All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.
"Metta is a digital presentation tool that has been featured here in the past. Metta allows you to combine videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from your desktop, text, and voice recordings to create a presentation. The latest Metta development allows you to save your presentations in your Google Drive account. To use this option log into Metta by using your Google account athttp://metta.io/create and leave the “Connect to Google Drive” checkbox on."
Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.
It becomes clearer with each passing day that the "teacher imparting accumulated knowledge" model is over and done. The speed with which new information is developed requieres curriculums that teach processes, not content. Actually it requires a revamping of the entire educational industry, as the professional who stops learning throughout his or her career will go the way of the ox cart.
Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic...etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking.
It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems.
"There is a worldwide network of learner-centered schools and programs for all age levels. This network is growing rapidly as people become more and more dissatisfied with an unchanging traditional system. It’s important to understand that if you believe that people are born natural learners you wouldn’t have competitive grades, forced homework, or even grade levels. Just think what an artificial situation it is, to be in a room every day with 25 or thirty people of your exact age. This will never again happen in your life! Why should children be socialized to that bizarre configuration?"
A couple of weeks ago I posted here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning two posts on self-directed learning : The Basics of Self-directed Learning, and 14 Technology-related Concepts every Teacher should Know about. Today I am adding another new resource on self directed learning I just came across in teachthought blog. This is basically a work realized by Barbara under the title Staged Self Directed Learning Model.