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Wordle – Lesson Upgrades Blog

December 11, 2009
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Wordle – Lesson Upgrades Blog

Wordle – Lesson Upgrades Blog. These things are just cool.  What a great way for your kids to be introduced to Daniel Pink’s Design.  Words that are used more often appear bigger, which gives you an idea of how words might relate into a visual context. So the next time you go to the lab…

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NEA – No More Homework Excuses

December 10, 2009
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NEA – No More Homework Excuses

NEA – No More Homework Excuses. Here’s some quick ideas for infusing fun into the classroom, and hopefully train our young learners to engage in the “Play” aptitude from A Whole New Mind. No one likes homework, so Linda Starr has compiled three ideas that might help with younger students.  They include Homework bingo, a…

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PoliticalCartoons.com Homepage

December 8, 2009
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PoliticalCartoons.com Homepage

PoliticalCartoons.com Homepage. What a great way to develop empathy.  I’ve used some of these cartoons at PoliticalCartoons.com, which are very reasonably priced. But if you are looking for an angle to teach empathy in history, go to the Library of Congress site and use their resources.  Their analysis guide is outstanding. I use it for…

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Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again

December 7, 2009
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Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again

Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again. Now this is an excellent piece of technology for Story.  Students can get the experience of researching a topic and then weaving a story from it. I have seen teachers use this to explain classical music.  I have also seen some very interesting uses in…

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Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine

December 7, 2009
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Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine

Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine. You really need to look through this site and learn more about Six-Word Memoirs.  This is an effective way to get students to digest large amounts of information, use the most effective words, and synthesize an expansive concept with next-to-nothing. I have personally started using this technique to have my…

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Using Animoto

December 7, 2009
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Using Animoto

Animoto Home Page A colleague told me about this site and I unleashed my students on it.  It really is a simple idea that hits on some major components of the Story and Design aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  It’s easy and lets students focus on telling a story, not on learning new software.

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One more Six Word Story

May 18, 2009
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One more Six Word Story

Students really tuned in to the dementia that Mark Chapman, Lennon’s assassin, displayed, and the sordid history of Chapman’s youth. Single words: John Lynnen (sp) Assassination gun bullets 5 shots dead bible abused Six Word Story: “The abused became the abuser.” Share

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Six Word Stories over John Lennon’s Assassination

May 18, 2009
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Six Word Stories over John Lennon’s Assassination

Also in the Decades Collection from the History Channel was the story of John Lennon’s assassination. Students knew who John Lennon was, but very few knew that he had been murdered, much less any information about the assassin. I think the true power of the Six Word Story is relayed in the fact that students…

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More Six Word Stories

May 18, 2009
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More Six Word Stories

Just a few more examples from “The Fall of the Berlin Wall”, Decades Collection presented by the History Channel. Circled Words: Divided Berlin Airlift Blockade Communism Red Army Violence Tear Down Six Word Story “Germany divided by communism, much violence” Share

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Six Word Story Examples

May 18, 2009
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Six Word Story Examples

I just wanted to share some student work from our work with the Six Word Story. These examples are over the 1980′S DVD from The Decades Collection presented by the History Channel. Students watched “The Fall of the Berlin Wall” and were asked to write down descriptive words of what they saw or felt. Students…

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