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8 Tech-Infused Design Projects for Your Classroom

8 Tech-Infused Design Projects for Your Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it
By Global Digital Citizen Foundation Seeing creativity and understanding in student design projects is the pride of every teacher; our students show such creative prowess in projects with real-world applications, and to make the most of this they need awesome digital tools to explore and wor
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13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice

13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice | Serious Play | Scoop.it
13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice
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Art Elevates the Mind by Increasing Empathy, Critical Thinking and Tolerance

Art Elevates the Mind by Increasing Empathy, Critical Thinking and Tolerance | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Study of school trips to a museum provides evidence that art can elevate the mind.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.
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Art Therapy Activities, Exercises | Art Therapy Interventions

Art Therapy Activities, Exercises | Art Therapy Interventions | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This section focuses on art therapy activities, excercises, interventions, lessons, games, and a variety of actionable and introspective ways to actively incorporate art therapy into your life.
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A Context for Arts-Based Learning for Business

A Context for Arts-Based Learning for Business | Serious Play | Scoop.it

To understand the process of creative genius, it is valid for business people to look at the model of the artist. The business of the artist is to create, navigate opportunity, explore possibility, and master creative breakthrough. We need to restore art, the creation of opportunity, to business. -Brandweek (1998)

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Art cyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

Art cyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives: find where the works of over 8,000 different fine artists can be viewed online.
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Studio Days - The Inspired Classroom

Studio Days - The Inspired Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Last year I tried a new idea with my fourth graders – Studio Day and it was a hit!  Please, let me share!


Concept – Students are given a long amount of time to start and complete a project.  This time (1-3 hours) is more time than normally given so that students are forced to work their way through the creative process.  (Instead of starting something only to put it into their “To Do” folder to work on when they can.)  It also allows students to work on a project that can be quite involved and include some real artistic creation in the visual arts, music, theater, and/or poetry making, etc.


Time – Carve out an amount of time that is more then what you would expect.  This will allow for ample clean up time and for “Pushing Time.”   Pushing time, for me begins when the first student says they are done and I follow up with, “No you’re not.  What else can you do with this?”

 

Place – Using an area outside of the normal classroom (art room, outside, big open space) can be a great idea.  It gives a special feel to the time you have and it takes away a lot of distractions.  (Kind of like when you bring your work to the kitchen table, away from your office desk.)


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Jumpstart Your Lessons with Artful Thinking -Education Closet

Jumpstart Your Lessons with Artful Thinking -Education Closet | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Teaching with the Artful Thinking routines is my #1 go-to technique for engaging and motivating students and for jumpstarting an arts integration lesson. Studies show that approximately 65% of our students are visual learners. Why not help students develop deeper understanding of the content by tapping into this phenomenon? You will not only bring lots of art into your classroom and get kids talking excitedly about it with each other, but you will also be teaching and practicing critical thinking skills students need for the 21st century.  The routines are easy to teach and are adaptable to any grade level classroom."

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Artful Thinking routines are fourteen short, flexible and easy strategies developed by Project Zero, a renowned educational research group at Harvard University along with Traverse City, Michigan Schools.  They were designed to use art as the power for developing critical thinking skills and connecting students to the content. They do both beautifully and artfully!


When using the routines, students are asked to observe a piece of art (any teacher selected painting, sculpture, photo, or artifact) and respond to it by exploring, describing and connecting to what they see.  Incidentally, for auditory learners, the same routines can be applied to listening to a piece of music.  The routines are classified into categories of critical thinking skills Project Zero calls thinking dispositions.  Students might be asked to make interpretations and inferences with “I See/Hear, I Think, I Wonder”, provide evidence and reasoning with “Claim, Support, Question”,  or explore viewpoints with “Perceive, Know, Care About”, to name a few.


You can find the full array of routines with detailed descriptions for and how to use them at the Artful Thinking website:http://www.pzartfulthinking.org/routines.php or check out my Artful Thinking “cheat sheet” at Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-stw-bates-artsintegration-addt’lresource-artfulthinkingroutines.pdf

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The Top 50 Apps for Kids: Our favorite picks for education, music, art, and more! at Babble

The Top 50 Apps for Kids: Our favorite picks for education, music, art, and more! at Babble | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"For Babble's annual roundup of the 50 best apps for kids, we looked at some basic criteria that you and your family might also consider before downloading an app. Every app we tested had to have received an age-appropriate rating ("4+" in Apple's case; "Everyone" in Google's). We also considered whether the app allowed parents to participate in, or at least oversee, whatever their kids were doing onscreen. In addition, even if the apps were designed to do nothing more than keep kids busy while you're in line at the store, there had to be some positive or educational element to them."


Via John Evans, Amber Ramshaw Wakefield
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Teacher’s Guide Series | The Academy

Teacher’s Guide Series | The Academy | Serious Play | Scoop.it

The Academy, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teacher's guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students' natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop visual literacy skills. Each teaching guide is available in its entirety to download and print.

