The terms 'critical' and 'reflection' are sorely misunderstood in education. Being critical is often misinterpreted as being negative. 'Reflection' is also frequently distorted to mean "reflect on what you are doing wrong". Too often the students that we teach give negative feedback when asked to be critical. So to counter act this, educators initiate strategies such as '2 stars and a wish' and SWNI (strengths, weaknesses, new ideas). These strategies are designed to make reflective practices a more positive experience for students. It teaches them that being critically reflective is not just a negative activity, that it is important to be positive and give feedback to help improve or make something better. Learn more: - http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism
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"In his recent article, "14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools," Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson, gives innovative educators, students, and parents some food for thought in their own schools. When I read the article, I couldn't help but think that an excellent activity would be to turn the article into a quiz for school staff, students, and parents. After taking the quiz, they could compare results, see where they are, discuss what is working well, and also figure out some ways to update practice."
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"This past week I taught a few classes on infographics and decided to update the page by adding a section called "Teaching With Infographics". It is important for your students to make sure that they evaluate any infographics they are using, by making sure the author/creator has cited their references. Misinformation on the web exists. Have students read these tips to make a better infographic."
Working with info graphics has become an important skill now a days because new generation reads better images with less text. Helping students to become good users of it is developing 21st. century learners.
"Educators facilitate others’ learning experiences, but their own learning experiences are far from over. Through podcasts, educators can learn even more about their field and the forces impacting it — especially education technology.
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A website to support Reflection in Education K-16 The following technologies can support reflection: web logs (‘blogs’) as reflective journals, wikis as collaborative websites, digital storytelling/podcasting, Twitter and social networks.
As teachers, we keep talking about the 21st century skills our students need to acquire. One day soon, I trust someone will come up with a new way to reference these skills that does not make connect (What are the skills students need for the future?
Claudia Estrada's insight:
Time for a reflection...some good reading resources provided.