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NoTosh - Design Thinking: Synthesis 1 ~ Hexagonal Thinking

NoTosh - Design Thinking: Synthesis 1 ~ Hexagonal Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Complex thinking isn't chaotic, nor is it linear.


by Ewan McIntosh


"Hexagonal Thinking is where either student or teacher writes key concepts on hexagonal cards, at the end of a period of learning, where the content behind each 'headline' is relatively clear to a team of learners. The students then place the cards together in the way that makes most sense to them - some ideas will connect to up to five others, others will lie at the end of a long sequential order, others still will appear in small outlying positions, on their own.


"In schools, we've seen it put to use by practitioners such as Chris Harte and David Didau. Harte has used the visual, tactical hexagons to help students see the complex connections between the various verb structures of the French language, and shared the thinking and impact of this in a TeachMeet presentation, "Why hexagons are better than squares".


"After a NoTosh workshop, Brisbane educator Elisabeth Hales used a simple set of cards to help students hone down on the key connections after a rich environmental immersion, as part of a design thinking project. Quickly, students were able to model to one another their different takes on what they had experienced and researched - no two hexagonal syntheses are the same."



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Great starting point for folks interested in exploring this terrific thinkiing strategy. Links to numerous resources provided.

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DML Hub 

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"The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub is an international research center based at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the DML Research Hub has three stated goals: to examine how digital technology has altered education (including formal and informal educational sites); to support innovations that use digital media to enhance education; and to research and promote best practices for facilitating education through digital media. The Hub is especially interested in how digital media can enhance civic participation. On its website, visitors can read about the team's research and watch video presentations about how to incorporate digital media into instruction. Visitors will also find a curated set of free and open resources, culled from websites, webinars, publications, and blog posts. Entries from the collaborative blog, dmlcentral, are most prominent. Authored by a diverse group of academics, blog entries include reflections about online youth activism, disparities in access to digital media, and how digital media is shaping conceptions and experiences of adolescence. New digital media tools for educators are also regularly profiled."

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Reading Like A Historian | Stanford History Education Group

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"Historians use primary sources to form and analyze questions about the past. These sources can also be challenging to integrate into middle school and high school social studies classrooms; oftentimes, they include archaic language and require a certain amount of background information to be of any use. As a result, primary sources tend to be relegated to supplementary reading lists in traditional history textbooks. The Stanford History Education Group wants to change that. With the Reading Like a Historian series, the Group has compiled 73 lessons about U.S. history and 37 lessons on world history that center on a diverse collection of primary sources, including letters, maps, photographs, and videos. Each lesson incorporates materials that enable middle and high school students to situate and evaluate historical events and actors, including select primary sources, concise background readings, and graphic organizers. These lessons are carefully scaffolded, highly interactive, and encourage young historians to connect sources from the past with enduring issues that persist in our own time. A Quick View of each lesson is available to all site visitors; those interested in downloading lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, or original documents will need to create a free account.

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

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"Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules."


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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, December 11, 2015 5:10 AM

There is a difference in learning and sharing, we can share some things we are not able to learn. As slaves couldn't read words but they taught the ways of their lives required to be lived instead! As grandma would say having all the book sense with no good common sense don't amount to nothing. Knowing how go read a book about how to change a light bulb but having no good common sense on how to perform it makes you a person with plenty of book sense sitting on the dark at night because you don't have the good common sense on how to do what the book said. Grandma and them had a way about telling the truth as it was said if you don't want to know the truth Grandma and them style don't ask them! Learning comes in different ways not all work the same! Don't judge another because they learn differently but always remember 

what doesn't work for you just might work fine for another! 

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Kit de desenvolvimento pessoal para professores.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When we spoke with teens for the 13+ guidelines they provided useful input. They said they wanted the guidelines in infographic form as that is how they like to consume information. They also said they wanted to hear from real-world experts and that they wanted relevant stats cited. They wanted the district to recognize that students are using social media for academic and career success and respect their use of these platforms.  The resulting guidelines which got the thumbs up from teens, incorporated all feedback.  


Pre-teens wanted something different.  They said they’d prefer to have the guidelines in an activity book format. They told us their favorite uses of social media. This included making  movies in MovieStar Planet, watching YouTube videos, and having discussions on learning platforms like Edmodo, Schoology, and Google Classroom.  They were concerned about students being kind to one another and wanted to ensure no one’s feelings are hurt because of what takes on social media.


The resulting guidelines incorporated their feedback and were created in the suggested format. The activity book contains fortune teller games, crossword puzzles, word search, and more. Teachers tested them on students and the students were pleased with the results.

