Posts Tagged ‘ 21st Century Skills ’

Help Your Students Conduct a Better Google Search

January 25, 2011
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Help Your Students Conduct a Better Google Search

Google is great, but we all get frustrated at times when we just can’t find what we want. And what about your students?  If they are like mine, they try one search and then give up. I think that Google searching is an integral component of developing the  aptitude of Symphony as described by Dan…

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Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

January 14, 2011
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Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

Here’s a resource that I have been meaning to share with everyone.  It is an archive of tutorials for many of the popular software programs that you will be wanting to teach your students. I know that on our search engine page many teachers have requested lesson plans on software.  Some ask for themselves and…

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10 Evernote Tips For School – Dan Pink’s Symphony

January 2, 2011
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10 Evernote Tips For School – Dan Pink’s Symphony

So how do kids these days keep everything organized?  Listen straight from the mouth of one college student who is offering advice on the app known as Evernote. When Dan Pink speaks of Symphony in A Whole New Mind, he refers specifically to the ability to take many seemingly disconnected thoughts and create a pattern…

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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

December 18, 2010
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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

If you teach science and you haven’t played with Google’s Body Browser, you need to do so right now! You need to have Google Chrome, but I think it will be worth it. Basically you can cruise through the layers of the body, similar to those old transparencies we all had in our high school…

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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

December 1, 2010
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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

Recently one of our teacher-readers honored me by asking my opinion on writing lesson plans.  What do I think should be included in an effective lesson plan? Well for what it is worth, here is my advice for creating effective lesson plans. The first thing I always start with is the objective, which I always…

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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

November 21, 2010
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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

This is a great article for Thanksgiving week, and a great glimpse at how teachers across our country are developing Dan Pink’s aptitude of Symphony. Take a few minutes to read through the article, and if you have time, check out these teacher-submitted videos.  They really do show you why Bloom’s Taxonomy was revamped to…

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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

October 28, 2010
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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

I wanted to share these resources with you from Mashable’s website. Animation is an excellent tool for nonlinguistic representations, a strategy endorsed by Dr. Marzano.  Animation also challenges students to reach the synthesis level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  All the student is required to do is to create a story that needs to be told.  This…

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Teaching Game Design: Bloom’s Taxonomy

October 10, 2010
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Teaching Game Design: Bloom’s Taxonomy

This is an interesting perspective on Bloom’s Taxonomy, teaching, and game design.  The author alludes to Dan Pink’s AWNM aptitudes of Play and Design, but he also discusses Bloom’s Taxonomy and the use of Bloom’s Learning Levels in game design. Take a few minutes and see how a game designer applies Bloom’s higher level thinking…

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Empathy: It’s on the decline, how can we help?

October 3, 2010
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Empathy:  It’s on the decline, how can we help?

“College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.” This statement solidifies the need for teachers to develop empathy, one of Dan Pink’s aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.  How are students going to compete in…

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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

September 13, 2010
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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

Remember “Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? Well imagine that concept with the technology of today. That is what Professor Mitch Resnick discusses in this hour-long video about technology and learning.  Learn like a kindergartner. Don’t you remember those times?  When you wanted to go to school?  Things were new and fun. …

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