Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).
The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world.
"Acho que acabei de descobrir uma coisa que nem sei bem o que é." Guilherme, de sete anos, navega pelo Espaço numa aplicação no iPad. No ecrã, um pedregulho com poeira à volta. Toca num painel para saber a resposta.
Francisco Restivo's insight:
Absolutamente essencial formar professores (de todas as áreas de docência) capazes de tirar o melhor partido destas tecnologias e com uma visão clara das oportunidades deste processo de desmaterialização, para não ficarmos mais uma vez deslumbrados com o acessório.
Olhemos para os outros. Quanto menos se inventar, melhor.
"Game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal vouches for an exciting concept: the powerful motivations that drive us to play games should motivate us in off-game, real-world scenarios. For example, encouraging a community to recycle, or persuading more students to learn science. According to McGonigal, games have such a strong influence because they:"
Every beautifully animated presentation diligently followed the same formula: several slides, followed by an explanatory YouTube video -- of the Pythagorean theorem or the Fibonacci sequence, for instance -- and more slides.
This Turnitin white paper examines the Internet sources that students commonly use and how educators can help students develop better citation and writing skills.
Francisco Restivo's insight:
Estudo muito interessante. Basta preencher o formulário. Analisa as fontes de plágio mais comuns entre os estudantes ingleses do ensino secundário, com base em muitos milhões de trabalhos analisados pelo Turnitin.
"Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just a few years... Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations… By 16, they could have an understanding of formal logic previously covered only in university courses and be writing their own apps for smartphones." Michael Gove, UK Education Secretary
Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave. Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.
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