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Learning to Teach in High Gear

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The Teaching Life, Voices | 5 comments

In her new book Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, Marsha Ratzel recounts a transformational journey marked by a gradual shift from teacher-centered to student-driven education and bolstered by a powerful virtual network of colleagues from around the world. Here’s an excerpt!

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Insights Live from the 3rd iPad Summit

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Making The Shift, The Compelling Need for Change, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 2 comments

PLP Voices contributor Jen Carey live-blogged the 3rd iPad Summit. In this engaging post, she offers a rich summary of what she learned, including links to other posts about key sessions and helpful related resources. A valuable read for anyone interested in mobile and connected learning.

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What is Your Ideal School?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Creating Global Classrooms, The Compelling Need for Change, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 10 comments

International distance educator Smadar Goldstein has been teaching students in the U.S. and elsewhere online for more than 10 years, from her company headquarters in Israel. The connected world is finally melting down the traditional education mold, she says – so what should school be instead? She offers some of her ideas in this PLP Voices post.

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Sharing Real-World Projects Sharpens the Literacy Skills of Connected Students

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, STEM learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 0 comments

When students are connected, all learning has the potential for being language intense and leveraged to build literacy skills, writes STEM coach Brian Crosby. Opportunities arise that motivate your students to interact at a high level and require them to be articulate to be understood. Add constructivist learning activities around STEM and Maker projects and watch the literacy skills grow.

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