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International Conference on Thinking Mind Tools A Crash Course on Creativity With the power to cross borders and languages, music serves as a compelling tool for unlocking creative potential. Creativity: Music to My Ears is a six week course designed to explore several factors that stimulate creativity in individuals, teams, and organizations. In each session we will focus on a different variable related to creativity, such as reframing problems, connecting and combining ideas, and challenging assumptions. All of the projects in this experiential course will deal with some aspect of music, including listening, creating, and sharing. No musical talent is required - just an interest in exploring the role that music plays in our lives. To deepen your understanding of music, throughout the course we will include video clips from experts in the music industry, including world-renowned Warner Music recording artists, Stanford music scholars, and industry executives who work to bring new and innovative musical expression to a global audience. « Less

L'histoire élitiste des historiens universitaires Le 3 octobre dernier, la Coalition pour l'histoire et la Fondation Lionel-Groulx publiaient une étude sur l'enseignement et la recherche en histoire au Québec, dénonçant, chiffres à l'appui, la place minuscule qu'occupent les grands personnages et les grands événements politiques qui ont marqué notre passé. La part du lion revient à l'histoire sociale qui s'intéresse aux pauvres, aux immigrants, aux exclus, etc. Ce constat en a dérangé plusieurs parmi les spécialistes, dont l'historienne Denyse Baillargeon, qui a réagi dans Le Devoir. Son argument central consiste à dire que les historiens du social abordent aussi les enjeux politiques et nationaux. Ce n'est évidemment pas le cas, par exemple, dans un livre relatant la vie de Maurice Duplessis ou Pierre Elliott Trudeau, qui permettra de mieux comprendre le Québec dans son ensemble. Vision réductrice L'intérêt des citoyens Mais qu'importe la vie d'un ancien premier ministre. *** Frédéric Bastien - Professeur d'histoire au collège Dawson

Scientific Learning The iPad® and Student Engagement: Is There a Connection? April 1, 2014 by Carrie Gajowski When students at ACS Cobham International School (UK) got iPads, Richard Harrold saw an opportunity. As an assistant principal at the lower (elementary) school, he had been hearing glowing reports from other educators about students seeing remarkable gains when using iPads. Harrold decided to find out. Harrold's study confirmed the benefits of iPads in schools: iPads benefit learners of different ages, sometimes in different ways iPads have special benefits for learners in the very early grades The iPad makes typing easier for 1st and 2nd graders More generally, results indicated that: iPads improve student engagement “iPad buddies” collaborate more iPads boost perseverance The effects discovered were more than a reaction to a fun, new “toy.” These findings are exciting, especially for learners requiring intervention. References: Harrold, R. (2012). Harrold, R. (2012). Related reading: References False!

Intute: Encouraging Critical Thinking Online Encouraging Critical Thinking Online is a set of free teaching resources designed to develop students' analytic abilities, using the Web as source material. Two units are currently available, each consisting of a series of exercises for classroom or seminar use. Students are invited to explore the Web and find a number of sites which address the selected topic, and then, in a teacher-led group discussion, to share and discuss their findings. The resources encourage students to think carefully and critically about the information sources they use. A comprehensive Teacher's Guide provides an overview of the course, lesson/seminar outlines, suggestions of illustrative websites, and points for discussion. Teacher's Guide (Units 1 and 2) Printable version (PDF) Resources for Unit 1: Checking Facts and Gathering Opinions Resources for Unit 1 Resources for Unit 2: Gauging and Examining Popular Opinion Resources for Unit 2

The Churning of the Ocean of Milk Contemporary painting of Vishnu seated in the Ocean of Milk, as Brahma, Shiva and other deities approach from the shore. Illustration by Kailash Raj (1) (Click to enlarge)CANNABIS CULTURE - Did you know that the largest continual human gathering in the world, Kumbha Mela, is based around the myth of the making of the Cosmic bhang? (For all those neophytes out there, bhang is a drink made from cannabis). I am still putting the finishing touches on my book Cannabis and the Soma Solution and recently revised some more of the material in my chapter on India: Excerpt from Cannabis and the Soma Solution: In Hinduism, Samudra manthan or The Churning of the Ocean of Milk is one of the most famous episodes in the Puranas (500-300 BC) and the story is still celebrated in the popular festivals known as the Kumbha Mela. Article on Soma: Video on Soma: Literal meaning [of amrita]: ‘non-dead’.

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hlizifikh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?

Historical Thinking in the Elementary Years: A Review of Current Research CANADIAN SOCIAL STUDIES VOLUME 39 NUMBER 1, FALL 2004 Special Issue: Social Studies Research and Teaching in Elementary Schools Amy von Heyking University of Alberta Return to Articles Abstract History has long held a privileged place within the social studies. Moreover, history's integration into the social studies meant that it was generally treated as a source of data for solving current problems. Two important developments occurred in the field of history education that challenged these assumptions. The Nature and Purpose of History in Elementary School History is not the story of the past. Children's Historical Understanding The earliest examinations of children's cognitive development within the context of history seemed to indicate that the subject was largely meaningless to students until the age of fourteen. Researchers now have largely rejected universal cognitive development theories. Historical Thinking 2) Epistemology and Evidence

21st century education Revised August 2008. Your Assignment, Should You Choose to Accept It . . . Like Alice, many educators, policy makers and even the general public respond resoundingly with "That's impossible!" when challenged to adopt a new paradigm of education for the 21st century. Most people today adhere to a paradigm of education that is strictly 19th century. But, like the Queen, a growing number of educators are believing in and accomplishing "the impossible". Web 2.0 and new Social Communities Dr. What is 21st century curriculum? What does all this mean for how we design and build schools? 1. References Kellner, Douglas; New Media and New Literacies: Reconstructing Education for the New Millennium Grant, Jodi, Director of the After School Alliance; Fourteen Million Kids, Unsupervised McLeod, Scott, Dangerously Irrelevant Time, Learning and Afterschool Task Force, A New Day for Learning Belasco, James A., Teaching the Elephant to Dance, 1991 Wesch, Michael, Ph.

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