This week marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and while there already exists a plethora of sites dedicated to this American/World tragedy (some of which I will include below).
For our kids and students to fully comprehend the impact of the assassination and how it was reported, they also have to understand life as it was in the early 1960's. I hope this post empowers parents and teachers to do just that.
"Bridging traditional language-arts education and 21st-century technology with Common Core Standards, Meryl Jaffe, PhD demonstrates: (1) how non-fiction graphic novels can be paired with classic and prose texts and media links to meet learning and...
This is a science infographic for children by Planet SEED, which delves into the many, many careers that exist in science. Infographic Review Infographic Design: B+ This design is fun and chaotic but in a good way.
Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.
How educational policy and the D.S.M. helped to make a disorder go viral.
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's insight:
"Today many sociologists and neuroscientists believe that regardless of A.D.H.D.’s biological basis, the explosion in rates of diagnosis is caused by sociological factors — especially ones related to education and the changing expectations we have for kids. During the same 30 years when A.D.H.D. diagnoses increased, American childhood drastically changed. Even at the grade-school level, kids now have more homework, less recess and a lot less unstructured free time to relax and play. It’s easy to look at that situation and speculate how “A.D.H.D.” might have become a convenient societal catchall for what happens when kids are expected to be miniature adults. ..."
While this may not have much to do with Common Core Standards or even classrooms, this post was too much fun to pass up...and besides....it actually might be a great piece for reluctant readers??!!! Enjoy.
Classrooms today are encouraged to use verbal, visual, and digital text when relaying content information. The rationale behind this integration is that the verbal, visual, and digital reinforce each other, help create additional memory associations, and will help involve and reach all kinds of learners.
Most classes incorporate various forms of multi-media (because so much is now available over the internet and because research has shown that mulit-media, like infographics helps make learning accessible to all kinds of learners)Today, these charts, diagrams, word clouds, graphs, tables, webs, timelines and maps are being morphed into "INFOGRAPHICS"And, not only are teachers and publishers creating these visual story-telling, fact-finding masterpieces, students are creating them as well.
The power of education's integrating and promoting visual literacy and integrated texts is that information is now accessible to all kinds of readers and learners.
This month, we take a closer look at The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell (First Second Books, 2012) and provide teaching suggestions for middle and high school classrooms.
The Silence of Our Friends has not been banned or challenged to date, so we highlight it here for two reasons: First, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington; and second, because this story then and now, powerfully relates the pain and ramifications of censorship and racism and the effects such silencing has on everyone.
The Silence of Our Friends is a semi-autobiographical story told from the perspective of Mark Long, as a boy. It centers around civil rights incidents covered by his father, a television reporter in Houston, Texas, in 1968, following the Texas Southern University student boycott after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was banned from campus. It ends with Dr. King’s assassination and the mourning of the larger Houston community as they marched in his memory that following Sunday. The Silence of our Friends emphasizes and reinforces Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful words:
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to h...
"I have been writing a lot lately about graphic novels and visual literacy. I thought I'd take some time over the next few posts, to SHOW you parctical visual literacy applications: infographics. Infographics are being used more and more in media and education to visually and verbally relate information in a glimpse.
The infographics below are excellent examples of how engaging they can be. For more on infographics, please see Infographics 101: What you need to konw and where to find them.
This week I focus on the Geek within us.
I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you do too. I'm sorry to say I failed - it was all the tech stuff. How well will you do? Take the test and the plunge and share your comments when done."