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Skills Converged > Illustration Exercise: Collective Masterpiece

"Use this exercise to get a group of people work on a common illustration exercise. This can be used as an icebreaker to make the group feel more comfortable with each other and also assess the competency of each person in drawing or painting. The group’s work leads to a final piece that everyone has equally contributed to which can then be kept to represent the class for future sessions or even to show off to external visitors. This exercise scales up quite easily for a large group as well, so it is ideal if you have a large audience and want to engage them in an illustration activity."

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Classroom ManagementPartner PracticeGames - The Teacher Toolkit

Classroom ManagementPartner PracticeGames - The Teacher Toolkit | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Games
Wake up the class with structured competition

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Opening ActivitiesChecks for UnderstandingIndependent Practice - The Teacher Toolkit

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Opening Activities
Start your lesson in a memorable way

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.
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For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video (EdSurge News)

For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video (EdSurge News) | Serious Play | Scoop.it
For many students, participating in online class discussions feels like a chore—a box to check off for participation points rather than a lively dialogue.“I go in there and do it because I have to,” says Bradley Hook, a 28-year old sophomore at City College of San Francisco, and a blogger for EdSurg
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10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology

10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Forget about PowerPoints with voice-over — that's old school. These "new school" apps can help you engage your students while they're learning from your lectures.
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Flipping Lesson Design: Moving The Learning Objective To The End -

Flipping Lesson Design: Moving The Learning Objective To The End - | Serious Play | Scoop.it
There would be few teachers around the world who haven’t been advised to publish lesson objectives at the beginning of every lesson.

After all, this is a signal for students where the learning is going, and can help keep teachers and students on the same page. But for me it has largely been an ineffective strategy, with students just mindlessly writing them down and rarely independently checking their learning against them as the lesson unfolds.

John Dabell succinctly articulates a possible reason: It could be argued, that we need to accomplish the learning first before we can understand what the learning objective is and what the knowledge and understanding relates to. I concur, and after years of adhering to the expectation of writing down LO’s at the start of lessons, at the beginning of this year I decided to try something different.
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

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We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!
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Many more ways to supercharge your critical thinking skills are waiting for you in The Critical Thinking Workbook! Download your free copy here https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/free-download-critical-thinking-workbook

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking

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From Aimee Hosler at TeachThought, here are 10 team-building activities for fostering critical thinking skills in students.
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26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy

26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Bloomin' critical thinking tools for everybody! Check out these options to help students foster critical thinking skills with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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25 Words or Phrases to Avoid in Speeches and Presentations

25 Words or Phrases to Avoid in Speeches and Presentations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Want to wow audiences in your presentations and deliver your messages successfully? Avoid these 25 'death-dealing' words or phrases!
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3 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling

3 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling | Serious Play | Scoop.it
My high school creative writing teacher had the best definition of story that I’ve ever seen.

A story is interesting people, solving interesting problems, in interesting ways.

The genius is in its simplicity. Interesting is subjective and open to so many possibilities, which allows for everyone to approach it in their own creative way. But the core idea is solid. People solving problems. At the heart of every story is a problem to be solved (the conflict).

To improve our storytelling skills, all we have to do it focus on the three things that make a story a story.
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Checks for UnderstandingIndependent PracticeClosing Activities - The Teacher Toolkit

Checks for UnderstandingIndependent PracticeClosing Activities - The Teacher Toolkit | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Closing Activities
Synthesize the lesson in a new way

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The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn | Skills Converged

The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn | Skills Converged | Serious Play | Scoop.it
As a trainer, the topic of learning to learn is even more important since it is not only beneficial to you, but it also helps you to improve your training. As such, it is worth investing time in.

In this article, you will be introduced to seven highly effective techniques that help you maximise learning in a given time. The following methods are presented as if you are applying them to yourself, but you should consider how you can take advantage of them for your learners in a training environment.
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Flipgrid. Ignite Classroom Discussion.

Flipgrid. Ignite Classroom Discussion. | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Video for Active and Social Learning: Flipgrid is simple yet powerful. Educators create grids with topics and students respond with recorded videos to discuss, reflect, and share via webcam, tablet, or mobile device.
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A Great Tool to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos

A Great Tool to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Rewriting wellbeing: A creative addition to your wellbeing strategy

Rewriting wellbeing: A creative addition to your wellbeing strategy | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Already well established in the States, writing for wellbeing is slowly garnering popularity in the UK. An increasing body of research has demonstrated the power of words upon wellbeing (and no, that doesn’t include the report you’ve just written that is sitting on your desk). We’re talking creative, expressive writing rather than the perfunctory facts and figures kind.
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How to lead a brainstorm - TED.Ed

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Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. The skill began to gain a wider audience in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and sparked the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men.

Via John Evans, Roger Francis
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Using Online Collaboration Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork

Using Online Collaboration Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Diana Clark is an experienced high school educator with great ideas for teamwork and collaboration. Here are 8 of her favorite online collaboration tools.
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10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students

10 Great Critical Thinking Activities That Engage Your Students | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 great ideas for critical thinking activities and see how you can use them with your own modern learners.
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!
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10 Visual Storytelling Rules Every Digital Marketer Needs to Know

10 Visual Storytelling Rules Every Digital Marketer Needs to Know | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A list of visual storytelling rules for visual communicators, including the Hitchcock rule, "show, don't tell," follow a story arc, among others.
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