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World Peace Game Foundation

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"The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As “nation teams,” students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used."

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Using Technology To Turn Historical Photographs Into Animated Wonders

Using Technology To Turn Historical Photographs Into Animated Wonders | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Educators have always sought to add visual interest to their lessons, to support learning modalities and to provide illustrative examples of the topics under consideration. From postcards to prints, from filmstrips to YouTube, the power of pictures and movies to aid learning is undeniable. Now, various digital tools and editing applications are enlivening "flat" images in thrilling fashion. The animation of historical photos is bringing primary sources to life in ways unimagined by teachers and students a decade ago.
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10 Ways Pokémon Go Augments Real-World Education & Student Learning

10 Ways Pokémon Go Augments Real-World Education & Student Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it
As with all sudden fads, a host of important caveats have emerged this past week, including safeguarding private information, respecting hallowed locations, and ensuring personal safety. Also, as with most fads, this one game will not revolutionize education. That being said, here are 10 ways that Pokémon Go can support the skills of contemporary learning
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1st Grade Entrepreneurs Master Media And Marketing Techniques

1st Grade Entrepreneurs Master Media And Marketing Techniques | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Our Nifty Notes first grade entrepreneur project is in its fifth year, and so is our push to educate the young learners about media literacy. This collaborative project brings together their study of economics, including wants and needs, supply and demand, and scarcity and abundance, with an understanding of the art of persuasion, marketing, and hype.
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Can Maps Save The Planet? The Interactive Geography Of Crisis

Can Maps Save The Planet? The Interactive Geography Of Crisis | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The blessings of technology today mean that maps now breathe in constant updates. The ability to track global changes and inform visual displays in real-time turns children and adults into earth monitors. Interactive geography provides unprecedented access to world data streams, such that humanitarian and ecological crises can be pinpointed in exact, colorful, dynamic degree.
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The Worldwide Water Crisis - Animated Motion Graphics To Educate About The Earth

The Worldwide Water Crisis - Animated Motion Graphics To Educate About The Earth | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Students are always the first to want to care for Mother Earth. At our school’s Earth Day planting event on Friday, the kids asked why we didn’t do this more often — why we didn’t tend the gardens and grow vegetables and think about composting, recycling, and conservation on a more consistent basis.
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The Classroom Sleeper – Are We Paying Attention?

The Classroom Sleeper – Are We Paying Attention? | Design in Education | Scoop.it
We’re sure that we’ve all had students in our classes over the years who sat in the back to put their heads down to sleep. What about the sleeper? This is not the student we’ve referred to as the “understudent,” who waits in the wings or quietly sits in the shadows of the room doing the required work. We’re not talking about the quiet ones, the introverts, or the “low verbals” either. The “sleeper” is different.
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Good Interactive Design Taps Into Student Engagement

Good Interactive Design Taps Into Student Engagement | Design in Education | Scoop.it
It goes without saying that in the world of our students today static doesn’t cut it. We get it, and we’ve abandoned many old PowerPoints, moved away from textbooks, and discarded our opus of worksheets. That’s why we are constantly on the prowl to find resources to help make learning participatory. When content is combined with good design, it provides a context for stronger understanding; when the design of information is interactive, it prompts students to engage with the material in a physical way.
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Financial Literacy For This Generation - Visualizing The Future Of Wealth In America

Financial Literacy For This Generation - Visualizing The Future Of Wealth In America | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Financial literacy takes many forms. News headlines and candidate campaigns highlight the disparities of wealth between the "one percent" and the everyday Americans. In schools, traditional financial literacy classes teach older students about balancing their checkbooks and paying off their credit cards. These are noble messages, yet fundamental shifts are changing how young people spend and consume, from Bitcoin to online bill-pay.

 

 

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Using Brain Science To Study Smarter, Not Harder

Using Brain Science To Study Smarter, Not Harder | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Finding the optimum study technique is the holy grail for educators. Parents and teachers alike are joined in their quest to discover the most effective yet the most efficient process for helping their children learn. Countless conversations in the weekly parent-teacher Twitter chat (#ptchat), one of our favorites, have been dedicated to pinpointing the ideal strategies for evening study.

