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21st Century Literacies: Tools for Reading the World In Intelligence Reframed Howard Gardner contends that "literacies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes." Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data. They learn to choose and modify their own communication based on the rhetorical situation. Point of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium.

Google for Education: Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as between school and life outside of the classroom. CT involves a number of skills, including: These skills are supported and enhanced by a number of dispositions or attitudes that include:

A Collection of The Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts August 9, 2015 A screencast, also known as video screen capture, is a great way for teachers to create and share instructional videos and explanatory step by step tutorials with students. regardless of the purposes for which you are creating a screencast, the quality of your video screen captures can sometimes impede the communicative intent of your message. Therefore, knowing what tools to use to create educational screencasts is as important as the content of the screencasts themselves. To this end, we have curated for you this collection of some of the best screen casting tools out there. We have divided them into four major categories: Mac apps, web tools, Chromebook apps, iPad apps, and Android apps.

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. You’re doing a presentation, so you start with the facts you want to get across. Wrong! Woman’s lifelong dream to honour mom on The Price is Right marred by cyberbullying TORONTO — When 30-year-old Shawna High walked onto the set of The Price is Right in Los Angeles earlier this year, she never thought she’d be the subject of international criticism for mistakenly thanking her friends in “Canadia.” But she says that after facing blowback from the media and people around the world online, her critics need to understand the full story. “I arrived that morning super excited, nothing was working in my favour; I was late, parked in a tow zone to run across the boulevard to make the gate,” she said, adding that she then met two Canadian women and chatted with them as they waited in line. “We got to know each other, we talked, I told my story of why I was there and I eventually had everyone surrounding me rooting for me to be a contestant on the show.” Family connection

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight. We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible."

Insanity In Education: Making The Same Mistakes Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again by Terry Heick The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? From realizing our collective potential as a construct, field, and industry? Blended Learning - Station Rotation The Innosight Institute (Staker & Horn, 2012) has defined the station rotation model as follows: Station Rotation - a Rotation-model implementation in which within a given course or subject (e.g., math), students rotate on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion among classroom-based learning modalities. The rotation includes at least one station for online learning. Other stations might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. Some implementations involve the entire class alternating among activities together, whereas others divide the class into smallgroup or one-by-one rotations. The Station-Rotation model differs from the Individual-Rotation model because students rotate through all of the stations, not only those on their custom schedules.

How to tell a great story, visualized A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great storyA good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, how do you tell one? Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, has many ideas, and he shared his expertise in his TED Talk, The clues to a great story. Going global with Book Creator Wouldn’t it be good if schools from across the world could collaborate on a project…? Meg Wilson is a special education teacher and assistive technology specialist, as well as being an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2011. She blogs at,, and about special education and mobile learning devices, app reviews, and other resources for educators. Meg hosts the MacReach podcast on, where she talks all things Apple each Thursday night. Redefining teaching and learning

Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1.

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