Annual National Day of Listening

On the day after Thanksgiving, set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood.

You can preserve the interview using recording equipment readily available in most homes, such as cell phones, tape recorders, computers, or even pen and paper. Our free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide is easy to use and will prepare you and your interview partner to record a memorable conversation, no matter which recording method you choose.

Make a yearly tradition of listening to and preserving a loved one’s story. The stories you collect will become treasured keepsakes that grow more valuable with each passing generation.

StoryCorps site.

Recently found … 11/23/2009

  • “he Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge. Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes.

    The STH technique is designed to help individuals deliberately adopt a variety of perspectives on a subject that may be very different from the one that they might most naturally assume. In wearing a particular thinking hat, people play roles, or “as if” themselves into a particular perspective. For instance, one could play the devil’s advocate, even if only for the sake of generating discussion. The purpose of devil’s advocacy is to deliberately challenge an idea: be critical, look for what is wrong with it.

    Each of the Hats is named for a color that is mnemonically descriptive of the perspective one adopts when wearing the particular hat. For example the devil’s advocacy is what one engages in when wearing the Black Thinking Hat.

    The 6 hats and the perspectives they represent are:
    -White (Observer) White paper; Neutral; focus on information available, objective FACTS, what is needed, how it can be obtained
    -Red (Self, Other) Fire, warmth; EMOTIONS, FEELINGS, intuition, hunches; present views without explanation, justification
    -Black (Self, Other) Stern judge wearing black robe; judgmental; critical; why something is wrong; LOGICAL NEGATIVE view.
    -Yellow (Self, Other) Sunshine; optimism; LOGICAL POSITIVE view; looks for benefits, what’s good.
    -Green (Self, Other) Vegetation; CREATIVE thinking; possibilities and hypotheses; new ideas
    -Blue (Observer) Sky; cool; overview; CONTROL of PROCESS, STEPS, OTHER HATS; chairperson, organizer; thinking about thinking”

    tags: 6 thinking hats, process, analysis, decision making

  • “Bloom’s Taxonomy Breakdown:

    Roles, Process Verbs & Products from Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain”

    tags: blooms, taxonomy, blooms taxonomy

  • “Share your data. Learn from others.

    Our goal, however, isn’t just to develop a great vizualization app — it’s to develop a tool to make it easier for you to communicate data more clearly, more efficiently, and more honestly with the viewer. We want to make it easy for you to make a gorgeous, verifiable vizualization, by allowing viewers to explore the data, manipulate the presentation, and even build on it to bring out richer, clearer, or just plain different conclusions.”

    tags: visualization, data, tools, statistics, graphs, charts

  • “Imagine collecting all the best free educational videos made for children, and making them findable and watchable on one website. Then imagine creating many, many more such videos.

    Just think: millions of great short videos, and other watchable media, explaining every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth.

    Finally, imagine them all deeply and usefully categorized according to subject, education level, and placed in the order in which topics are typically taught.

    WatchKnow—as in, “You watch, you know”—has started building this resource.

    WatchKnow is both a resource for users and also a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share free, innovative, educational videos.”

    tags: tutorials, teaching, podcasting, videos, web2.0

  • “Build your vocabulary through never-ending games powered with real-world usage and tailored to your skill level.”

    tags: vocabulary, English, literacy

  • “Upload and explore data. As a preview it’s rough around the edges, may your love for data guide you.”

    tags: data, statistics, visualization, graphs, analysis, research

  • “A Visual Representation of Bloom’s Taxonomic Hierarchy with a 21st Century Skills Frame… Those of us that provide staff development around instructional technology have identified a need to share more than just tools with teachers. To evaluate them based on Bloom’s Taxonomy is simply a way to connect the tools to those that would be identified with the Affective, Psychomotor, or Cognitive domains–specifically the Cognitive. The visual that you see here is the seed of discussion. “

    tags: taxonomy, blooms taxonomy, 21st century learning

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