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Graphicacy - The Key To Visual Thinking In A Differentiated Classroom

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"In the scholastic world's quest to pinpoint new "literacies," one of the most essential skills in a student's toolkit isn't new at all. "Graphicacy" is the vital proficiency with visual inputs that all learners must master in the modern classroom. Graphicacy refers to the encoding and decoding of images, particularly in the close examination of details that construct visual meaning. It stands with literacy, oracy, and numeracy as one of the four indispensable corners of education."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 29, 2014 8:40 PM

In education we talk about a variety of literacies, and one that comes up more often today is visual literacy, which may also be referred to as graphicacy. This post explores this concept providing a historical perspective as well as links to a number of excellent resources.

There are also many visuals with the post, including the one above that looks at the many forms of graphicacy that we see in our classrooms (and provides a number of definitions). Many of these forms may be created by students using technology.

There is also a short video, To Understand is to Perceive Patterns, that looks at how patterns in nature are repeated.

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How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

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"From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book “Checklist Manifesto,” checklists break down complex tasks and also ensure consistency and efficiency if more than one person is working on a project."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:27 PM

How can check lists help students? Below are a few of the ways suggested by this post. Click through to read all of them.

* A task-based checklists allow students to follow steps providing guidance to successful completion of complex tasks.

* Checklists help with metacognition. They help students "become aware of their learning process."

The post also provides five resources to use checklists in your course.

* Wunderlist

* List Weaver

* Pinterest

* TeacherVision.com

* ReadWriteThink.org

Remember that your check lists may change as students use them...and to ask students for their feedback as they may have ideas that you have not considered.

Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:49 PM

Checklists can benefit students and most people, helping to breakdown complex steps and ensure consistency

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 9, 2013 11:54 PM

Why don't we get our students into the habit of making a list?

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:38 PM

This post looks at five trends that have made their way into the classroom.  Learn more about:

* Brain-based learning

* Game-based learning

* Power of perseverance

* Questioning homework

* Cultivating creativity

In each of the five areas there are links to a number of resources. Gather together some of these great resources and share them with others in your school!

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:15 PM

Interesting ideas.

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Digital Citizenship Pledge (3-5)

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Students collaborate in creating a digital citizenship pledge outlining their collective social norms for exploring in and interacting with the ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 28, 2013 9:09 PM

Common Sense Media is a great resource for teaching digital citizenship. A day or so ago I scooped a new song they had created on digital citizenship. This poster is a digitial citizenship pledge, one that you may talk about with your student and have each sign...and it has two extra spaces where you may choose to add one or two new rules. If you click through to their website you will also find a lesson plan on this. Common Sense Media does require  you to log-in to access all their materials (for download) and they have excellent resources.

Scott Langston's curator insight, September 28, 2013 10:54 PM

a nice tool for elementary?

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20 Resources for New eLearning Professionals

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The following eLearning resources not only provide excellent, relevant and useful information on a variety of e-learning areas.

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Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, June 23, 2013 5:13 PM

Good ideas!  Chart is easy to save and use in planning your class.

online4ed's curator insight, June 26, 2013 7:42 AM

A good start to begin to switch the focus to the student.  There are countless other ideas which could be added here! 

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Seriously Amazing - Questions Come Alive at the Smithsonian!

Seriously Amazing - Questions Come Alive at the Smithsonian! | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian asks and answers questions about science, art, history and culture, exciting the learning in everyone, every day.

The Smithsonian has recently launched a new website seriouslyamazing.com which “poses questions and answers to show people how it can be an exciting resource for discovery and learning.”

They have created " seven quirky characthers to symbolize the questions the Smithsonian asks and answers every day:

* The Wild represents the diversity of the animal kingdom
* The Mash-Up stands for the ways people share culture
* The Green reflects the wonder of the natural landscape
* The New is where technology and creativity collide
* The Masterpiece embodies artistic expression
* The Storyteller is about America, its people and the tales they tell
* The Discoverer explores our world and the universe

Take some time to explore this site. You may discover many new resources available at the Smithonian!


