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Doodling to Help Process and Problem Solve

This five minute TED Talk by Sunni Brown emphasizes the age old art of doodling and works to remove the stigma that has been placed on the word and the action. Watch Doodlers Unite and think about how doodling can be used the classroom. The screencasting apps, like Screen Chomper and Explain Everything, for tablets areĀ  great for doodling while recording lectures or discussions that are taking place during a lesson.

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Re-Thinking Classroom Space

Adele Caemmerer and I presented to about 25 faculty members our ideas about re-thinking our classroom spaces in terms of the space being integral in the education of the students who experience it. We shared information from architects and teachers who have made changes to incorporate what we are now calling 21st Century Learning skills. We asked teachers to sketch their current classroom space and evaluate it based on 4 elements that we presented. Teachers were then asked to sketch their ideal classrooms, considering the space they have to work with. The ideas then began to flow, which we are keeping on a Google Doc so that more creativity, collaboration and communication can take place.
What ideas do you have about rearranging your space to most optimize movement, collaboration, creativity, sharing, and reflection? How does integration of technology fit into your thinking?
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Re-Thinking Our Classroom Space-edt 2 pdf

Mayo Clinic Study on Movement in the classroom 2006

CBS Report on Mayo Clinic Study