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Breaking Your Creative Block — Infographic

Breaking Your Creative Block

No matter what it is you are trying to do — write, draw, paint, engineer — at one time or another you’ve encountered a little mind block.  Don’t worry though, they are very easy to overcome (even if it doesn’t happen as fast as we would like sometimes).  The folks at Creative Market have come up with a wonderful infographic to give you 40 ideas to try and help you overcome whatever mental block you are having and get back to creating all your wonderful things.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Infographics


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The Ultimate Guide to Note Taking in Class — Infographic

The Ultimate Guide to Note Taking in Class

It’s been a while, but I came across this infographic in my travels around the Internet and thought it was fantastic.  One of the toughest things we need to help our students with are study skills and habits.  One of those things that is the bane of many students is the ability to take notes during classes to help them remember important details and concepts from your lessons. The tips presented here focus solely on handwritten notes.  [VIA]

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Infographics


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Guide to Taking Notes — Infographic

Guide to Note-taking

Taking notes in an academic class is often critical to your success in that class.  Being able to remind yourself of the important information delivered as well as having an easy way to return to and review this information can make or break a student.  Today’s infographic gives you three different note-taking styles: the Outline Method with a main topic and subtopics, the Cornell Method where you divide the paper into three sections to organize your information, and the Mapping Method where you free-form take noted then connect the ideas later. [VIA]

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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Infographics


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Music’s Effect on Learning – Infographic

Music and Learning

We’ve all had students who would prefer to read, study, or to work with their music on.  Is there a benefit to this, other than avoiding a battle of wills over the use of headphones?  Studies have proven that some light music can help with memory and focus, but just how does that work and what kind of music is best?  Today’s infographic explores those questions. [VIA]

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Infographics


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Creative Commons – Infographic

Creative Commons

Teaching and understanding copyright can be a tricky thing.  All too often we encounter those students who love to cut and paste text into a paper, change a couple of words and pass it on as their own which we know is blatant plagiarism.  Sometimes they will do this and either unintentionally forget to of attribute the work to the original author incorrectly.  In other cases, it’s not known whether or not a work is even allowed to be used or changed.  Add to this mix the concept of Creative Commons, a copyright and usage permissions vehicle that generally covers digital work and the task becomes even more precarious.

As more and more students are looking to and using online resources, it is important that they understand what is allowed and not allowed in terms of usage and copyright.  Today’s infographic takes a look at the most common licenses they may encounter with Creative Commons protected works.  This is vital to understand as these works are meant to be re-used and shared, but only under the proper terms and conditions.

What is Creative Commons?


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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Infographics


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A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

If you are in need of some technology and an interactive, customizable component to your math lessons, you might be interested in A+ Click’s Math and Logic Problems.

A+ Click’s problems run the gamut of difficulty and complexity from the 1st to the 12th grades and cover a myriad of other subjects from Arithmetic and Geometry through Everyday Applications, Sports, Logic, and Funny problems.

There are two ways that you could possibly use A+ Click:

  • It could be used as a quick gauge of student’s skills as each grade level allows the student to take 20 questions in their “quiz” and then, if they score high enough, they can advance to the next level – almost as though leveling up in their favorite video game.  They’ll love seeing how far they can get, and you will like seeing the statistics provided by A+ Click that assess the skill areas they are having difficulty in.
  • Alternately, you can pick and choose individual questions from any of the grade levels or subjects on A+ Click.  Use these as pre-made warm up activities or exit tickets.  Instant feedback is provided and the site lends itself to both projectors & white boards or to your chalkboard.

As with any interactive site, A+ Click Math and Logic Problems relies heavily on browser plug-ins – in this case Adobe Flash.  Make sure you test the site on the machine you want to use in school first to check compatibility.


Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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Information Literacy — Website Evaluation Wizard

Website evaluation wizard

Students rely on the Internet and websites more for information in research than any other source.  However, can they know that what they find on the Internet is reliable?  Teaching and practicing information literacy requires that we not only teach students how to find information but also how to critically analyze its validity.  This is where a tool like the website evaluation wizard can come in handy.

This tool, at first looks like a self-running model, but don’t be fooled.  What the evaluation wizard does is a simply guide the student through the website evaluation process.  Have them cut and paste the URL of the site they wish to analyze into the wizard then click on each of the criteria on the left hand toolbar.  Each criterion opens a dialogue box with guiding questions that students answer to determine the validity of the information they have found:

While this evaluation wizard is not all-inclusive – students will still need to make their own judgments about the website’s validity and accuracy on their own – it does provide a good basis to begin analysis.  Students will be able to print out their “reports” and evaluation and should use this wizard to show a critical analysis of their web sources at least once through their research process.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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Does Music Make You Smarter? — Infographic

Does Music Make You Smarter?

They say that music soothes the savage beast, but can it make you smarter?  Today we play Beethoven in nurseries to build brain cells and many students claim that music helps them study, but is it true?  Today’s infographic tries to answer that very question. [via]

Music Makes You Smarter Infographic


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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Infographics


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Paper Rater — Free Writing Analysis & Plaigarism Checker

Paper Rater

This is a nifty little tool that you can use yourself, but make sure to share it with your students as well.  Paper Rater is a free online service that will check your work for not only grammar and spelling – sometimes picking up things that the built in checkers in Word or Pages miss – but also for plagiarism, readability, and originality.

All you need to do is visit Paper Rater and then copy and paste the body of your work into the analysis box.  You must give it a title!  As an option, Paper Rater can check your sources if you provide them.  Select the education level of the author (from 6th grade to a Doctoral student) and the type of paper you have written (essay, report, letter, review, etc) then click on “Get Report”.

Once complete, Paper Rater will generate a report of the writing in the text submitted:

Students can click on the options above to see the specific suggestions about word choice, style, vocabulary use and mote.  Within these suggestions, Paper Rater will list items such as how sentences are started, the use of transitions, over use of clichés or certain phrases.  Paper Rater will even assign the paper a “grade” if it’s more scholarly writing, or the readability and creativity if that is more meaningful to the student.

While this is a help to students writing papers, Paper Rater could also help teachers in grading, if you have an electronic copy of students work and want to check sources of for plagiarism quickly.  Creative writers and beginning authors could also benefit from a quick analysis once in a while to check readability and phrasing, especially as Paper Rater offers some writing suggestions based on its analysis, and not just numbers!

Best of all, unlike other programs that offer similar services, Paper Rater is fully functional, user friendly and free!

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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Common Grammar Mistakes

15 Grammar Goofs

A little bonus today as I stumbled upon this fun infographic you can share that point out some common grammar mistakes and how to fix them.  Thanks to Copyblogger for putting this together!

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Infographics, Tips & Tricks


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