A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative

August, 2014
Creativity, according to Albert Einstein, is intelligence having fun and for most neuro-cognitive scientists creativity is something that is inherently born with us and the proof is kids. All kids draw on their sharp sense of creativity to discover and explore the world around them. They can easily adapt their behaviour to new situations, develop new thinking skills and are constantly engaged in trying out "new ways of doing stuff". Sir Ken Robinson made a strong argument in this regard in his popular TED talk "schools kill creativity". Ken argued that kids come to school bursting with  creativity and by the time they graduate they have lost most if not all of their creativity. Sounds like schools are "educating kids out of creativity"!

But creativity is similar to a light bulb anytime you turn it on it will light the whole place. It might be dormant but it is always there waiting for someone to rekindle it. Creativity is a praxis, it involves doing and thinking and there are different ways to combine this doing and thinking to make a creative act. the visual brow features some of these ways. You can also check this post for more suggestions on how to be more creative.

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New Poster on How to Cite Digital Images

August, 2014
Here is a great visual from Langwitches on how to properly cite images on your blog. If you are planning to start a classroom blog or website then this could be a great material to share with students to help them learn about the different ways they can use to cite images. Langwithces featured here four kinds of images ( copyright images, Creative Commons licensed images, public domain images and images used under fair use) with explanations on how to cite each of these kinds. Have a look and share with with us what you thin of it. Enjoy

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Some Useful Educational iPad Games for Your Students

August 28, 2014
A fun game can be a great way to deliver instruction, especially during a break from school. It can make education more engaging for even the most recalcitrant student. And sometimes they can be pretty fun for adults too.

Tesseract 


The game consists of rolling a golden sphere to each surface of a hypercube. This is done by touching a door to pass through which in turn rotates the tesseract four dimensionally and brings the sphere into a new room. Passing through a series of rooms strategically will put the sphere on the walls and ceilings of rooms it has previously been in. The goal is to reach every wall, floor and ceiling of every room.


Fluids can move in strange and mysterious ways, often counter to what we expect. Understanding fluid motion is as much a science as an art form, and visualizations of fluid flow are treasured for their beauty. Learn to create beautiful interlacing fluid patterns in this game as you navigate hand-crafted levels. Immerse yourself in The Fluid Ether! The game even includes a level editor, for you to make your own levels in the game to share with others.


Players will race (Multiplayer mode using WIFI) or practice (single player mode) in identifying two locations (ordered pairs) on the grid, drawing a straight line from one edge of the gameboard to the other passing through the two locations identified, scoring points for each shape that his or her line touches or through which his or her line passes that are located in all four quadrants of the coordinate grid.
 


Numbler is a game where players build math equations in a familiar crossword style board. All the mental fun of popular board and online word games, but with numbers instead of letters.


With SparkleFish you can record creative words in your own voice for playback inside surprising, ad-lib stories. If you enjoy Mad Libs, then you’ll really love SparkleFish. It’s fun for all ages, species, individuals, groups, etc.



This collection of math gamesCurated by 4th grade teacher Adam Wuerfele.

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A Treasure Trove of Excellent Resources on Project Based Learning

August 28, 2014
Are you planning to integrate project based learning in your teaching pedagogy? Are you in need of some helpful resources to get you going? Here is an excellent resourceful page where you can access various materials on project based learning. This page is compiled by Cybraryman whose works have been repeatedly featured in this blog. Similar to the Critical Thinking page I shared earlier, this is also a work in progress and is updated so often with the addition of new resources and links.

From video tutorials to mobile apps, this page contains tons of excellent resources meticulously curated for teachers and students. You may want to bookmark and save it for future reference. Enjoy


Google Slides for iPad is Finally Out

August 28, 2014
Google Slides for iPad is finally out. As is the case with its precedents Google Sheets and Google Docs, Slides is now available for free download from iTunes app store.


Google Slides app allows you to easily create presentations, edit slides, and collaborate with others on presentations right from your iPad. Other interesting features provided by Google Slides include:

  •  Create new presentations or edit any that were created on the web or on another device 
  •  Share presentations and work together with others in the same presentation at the same time
  •  Open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files
  • Get stuff done anytime -- even without an internet connection
  • Add and rearrange slides, format text and shapes, and more
  • Present right from your device
  • Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type

Tons of Resources for Teaching Critical Thinking to Your Students

August 28, 2014
Somebody asked me today about resources for teaching critical thinking to students.The first thing that comes to my mind is Cybraryman's wonderful platform where he collects and shares educational websites and links.His Critical Thinking page features a wide variety of resources on problem-based learning and critical thinking. You might want to bookmark his page and keep checking on it as it is a work in progress and he keeps adding more stuff to it. Some of the things you will find in this page are video resources on critical thinking, guides and tutorials, rubrics, iPad apps for teaching critical thinking and many more.



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5 Good Extensions to Enhance Your Google Drive Productivity

August 27, 2014
Since the time Google made it possible for third party developers to create extensions and add-ons compatible with Chrome and the Chrome app store is teeming with all kinds of apps. If you have a look at the Drive section in the Chrome store you will notice a multitude of apps provided there for free , however, many of these apps are not really worth installing. In this regard and if you are looking for powerful Drive extensions to maximize your productivity, this selection is definitely a must try out.

1- Save to Google Drive


This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'.
2- Save Text to Google Drive

The Save Text to Google Drive Chrome extension helps you save web text content to your Google Drive.
3- Shortcuts for Google

Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 220 Google services and websites.
4- Pixlr Editor

Pixlr presents a full featured photo editor direct in your browser. If you are used to working with Gimp, Paint shop pro or even Photoshop you will feel right at home with this online image editor. It contains lots of the features that you normally see in desktop applications but just one click away. No registration required.

5- Black Menu for Google


This extension is meant to be a replacement for both, iGoogle and the quickly removed google menu. This extension contains an extensive menu of google services. You can access them by browsing through the black menu entries. By clicking the menu entry of your choice, you'll go to the corresponding google service in a new tab.
Based on a post initially posted on Mashable.

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