8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When Whether you love them or hate them, infographics are still one of the most effective ways to present a lot of information in an interesting, concise and easily digestible way. It’s much faster to get the gist of something by scanning an infographic than reading several paragraphs of text. There have been a lot of bad infographics presented over the past few years, but overall, I’m noticing that the quality is going up. Did you know there are different styles of infographics? Today I’d like to share the 8 types of infographics with you. There are probably more than 8 types of infographics in the world, but for the purpose of this article, let’s just say there are 8 types. FeaturePoints – One of the best apps that will pay you for using it! This well put together presentation was the result of a collaboration between Neo Mammalian Studios and Econsultancy. If you are an infographic designer, you can get more detailed information about this. Via: [Econsultancy] [Neo Mammalian Studios]
edutopia There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success. Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive. Nurturing Resilience The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Fostering Grit Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. (15+ Resources) Teaching Growth Mindset Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence. (20+ Resources) Learning From Failure Managing Stress Responding to Trauma and Tragedy
Rethinking the Role of Educator as Facilitator Amidst Tech Transformation Thanks to the rapid developments in education technology, there is an abundance of teaching tools available to educators: videos students can watch at home, lesson plans that can be easily downloaded (and for free), courses that can be completed at one’s own pace. With so much information available, much of it on platforms developed by private companies, high school English teacher Michael Godsey asks what this all means for the future of the teaching profession in this post in The Atlantic, and what the role of “facilitator” could mean in the future classroom that’s closer to five years away instead of 20. In the Atlantic: “I don’t have many answers in this brave new world, but I feel like I can draw one firm line.
edutopia Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. Earlier in Donna's career as a teacher and school psychologist, she assessed, diagnosed, and helped to create interventions for children and youth who had difficulty with their executive functioning. What Are Executive Functions? Through explicit instruction and modeling, students can come to recognize the importance of taking charge of their executive functioning in their academic endeavors and later in their careers. Executive functions can be defined as the awareness and directive capacities of the mind. In the human brain, executive functions are primarily regulated by the prefrontal regions (just behind the forehead) of the frontal lobes. Students can and should be taught to develop their executive functioning as a path to self-directed learning and self-determined living. Making Connections 1. 2.
Digital Citizenship Lessons / Grade 6 Digital Citizenship Lessons The following website is the embedded link found at the end of the Copyright PowerPoint presentation for Cyberbee Questions: Supplemental Resources BrainPOP - a website link for copyright with activities and a quiz (Must have a subscription) Copyright Resources - Links for defining and understanding copyright, lessons, definitions, and The Copyright Challenge: an interactive quiz. ReadWrite Think-Copyright - Lesson plans and links on copyright: Note that "How to Cite Sources" is not covered, only the concept of plagiarism. BrainPOP - a website link for plagiarism with activities and a quiz (Must have a subscription) May - Internet Safety Internet Safety Lesson - Adapted from CyberSmart! Supplemental Resources - Internet Safety STOP Cyberbullying - Information, explanations, scenarios, and self-assessments about cyberbullying. Lesson Plans and links:
Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue by Thomas Hoerr The rush to grit is pretty intense, but so is the push-back. Grit is hanging in and never giving up, but it’s more than that. Some teachers say, “My students are already failing. Fostering grit is a dialogue. 3 Ways to Start the Grit Dialogue 1. The goal is to have kids and their parents understand what grit is, why it is valuable, and to routinely use it in their conversations. 2. Talking with the class about an upcoming “grit day” means that we work on this together. 3. Too often we view scholastic success as our goal when, in reality, it should be the floor, not the ceiling. I appreciate, also, that some kids come to school and struggle on a routine basis. Teaching for grit means taking the long view, looking at the kinds of people we hope to develop, not simply the grades that our students will receive. Thomas R.
