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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Branding Of America

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Branding Of America | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The December spirit of holiday consumerism is once again festooning the airwaves. Storefronts are trumpeting their gift-giving slogans, and email inboxes are overflowing with tantalizing discounts. The current branding bounty makes an interesting sibling to November's election season. One month ago, presidential advertisements waged a similarly irrepressible campaign for our dollars and our votes.

 

 

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Humanity, History, And The Human Era

Humanity, History, And The Human Era | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Every December 31, we celebrate the start of a new year, and we generally think in terms of the last 2016 years. But what if we rethink when the human era began? The video animation from In a Nutshell, entitled A New History For Humanity - The Human Era, does just that by marking the history of the human era according to the Holocene calendar. It could change the way we think about history; we would not be forgetting 10,000 years of human progress. A year zero could apply to all humanity and all cultures.
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Unleash The Superhero In You - NYSCATE 2016

Unleash The Superhero In You - NYSCATE 2016 | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The theme for the 2016 annual conference of the New York State Association For Computers And Technologies In Education (NYSCATE) was "Unleash The Superhero In You." This effective branding throughout the conference hall — and the colorful capes given to every attendee — spoke volumes to the notion of teachers as heroes in seizing opportunities and embracing technology, and often struggling against the curmudgeonly villains standing in their ways
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New Media Literacy Skills Empower Learners

New Media Literacy Skills Empower Learners | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Media Literacy Week just ended a little over a week ago. It could not have come at a more opportune time for our sixth- and seventh-graders to set up their Twitter accounts and participate in the KQED Do Now challenge called “How Does Social Media Influence Our Political Values.” As part of the challenge, the students watched the video called “MediaOcracy” from the WeTheVoters, and they tweeted their responses to the guiding questions below with the hashtag #DoNowViews.

Does social media help or inhibit our ability to develop our own political values?

Are your social media networks actually shrinking your worldview?

What do you do now, or what can you start doing to make sure you are seeing all sides of an issue while on social media?
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Halloween Treats To Keep Learners Focused

Halloween Treats To Keep Learners Focused | Design in Education | Scoop.it
We work in an elementary school. So if you’re like us, Halloween always makes it difficult for kids to focus, especially with a school-wide parade at the end of the day. Our attitude toward keeping their attention is to use Halloween content to design lessons that tap the spirit of the day.
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Gaming The 2016 Election - Trading Cards & Virtual Interactives To Meet The Candidates

Gaming The 2016 Election - Trading Cards & Virtual Interactives To Meet The Candidates | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Educating younger learners about the 2016 presidential election poses a real challenge. The esoterica of the primary and caucus systems can be difficult to explain. The intricacies of the Electoral College require a background in both United States geography and the Founding Fathers' intents. This year's candidate quirks present a special hurdle, since many of the well-publicized comments are NSFS (Not Safe For School). Avoiding these challenges, however, would be a disservice. Pretending that the nation picks a president simply by totaling all the votes would be unethical. Teachers might as well never introduce advanced vocabulary or higher-level mathematics.
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Recess Rescue: Why Play Time Should Be Written Into The Students' Bill Of Rights

Recess Rescue: Why Play Time Should Be Written Into The Students' Bill Of Rights | Design in Education | Scoop.it
As our nation’s children head to back to the classroom, many schools find themselves trying to rein in kids’ summer impulses. Strict conduct policies are emphasizing rules and enforcing straight lines on students who are used to gamboling in backyards and lolling for hours. Many Scandinavian countries, most brain science, and all veteran teachers would encourage the exact opposite. They would argue that instead of limiting play, educators should expand the amount of free time dedicated to socialization and creativity. Imagination itself is not learned, but it can be unlearned due to the drone of worksheets and mandates.
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Visualizing The Summer Olympics - Mapping The 2016 Rio Torch Relay

