I recently read a fantastic book that I am going to refer back to as I design my future learning engagements. It was well researched and easy to read. And it does a great job of highlighting how much the structural elements of the brain are always at play when learning is happening.
The 11 brain rules mentioned can be summarized into the following subsections:
If you are involved in learning or education then this book really is a must read!
I am always on the lookout for great educational content that can be repurposed. This booklet clearly took an enormous amount of time to put together and the rigour with which it was assembled is staggering. It is a fantastic example of designing an educational resource & experience to the highest possible standard.
My thinking is that this booklet could be a rich starting point for any number of project based learning initiatives. With my particular focus being on Mathematics. I will add to this post in future as I begin to unpack the potential of the resource in my classroom.
This is a great site if you are looking to improve your general thinking skills, through solving problems in Maths & Science.
Hans Rosling & Visualising Data
This is still one of my favourite videos for understanding why Visuals can make a huge difference in translating Data into meaningful information. With the abundance of Data now being captured about our lives – I think there are some wonderful School Mathematics Projects just waiting to be done by inquisitive students.
Penultimate Session T2 (23 June)
Last Session Term 2 – (26 June) – Discussing what makes a good blog post by critiquing a blog entry I had done from a Maths Workshop I went to recently. Our intention was to improve the quality of our weekly blog posts. Free time for working and planning for the rest.
Beginning of Term 3 28th July – A session to get us oriented for the term ahead and 20% Time
The Focus on this weeks session was to do just get up and do stuff with little intervention from me. Some learners worked in the computer room, while others worked in the class or outside on getting there projects moving forward. I also keep forgetting to turn my camera on and now writing this I underestimate it’s value in remembering things!
Somewhere in Term 3 – less scaffolding was given in this term and learners basically just worked on their projects and got feedback as things went. Below is one of the few group sessions we did, which was more of a reflection.
Below is a list of books I’ve read & highly recommend. If you choose to read any of them, please make use of the links provided, as Amazon then makes a contribution to the up keep of the site.
How educators and parents can launch Google’s formula for future-ready innovation
Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
My Search for What Really Matters
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition
The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
Want to know how to Create awesome Cartoonified Drawings, even if you can’t draw? Then Google Draw is the tool for you. By working through this simple tutorial you will be able to go from the picture on top to the drawing below in under 2 hours.
Step 1 : Sign into the Chrome Browser, your name appears in the top right hand corner.
Step 2 : Locate Drawings inside of Google Drive and open a new blank document.
Step 4 : Locate a picture you want to Cartoonify.
Step 5 : Open the video below and follow the instructions.
Bonus Tips to make everything easier:
- To Zoom without distorting, use Ctrl Alt + (zoom in) & Ctrl Alt – (zoom out) , to trace more accurately.
- Always close your shapes , don’t draw unbounded regions.
Sharing your drawings, so everyone can see them
Once you have started your drawings, share them for everyone to see by taking the link to your drawing and posting it in the comments below. Remember to change your sharing settings so that “Anyone with the link can view”.
Examples from my class