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Our Process Told as our Team's Timeline **As of 2/7/2012 9:30 PM this our process.. Agile Discovers a Solution Lean Startup Discovers a Problem Design Thinking Discovers Customers Lean Discovers Efficiency At first we were an Agile Software Development team that used Lean Software Development management principles. We would come up with ideas and iterate towards a working prototype with minimal waste. However, after some failures we realized that we were often iterating to nowhere. We were pushing ideas out that nobody cared to receive. Wonderful Free Templates to Create Newspapers for your Class Earlier this year we wrote about web tools teachers can use to for their classrooms. This post turned We have selected for you today a host of awesome templates for your Power Point presentations. These are basically newspaper templates provided by for free. If you want to create a newspaper for your class, you can do it through one of these templates. The procedure is very easy. Just download the template you are going to use, and once downloaded open the file and start customizing it the way you want.

Exploring the 7 Different Types of Data Stories What makes a story truly data-driven? For one, the numbers aren’t caged in a sidebar graph. Instead, the data helps drive the narrative. Data can help narrate as many types of stories as there are angles. My colleague Ben Jones of Tableau Public inspired me to think of data stories as seven different types (à la Christopher Booker’s seven basic story plots). Jones based his idea on analysis of numerous data stories, and his framework helps imagine ways to free data from sidebar graphs. Gathering Text from the WWW – Making it Short and Sweet – WorkFlowy Blog This is a guest post by Frank Degenaar, author of the book,“Do Way, Way More in WorkFlowy”. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we could highlight just the snippets of an article we wanted and then harvest them all in one go, ready to slot into a WorkFlowy outline? Less work. Less fuss. I think WorkFlowy is more about doing and less about hoarding. So we’re going to look at how the brilliant Highly Highlighter platform hits that sweet spot – helping to curate incoming text and keeping clutter to a minimum.

Classroom design can improve performance by 25%, research reveals Different school cultures approach the design of the classroom in different ways. Innova Design Solutions have chosen this time of education reforms to conduct research into the advantages of creating bespoke classrooms to fit the class’ needs. Intelligent interiors experts Innova Design Solutions have revealed the science behind designing and implementing a classroom that will engage the children and benefit their school performance. Detailing how an ergonomic classroom can help improve a child’s attitude towards and aptitude for learning in a helpful infographic, Innova stress the importance of shaping the classroom for the children’s needs rather than adapting the learning process to the environment. As 300 new British schools are set to open from September this year, tens of thousands of schoolchildren could soon be the lucky recipients of an education shaped by intelligently-designed classrooms.

7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom by No matter what happens, there will always be a demand for data visualization tools. Data on its own can be pretty boring and brightening it up with images and other visual tools, it can make normally inaccessible information much easier to digest. (Editor’s Note: It’s also great for information reading literacy, and the new Common Core demand for multimedia “texts.”) There are a number of fantastic tools out there that will present your data in an accessible manner. All of the tools listed below are free and chances are you’ve used one or two of the tools mentioned before. 8 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers 1-TikiToki TikiToki is a great application for multimedia timelines making . It allows its users to create stunning animated timelines. TikiToKi is very easy to use and above all its basic version is completely free .

Creative Spaces Stories of innovation and discovery emphasize the freedom enjoyed by their central heroes. According to the mythology, inventors and discoverers accomplished greatness because they were unhampered by circumstance or psychology. Using the freedom metaphor plays up (unfairly, I believe) the lack of constraint in these retconned stories of creativity. We like to celebrate “freedom” because in interpreting their stories, we see innovators being true to themselves. They get to be exactly who they are. They don’t need to go against the grain of their personality to be successful.

Annotating PDF Docs with Diigo – A Tutorial   Annotating PDF Docs with Diigo – A Tutorial There are two different methods with which you can annotate a PDF doc with Diigo. (If you don’t want to read the tutorial, try the PDF annotation feature directly.) Mehtod 1: Annotate a PDF doc by first uploading it to the Diigo website Step 1: Upload a pdf doc to your diigo library in “My Library” page;Step 2: Open the uploaded PDF doc in your browser, and you should see a toolbar on top of the doc;Step 3: Select text to highlight or add a sticky note. What Is Competency-Based Learning? What Is Competency-Based Learning? by TeachThought Staff Competency-based learning is an approach to education that focuses on the student’s demonstration of desired learning outcomes as central to the learning process. It is concerned chiefly with a student’s progression through curriculum at their own pace, depth, etc. As competencies are proven, students continue to progress. Like most things education-related, there is disagreement of what competency-based learning actually means, what its defining traits are, and how it should ideally be used or function.

Capture Knowledge and Make Decisions Transparent in a Design Thinking Process 1 Abstract Our experience of several Design Thinking projects is that a huge amount of knowledge is produced in a very short time and a lot of decisions are taken. As time goes by, the knowledge dissipates and it is no longer clear why certain decisions were made. The resulting uncertainty makes the team start to feel uncomfortable. In this article, we use a concrete example to show how the knowledge gathered in the process can be captured in an Impact Map and how the Impact Map is used to make transparent decisions.

7 Excellent Tools to Publish Students Work There is nothing much rewarding for students than to see their accomplished work being published and celebrated with others. This is very much motivating and is a strong impetus for them to achieve more and work harder. There are several online tools that you as a teacher can use to host your students work and share them with the whole class and as well as parents .Below are some tools that can help you do that. Check them out : 1- Flipsnack Fipsnack is an online flipping book software that allows you to convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications ideal for publishing students work.

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