The Importance of Informal Learning | LearnDash

I found this infographic interesting. I am thinking of how to go forward with our iPad PD next year and would like to make use of our “database of experts” more as well as set up an informal peer to peer mentor system. I think our experience in the past years have been that formal learning settings (eg. the iPad challenges) have a limited use.

The feedback has been consistent in that some people need to go slower, while for some it doesn’t go fast enough. There is always the problem as well that what is being presented is not relevant to you at the time.

I am just brainstorming here, but what if we had a set up where we put aside some time for sharing info with our peers? For example, if a teacher wanted to know about the best way to use interactive quizzes in the classroom, she would sign up with one of the peer experts to learn how to do that. There would also need to be a certain rotation where an expert also has a chance to learn something new from someone else. Though it might pose some logistic challenges, once a schedule and a protocol is put in place it could work well!

What do you think?

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Free Online Infographic Maker by Canva

I like to use Canva to create posters about upcoming events at the library. But now I can use it to create infographics! Now I just need some info to graph…

There is a user-friendly app for free on the app store, but I just checked and it seems that the have not added the infographic template yet… hopefully it will be there by September so that we can begin info graphing with our students!

Design awesome infographics that go viral with Canva’s amazingly simple drag-and-drop tool. Free!

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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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4 Things Every Student Must DO to Preserve their Work

I am curious to know how often it happens that a student loses their work on the iPad? Although we don’t have to deal with the challenge of swapping students’ iPads or taking them back after they graduate (though this is an issue for the teachers), I can imagine that if a student breaks their iPad or upgrades to a new one and they haven’y followed certain steps they might face a situation where they lose some of their work.

Is this a problem? Either way, I think it is good to think about!

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Innovation Design In Education – ASIDE: Design Principles For Students As They Create Visual Projects And Digital Stories

More and more of students’ presentations are visual these days, from the now old school powerpoint to the newer infographic. Teaching our students about good design is becoming more and more necessary (lest you have to look at bright green backgrounds with fuchsia comic sans font taking up the whole page). The following info graphics practice what they preach about design- they are simple, elegant and get to the point.

When assigning a project with a visual component, why not use these info graphics as a sort of checklist?

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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QAIS EASY TECH 101 CONFERENCE: WHAT I LEARNED #1

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to the QAIS Easy Tech 101 Conference. The day started out with a Keynote address by Pierre Poulin and François Bourdon from iClasse, a company that specializes in technological professional development training for teachers.

Then we had a short panel with a few students from LCC who talked about how they use the iPad in their classes. Their favourite tool seemed to be iMovie…HUh.

Then we began with the workshops. I attended 3 of them and each gave me something to think about. However, it was a lot of information all at once, so I am going to start with showcasing one new tool at a time.

The first one I want to discuss was presented to me by a sixth grade boy from Selwyn House, during a “speed dating” of applications ( I love the formula of having students present certain tools they’ve been using in the classroom and hope to do something of the kind in our school, so watch out for it!).

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Price: Free

What’s it for: Masking quick and dirty collages on your iPad!

The student had 4 minutes to present the app to us. I was able to follow along with him and in that 4 minutes make my own collage:

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Yep. 4 minutes. Now if only I would take my own advice…

It is super easy to use. To begin just tap:

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You can also choose a template, or what I would call a layout…

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I chose the template for six photos. Then I have the option to either create text, insert photos or choose a background.

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I started with my text:

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You have many fun fonts to choose from as well as font colour and background colour. Added options include alignment and size.

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Then I added my photos:

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You can select several at a time and then move them around with your finger. The template I chose automatically fits the photos into the box. You can choose how it will be cropped, or you can make the image smaller so that the whole thing shows.

Last but not least, I chose a funky background:

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Here is the finished product:

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You can either share it, or save it to your library and then share it with any app you would like or email it!

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Now, obviously, I am using it for something a tad frivolous as an example, but I think this could be a useful tool for visual presentations in any subject

It is EXTREMELY useful to use and super fun!

What do you think you could use it for? Let me know!