Classroom Cribs

Really Intriguing:

It’s time to rethink our learning spaces. Our mission at Classroom Cribs is to enhance pedagogy and the learning experience with brain-based classroom designs that students will love.

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Student Autonomy

The keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, care-givers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards. -Daniel Pink

 

Recently, in educational circles, like on Twitter, there has been more and more discussion about giving students more autonomy in the classroom. Just the other day I read an article posted by @Edutopia called “Student Power” that discussed the importance of independent projects for students, citing the work of Monument Mt. Regional High in Massachusetts and other schools. Student autonomy is a way to make education more relevant to students today where the future, in Daniel Pinks words, “belongs to a very different kind of person.” Meaning, educators should be focused on ways to help students enter a new world. For example, focus on ways students can take more control of their learning, to help them to be creative thinkers rather than just critical, help them to see and recognize patterns, to be able to see and make connections, and to encourage students to be “big-picture thinkers.” I like to think also that we need to help students to see solutions where most people see problems. Independence demands trusting students and can be a very challenging transition for many teachers, but as I hope to show here, the results can be far more beneficial to teachers, schools, the students we graduate, and certainly to our collective futures. 

http://bingledu.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/giving-students-autonomy.html?m=1

Flick It On: Collaborative Student Film Making Project

Flick-It-On! is a collaborative film making challenge for students from Year 1 –  8.  The project is now in it’s fourth year and has developed from a 3 day film festival to a 10 week project where students collaboratively and creatively produce a digital narrative from across many different schools.

#video

http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/flick-it-on-student-collaborative-film-making-challenge/

Common Sense Media: Special Needs

Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences

A fresh look at learning

If your child has a special need or learning difference, you’ve come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.

Our hope for you and your kids

No matter which hurdles your kid faces, the apps and other media included in Power Up can give them an added boost. We don’t expect an app to be a complete solution, of course. Working with kids who face challenges requires lots of time, attention, and patience on the part of a parent, teacher, or other adult caregiver. Our goal is to offer you a host of fun, well-designed apps that were recommended and tested by field experts. We hope they can become a part of your toolkit as you work with your child

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/guide/special-needs