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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Ed Tech | 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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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 2017 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 2017 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 2017 12:47 PM
Great games to use with "ME Leadership" (Marks of Excellence)
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10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom - by Ashley McCann

10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom - by Ashley McCann | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
by Ashley McCann

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Maker & STEM - Blueprint for Makerspaces

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Discover the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in driving innovation.

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Arduino Uno For Beginners - Step-by-Step Guide To Getting Started

More and more makerspaces around the world are looking to add coding and electronics to their maker education programs.  One of the best ways to do this is by integrating an Arduino board into makerspace projects and lessons.

We’ve found that a lot of maker educators haven’t taken the plunge into coding or Arduino because they think programming is scary.  Because of this, we wanted to make sure this tutorial was written for the absolute beginner with no experience whatsoever.

This tutorial is a high level view of all the parts and pieces of the Arduino ecosystem.  In future posts, we will take you step by step in creating your first simple Arduino project.

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9 Must-Have Robot Toys for Kids According to Kids - @FractusLearning

9 Must-Have Robot Toys for Kids According to Kids - @FractusLearning | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
There is a huge selection of robot toys for kids available, across all ages, and while some encourage learning, others are purely for fun. The robotic toys teach older kids everything from coding and STEM skills, to programming and logical thinking, while for little ones, the simple act of pressing buttons to make the robot do something is encouraging fine motor skills and interaction. Some robots also teach empathy and social skills. The right robot toy, in my opinion, is a gift that keeps on giving.

In order to put this list together, I took four kids (three boys and one girl) to our local toy store and asked them to choose what they considered to be the best robot toys for kids. These are the top 9.

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How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Educators like Mary Ann Scheuer, who has taught with and promoted audiobooks in the classroom — and began her own blog Great Kid Books —  sees how exposing kids to the spoken word via rich stories improves literacy. While books require readers to decode every word, stories told aloud free up the listener to connect with the story and the storyteller. “It provides an emotional connection to the narrator,” Scheuer said, which in turn motivates kids to continue listening. Well-told stories can also fill the vocabulary gap for those students who haven’t been exposed to a rich array of words over their lives. For children with already abundant vocabularies, listening to stories with more complex language expands their stable of words and exposes them to more sophisticated stories. Scheuer said her 8th grade daughter, who struggles with ADD, listened to Walter Isaacson’s massive biography of Steve Jobs—something she would have given up on in written form—while doodling in a notebook. “It pulled her in and kept her attention,” she said.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, November 1, 2016 5:14 AM
luisterboeken: Een dankbare opstap naar het lezen en al het mooie wat het ons te bieden heeft. 
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This 7-year-old is not giving up after Google CEO's sweet rejection letter

This 7-year-old is not giving up after Google CEO's sweet rejection letter | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
After an apparently very influential career talk with her father, 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater decided to go where many hopeful job seekers have gone before: the Google careers page. 

SEE ALSO: Third grader has no time for your silly homework nonsense

After submitting her version of an application to work at Google (addressed to "google boss"), she waited for a response. But instead of the dreaded non-response or generic form letter, she received a letter from the company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, just a few days later.

Google confirmed the letters between the tech CEO and young girl from Hereford, England, are real.

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Gone Google Story Builder

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Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 17, 2017 4:26 AM

Great tool for building text based stories that become video.

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Free Infographic Maker - Venngage

Free Infographic Maker - Venngage | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Venngage is an easy to use Infographic Maker that lets you make beautiful Infographics from templates.


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Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, November 15, 2015 6:10 PM

easy to use free inforgraphic tool.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, November 15, 2015 8:18 PM

Great way for students to communicate understanding!

Multimedia y Nuevas Tecnologias's curator insight, November 20, 2015 11:11 PM

Creando infografias

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ACPratas's LiveBinder Shelf

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Binders with interactive activities, tools, & platforms


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Janet Lanham's curator insight, February 21, 9:10 AM
Free ppt. add-on!
ducky58's curator insight, February 25, 5:29 AM
Un piccolo tesoro per tutti gli insegnanti ( in inglese)
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20 + Things you can do with QR codes in your school

20 + Things you can do with QR codes in your school | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

QR codes are possibly one of the most underused useful features of new technology. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is that many people see them as a form of barcode and wrongly believe that they can only be produced by companies, but the reality is anyone can produce a QR code within seconds.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 25, 2015 5:02 AM

My latest blog post on using QR codes.

Edina kurdi's curator insight, September 25, 2015 11:12 AM
Just recently created my first qr code, it was fun, let's see how it will work in class...
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Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education | Edudemic

Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education | Edudemic | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
We’ll guide you through the Twitter social media landscape and show you how to find the best educational resources for both yourself and your students.

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Maryann Rosenhave's curator insight, March 13, 2015 11:03 AM

En enkel guide til bruk av Twitter med elever.

Candace Theriot's curator insight, October 19, 2015 6:03 AM

I think Twitter is the social media tool with the biggest learning curve. This makes teachers less likely to use it, but it can also be one of the most effective in the classroom. This piece does a great job of breaking down how to use it so that teachers aren't so intimidated. Share this with your hesitant teachers. It's a good start!