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Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See | Serious Play | Scoop.it

These are the top 20 movies every educator should watch. While every movie is not specifically about educators, there is definitely something to take away from each. These movies are not listed in order of importance, just the order they came to me. Each title is linked to their IMDB page.

 

 

 

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Creative Educator - Articles: Digital Storytelling

Creative Educator - Articles: Digital Storytelling | Serious Play | Scoop.it
These Creative Educator articles explore how educators can digital storytelling to get students think deeply about the content they are studying.

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Creative Educator - More Than Just a Writing Prompt

Creative Educator - More Than Just a Writing Prompt | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Meeting your students where they already were — in the land of MP3s and YouTube — can forever change your classroom.

Using multimedia to make writing vibrant!

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Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup | Serious Play | Scoop.it
All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
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How Teams can Profit from Band Experiences ‹ http://coachfederation.org/blog

How Teams can Profit from Band Experiences ‹ http://coachfederation.org/blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How can teams and their leaders profit from music?

How can bands inspire their audience?

How can rhythm, sound and atmosphere play into success?

What remains after the band performance on the way home for the listeners?

I spend Thursday evenings at the modern Jazz school in Munich among others to find out the secrets behind those questions, to explore what is hidden behind rhythm and to examine what can be used and transferred to teams in the business world.
I want to introduce five concrete exercises from the band workshop that can be used by leaders and teams during daily business routines to raise customer’s enthusiasm.
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100 Art Therapy Exercises - Expressive Art Inspirations

100 Art Therapy Exercises - Expressive Art Inspirations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Transforming your life with expressive art
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Deborah Lange's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:12 PM

Art, doodling, clay, mosaic, needle point... it does not matter what, is so important for gaining insight, emptying, accessing creativity, grace, peace, enjoyment .... so mcuh. So if you have forgotten what it was like to play through art - do something as simple as pick up some coloured pencils and draw. See what emerges in the moment!! 

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ART THERAPY REFLECTIONS: Mandalas in Art Therapy

ART THERAPY REFLECTIONS: Mandalas in Art Therapy | Serious Play | Scoop.it
I use mandala making in therapy to help clients feel calm and centered, for self-expression and as a way to help people explore who they are in groups. The following photos are of mandalas made in a classroom showing how each person ‘saw’ themselves in the circle. They painted how much room they felt they took, how they felt their energy or self looked in the classroom and how they felt they fit in the whole. I have used this exercise as:1.    A device to explore group conflict2.    A visual representation for families in therapy3.    A device to work with bullying4.    A device to work with boundaries and shared space5.    A tool to explore aggressive, passive and assertive behavior.
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Skills Converged > Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show

Skills Converged > Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Storytelling and the ability to develop a character is an important part of a child’s development. This exercise helps kids telling a story without w...
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Skills Converged > Art Exercise: Cooperative Sculpture

Skills Converged > Art Exercise: Cooperative Sculpture | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This exercise helps delegates work together to create a sculpture out of clay. It is ideal for classes on ceramics hand building with clay but it can also be used for a fun team building activity.

This is also a very useful exercise for creativity as it is relatively fast paced. Delegates have little time to get carried away with too much detail on any specific work and so are forced to express their creativity in a focused and meaningful way.

In this exercise, delegates contribute to each other’s design sequentially and everyone participates in the creation of all sculptures.

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Artful Thinking

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The goal of the Artful Thinking program is to help students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.The program is one of several programs at Project Zero linked by the theme “Visible Thinking."

Artful Thinking has 6 interrelated components: The Artful thinking Palette (6 thinking dispositions at the heart of the program); thinking routines,works of art, curricular connections, visible thinking, and teacher study groups.

Click here for a complete overview of the program.

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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts | Serious Play | Scoop.it
You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
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Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy | Serious Play | Scoop.it

With the abundance of media messages in our society, it's important to ensure students are media literate. The Oscars provide a great opportunity to use the year's best films to teach students about media and film literacy -- they can also be an engaging teaching tool that provokes students' interest in a variety of subjects and issues. Here, we're providing some classroom resources from around the Web:

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Great list of resources.

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Multiple Means of Action and Expression

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Multiple Means of Action and Expression 

 

Options for Learners:

 

Options for Artistic Expression

 

Options for Mindmapping

 

Options for Multimedia Creation

 

Options for Doing Math Onscreen

 

Options for Creating Comics

 

Options for Creating Infographics

 

Free tools, with details about each option.

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Creative Educator - Digital Storytelling

Creative Educator - Digital Storytelling | Serious Play | Scoop.it
These Creative Educator Teacher Stories focus on digital storytelling in the classroom. Educators share their techniques that promote creative thinking, imagination, and invention in the classroom.
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Some of the featured lessons:Me: A Visual EssayEveryday HerosHistorical JournalDon’t Let the Earth DownVideo BiographiesCreate a Visual PoemSell It with Propaganda
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