Visualizing The Summer Olympics - Mapping The 2016 Rio Torch Relay | Design in Education | Scoop.it
On Friday, August 5, 2016, the eyes of the world will be fixated on Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The #RoadToRio has notoriously been potholed by damaging news stories about Zika mosquitos, water pollution, construction delays, financial collapse, and rampant crime. Still, the tenacity of the tireless athletes and the nobility of the Olympic quest will unite the globe for two weeks and will present terrific opportunities for visualizations and education.
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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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Maps Vs. Mapping: Visualizing History & Geography

Maps Vs. Mapping: Visualizing History & Geography | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Interactive mapping techniques invite students to connect with content to visualize information beyond mere location. Mapping challenges learners to think, develop literacy skills, and understand the complexity of global issues. It enables learners to seek new ways to look at information through a lens of inquiry-based analysis.
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NYSCATE 2016: Student Videos & Animations Empower Creativity

NYSCATE 2016: Student Videos & Animations Empower Creativity | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Creating videos and motion graphics nudges both students and teachers to blend a host of proficiencies. It involves visual design in colors and templates, just as it requires language skills of narration and storytelling. It supports key technological skills in manipulating online media, and it reinforces the importance of publishing in sharing child creations with peers and parents. Kids teaching kids is the purest model of learning. It is the model of the student-centered classroom, because they become the educators of their peers.
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What Is The Electoral College? - Explainer Videos & Animated Infographics For All Ages

What Is The Electoral College? - Explainer Videos & Animated Infographics For All Ages | Design in Education | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Americans will elect their next president. While a record 200 million citizens are now registered to vote, a majority do not understand the process for choosing the commander-in-chief. With a little conversation, the seemingly esoteric nature of the Electoral College is actually quite simple to grasp. Regardless, therefore, of the particular vitriol of this year's contest, teachers and students deserve to take a moment this week to learn about our Constitutional republic. A host of helpful explainer videos and animated infographics are available to educate learners of all levels about the Electoral College.
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Gaming The 2016 Election - Animations & Maps To Decode The Electoral College

Gaming The 2016 Election - Animations & Maps To Decode The Electoral College | Design in Education | Scoop.it
In order to explain the workings of the Electoral College to all levels of residents and students, PBS Learning Media has put together a terrific "Electoral Decoder." As a part of its Election Central page, this comprehensive and visually impressive resource demystifies the process and helps anyone become more familiar with the United States' democratic system.

For classroom teachers, a good initial stop is the video introduction to the tool and the methodology. Clear map animations lead educators and learners through the workings of the Electoral College. There is also a teacher portal that includes lesson plans and instructional suggestions.
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Gaming The 2016 Election - Videos & Toolkits To Let Students Join The Debates

Gaming The 2016 Election - Videos & Toolkits To Let Students Join The Debates | Design in Education | Scoop.it
In the modern era, presidential debates have become must-see theater. In many cases, these general election showdowns have produced critical moments to determine the November outcomes. Even at their most pedantic, these debates are rare opportunities to hear the nation's leaders speak directly to citizens and to each other. Voters can judge how the candidates handle themselves on the world's largest stage. The first debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University (down the road from us here on Long Island) on Monday, September 26, 2016, is predicted to shatter television viewing records. Not incorporating this event into a day's lesson, therefore, would constitute educational malpractice.
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Designing The Iconic Flame - A Visual History Of The Olympic Torch

Designing The Iconic Flame - A Visual History Of The Olympic Torch | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Design is the marriage of message and motif. It is the intersection of identity and icon. In crafting a logo or a slogan or a character, the end symbol is the summation of both the shape and the story. That’s why the images of the Olympic Games have reached such exalted status. The five rings are a beacon of continental unity. The posters and medals and mascots have linked arms through the years to provide an intriguing portrait of episodic design trends and nationalistic pride.
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What Is The Corpse Flower Sensation? And Why Is Viral Science A Learning Opportunity?

What Is The Corpse Flower Sensation? And Why Is Viral Science A Learning Opportunity? | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Children ought to be rapt in the one-in-a-million stories: the collapse of the Spanish armada, the elegance of Euler's identity, the chance of penicillin's discovery, or the lightning of a boy's forehead.
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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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