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Digital Activities For Visual Literacy

Digital Activities For Visual Literacy
Visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from or communicate meaning through information presented in the form of an image. While it may seem like this could only be applicable to the elementary student, visual literacy pervades all subject areas, disciplines, and grade levels in schools. From identifying patterns, to understanding modern art, to interpreting and creating graphs, visual literacy is one of the most widely important skills students should develop while in K-12 schools. Teaching and practicing visual literacy, as well as making students’ thinking visible to others, has never been easier. If you’re new to visual literacy or visible thinking, there are plenty of resources out there online to get you familiarized. If you have a block of time free, try the Visual DNA test to see the potential of using images to communicate and interpret information can actually be in visual literacy. Apps That Support Visual Literacy: Activities That Teach Visual Literacy 1. 2. 4.

37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom 37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom There are a lot of great technology tools out there for teachers that can make it easier to connect with other educators, get ideas for classroom activities, and find inspiration. One of the newest and best of these online tools is Pinterest, which has quickly become a favorite among educators. Using online “pinboards” teachers can save everything from photos to blog posts in one easily accessible and usable place. Educators who are curious about Pinterest should sign up for an invitation today (it’s still invite only, but it doesn’t take long to get an invitation) and start creating their own amazing collections of pins. Not sure where to start? Pinterest is ideal for getting inspired on a wide range of topics. Get inspiration for decorating your classroom. You’ll find a wealth of lessons and ideas on Pinterest to look through. Swap lesson plans. Collaborate with other teachers and educators. Pinterest doesn’t have to be all business.

Put on Your Thinking Caps | Math by Design Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong | by Alina Tugend Christine Moynihan: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Math Instruction Some Videos to Inspire at Back to School I wrote my post asking administrators to inspire us back to school simply because of my own hopes and dreams. I wrote it in the hopes that it would make someone think while they prepared their own meetings and activities, and it seems to have done just that. One question I have then gotten is which videos to show at back to school? Brave by Sara Bareilles – I will be showing this video to my students as well, but the message in it applies to everybody; I would love to see how big your brave is! The Fairy Scientist – to remind us how kids wonder and we should cultivate that. Suli Breaks – Why I Hate School but Love Education. Suli Breaks – I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate. Rita Pierson – Every Kid Needs a Champion. Diana Laufenberg – How to Learn? Introduction to Genius Hour. Kid President – A Pep Talk. Jimmy Casas shared the videos he shows, there are some great ones here too I haven’t shared. And then why not create your own school vision video like we did a few years back.

Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit: 6 Tools Every Teacher Should Master Recently I co-facilitated an iPad 101 workshop for secondary teachers with fellow iVenger colleagues (@mryenca, @classroom_tech, and @fiskeclass). As we are a K-12 1:1 school district, this course was not a “just the basics” course but truly designed to meet the individual needs of each of the learners. After introductions, we asked each attendee what they wanted to learn. While we didn’t plan it, naturally… many of the proposed topics fell into the usual categories: workflow, organization, assessment, etc… … Over the past few weeks, multiple posts and articles have popped up with some stellar resources to prepare teachers of mobile learning with the supplies they need to be successful in the 2013-2014 school year. A few of my favorites (which are also linked within the Thinglink below) are: Without further ado… I will bid you adieu and unveil the Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit. Hover over the image for hidden gems and goodies. Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Classroom Warm-Up Routine: Math Class Warm-Up Register Now and join a community of a million educators. Take 30 seconds to register (it's free!) and: Access our downloadable Back To School Starter PacksComment on videosGet help - and help others - in our Q&A section Register Now Already registered? Learn about Teaching Channel Plus for Schools & Districts Sign In or Sign Up My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes Grades 6-8 / Math / Warm-Up CCSS: Math.MP.6 Common Core State Standards Embed Video Great Lesson Ideas: My Favorite No with Leah Alcala [01:00:10;24] Leah: Hi. Error loading player: No playable sources found <div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div> Related Videos Approaches to Poetry: Pre-Reading Strategies Grades 6-12 / ELA / Tone & Theme ELA.RL.8.410424 > Lesson Objective Use mistakes to quickly clarify concepts Length 6 minutes Questions to Consider How does this strategy allow for immediate re-teaching? Teacher & School Info Leah Alcala Math / Teacher Follow School Details Martin Luther King Middle SchoolBerkeley, CA Feedback

Bedtime Math Origami is creative math fun - Bedtime Math Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding papers into shapes and artful forms, continues to evolve and attract new artists into the, ahem, fold. Origami requires spatial reasoning skills, thinking in three dimensions. It builds an understanding of geometric shapes and concepts. Origami is also creative and fun. I look forward to the Origami USA Conference each year so I can marvel from afar as my friend Debi Pfitzenmaier posts photos of her teen son’s amazing creations along with those of other talented folders. Move over soccer moms, Debi is one of a growing number of Origami Mommies. Origami is a hobby that can lead to lucrative careers that require math and modeling. Getting Started Debi advises parents to start children building relatively simple things like airplanes and other basic representations. Libraries and art centers may host origami classes or camps like Debi’s son once attended. Patience, Grasshopper Your child’s early pieces may not be much to look at. Intrigued?

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