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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bloom’s Critical Thinking Questions To Use In Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would mention when asked about the skills they target in their instruction. Critical thinking is also the key to developing other equally crucial thinking habits such as divergent, lateral and convergent thinking. Critical thinking starts with asking and answering critical questions. By critical questions I mean those questions that enable students to categorize, infer, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the past to solve existing problems and learn new information. This is a well thought-out process in which students get to challenge their cognitive capacities and explore novel thinking paths.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seeds of learning: School uses garden to teach valuable lessons

Recordnet.com – Elizabeth Roberts

“A growing national movement incorporating gardening into the curriculum — and curriculum into the garden — is something of a passion for Principal Connor Sloan…Using the garden as a living classroom can do everything from broadening a student’s ability to connect the cycles and systems of nature to the sources of food to the nutritional connections between water and soil…It really helps infuse the process of inquiry, of asking questions, digging deeper…Studies have found that integrating gardening into the school day can boost test scores and student behavior.”(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It

Education Week – Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, Cari A. Bogulski, Anne Kraybill, Collin Hitt, & Daniel H. Bowen

“Though the arts receive relatively little attention from policymakers and school leaders, exposing young people to art and culture can have a big impact on their development…the important effects of art and cultural experiences on students can be rigorously measured. In fact, we recently conducted two studies…The results across our two experiments were remarkably consistent: These cultural experiences improve students’ knowledge about the arts, as well as their desire to become cultural consumers in the future. Exposure to the arts also affects the values of young people, making them more tolerant and empathetic. We suspect that their awareness of different people, places, and ideas through the arts helps them appreciate and accept the differences they find in the broader world. Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world…Some of these qualities may help students earn a living, but their importance has more to do with students’ development into cultured and humane people.”(more)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

STEM + Art: A Brilliant Combination

Education Week – John Ceschini

“STEAM takes the benefits of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning and partners them with arts learning to reinforce 21st-century skills…The critical-thinking skills of analyzing, assessing, categorizing, classifying, predicting, justifying, interpreting, and more are reinforced by both the STEM disciplines and the arts.”(more)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Q&A: Investing in science to reduce conflict in Africa

SciDev.net – Staff Writer

“Many of the recent conflicts in Africa could have been avoided if countries had invested in science…A scientific education could have led people to question instructions to kill their neighbours solely because of their ethnic origin…if the continent is to avoid being left behind in the global knowledge economy, African countries need to adopt a science and technology strategy…”(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Educator: Critical thinking key to STEM success

Springfield News-Sun – Katie Wedell

“In order to compete in the global economy, students should be encouraged to explore the STEM fields, but not at the expense of becoming well-rounded, critical thinkers…the most successful thinkers, the ones who will cure cancers and solve global warming, are those who have the creativity to think innovatively, the confidence to put their ideas out there and the technical skills and knowledge to bring their ideas to into reality…” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Global Competence Goes Global

Education Week – Alexis Menten

“For the first time, there is broad recognition around the world about the importance of educating for global competence…the basics are clearly no longer sufficient. All countries need to promote critical thinking, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and the higher-order thinking skills that are required for workforce development in the 21st century.” (more)

10 Tips For Close Reading Success

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Reading well requires much more than just decoding textual input, it is rather a process of making meaning of text using a wide range of critical and intellectual skills and drawing on different cues…In the visual below…ten tips are provided for successful close reading activities.” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Americans should strive to learn a second language

Collegian Central – Kathleen Keaveny

“Learning a foreign language is not the easiest task to accomplish, but there are multiple benefits in doing so…Here are four reasons to do so:” (more)

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

The Huffington Post – Alicia Chang

“Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks…But beyond getting a high-paying tech job, what else is STEM good for? The answers might surprise you.” (more)