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The Neuroscience Of Imagination

The Neuroscience Of Imagination | Constant Learning | Scoop.it

 hoUnderstanding how imagination works could be the key to daydreaming yourself into a sharper, more creative person.

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I have a never-ending fascination with the brain and learning about how people and their brains learn.

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CAMH: Make amendments to your "Understanding" ad campaign

CAMH: Make amendments to your "Understanding" ad campaign | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
I am writing with concern in response to your recently launched “Understanding” ad campaign. As a person living with mental illness, I am deeply...
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Please support this on-line petition by changing the conversation around mental health issues by starting one of your own. We all need to work together to support the 1 in every 5 people who suffer from anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorders, depression and other mental health issues. It is time to make a stand.

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism | Hybrid Pedagogy.com

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism | Hybrid Pedagogy.com | Constant Learning | Scoop.it

Educational theory and practice have begun to appear more frequently in the popular press. Terms such as collaborative learning, project-based learning, metacognition, inquiry-based learning, and so on, might be new to some audiences, but they have a relatively long and well-documented history for many educators. The most widely-known and promising pedagogical approach is constructivism grounded on the work of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner. Given how it has transformed my own understanding of pedagogy, teaching, and learning, constructionism seems ripe for a similar resurgence — like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Taylorization and standardized testing. Constructionism brings creativity, tinkering, exploring, building, and presentation to the forefront of the learning process.

 

 

Over the last decade my teaching has undergone a dramatic transformation as I played with many methods for getting my students to learn not only through doing, but also through creating. Initially this interest was sparked by a belief that targeting the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) would lead to mastery in all the other cognitive domains. Later it was bolstered by an interest in creating more collaborative learning opportunities for my students.

 

 

I also felt passionately that anything my students create should have an authentic audience. I realized, after reading the works of influential writing theorist Peter Elbow, that when they wrote essays for me, they were writing to be judged, not writing to inform. Elbow argued that:

 

"When students write for teachers, they are writing ‘uphill’ in the authority dimension: instead of having the normal language-using experience of trying to communicate ‘across’ to others in order to tell them what’s on their mind, they are having the experience of trying to communicate ‘up’ to someone whose only reason for reading is to judge the acceptability of what they wrote and how they wrote it."

 

My first experiment was in having them write essays for their classmates, and although it was a vast improvement, still the audience seemed less than authentic.

 

Fortunately, my efforts to transform the way I teach came at the same time we were experiencing the societal shift from information consumerism to a production and remix culture. Now my students could write for a truly authentic audience through blogs, wikis, and websites.

 

As I strove to facilitate learning through creating, I realized that text-based creations were only the surface and started to build learning experiences in which my students explored and leveraged the wealth of creativity tools which were freely available online, including podcasting, screencasting, online presentation, mindmapping, animation, and infographic tools.

 

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Another amazing reason to follow Hybrid Pedagogy

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I prefer the Connectivist approach, but if we can move the masses out of the 19th century education model and into the early 20th model that is a ste in the right direction.

NatalyTverdokhlebova's curator insight, October 21, 2014 4:07 AM

Тысячи педагогов неосознанно работают, используя теории конструктивизма. Конструктивизм базируется на двух видах строительства. Во-первых, обучение является активным процессом, в котором люди активно строят знание из их опыта. Люди не получают идеи; они делают их. Этот аспект строительства происходит от теории конструктивизма развития знаний Жана Пиаже. К понятию Пиаже, Паперт добавил другой тип строительства, утверждая, что люди создают новые знания с определенной эффективностью, когда они занимаются построением лично значимых продуктов. Результат получается еще лучше, когда делать это совместно с другими.

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Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons

Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers should draw on historical texts to give life to the literacy objectives of the common-core standards, Stanford University's Sam Wineburg writes.
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"Adolescents become fluent readers when their horizons are broadened."

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One year ago today-Lessons Learned in the Wake of Suicide | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

One year ago today-Lessons Learned in the Wake of Suicide | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The death of my beloved brother, my box of darkness, was a gift. It just took a while to unwrap it completely. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned.
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No one needs to suffer in silence. Speak out and speak up for those who suffer from  any signs of depression or  mental illness. Ms Maiers frames her personal story like a light fills the darkness.