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8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School

8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School


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JoanneMorris's curator insight, July 13, 2014 5:29 PM
Good points to keep in mind. We still struggle with the idea of the iPad as a personal device.
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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
December, 2014
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity)...

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Tim Hopper's curator insight, March 3, 2017 10:47 AM
Useful representation of a the complex concept of critical digital literacy
Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, March 4, 2017 3:23 PM
Critical Digital Literacy
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 8, 2017 1:34 AM
Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers
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Tutorials to Help You Get Started Creating Apps in Your Classroom via @rmbyrne

Tutorials to Help You Get Started Creating Apps in Your Classroom via @rmbyrne | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The MIT App Inventor is a fantastic tool for any teacher who would like to have his or her students try their hands at creating

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16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology

16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology | Ed Tech | 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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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 2017 9:26 AM
Wonderful practical tips for libraries as well as libraries.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 29, 2017 3:43 AM
Instructional technologies
Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 29, 2017 8:32 PM
Differentiation strategies
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 4, 2017 9:35 AM
Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
Heather Temske's curator insight, April 4, 2017 10:35 PM
I think this could be very useful. 
Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 2017 12:34 PM
Great tool for teachers to use in the classroom.
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A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018

A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018 | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Rapidly changing technology continues to make its mark on K-12 learning. The recently-released New Media Consortium Horizon Report details six up-and-coming technologies in the next five years for K-12 classrooms. Let’s take a closer look.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 16, 2017 5:25 AM

Worth having a look. There's also a link through to the report.

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Spreadsheet Activities for all Subjects

Spreadsheet Activities for all Subjects | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Google Sheets activities for students including Random Generators, Educational Games, Pixel Art, Learning Databases, and Analyzing Data

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Great tools for using Sheets in the classroom.
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Podcasts and the Classroom | Edudemic

Podcasts and the Classroom | Edudemic | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Chances are, even if you’ve never listened to a podcast before, you’ve heard about one. Podcasts bring old-time radio programs into the 21st century, and, thanks to their in-depth topic exploration and episodic nature, they’re downright addictive for listeners; the popular true-crime podcast Serial, for example, has been downloaded over 5 million times.

The popularity of podcasts makes them a great learning tool in the classroom. In one classroom in Connecticut, podcasts have even taken the place of final papers and exams, much to the students’ delight. Beyond their popularity, podcasts can be a great way to engage different kinds of learners, disseminate information, and get students excited about out-of-the-box assignments. Here’s how 21st-century educators can harness the power of podcasts in the classroom:

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The Techy Teacher Librarian Daily

The Techy Teacher Librarian Daily | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
“The Techy Teacher Librarian Daily, by Jen Meyer Wells: Info for Edtech and Web 2.0 in Schools and Learning”
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The Value of Feedback Infographic

The Value of Feedback Infographic | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Discover why every teacher should be giving feedback in our easy-to-read feedback infographic.

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Karen Dunlap's curator insight, November 15, 2015 5:41 PM

Great info. Students readily see the value of authentic and timely feedback.

gadgetsia636's curator insight, November 16, 2015 3:22 AM

gadgetsia juga memberikan infomasi tentang game horor Android terbaik lho!

Multimedia y Nuevas Tecnologias's curator insight, November 20, 2015 11:11 PM

El valor de la infografia, el porque utilizarlas.

 

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60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 20, 2015 5:03 AM

A useful list of possible ways for students to demonstrate understanding. Nothing else, just a list, so a good place to refresh your memory, or get a new idea ver quickly!

Campus Extens - UIB Virtual -'s curator insight, December 14, 2015 5:23 AM

Aquest article ofereix una llista de propostes, i eines digitals per aplicar-les.

Grupo 4 - La nueva sociedad's curator insight, November 25, 2017 3:48 PM
El proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje para que sea realmente significativo implica la participación del alumnado, en esta participación el papel del docente es fundamental(guía, orienta, estimula....). Disponer en la programación educativa de una serie de recursos educativos que faciliten al alumnado la comunicación de lo aprendido resulta fundamental para que desarrollen un rol de prosumidor frente a una mera bùsqueda de información, simplificando metodologías tan necesarias como la clase invertida .
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The Best Tools For Creating Fake "Stuff" For Learning

The Best Tools For Creating Fake "Stuff" For Learning | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The fake "stuff" I'm referring to in the headline includes newspaper articles, sports "trading cards," iPhone conversations, Facebook pages etc. These can be used for conversation practice, to crea...
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Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment - graphite

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment - graphite | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Formative assessment is an important tool teachers can use to target students' learning needs. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can better adjust their teaching to meet the kids right at their level. These digital formative assessment tools can help you do the job.

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I'm always looking for better ways to assess. This article helps. 

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Luís Cálix's curator insight, March 15, 2015 9:03 AM

Muito útil este artigo sobre ferramentas digitais para avaliação dos alunos. A descrição é acompanhada de uma escala de avaliação para cada uma na perspetiva do aluno e na perspetiva do professor,

Lynn Lease's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:20 AM

If you are interested in Turnitin workshops or discussion groups, contact the UNOH CEE at cee@unoh.edu.

DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 17, 2015 12:51 PM

Teachers and students.