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Willingham talk on critical thinking - Daniel Willingham

Willingham talk on critical thinking - Daniel Willingham | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Great presentation. And, I hope, helpful in re-framing the "critical thinking" agenda for K-8 students. At that level, I think that critical thinking is limited to some very basic skills -- recognizing truly ridiculous statements, making ...
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Celebrating World Poetry Day - websites and EdApps (in case you missed it on March 21st!)

Celebrating World Poetry Day - websites and EdApps (in case you missed it on March 21st!) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Written by Dr. Bruce Ellis

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Center for News Literacy – Bringing crucial critical thinking skills for the 21st century to teachers and students

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Trump seeks to slash Education Department but make big push for school choice

Trump seeks to slash Education Department but make big push for school choice | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Proposal signals effort to reshape K-12 schools and the federal role in education.
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | #Collaboration #Gaming 

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | #Collaboration #Gaming  | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 14, 8:05 AM
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Gaming

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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Trump Sharpens Budget Knife for Education Department, Sources Say

Trump Sharpens Budget Knife for Education Department, Sources Say | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Programs dealing with teacher quality and after school appear to be among those eyed for major cuts in the federal budget being prepared for fiscal 2018.
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Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
In a study, automated text messages to parents reduced absences and the number of F's earned by high school students.
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3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News via @coolcatteacher 

3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News via @coolcatteacher  | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The fake news epidemic is disturbing. How do we fight it? Well, we can take a hint from how the medical community fights the flu or any other virus. We inoculate ourselves. In this post, I’ll teach you how I teach about fake news. Just as the flu shot exposes a person to enough of the […]

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Five Predictions for Education in 2017

Five Predictions for Education in 2017 | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Here is what’s ahead for school choice, ed tech, and more, according to the CEO of a personalized-learning company.
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Improving Parent-Teacher Relationships Can Help Students Succeed, Study Finds

Improving Parent-Teacher Relationships Can Help Students Succeed, Study Finds | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Professional development programs can be one way to improve how parents and teachers communicate, according to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri.
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US apologises to 'shocked' Mem Fox after LA detention

US apologises to 'shocked' Mem Fox after LA detention | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Australian children's author Mem Fox has made more than 100 trips to the US over the years, but now says she is unlikely to ever go there again after her wrongful detainment by immigration officials at LA Airport earlier this month.
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Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
It is more than just a motor skill, researchers say. It engages the mind.

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Governors, State Lawmakers Roll Out School Choice Proposals

Governors, State Lawmakers Roll Out School Choice Proposals | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Republican-led legislatures are considering charter school and voucher bills at the state level even as a high-profile school choice proponent takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education.
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Taking notes by hand more effective than on computer :: Harvard Business Review

though the laptop note takers recorded a larger amount of notes, the longhand note takers performed better on conceptual, and this time factual, questions.

This final test clarified that the simple act of verbatim note taking encouraged by laptops could ultimately result in impaired learning. “Although more notes are beneficial, at least to a point, if the notes are taken indiscriminately or by mindlessly transcribing content, as is more likely the case on a laptop than when notes are taken longhand, the benefit disappears,” said Mueller and Oppenheimer.

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Interview with Alan November: The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more via Stacey Roshan

Interview with Alan November: The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more via Stacey Roshan | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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News Literacy Working Group; Initial Thoughts

News Literacy Working Group; Initial Thoughts | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Can we make it un-cool to spread other people’s lies on social media? Should Facebook, Google, SnapChat, and Twitter embed tools of truth in their users’ feeds? Should journalists be vastly more…
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 14, 6:49 AM
Many more ways to supercharge your critical thinking skills are waiting for you in The Critical Thinking Workbook! Download your free copy here https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/free-download-critical-thinking-workbook

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“Not only will Article-A-Day help students build background knowledge on different topics, it also increases their vocabulary, and their writing skills are improved.  It’s beneficia
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Information Literacy: Reflections on How the Brain Learns to Think Critically

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | #ModernEDU

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | #ModernEDU | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
December, 2014
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity)...

 

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Critical Digital Literacy
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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers
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Pensamiento crítico y TICs

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Teaching LA high schoolers about August Wilson

Teaching LA high schoolers about August Wilson | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Students at three high schools are spending the semester studying the playwright's work, including Fences. The program is run by Center Theatre Group.
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Donald Trump's First Speech to Congress and Education: Four Things to Watch

Donald Trump's First Speech to Congress and Education: Four Things to Watch | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The president's Tuesday night speech could give the country a glimpse of education's place among his priorities, or signal that education won't be a major focus.
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Educational Leadership: Literacy in Every Classroom: How Knowledge Powers Reading

Educational Leadership: Literacy in Every Classroom: How Knowledge Powers Reading | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 3, 3:13 PM
This is a powerful article from Educational Leadership that provides research to back up the fact that prior knowledge is a key component to reading instruction. We tend to think that knowing something is less important nowadays because we can simply Google the answer. Not so, according to author Doug Lemov. This is my take-away: "The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully."
This has implications for libraries and how we support reading instruction. To me, it also solidifies the practice of allowing students to check out books that interest them as they emerge as readers and not pigeon-hole them into Lexile ranges. Those little nuggets of information could be just that piece of prior knowledge needed to "think and read successfully" in the future. Enjoy!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 1:28 AM
Embedded non-fiction when reading fiction with students helps with understanding not only of the fiction but how non-fiction is a useful tool for learning. Interesting read.
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Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism

Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I have found that even though the students struggle at first with interpreting the adages, they come to enjoy the challenge. It becomes easier as they become more proficient at pulling out the true intent of the dicho. When they see that they have arrived at the heart of the adage, they eagerly write their thoughts and love to share them.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 13, 1:11 AM

Nice simple idea to encourage critical thinking.