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30 Ways to Become a Culturally-Sensitive Educator - InformED

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"When it comes to personalized learning, there’s one area we tend to neglect whether we realize it or not, and that area is cultural background. Despite the fact that students are constantly engaged in a complex transformation of culturally influenced identity–which in many cases can have a major impact on academic performance–instructors seldom respond to cultural needs the way they respond to psychological, behavioral, or social characteristics."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 2, 2014 8:36 PM

This post is split into three sections. The first section looks at the term "culturally responsive instruction" and provides not only a definition but also a list of ten characteristics that provide a more robust understanding.

The second section provides a look at "common assumptions placed on students from other cultures." Eleven common misconceptions are shared (based on research from the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan.

The final section has 30 recommended instructional strategies. The post states "The cultural inclusiveness of a learning environment will depend upon the kinds of interactions that occur among you and your students." The post discusses the various types of interactions that may take place and then provides a lit of the recommended strategies. Three are listed below. All are briefly discussed in the post.

* Anticipate possible responses to controversial topics.

* Be ready to challenge assumptions that groups will either be aided or hindered by having certain kinds of students in their group.

* Include, as much as possible, materials written or created by people of different backgrounds and/or perspectives.
As the number of ELL increases in schools within the United States the need for us to be aware of cultural diversity increases. This post provides many suggestions that will be helpful in helping you to meet the needs of these students.
Fran Ros's curator insight, September 13, 2014 10:35 AM

`` La cultura es la transmission de comportamiento del tanto Como Una fuente Dinámica de Cambio, Creatividad y libertad, Que abre Posibilidades de Innovación. Para Los Grupos y Las Sociedades, la cultura es Energía, Inspiración empoderamiento y, al Mismo Tiempo Que Conocimiento y Reconocimiento de la diversidad''. Javier Pérez de Cuellar 

 

Desde this visión, la cultura Juega Papel fundamental de las Naciones Unidas en la Educación y es im

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Designing Media-Based Assignments

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This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.

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ech08ravo's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:50 PM

Fantastic website from Notre Dame helps instructors (and students) design effective media-based assignments. Great examples and how-tos for inspiration.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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Instructional Strategy Ideas - Infographic

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Ideas for Instructional Strategies for classroom use

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 9, 2013 9:45 PM

You may choose to go directly to the infographic on Instructional Strategies Ideas or you may want to check out the post that provides examples, definitions and more information at http://www.fortheteachers.org/instructional_strategies.htm#.UlYC7BD4ugR

As For The Teachers blog states "Because you can never have enough strategy ideas in your teaching toolbox…"

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:11 PM

I could paper my entire office with good infographics!  This is a good collection of ideas and reminders on good instructional strategies!

Mounds View High School's curator insight, January 16, 2014 12:19 PM

Ideas that you could implement in your classroom tomorrow. 

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Rohans Digital Differentiated Instructional Strategies Guide


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:15 PM

This pdf file looks at "differentiated instructional strategies that included digital pedagogy and 21st Century skills." There are five major sections which include:

* Content - What Students Need to Learn

* Process - How Students Learn

* Product - How Students Demonstrate what they Know

* Environment - How Learning is Structured
* Recipe - Suggestions on how to put it Together

Each of the sections above also include:

* Guiding Focus Questions

* Digital Pedagogy which relates to the specific area

* Resources which support the digital pedagogy

This is a work in progress with the goal to create a website in the future. Additional areas to be covered include "Dimensions or Learning and Literacy demands."

There are many great resources in this as well as guiding questions that you may find valuable.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:51 AM

Beth's summary is a good one. Some food for thought. This thorough and thoughtful study includes a variety of digital tools as options.

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40 Sources for Curated Educational Videos

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Fortunately, there are some great websites and services that take the guesswork out of finding and sorting educational video content. Here is the most updated list of some of the curated video site...

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Ra's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:55 AM

40 sites for video resources

Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 12:23 AM
nice colours
Osman Kurt's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:55 AM

Eğitim herkesin hakkı. Bu linkte internetten ücretsiz eğitim içeriğine ulaşabileceğiniz 40 güzel internet sitesi bulabilirsiniz. 

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A Great Selection of Resources on Curation and Learning by David Kelly

A Great Selection of Resources on Curation and Learning by David Kelly | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

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Dawn Adams Miller's curator insight, May 23, 2013 11:12 PM

Anything from LnD Dave is pure hold and very practical.  Enjoy'

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:51 AM

A GREAT resource for the buzzword "Content Curation." Finally!