 

See all the guidelines posted here

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How to Customize Illustrations in PowerPoint | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

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It's easy to find free and low-cost graphics. But it's not always easy to edit them. This post explains how to customize illustrations in PowerPoint.

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10 great obscure Google tricks for school, life

10 great obscure Google tricks for school, life | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It’s next to impossible to count all of the apps it has produced, let alone all of the extra services and goodies that hide within its catacombs.

Google has a unique work atmosphere. It’s famous 20 percent time program (where employees have had freedom to pursue projects that interest them for 20 percent of their working hours) and atmosphere of collaboration.

Thanks to that atmosphere, we have some great tools at our disposal.

Unfortunately, there are many that we’ve never heard of — or have heard of but can’t remember how to find.

Here are 10 of them that you can incorporate into education or into life in general, and I’ll bet there’s at least one you didn’t know about!
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Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.

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Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful men in the world because billions of people give Facebook, which he founded, free access to their personal data. In return, users receive carefully curated snapshots of his life: baby photos, mundane office tours and the occasional 5K.

On Tuesday, observers were reminded that Mr. Zuckerberg, 32, is not just a normal guy who enjoys running and quiet dinners with friends. In a photo posted to his Facebook account, he celebrated the growing user base of Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. An eagle-eyed Twitter user named Chris Olson noticed that in the image’s background, his laptop camera and microphone jack appeared to be covered with tape.

Other publications, including Gizmodo, used the tweet to raise the question: Was this paranoia, or just good practice?
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Zaption

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"Zaption is a great video tool for the classroom because it provides teachers with a way to add extra layers of multimedia to videos so that they can better engage their students. Although there are certainly ways that Zaption could make the experience more student-friendly by building autonomous learning options, the program as a whole will likely be a valuable resource for classes of any age."

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Educational Leadership :: Learning from Creative Teachers

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As a part of our research at Michigan State University, we've been developing ways to integrate creativity into classrooms and explore the role of teachers in enhancing students' creative skills (Mishra, Koehler, & Henriksen, 2011; Mishra, Henricksen, & The Deep-Play Research Group, 2012). Our work goes beyond teaching generic techniques and seeks to genuinely embed creative approaches within disciplinary contexts (Mishra, Henriksen, & The Deep-Play Research Group, 2012). We hope to resolve a fundamental dilemma about creativity—that even as it's grounded in deep knowledge of the particulars of a field, it requires stepping outside these particulars. In other words, creative people have the ability to maintain a sophisticated knowledge of their field of expertise yet look outside the frames of that field to come up with new ideas. How do good teachers do this?
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ASCD Express 11.20 - Saving Teacher Creativity

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Henri Matisse said "Creativity takes courage." That might be truer now for teachers than ever before. With "many pressures and little leeway" (Henriksen & Mishra, 2013) characterizing today's teaching climate, is creative teaching endangered? How do you create loopholes that allow fresh approaches to content, despite limitations? How can school leadership nurture and protect teacher creativity? This issue looks at educators who are making room for self-expression, risk, and the unknown.
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Smithsonian Releases Learning Lab for Digital Museum Resources | Tech Learning

Smithsonian Releases Learning Lab for Digital Museum Resources | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access today debuts the Smithsonian Learning Lab, an online toolkit that allows users to find, customize and share digital museum resources. The Learning Lab offers free digital access to more than a million diverse resources from across the Smithsonian along with tools to organize, augment and personalize these assets.
The Learning Lab allows teachers to find something of interest across disciplines through a visual exploration of artworks, artifacts and specimens, audio and video recordings, thousands of standards-aligned teaching materials and hundreds of exemplary learning collections created by Smithsonian museum educators and teachers from across the country. 
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Chinese Construction Company 3D Prints an Entire Two-Story House On-Site in 45 Days

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How long does it take to build a house? Obviously it depends on the size of the house and other factors, but somewhere around six or seven months is a good estimate. Chinese construction company HuaShang Tengda thinks that’s pretty funny, and have essentially laughed in the face of traditional construction by 3D printing a 400-square-meter, two-story house in a mere month and a half.

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5 Apps To Help Students Organize What They Learn

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Most students need all the help they can get when it comes to planning big projects. Here’s a list of apps that can help them stay organized when they’re working on group presentations, research papers or other big tasks that might take a little extra energy to keep everything together.

