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Tested: Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense | Accredited Online Colleges.com

Tested: Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense | Accredited Online Colleges.com | Design in Education | Scoop.it

"Students working toward completing their education know that when it comes to school, being tested is more or less unavoidable... If you’re considering a career in the academic field, or you’re simply a student who questions the value of standardized tests, the following infographic can help shed some light on the over-testing of American students."

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“The Understudent” — Notice The Kids Waiting In The Wings And Turn Every Child Into A Star

“The Understudent” — Notice The Kids Waiting In The Wings And Turn Every Child Into A Star | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Every teacher knows the high-achieving students in his or her classroom. These are the trusted “high verbal” pupils who raise their hands, who answer each question, who quote the night’s reading, and who ferry the conversation. It’s a tacit trust between educator and child — the rewards are mutual. The lesson can proceed according to the teacher’s design, and the extroverts can succeed according to the traditional model.

 

 

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8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore

8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore | Design in Education | Scoop.it

"Did you ever click the bright red "New" button inside your Google Drive?

 

"Google Drawings isn't at the forefront of tools. The limelight is reserved for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But let's do a reawakening of sorts and click on More to go to the "neglected" siblings. We have seen the usefulness of Google Forms. It's time to appreciate the versatility of Google Drawings.

 

"Google Drawings is the freshest among all Google Drive tools. It is not a full-blownimage editor like MS Paint. But the graphic editor is more powerful for one simple fact – it is a real-time collaborative application."

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

 

EXCELLENT suggestions and tips for how to use Google Drawings. Well worth the time to investigate.


Via Jim Lerman, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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I look forward to exploring this!!

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Barbara Sweet's curator insight, August 3, 8:04 PM

I look forward to exploring this!!

Tim Haag's curator insight, August 3, 9:24 PM

I look forward to exploring this!!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 7, 1:21 PM

I just made some flyers and handouts for the library using Google Drawings. Thanks to Jim for sharing this article.

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Designing “Anti-Logos” - Using Visual Satire To Rekindle Civics Education

Designing “Anti-Logos” - Using Visual Satire To Rekindle Civics Education | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We admit that we're fanatical about the power of logos to expand student learning. A logo packs a world of meaning into a tidy visual icon. Corporate and candidate logos combine precise elements, such as color, text, strategy, replicability, malleability, recognition, branding, and loyalty. For students, if they can unpack these multiple tiers of significance, then they can truly grasp the messages stowed within each succinct icon. This is visual and cultural literacy at its best.

 

 

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Visual Content Completes the ARC: The Value Of Appeal, Retention, and Comprehension

Visual Content Completes the ARC: The Value Of Appeal, Retention, and Comprehension | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The influence of visual media on how content is communicated and consumed plays an enormous role in how we synthesize information. So it is no surprise that A&E History partnered with the design firm Column Five to produce Little Bits Of Big History. We’ve been big fans of Column Five as one of the leaders in developing visual communication that educates, engages, and inspires – all core parts of its mission. These mini-infographics, along with their accompanying short animations, illustrate a selection of history facts on a variety of subjects from a "just because it’s interesting" approach.

 

 

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Visual Civics: Designing A Candidacy - Hillary Clinton

Visual Civics: Designing A Candidacy - Hillary Clinton | Design in Education | Scoop.it

For several years now, we have used the concepts of logos and branding in our classes to teach visual civics. As avid consumers of visual media, our students become engaged with social studies and political science through the dynamic interactions of advertising, bumper stickers, and presidential insignia. In the last election cycle, we invited kids to rate presidential logos on each banner's ability to communicate candidate values and campaign themes. When our middle schoolers checked out Clinton's 2016 design, they immediately grasped its message of forward progress. They also astutely pointed out that with Clinton's widespread name recognition, she needed little more than an "H" to connect with voters.

 

 

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Sketchnoting, Mapping, And Making Enhance The Visual Thinking Process

Sketchnoting, Mapping, And Making Enhance The Visual Thinking Process | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Oh, what a year it’s been. It seems we flew through May without taking a breath as we worked through a myriad of projects. One of our favorites this spring was completed as part of the second grade social studies unit on communities. We collaborated with our colleagues Stefani Rosenthal (@StefRosenthal) and Jessica Raffaelle (@miss_raffaelle) to build a project-based learning unit to answer the question, "Where Do People Live?" More importantly, we wanted to build a visual vocabulary to help support the thinking process using sketchnotes, maps, and three-dimensional design.

