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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically December 26, 2014 Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list. In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. I learned about this great resource from a post shared by Education to Save The World. Image credit: Foundation of Critical Thinking

The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014 You could sift through piles of dense data sets in an attempt to understand the trends and discoveries that emerged in history, psychology, current events, and even fictional dragons in 2014. Or you could look at these infographics, which visualize otherwise overwhelming data as beautiful charts, graphs, and maps. Co.Design's Infographic of the Day series regularly showcases the best in data visualization, and this past year saw many stellar examples of the power of the well-designed visualization to illuminate information about nearly any subject, from the serious (the daily activities of Congress) to the frivolous (a visual compendium of the world's best dogs). We couldn't resist promoting Co.Design's own in-house data visualizations: the Great Wheel of Food Mashups and a map of each U.S. state's weirdest eating patterns (we're a bit food-fixated, apparently). The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History's Greatest Minds How Many Assault Rifles Did Your Local Police Get From The Military?

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest – When NOT To Post On Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | SocialTimes It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: to tweet. Since social media first opened its doors, folks have been obsessed with figuring out when they should be making their updates. You know, to guarantee the maximum possible engagement. Usually the focus has been on the right times to publish, but how about we turn that on its head? When is the worst time to update?* Check out this visual from SumAll so you learn about the “dead zones” of social media and avoid updating at the wrong times on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+. * As usual, your mileage may vary. (Source: SumAll.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Best Simple Tools to Create Infographics for Your Class December 2, 2014 Infographics has been gaining in stature in education and several teachers are integrating them in their instruction. Some are using them to teach language and fine arts; others are using them to teach science and health. By definition, infograhics are visual representation of data. This representation can take multiple forms and based on the purposes for which we are creating them, infographics can be categorized into different types such as Timelines, visualized article, flowchart, statistical infographics, informational infographics and so on. There are actually a plethora of web tools to use for creating infgraphics but some of them are really complicated and hard to work with. That is why I compiled this list and featured only 4 titles as being the best tools out there for teachers. What is an infographic by Cool Infographics 1- Piktochart This is definitely my favourite. 2- is another powerful tool for creating infographics. 3- Canva

Nice Infographic: “Around the World in 80 Games” I’m adding this infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures: Embed the above image on your site Customize size Click to copy Thanks to Cape Portfolios The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

A Beautiful Visual on How Technology Is Transforming 21st Century Education March 14, 2015 Technology is radically transforming the education landscape.The technological innovations and digital progress that marked the last two decades have brought a massive change in the ways education is being conceptualized and delivered, bigger than anytime in the history of mankind. Pessimists would call it technological determinism but we see it as a new window of opportunity into the vast horizon of learning. According to “Bringing Our Schools into The 21st Century Infographic”, some of the opportunities provided by technology for education include: High speed connectivity which will enable a wider access to the netCloud based storage capabilities which will, among others, help develop a professional educational culture, enhance communication and improve knowledge sharing.Digital portfolios will be commonplace among students. Via Teachers Degrees Courtesy of eLearning inforagphics

The Educators’ Guide to Infographics Sometimes when you’re compiling your content for your next blog post you find that, to get your point across, you have to cover a lot of facts and figures, statistics, or tabular information, and it’s really tricky to put into words. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily compile it all into a vibrant and easy to read chart, or even a collection of charts that are all related? Then, wouldn’t it be great if it was all in one image that you could share to other people, or even print to stick on the wall of your classroom? Search no more, for we have your solution. What Are Infographics? As the name may suggest, an Infographic is a graphic that gives you lots of info. Our Favourite Infographic Tools I’ve been huntng down some of the best tools I can find for creating infographics, and other graphics you can use on your blog. 1. I’ve started here because this is my favourite of the tools I’m going to look at, but not specifically for it’s Infographic ability. 2. 3. 4. Conclusion Related

How Technology Transforms Learning and Teaching Infographic - e-Learning Infographics Educational Technology Infographics How Technology Transforms Learning and Teaching Infographic How Technology Transforms Learning and Teaching Infographic How Technology Transforms Learning and Teaching Infographic shows how ed tech is revolutionizing learning and instruction! Technology transforms learning More than 50% of students in grades 6-12 go online for homework help at least once a week41% of students would like to take a virtual class to learn at their own paceStudents who study on mobile devices study 40 minutes more per week than those who don’tStudents in blended reading classrooms exceed growth expectations by 50%Today’s students use mobile devices for: – Anytime research 60% – Educational games 43% – Collaboration with peers 40% – School-related alerts 33% Technology transforms teaching Let ISTE 2015 transform you. Thousands of educators gain critical digital age skills at the ISTE Conference & Expo. Via:

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Infographics Are Made It’s been said that we’re living in the golden age of data visualization. And why shouldn’t we be? Every move we make is potential fodder for a bar chart or line graph. A new book from graphic guru and School of Visual Arts professor Steven Heller and designer Rick Landers looks at that the process of more than 200 designers, from first sketch to final product. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Heller says there are a few through-lines to all good infographics, the first being clarity. Infographics tend to serve a similar purpose as a photo and caption, albeit in a different form. This can come in many forms. It’s fascinating to go behind the scenes of a designer’s work process, in the way it’s fascinating to flip through another person’s journal or leaf through the papers on their desk. Go Back to Top.

21 Essential Data Visualization Tools - Blog 322 823 108Share0 They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in online world, a chart or infographic will enrich any designers repertoire. If you are focused on having a clear insight into your numbers, then you know what your business needs: Data Visualization. Let me introduce you to the article in which you will find 21 Data Visualization tools that are essential for your website. A ​very ​quick note before we ​dive in: there are more than ​10​0 ​different data visualization tools in the market, and I have only listed some ​of the most essential​ ones here. ​Now, let’s get started with the list!​ FusionCharts FusionCharts Suite XT gives you good-looking charts with exciting animation, smart designs and rich interactivity. It also works with all web and mobile applications, this includes IE 6, 7 and 8 that most components do not support. Dygraphs Dygraphs is a fast, flexible open source JavaScript charting library that allows users to explore and interpret dense data sets. Leaflet