Cell Storming Pro – Mind Mapping, Brainstorming, and Idea Generation

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CELL STORMING IN THE CLASSROOM:

-Present themes and observations using media elements captured in cell maps.
-Set interactive tasks or games for students that require them to explain ideas through media or patterns.
-Use the screen-casting feature to observe how students are progressing with their tasks.
-Students can present their resulting cell maps using the flow video export feature.

Cell Storming can be a useful tool for e-Learning or distance learning scenarios, where teachers and students are separated.

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

This is a digital version of one of my favourite thinking tools, the hexagons from the SOLO thinking model. A pro version of the app allows you to export the cells.

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ClassTools.net: Create interactive flash tools / games for education

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Create free educational games and tools in flash

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

This site allows you, or your students, to generate a set of SOLO hexagons. I really love using the SOLO tools as they make thinking visible. I can see how students create links between ideas in a multi-directional way. Rather than simply connecting one ideas to another, they are encouraged to create a ‘beehive’  set of connections showing how all of the ideas connect to one another. The ability to create them here is great as I can also ask students to create their own sets to give to other groups of students.

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Habits of Mind for the New Year: 10 Steps to Actually Accomplish Your Resolutions

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While 45 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of that group report achieving their resolutions. Why do so many fail? What can we do to increase our odds of accomplishing thes

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

I am definitely guilty of setting resolutions that I then forget about or put into effect only weakly and then let them wither. This post is important for those of us who want to change that. It discusses how to form a habit of thinking and action that allows you to attain your goals. Powerful.

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The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

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“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

From the wonderful Brain Pickings team is this piece of advice from Albert Einstein to hIs son. Learning is easy when you love it.

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The world’s first School in the Cloud opens in the UK | TED Blog

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Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. A look at it and what happens there.

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

This school, in my old home town, has just begun one of the most interesting experiments in teaching and learning. Sugata Mitra from Newcastle University has helped George Stevenson School in Killingworth, Newcastle, to begin a school in the cloud. The students self drive their learning and call on the assistance of retired teachers to help them with their questions and research. This is nothing short of amazing.

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

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Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

Students find it harder than ever to focus as the tools they use throw more distractions and temptations at them. It is crucil that they learn to focus.

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