 

 

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The Great Homework Debate: Where Does Authenticity Meet Redundancy?

The Great Homework Debate: Where Does Authenticity Meet Redundancy? | Design in Education | Scoop.it
It may seem counterintuitive, but homework doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. For all the well-intentioned noise, the Great Homework Debate is still one of the least publicized (and most internalized) consternations for today's students and families. Yes, there is a deep Lexus Nexus catalogue of articles about the pros and cons of homework in American education. And yes, Alfie Kohn has a quotable list of jeremiads against the ills of busy-work. But the real tug-of-war takes place at dinner tables each night, when school children have not yet completed their hours of worksheets.

 

 

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Teaching Tolerance: America's Story Is An Immigration Story

Teaching Tolerance: America's Story Is An Immigration Story | Design in Education | Scoop.it

With the continual debate in our nation's government over the immigration policy, and the political rhetoric of the current crop of presidential candidates, it is no wonder that our students have misinformation and questions about immigration. No matter how you slice it, the United States is a nation of immigrants who contributed their blood, sweat, and tears to build the country we are today. America's story is an immigration story, of people who continue to become productive citizens, defend our country, work hard, and help this country grow.

 

 

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The GIFT Box - Help Unwrap Human Trafficking In 2016

The GIFT Box - Help Unwrap Human Trafficking In 2016 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

With each passing year, we see a growth in awareness of the plight of the less fortunate, particularly those suffering at the hands of human traffickers. We’ve written posts about the topic of slavery and Human Rights, but recently we came across the GIFT box project that is currently on view at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

 

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and STOP THE TRAFFIK worked together to create the GIFT box to raise awareness of the more than 21 million people forced into labor. The GIFT box project was launched during the London 2012 Olympics.

 

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Infographic With Visme

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Infographic With Visme | Design in Education | Scoop.it
A short tutorial for beginners on how to create a simple infographic with Visme.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, November 23, 2015 12:23 PM

If you want to learn how to make infographics, this is your tutorial.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 24, 2015 9:16 AM

Here are clear instructions for making an infographic. 

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 2, 10:26 AM

Great tips for creating Infographics.

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Visualizing The 2016 Conventions - Interactive Tools To Learn About Parties & Politics

Visualizing The 2016 Conventions - Interactive Tools To Learn About Parties & Politics | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Whether for use now in July or for lessons in the fall, a host of valuable visualizations exist to explain the esoteric proceedings. These interactive infographics and animated videos touch on a range of learning standards. They also let users explore the conventions at their own paces and levels.
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Digital Media, Human Rights, And The Writing Process

Digital Media, Human Rights, And The Writing Process | Design in Education | Scoop.it
We teach social studies, not history. We don’t want our students to think that learning about the past has little bearing on today. It is quite the opposite. Many of the major conflicts around the world stem from deeply rooted hatred from long-ago. We chronicle events to put things in context, but we see history as part of the study of human society. Social interactions determine how people-related issues affect history, government, economics, etc., both past and present. Social studies and the humanities are inextricably linked, and we want our students to make those same connections.
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Born Digitals Love To Make Things – Vintage Matters!

Born Digitals Love To Make Things – Vintage Matters! | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Born digitals deftly use technology; for them, it just is. Yet we constantly see discussions, blog posts, and articles about where and whether we should integrate technology, how it should be done, does it motivate learners, etc. We are decades past this discussion. Of course technology feeds motivation. What else would — filling in worksheets, taking linear notes, or sitting through text-laden PowerPoint presentations?

Education seems to view technology as something separate. It’s not for us, nor is it for our students. We use our devices all the time, and so do they. In fact, they approach technology fearlessly and can find workarounds with little trouble. Internet down? No problem. They set up hot spots using their phones to work on their iPads. Looking for contact information? No problem. They conduct a Google image search to connect to a LinkedIn profile. Need to send a direct message? No problem. They do it through social media. We've witnessed all of these scenarios with our middle schoolers.
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The Power Of Student-Made Videos - Easy Apps For Projects & Primary Sources

