High school social studies teacher Emily Block had used design thinking in her classroom before, but wanted to take it one step farther and have her students learn by making. Through a course at Scarsdale Schools' Teacher Institute (PDF), Emily incorporated a maker experience into her practice and used design thinking to help her manage the process.
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BIE’s Essential Project Design Elements contain two new items, both of which are familiar to those who know PBL. One is “authenticity,” which has to do with how real-world the project is. The other is “reflection,” which we have previously coupled with “revision” but now stands on its own; students should reflect on what they’re learning, how they’re learning, and what they have accomplished in a project.
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information. I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking. Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests. Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes. Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues. Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start. For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.
The key to a great appsmash is not the number of apps that you manage to smash together into a final product but the pedagogical thought behind the smash itself. Ask yourself why are we completing this activity? What is the educational purpose of it? If your answers are simply the students will enjoy it or it will greatly enhance collaboration in my class I would ask you to have a rethink. Many multi app appsmashes are very complex, way too complex in my humble opinion. In schools we are time poor and an incredibly complicated appsmash can suck hours out of your teaching time. For me, the best appsmashes are those with learning at their heart and by learning I mean intrinsically linked to that which you are teaching and learning in class.
I am super excited to share this update with you! My Top Ten Tech Tips for Successful Technology Integration were originally shared last July (2014). These are the tips that I often refer to when helping teachers dip their toes into the technology integration waters. It's easy to become overwhelmed by technology and planning. These tips will make the process so much easier!
Move over, Space Camp: Coding is quickly growing as a popular activity for kids, and not just for those who dream of being programmers when they grow up. The logical thinking required to code can help kids succeed in school and other day-to-day activities—it’s no wonder why big companies are getting behind the effort to help students learn the needed critical thinking skills.
If you want to help them get started, there are a number of visual, kid-friendly apps that teach users how to build games and code other simple activities on their own.
When I first learned about Word Clouds, for example, I thought they were fun but really couldn’t think of too many applications for their use. Fortunately, I network with many other people who can think outside the cloud.
For example, someone tweeted the other day about using Word Clouds with Thinglink. I wish I remember who. Great idea! If you are using iOS, you can use the ABCya Word Cloud app along with the Thinglink app. On the web, there are plenty of word cloud generators such as Tagxedo and Wordle, and Thinglink has a web application as well.
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