I’m adding this infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:
I’ve written a lot about how learning in general strengthens the brain and reading’s effects on the brain (see The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning).
In addition, I’ve written a lot about recent research finding how handwriting in particular helps brain development (see The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning).
Now, I’m looking for research documenting how writing of any kind might strengthen the brain.
Does anyone have suggestions?
When the last Race To The Top applications came out, its focus on the idea of “personalized learning” prompted me to create a The Best Resources On “Race To The Top” (& On “Personalized Learning”) list.
Now, though, I think it’s time to make the topic a “Best” list of its own…
I’ve got a number of concerns, and a fair amount of skepticism, about what’s passing as “personalized learning” these days, and this collection reflects it. Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments:
Personalization is by Chris Lehmann.
Dan Meyer On Personalization is by…Dan Meyer.
‘Personalized Learning’ Varies for Race to Top Districts is from Education Week.
Quote Of The Day: Personalized Learning
The Soaring Promise Of Big Data In Math Education is by Dan Meyer.
Gates and Murdoch “Personalize” Learning with Larger Classes and Big Data Systems is by Anthony Cody at Education Week.
This Time It’s Personal and Dangerous is by Barbara Bray.
Personalized Instruction is knowing each child, how they learn, think, engage… then setting a course of action… @mcpssuper
— Greg Edmundson (@DSSI_ElemTeam) March 11, 2014
The History of “Personalization” and Teaching Machines is by Audrey Watters.
There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.”
You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by searching “infographics” on this blog.
I’ll still be publishing separate posts to individually highlight especially useful infographics and interactives, but you’ll find others in this regular feature.
Usually, I just publish one of these posts each week, but I’m trying to catch up on a backlog of good infographics, so this is sort of a “special edition.”
UNESCO has a nice collection of education-related infographics.
How Birth Year Influences Political Views is an interactive from The New York Times.
Young Vs Old: Which Countries Have The Youngest Populations? is an interactive from Radio Free Europe. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion.
I’m adding this next one to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions:
This infographic is being added to The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking:
I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:
Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border:
Shame on you, Murrieta, for blocking immigrant detainee buses is from The L.A. Times.
Migrant children describe fear of facing protesters is a news report from an ABC affiliate in Southern California.
A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis is from The New York Times.
The So-Called Immigration Border Crisis Is Neither is from The Daily Beast.
I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:
Ala. Puts Stop to Enrollment Policies That Discriminate Against Immigrants is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools).
Guezzit looks like an intriguing game that can be played as a mobile app or as a Facebook application. I haven’t had time to try it out, but one of its features is a picture quiz for players to identify the correct descriptive words. Trying it is on my “to do” list, but if you get a chance to experiment with it, let me know if I’m right in my hunch that it could have potential for English Language Learners.
I’m a fan of having ELLS use online video games as a language learning activity. Escape From The Room With Framed Pictures is the latest game I’d have students use for this goal, and you can find its walkthrough here. Be sure to click on “English” for language.
4 fun and motivating grammar activities for beginner classes is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.
The British Council shares a number of good listening activities to do in class. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.
With the tragedy unfolding in Israel and Gaza, I thought people might find The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict useful.
Additional suggestions are welcome….
Pedro Noguera spoke at the American Federation of Teachers convention yesterday, and it prompted me to re-read an excellent piece he wrote for Take Part a couple of years ago titled The Time for a New Direction in Education Is Now.
Here’s an excerpt: