• Why Visual Literacy Is More Important Than Ever & 5 Ways to Cultivate It

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    November 7th, 2015 No Comments Features
    IT'S AS IMPORTANT TO BE VISUALLY LITERATE, TO UNDERSTAND PICTURES AND HOW THEY AFFECT US, AS IT IS TO BE WORD-LITERATE

    Last year, Nick Sousanis became the first PhD student at Columbia University to complete a dissertation entirely in comic-book form. He got the idea while pursuing interdisciplinary studies at Columbia’s Teachers College. Drawing on his old habit of sketching cartoons, he pitched the idea of a “visual thesis” to the graduate commitee, explaining that he… Read More

  • How to Make Connections Like a Creative Genius

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    November 1st, 2015 No Comments Features
    a crucial trigger of creativity is the experience of unusual and unexpected events

    At the most basic level, new ideas are about making connections. Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things,” and the inner workings of the brain confirm this: When we learn something new, the antennae-like spines on one neuron swell and reach toward the spines of another neuron, forming networks of understanding. The difference between… Read More

  • How to Teach Empathy Through Fiction

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    October 31st, 2015 No Comments Features
    Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.

    You may have read, or privately suspected, that curling up with a good book can make you a better person. Over the past two years, several major news sources–including Scientific American and The New York Times–have confirmed the relationship between literature and virtue, placing fiction, in particular, in the limelight. The reason? Empathy. To sum… Read More

  • Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

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    October 21st, 2015 No Comments Features
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    What do Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series have in common? Yes, they’re all graphic novels, but that’s not all. They’ve also been found to enhance reading comprehension–maybe even more than traditional novels and picture books. You may be wondering how this is possible, but a better… Read More

  • 10 Most Engaging Uses of Tech Integration

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    October 11th, 2015 5 Comments Features
    Classrooms don't need tech geeks who can teach; we need teaching geeks who can use tech.

    Educators know that “tech” is not synonymous with engagement. But how do we recognise an engaging use of edtech when we see it? Most of us hardly have enough time to fully integrate the tools we want into our curricula, so measuring the relative success of one method over another is usually out of the… Read More