1 September 2011

Natural Movements

Learning comes naturally to us all. Whether learning how to use building blocks or climbing a tree without tumbling, learning is part of the symphony of being human. And like a symphony, there are movements; moments of exchange, exploration, experimentation. 

Education Eye is a map of movement for educators.  As you can see on the right, the site begins with a map which offers the latest articles related to education and innovation. If you click on the key on the left, you can select your own interest - from editors choices to articles on inspiration, to practice and research. 

You will also notice how some articles are ranked by stars and different colours; as you click on each article, a brief summary of the article and writer will pop up, making it easier for the reader to choose whether they want to read it or not.  Overall,  a most interesting map of movement for educators to browse and explore. 

Morphases is a site which manipulates faces, making interesting and novel avatars.  In some countries, displaying one's real face online is unacceptable, so using an avatar to join a network or post online is much more appropriate - not to mention fun as well. 

If you would like to see more options on creating avatars, have a look here, where there is a selection of avatar creators which I have collected. I'd like to especially point out Sylvia Duckworth's very comprehensive list of avatar makers

Sharing learners' work has never been easier. One can begin by putting up students' work on classroom walls and then transfer them to a book online. Bookemon  is yet another wonderful way to have learners publish and share  their work. 

Learning is a movement. And all movement should include elements of fun. Random Poem Generator  does exactly what its name says - it generates poems from URLs.  Here is an example which created a haiku from Mind Mirrors. Random Poem Generator offers 3 choices of poem formats and once it has generated your poem of choice, will also offer an embedded recording.  Possibilities are endless: learners can select their favourite site, a news site or even generate a poem with lyrics of their favorite band. (Lyrics N Music is one among different sites where you can find lyrics). 

Learning movements. As in all symphonies, there are moments of allegro, adagio, scherzo, rondo

Learning may be serious, exam-oriented and "academic"; at times, ludic, playful, motivating one to explore and experiment. 

It's not about the bling.

It's not about the price tag.

It's about making the world dance. 

How do you make your students' learning process turn into a symphonic movement?

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