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Minecraft. Blogging. 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment. 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment by Terry Heick Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places.

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean? The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual “things.” So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. 1. This is not a feel-good implication, but really crucial for the whole learning process to work. The role of curiosity has been studied (and perhaps under-studied and under-appreciated), but suffice to say that if a learner enters any learning activity with little to no natural curiosity, prospects for meaningful interaction with texts, media, and specific tasks are bleak. 2.

Questions are more important than answers. 3. Www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf. The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy. 3 TED Talks On How Global Citizenship Is A 21st Century Skill. 27 ways to becoming a 21st century teacher. Education The old chalk and talk methods of teaching have never been under such challenge.

27 ways to becoming a 21st century teacher

The rise of digital technologies and a wide variety of social changes have both changed the relationships between teachers and pupils and the methods by which education is delivered and received. So the skills needed to teach in this century are far more varied than ever before, requiring skills of a technical and social nature that were beyond their predecessors. 21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be. 21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be by Terry Heick The way we think about work is changing.

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

Thinking of jobs, careers, and pay is–by some–being replaced with the idea of work, relationships, and meaning. Presentation Software that Inspires.

Digital Citizenship

The Creation of My Classroom Learning Space. When you think of a learning space in a school, do you automatically think of desks, blackboards and textbooks?

The Creation of My Classroom Learning Space

As the world changes and the way we deliver and receive content changes, why do so many of our schools continue to look the same? My classroom is a collaborative environment, where problem solving, questioning and feedback is encouraged. Gone are the days where you could hear a pin drop in a classroom. My classroom is noisy, full of energy and always changing. My students choose where they want to sit, choose who they want to work with and what tools they want to use. Last year I spoke to my teaching partner about changing our classroom. The second thing I wanted to change was our meeting area. The students chose the non traditional seating over their tables every time. How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.)

How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]

I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a "reasonably well-executed search. " Kelly Fitzgerald ~ EdTech Nut. 21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year.

The Past mixing with the Future #selfie A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers.

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

However, it’s almost 2015. Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second. Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second We’ve talked before about the role of technology in the learning process–mainly because we’re still trying to–as a field, industry, and culture–come to grips with its pitfalls and potential.

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

The stages of technology integration. And the right and the wrong way to use technology for learning. Tips for smarter technology use. Clearly this is a topic that’s on the minds of educators that want the best for students, but also want to resist reckless, en vogue adoption. In that context, the following infographic from Krista Moroder offers another simple piece of advice: thinking pedagogy first, technology second. Helping Students to Be Comfortable with NOT Knowing. [ACTIVITY]

As I continue to explore the role that student questioning can play in the classroom (see here and here), I learned an important lesson from Paul Bennett, the creative director at IDEO, a firm known for driving innovation.

Helping Students to Be Comfortable with NOT Knowing. [ACTIVITY]

Bennett — who is quoted in Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question — believes approaching challenges with intellectual vulnerability is essential to driving innovation: “I position myself relentlessly as an idiot at IDEO and that’s not a negative, it’s a positive. Because being comfortable with not knowing — that’s the first part of being able to question.”

(Bennett as quoted in Berger, 2014, p. 80)