How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom. Familiarize Students With the Infographic Concept Photo credit: visual.ly After hearing all the buzz about infographics in education, I thought I’d experiment with the concept in my seventh-grade accelerated English class. For this process, I recommend NeoMam Studio’s “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” which describes their efficacy in a visually compelling way that captivated my students. Select an Infographic-Friendly Topic Photo credit: SomethingSoSam As EdSurge points out, good infographics start with an intriguing but simple “essential question.” Begin the Drafting Process by Hand Choose the Right Templates or Software Refine Content and Design
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OER Commons The best free cultural & educational media on the web - Open Culture Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text Editor’s Note: Teaching Channel has partnered with Student Achievement Partners on a blog series about digital literacy tools and their effective use by educators. One of the most exciting shifts in the Common Core State Standards is the increased use of content-rich, informational text. Let’s think about this. Preparing our students to be college- and career-ready is our priority. Below, we share five sites that will help you find these texts with ease and even differentiate the same article for the different learners in your room. 1. Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction text that’s relevant. Newsela supports differentiation through interest and ability level. We’ve used Newsela with seventh grade students and saw a drastic improvement in their reading abilities. Text sets are another way to utilize Newsela. They’ve recently launched an extension of their site that is explicitly designed for elementary students. 2. 3. 4. Continue the Conversation
Fantastic Comprehensive List of Assessment Tools for Teachers About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.
8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal Resource Spotlight 8 High-Quality OER Collections Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help. 1. CK-12 Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers free, standards-aligned content in STEM subjects, including digital textbooks and simulations. The content reportedly works across all platforms and devices, including iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets. CK-12 also offers tools to help teachers flip their classroom by creating groups, assigning content and monitoring achievement through a teacher dashboard. An interactive simulation of centripetal force from CK-12. 2. Founded by Sun Microsystems more than a decade ago, Curriki became an independent nonprofit in 2006 and is one of the first sources of open educational resources for the K-12 community. Its corporate sponsors include AT&T, Chevron, and Oracle. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices. For more about the potential of OER, check out "5-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters," by Edutopia's VideoAmy. Getting Started Sharing Resources The nonprofit Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow you to specify which rights to your works you want to reserve and which rights you'd like to waive. Quality Considerations With all the promise of OER, some challenges remain.
Exploring Essential Questions with a Group of Objects | Smithsonian Learning Lab By: Tess Porter, Educational Technician, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Trying to brainstorm your next Learning Lab collection, but not sure where to start? With a particular topic in mind, creating a large collection of objects and grounding them in a few guiding questions can be a great way to create a simple, investigative, multi-disciplinary, evidence-based, discussion-sparking collection for your students. This method is flexible, can be used with a wide variety of topics, and works best in a collection containing 20–50 objects. In this method, collection resources serve as sources of evidence for students to use in building a response to the essential question. Choose the right questions to guide your students' inquiry. Essential questions are the focus of the activity. (For further information, see the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (ASCD) guide What Makes a Question Essential? Be selective about which objects you include.
Generation Global: How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy The world and the people who work and live in it have become ever more connected as the internet becomes more accessible. Yet despite the ability to connect and learn about happenings on the other side of the globe, many communities have become more polarized and entrenched in a particular worldview. As these trends emerge, teachers are looking for ways to foster productive dialogue skills in today’s students — the generation that will have to deal with complex, increasingly global problems. Activities that connect students to peers in other countries have become more common in classrooms because it’s now possible. “What I noticed and appreciated is the students really start reflecting on themselves and their perspectives on the world,” said high school teacher Cory Davis in an edWeb webinar. Often adolescents hold strong opinions, but they don’t always know where and how they came to those beliefs. “They trust that you know your students best,” Davis said.