Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards.
14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools - EDU4.me Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible. I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else. I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education. 1.
16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. — Modern Learning 16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. It’s been interesting to watch over the last year or so a growing chorus of parents, authors, educators and even some policy makers begin to articulate their concern over the relevance of the current practices that we use in schools to “educate” our kids. While the arguments and discussions vary on the edges, it feels like there is finally an admission on the part of many that the world has changed, and that like most other parts of society, schools are going to have to change with it.
These Are The Reasons Why Learners Forget Your Training "Training doesn’t help one jot if people can’t remember it in the real world" —Teresa Ewington Our biggest goal in training is to get students to remember the material. In order to do this more effectively, it helps to understand exactly what causes the mind to forget things. Bloom's Taxonomy Periodic Table (Resource) Get in Your Element With Bloom's Taxonomy Check out our Bloom’s Taxonomy Periodic Table featuring 6 different groups of “elements” that reveal fun and challenging activities corresponding to Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs. Simply mouse over each “element” to see the suggested activity pop up. Each box presents a suggestion for an activity that you can either use as is or create your own variation of. Use it for enhancing lessons at every level of Bloom’s Taxonomy, or combine some of the activities for even more inspired learning. These can be used both as learning and as quick assessment-on-the-go activities to suit your learners' needs.
Media Literacy & Fake News - A Lesson Plan C-SPAN Classroom has a new lesson plan that is quite timely given all of the recent stories about fake news stories created and shared through social media. Media Literacy & Fake News is a free lesson plan that is based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics. The last video in the lesson plan features writers from The Onion talking about why they're disappointed when people believe their stories are real. Media Literacy & Fake News can be viewed on the C-SPAN website or as a Google Doc here. This lesson plan could easily be expanded by asking students to identify fake news stories that are circulating in their own social media echo chambers.
10 Promises of eLearning: Unrealized or Unrealistic ? The worldwide E-Learning market is rapidly growing, estimated to reach $51.5 billion by 2016, growing at the year-on-year rate of 7.6%. The growth will be much more significantly disruptive in the coming years with regions such as Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe also jumping onto the bandwagon. Trends of Bring-Your-Own-Devices Sales of smart mobile devices is adding fuel to this fire. eLearning has become strategically important for various demographics: There have been innumerable claims about the superiority of online-delivered learning over traditional classroom-methods.
Teaching for the 21st Century:Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson Amy M. Azzam You can be creative in math, science, music, dance, cuisine, teaching, running a family, or engineering. Because creativity is a process of having original ideas that have value. A big part of being creative is looking for new ways of doing things within whatever activity you're involved in. If you're a creative chef, for example, then your originality is going to be judged in terms of cuisine.
20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I've built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can't wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons! Click to view original, large image Note that some of these tools offer very different types of functionality. It's important to explore them yourself before introducing them students. Integrating Technology: The Danger of a Single Tool It's not often that I walk away from a faculty meeting inspired by the way it was conducted. Although my principal always tries to model classroom expectations in her meetings, this time she nailed it. The content, questioning, discussion probes, and use of technology were all meeting and exceeding my expectations.
Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools - University of Houston System About the Course Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom!