A shout out to the faculty and staff at Coal Ridge Middle School who shared with us that they’ve used these posts as exploratory time during a faculty meeting. It’s great to hear that people are finding 5 Links Monday helpful (no matter what day it gets published). If you’re using these posts for your own learning and exploration, we’d love to hear about it. As always, we’ve been scouring the Internet for 5 helpful links for you over the past week, and we’ve got our findings below. If you’ve a link to share, please post it in the comments.
Link 1 – Notegraphy Does the Heavy Graphic Design Work for You
This slick iOS app connects to social media, and does the fine work of incorporating the styles of leading graphic designers to make otherwise text-heavy messages carry some artistic wait. This would be a great way to improve assignment reminders, pull important quotations from class texts, or send positive notes out to students. I recommend some fun playtime.
Link 2 – Yes, you can program on the iPad
The folks over at Lifehacker have given some thought to a common complaint, namely, that users can’t program on an iPad. As more and more conversations about living in a digital world focus on helping students learn to program, these are helpful answers, and they open up a treasure trove of resources to keep kids creating for online spaces on iOS devices.
Link 3 – Gardner Clears the Air on Multiple Intelligences
Anyone tied to education has likely had at least passing connection with Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. It’s also a little likely that those intelligences were mentioned in the same breath, if not the same sentence, as learning styles. They aren’t the same thing, and as Gardner puts it in this Washington Post piece, he’s ready to clear the air and clear up the confusion that leads to the conflation of these two principles. If you’re curious as to how people think and the conversation around what “smart” really means, you should take a few minutes here.
Link 4 – Finding Your Way Home after More than 2 Decades
While it’s not not a commercial for Google Maps, this story is also more. I watched it imagining lessons helping students to think about location, place, finding their way in a digital world and telling a story with photos, images, and sounds. At the very least, there would be great learning through showing the video and following up with the question, “What did you notice?”
Link 5 – What Can Students Build from IWitness?
The USC Shoah Foundation has compiled more than 1,300 video testimonies from the Holocaust. The Foundation’s IWitness Challenge asks students in classrooms around the country to tap into the tremendous power of those testimonials and create video works to motivate and spark change in their communities. You can find out here, and get your students started in affecting change by learning from and honoring the past.