Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

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Everyone personalises their driving position. When you get into a car, you personalise the seat, steering wheel, mirrors and music. You personalise to make driving safer, more sustainable and engaging for you. The car manufacturers do not create ‘differentiated’ vehicles, rather than design in the flexibility to enable personalisation. So how do we design in… Continue Reading Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

Material design icons

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Research highlights that utilising a common and consistent set of icons within digital learning materials helps to anchor a users thinking and decreases unnecessary cognitive load. Material design system icons are simple, modern, friendly, and sometimes quirky. Each icon is created using our design guidelines to depict in simple and minimal forms the universal concepts… Continue Reading Material design icons

Accessible digital learning

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Table of contents1 Introduction2 Implementing inclusive digital strategies3 Suggested links4 Related articles Introduction Modern learning and teaching involves both students and staff using a range of  digital tools, content and activities  to accomplish their educational goals. A quality benchmark to successfully integrating  online office tools such as 365 / GAFE. learning management systems or any online tool… Continue Reading Accessible digital learning

Accessible educational materials

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Table of contents1 DIAGRAM Center1.1 3D printing and tactual graphics2 National Centre for Accessible Educational Materials3 Related articles Mainstream technology is transforming the creation and consumption of accessible educational media. Consider for example, how Apple products are not only simple, intuitive and easy to use and also include a variety of award-winning assistive technologies as standard. Other companies… Continue Reading Accessible educational materials

Pairing

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 What is it? Students work in pairs to collaborate on a given task. Pairs can be paired for further topic exploration. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep… Continue Reading Pairing

Question Matrix

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use? What is it? The Question matrix is a graphic organiser on which question headings are captured. Students can use the matrix to target their questions or the teacher can use questions on the matrix to direct students thinking. What aspects… Continue Reading Question Matrix

Stay and Stray

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 What is it? This process is an organisational communication tool which allows for random grouping an a structured manner. Students, in groups of three, are provided with questions to answer in a structured and time… Continue Reading Stay and Stray

Force Field Analysis

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 Some examples What is it? Force field analysis is an influential development in the field of social science. It provides a framework for looking at the factors (forces) that influence a situation, originally… Continue Reading Force Field Analysis

Five Whys

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 Some examples What is it? Five Whys can be applied at any time to promote deep thinking through questioning. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT… Continue Reading Five Whys

Fishbone Diagram

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5   What is it? The Fishbone is a graphic organiser that allows the individual to capture a major outcome/goal, minor outcome/goal and the steps to achieve these. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s… Continue Reading Fishbone Diagram

Compare and Contrast Grid

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 Example What is it? Comparison-Contrast Charts are for looking at how things are similar and in what ways they are different. The Compare and Contrast Grid is a useful tool when comparing data,… Continue Reading Compare and Contrast Grid

Combination Key

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 Some examples5.1 The Leaf5.2 The Mousetrap What is it? This higher order thinking tool provides a scaffold for combining two “unlike” objects/ideas to create a new/innovative object/idea. What aspects of learning are being supported?… Continue Reading Combination Key

Global Café

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Table of contents1 What is it?2 What aspects of learning are being supported?3 Which apps could I use?4 How do I use it?5 Some examples What is it? The Global Café strategy is a cooperative learning strategy that allows students to gather and share information quickly. It also allows students to piggyback ideas, thoughts and experiences. What… Continue Reading Global Café