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Voice is Cheap : Stager-to-Go

Voice is Cheap : Stager-to-Go | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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Blog reply to Shareski's Fake and Real Student Voice.

This post further exhorts us to fine tune our BS detectors.

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How To Gamify Your Classroom - Edudemic

How To Gamify Your Classroom - Edudemic | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
It is becoming common knowledge that games are an effective instructional tool. Still, many educators are intimidated. How does one go about incorporating a game into pedagogy? It can seem daunting.
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Step by step look at how to integrate game based learning into the classroom. #Comprehensive 

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Topic: Aboriginal learning

The Canadian Council on Learning is a catalyst for lifelong learning, promoting and supporting evidence-based decisions about learning throughout all stages of life, from early childhood through to the senior years.
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Great jump site for #FNMI learning resources.

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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Official transcript at http://sivers.org/ff --- If you've learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let's watch a movement happen, start to ...
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Great example of how a movement gains momentum. As my dad always said, "You can't be a leader without a following." 

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138. SPECIAL COMIC: The next generation

138. SPECIAL COMIC: The next generation | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Something a bit different this week. A few of my Filipino readers contacted me after Typhoon Haiyan struck, asking that I adapt a quote to help create awareness about the tragedy. That got me think...
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Priorities are hard to order when we live in such an abundantly blessed part of our planet. Beautiful story about how we can give to make a world of difference to those in need. 

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Dick & Rick Hoyt

This is the story of Dick & Rick Hoyt, the most inspirational father and son team to race in an Ironman.
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Inspiration if you're having a bad day.

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Kyle Gablenz's curator insight, May 22, 2014 10:18 PM

In this video, Dick Hoyt tells the amazing story about him and his son Rick . Rick Hoyt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck,blocking the oxygen flow. Many doctors told the Hoyts to put Rick into an institution because they said he would just be a vegetable, but instead the hoyts took Rick home. After a while Rick learned the alphabet and was fitted with a computer that allowed him to talk. With this device Rick could also go to school. In 1977 Rick asked his father if they could run in a race together to support a kid who had  been paralyzed. After the race Rick said that when he's was running it feels like he is not handicapped, after that Dick trained so he could get in shape to push Rick all the way to the finish line . The two of them have raced together in many big races like the Boston marathon and iron mans and have become inspirations and legends to many people.

 

This year in religion we have learned about inclusion and this video clearly displays inclusion and the meaning of inclusion. Inclusion is the action or state of being included in a group and this story is a great example of inclusion. This to me relates to what I have learned about inclusion and how we need to treat people who are normally treated differently like normal people. This story relates to what I have learned because instead of keeping Rick in an institution they take him home and they teach him things like the alphabet, so he could go to school and live the life of a normal kid instead of being excluded and living a life inside of an institution. They also include him by doing these races which  make him feel free and like he's not handicapped, making him feel like anyone else in the world instead of an outcast. Overall Dick helping his son run basically '' takes away'' Rick's feeling of being handicapped making him feel included and no different than anybody else. Clearly displaying the meaning of inclusion.

 

Rick may have been handicapped and told that he would just be a vegetable. But his parents decision to  bring him home , to teach him and giving him a normal life entered him into running giving him a positive life. And if he never got that computer and was never taught the  alphabet he would never have gotten the chance to find what he loves which is running. Inclusion in Ricks life has turned him into a very intelligent, inspiring, and legendary person, instead of being treated differently and leading a life inside an institution. Overall this amazing story is a great example of how good of a thing inclusion can be and how much of a difference and a positive change it can make in someones life .

 

Hannah Ravela's comment, May 24, 2014 10:54 PM
What I like about this video is that how Mr. Hoyt didn't give up with his son instead he run marathons with his son and reach finish line together. I like how his dad keeps him in an institution that teaches Rick alphabet and words so that he could go to school. This video not only teach us about inclusion but it also teach us about christian perspective on being with others. This film shows a christian perspective on being with others, challenge each individual to be become better than they are. Rick's dad is helping his son to be a better person by bringing him in marathons which make Rick's disability gone for a moment. Dick also show a christian perspective, be strong in good time and bad. The father and son have been through a lot and yet they never give up they live happily and enjoying their selves by running marathons together. They over come difficulties together. Mr. Hoyt also shows a positive behaviour of beatitudes, blessed are meek. He shows being gentle and compassion with his son by accepting his son and treating his son with full of love and kindness.
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Michigan Football Team Embraces Special Player

OLIVET, Mich. (WKRC) -- A Michigan middle school football team goes behind their coach's back to give a developmentally disabled player a special moment. CBS...
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You cannot help but be transformed when you think of others ahead of yourself. What if every HS and college team was able to impact a member of their school like this? This video is an incredible example of selflessness. WARNING: Tears may flow.

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JWTIntelligence - 10 Trends for 2014 in 2 minutes - YouTube

In our ninth annual forecast of trends for the near future, we see how consumers are both welcoming and resisting technology's growing omnipresence in our li...
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Now that we've had time to unthaw. We can look at what we have to look forward to in 2014.

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Recovery Affirmations

Recovery Affirmations | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
These positive affirmations are short, powerful statements that can change your life and empower... ("I am not lazy for taking care of my mental health." RT to spread the message!
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What a beautiful message of confidence, hope and encouragement.

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Remake Your Class Part 3: Exploring a Collaborative Learning Environment

Visit http://www.edutopia.org/remake for more tips and resources! Edutopia's three-part series follows a determined teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in San...
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Offers so many practical and affordable ways to utilize the entire learning space.

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for the love of learning: Should schools just get back to basics?

for the love of learning: Should schools just get back to basics? | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Strong argument for progressive pedagogy: "Should schools just get back to basics?" http://t.co/zXILk1QksJ #edchat #edreform by @joe_bower
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Great question! "When did we go away from the basics?"

Regardless, education needs to progress in balance while honouring tried and true methods while constantly, intentionally making space for new thoughts and perspectives.

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Best Education-Related Videos of 2013

Best Education-Related Videos of 2013 | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
I love end of year "best of" lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2013. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  ...
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A compendium of the best of 2013. Privileged to say that I have shared most of these videos with my students and or colleagues. 

How could you not want to dance after watching Kid President's Pep Talk? Hope you all dance into 2014 knowing that your students want to dance too.

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UNDER PRESSURE

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As students feel the pressure of school and family there is an even greater need to recognize the signs of stress and anxiety.

 

This Prezi was created by one of my students, Niki H and suggested by another student Nicolas M via Scoop.It.

 

I am very proud of my students who are so aware of the crucial importance of dealing with stress and mental health issues in society and for demonstrating their skills as effective users of social media.

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Fake and Real Student Voice | Ideas and Thoughts

Fake and Real Student Voice | Ideas and Thoughts | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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Is there an agenda behind the student voice movement that is being crafted by adults? How does education reckon with this?

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The Order of Operations is Wrong

Morally Wrong, that is... MinutePhysics is on Google+ - http://bit.ly/qzEwc6 And facebook - http://facebook.com/minutephysics And twitter - @minutephysics Mi...
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Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course

Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
During Fall, 2012, I taught a Boise State University EdTech graduate course in Social Networking Learning.  I wrote about this course in Educators as Social Networked Learners. I decided to write a...
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We could all use a little more MOOC in our learning lives.

Can't help but see this as the future of collaboration in learning.

Having participated in #etmooc at the start of this year, I found the experience incredilbly rewarding and edifying to all learners.

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Gamification: A New Future for Learning - Sara De Freitas

The use of games and play has been a part of education since the earliest times. Games are becoming more pervasive, and the use of social play and gamificati...
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Gamifying Ed - is not just play. It's personalized learning in a given context while playing. 

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CAN

Footage from the Dick and Rick Hoyt Story cut to "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me.
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Another piece to understanding the power of the human spirit that never quits.

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Star Wars Snowflakes 2013

Star Wars Snowflakes 2013 | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
2013 Star Wars snowflake pattern downloads.
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Star Wars themed snowflake designs for the inner Jedi in all of us.

May their originality be with you.

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