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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Connect 4 Learning: NYSCATE 2012

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Connect 4 Learning: NYSCATE 2012 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We just finished attending three days at the NYSCATE 2012 Connect 4 Learning conference in Rochester. The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) assembled another stellar roster of speakers covering technology and learning. We met a lot of impressive educators who shared their expertise and resources.

 

 

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Visualizing The National Parks - Celebrating 100 Years Of America's Wonder

Visualizing The National Parks - Celebrating 100 Years Of America's Wonder | Design in Education | Scoop.it
This august anniversary introduces many opportunities to weave the Parks into authentic classroom lessons. For example, the "Every Kid In A Park" initiative seeks to connect our nation's youth to its most treasured spaces. Additionally, a wide range of visualizations now provide easy ways to incorporate the centennial into state standards and skill-based curricula. At their least, these videos and graphics offer terrific kick-offs to a morning's discussion. At their best, these charts and illustrations support critical student proficiencies. They also bring to life the gorgeous panoply of natural wonder that would make any Disney confection blush.
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Teaching With Cartoons - A Visual History Of Donkeys, Elephants, Parties, & Politics

Teaching With Cartoons - A Visual History Of Donkeys, Elephants, Parties, & Politics | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Our students are avid consumers of politics and history. They always ask, though, how the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant became the icons of the respective parties. Both animals, however strong and noble, seem somewhat incongruous to the preferred imagery of political ambition. Political cartoonists throughout the ages have captured these two creatures in brilliant colors and tart commentaries. Skilled artists have swayed society's opinions through targeted visual satires. For their part, educators have consistently embraced these editorial cartoons as terrific tools in teaching primary sources, points of view, pictorial language, and symbolic metaphors.
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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 Global Language Network

The Global Language Network | Design in Education | Scoop.it
How is the world connected? The Global Language network shows connections among language groups that are expressed in Book Translations, Tweets, and Wikipedia edits.
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Visualizing The Science Of Summer Sports - STEM Animations And Motion Graphics

Visualizing The Science Of Summer Sports - STEM Animations And Motion Graphics | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Both STEM and sports get a bad rap. In the corridors of learning, science is sometimes seen as esoteric or irrelevant, while sports are seen as base or quotidian. Kids are often repelled by the former and drawn by the latter, mostly due to a misunderstanding about the intersection between math and athletics, between technology and physicality. Fortunately, the possibilities of animations and motion graphics have helped visualize sports in riveting, educational ways. On both the professional and personal levels, data-driven graphics can bring to life the genuine learning benefits of athletics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses.
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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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