11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom by PowToon! I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind: “A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” education, but whether you were encouraged to develop your creativity starting at an early age and continuing throughout your school years.” – Adobe.Inc We saw this first-hand, when Edson Tellez, a volunteer teacher in rural Mexico, wrote to us about how PowToon changed the way his students viewed the world, “they’re getting more creative, more receptive, and more dynamic in each class.” The mind blowing fact is that developing creativity is the number one determining factor in the overall success of your students! Even if you teach in the most affluent school, with the most high end gadgets - your students are still only as good as the instructions given to them.
Quotes and Pictures - Beautiful Thoughts, Inspirational, Motivational, Success, Friendship, Positive Thinking, Attitude, Trust, Perseverance, One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions….just a black dot in the center of the page.
Developing literacy through CLIL - Clil magazine Do Coyle, Ana Halbach, Oliver Meyer, Kevin Schuck and Teresa Ting We all know that our students need to learn how to produce good, well-structured texts in their CLIL language as much as in their mother tongue. We also know that writing, as well as speaking, about new concepts and understandings helps students to really process the information and make it meaningful, and that speaking and writing therefore contribute to meaning-making in learning.
Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Graphic Novels September 21-27 is Banned Books Week in the United States, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to express our own views, and share the views of others. This year, the focus of Banned Books Week is on graphic novels, which despite their popularity, are often subject to censorship. In fact, the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 list includes two graphic novels. Many books taught in Facing History and Ourselves classrooms have been challenged at one time, including The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Maus II by Art Spiegelman, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (register on our website to receive updates on our new guide to the classic novel slated to come out later this fall).
Jigsaw Listening – an idea for your language classroom « The #technoLanguages Blog I’ve discovered jigsaw listening and it’s another thing that makes me wish I had a class to experiment on right now! Jigsaw listening is when you have several audio tracks each with different bits of information. Students listen to a track and then have to work together to combine the information in whatever way has been set. Jigsaw Listener – from this website, the definition of jigsaw listening is “implementation of a new type of language learning activity devised by the author called jigsaw listening. (cf. Fukada and Takagi 1996) It allows a digital video clip of a conversation in a foreign language to be presented piece by piece in a jumbled order.
Merry Christmas Mr Bean Teacher's note; The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on cannot be embedded here). This post contains some exercises based on the embeddable youtube clips. The answers are in the worksheet. DVD availablehere Mr Bean celebrates the traditional British Christmas: the baubles, the crackers, the nativity scene, the carols, the presents, the turkey and the mistletoe... they are all here. Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students A parent recently asked me for advice about her son. Although his academic skills are strong, he feels the need to complete every task to absolute perfection; this means he finishes his work long, long after the rest of his peers. Not only are his teachers frustrated by the time it takes him to complete assignments, he doesn’t especially enjoy spending hours every night making all of his work just right. It’s easy enough to say we want all our students to work at their own pace, and in most classrooms, some flexibility is built in to allow for this. Still, when a student completes work at a significantly slower pace than his peers, sometimes taking three or four times longer than everyone else, it can create problems for the student and his teachers: Group work gets more complicated, whole-class instruction is limited, and the student is too often put in an uncomfortable position as the one everyone else is waiting for. What Works for You?
21st Century Skills Definitions The IMLS Project Team and Task Force considered the list of skills commonly referred to as "21st Century Skills" and modified it slightly to better align with library and museum priorities.1 The resulting list includes the following additions: Basic Literacy, Scientific & Numerical Literacy, Visual Literacy, Cross-Disciplinary Skills, and Environmental Literacy. Not every skill on this list will be aligned with every institution’s vision and mission. Further, not every community will prioritize the same skills.