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Vicki Davis

Photoshop Battle of the Day: Menacing Girl Holding an Owl Gets The Reddit Treatment - C... - 2 views

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    There is a Photoshop group on subreddit. They often take pics and do all kinds of things with them. Of course, I hope these don't "get back" to those who are the topics like this viral photoshop of a little girl with an owl. And yet, this is also a concept we can apply when we teach PhotoShop.
Vicki Davis

Canva - Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flye... - 8 views

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    Very cool graphic design tool that you can use to make graphics for your blog, etc.
C CC

News: Floating School nominated for Design Award | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdC... - 5 views

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    Innovative floating school designed and created in Nigeria
Vicki Davis

ColorSchemer - Online Color Scheme Generator - 7 views

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    If you need help picking colors that go well together, I love color schemer for that. You can use the RGB colors even in Microsoft office or you can use the HEX for websites, etc. I teach my students about colors but even if you don't have time for that, you can at least teach them to generate a color palette.
Vicki Davis

Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Yo... - 1 views

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    Fascinating article on design thinking and an attempt to catalog all of the schools using design thinking. I do predict that STEM, design thinking, and creativity are going to become increasingly valued by parents and many who are disenfranchised with a testing environment that is rapidly driving everyone involved to the edge - particularly the students. "Mapping a global movement. A global movement is unfolding, and in response to the overwhelming interest around design thinking in schools, IDEO and the d.school have created a new directory - Design Thinking in Schools - to highlight the network of institutions that are at the forefront of this movement. The directory, launched in mid-October, already features a wide range of programs and resources. There's a mix of learning environments, from charter and district public schools to museums and summer camps. The programs are diverse, including after school "lab" environments and schools that use design thinking as the basis for subject-matter courses. "
Vicki Davis

Dressing Your Classroom for Student Success - 0 views

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    Erin Klein shares her principles for setting up an effective classroom design with tips especially relevant to elementary teachers. Filling the wall full of charts and clutter from floor to ceiling isn't only a problem with the fire marshall but may actually be making it harder for students to learn. Listen to this awesome conversation to learn more.
Vicki Davis

75 best infographics on the web | Infographic | Creative Bloq - 15 views

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    Some more infographics to discus and share.
Vicki Davis

To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! | MindShift - 13 views

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    Erin Klein has great ideas for redesigning the classroom. I'm interviewing her this week for my online show (to be posted soon) about aesthetically pleasing brain-friendly classrooms. Take a look.
Vicki Davis

The Science Behind the Perfect Workspace - 3 views

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    This lifehacker article shares some of the research that has to do with productivity. This is one I wish all schools understood "when office workers get to arrange their space, productivity is increased." Some teachers I know have no ability to determine where they put their desks or the desks of their students. At my school, we are allowed a lot of freedom with arranging our rooms and it shows. The article also points out that office plans lower stress levels. Some interesting color research as well.
Vicki Davis

Education Week: Finland Rethinks Factory-Style School Buildings - 0 views

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    Finland is an innovator in education and now they're doing it again. Schools need a facelift. If you're building a new school - rethink school. I'd look at the designs. Also, Ewan McIntosh wrote a great "7 spaces of schools" that is in the "Choice" chapter for those of you have bought my book Flattening Classroom, Engaging Minds - he talked about this on a boat in South Africa with me 2 years a go and is an expert to follow in the area of school design. "Finnish students consistently have placed among the top countries on the Program for International Student Assessment, which gauges 15-year-old students' ability to understand and transfer concepts in reading, mathematics, and science. For example, in the most recent mathematics assessment, in 2009, Finnish students scored 54 points higher than their American peers on a scale of zero to 1,000. Pasi Sahlberg, the director general of the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation at Finland's education ministry, attributes the nation's academic achievement to a three-fold approach: quality of the academic curriculum, equity in educational access, "and the third one is the environment. How the environment and design of the school is supporting students' learning. When we combine these three things we can say something about the overall goodness of the school system."
Vicki Davis

Implementation & evaluation of new learning space - Resources - TES - 1 views

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    An article/ ebook on creating new learning spaces in the classroom. this one talks about the "pod room." I love the 7 spaces for learning that Ewan McIntosh wrote for us in our Choice Chapter in the Flat Classroom book - he espouses many of these same thoughts. 
Vicki Davis

Hackasaurus - 10 views

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    Mess around with web pages. This is from David Warlick's post on Educon that I posted as part of the daily news. You're not REALLY changing the page but changing it locally on your machine, but is is still a lot of fun. There are also links to using this site to teach how to make websites.
Toni Olivieri-Barton

Aviary - Powering the World's Creativity - 8 views

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    Xavier showed this to me years ago, but I wanted to bookmark it anyway.
Vicki Davis

Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing - 7 views

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    FRee paint software that is much more powerful than the native paint program. The students love this open source software.
Vicki Davis

Adobe Announces Finalists for the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards! (Adobe Featured... - 2 views

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    adobe has their 2011 Adobe Design Achievement awards that honors the best student work with the program. These students will travel to Taipei, Taiwan and showcased in a ceremony. Here is information on the competition.
Vicki Davis

Adobe Muse- Create unique websites without writing code | Muse (code name) - 16 views

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    New Adobe website that let's you create websites. It uses the Adobe Air app.
Vicki Davis

Philips' Luminous Wallpaper Will Create the Mood Lighting of the Future | Popular Science - 3 views

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    Excited about the LED wallpaper and the potential it has for making learning spaces more powerful and engaging. This self-luminating wallpaper takes "mood lighting" to a whole new level.
Ruth Howard

tiltfactor » THE LAB - 6 views

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    Games lab focussed on socially responsible game design for social change.
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