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6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour

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Genius hour is a great way to allow students to drive their own personalized instruction but where to begin such a big project?

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There are a lot of resources out there already, and most of the teachers that are embarking on this process are willing to share what they have or help you problem solve.

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Genius Hour - Passion Based Learning

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The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis shares a wealth of apps and platforms that can facilitate teaching and maximize learning within a BYOD classroom and school environment. She counts 51, and these are just her favorites!

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App to Teach the Distributive Property

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CCSS now expect third graders to apply the distributive property when they multiply, "Knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and 8 × 2 = 16, one can find 8 × 7 as 8 × (5 + 2) = (8 × 5) + (8 × 2) = 40 + 16 = 56” (CCSM.3.OA.B.5) That’s one complicated equation, and it's hard to imagine that most 9-year-olds, who are just learning how to multiply, are able to make sense of that notation. So this winter, we set out to see if we could not only make this complex content more approachable, but also fun.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 2

In this series on deeper learning, Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz describes his high school's College Success Portfolio and presents a video featuring an interview with two seniors from the school.

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Teaching Character: The Choices We Make

Guest blogger Bill Courtney, business owner and community volunteer, explores the elusive qualities that make a 'high-character individual,' and how real character flows from our decision about how we will react to challenges.

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Thoughts on Learning Analytics and Data in the Classroom

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Just wanted to know what teacher thoughts were on evidence-based approaches and using technology to provide data-driven assessments both in and out of the classroom. How valuable is real-time student feedback? Do you have the time to analyze data? Here's an infographic on learning analytics: http://blog.yourlabs.com/?p=38

Full disclosure: I am the creator of the Knowledge Evaluation System by YourLabs.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

Guest blogger Victor Small, Jr. offers four practical tips for getting comfortable with blended learning: don't assume every kid is a tech wiz, be wary of online textbooks, use PowerPoint sparingly, and encourage student-to-student communication.
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Student-Teacher Relationships--Advice needed!

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I recently graduated from the University of Southern California with my Masters in Education. As a part of my course work I participated in a teacher-leader course. During this course, I was instructed to find a cause I believed in and try to encourage other current teachers as well as future teachers to try a new technique with my findings.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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