Design a street with Streetmix

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Design a street with Streetmix. Streetmix is an website that allows you to design your own street. You can place various roads, sidewalks, public transportation, etc. in your street. I could see students using this to redesign streets in their home town and try to answer problems such as the lack of sidewalks or places to […]

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{Edchat} Dimly lit rooms may affect learning

Summary: A new study reveals exposure to dim light might impact memory and learning. Researchers report rodents exposed to dim lighting lost 30 percent of hippocampal capacity and performed poorly on spatial tasks they had previously experienced. Source: Dim Light May Make Us Dumber – Neuroscience News The rats were kept in a bright, 1000 lux […]

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Looking at open plan classrooms

It would appear that Open Plan Classrooms (OPCs) are making a comeback. Or probably more accurately,  they never really went away. You may have also heard of them being referred to as Modern Learning Environments (MLEs). I have no knowledge of their prevalence, past or present. But it is looking increasingly likely that your local […]

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Designing Learning That Matters

Deep learning often happens when learners encounter experiences that challenge them to figure something out, explore new information, and create a product. Source: Designing Learning That Matters Student centered, inquiry based, what a great way to learn! Too many students, especially high achieving students at the high school level have lost this spark, and have […]

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Google Spaces, Design Thinking, and Youtube slideshows

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Top three for the week Google Spaces is a new way to collaborate and share resources An interesting take on small group collaboration The Beginner’s Guide to Design Thinking in the Classroom – A.J. JULIANI Getting started with design thinking in the classroom Create a slideshow of your Google Photos with Youtube Create slideshows in […]

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Sharing: Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign | Edutopia Everything I do in my classroom is based on research and best practices for kids. Redesigning my classroom was not any different. I’ve found that some of the immediate benefits of flexible seating include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, […]

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