"Many activities and play participation will give you a training that will prove invaluable later on in life." - Walter Annenberg
Assume we are about to do a workshop at a local district on using iPads to engage students in higher order thinking. Our challenge is to simulate the classroom experience in a single session. We want participants to be excited when they return to their classrooms. The key to success lies in preparation.
“Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things.” - Plautus
Friday, December 14, 2012 will long be remembered for another needless tragedy involving innocent students, teachers, and administrators. We all mourn but our tears are in vain without action.
"Every time you do a project, you learn something new." - Justin Timberlake
So you want to engage your team(s) in a project involving higher order thinking. What project(s) will they be working on?
You can assign projects or let your team(s) select their own. I find participants are more highly motivated when they have a choice but I suggest providing a list of projects from which they may choose. This strategy worked well for me when distributing work assignments to engineers.
“Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Analysis begins by examining an object or idea and identifying it’s components, defining the relationships between them, and specifying the organizing principle(s) of the whole. Action words associated with analysis include;
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." - Edward Abbey
Wilderness surrounds us with gifts if we only care enough to notice. Even in the city nature is only a few mouse clicks away.
"States should not balance their budgets on the backs of students." - Arne Duncan
Primary school builds the foundation for success.
"Quality has to be caused, not controlled." - Phillip Crosby
At this point you have a known objective to achieve and alternative technologies to help you succeed. Each one has been evaluated as to function, user-friendliness, accessibility, portability, and technical support. Now what?
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile.
"I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics." - Michael Bloomberg
You can read Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama for re-election in the online version of the