"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
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!
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:
Ask individuals to choose and share a geometric shape (PowerPoint is easy for this)
Collect these using Google Docs or via email
Arrange the shapes in a circle, using symmetry-try using Snagit or snippet
Save as Jpeg
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!