 

 

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DESIGN LITERACY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL THINKING

DESIGN LITERACY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL THINKING | Design in Education | Scoop.it
DESIGN LITERACY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL THINKING SMARTBRIEF'S SMARTBLOGS presents Editors Choice Content Award winning educators Mercer Hall and Patricia Russac
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Inspiration Plus Creativity Equals Innovative Teaching And Learning

Inspiration Plus Creativity Equals Innovative Teaching And Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Education is smack in the middle of an earth swell of change. No matter how hard the system tries to maintain a rigid set of evaluative assessments, something has to give. Otherwise, we will lose too many teachers over restrictions, and worse, too many young people who know that outside of school the freedom to learn, experiment, and create exists.

 

 

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How To Teach Visual Thinking – 5 Strategies From Around The Web

How To Teach Visual Thinking – 5 Strategies From Around The Web | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The misconceptions about visual thinking are alarming. On one hand, this critical skill seems integral for contemporary learning, since almost every modern input is visual in nature. Yet this key proficiency seems almost entirely absent from state standards and daily classroom lessons.

 

 

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Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing | November Learning

Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing | November Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.

Via Bobbi Dunham, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 10:29 PM

Think this article is worthy of a re-post. Although I think we've moved beyond the 1:1 issue, the big issue that still remains is 'time'. And time is money. Faculty are pushed to the limit. Asking them to redesign and learn new ways to incorporate tech into learning is no easy feat. But it's important to do. Time would be better spent given to faculty so they can critically explore and take advantage of tech tools for learning instead of endlessly squabbling about the impact of tech on learning. That bus has already left the station.

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Renderforest: An Amazing Tool For Students & Teachers To Create Motion Graphic Videos

Renderforest: An Amazing Tool For Students & Teachers To Create Motion Graphic Videos | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Motion graphics are some of the most effective learning tools today. Sometimes called explainer videos or animated infographics, these multi-sensory clips deliver information in a high-octane fashion that appeals to all of the learning modalities.

 

 

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"What Is Graphicacy?" — An Essential Literacy Explained In An Animated Motion Graphic

"What Is Graphicacy?" — An Essential Literacy Explained In An Animated Motion Graphic | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We live in a visual world. Smartphones, television, Internet, and social media all push information in real-time, all the time. Visual media bombard us in constant streams. Learners of every age, therefore, need to understand how to analyze pictorial information. This skill of parsing images, interpreting pictures, and decoding diagrams is known as graphicacy.

 

 

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STEAM Art Lessons

STEAM Art Lessons | Design in Education | Scoop.it

This list of ART and technology rich STEAM lessons will continue to grow as our ideas grow. See Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference and this post featuring the first 12 ideas below.

 

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The Uber Generation Of Learning — Fast, Efficient, And Driven By Tech

The Uber Generation Of Learning — Fast, Efficient, And Driven By Tech | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It’s no surprise that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission is lobbying for limits to Uber’s expansion. In fact, municipalities across the country are frettingover Uber’s intrusion.

 Uber’s appeal — and its rapid, unmitigated ascent — is exactly like the edtech groundswell in contemporary learning. A private company, Uber is a a car service currently taking the country by storm. It allows anyone with an app to instantly summon a professional ride. It takes away the guessing about street corners and hand-waving. It offers customized choices, such as a car seat or SUV. Uber provides real time, visual tracking of how far away the car is and how much the trip will cost.

 

 

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The Blue Heart Campaign To End Human Trafficking

The Blue Heart Campaign To End Human Trafficking | Design in Education | Scoop.it

While we know many schools are not in session, we felt it important to write about the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign on the second World Day Against Trafficking of Humans. The first was on July 30, 2014.

 

 

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What Is "Interdisciplinary Geography"? - 5 Animations To Get Kids Excited About Maps

What Is "Interdisciplinary Geography"? - 5 Animations To Get Kids Excited About Maps | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Students like geography more than most adults think. Kids are actually drawn to maps' visual characters, their quirky variabilities, their puzzle-like natures that hold secret troves of meaning just waiting to be decoded.

