Inside My Global Classroom You might have realised that I don’t come from around these parts. I’m an Australian, and yet I function in online networks with educators from all parts of the world. I know my practice has benefited from these interactions. Where once I was more insular in my thoughts about education and greatly influenced by the professional journals published in my own country, now I am laid open to the education systems of other countries and can learn from their successes and failures shared via the generous souls on networking sites like Twitter. Some of the most exciting times I’ve experienced with students have come when we’ve made a connection with a teacher or class in another country. Just recently, a group of our Yr 12 students helped a geography classroom in Arizona gain an understanding of the Australian culture and climate so that they could make comparisons with their own geographical conditions. Global service learning project High in the Sky hopes © Brian Crosby, 2011 About the author
How to Mind Map a text book How to Mind Map a Text Book is often asked when having to learn large volumes of information. Mind Maps in Education started with "Using Mind Maps for note taking as an alternative to Linear Note Taking. Using Mind Maps as part of a study method is still one of the most popular applications of Mind Maps and Mind Mapping. By using Mind Maps for notes, you can reduce volumes of writing to a single page. The main idea behind the use of Mind Maps as study notes, is not simply to make notes on the subject, but to actually organise the notes. We will look at how to Mind Map a Text Book, as an example. You can use this method to Mind Map most non fiction books, as they normally have a good structure, with a table of contents. We will use the Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps as our sample book. Get Every Issue Free! Get Free Access to the Best Mind Mapping Tips, Tools, Techniques Resources and Opinions. 1. Now flip through the pages. Take a short break. 2. 3. 3. 4.
Brainstorming Session Success - 21 Brainstorming Techniques Reviewing Brainzooming Google Analytics for the past month, the most frequent search term people are using to find the Brainzooming blog is “brainstorming.” These Google Analytics results prompted me to share a variety of Brainzooming posts related to brainstorming techniques on Twitter last Saturday. Because of this, here are the brainstorming techniques shared on Twitter plus a few other posts on various related aspects, many of them tied to the Google Fiber brainstorming sessions we conducted in October 2011: Brainstorming Session Expectations 1. 2. 3. 7 Things a Brainstorming Session ISN’T – Some people think a brainstorming session can cure all the issues plaguing a business. Brainstorming Session Design 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Participant Roles 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. After a Brainstorming Session 19. 20. 21. The Brainzooming Group helps make smart organizations more successful by rapidly expanding their strategic options and creating innovative plans they can efficiently implement.
21st Century Skills Inspiration® Software's visual thinking and learning tools prepare students for the 21st century and today—developing the skills necessary to grasp essential concepts, create new knowledge, think critically and adapt to a constantly evolving world. Based on proven strategies, Inspiration®, Kidspiration®, Webspiration Classroom™ and InspireData® help students develop and gather ideas, organize thoughts, analyze and interpret information, clarify understanding and communicate clearly– all key 21st century skills that expand students' ability to achieve success across all subject areas and throughout their adult lives. 21st Century Learning and Technology StandardsResourcesFocus on 21st Century Skills Special ReportHow Digital Tools Prepare Students for the 21st Century White Paper Learn how Inspiration Software tools align with AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learners and ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S): Focus on 21st Century Skills
Differentiation Daily University of Victoria - Counselling Services Choose a section preferrably not longer than 25 or 30 pages - perhaps one chapter, or a section of a chapter - that you can handle at one sitting. Step 1. Read the title, the introduction, and the conclusion (5 minutes). Step 2. Step 3. (Force yourself to do steps 1 to 3 in less than 25 minutes.) Step 4. Step 5. When you are finished, you should try to figure out how all the material you have remembered fits together - not necessarily as it is presented in the book, but as it is organized in your own thinking. Step 6.
Six Thinking Hats® Six Hats® ... A Critical and Creative Thinking Process that improves listening, speaking, reading and writing and is fun for ALL! Penn Hills PAGE Presentation " A special thank you to Franny for introducing me to the thinking hats and opening me up to becoming a better teacher by teaching my students to think about thinking." Jena Brodhead, Easton Area School District Improve academic performance in reading and writing with SIX THINKING HATS®. think using six strategies problem solve make clear decisions design quality questions self assess collaborate more effectively The Research -- "Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Put on Six Thinking Hats®," PA Educational Leadership During the workshop the teachers will collaborate to learn the Six Hats® process and apply it to their content areas and standards. Six Thinking Hats® Cards: Key Words, Applications, Standards, and Examples How to Differentiate Instruction Using Six Hats® and 6 Product Choices- PowerPoint Web Resources:
Mindmapping, concept mapping and information organisation software Articles This is the start of a historical survey of visual mapping. It kicks off with one well-known classic example, and follows up with a very interesting map that has more recently come to my attention. I've written about origins of mind mapping before, but now I'm assembling samples. I've also mentioned elsewhere (see the comments) that I'd like to get samples of Idea Sunbursting that Dr. I preserved it in Freezepage when Google closed down Knol. There's a lot to like in the (unrestrained!)
Emotional Intelligence Test This is an interactive version of the Personality-Based Emotional Intelligence Test. Introduction: The term Emotional Intelligence has been given many specific definitions since it gained popularity in the 1980s, but has is generally taken as theorized aspects of intelligence that that are not general intelligence but instead specific to people, such as understanding other peoples perspectives. The idea of EI has been very popular, although a persistent problem of the field is that no one is really sure how to measure EI. The PBEMIT is a new experimental measure of EI that has the subject make prediction about the structure of peoples personalities that are evaluated against real data. Procedure: In the PBEIT you will be given a personality test item and asked to choose from a group of other personality test items, which would be positively correlated with it. Participation: You use of this assessment should be for educational or entertainment purposes only.
How to Read a Difficult Book Even if you have lots of experience in reading books, you will still come across books that are just difficult to get through. You may find the reading slow because of the subject matter, the language, word usage, or the convoluted plot and character elements. When you are just attempting to get through the book, it may not really matter to you why the book is difficult. Difficulty: Hard Time Required: Varies Here's How: Find your reading spot--a place where you can be comfortable and read. What You Need Difficult bookTimePatienceDictionaryPenPaperHighlighterPage Makers/Flags Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. Essential Questions are at the heart of the search for Truth. Essential Questions offer the organizing focus for a unit.