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Connecting your Classroom to the Future

Connecting your Classroom to the Future
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Visual Thinking Evolution A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Especially in British English, the terms spidergram and spidergraph are more common,[1] but they can cause confusion with the term spider diagram used in mathematics and logic. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing. The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting ideas in a radial, graphical, non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks. The mind map can be contrasted with the similar idea of concept mapping. Reference: wikipedia

Useful Infographic & Commentary On Flipped Classroom Michelle has written a useful post at her blog on Flippin’ for ESL. If you’re an ESL teacher, I’d suggest it’s a “must-read.” In her post, he shared this infographic from Daniel Grafton, which I think anyone exploring the idea of a Flipped Classroom would find helpful. I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea. Text Structure Text Structure The term “text structure” refers to how information is organized in a passage. The structure of a text can change multiple times in a work and even within a paragraph. Students are often required to identify text structures on state reading tests; therefore, it is important that they are given exposure to the various patterns of organization. This page will briefly explain seven commonly used patterns of organization, provide examples, and then offer users free text structure worksheets and interactive online practice activities to help students learn this essential reading skill. Cause and Effect:The results of something are explained.Example: The dodo bird used to roam in large flocks across America. Compare and Contrast: two or more things are described. Order of Importance: information is expressed as a hierarchy or in priority.Example: Here are the three worst things that you can do on a date. Do you think you can recognize these patterns of organization?

11 Free Mind Mapping Applications & Web Services Mind mapping is a way of taking notes, capturing ideas, exploring concepts and breaking down information into a more readily understood format. It’s a place where visual representations and written representations of things merge to create something that is more natural to the mind; it works with and represents the way we think, where as paragraph-based text is not representative of the thought process at all. There are a million and one uses for mind mapping. You can use it to study for a big exam. You can use it brainstorm new article ideas, or flesh out what needs to be covered in the business plan for a new venture. You can organize a big move of house; heck, I’ve seen people use the mind map format for their daily to-do lists (each to their own, eh?). There are huge advantages to creating your mind maps with paper and pen. is a free web-based mind mapping application. RecallPlus is commercial software with a lighter free edition.

5 (less traditional) ways to create and share knowledge online The communication of knowledge and ideas is intrinsic to the human condition. Our earliest ancestors had a rich oral tradition, through which they passed on what they knew about the world, often across great distances. Our systems of communication have evolved and matured, from those oral traditions to the earliest cuneiform writings and all the way up through books and newspapers, to radio and television. With the advent of the modern age and Al Gore’s gift of the Internet, we’re now able to share our knowledge, ideas, and lots and lots of cute pictures of cats, around the world in less time than it has taken me to write this sentence. Today, the avenues available to our quest to gain and share knowledge are boundless, but I’d like to share with you five of my own personal favorites. #5 — Reddit #4 — Scribd Scribd is an online repository of the written word. #3 — #2 — Yarny Yarny describes itself as “novel writing in the cloud,” but for many users it is so much more than that.

Identifying Text Structure Being able to identify the structure of a text can greatly increase students' comprehension of the material being read. There are six basic structures that are commonly found in textbooks. Once the teacher has modeled the text structure, students can follow the organizing pattern to identify important events, concepts and ideas. Students should also be taught the signal words that alert them to text structure. Common Text Structures Websites on Identifying Text Structure: Literacy Matters: Text Structure Text Structure Resources Text Structure Structural Clues in Nonfiction - PDF Content Area Literacy: Understanding Text Structure

Mind Map - Concept Map Présenter les différents " Troubles DYS ", aider à comprendre les fonctionnements différents, échanger autour des aides et des adaptations pédagogiques possibles, répondre aux nombreuses questions en deux journées... c'est souvent digne d'un marathon. J'aime beaucoup ces journées, tellement enrichissantes ! J'y prends beaucoup de plaisir. Chaque fois le groupe est différent, il est nécessaire de faire connaissance, s'adapter; les échanges ne sont jamais identiques, les questionnements prennent des directions variées selon le vécu personnel ou professionnel de chacun, l'ambiance est toujours sympathique. Et chaque fois que le temps nous le permet, je ne manque pas de présenter les cartes mentales, une réelle stratégie de contournement pour les élèves en grande difficulté dans le domaine du langage. Avant de s'initier à l'utilisation de logiciels dédiés, chacun prend ses crayons de couleurs et se lance dans le dessin de sa première carte " papier - crayon ", sur le thème de son choix.

The idea of the flipped classroom, and how Doddle can make it a reality | Doddle If there's one buzz phrase that buzzed a little louder than all others in 2012, it was “flipping the classroom”. It’s a term I first heard in the US, but the idea is old – indeed many of us have used it in our own teaching to a greater or lesser extent. Inverting the traditional idea of setting tasks for homework, in the flipped classroom model, teachers assign introductory material like videos or presentations as homework. If put into practice effectively, it seems to me that the advantages of the model are clear: teachers spend less time presenting ideas and more time giving targeted feedback, while students spend more time actively learning and putting ideas into practice. But it also clearly has limitations. So while I very much believed in the concept, I found that the extent to which it was practical was held back by the resources and tools that I had. Or, (with apologies to the pun-phobic), as one of our Educational Consultants put it, “we make it a flippin’ Doddle”. Julie Doddle

When to Punish a Young Offender, and When to Rehabilitate - Room for Debate The crime author Dennis Lehane addressed teenage inmates in 2006 as part of a reading program at the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla.Chip Litherland for The New York Times The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on when, if ever, it is appropriate to sentence juvenile offenders to life without parole. The arguments this spring showed the complexity of drawing the lines between child and adult, and between justice and cruelty. When minors commit violent crimes, should they be treated differently from adults? Is prison effective as a punishment and deterrent for juveniles, or does it harden a young person who might otherwise recover? Read the Discussion »