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Patterns: Learning, Thinking, Creating

Patterns: Learning, Thinking, Creating
By Kevin Washburn, on January 10th, 2012 It seems contradictory. The brain seeks and sees patterns, but when asked to find patterns, many people become uneasy. Patterns and the Brain “Patterns” was a major theme at the November Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston. Patterns are the cement of memory. Patterns and Teaching While interesting or even good to know, what do these research-based conclusions about patterns mean for education? Students need to learn how to dig deep and recognize patterns. Searching for and identifying patterns across disciplines should be a common classroom practice. An increased, intentional focus on patterns provides us with a way to 1) make material more interesting and memorable for the brain, 2) better equip students for critical thinking, and 3) open the door to creative thinking much more widely. References Images Related:  iPads in Middle SchoolTeaching

Real World Math - ideas for using Google Earth in math class Real World Math is a site with lessons and ideas for using Google Earth in the math classroom. There are lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for math that are based on active learning and project based learning, including analysis and creativity. The Lessons page has lessons grouped into five categories: Concept Lessons, Project-Based Learning, Exploratory, Measurement and Space. There is a Community page for teachers to collaborate and share lesson ideas. There is also a Resource page with links to other sites, blogs, or materials that users of Real World Math should find helpful. This is a fun and interesting way to teach, and learn, math. Related: Yummy Math - making math relevant to the world Why I Love and Use Learnist (and Why You Should Too) I love Learnist. I’ve had an account with them since it was in invite-only beta form and now, luckily for everyone, anyone can create an account with their Facebook credentials or with a valid email. What Is Learnist? Learnist allows you to create “learn boards” that are dedicated to a particular topic of choice. For example, I teach Advanced Placement (AP) French through the College Board. You don’t just have to limit your learn boards to traditionally educational topics. Recently at my school, we’ve started an Online Educational Resources (OER) initiative to reduce spending on print textbooks. Why I Love it! Once you have an account, you can follow people with similar interests, and they can follow you, you can “like” learn boards or individual “learnings” (the individual resources posted on the boards). Does this sound like Pinterest? Is there an app for that? What can Learnist do for you? Sign up for Learnist at About Franca Gilbert Franca P. Print This Post

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task. There are many resources now available to help in developing pupil skills in searching more effectively using online search engines. And, of course, when they do find information how do pupils know it is appropriate for the task? Or how do they evaluate what is suitable, and how do they present it and show where the information was found. Tools to Help Teach Research Skills The Big 6 One method of teaching information skills for investigating sources of information from databases, encyclopedias and the Internet is that known as “the Big Six.” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The Kentucky Virtual Library How to Do Research Finding Duclinea Ergo – Teaching Research Skills

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Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativitity LectureScribe This website serves as the current distribution point for LectureScribe, a program for easily producing animated "whiteboard lectures" from a tablet PC or electronic whiteboard. LectureScribe is written by Brian C. Dean, an assistant professor of computer science at Clemson Univeristy. Audio Bug Alert: The latest versions of Adobe's Flash player managed to break the audio playback for LectureScribe-generated files (and also for several other prominent applications, e.g., Camtasia) by making playback sound garbled, with periodic squawks and other artifacts. Important Note: 26-minute time limit! Note: Since so many folks have indicated interest in using LectureScribe, I'm in the process of setting up a message board for users to post questions and suggestions, as well as share content produced with LectureScribe and similar programs. On this website, you can find: The LectureScribe program.

Creating Infographics Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. These really are a great way to visualize data. Here are a few of my favorite sites and tools to use when creating infographics. Wordle: Chances are this is one you have heard of. It doesn't get much simpler than using Stat Silk: This is a set of tools that you can download to create interactive maps and charts. Creately: Creatly is an online mindmapping program that is pretty powerful. Google Public Data Explorer: It probably goes without saying but Google has access to lots of data. Aviary Phoenix-Once you gather your images, charts and graphics, you are going to need a way to put them together. Kathy Schrock has an entire webiste dedicated to using infographics in the classroom. What other sites do you use to visualize data?

