Development for the Curriculum of the Future.

5 Takeaways from Redefining Professional Development

Unfortunately, I didn't get as much time to speak as I had hoped for. Throughout the discussion I was taking notes on what the other panelists were saying. These are my big takeaways from those panelists along with two points that I tried to make. 1. Nobody wants more for kids than parents. - Rob Burggraaf was talking about organizing parent night to show parents the benefits of their children using technology. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Collaboration Web Tools. Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” To Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable. Ingrid Sundberg, a writer and children’s book illustrator, created a very useful infographic chart for anyone struggling with color names.

Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” To Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable

The writer says that she loves to collect words that can help give her stories variety and depth. Show Full Text “I’ve learned that we all have different associations with color words,” Sundberg told Bored Panda. “For example the color sapphire is a light blue to me (since that’s the color of the sapphire on my engagement ring), but a sapphire can also be a very dark blue. I doubt there can be an ‘official color guide,’ as color is so subjective.” Read on to see all of these colors’ names as well as Sundberg’s interview with Bored Panda. More info: | | Facebook (h/t: lustik) “There was no official color guide,” Sundberg told Bored Panda. Books for beginning readers of all ages. Create Your Story. 21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year.

The Past mixing with the Future #selfie A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers.

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

However, it’s almost 2015. Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”. Part of being a teacher in the 21st century is being creative in integrating academics and learning into student’s digital lives. With access to content being ubiquitous and instant in student’s out of school lives, we can either reject their world for our more traditional one, or embrace it. While some of the ideas that follow may seem a bit trendy, it’s never hurts to model ways to interact with all this new media as a covert way of teaching digital literacy and citizenship. And so, I present the 21 things every 21st century teacher should try in their classroom this year: 1.

One of the best ways to engage student (and family) interaction with your classroom is to have a class blog. 2. Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process. "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant.

Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process

We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. " - Albert Einstein We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability to recognize and listen to our inner voice. Let us begin by shifting emphasis from finding the right answer to creating school cultures that encourage risk-taking and embrace ambiguity.

The Idea Catcher. Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers) Daily Zen List — 70 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet. A new perspective for moms. This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Steven Furtick and the theme of mothers and children.

A new perspective for moms

Students speak about mothers and children, watch a short film and use adjectives and expressions to describe character. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type:Teens and adults Time: 90 minutes Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing. Billy Collins: Two poems about what dogs think (probably) Metablogging Tip #1: Use Canva to Create Images for Your Blog. Posted by Bill Ferriter on Sunday, 06/22/2014 This post appears as part of a new metablogging series from CTQ bloggers featuring their tried-and-true tips and best practices.

Metablogging Tip #1: Use Canva to Create Images for Your Blog

Join the Collaboratory and then sign up for the Communications Lab to continue the conversation and get tips for taking advantage of summer writing time! One of the tips that I like to give new bloggers is don't forget to mix visual content into your posts. Visual content is a nice change of pace for you AND your readers. It's interesting, engaging and easy to consume -- particularly for readers who are working on mobile devices.

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