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10 Infographics for Learning

10 Infographics for Learning
We all love infographics. Why? Well, they help us grasp information in a quick and fun way that appeals to our visual senses. 1. Knewton published an infographic on “Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation” that explores K-12 blended learning models by Innosight Institute and Charter School Growth Fund. 2. Voxy Blog published an infographic titled “Are We Wired for Mobile Learning?” Photo Courtesy of Voxy Blog 3. Rick Man posted an infographic, “Why infographics accelerate decision making,” that identifies the ways we traditionally present information versus the visual way we can present information through infographics. Photo Courtesy of Rick Mans 4. Matthew Bloch and Bill Marsh published an interactive map, “Mapping the Nation’s Well-Being,” on the New York Times this March. Photo Courtesy of the NY Times 5. Rasmussen College published an infographic titled “The Evolution of Online Education Technologies” that explores the evolution of learning from the 1700s through the Millenium. 6. Related:  Curricular Role of the School Librarianleren

Schools strive for pupils' happiness If David Cameron is still keen on spreading happiness – one of his big ideas – he could take some tips from a village school in Norfolk. He could, for example, inspire a gloomy House of Commons with a poster outlining "five simple steps to a happier parliament" that would encourage MPs to be kind, polite, sensible, safe and tidy. The prime minister could then establish good relationships with MPs' parents and carers, make sure that he treats them all equally and fairly, and that they all feel loved and valued – even the naughty ones. Doing this might give Westminster a chance of reaching levels of wellbeing as impressive as those at Gooderstone primary. But Cameron should note that nothing can be achieved without MPs' agreement. "Everyone has a voice," says Gooderstone's headteacher, David Baldwin, "and it's important that they know they will be listened to." Children's wellbeing is "central to everything that happens" at the 65-pupil school. And some secondaries are succeeding.

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The Kid Should See This. What should learning look like in 2012? It’s taken me a week to get back on my feet and to find the time to write this blog but it’s finally here. Whilst I was away over the festive period, I reflected on a number of things but managed to find some inspiration to plan my ideal learning episode for young people in secondary education. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again, I don’t see the need for school timetables, individual subjects taught in isolation, singular classroom specialists or learning detached from the real world. This isn’t revolutionary but it is still common practice in the majority of schools around the world, despite current research and technological developments. Young people themselves have proven this to be inadequate for the global society we live in based on a number of indicators. I’ll start by describing the physical resources in the learning space I’ve designed below to establish the context of my thinking. Physical Resources 1. Okay, so now for the meaty part – the actual learning.

Book Trailers and Common Core Standards --------- Students use technology & digital media strategically and capably.-- Common Core Standards. From the Common Core Key Points on Media and Technology: "Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty‐first century, skillsrelated to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards"How To Make A Book Trailer Book Trailer Presentation [ used at FAME Conference] Best and Worst Learning Strategies: Why Highlighting is a Waste of Time In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us — from schoolchildren to college students to working adults — needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective. (MORE: How to Use Technology to Make You Smarter) The scientific literature evaluating these techniques stretches back decades and across thousands of articles. The WorstHighlighting and underlining led the authors’ list of ineffective learning strategies. The BestIn contrast to familiar practices like highlighting and rereading, the learning strategies with the most evidence to support them aren’t well known outside the psych lab. (MORE: ‘Implicit Learning’: How to Remember More Without Trying)

Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely : Shots - Health Blog We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement. But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine." Psychologist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia, who studies how our brains learn, says teachers should not tailor instruction to different kinds of learners. For example, if a teacher believes a student to be a visual learner, he or she might introduce the concept of addition using pictures or groups of objects, assuming that child will learn better with the pictures than by simply "listening" to a lesson about addition. In fact, an entire industry has sprouted based on learning styles.

Using observation to sharpen your behaviour management It's easy to get stuck in a groove with behaviour management: we become accustomed to our routines, which is why we call them routines after all. This is how we often work as teachers; we scamper into a place that offers us the illusion of security and, unless we are vigilant, we become residents there, rather than tourists. Here are some simple ideas for shaking up your assumptions, and actually getting better at behaviour management rather than simply treading water. 1. This is one of the best things you can do with your training time. 2. Talk to them about what happened, and ask for their perspective on what happened. 3. Take away perhaps two, three central resolutions or techniques from the lesson, not any more - no one can implement too many novelties into their routine simultaneously. If you want to take it up a level, why not have yourself filmed and then see how you actually teach, as opposed to how you think you do. Useful resources to help with effective observation

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