10 Videos You Could Use to Inspire Writing. From the time teachers first viewed The Piano by Aidan Gibbons on a training course, it suddenly became legitimate to use short independent film to inspire writing. Films like the Piano are perfect for lessons as they are often: Emotive and thought-provokingAesthetic - the animation is often captivating and of high qualityShort and therefore easy for children to take in and teachers to build questioning aroundOriginal – as the children have not seen the film before they do not come at the clip with expectations or baggage. I love finding clips which I use with my class as a weekly alternative to class story. Alternatively I use a well-chosen piece as part of our literacy work for a way into poetry or story writing. I have also found that embedding a clip on our class blog has led to some excellent review writing. Though I have watched these myself and feel they are appropriate to use in class, I do advise you to watch any of these clips all the way through and make up your own mind.

6 Reasons Why We Should Be Using iPads | iPads for Learning Vineet Madan, vice-president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education eLabs, spends time developing ways that technology can improve learning among college and university students. He recently talked about the reasons why iPads are ready for the college classroom. K-12 schools across the country (and just down the street) are putting huge chunks of cash aside for 1-to-1 iPad initiatives. Madan argues that iPads are tailor-made for the university level. I think they are. iPads Are the Best Way to Show Textbooks iPads are capable of displaying incredible ebooks featuring images, video and audio. And when there is text, the iPad allows students to highlight text, take notes in the margin and access a dictionary directly within the book itself. Kids Are Ready for Tablets While iPads have been around for just over 14 months, kids have been using smartphones for years and understand touchscreen technology. iPads Can Raise Test Scores iPads Have the Software to Be Competitive Is the iPad a silver bullet?

Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom There has been a lot of conversation and debate in multiple forums, both online and face-to-face, about schools adopting or already working in a 1:1 environment. While many of these conversations revert back to replacing teachers and what device is best, the real conversation begins with providing our students with the best learning environment possible. At Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, we are entering our eighth month of a 1:1 iPad initiative that began in September 2011. Don't get me wrong, we think the iPad is a great device for learning and gives each of our students a dynamic learning tool that can be used across the content areas and to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device. This is not the case at Burlington. Our teachers have been compiling exemplary work and engaging our students in a diverse manner. Recently, Ms. 1.

Student workflow on iPad in your lessons iPad Published on April 22nd, 2012 | by Mark Anderson It has been obvious to me for some time now that any learning that is based around use of an iPad should really not be hung on one particular app. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking that really, there are two main tiers of creation based apps for the iPad. Once you have this kind of framework, you can then slot the different apps that you have in to those two areas, which will then inform lesson and activity planning which in turn will enable learning to take place. Compilation tools: iMovieAvid StudioCreative Book BuilderBook CreatoriBook Author (if you have a Mac as well)PagesKeynoteExplain EverythingShow Me / Educreations Creation tools PuppetPals HDMorfo BoothGreen Screen Movie FXCameraBrushesPenultimatePaperVideoGaragebandComic LifeHalf TonePaperThis list could go on for a very long time – what do you think should be on it? Tags: #iPad, elearning, learning, workflow About the Author

Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer Mobile Computing | Spotlight Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer By Mitchell A. Technology is redefining traditional educational paradigms, and many schools are interested in integrating the latest technological advancements into the school curriculum. Two schools, The Master's Academy in Oviedo, FL and Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, DE have initiated ambitious technological programs, providing an iPad for every high school student. Leadership Perhaps the most critical, yet overlooked, issue related to technology deployments is leadership. Based on our experiences, successful schools will have a senior administrative leader driving this initiative. Cost How will you pay for your initiative? Regardless of the approach, schools must consider the life expectancy of the device purchased and future expenditures needed to keep the technology current. One additional concern related to cost is "bring your own technology" (BYOT).