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Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...
How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?
I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!
Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!
3 Ways to Make Your E-Learning Course Look Like a Comic Book
Comic book layouts are pretty popular. And they work well for elearning courses. For one, they look different. It’s that type of contrast that can hook your learners who might be bored with the standard-looking corporate elearning.
On top of that a comic-like layout breaks the content into panels which allows you to control the pacing and flow of information as each panel progressively reveals more. It’s a great way to still have the simplicity of a linear course, but make it seem more engaging.
Gust MEES: check out also my free course about #IT-Security with comics here
The Internet's reach is so pervasive, it feels as though it has always been around. The reality is that the web is still in its infancy, and we don't really understand the risks it poses to our mental health. In fact, various experts, such as Larry D. Rosen, a psychologist and author of "iDisorder," believe that personal gadgets are making us mentally ill and are exacerbating other problems such as narcissism, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Other mental health professionals have already identified disorders ranging from "Facebook depression" to "phantom vibration syndrome."
Realistically, most of us don't have the luxury of disconnecting from the Internet, particularly communication professionals whose work depends more and more on it.
However, there are various things you can do to curtail the negative effects it may have and prevent digital burnout.
Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake.
Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s classrooms. Well-designed classrooms and educational plans can have a positive impact on educational outcomes, and it all starts with educators.
Read on to find out about the 25 design principles that we think are important for educators to use and understand.
Gust MEES: In 21st Century we are mostly looking for online tools and we forget about the best tool we can have, a book! Do you still know what a book looks like!?
I read a lot, must have +/- 1,000 books at home, not counting the magazines of different Topics... I am a Life Long Learner (Hashtag #LLL) and it is a pleasure for me to read a book, especially in summer time... I "eat" them actually, brain food ;)
I suggest to you to take a break from Internet and to read some times also a book and to use it as a tool also; thus meaning:
Read it quick, make some bookmarking, higlight the interested parts of it... write something (your ideas, thoughts...) close to the parts who made your interest and later on you read the book again, ONLY your personal remarks, highlited stuff and...
You will then remark how good a book is as a tool, an "Offline Tool"! OK, you won't be able to resell it (don't think for once at the commercial...), but at least you will have learned something and after a certain time when reading again as you might have a look on it for further researches (brain doesn't memorize everything...) your valuable remarks bring you back to your "old" thoughts and way for further thinking...!
My book selection in EN, FR, DE (books I read already over the last 10 years...):
- Les outils d’excellence du formateur (Sophie COURAU)
- La boîte à outils du formateur (Dominique BEAU)
- Animer un stage de formation (Nicolas JOUSSE)
- Au bon plaisir d’apprendre (Bruno HOURST)… (Re)trouver la faculté d’apprendre avec le sourire
- Modèles de jeux de formation (Bruno HOURST et Sivasailam THIAGARAJAN)
- Savoirs professionnels et curriculum de formation (Yves LENOIR/Marie-Hélène BOUILLIER-OUDOT)
- Ce que manager par projet veut dire (Alain ASQUIN/Christophe FALCOZ/Thierry PICQ)
- Le syndrome de l’autruche (Rober GOBERT)
- Le syndrome de l’écureuil (Robert GOBERT)
- À l’école des intelligences multiples (Bruno HOURST)
- Les 5 formes d’intelligence (Howard GARDNER)
- Intégrer les intelligences multiples dans votre école (Thomas-R. HOERR)
- Aidez votre enfant à mieux apprendre (Bruno HOURST)
- À reculons, comme une écrevisse : Guerres chaudes et populisme médiatique (Umberto ECO)
- Guide pratique de l’écrivain (Paul DESALMAND)
- Publier son livre (Nicolas DELECOURT/Laurence HAPPE-DURIEUX)
- Le livre de la sagesse de Confucius (Les grands textes spirituels/Éditions du Rocher)
- Les entretiens de Confucius (Connaissances de l’orient/GALLIMARD)
German language (Deutsch)
- EQ2: Der Erfolgs Quotient (Daniel GOLEMAN)
- Lernen und Gehirn /Der Weg zu einer neuen Pädagogik (Herder Spektrum)
- EQ: Emotionale Intelligenz (Daniel GOLEMAN)
- Emotionale Kompetenz (Claude STEINER)
- Soziale Intelligenz. Wer auf andere zugehen kann, hat mehr vom Leben Daniel GOLEMAN)
- Die Welt der neuen Kinder/Erziehen im Informations-Zeitalter (Wolfgang BERGMANN)
- Abschied vom Gewissen/Die Seele ind der digitalen Welt (Wolfgang BERGMANN)
- Homo Zappiens/Growing up in a digital age (Wim VEEN and Ben VRAKKING)
- 5 Minds For The Future (Howard GARDNER)
I met personaly Bruno HOURST, Robert GOBERT and Wim VEEN and I am working since eight years (2010), giving courses about ICT (mostly for adults and seniors, but also for young people) based on Howard GARDNER’s and Daniel GOLEMAN’s knowledge…
===> By having understood the context of those books you will be able to: A win-win situation between course instructor (coach) and learners which brings out a maximum to the learner, the most important… And ALSO you will get Critical-Thinking Skills...<===
BTW: these books are still "in" and will give you valuable information about the digital age of learning and how people are learning...
Having several tabs open at once on your computer may make you feel like you're getting more done, but multi-tasking can actually hinder more than it helps.
Gust MEES: ===> Critical Thinking <=== Really??? Not convinced about that!??? My average opened Tabs are about +/- 50 with 2 different browsers, so...??? My more than positive results show different... And this in 14 years experience...???
June is National Internet Safety Month. But who is making sure our children are safe online?
Five million social media users are under the age of 10 years old, and 51% have given out personal information online to strangers. Out of all teenagers, 95% have been online and 80% use social media, where peer pressure can prompt them to post personal information and photos to strangers when they update their status online.
===> Only 10% of these teens ever talk with a parent about the internet!!! <===
My students are now blogging online! It’s quite exciting. We started by working through the blogging concept and process using paper blogs and a week later, we put those same ideas on our class blog.
But first, we needed to make sure we were safe! In fact, I first had to have multiple meetings with my principal, the technology teacher and integration specialist – understandably so! This is a big step when it’s the first time young students will be putting themselves out there. But I made a few assurances that using kidblog.org would be safe. First, I designed this go around so that all the students’ posts would only go live after I approved them. I also made certain that would be the case for all the comments. In addition, I created our classes blog so that the posts would only be viewable by our classmates when they are logged on. In other words, it’s a closed blog.
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