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Home | NISE Network

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"Nanoscience - the study of how materials take on unique properties when observed at the smallest of scales - has become increasingly important in all areas of science, with profound impacts on medicine, technology, and engineering. However, many members of the public have a hard time understanding this new and exciting field. Enter the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). Comprised of 14 museums, universities, and professional organizations, the NISE Network produces a variety of materials designed to help scientists, educators, and museum professionals engage the public with nanoscience. Detailed K-12 lesson plans are provided, as well as activities for more informal settings, such as after-school programs. Thanks to the inclusion of videos and detailed lesson descriptions, educators can implement and adapt these activities with ease. All materials are free to download and readers may subscribe to receive a monthly Newsletter to find out about community news, upcoming events, and more."

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GeoInquiries - Grade 4 Interdisciplinary

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"GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.

The Elementary, Grade 4 GeoInquiry collection is under-development."


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The birth of virtual reality as an art form

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Chris Milk uses innovative technologies to make personal, interactive, human stories. Accompanied by Joshua Roman on cello and McKenzie Stubbert on piano, Milk traces his relationship to music and art — from the first moment he remembers putting on headphones to his current work creating breakthrough virtual reality projects. VR is the last medium for storytelling, he says, because it closes the gap between audience and storyteller. To illustrate, he brought the TED audience together in the world's largest collective VR experience. Join them and take part in this interactive talk by getting a Google Cardboard and downloading the experience at with.in/TED.

 

Recorded Feb. 2016


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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 8 Strategies To Get Your Principal to Say Yes To Anything

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 8 Strategies To Get Your Principal to Say Yes To Anything | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
So, your PLN is raving about a new product or program that has made teaching and learning better than ever and you want to bring this to your classroom too. Since you work for a school though, it’s not 100% up to you. You need buy in and support from your principal to allow you to move forward. That’s not always easy, unless you know the following secrets to success shared by former @NYCSchools Principal Jason Levy (@Levy_Jason), who now advises principals and superintendents on how to develop a compelling vision and strategies to succeed with educational technology. Jason presented “How to Get Your Principal to Say Yes” at the annual EdXEdNYC, sharing key strategies to get your principal on board with your ideas.
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5 Good iPad Apps Free Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Good iPad Apps Free Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some good iPad apps that are free today. This deal is valid at least in the Canadian and American iTunes store. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: virtually explore the National Gallery of Art Washington, translate and save QR codes from any printed material, add and view due reminders, and many more.
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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

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Leaders in high-performing, high-poverty (HP/HP) schools know that success requires more than just high-quality teaching and learning. The entire school, as a system, should work together to develop a common instructional framework that provides a vision of what success looks like. When a ship loses its compass, getting to port becomes a game of chance. It's no different for a school. When a school, particularly one characterized by high poverty and low performance, lacks an instructional plan or framework, progress will be anything but systematic, and more than likely patterns of low performance will continue.

Through the collaborative efforts of the leaders and staff, HP/HP schools focus on three kinds of learning: student, professional, and system. These learning agendas influence each other, and leaders in HP/HP schools make the most of this connection to facilitate sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Professional learning is the adult learning that takes place within a school, while system learning conveys how the school as a whole learns to be more effective. In other words, as people within the school learn, the system learns.
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Watching Virtual Reality Videos on YouTube

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Q. How do you find Google Cardboard versions of YouTube videos?

A. YouTube has a dedicated collection of 360-degree virtual reality videos on its site that you can watch on your smartphone with Google Cardboard or a similar virtual reality viewer. In the site’s search box, search for the hashtag “#360video” to get an idea of the panoramic virtual reality clips that are available. You can find nature scenes, a holiday tour of the White House and “The Hunger Games Virtual Reality Experience,” among the 360-degree offerings.
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ASCD Express 11.20 - A Road Map for Creative Instruction

ASCD Express 11.20 - A Road Map for Creative Instruction | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Students who learn in a creative environment, are exposed to creative activities and assignments, and observe their teacher modeling creative thinking will become more creative thinkers (Sternberg & Williams, 1996). A creative learning environment that embraces students and engagement along with critical thinking and creative thinking skills is essential to student achievement (Boykin & Noguera, 2011, 2012; Marks, 2000, as cited in Jensen, 2013). To plan the instruction that matches your creativity nurturing classroom enviornment, first identify the nonnegotiables. The nonnegotiables consist of the curricular standards, the required content, and the skills that are the target of a lesson (Drapeau, 2004). Then, choose one of four roads on the Creativity Road Map or combine roads to intentionally integrate creative instruction with content.
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Susannah Wood's curator insight, June 23, 7:31 PM
While not specific to gifted students, I really liked this. Something to keep in mind even for classroom guidance lessons!