Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1

Interactive illustrating the critical thinking model of Paul and Elder ("elements of thought")

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Storytelling with Data Visualization

Does your data tell a story and can you visualize it? We look at the history and thought processes behind data visualization and successful infographics.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Why are games good for learning

What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future? - About Education Degrees

In his MindShift article, David Price (author of OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future) considers what open learning systems – as productivity and innovation drivers – would look like for educators:

Open learning systems apply the same learning principles to their professionals as they do to their students. They understand that the only sustainable transformation in education has to be owned by the people who have to implement it: teachers. They have high expectations of the profession’s capacity to learn through transparent, shared practice, and of their ability to rise to additional responsibilities. They have the humility to accept that learning now happens everywhere, anytime, and they work hard to integrate informal learning into the formal environment.


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Monday, April 20, 2015

17 Tips for Effective Note Taking (traditional meets technology)

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20 Sites With Free Images for Your Blog - About Education Degrees

This post will give you a list of 20 sites that offer 100 percent free images for use on your blog or social media posts. And the best part? All the sites below offer photos under the Public Domain or the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means no attribution (link) is required.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Six good iPad apps to turn pictures into cartoons and comics

"...These are apps that students can use to create beautiful cartoons to use in their multimedia projects or in activities that involve comic strips, digital storytelling, presentations and many more ..."

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students

Welcome to my list of webtools that don’t require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and has ballooned into something that I never thought would get this big. And it is still growing. 

While I do try to verify each link on a regular basis, please be aware that websites do change and some of these sites may no longer be active or may have switched to a paid version. Also, some of these sites rely on advertisements and so be careful when using with younger students. To make it on this list, a site must be:

Free. There may be paid versions, but there is an option to use without paying.Without the need for students to give their email address. Teachers may have to register, but there is an option for students to either sign-in or use without giving their own email address or log-in with their Facebook/Google/Twitter/etc. account.For the most part, interactive or creative. The ideal tool allows the student to express themselves through creation, but some of these tools are for teachers only.Completely online. There should be no need to install something to make it work. Some of these sites require things like Flash or Java which are on most desktop and laptop computers, but are normally not accessible on a tablet or phone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology - eLearning Industry

Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At this post you will find 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Introduction to Job Search Skills

Introduction to Job Search Skills is an Alison free online course which is designed for anyone who is beginning or is actively involved in a job search. The course covers different scenarios from students looking for internships or entering the workforce for the first time, to experienced professionals re-entering the workforce, changing industry/role or relocating.


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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.

What I didn't realise until recently was that suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50. A hundred men die a week. It is more prevalent than at any time in the last 14 years and men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women.


The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning - Brainscape Blog

Greater understanding of our brain’s functioning, abilities, and limitations allows us to constantly improve our teaching skills and the productivity of our study sessions and working hours (and after-work hours). 

When it comes to human organs, none is quite so mysterious as the brain. For centuries, humans have had numerous misconceptions and misunderstandings about how the organ works, grows, and shapes our ability to learn and develop. While we still have a long way to go before we truly unravel all the mysteries the brain has to offer, scientists have been making some major breakthroughs that have gone a long way in explaining both how the brain functions and how we use it to organize, recall, and acquire new information.

Here, we list just a few of the biggest and most impactful of these breakthroughs that have contributed to our understanding of the science of learning.


Save the Last Word for Me: Encouraging Students to Engage with Complex Reading and Each Other

Online discussions are often implemented in college classes to allow students to express their understanding and perceptions about the assigned readings. This can be challenging when the reading is particularly complex, as students are typically reluctant to share their interpretations because they are not confident in their understanding. This can inhibit meaningful interactions with peers within an online discussion.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

27 Word Work Apps for the Elementary Classroom

Whether a teacher uses Daily 5 in the classroom or not, word work is an important piece of student daily learning. This article will provide an extensive list of iOS word work apps. Each app is listed by grade level and state, showing how it will best serve your students while they work with words in the classroom. All apps are free unless otherwise noted.

How to Create an Infographic in Under an Hour [+10 Free Templates]

Wouldn't it be great if creating infographics was just as simple as writing regular ole text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, the reality is that making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let's face it -- skill -- than the written word. 


Usually.But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can't just afford to throw in the towel. That's why we decided to take all the pain and suffering out of infographic creation. 


Seriously -- don't throw in the towel just yet. You, too, can create professional-looking, high-quality infographics ... quickly! And I'm going to prove it. First things first ...

How to Create Awesome Infographics Without Being a Designer

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s definitely possible to create some awesome infographics in any category that you choose, EVEN if you’re not a designer. In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to three awesome tools to create the best infographics, tell you how to use them AND how you can share your infographics in different channels all over the web. So, let’s get started!..

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Robert Gagne’s Nine Steps of Instruction: Do’s and Don’ts in E-Learning

"In 1985, American educational psychologist Robert Gagne created a nine-step process of instructional design which can guide the process of learning. The process is called ‘The Events of Instruction’ where in each event has a definite purpose of supporting learning and leads to definite outcomes.


Gagne’s model can serve as guidelines to creating a result-oriented e-learning instructional design for workplace training too. Below are the Nine Events of Instruction and the Do’s and Don’ts that must be kept in mind:"

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Fools Video Prank in Math Class - YouTube

I played a trick on my math class for April Fool's Day. In this one, I'm showing a "homework help" video that gets some trigonometry wrong. How embarrassing!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The university rankings no government wants to talk about

At a conference of university leaders in early 2013, Tony Abbott promised “relative policy stability” in higher education if he became prime minister. When it came, though, the Coalition’s first budget proposed cutting university funding by a breathtaking 20 per cent and removing the ceiling on university fees.

Looked at over time and ranked against other OECD countries, public funding of Australian universities is at a record-breaking low.


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