This week in Education news: Edutopia reports how to teach students to think like an artist, and also shares a list of the latest in grants, contests and resources; EdWeek reports on library maker spaces; and Monica Burns shows how to turn students into content creators. A lot of creativity flowing this week!
Teaching Students to Think Like an Artist
Art supports learning across the school day. The folks at ArtsConnection have been exploring inquiry-based learning via art for more than a decade, and they’ve discovered best practices to develop a student’s ability to express themselves—to communicate effectively, a skill that carries into every field imaginable. Check out the Edutopia post to see what they’ve learned about art’s influence on literacy and language development.
A Roundup of Education Grants and Resources
Edutopia has an updated roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities.
School Librarians Push for More Maker Spaces
Modern libraries are no longer just for books. They’re a resource room for discovery. So, librarians witnessed the need to support students’ curiosity, as they researched robotics, app creation, and more. EdWeek reports that library media specialists are now reaching out for funding for “maker spaces,” part of the growing maker movement, allowing students to create crafts, circuitry, 3-D prints and more.
Turning Students into Content Creators
Common Core standards place an emphasis on students creating products that demonstrate understanding. Our resident EdTech blogger, Monica Burns, shares ideas for turning your students into adept content creators using a range of technology tools.
College readiness is a huge deal these days, that and ceaerr readiness. It’s cool that they are starting to design ways to measure college preparedness. It means that we can quantify the amount that students are learning and be able to provide assistance where it is needed and use the techniques that seem to be working. Also, it provides something for us to set a goal for. And not only that; in making the test it is necessary to concisely define what constitutes being prepared for college, which I think is still being debated. I know that most of us teachers wish there could be less tests and more time in class learning, or at least not quite as much emphasis on test scores, however I think in this case it could really help solidify the need for college prep in high schools.