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- Upgrade your KWL Chart to th 21st Century

- Upgrade your KWL Chart to th 21st Century
0 Comments July 22, 2011 By: Silvia Tolisano Jul 22 Written by: 7/22/2011 12:39 AM ShareThis One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”? I started out by searching Google, which immediately wanted to correct my search term and showed me the traditional “KWL chart” results. The top search results turned out mostly downloadable files for templates, which was quiet interesting as there were several explanations in these tutorials what the “H” could stand for: HOW can we find the answers to these questions? In direct relation to our quest to bring Information literacy in the 21st century to our teachers and students, the “HOW will we find the information” sticks out right away for me. My Twitter network was much better in helping me extend my search for KWHL. Related:  Rigor in Reading

EdupunksGuide 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.

DAILY INSIGHT: Communications Checklist for 21st-Century School Leaders “Communication is the real work of leadership.” Nitin Nohria By Nancy Caramanico, CIO Advisor As education experiences reform and change, good communication from school leaders is more important than ever. Visionary Leadership - Inspire and Lead for development of a shared vision for technology integration _Do you often share the vision for 21st Century change and improvement at your school and explain technology's role in supporting this? Digital Age Culture - Create, Promote and Sustain a dynamic, digital age learning culture _Do you highlight technology trends and their impact on the school, teachers and students? Excellence in Professional Practice - Lead by example. _Are professional development goals and offerings well communicated? Systemic Improvement - Provide digital age leadership and management _Do you share goals and give project updates on technology related projects? Digital Citizenship _Is the Responsible/Acceptable Use Policy for Technology clearly communicated? Come Again.

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. Whilst Wandering Lonely as a Cloud and Filling Out a Survey to Win an iPad2… After RSCON3 I noticed an inducement to fill out a survey. I never win these things, but the questions being asked were quite good ones and allowed me to be a bit provocative in my response. I mean, really, who was ever going to see this. “Creativity scores” are dropping across Western countries over the past decades. I don’t think you can manage complexity. How would you measure creativity and innovation? I wouldn’t measure it at all. Studies show empathy dropping across Western countries. I think that lots of new research done on mirror neurons seems to show that empathy is a natural act and arises from human brain function. How would you assess the learning of empathy? You’re kidding me, right? Our world is connected and collaboration is a vital life skill. The best way I have found is project based learning, service learning, and addressing essential questions in the discipline. How would you measure or assess collaboration? I put a great deal of emphasis on reflection. Like this:

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 How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Paul Schultz What kids learn at a young age will determine whether they're prepared for a future full of unknowns. When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb. Fast forward a couple of decades (or more) and we see that the career landscape has changed so drastically that jobs need new definitions. Some of us could ask ourselves if we would have embarked upon our current careers had we predicted how the Internet would revolutionize every part of our lives? “We’re 15 years into something so paradigm-changing that we have not yet adjusted our institutions of learning, work, social life, and economic life to account for the massive change.” “We are right on time to give up techno-phobia and to tackle the problems and opportunities of the digital world with good sense, pragmatics, realism, and purpose,” Davidson said. Davidson offers three can-do suggestions for parents: EXPERIMENT WITH SCRATCH. Q. A. Q. A.

Rigor and (Independent) Reading | Million Words Campaign By Andy Donnelly, TFAnet National ELA Content Leader When we talk about independent reading, we’re talking about students reading books on their level. We’re also talking about books that, for whatever reason, we might not read as a whole class. In pushing independent reading, it might feel like we’re lowering the rigor of analysis that students perform. That’s simply not the case: we can push higher rigor through independent reading. Reason 1: Independent reading frees your instruction to be more rigorous. Because students are reading books on their level, the books you read as a whole class can be at a much higher level. Thing about independent reading as the counterbalance to the main texts you teach in terms of level, student support, and student enjoyment. Reason 2: Independent reading can be as rigorous as (or more rigorous than) your class instruction. Think about ways to increase the rigor of the books that students read.

Harvard Education Letter Volume 27, Number 4 July/August 2011 Once completely virtual, some K–12 online schools are settling into buildings by Brigid Schulte A student in Miami-Dade County works in a computer lab run by Florida Virtual Schools. From its humble beginnings with 400 students in 2001, Connections Academy offered a complete, full-time education online for kindergarten through 12th grade students who wanted or needed to learn in more of a home-school setting. Fast forward to 2011. But just as online learning is taking off, new research is finding that it may not be the most effective way to teach children, and virtual companies have begun to see that a purely virtual approach has its limits.

Recognizing Rigor in Classrooms: Four Tools for School Leaders (Web Only) By Ronald Williamson and Barbara Blackburn Few people question the need for America’s schools and classrooms to be more rigorous. But there is little agreement about what rigor is and what it looks like. In Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word, Barbara Blackburn defined rigor as creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so that he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008). Rigor is more than a specific lesson or instructional strategy. Expectations We’ll start with the first part: rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels. Almost everyone we talk with says that they have high expectations for their students. As you work with teachers to design lessons that incorporate more rigorous opportunities for learning, you will want to consider the questions that are embedded in the instruction. Tool 1: Questions and Responses

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