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There are many ways we can attune ourselves to moving away from the box we confine ourselves into.

“Have you ever smelt the colour red or tasted a triangle?” This question was asked by a guest lecturer in our class ten years ago and for a moment, we were speechless. We employed our usual weapon of self-defence, laughter, to hide our confusion and ignorance, but it was quite a journey, discovering a very interesting phenomenon in the human body called synaesthesia. Apparently, many of us have this gift (or condition, depending on how you view it) as children and lose it as we grow into adulthood. The lecturer shared many stories and incidents about people who retained this state and even showed us works of artists who created in the state of Synaesthesia.

Synaesthesia, at its simplest level, is a process in the brain where one of our senses is understood or interpreted as if it is received by another sense. So, for example, while seeing boats sailing in sea, you would taste strawberries! Or every time you saw the colour red, you would hear the sound of violins. Neurologists are still discovering more layers to this whole process. There are numerous books and resources available online on this subject. ‘Wednesday is Indigo blue’ by Richard Cytowic explores this subject in detail.

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The Globalized Classroom: 18 Key Resources for 2015

All humans are citizens of the world, and teaching that fact to children in school can make them more sensitive to global issues and inspire them to look outside their own walls. A globalized classroom helps students to see the local significance of international events. How can you help your pupils adopt such a broad point of view? The following resources will inspire you to plan lessons that foster global awareness.

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Gain Inspiration From Your Fellow Educators

Even if your classroom has maintained a global focus for decades, there is always space to learn from your peers. Some of the following resources highlight specific teachers’ experiences while outline concepts that contribute toward a globalized classroom.

  • Edutopia shares an article entitled “How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?” wherein Zoe Weil, the president of the Institute for Humane Education, relates two strategies that can move students to think critically about global problems. The first strategy involves figuring out the “true price” of an item while the second encourages learners to think of solutions for complex global issues.
  • Scholastic highlights the experience of one teacher who promoted globalization in her kindergarten classroom by finding postcard pen pals for her class. The article features an interview with the teacher followed by steps on how you can start a similar program in your school.

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How Technology Can Improve College Student Success Infographic

 

The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics.The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

The How Technology Can Improve College Student Success identifies several ways technology can aid student success. In particular, the infographic highlights seven practices that facilitated the successful implementation of the innovations funded by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) . They are framed to offer you evidence-based advice on how to use a classroom innovation fueled by technology to get the outcomes for students we all want to see—and that students deserve.

The 7 Building Blocks for College Completion

  1. Achieve greater impact with “whole-course” models: It’s likely that projects funded by NGLC that used whole-course models—where instructors adopt an entire course design that involves a new instructional approach and curriculum using technology—had a greater effect on student outcomes because they represented more comprehensive, tightly specified instructional change.
  2. Design student success innovations with active, self-paced, data-driven learning: NGLC-funded projects that replaced lectures with active learning methods, incorporated mastery learning components, and provided instructors with information about student progress and risk status were associated with stronger student outcomes.

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