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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Five Reasons How Origami Improves Students' Skills

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, is making a comeback. While some of the oldest pieces of origami have been found in ancient China and its deepest roots are in ancient Japan, origami can make an impact in today's education too. This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-origami-improves-students-skills-ainissa-ramirez

Cool Maps

Here are a lot of very interesting maps on a wide variety of things. Some examples are below. (Map at left is of state size according to population)

Link: http://mentalfloss.com/section/the-afternoon-map

Online Textbooks

Textbooks are a great source of reliable information and ready-made activities, but the content they provide can be generic and not particularly engaging for students. By leveraging the instructional potential of web-based resources, you can increase student engagement, expose them to authentic content, and engage them in collaborative activities that trigger critical thinking and creativity.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-with-web-based-resources-edwige-simon

Spring Cleaning

Sandy Merz, in Education Week, recently wrote this article about spring cleaning in three areas--the classroom, her hard drives and the inner workspace of her mind.

Link: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2015/04/28/spring-cleanout-cleansing-the-mind-and-classroom.html?cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS2-RM

How to Protect Yourself on Facebook

Jackson Chung, on the Make Use Of blog writes, "Did you know that out of the 1.26 billion Facebook users worldwide, 128 million are American users — 11,000 of whom are being watched by the US government? Over 600,000 Facebook login credentials are compromised daily, and one in four of those credentials will later be used for identity fraud."

Part of his infographic is below. To see it in its entirety, click the link below:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-protect-yourself-on-facebook/

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