Saturday, December 10, 2016

I rarely post advertisements, but this one is free and provides a great opportunity for educators around the world to connect. Enjoy! Courtesy of edublogs


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Guided Inquiry allows students to connect globally. One of the emotional abilities we need to cultivate is empathy - in order to allow our students to benefit from the new information they discover. Here is a great article, courtesy of Mind/Shift that addresses this issue. Enjoy!

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Empathy is a topic being discussed in the aftermath of this divisive presidential election. Thom Markham writes about how necessary empathy is for kids to thrive in school and modern life. Empathy is "the feeling of being able to understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Markham describes some positive traits empathy can foster such as creativity, unity, collaboration and whole-child learning. It can also open up students for project-based learning and inquiry.

"Ready or not, education is entering an age in which social learning is the new norm," Markham writes. "Pure academics are giving way to increased opportunities for students to work together; teachers increasingly take on the role of co-learner and facilitator; listening, learning, and teaming are the new core skills. At the heart of this new skillfulness for everyone is the ability to forge deep connections lead to creative problem solving and positive pursuits. Taken all together, this makes empathy critical to schools. In fact, very soon we will need to invent a new taxonomy of learning that makes empathy the base of the learning pyramid." Learn more

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is one of the best articles I have read on the impact of the internet on interpersonal relationships. It also provides a safe vehicle for teachers who wish to pursue the option for their students. Well worth the read. Enjoy! Courtesy of Mind/Shift

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy 

Generation Global is helping students engage in dialogue to help bridge cultures. Guided video chats help students get to know one another to deepen understanding. The goal of dialogue is to make the exotic familiar. "One of the side effects of familiarity is it makes it very hard to hang on to prejudice." Learn More

Friday, November 18, 2016

Microsoft, release Minecraft Hour of Code Designer - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Students as young as age 6 can learn about coding through the free tutorial, Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, released by Microsoft and The tutorial includes offline capabilities for those who may not have access to the internet.
GeekWire (11/15),  T.H.E. Journal (11/15),  Engadget (11/15) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When should children learn to type? - Guided Inquiry implies the use of a computer keyboard. Here is an article that helps think about keyboarding. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students are learning to type at a younger age than ever before. Lori D'Andrea, a computer-technology teacher in Connecticut, says her approach to typing instruction with her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students is relaxed -- particularly because children at such a young age face some physical barriers to learning how to type well.
The Atlantic online (10/20) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One of the first steps of bcoming a global citizen is to understand what being a citizen in your own country means. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to get students interested in current events
There are several ways teachers can integrate real-life politics in classroom lessons, writes Allan DeCarlo, an AP history and government teacher in New York. In this blog post, DeCarlo suggests involving parents and using digital tools to engage students in current events.
SmartBrief/Education (10/19)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How Skype can connect students, professionals - Although this appears, very simple, we used it during our guided inquiry project and it was extremely affective. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Educator Jess Burnquist uses Skype to connect her 10th- and 12th-grade students to a network of professionals. During the unit on careers, Skype is used to explore options and inspire students. (10/7) 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Educator: Podcasts can encourage students to read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Podcasts can be valuable tools for teaching and learning, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. He discovered his students enjoyed reading transcripts while listening to podcasts, with some saying the method helps them stay focused.
The Atlantic online

Sunday, October 9, 2016

This post addresses many of the benefits gained when partnering with another school using technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How virtual communities expand connections

Long-time educator Maureen Devlin in this blog post credits expanding her virtual network with improvements in her teaching skills. She notes that the educators, mentors and thought leaders she has connected with via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blogs and online communities have inspired her and boosted her confidence.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

What Do Globally Competent Students Look Like? Sponsored Content from VIF International Education courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

All of our futures are increasingly linked to the challenges of the global community. The 21st century student will sell to the world, buy from the world, work for international companies, compete with people from other countries, manage employees from other cultures, and solve global problems. The real question, how do we prepare them for this? Learn more here.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Integrating technology to discover information...a simple idea with great results. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Back to school with virtual reality

Elementary students at a Minnesota school on their first day participated in a virtual reality egg hunt designed to help familiarize students with the campus. The school's principal modeled the game after "Pokemon Go."
District Administration magazine online (9/19) 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

21st Century Guided Inquiry must include technology. Here is a blog post shared on ASCD SmartBrief Blog. Enjoy!

Classroom designs that encourage active learning support goals for 21st-century teaching and learning, technology director Chad Lewis writes in this blog post. He describes re-imagined classroom design at Tampa Preparatory School.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Great article on PBL. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

7 ways to make project-based learning work
There are challenges and pitfalls to implementing project-based learning (PBL), but the advantages are great. In this Educational Leadership article, teacher Alison Zuniga and university educator Thomas M. Cooper share one high school's journey to effective PBL and describe why, when done right, teachers make the choice to relinquish a majority of learning into the hands of their students, allowing students to be active partners as opposed to passive receptacles. Read now.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is a great book published by Stenhouse. In today's world, we can not think about quided inquiry in our classrooms without addressing the global perspective. This text has great teaching strategies as well as updated and appropriate - K-8 - resources. Enjoy!

Connect your students to the world with Teaching Globally. You'll get specific strategies on how to use children's literature to help students explore their own cultural identities in both ELA and social studies. Includes extensive book recommendations, online resources, and strategies for classroom dialogue. Preview the entire book!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016