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10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation
10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation by Terry Heick For the Google Generation, information isn’t scarce, and knowing has the illusion of only being a search away. I’ve written before about how Google impacts the way students think. Curriculum maps are helpful little documents that standardize learning. The problem is, now more than ever, critical knowledge is changing. In the presence of Google, predictive search, digital communities, social media, Quora, adaptive apps, and other technology, information is less scarce than it has ever been in human history. There is a subreddit for transhumanism. That’s pretty incredible. There’s also one for education, science, the future, the past, self-directed learning, teaching, books, technology, and almost any other topic you can think of. The age of knowing is slowing giving way to an age of data navigation, and what students need help with should be adjusted accordingly–even if in ways other than the ideas below. 1. 2. Related:  Information LiteracyTeaching

OTF Connects | Ontario Teachers' Federation OTF Connects… small, frequent doses of valuable PD designed to fit your needs and your schedule Registration for Winter/Spring 2014 sessions is now open. Check out the calendar! The Ontario Teachers’ Federation cares about supporting your learning and is pleased to continue to offer OTF Connects. Our easy-to-use webinar technology provides teachers with great PD. We know you will find a source of inspiration through OTF Connects! Click here to view the full calendar. Upcoming Sessions What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness What The Data Says About Students’ 21st Century Readiness 21st century skills is a term that’s been bandied about for over a decade now. Loosely, it refers to the creative and technology-based skills students are increasingly required to demonstrate to use information in the real world. While there’s plenty of tools, leadership, strategies, and even rhetoric surrounding this discussion, what’s there’s less of is data. The following infographic from helps soften that reality a bit by graphically displaying the data from over 500,000 elementary and middle school assessments framed around ISTE’s technology standards. It then goes on to offer areas of strength (digital citizenship and technology operation) and weakness (research, critical thinking, problem solving). But hey, all is not lost. This number seem a bit high to anyone? What The Data Says About Students’ 21st Century Readiness

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking 1. This team-building game is flexible. You can recycle this activity throughout the year by adapting the challenge or materials to specific content areas. Skills: Communication; problem-solving 2. This activity can get messy and may be suitable for older children who can follow safety guidelines when working with raw eggs. Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration 3. Zoom is a classic classroom cooperative game that never seems to go out of style. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10.

6 Platforms to Create Augmented Reality When most people first try augmented reality(AR) in education, they start with applications that have the AR content already built into the app. Apps like AR Flashcards, PBS Kids CyberChase Shape Quest, and Crayola Color Alive have this, and are a great way to get your feet wet. As educators, we know the power of creation. Hopefully one of the following 6 platforms will help you and your students dive in to creating your own augmented reality! The first creation platform is from our friends at DAQRI! * DAQRI 4D Studio is currently being updated and is* unavailable to new users. tuned for more exciting information later this year! Screenshots from 4D Studio Next is the augmented reality platform from Aurasma. *Metaio was acquired by Apple and is no longer available* Junaio Developer powered byMetaio Creatoris an online platform thatallows you to create AR content to view using the Junaio mobile application. I. II. Layar Creator is an easy to use free online platform.

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter The 6 Skills for Researching Online Information Students should Know about February 18, 2014 With Internet becoming the number one source of information students flock to when looking for resources and references for their researches, it becomes imperative that we make sure that our students are equipped with the appropriate gear to keep them afloat in a sea of information and junk knowledge. I am not talking here about the tools students need to use such as the different search engines available out there but more importantly they 'whys' and 'hows' of using these tools. We want to raise a generation of discerning researchers and critical thinkers and to do this we definitely need to shift the focus from the product and tilt it more towards the process. In this regard I am sharing with you two important visuals that shed more light on the outline of the process of research. I invite you to have a look and share with your students. 1- This visual is based on this post 2-The Kentucky Virtual Library " How to Do Research "

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond The source for innovative or creative thinking is as much as mystery as that of curiosity or particular genius. In a traditional classroom, “having a good idea” is strangely not valued as much as the ability to demonstrate proficiency with a specific assessment form. This is curious for a number of reasons, among them the reality that creative solutions and “good ideas” are the result of an artistic mingling of all that is right with learning, including: The identification of a problem or opportunityAn awareness of potential resources and previous modelsThe interdependence of people, technology, past experience, and collectively-wrought social goalsThe iteration of thinking that leads to a solution or further important thinking Steven Johnson explains in the video Where Good Ideas Come From that “Good ideas come from the collision of smaller hunches,” a nod to both revision and timing. “Chance favors a connected mind.” 1. 2. 3. 4. Understand what you read 9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development The beginning of the school year for many teachers includes something that many are grumbling about. Do you hear those low-pitched rumbles? That’s right, I’m talking about your school’s required professional development. While nearly all teachers are required to complete continuing education credits in order to keep a current certification (and by extension, a job!), the school-mandated and offered ‘training’ days are often broad in scope, and many report that they’re not that helpful. Other schools don’t have the funding or time to support teacher training, leaving those teachers to manage their own professional development. Online Professional Development For Teachers From online graduate courses that are a part of M.Ed. programs to one off PD courses to MOOCs, there are a ton of options out there. Intel Teach Elements Intel Teach Elements offers online continuing education courses for teachers that focus specifically on technology in 21st century classroom topics. Modern Lessons