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Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning

Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Found this fantastic infographic touting the success of infographics. Reading it (or more correctly, viewing it) immediately focused my thoughts on the use of visual texts in classrooms today...Unlike other infographics I link to on Mr G Online, I’m not going to discuss the specific points presented – that would be contradictory to the message of the infographic. I’ll let you get your own meaning from it. However, I am going to reflect on how it made me consider the use of visual texts in education."


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As a visual learner myself, I love onto graphics, beginning with the dAiley ones posted NBC USA Today since its inception. 

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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 14, 2013 1:43 PM

I know that visuals help all learners.  This gives me the documentation. 

Caleb Yap's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:30 PM

really? more of these non-classical pedagogical methods?

Audrey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:53 PM

You can absorb the visual faster and make sense of it in a holistic way; particularly if you spend time engaging with the information from different physical points of view. The information is embedded in the memory because the individual is encouraged to project their own meaning.  Having been directed to view educational materials, the learner can them be asked questions to test their understanding. 

 

Visual learning is necessary from a young age and is what home school sources learning is all about.  

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15 of Our Favorite Brain Breaks for Students

15 of Our Favorite Brain Breaks for Students | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
If you’re not familiar with them, brain breaks are short activities that offer students a reprieve from routine learning activities. Not only are brain breaks fun, they’re a simple way to…
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It's not just about technology, but focus as well as relaxation.
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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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Risk taking and questioning have always been learning skillls. It just seems that students, and possibly their parents, aren't willing to acknowledge them as the best way to learn. The whole idea of thinking critically and making a "best guess' seem to be unacceptable to some folks. What does that say about the whole quality/gift  of wonder?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 16, 8:37 PM

The complete title of this post is Why It's Imperative to Teach Students to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill? Do you believe this is important? If so, how do you go about teaching your students to ask good questions?

This post begins by looking at the importance of questioning, and notes that many leaders in the high-tech world began with a Montessori education, a system that encourages curiousity from a young age.

The ability to ask insightful questions is something that may be more critical as we move forward. The question is how to we do this. The post notes that many teachers do not feel like they have time for students to ask questions. If this is true what should we do? It suggests that we make it both "safe" and "cool" to ask questions, and also suggests looking at resources available from

The Right Question Institute and from Question Day 2014.


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A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear.
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Bad bone was. For lecturers and great argument for digging deeper into visual literacy and hands on, active classroom demonstrations.
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If Well-Rested You Met Sleep-Deprived You, Here's Why They Might Not Recognize Each Other

If Well-Rested You Met Sleep-Deprived You, Here's Why They Might Not Recognize Each Other | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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I find this an interesting topic. This particular infographic seems to be more focuesd on adults. I would LOVE to see one, print it and post it about kids. Between overscheduling time, a variety of electronic devices in the ir bedrooms, and the push for "rigor", we have students who are falling far behind even 6 hours of sleep.

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Eliminate Tech from the Education Discussion

Eliminate Tech from the Education Discussion | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
After five decades of being an educator, I am growing weary of the constant discussion over the divide between education and technology. When will we reach a point where we will discuss Education, ...
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I really appreciate the nature, not only of this article about skills for the future, but the interesting comments that followed this post.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 28, 6:38 PM

I think education has one goal and that is the responsible emancipation of students through education. That means they have to become self-disciplined and apply freedom which is not an easy trick. Learning and education are not the same thing. Learning should be the flip side of the teaching coin when things work well. Education encompasses both. The etymological roots of education are educare which is nurturing and educere which is leading. Good education would make the conversations about technology irrelevant, because students and teachers would be able to make wise and prudent choices through their education.

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4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Interestingly there is the bonus of the alignment to common core.

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Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, February 22, 10:11 AM

Presentation rubrics according to students' age.

Gloria Inostroza's curator insight, February 23, 1:28 PM

Para tener en cuenta...

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 25, 3:30 PM

These rubrics are a great start. Easily modified to kid speak and to fit our outcomes 

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Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about?

Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
"Digital literacy" is one of the fashionable terms that we tend to hear or read about quite a lot nowadays. And, to be fair, it is, undeniably, a topical issue, as it relates to the way we interact...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 1:26 PM

As soon as the word train is used, I wonder what we are doing. It is about learning and using the skills.

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This is the hottest Common Core project in schools right now | eSchool News | eSchool News

This is the hottest Common Core project in schools right now | eSchool News | eSchool News | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

Innovative teachers are using eBooks as projects, allowing students to gain Common Core skills while letting their creativity to shine.

