education

Brainpower: Archimedes

Archimedes is  a task in a series of Brainpower questions and tasks. See also Project: Milk packagingThis type of questions and tasks require higher order thinking skills, meaning that students have to apply several types of knowledge and skills. Higher order thinking skills involve critical thinking, problem solving, research, argumentation, discussion, evaluation, collaboration, judgement etc. The questions and tasks require brainpower and often several different strategies can lead to the solution.

We give you examples that you can use in the classroom. We appreciate your comments which you can write in as a comment. With your comments we are able to improve the tasks and the information about them.

Brainpower Task: Crowns

Crowns task

Topic: Archimedes
Subject area: Science/Physics
Level : grade  8, 9 (?)

Download the PDF with the task: Archimedes

Download the PDF with guidelines for the teacher: Guidelines Archimedes

Brainpower tasks require a different attitude and behaviour from both teacher and students. As a teacher you guide the students without disclosing answers, strategies or algorithms. You will rather guide the students with questions that encourage them to think in different ways, which help them to discuss further, or to visualise the problem in a creative way. Usually, students work on a task in small groups and for quite a while.

Brainpower: Milk Packaging

The Milk Packaging Project is the first in a series of Brainpower questions and tasks. This type of questions and tasks require higher order thinking skills, meaning that students have to apply several types of knowledge and skills. Higher order thinking skills involve critical thinking, problem solving, research, argumentation, discussion, evaluation, collaboration, judgement etc. The questions and tasks require brainpower and often several different strategies can lead to the solution.

We give you examples that you can use in the classroom. We appreciate your comments which you can write in as a comment. With your comments we are able to improve the tasks and the information about them.

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Brainpower Task 1

  • Topic: Milk Packaging
  • Subject area: Mathematics
  • Level : grade 7, 8 (?)

Download the PDF with the tasks: Project Milk Packaging

Download the PDF with guidelines for the teacher: Guidelines Project Milk Packaging

Brainpower tasks require a different attitude and behaviour from both teacher and students. As a teacher you guide the students without disclosing answers, strategies or algorithms. You will rather guide the students with questions that encourage them to think in different ways, which help them to discuss further, or to visualise the problem in a creative way. Usually, students work on a task in small groups and for quite a while.

Building with blocks

Wisweb offers interactive Math Applets. There is a whole set available, but some have some technical problems. The applets ‘Building Houses’, og ‘Building with Blocks‘ work very well.  Students learn to build 3D buildings from information about the ‘side views’ and  the ‘top view’. The applets er so visual, that the feedback is inherently given to the students. Below a few screenshots, but we recommend that you try the applets online.

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 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  iPad, Android tablet, PC
 Requirements  Browser, JAVA

Lingua.ly

Lingua.ly is an App and a web application which helps you to learn a new/second language. The application offers more than the usual Language Apps. Lingua.ly provides namely much more than the vocabulary and sentences enough to get around in another country as a tourist.

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In order to master a language, at least four different language skills should be trained:
  1. reading (and understanding)
  2. writing
  3. listening
  4. speaking and conversation
In addition the knowledge about vocabulary, grammar, idiom, pronunciation, and culture is required.

You will find many programs which assist in training vocabulary. It is hard to find a program that you can use to train the expressive language skills: writing and speaking/conversation.

Lingua.ly mainly offers training in reading and vocabulary. Lingua.ly does this in a creative and motivating way aiming at adult students. The motivational aspects lie in the fact that Lingua.ly  selects texts based on the words the user has entered. The texts come from recent newspaper articles and magazine clippings, often from the countries where the target language is used. This implies that the information you read is based on your level, your interests, it is up-to-date, about current events, and  rovides insight in the culture of the country.

The program does not yet offer ample material for all languages you can choose. However, when your mother tongue is English you can choose many target languages that contain and generate enough learning material.

The PC version offers more functionality than the App!

 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Android tablet, PC
 Requirements   iOS 6 /browser

 

Mechanics: Force Effect

Autodesk Force Effect is an App and webapplication which simulates design concepts from machanics. The App can be used in higher education.

The catchy visualisation of the Force Effect simulations can certainly moti vate the students. It is probably best to use the simulations as an illustrative introduction because the simulations are a simplification of the much more complex rationale behind it. The lecturer should guide the students through the more complex mathematics and mechanics behind the simulations.

 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Android tablet, PC
 Requirements   iOS 5 (or higher)

Digital Dementia

Why is this important book not yet translated into English?

Prof. Manfred Spitzer writes about the dark side of the digital world. Spitzer is a well-known German scholar in the field of brain research and psychiatry. “In reality, using digital media in kindergarten or primary school is actually a way of getting children addicted.”

He does NOT claims that we should completely forbid the use of computers, but too much time spent on digital media makes us dumber instead of smarter. When children have access to a computer at home, there school results in language and mathematics drop. Intensive use of digital media by children actually damanges the brain. Children who spend a lot of their time on social media, have less friends in the real world than children who don’t spend a lot of time on social media. Spitzer recommends to limit the time spent on digital media for children of all ages.

Many people advocating ICT in education do not want to hear about Manfred Spitzers’ agruments at all. However, in particular those who work in this field should be informed about what thorough research shows, in order to be able to avoid the pitfalls and curb the disadvantages that come along with the use of ICT.

Digital Dementia is published in German, Dutch, Spanish and in Norwegian.