Edutech for Teachers Can 'Grit' Save American Education? Twice a week for 30 minutes, fifth graders at KIPP Washington Heights, a charter school in New York City, attend “character class.” Each lesson is divided into three parts, according to Ian Willey, the assistant principal who teaches it. First, students find out what specific skill they’ll be focusing on that day. “This morning we’re going to learn how to set a long-term goal,” Willey might tell them. Next, students are asked to practice the skill. In this case, students may imagine they have a long-term project to complete, and then work to construct a timeline with incremental deadlines. Few ideas inspire more debate in education circles than grit, which means having dedication to and passion for long-term goals. Despite grit’s enthusiastic boosters, a growing movement has sprung up in opposition. (AP Photo/David Goldman) The Background on Grit Schools, politicians, and news organizations have embraced grit, excited by its possible implications. Advertisement Backlash I asked Dr.
25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom 25 Teaching Tools For The Digital Classroom: Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage What You Do by Mike Acedo Over the years, many of us have personally experienced the growth of technology in today’s classrooms. Instead of taking notes, students are now occupied by surfing the Internet, scrolling through Facebook, and messaging their friends on their smart phones, tablets, and laptops. The use of smart phones, tablets, and other tech items in the classroom do not necessarily have to have a negative impact on student achievement. Below are some resources that teachers may find useful when attempting to implement technology into their classrooms, separated by 5 common areas that are increasingly important for teachers, and for an effective learning environment—Organization, Project Based Learning, Class Management, Presentations, and Assessment. Organization Engrade TheTogetherTeacher On this site, teachers can find multiple resources that will help them stay organized in their classrooms.
edutopia Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Students who succeed academically often rely on being able to think effectively and independently in order to take charge of their learning. These students have mastered fundamental but crucial skills such as keeping their workspace organized, completing tasks on schedule, making a plan for learning, monitoring their learning path, and recognizing when it might be useful to change course. They do not need to rely on their teacher as much as others who depend on more guidance to initiate learning tasks and monitor their progress. Metacognition in the Brain How to Teach Students to Be More Metacognitive Reference Stephen M. For Further Reading
information fluency model Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs. FAQDIF mapped to Common Core State Standards Common Core State Standards mapped to DIF (pdf) 1. Rubrics 2. 3. It could be argued that Competency in Ethical Use should be demonstrated by "always citing the source" and that anything less demonstrates incompetency. 4.
The Research Files Episode 11: Dave Paunesku on ‘growth mindset’ interventions | Teacher | ACER This month’s instalment of The Research Files looks at a study carried out by Stanford University researchers Dave Paunesku, Gregory Walton, Carissa Romero, Eric Smith and Carol Dweck, and David Yeager from the University of Texas, into online interventions aimed at instilling a ‘growth mindset’ in high school students. The results have been recently published in the journal Psychological Science. Teacher editor Jo Earp caught up with lead author of the paper Dave Paunesku - Executive Director of the PERTS applied research centre at Stanford - to find out more. Jo Earp: Hi Dave, welcome to The Research Files. To start, can you give a brief overview of what we mean by the term ‘growth mindset’? Dave Paunesku: Yeah that’s a great question. JE: And so with this study then, in a nutshell, what was the aim of the research? DP: So, before the study there had been several articles published. JE: Can you expand on some of the key findings? JE: Excellent. DP: And thank you for having me Jo.
April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers I still remember April Fool's Day when I was a fourth grader. A reading comprehension worksheet went out to the class, and in minutes, we were all dumbfounded. The story and questions were incomprehensible, written in complete gibberish. I don’t remember how long the gag lasted exactly, but I do remember all of us sitting there, mouths agape, wondering if the assignment was serious. April Fool's Day is the perfect time to play some light-hearted pranks on your friends, family, and co-workers; and if you’re a teacher, pulling an unexpected fast one on your students can be entertaining -- and memorable -- for everyone. Do you have other ideas for classroom pranks? April Fool's Day: A Foolproof Primer on Classroom Laughter: In this Scholastic Teacher post, author and teacher Allie Magnuson takes a look at the importance and benefits of using laughter in the classroom. Tips, Strategies, and Resources for Using Humor to Engage Students Quick Links From Edutopia for Getting Started