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How To Get Started With Visual Learning In The Classroom

How To Get Started With Visual Learning In The Classroom | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Humans thrive on visual stimuli, and interaction. We don’t want to hear about the latest tablet, or even read an article about it. We want to see it for ourselves. More than that, we want to experience it for ourselves. We want to press all the buttons, test out the apps, and personalize every feature. …

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Seems like a good idea.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:10 PM

Research tells us that visuals are an important element of learning, and that when visuals are used in classrooms, yet many classrooms are based on text. This post looks at three areas:

* Bringing Active Learning Back to the Classroom - How much of the time are the learners in your class actively participating as compared to passively listening?

* Embracing Visual - Visuals help many learners understand complex subjects. Experts in many fields can look at images and quickly learn complex information. Are you teaching your learners visual skills?

* Retrieving Practice - "By combining visual training with active learning, students can go from novice to expert in far less time than with traditional study methods."

As many of us prepare to return to school embracing visuals and teaching our students how to interpret visuals has the potential to promote better understanding. This post provides some great pointers and you will find a link to the original research.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them

The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them | Teacher Gary | 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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It seems like a normal thing to do. These are needed SKILLs our students need to have.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:29 PM

Jackie Gerstein reviews the skills identified by Tony Wagner as well as six additional skills and attributes she believes learners need today.  She then looks at a recent Gallup Poll that looks at Americans expectations of schools today. Quoting from the post:

"While student success may depend on mastery of content in core subject areas such as math and reading, it also depends on more than knowledge of core content. Critical thinking, creativity, communication, and other soft skills, as well as student physical and social wellbeing, are also necessary for future success in higher education and in the workplace. Americans Say U.S. Schools Should Teach “Soft” Skills"

The post continues and explores how the other 21st century skills may be classified as social-emotional skills and how the growth of these skills may positively impact students in other areas. As always Gerstein has provided a post that pushes boundaries and provides a variety of resources.

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:33 PM

What would happen if you encouraged students "to think in pictures" as well as words? This post explores what happened in one classroom where the teacher decided to have students write in Lifebook Journals daily. Learn more about this activity by clicking through to the post.

Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Open Doors's curator insight, January 12, 2014 5:59 PM

Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

10 Free Online Educational Game Sites | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:41 PM

Finding games that you can use in the classroom is not always as easy as one would like it to be. This post shares 10 websites that are "game hubs" and the games range from one for students as young as preK to students in high school. The list of the sites is below and additional information is in the post (as are links to each). Have fun exploring them and sharing them with your students, and if you know a site that is not listed leave in the Comment section.

* Shepperd Software

* PBS Kids Games

* Mr. Nussbaum

* National Geographic Kids

* Poptropica

* Funbrain

* BBC Schools: Games

* Primary Games

* ABCya.com

* Arcademic Skill Builders

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 28, 2014 1:08 PM

Some wonderful resources here. 

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:41 PM

The ages range from Pre-K to High School.

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Technology Tools for Reflection - Reflection for Learning

Technology Tools for Reflection - Reflection for Learning | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

A website to support Reflection in Education K-16 The following technologies can support reflection: web logs (‘blogs’) as reflective journals,  wikis as collaborative websites, digital storytelling/podcasting, Twitter and social networks.


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Reflective learning is helping students progress all over the world.

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Tim Hopper's curator insight, January 1, 2014 10:31 AM

I used this quote in my dissertation, got to love Dewey.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 1, 2014 11:23 AM

Herramientas para el aprendizaje.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:57 AM

I like the quote

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5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students

5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Five 'design your own game' sites for creative students and learners to take gaming to a deeper level by creating and designing games them self.

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Can our students do this?

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:52 PM

Can our students to this?

Lyr Lobo's curator insight, June 23, 2013 11:21 AM

There is a magic today with the wealth of tools that support students and their creativity.  Creation and discovery is a powerful combination for learning.

Anne-Marie Armstrong's comment, June 23, 2013 12:24 PM
Hey Lyr, great to see your scoops. This will be helpful to have your curation on this topic. Thanks.