We expect our children to develop these skills. We integrate these skills in our every day lessons so that our students can grow and expand their knowledge. We create spaces so that our students can create and collaborate, whether it is a physical space or a virtual space. We expect our students to be good digital citizens, using devices, programs, and tools responsibly. We want our students to ask questions and explore for answers. We expect our students to learn, grow, and then reflect on that learning.
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
Dean Mantz's insight:
This article written by Brett Vogelsinger provides a nice overview of integrating Infographics. Brett discusses how he went about the process of designing, developing, and using the visual literacy approach. What I truly liked about the article was his list of discussion questions used with students. Those questions were:
"We discussed the following:
Which of these was the best infographic and why?How does the writer try to engage an audience, even an audience who may not initially care about the topic?Is the text or the visual design most important in each of these? How does the use of color and white space affect your ability to focus on the main message of the infographic? How is font size used to emphasize certain facts?Does the infographic make a claim or develop an argument? If so, how can you tell?" The other key item that stood out in the article for me was the photo of two student infographic sketchings. The use of a draft sketch is a great way to get students thinking of design and topic points.
This article is one that has a personal flare for me. In using my YouTube channel to share screencasts and student projects, there are times I need to make adjustments to uploads. In addition, I like to share video editing tools with my students. Thus, this tool feature is one deserving of being integrated into projects.
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Dean Mantz's insight:
I really like how iSupport broke down the 5 classroom projects using outcomes, context, and Blooms levels illustrating the potential learning taking place creating a movie, PDF, presentation and an interactive book on the iPad.
Don has shared a vast number of resources on this post ranging from a diagram showing the changes between the original and updated Blooms to ISD concept maps and instructional design toolkits.
Here is a quote from Don's post explaining Solo Taxonomy - "...one model that might prove more useful is the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy. It is a model that describes levels of increasing complexity in a learner's understanding of subjects (Biggs, Collis, 1982). It aids both trainers and learners in understanding the learning process. The model consists of five levels in the order of understanding..." - See more at: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html#sthash.X2Mab2Ks.dpuf
The Answer Pad is a student response system, so of course we have the typical select response question types that can be pushed out to the students. M/C, T/F, Yes/No, Fill in are a given. What makes us unique is the graphical nature of the tool, the templated backgrounds that come with The Answer Pad and the built in digital portfolio.
I appreciate this share from Nik Peachey via his Tools for Learners page on Scoop.it. Nik is one educator I would highly recommend folks follow on Scoop.it. I truly appreciate his philosophical and pedagogical posts.
As Nik points out in his summary, the feature that allows The Answer Pad to stand out from resources like Socrative and Infinite Learning is the graphing tool. I see this feature being big in the math, science, and CAD classrooms.
Many educators are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post compares the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education. The Internet has become an integral thread of the tapestries of most societies throughout the globe. The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being; and people influence the development and content of the web.
Nice visual shared by Susan Bainbridge illustrating different aspects a teacher should be building to represent themselves as learners. I would go one step further and say students should be following the same structure.
As many of you know I am a big fan of infographics as a method of visually displaying statistics and ideas. This infographic shared by a good friend, Dr. Elaine Roberts via e-Learning Infographics is quite insightful.
Last summer we told you that the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content Program by taking 4600 high-resolution images from the Getty collections, putting them into the public domain, and making them freely available in digital format. We also made it clear -- there would be more to come.
This is an ideal image for my use when discussing "Failure". When working with my pre-service students as well as teachers in PD sessions, I explain "FAIL" as First Attempt In Learning. This image will provide authentic connections for those involved in our discussion.
Last week, Pocket Gems’ storytelling app Episode registered its 500,000th writer—not bad for a product that launched less than six months ago. While many of those half-million would-be creators are obviously amateurs, veterans of Marvel Comics and the CW’s Supernatural have signed up to created interactive animated serials, what Pocket Gems CEO Daniel Terry describes…
How Episode works is simple; readers download the app (via Apple’s App Store,Google Play or the Amazon App Store), select one of the available stories—choosing from “Hollywood Crush,” “Campus Crush,” “Rich Witches,” “In A Perfect World,” or “Stranded at Sea”—and follow along, safe in the knowledge that, at certain points in the story, you’ll get to make choices that decide what happens next.
Thanks to Gust MEES for sharing this post. This app for choosing multiple stories and selecting directions for the story is a great addition to my "Create Your Own Adventure" resource site inspired by Bill Selak http://delivr.com/2xxbs
"The following infographic from dailygenius.com makes sense, then, in that context of being able to sketch out what might be required of a digitally-savvy and competent teacher. (You can give dailygenius a follow on twitter as well."
Based on how the brain deciphers complex visual information, designers can understand the scientific basis behind best the practices for infographics.
Dean Mantz's insight:
I find this post quite fascinating as it addresses how the brain functions through the use of visuals in the form of infographics. The post provides infographics along with visuals that illustrate how the brain interprets them. The article wraps up pointing out "5 quick takeaways for better visuals at a glance".
Evolution, in its broadest sense, serves as a force to help humans move towards a better way of living given the current times or Zeitgeist. It follows, then, that the education field should evolv...
Dean Mantz's insight:
As I continue to improve myself as an Adjunct Professor, I have found Dr. Jackie Gerstein's site extremely resourceful. This post addresses the SAMR Model and the various stages of education along with a well designed infographic. I especially like the inclusion of different forms of technology mapped to integration approaches based on different education levels.
Are you looking for ways to connect your students to various locations around the planet? Checkout this list of apps compiled by Edutopia that takes you to various historical and geographical locations. You may even find yourself in outer space too.
Thanks to John Evans for sharing this article from Edutopia.
There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.
As I was looking through my Scoop.it listings I came across this blended learning option shared by Dennis T OConner. I like how the infographic addresses learning styles, student centered approaches and newer education trends like gamification.
Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for sharing this resource. I found the site provided a wealth of resources addressing education theories such as learning and cognitive, learner centered, and inquiry strategies. I will definitely be sharing this site with my preservice students.
Key strategies for fostering student reflection with more student choice over lesson content, process, product and evaluation. Includes graphics.
Dean Mantz's insight:
I like this visual layout of questions to consider when one reflects on work whether it be through a blog or journal entry. Peter Pappas was the educator responsible for designing the image. Peter's article also addresses "Look-fors" to investigate if lesson is either Teacher Centered or Student Centered.