• Critical Thinking: Articles and Resources

     

    Media Smarts: Canada's Centre/er for Digital and Media Literacy

    "Using Images as Scaffolds for Complex Texts": article in School Library Connection

    Project Look Sharp: "A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels, including integration with the new common core standards."

    Information is Beautiful: " [David McCandless] and the small team here are out to to distil the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful and useful graphics & diagrams. Our goal is always to help everyone make better, clearer, more informed decisions about the world. So we base all our graphics & visualisations on facts & data. Illustrate multiple perspectives (even we don’t agree with them). And, because knowledge is evolving and data is updated, constantly revise and revision our work."

     

    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

  • Arts: 

    ARTSEDGE: "The Kennedy Center's educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies." 

    PLAY WITH YOUR MUSIC: "Alex Ruthmann and the crew at the NYU Music Experience Design Lab developed the foundational ideas of Play With Your Music at NYU Steinhardt. In the fall of 2013, Alex's research group, the NYU MusEDLab, teamed up with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to offer PWYM as an online course. In 2014, PWYM added legendary musician Peter Gabriel as a collaborating partner, bringing the musical multitracks from his hit songs Sledgehammer and In Your Eyes to participants. Anyone can know join the PWYM community, where like-minded musicians and learners from around the world can share their ideas about creative music and audio production. We have now redesigned the PWYM experience so that anyone (like you!) can join the community at any time. PWYM still has online seminars, suggested readings, and hands-on activities, but you can go through this material at your own pace or join a cohort. All of our materials are available to anyone with a computer and internet access! No sign-up required." 

  • STEM Websites:

    Biodigital Human: BioDigital Human moves learning beyond textbook diagrams and the life-sized skeleton in the corner of the science classroom! This tool is an interactive 3D environment providing a stunningly realistic way to examine the human body. Students can explore and manipulate the 3D images as they zoom in and out of the various layers of anatomical animations. Descriptions of health conditions related to each system of the human body are included.

    Molecular Workbench: Molecular Workbench is a free, open source environment providing visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science. Even though there are many simulations ready for use in the classroom, teachers can also create simulations based on their specific curricular needs and share them with other teachers.

    Phet: PhET is a collection of science and math interactive computer simulations. With over 200 million simulations delivered to date, students learn through exploration in an animated, game-like environment. PhET simulations encourage inquiry, use real-world connections and can be used in a variety of educational settings. Play with existing simulations or run simulations on this engaging, interactive site.