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There are a number of links to resources to provide you with guidelines and digital literacy topics that should be covered in the classroom prior to the creation of student- generated ebooks.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 17, 9:57 AM
There are a number of links to resources to provide you with guidelines and digital literacy topics that should be covered in the classroom prior to the creation of student- generated ebooks.
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S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction

S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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A New Way to look at SAMR (interactive infographic)


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ChristopherBell's curator insight, February 9, 7:43 PM

Very cool and full of resources if you are into SAMR!

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Students Must Curate, Create a Portfolio

Students Must Curate, Create a Portfolio | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Throughout the course of a typical academic career, hundreds of worthwhile projects are created. After countless hours and massive amounts of energy expended, w
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This is a well written article with suggestions of a plan and possible tools for student creation of a digital portfolio.
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Comfortably 2.0: The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Comfortably 2.0: The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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I think this is a really clever idea to instroduce the various concepts of digital literacy. Kudos to the author

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase). I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...
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I love everything about this info from Jackie Gerstein.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 27, 7:59 PM

It is important to remember that students who integrate cogntive, emotional, affective, physical, and spiritual skills and attributes will be successful.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Aurasma to Create Augmented Reality Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Activities

Free Technology for Teachers: Use Aurasma to Create Augmented Reality Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Activities | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
I have been intrigued by this for a while so I am happy there is a video along with this article to help me get a better handle on it.
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I have been intrigued by this for a while so I am happy there is a video along with this article to help me get a better handle on it.
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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an ac
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This article provides some provocative ideas to get students to engage in "Divergent" thinking, an very interest connection to the movie being released this week. However, the divergent thinking is all about taking risks and changing perspectives on the way we see and do things. Great list of tips too.

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

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An interesting plication for yet another argument for technology in the classroom as a means to accomodate a number of  needs for our students.

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 7:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 4:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 5:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear. 

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies
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An interesting coincidence that this was also a topic in my digital literacy class today. Our students live in an increasingly visual worldin this distal times. Thoughtful pointers and ideas here.
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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Sketchnoting in the Classroom

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Sketchnoting in the Classroom | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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I am a huge fan of this concept and think we need our learners, who are increasingly visual learners , be able to convey their observations in a visual manner. I would argue that when you are connecting images rather than merely recording words there is a far deeper level of learning that is created.

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Recommended for Teachers | Project Based Learning | BIE

Recommended for Teachers | Project Based Learning | BIE | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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Some interesting resources and examples  here for discussions about project based learning

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11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education

11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

So, what do you get when you combine three very cool visuals? Eleven signs that technology is playing an increasingly important role in education—both in and outside of the classroom. From videos to podcasts to mobile devices, learning has definitely gone digital.

 


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Some fascinating facts and a great visual to accentuate some of the points too!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 12:16 AM

Technology has always been important. The difference has been in the tools that were and are used.

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iPaddiction: Top Tech Tool For iPad and Chromebooks

iPaddiction: Top Tech Tool For iPad and Chromebooks | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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Remixing Shakespeare: 20+ Ideas and Student iPad Projects

Remixing Shakespeare: 20+ Ideas and Student iPad Projects | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Explore Shakespeare Shakespeare apps World of Shakespeare EvernoteAugmented Reality ShakespeareApproaching Shakespeare iTunes UThe...

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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This should always be the start of the conversation. Seems it rarely is:(

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Shaun Coffey's curator insight, February 11, 4:47 PM

Don't forget content specific pedagogy!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 17, 6:53 AM
Interesting. I like those three questions.
Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 4:40 PM

EdTech is about education: student learning and outcomes. 

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Putting Activities Through the SAMR Exercise

Putting Activities Through the SAMR Exercise | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Part of learning in 2014 is NOT to just CONSUME information, but to also contribute and create information. If you enjoy reading the information and resources shared here on the Langwitches blog or...
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This is a great exercise in evaluating your progress with technology based on the SAMR model. Bunch of interesting links and presentations as well. Silvia Tolisano is a rock star!
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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Every teacher I've worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students. The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technol
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I love this additional mention of news literacy as well. I teach a class to 6th graders reviewing a number of these skills, but what is interesting is that a number of adults could benefit from the same.
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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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This iactually the second article of a series . This is a  word used frequently, but it's definition varies.  I  think rigor need to also differentiate , say, reading levels so each learner is challenged from the level they are currently at. Rigor does not mean, "one size fits all!"

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 24, 4:36 AM

Good start. Also relevance to the student.

Leslie Minton's curator insight, January 24, 7:52 AM

Rigor across curriculum content, not just a particular subject matter is essential to effective teaching and learning. It is knowing what rigor is in order to determine if it exists.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 3:03 AM

A text does not the curriculum make. The curriculum is what the children learn and mesh with their lived history. The ultimate test is Life and all its manifestions according to Alfred North Whitehead.