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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom | educational leadership |
Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world.So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start. And with the sheer quantity and variety–from sources of data and models to tools that create them (including our personal favorite, piktochart), you can almost certainly find something to use in your classroom that’s not too pricey, that works for your grade level, and that isn’t blacked by your district’s incredibly frustrating filter.
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Is cursive writing less relevant in today’s classroom?

Is cursive writing less relevant in today’s classroom? | educational leadership |

STILLWATER, Okla. — The new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully operational beginning in the 2014 school year, lays out standards that include keyboarding proficiency by the fourth grade. But the standards make no mention of the need for cursive writing ability.

Many educators believe cursive writing is less relevant in today’s educational environment that includes personal computers, smartboards and iPads. Many believe classroom time spent on cursive writing instruction could be better spent on meeting the rigorous standards that Common Core requires.

Stillwater Public School students in kindergarten through third grade get instruction in cursive writing.

During their fourth- and fifth-grade years, students begin a more rigorous instruction on keyboard skills.

“Our theory is, students need both,” said Diane Fix, director of elementary curriculum for the Stillwater district.

At the secondary level, most teachers encourage students to submit written work electronically, or at least type it on a word processor, said Becky Szlichta, the director of secondary curriculum for the Stillwater district.

“I am not aware of any secondary teacher that would require students turn in work in longhand,” Szlichta said.

Fix said Common Core will require students taking their tests online, and that includes written essays.

Students enrolled in English II and English III at the high school will take end of instruction tests this week.

The test requires a written response on paper, but the responses do not have to be written in cursive.

Educators are judging if they want to use classroom time to teach penmanship when that skill is not evaluated on high-stakes standardized tests.

“Work submitted electronically has more tools available, like spell check,” said Stillwater High School Principal Uwe Gordon. “It’s so much better for our students.”

The National Association of State Boards of Education issued a policy statement in September that indicated there is value in cursive writing instruction.

The national panel said research suggests the practice and process of handwriting may improve a student’s cognitive and motor skills development while enhancing literacy and retention.

“We think (cursive writing) is a life skill that is still important,” Fix said.

A researcher at Indiana University asked a panel of college students to memorize a paragraph and found students who wrote the paragraph in cursive retained more information a week later than those who used a keyboard or printed the same material.

“Oh, I can totally see how that can be right,” Fix said.

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Personalizing Teacher Training Through Social Media-Based Professional Development.

Personalizing Teacher Training Through Social Media-Based Professional Development. | educational leadership |

"It’s Time To Give Educators Credit For Their Self-Directed, Social Media-Based PD. Professional development for teachers is a beautiful thing. While many professionals work either in isolation or total stagnation, educators are constantly given new tools to become better at their craft. National-level conferences like ISTE and ASCD, district PD, school PD, professional learning communities, data teams, “PD-style staff meetings,” books, blogs—there are so many incredible resources being updated literally as you read this, that the challenge is more about knowing where to start than finding suitable content."

Sonia Thomas's curator insight, April 23, 2013 3:00 PM

This article speaks to the gist of how social media can be leveraged for professional development.

Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 23, 2015 1:08 AM

I chose this resource to inform me about the latest technology trends.


As a future leader I want to incorporate technology in my school as much as possible. It is my duty to ensure teachers feel confident using it though. I also want teachers to use the technology to enhance the learning, not replace it.

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Before You Can Inspire, Before You Can Touch, You Must First Connect

Before You Can Inspire, Before You Can Touch, You Must First Connect | educational leadership |
My most important mentor, the late Dr. Rosemarie Carroll, used this quote from a 2002 television commercial to introduce me to our Board of Education when I moved to a position at the district level.  I have never forgotten the message, and...

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