27 FREE Canva EDU Lesson Plans

This is super interesting – lesson plans from actual teachers on how to use the free Canva tool for info graphics on different subjects. I checked out the one on Biodoversity. Everything you need to equip your students with the tools to make an informative and visually appealing infographic !

A thoughtful collection of lesson plans for all grade levels and subject areas utilizing Canva

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Cutting Edge-ucation: Profession Development Gluttony? Refine your Palate.

Lately, I’ve been trying to re-think the way I read. As a YA librarian (and let’s face it, a lifetime avid reader), I tend to devour books like I’m a contestant at a pie-eating contest. But lately I feel like I am reading and reading but not tasting or thinking about what I am reading.

I have not been taking the time to savour my literary pies, so to speak.

So I made some changes. Instead of having a pile of books I NEED to read by my desks at home and at work I have dispersed the books (which is goodness for all of you who use the library and who were searching for a book that I hordes away… Sorry about that.) I have started reading heavier material, more slowly. I have even bought some used copies of these books so that I can write inside them. I am not reading as much, but I am definitely getting more out of the book.

The article below made me think about this in terms of our PD and how it is designed, and disseminated.I think that our gradual transition from sessions where you are talked at for the whole period to sessions where teachers have the time to play around with the app is a good one. We are still not there yet, still having too much front of the class time and not enough play time, but I think this idea of Slow Professional Development (I just coined a term!) is worth exploring more in depth. Having a structured time for some professional introspection where we can delve inside our unique issues and challenges and try to “ideate” solutions (I am so full of buzzwords today…) is probably more valuable than the time we have allotted for it.

What do you think?

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RASPBERRY PI: AN OVERVIEW

For those of you who were intrigued by the mention by our WOW speaker, Wanda Bedard from the 60 Million Girls Foundation, of the use of Rasberry Pi technology as a portable digital library for schools in developing countries (which, OMG so fantastic and innovative!), here is a brief overview of what it actually is and how other people are using it.

As technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable tech are evolving in the present day scenario, Open Source technologies are playing a key role in the evolution of such technologies….

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Innovation Design In Education – ASIDE: 10 Ways To Use The Meerkat Streaming Video App In Education

Whoah. Has anyone else heard of this?

Essentially, Meerkat merges the best of real-time video sources into one app. It is a combination of FaceTime, Skype, Vine, Instagram, and Google Hangouts. It makes any person with an iPhone capable of broadcasting live TV.

Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher’s toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE’s goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.

Source: theasideblog.blogspot.ca

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Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever | Edudemic

This is a subject that has been on my mind lately, ever since I attended the seminar at the OLA Super Conference on Creative Thinking. My daughter (in 8th grade) just wrote her public speaking speech on why schools are not living up to the mandate of teaching students to think for themselves.And on Monday, I posted this article about Finland moving away from a subject-based curriculum to a topic-based one, in order to stay relevant in this ever changing world. As well, I have been thinking of the idea of “future scenarios” in education, as outlined by this savvy blogger.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine the idea of “deliberate creativity” of Gerard Puccio and his International Centre for Studies in Creativity, the practical tips in the article below to engage students by asking them to come up with solutions for the water crisis or how to end war?

Just sayin’.

Learning specific skills doesn’t have as much value in today’s world. Learning how to be more creative prepares students for life beyond the classroom.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Innovation Design In Education – ASIDE: “What Is Graphicacy?” — An Essential Literacy Explained In An Animated Motion Graphic

While reading this article I was reminded of how we think students know all there is to know about the computer only to discover they don’t know how to insert page numbers or space their lines in their document. I think it is easy to assume that everyone is proficient at viewing visual input (infographics, maps, venn diagrams, etc.) when it is a skill that needs to be taught.

This article gives a nice introduction on graphicacy (I’ve never heard this word- have you?) as well as resources to find out more about teaching visual skills in the classroom.

Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher’s toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE’s goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach ‘subjects’

I saw this article over the weekend and thought I would share. What do you think of the idea of scrapping subjects for topics? here is a little quote to whet your appetite.

“Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union – which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.”

What do you think?

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

I am always interested to learn about what the experts say about technology integration. As Langwitches always provides thoughtful posts, tips and resources on this subject, I was interested to learn what she says on the subject of mistakes made when attempting to integrate technology into the classroom. Though are own school’s journey with the integration of technology has had its bumps, I feel like all in all, the only one of the mistakes we have made that she has mentioned has been #1: simple substitution.

However, I would argue that it is not really a mistake but a first step. Usually when you begin substituting technology, you see the potential for how it can transform the lesson, or at least the added value. For example, I remember when some of the science teachers discovered a whiteboard app as a substitution for the old acetates. They quickly realized that they could record their lessons and post the link to the student portal for those who missed the lesson or those who find it difficult to take notes while listening and want to revise their work. This quickly led to flipped classroom model, where the teacher could record lessons and spend more time with students during class. Add to that the ability to disseminate quick quizzes for formative evaluation. All of a sudden, before you know it, they are not at the front of the class but circulating among their students, pinpointing which ones are understanding and which ones may need a little more help.

The only mistake would be to stubbornly stay at the substation phase of the SAMR model and not embrace the transformative potential of technology. Technology for technology’s sake makes no sense, but technology as a tool to make your life easier and better? Yes, please!

As part of C.M Rubin’s monthly series in the Huffington post: The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs, this is the second post. This month we are answering the following pr…

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In Which I make a Discovery that makes Me Feel Very Silly

Ok. I am sure everyone knows about this already. But I hadn’t used Pages on my iPad for quite a while. Then I brought my iPad to the symposium yesterday and wanted to take notes.

As soon as I opened Pages I was confronted by all the documents I hadn’t named: a screen full of “Blank” titles. Sigh. That means I am going to have to enter each document to see what it is, close it again and change the title. Wondering why apple, who is usually so intuitive makes it so hard to name a document, I made a a mental note to clean those up later, then opened a new document and tried to remember to name it.

But then a thought occurred to me. What would happen if I simply tap the title at the top of the document:

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Oh dear. Please don’t tell me it has always been this easy. I feel very late to the party…