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Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working

Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it

A study found that educators trained in integrating art into math lessons saw better test results from students.


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Curious About Design Thinking? Here's a Framework You Can Use in Any Classroom with Any Age Group | John Spencer

Curious About Design Thinking? Here's a Framework You Can Use in Any Classroom with Any Age Group | John Spencer | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
The term "design thinking" is often attached to maker spaces and STEM labs. However, design thinking is bigger than STEM. It begins with the premise of tapping into student curiosity and allowing them to create, test and re-create until they eventually ship what they made to a real audience (sometimes global but often local). Design thinking isn't a subject or a topic or a class. It's more of way of solving problems that encourages risk-taking and creativity.

Design thinking is a flexible framework for getting the most out of the creative process. It is used in the arts, in engineering, in the corporate world, and in social and civic spaces. You can use it in every subject with every age group. It works when creating digital content or when building things with duct tape and cardboard.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, February 17, 11:04 PM

Thx John Evans!

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In what ways are you using this valuable process in your classroom, your corporate board room or in life?
 
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Design Thinking in Every Classroom
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5 Easy Ways to Download YouTube Videos To Your Computer

5 Easy Ways to Download YouTube Videos To Your Computer | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
What happens if you find a video you really like, and would like to store it for offline viewing or to watch it on a mobile device?

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:57 AM

Ever since KeepVid stopped working for me (Boo!) I've been looking for alternatives! Thanks, Luke! 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Free Collaborative Video Creation with iPads

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"Publishing student video that is created with iPads can be a challenging process, especially with younger students. Even schools that are Google Apps typically decide to turn off YouTube uploads to the student accounts. However, with the use of a handful of free applications, students can create video content on iPad, share their creation with a teacher, and then have the teacher upload to their YouTube channel or a class YouTube channel. "
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A Must Read Google Plus Guide for Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Venn Diagrams on the iPad

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“ Graphic Organisers apps for iOS are few and far between. There are some good Venn Diagram apps but the overall choice is very limited.”
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The 5 Best Free Cartoon Making Tools for Teachers

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“ Cartoons are likely a form of entertainment that your students are very familiar with. As a matter of fact, every student in your class probably enjoys cartoons in some form.”
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Nuts and Bolts: Assessing the Value of Online Interactions by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine

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Free Technology for Teachers: Google's Guides to Apps Accessibility

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This morning I received an email from a reader who wanted to know if I had any resources about user accessibility of Google Apps.


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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.

 

Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.

 

Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.

 

Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 4:13 PM

I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Twelve sources for free images to use on your blog and social media posts

Twelve sources for free images to use on your blog and social media posts | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it

"The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again ..."


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Leonard Waks's curator insight, November 16, 2014 2:19 PM

For my blogs, presentations and other social media I am always on the lookout for free images. I have a list of sites, but they are usualyy disappointing. here is a better list. 

Cate Ferguson's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:11 AM

Images are essential - a great free source of quality images to use is essential.  This post gives you lots of places to begin the search for that perfect image.  As always, double or triple check the licence.  

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35 Million Getty Image – Can you use them? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

35 Million Getty Image – Can you use them? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
“ 35 Million Getty Image – Can you use them? http://t.co/beZxsRwwPt”;
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eLearning 101: 10 Must-Reads Before Creating Your First Course

eLearning 101: 10 Must-Reads Before Creating Your First Course | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
“New to eLearning course development? Never built an eLearning course before? Don’t worry!”
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The Passive Learner is Gone | In The Classroom

The Passive Learner is Gone | In The Classroom | Innovative Instructional Leadership | Scoop.it
““I love seeing the students work together collaboratively,” remarked Marilyn Gavitt, the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Martin County Schools in Stu (Gone are the days of passive learning.”
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 16, 6:27 PM

Those of us who follow John Dewey's writing about education would not believe the passive learner was ever non-existent.

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iNACOL | iNACOL Reports

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“ Latest report about competency based learning from @nacol here. #blendedlearning. "Redesigning grading for comp ed" http://t.co/lL9p5is68Y”;
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