3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking – Education to Save the World This week we’ve focused on critical thinking using the model developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking. By now you’re probably excited about the incredible potential that these tools hold…and a little overwhelmed. Where to start? Simple. 1) TELL students that you want them to work on their thinking. When I received the invitation from the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, I decided to completely upgrade two seminar workshops. Dr Ian Green from the School of Education here at Adelaide and I have used Padagogy101 (introduction to iPad in HE) and Padagogy201 (more advanced use for L&T) to train over 600 faculty from universities in Australia. For Singapore, Ian wasn’t going to be with me and I was solo, as well I needed a better way to leave resources in place for people to revisit. However I was completely surprised at what else happened. During my research I saw lots of great work done by others using Bloom’s Taxonomy including the Revised Taxonomy which has now become the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. However when I discovered the excellent pioneer work done by Kathy Schrock with “Bloomin’ Apps” I got the idea for the Padagogy Wheel.
An Educator’s Guide to the “Four Cs” Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society Found In: teaching strategies All educators want to help their students succeed in life. What was considered a good education 50 years ago, however, is no longer enough for success in college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. The “21st Century Skills” movement is more than a decade old.
How To Create Engaging eLearning: 10 Effective Strategies “Engaging” is a word that you have probably heard a thousand times since you started your eLearning career; and a million more if you have worked as an educator or corporate trainer before that. Engaging learners is the ultimate goal of eLearning professionals, whether they create eLearning courses for students or employees, simply because the learning process becomes so, so much more difficult if their audience is not engaged in it. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn” once said Benjamin Franklin, and you know he was right. When you create eLearning experiences that connect your learners with your online content, learning becomes simple, natural, and effortless. And it sticks. So, how can you create engaging eLearning experiences?
35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning 35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies by Sara Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Future Ready Librarians infographic by Joanna Gerakios Has the saying “future ready” been bounced around in your professional circles recently? Does this term have special meaning for us as school librarians? As I initially began hearing “future ready” used in professional conversations, it seemed to be a mashup of two other educational buzz words: “21st-Century Learning” and “College and Career Ready.”
Teacher Talk: PicCollage in the Classroom – PicCollage When we created PicCollage, we thought it would mainly be used as a digital alternative to scrap-booking, allowing users to capture their memories in unique, creative ways. But pretty quickly, we began seeing teachers from all over the world sharing their students’ PicCollage projects across social media and we realized what a great tool we’d created for the classroom! Since then, we’ve worked to make PicCollage classroom-friendly by adding school settings and even developing PicCollage for Kids, which can be used by kids of any age. Recently, we chatted with teachers from all over about how they use PicCollage in creative ways in the classroom to bring their lessons to life. Stephanie Laird, an Instructional Coach at Mitchellville Elementary in Iowa started using PicCollage three years ago as a way for students to document their learning and demonstrate their understanding. Today, she works with teachers and students to incorporate PicCollage into their teaching and learning.
Performance Management vs. Human Performance Improvement Today’s workplace involves more scrutiny in terms of performance, but when it comes to improving that performance what comes to mind? Performance management or (Human) Performance Improvement? When managing performance, performance management and performance improvement can be two different things? Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. It combats the power of advertisers, unmasks the unscrupulous and pretentious, and exposes unsupported arguments. Students enjoy learning the skill because they immediately see how it gives them more control. Yet critical thinking is simple: It is merely the ability to understand why things are they way they are and to understand the potential consequences of actions.
Personalizable Infographic - Impact on Students Thank you for participating in School Library Snapshot! Now more than ever, school librarians are critical to student success and it is equally critical that we showcase that value. The Library Snapshot is a project that originated with the New Jersey Library Association and New Jersey State Library in 2009. It was developed for public libraries and has been used across the country. We gratefully acknowledge these two organizations for their fantastic tool that we have adapted for use by school librarians.
Frayer Model-Vocabulary Study Google Doc! Frayer Model-Vocabulary Study Google Doc! I like to make technology and learning interactive. While working on ideas for science vocabulary, I began thinking about using Frayer models. The Performance Improvement Blog I admire Tony Hseih, not because he built a billion-dollar shoe company that he sold to Amazon, or that he wrote “Delivering Happiness,” a book that has reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, or that he is helping to rebuild downtown Las Vegas. All of those achievements are laudable. I admire Hseih because he is constantly experimenting in order to keep improving Zappos as an organization and as a place where people want to work and do their best. He has created a culture driven by values and improved through continuous learning. About a year ago, Hseih implemented the Holacracy model in Zappos because he wanted greater employee involvement and commitment. Now, because Hseih believes that Zappo’s employees “…haven’t made fast enough progress towards self-management, self-organization, and more efficient structures…,” he is shaking up the culture again.