The Power Of Student-Made Videos - Easy Apps For Projects & Primary Sources | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The use of videos in learning is no longer exceptional. Whether via classroom viewing, flipped instruction, or self-directed YouTube searches, kids expect a multimedia accompaniment to their otherwise humdrum lectures and daily note-taking. Having students create their own videos upgrades the internalization of ideas to a much more nuanced level. Inviting learners to produce their own content is the difference between input and output, content and skills, decoding and encoding, passivity and activity.
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Build It - Project-Based Learning In Full Bloom

Build It - Project-Based Learning In Full Bloom | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The library makerspace was in full bloom this year, giving our students an amazing opportunity to learn by doing. They were encouraged to use a variety of applications to explore different ways to demonstrate their academic abilities as they related to curricula thematic units. The finished products were anything but projects; they combined informational, visual, and spatial literacies, and they actively pushed students to think critically and solve problems.
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Why Design Matters For Educators And Learners

Why Design Matters For Educators And Learners | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The harmony between form and function not only applies to design, but it also relates to the synergy between educator and learner. It supports both. Good design of information guides the attention of our students, creating a relationship between context and content. It allows for engagement without distraction.
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Infographic Design Provides Students In Grades 2 – 4 Context For Content

Infographic Design Provides Students In Grades 2 – 4 Context For Content | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Since we began working with students to create infographics several years ago, we’ve witness tremendous growth in their ability to give context to their content. They’ve become accustomed to keeping font choices simple, careful about not typing in all caps for easier readability, and selective with color and images.
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The Power Of Visual Rhetoric - Using Kinetic Typography To Learn About Black History & Civil Rights

The Power Of Visual Rhetoric - Using Kinetic Typography To Learn About Black History & Civil Rights | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Kinetic typography and motion graphics are bringing to life the soaring oratory of the Civil Rights Era like never before. During the 1950s and 60s, many landmark speeches stood out in their power to persuade the conscience of a generation. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in particular, crafted brilliant language to inspire a burgeoning movement and to convince an at-time reluctant populace. During February’s African American History Month, the words of Dr. King are widely studied. Yet rarely before has the rhetoric of his writings emerged in such vivid portrayal as in the motion graphics below.

 

 

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Born Digital, Live Digital, And Our Students' Obsession With Documenting Their Lives

Born Digital, Live Digital, And Our Students' Obsession With Documenting Their Lives | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Does our obsession with technology and documentation go too far? This powerful, short film titled “The Boy With The Camera Face” by filmmaker Spencer Brown is a satirical fairy tale about a boy born with a camera instead of a head who cannot escape the lens. From the moment of his birth, everything about his life is recorded. Does this sound like our students, or maybe you?

 

 

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Powerful Visualization On Gun Violence And Why We Should Show This To Our Students

Powerful Visualization On Gun Violence And Why We Should Show This To Our Students | Design in Education | Scoop.it

With the continual barrage of news about gun violence in America, it's important that we use all available resources to help students give context to content, and visualizations help us do that. This motion graphic titled, 2015: A Year In Mass Shooting and produced by The Washington Post, is a powerful tool to educate young people about this issue. The headline, "374 mass shooting in 365 days in one extraordinary graphic," travels across the calendar year, pausing only once for the longest period without a shooting. As you watch, the headlines from newspapers around the country appear as the timeline progresses, but it is the voices from the 911 calls that capture the enormity of the human toll.

 

 

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We're Big Fans: World Sketchnote Day 2016

We're Big Fans: World Sketchnote Day 2016 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Sketchnoting plays an integral part in our curricula, and we incorporate them whenever we can to help learners connect to content. This personal form of note-taking allows students to use the visual thinking process to design information in real-time through words and images. So it is with great pleasure that we recognize the inaugural, kick-off event for World Sketchnote Day.

 

 

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The 5 Best STEM Animations For 2016

The 5 Best STEM Animations For 2016 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

2015 was a banner year for animations to engage students. These dynamic explainer videos proved definitively that print textbooks cannot keep up with educational, up-to-date motion graphics, especially in the sciences.

The sphere of subjects that fall into STEM's orbit keeps expanding. For better or for worse, K-12 courses are now binarly split into either "STEM" or "Humanities" categories. We would argue that this bifurcation is harmful, erasing the natural overlaps between the sciences and the liberal arts.

 

 

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