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H DeWaard

5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia - 59 views

  • origami
  • This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.
  • Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:
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  • Geometry
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
  • Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
  • Thinking Skills
  • Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
  • Fractions
  • Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
  • Problem Solving
  • Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
  • Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
  • Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
  • While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
  • Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
Marsha Ratzel

Educator Resources | Agency by Design - 46 views

    Great new thinking routines tied to Maker skills
Roland Gesthuizen

What Comic-Con Nerds Know About Getting Kids Hooked on Reading - Education - GOOD - 52 views

  • "The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool"
    "if we want students to improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills- and truly fall in love with literature-we need to bring a genre that makes adults want to dress up as their favorite superhero into the classroom."
Susan Stevens - Critical Thinking Model 1 - 161 views

    This is a nice overview of critical thinking
Roland Gesthuizen

3 Ideas to Prevent Schools from Killing Creativity, Curiosity, and Critical Thinking | ... - 9 views

  • there will always be curious and creative characters in our world. But instead of relying on serendipity, lets intentionally cultivate these characters. Unless we want the future to be in the hands of mindless drones who can follow directions and regurgitate information, it's time for a change
    If we want kids to experience a sense of wonder and discover new information on their own (curiosity), if we want them to generate novel, adaptive ideas (creativity), and if we want them to derive their own perspectives and conclusions after a discussion (critical thinking), then the current educational system is a failure.
Elizabeth Bowden

Developing Questions for Critical Thinking - 206 views

    Awesome tool for generating Bloom's verbs and questions. Gives teacher roles and student roles for each level of Bloom's.
    Elizabeth: Thanks for sharing this. As an Art teacher, I am thrilled to see so many graphic, design, and creative thinking skills being applied. It is a great feeling for us to see others finally understanding what the Arts can do for creative thinking and higher order thinking. It's what Artist's already know. Again great job of sharing.
Dallas McPheeters

John Stuart Mill: On Instruction, Intellectual Development, and Disciplined Learning - 70 views

  • A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can. ~ John Stuart Mill
    A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can. ~ John Stuart Mill
Josh Flores

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Magazine - The Atlantic - 48 views

    • donheberer85
      I love the picture
    • Josh Flores
      I think we forget to ADD our knowledge to the "great database" in the sky. Maybe our curriculum needs more of this?
  • Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes
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  • media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought
  • chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation
    • Josh Flores
      Another challenge and another reason to totally re-haul the way curriculum is developed and delivered.
    ""Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?" So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bowman, having nearly been sent to a deep-space death by the malfunctioning machine, is calmly, coldly disconnecting the memory circuits that control its artificial " brain. "Dave, my mind is going," HAL says, forlornly. "I can feel it. I can feel it." "
Steve Ransom

Digital Age Damaging Learning | Nicholas Carr - 72 views

  • excessive use of the internet and other forms of technology diminishes our capacity for deep, meditative thinking, "the brighter the software, the dimmer the user", a counter-revolution may be required.
  • curricula must be developed not only with the potential benefits of technology linked to every learning outcome in mind, but also the costs.
    • Steve Ransom
      The Faustian bargain that Postman so often wrote about
  • available where there is clear utility, to remove it when there is not
    • Steve Ransom
      And who do we leave this decision up to? The individual? If so, we are in big trouble.
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  • we must be mindful of any cost associated with allowing ourselves to devolve to a more machine-like state.
    • Steve Ransom
      NO ONE is striving for this. Just the opposite.
  • As a senior high school teacher, one of my greatest bugbears is the reluctance of students to reflect on the information they have collected and plan their essays. Rather, some expect to Google their entire essay, often skipping from one hyperlink to the next until they find something that appears to be relevant, then pasting it into their essay, frequently oblivious to academic honesty and coherence of argument. The ability to discern reliability of sources is also severely lacking
    • Steve Ransom
      This is a by-product of failing to address and teach good research methods in a digital world and assigning work that can simply be cut and pasted. We must move beyond "reporting" in a digital, information-rich, and connected world.
  • Of greatest importance, however, is the status of our thinking, understanding how we think and the effect new technologies have on our cognitive processes. This debate extends beyond the neuroscience to questions relating to what is worth knowing and what mental functions are worth preserving at their present level of development
  • A primary role of educators is to foster qualities that are distinctly human: our ability to reflect, reason and imagine
    • Steve Ransom
      Exactly... and this must happen, regardless of the types of information that we have access to. To say that technology impedes this is laughable.
  • In the curricula of tomorrow this may entail identifying topics and tasks that begin with an instruction to turn all electronic devices off.
    • Steve Ransom
      No- it should begin with teachers establishing and negotiating meaningful, interesting, and powerful learning opportunities with access to all available tools. The computer as a learning tool is meant to extend physical human capabilities, not weaken them. It is the low-level, rote tasks that we require that weaken them. It's time to recognize this and wake up. Blaming the technology does little more than preserve the status quo.
Todd Finley

Metagifted Education Resource Organization: Critical Thinking - 2 views

  • Criticial Thinking Org Center for Critical Thinking Library for K-12 Educators Tactical and Structural Recommendations for bringing critical thinking into the K-12 classroom - Excellent ideas for teachers!!! Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Project Mission Critical page San Jose University's Critical Thinking Web Page Logical Arguments A Brief History in the Idea of Critical Thinking Google.Com Search on "Bloom's Taxonomy" Google.Com Search on "Critical Thinking" Links to General info about Critical Thinking on
andrew torris

Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis? - 0 views

  • "As students spend more time with visual media and less time with print, evaluation methods that include visual media will give a better picture of what they actually know
  • reading develops imagination, induction, reflection and critical thinking, as well as vocabulary," Greenfield said. "Reading for pleasure is the key to developing these skills. Students today have more visual literacy and less print literacy. Many students do not read for pleasure and have not for decades."
    • Dana Huff
      When was this magical time in the past when the majority of children read for pleasure?
    • Dana Huff
      Interesting point about fanfiction. The way we read is definitely changing. We are becoming more participatory
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    • Dana Huff
      This doesn't mean that technology is to blame. The students were encouraged to use the Internet for what? I'll bet they were given no guidance and used it for whatever they wanted. No wonder they were distracted.
  • Adapted from materials provided by University of California - Los Angeles.
    • andrew torris
      For the source article (which is not much better) is at this link. Go leave a comment or two.
  • "Wiring classrooms for Internet access does not enhance learning," Greenfield said.
    • andrew torris
      will agree here. Wiring does not improve learning. What improves learning is teaching educators how to engage students to use the "wiring" to create, collaborate, share and publish. The net and "wires" allows students to delve deep into learning and apply their research rather that sit and "git".
    Worth thinking!
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