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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | iPad learning | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

Via Gust MEES, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:14 AM

This is particularly important for students with language learning differences--Lou

 

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"...“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.

Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently.

“They’re not used to being given permission to write about whatever they want,” Clancy said. But once her students realized that they really weren’t being graded and that they had freedom of expression, they eventually came to demand time to write.

Moss says writing without fear of consequences is key to developing a writer’s voice. “If you’re perfect you are guaranteed to not write a thing,” Moss said. “It’s like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.” She has developed some guides to help teachers coax students into using art and writing in their journals at the same time, as a way of flexing their visual thinking along with literacy...."

Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:08 PM

Teachers and students already think this way. Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk

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Consume vs Create? | Remote Access

Consume vs Create? | Remote Access | iPad learning | Scoop.it

"I’ve spoken out a fair amount about tablets in classrooms. While I like them as a device, my concern has been that given the limited and finite resources available to schools, I’ve been wondering if schools are purchasing tablets when they could be buying cameras or microphones or full laptops that allow students more leeway to both consume information and to create."


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Why Learning Should Be Messy - The View from a Student

Why Learning Should Be Messy - The View from a Student | iPad learning | Scoop.it

This post is written by a student and begins:

Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other.

Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School then provides a look from the student viewpoint about what is and is not working in schools. A great read!


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