 

 

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In Pieces: A Beautiful Interactive Exhibit Of Endangered Species

In Pieces: A Beautiful Interactive Exhibit Of Endangered Species | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Every once in a while, an interactive website comes along that is as beautiful as it is instructive. In Pieces is just that site. The interactive exhibition turns 30 of the world's most interesting endangered species facing a fragmented survival into captivating images of complex, paper folding using 30 pieces. Bryan James is the creative designer who built the project using CSS polygons that morph and move. He provides an extensive list of sources for his content as well as a host of links for other organizations that would be helpful for student research.

 

 

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Peace Through Understanding - GPI 2015

Peace Through Understanding - GPI 2015 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Last week, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI) on its Vision of Humanity website. As with our earlier posts on the topic of peace, and in particular the release of the 2013 and 2014 GPI, we believe that sharing these findings each year helps to establish a deeper understanding of the effects of peace on society. The resources available on the site provide educators with a variety of learning materials, including an interactive map, infographic highlights, and a short motion graphic explaining this year's report.

 

 

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Visualizing The Human Cost of WWII

Visualizing The Human Cost of WWII | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We were hoping to have this post ready for Memorial Day last Monday, but with one week of school left, final exams, report cards, etc., the time just vanished. The data visualization used to tell the story in The Fallen Of World War II is an interactive documentary showing the human cost of war. It was written, directed, coded, and narrated by Neil Halloran. The film is a timeline of events that allows viewers to pause the narration to interact with the data.

 

 

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The Benefits Of Good Design - Resources For Community College Learners

The Benefits Of Good Design - Resources For Community College Learners | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Community college students everyday interact with a range of materials: handouts, worksheets, outlines, templates, PowerPoints, etc. From the simplest to the most complex, these resources are sometimes the primary conduits for information and training. The design of these materials, therefore, matters. The visual presentation of instructional tools can make the difference between detachment and engagement, between reticence and retention.

 

 

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Only Those Who Dare – Motivating Kids To Think Like Entrepreneurs

Only Those Who Dare – Motivating Kids To Think Like Entrepreneurs | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Steering learners away from settling on the status quo forces them to see the potential of taking a chance on their ideas. Dare to be different, dare to take a risk, and dare greatly. As educators, we believe it will foster their entrepreneurial spirit for a lifetime.

 

 

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April Fool’s Day – A Little Bit Of History

April Fool’s Day – A Little Bit Of History | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The "Ask History: April Fools" video produced by the History Channel has the answers to how practical jokes became associated with April 1, complete with a little prank at the end.

 

 

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New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck!

New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck! | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Lots of questions after our presentation of asking the right Ecommerce questions last week to a group of about 40 Small to Medium Sized Businesses in Raleigh sponsored by FedEx. Instead fo writing more, we took a different approach and developed short "Video Notes" adding Curagami YouTube links to our Haiku Deck:

Find the Haiku Deck Here
http://shar.es/1gssvu

Find Introductory Video Notes on YouTube Here
https://youtu.be/T3KVhY_yK10 ;

Find Video Notes about creating online community here
https://youtu.be/KXmON4U1I_E ;

 

Will add more video notes soon.  


Via Martin (Marty) Smith, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 10 Ways To Use The Meerkat Streaming Video App In Education

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 10 Ways To Use The Meerkat Streaming Video App In Education | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The new Meerkat app has taken the tech world by storm. Especially in the cubicles of Silicon Valley and the newsrooms of political sites, early adopters of Meerkat are trying to figure out how this real-time streaming video app will transform both social media and news reporting.

 

 

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Most College Athletes Are Failures — Learning From March Madness

Most College Athletes Are Failures — Learning From March Madness | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Most NCAA athletes are failures. They don't win the championship. They don't enter the pros. They don't take home a trophy at the end of the season. Only a handful of elite programs reap the acclaim and hardware that accompanies major spectacles like the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Most Division I, II, and III competitors are well-rounded college students giving a tremendous amount of effort for the love of their sport and their college.

 

 

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