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The learning sciences — a toolkit to learn and understand

The learning sciences — a toolkit to learn and understand

05/17/2019

Topics: Course of Mind

Learning sciences offer tools and frameworks that educators can use to intentionally design, implement and assess instruction and learning. The learning sciences can help us think critically about our own…

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Course of Mind: ISTE’s learning sciences initiative

Course of Mind: ISTE’s learning sciences initiative

05/17/2019

Topics: Course of Mind

Learning Sciences.
Science of Learning.
Mind, Brain, Education.
Mind, Brain, Teaching.

I say potato, you say poh-ta-to.

Many words to call a field of research that focuses on…

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Students can check Earth's gravity on their cellphones.

Students can do citizen science on their smartphones

05/16/2019

Topics: STEM

For astronomer Sten Odenwald, the smartphones we all use in our daily lives have some extraordinary scientific potential. For instance, the sensor a phone uses to help orient its screen can also measure gravity…

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With imagination and the right apps, students learn and can demonstrate their learning.

With imagination and the right apps, students learn — and can prove it!

05/03/2019

Topics: Assessment

In the classroom as in court, it’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove you know.

And for generations of students and teachers, test scores have provided evidence of learning.

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NASA wants students to help predict real-world disease outbreaks

NASA wants students to help predict real-world disease outbreaks

04/01/2019

Topics: STEM

They’re the bane of summer campouts, cookouts and evening strolls. They’re also the world’s most dangerous animal, causing more deaths even than humans. Yet most people don’t think about mosquitoes until they’…

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The maker movement: A learning revolution

The maker movement: A learning revolution

02/11/2019

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning

The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact…

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Gamify any lesson, class or curriculum

Gamify any lesson, class or curriculum

02/07/2019

Topics: Gamification, Gaming

I'm not a gamer, never even owned a console. That's probably why I'd never been very interested in game-based learning and was not excited when I found myself…

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No device needed to teach kids to code

No device needed to teach kids to code

01/29/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Leka DeGroot can relate to teachers who would like to bring coding to their classrooms but just can’t fathom fitting it in.

“Teachers often tell me, ‘It sounds great but I don’t have time, or I don’t have the skills,’ but you don’t have to be a computer scientist to teach coding,”…

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5 myths of online student privacy

5 myths of online student privacy

01/28/2019

Topics: Digital Citizenship

One of my greatest challenges as a technology integrator is helping teachers overcome their fears of letting students engage with the digital world around them. Students want to use the…

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Blogging to meet CCSS and ISTE Standards

Blogging to meet CCSS and ISTE Standards

07/11/2014

Topics:

Technology enters our classrooms at a sometimes head-spinning pace. As educators, we want technology to inspire student learning and creativity. That's what led us — an instructional coach and English teacher at Kirkwood High School in Missouri — to design a rigorous learning experience…

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