So just how do you learn to get into the flow in your classroom? The ever-lovely Mia MacMeekin made this handy graphic after watching a TED talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and reading his book. I haven’t read the book, but the TED talk is really inspiring. It is not specifically geared towards teaching or education, but talks about how to find fulfillment and happiness through immersion in activities – which he calls ‘flow’. If you’re interested in a bit of his backstory, you can read a bit about him here. Mia has extrapolated the ideas of his TED talk and applied them to the classroom.
"There are lots of apps for virtual field trips and the American Museum of Natural History has a companion app for their exhibit Power of Poison. You don’t have to take your students on a field trip to New York City to benefit from the resources within this app. This interactive app lets children explore a few different scenarios presented in the museum exhibit. It’s great for connecting to a genre study on mysteries or inspiring a writing assignment on imagined narratives."
The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering. The following seven points look at key principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.
...Speaking of the spell, do you remember the scene when Harry wished he knew a good Vanishing Spell to escape his fan Colin’s photograph-clicking spree? Or the time when Bill Weasley used this incantation to make a stack of scrolls disappear while cleaning up after a meeting of the Order of the Phoenix during Harry's first night at number twelve, Grimmauld Place?
Outstanding images deserve glorious spotlight. Today we're going to showcase some incredible perfectly timed photos for your amusement. Perfectly timed photos are essentially pictures taken at the right time, angle, place, and moment. If the photographer pressed the button a second later or a second earlier, the image wouldn't be the same.
"This week I’ve been getting excited about using Kahoot in the classroom. Kahoot delivers online quizzes and surveys to your students.
It works very similar to the more well-known Socrative. The teacher displays the question and the answers on the beamer or tv in the front of the classroom. The students see the corresponding icon and color on their screen. They have 30 seconds to answer on their devices and get points for every question they answer right. The quicker they answer the more points they receive. After each question the top 5 students are shown on the board with their scores. This is where it gets exciting. The students love this immediate feedback and want to get to the top position. I have never seen students so focused on answering the questions correctly."
Updates to Acrobat, Reader, Flash Player and Illustrator are for critical vulnerabilities and will be available today.
Adobe has issued a series of updates to address a large number of vulnerabilities in their products. All updated products have at least one critical vulnerability.
The update to Adobe Acrobat and Reader fixes 11 vulnerabilities in the Windows and Mac products. The update to Flash Player fixes five vulnerabilities in all versions of the product: Windows, Mac and Linux, including the versions embedded in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
The Illustrator update addresses a single vulnerability in the Windows and Mac products.
Great presentation design can be difficult to master because it requires the coordination of many elements, including colors, fonts, images, icons and background. While there are a lot of pieces to the presentation design puzzle, don’t be overwhelmed.