The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions. The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. Be aware that everyone thinks they have their own style of learning (they don't, according to the latest research), and the evidence suggests that just because a technique works or does not work for other people does not necessarily mean it will or won’t work well for you.
Mentoring Minds As we venture into the 21st century, we as a society, are faced with more innovation and challenge than ever before. We now live in an interconnected world, where the Internet and global communications are simultaneously uniting and isolating us as a society. How do we raise critical thinkers to best face the challenges that face our modern society? What changes in education methods should be implemented to create a better learning environment for these budding minds? Check out this great infographic by Mentoring Minds to find out! Click here to download an 11X17 version of the "Developing 21st-Century Critical Thinkers" infographic.
Tree Looking for Strategies and Activities? Click Here! The tree can act as a metaphor to help us see the relationship between theory and practice in second language learning and teaching. The 27 Characteristics of A 21st Century Teacher "21st Century Educator" is probably the most popular buzzword in today's education. There is a growing and heated debate whether or not to label educators as 21st century and each camp has its own concept and arguments, however, for me personally I see teaching in 21st century as having undergone a paradigmatic shift. This is basically due to the emerging of the " social web" and the huge embrace of technology and particularly the mobile gadgetry in our classrooms. It would be unfair to ignore these huge transformations and their impact on education. Therefore, and as a result of these changes teachers now are required to have digital skills that were not called for before. It also becomes imperative for teachers to adapt their teaching practices to the developing learning needs of their students if ever this teaching is to be effective.
Teaching Students to Dig Deeper Image credit: iStockphoto A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, "It doesn't work worth a darn! I could hardly cut half the wood I normally do." A Nice Classroom Poster Featuring The 21st Century Mobile Social Learning I just came across this awesome poster in a tweet by iPadWells and wanted you to have a look as well and probably use it in your class. The content of this poster is more food for thought than a descriptive account of the concept of the 21st century mobile social learning, or at least that is how I see it. Below is a brief analysis of what I believe are s the three main digital practices or themes highlighted in this poster: 1- Flipped Learning In flipped learning model, teachers create video content and animated illustrations and share them with students through some video hosting platforms like for instance YouTube, Vimeo, class blog or wiki..etc. Flipped learning allows students to learn at their own pace and also supports individualized learning.
The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator Bloom's Digital Taxonomy This is the introduction to Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. The different taxonomical levels can be viewed individually via the navigation bar or below this introduction as embedded pages. This is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy which attempts to account for the new behaviours and actions emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy describes many traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with Web 2.0 technologies, infowhelm (the exponential growth in information), increasing ubiquitous personal technologies or cloud computing.Bloom's Digital Taxonomy isn't about the tools or technologies rather it is about using these to facilitate learning. Outcomes on rubrics are measured by competence of use and most importantly the quality of the process or product.
PLTS Wall Posters Draft Version 1 Have spent this morning compiling these draft A3 versions of student speak generic PLTS posters. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts. Thanks in advance :0)