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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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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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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 12:47 PM
Great games to use with "ME Leadership" (Marks of Excellence)
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5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

 

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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems | Infographic

PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems | Infographic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class

 

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

 


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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 21, 2014 5:37 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:30 AM

Love this.

HJJP's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:55 AM

Many problem solving frameworks and formats... I like this one... simple enough... but as complete as needed.

 

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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:40 AM

Without forgetting the relational nature of learning and teaching. Is it accountability or responsibility? Or is it a combining both? Judith Butler speaks about giving an account of one's self which is the way we respond and are responsible for learning.

 

 

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ma. isabel olguín vega's curator insight, September 30, 2014 6:37 PM

grupo de trabajo productivo en el aula  @barbirimoo

Quran Coaching's curator insight, October 1, 2014 3:21 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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Why Vygotsky?


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 10, 2013 4:42 PM

I think this is important - looking at the theories of education and found a different paper expounding Vygotskys Social Learning Theory.  There are more correlations here to how effective Group learning is.  Background to the theory. 

'Pedagogy of Collaboration' = cMOOC pedagogy? 

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Collect, Organize, Share and Collaborate on Multimedia Collections with Moxtra

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, March 7, 2013 5:31 AM
Wanderingsalsero, name one other platform that gives the same features across devices and OSes and also name one that integrates a real-time meeting option supported by VoIP. Then we can discuss further.
ghbrett's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:30 AM

Note: Have a look at Robin's comment below. As usual he is spot on. Plus this review includes some related links. Thanks and a tip-of-the-hat to Robin

Rod Murray's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:49 AM

Content Curation on Mobiles

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An Infinite Collaborative Image Canvas: CanvasDropr

An Infinite Collaborative Image Canvas: CanvasDropr | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

CanvasDropr provides a virtually infinite online canvas on which you and your friends / contacts can easily add, position, resize and rotate photos and video clips at will.

CanvasDropr can be used to brainstorm around visual collections, to select and organize images, and to prepare visual portfolios or tours to share with others or to be published online. 

 

From the official site: "The center of the CanvasDropr idea is to work and collaborate on a so-called "Canvas".

 

The canvas can be shared by an unlimited amount of people, and changes made in the canvas are updated real-time in every user’s canvas.

 

Users can easily drag and drop new images directly from their desktop onto the canvas."

 

CanvasDrops allows you to text chat in real-time with other "collaborators" you have invited as well as to set permissions for what "public" users can edit or modify on a "public canvas.

 

It is possible to place photos and video clips coming from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa or to import one simply by providing its URL. 

 

The final canvas can be shared on FB or Twitter, downloaded as an "image" or a .zip file containing all of its images and can also be "embedded" on any site or blog.

 

The service is free to use.

 

Check this video: http://vimeo.com/31591478 ;

Find out more: http://www.canvasdropr.com/ ;

 

or you can try it immediately with no need for signup if you alrady have a Twitter or facebook account: http://www.canvasdropr.com/Signup.aspx ;


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 10, 2013 6:44 PM

A nice collaborative tool for images.

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Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools

Steps for Applying Design Thinking to Build and Evolve Schools | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Asking users about their needs can open up the possibilities of what can be addressed by schools. As a result of design thinking, one school created a separate parents' center.

 

 

 

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

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn

 


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Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:59 PM

Here in Pittsburgh there are  a host of schools who have found similar success. Here's a link to a story I wrote about several schools using Design Thinking in the Pittsburgh area: http://bit.ly/1AouPBy

Gust MEES's curator insight, February 24, 2015 7:46 AM
Asking users about their needs can open up the possibilities of what can be addressed by schools. As a result of design thinking, one school created a separate parents' center.


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn


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Collaborize Classroom: Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teachers

Collaborize Classroom: Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
We believe that one of the most important challenges educators face today is to prepare kids for the world that awaits them after they leave the classroom -- those "21st century skills" you keep hearing about. We've created the free resources below to support and inspire you and your students in facing that challenge.

Also, be sure to visit the Collaborize Classroom Topic Library, where you'll find thousands of topics that have been created and successfully used by educators in their own Collaborize Classroom® sites.

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


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Lisa Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:58 AM

Great information as usual Dennis!

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The connected educator: It begins with collaboration

The connected educator: It begins with collaboration | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"Connected educators model collaboration, learning, and growth for their students by embracing those same qualities in their own professional development ..."

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5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Open up Your Classroom to the World With Video Conferencing Many of us are familiar with the use of computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and other technological

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:20 AM

Looking for ways to bring experts into the classroom? Ask the librarian! There are tons of great resources out there and people and places that would love to share with you, from veterans to scientists to authors. Invite the world in!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:44 AM

Most of these suggestions are fairly obvious, but this can help spur some thinking on the many ways to use this wonderful tool. Video conferencing brings the world to your classroom and the classroom to the world!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

Video Conferencia. Interacción colaborativa.

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RealtimeBoard A Great Tool for Visual Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

RealtimeBoard A Great Tool for Visual Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:31 PM

Looks like great potential for collaborative work for students and teachers in the LC.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 30, 2013 9:56 AM

add your insight...

 

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WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud

WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
WeVideo lets you tell your story with video. Our online video editing platform is affordable, simple to use, and uniquely collaborative. Learn more today.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:48 AM

Give it a try...

 

Community Village Sites's comment, February 3, 2013 8:36 PM
excellent!
Alison Rostetter's curator insight, February 24, 2013 11:59 AM

you never know... maybe one day I'll have time for stuff like these and even a smart phone to do it with...

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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS


Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

 

Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:

 

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http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/09/how-twitter-is-reinventing-collaboration-among-educators272.html

 


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Sonia Thomas's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:53 PM

Twitter provides a great opportunity to collaborate with educators outside of your local physical community. The exchange of ideas and perspectives can reenergize your career. “Twitter is often just the introduction — the virtual handshake that opens the door to a deeper collaboration”