Monday, November 18, 2013

A Special Thanks to Bloggers Users Group...

Thanks for sharing with BUGs and Happy 3rd Anniversary to US!  I hope you continue to help others grow and learn by blogging and sharing- THANK YOU!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Michele Hunt: Transformation Catalyst

"Find your passion, put it to work with a collection of people and do something great!" ~Michele Hunt .  This was originally published in Huffington Post, I wanted to add this to my collection of inspiration.

Thank you Michele Hunt and Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Cisco 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sugata Mitra, Holes in the Wall, Granny Clouds

Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize, shares his study that reveals scientific proof: Encouragement, resources and mentoring enhance critical thinking and learning in children.  Indeed, traditional education is evolving and kids are amazing!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Community Building in the Classroom and World Peace

Mandalas are used by Buddhist monks as a sacred ritual.  My friend and artist,Russell Maier is using mandalas to promote world peace and "oneness." The circle and symmetry can unify a group when created collaboratively.I used a mandala  activity as I was inspired by Russel.  

Creating a class mandala for a community building activity is easy  and fun to do. It can be done in a face-to-face or online environment.  Here is how to create a mandala with your online class or group:
  1. Ask individuals to choose and share a geometric shape (PowerPoint is easy for this)
  1. Collect these using Google Docs or via email
  1. Arrange the shapes in a circle, using symmetry-try using Snagit or snippet
  1. Save as Jpeg
  1. Share with the class!

The mandala above is an example of a mandala that my students and I created as a group.  My students were so excited they had printed t-shirts!

Enjoy and Namaste!
This topic originally posted (by me) this on the Innovators' Network, aka IL Blog: