Multiple Intelligences: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 27. February 2010 15:29

Here is another excellent video on Howard Gardner - he especially looks at testing in school (SAT). Produced by CNBC.

Worth thinking about especially in the light of the Australian My Schools website which is based around testing at a national level.

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Multiple Intelligences: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 26. February 2010 15:12

Here are some videos (as requested by various people coming to my blog - for more videos!) on Multiple Intelligences.

The first one is What is multiple intelligence theory?

This video shows Prof. Howard Gardner (the creator of the idea of MI) - it is very small and is also an advertisement for MS Law!

The second one shows the Original 7 MI - just as a series of images to explain each one!


 

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Multiple Intelligences: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 25. February 2010 14:44

To create an excellent WebQuest for your students you also need to consider the Learning Theory on Multiple Intelligences (MI).

I was terribly excited years ago now when Prof. Howard Gardner was going to address us about his Theory on MI. I had implemented his theory into my teaching practice especially when teaching senior Chemistry. It was so successful that ex-students still come up to me in the streets and shopping malls saying ... "Do you remember when you got us to....?" They still remember these lessons because I implemented this theory into practice.

However, at this conference I attended, Prof. Gardner was such a disappointment - he simply READ from his notes (and these were on the big screen anyway!).

All I can say is that MI is great when it is applied!!!

Here are some resources you might find useful:

MI - this site gives the theory behind the eight Intelligences (although there is a belief that more Intelligences exist): 

  • Linguistic intelligence ("word smart")
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart") 
  • Spatial intelligence ("picture smart") 
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart") 
  • Musical intelligence ("music smart") 
  • Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart") 
  • Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart") 
  • Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")
     

   

Birmingham Grid for Learning: MI Test -

this test is great fun for yourself and your students! It also gives you as the teacher some food for thought as to how you are presenting material in class!

 

 

    

Concept to Classroom: Tapping into MI - this contains numerous articles and links about this subject

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Cooperative Learning: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 24. February 2010 14:41

Here is another videos on Cooperative Learning by Dr. Larry Richards.

Introduction to Cooperative Learning by Dr. Larry Richards Experiences with Cooperative Learning (2008)

 

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Social Networking Tools & WebQuests

by frances 23. February 2010 15:28

I have come across (via Jane Hart's wonderful Pick of the Day), a great tool allowing you as a teacher or if your students are presenting in PowerPoint, a way of allowing the audience to interact with the presentation.

"The twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.

There are currently eight tools – you can easily cut and paste them into your own PowerPoint decks:

  • PowerPoint Twitter feedback slides
  • PowerPoint AutoTweet
  • PowerPoint Twitter voting — bar charts and pie chart
  • PowerPoint Twitter ticker bar
  • PowerPoint Mood meter
  • PowerPoint Crowd meter
  • PowerPoint Zoom text
  • PowerPoint Twitter update bar" (Source: Free PPT Twitter Tools)

The use of these tools will allow your WebQuest or your students' PPTs to become interactive in real time. Much learning can happen from these additions especially when your students are giving their presentations. You will need to have agreed protocols for this feedback but as the students are involved this challenge can be easily overcome.

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Cooperative Learning: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 21. February 2010 14:27

Here are some videos about Cooperative Learning - another Pedagogy behind WebQuests!

Cooperative Learning - this video gives you a simple overview about Cooperative Learning in the Classroom

Tips for Implementing Cooperative Learning Activities by Dr. Richards

Even though he is just reading out these tips - they are well worth listening to!


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Cooperative Learning: What is a WebQuest

by frances 19. February 2010 14:03

Another pedagogy behind WebQuests is Cooperative Learning!

    

Here are some resources I gave my student teachers the other day on Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning - this site covers:  
  • Why use Cooperative Learning?
  • Elements of Cooperative Learning
  • Class Activities that use Cooperative Learning

New Horizons for Learning: Cooperative Learning - This small site covers Articles, Recommended Reading, and Related Links  

Teach-nology: Cooperative Learning - this is a large collection of websites that you can browse through to learn more about Cooperative Learning Theory.

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Constructivist Theory: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 18. February 2010 13:02

Here are two more YouTube short videos about Constructivism!

The first one is a professionally developed video:

VYGOTSKY'S DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION ( DAVIDSON FILMS )

The second video is about two great minds in Education:

PIAGET & VYGOTSKY IN 90 SECONDS

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Constructivist Theory: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 17. February 2010 12:54

We have been looking at resources on Constructivism!

Here is an excellent, simple video about Constructivist Theory that you might enjoy. It is only just over 2mins.

Title: Building knowledge: constructivism in learning

 

 

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Water - WebQuest Big Question

by frances 17. February 2010 12:34

This question posed by the ABC's Rear Vision program today...  "Over the past ten years Australian cities and towns have faced water shortages and water restrictions, yet Singapore, which once imported 80 per cent of its water, has become self sufficient. Are there any lessons Australian cities can learn from Singapore?" (Source: ABC Rear Vision) is a wonderful big, essential or focus question for a WebQuest.

    

This is a great introductory resource for students (Years 9 - 12 or at University level) studying the complexities of water either in Geography, Geology, Urban Design, Economics [water as a currency], Politics [the investigation of reticulated water supply system against the use of household water tanks] or Ecology.

   

At a stretch, it could even be about Australian History as this resource also looks at the usage of water since white settlement in 1788 from the Tank Stream to current usage. Although produced in Australia and has lots of references to the Australian water condition, this resource could be used as a case study for students in other countries - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, NZ to name a few.

  

There are various roles or perspectives to undertake: a person committed to desalination; a Singapore government water official; a person committed to stormwater harvesting; and, a person committed to water recycling.

As the world faces shortages in water - this would be a productive and interesting WebQuest for students to explore.

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Other WebQuest & Educational Blogs

As I come across other WebQuest Blogs (& Educational ones), I will list them here.

Jane Hart's Blog (Jane is a Social Technologies Guru in UK)

Scot Aldred's Blog (Colleague at Central Queensland University and guru on Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

The Innovative Educator

Digital Education Blog

Blogging Corner Carnival

eLearn Magazine Blog

Dr. Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine

Primary School.com.au Blog

Charlie Sullivan - Charlie does a fantastic job collating websites for Primary schools.

De Tools Blog

This blog by and for online educators and features free web based tools applications and resources. Author: John Goldsmith.

Bright Ideas: a blog by the School Library Association of Victoria

The Book Whisperer

This blog is written by Donalyn Miller, a 6th Grade teacher in Texas, who is reknown for encouraging students to read!

 

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