January 9th, 2013
Greetings, readers! As January continues onward, we’re continuing our series of learning tools that pair well with Inspiration products. The post below comes from Rob James, a teacher in the United Kingdom.
How Reliable is the Internet as a Learning Resource?
by Rob James
Most people now rely on the Internet as a learning resource, whether that means checking facts on Wikipedia or using extensive Google searches. However, while there is a huge potential for finding information online, as a learning resource the Internet can have its problems. When encouraging students on how to best use the Internet for their research, it’s important to emphasise critical thinking, and being able to evaluate different sources. At the same time, it’s worth considering the benefits of apps that can help you to organise and compare different sources as part of projects and revision.
January 4th, 2013
Happy Friday, Thinkspiration Readers! In this first month of 2013 we’ll be featuring guests posts from authors who recommend pairing Inspiration Software with other ed tech tools. First up is from Jessica Ruane, former writing tutor.
The Future of Education— Student Blogs and Learning Software
By Jessica Ruane
Writing is a polarizing subject to teach. Students either love it or hate it. I was a writing tutor for many years, and to this day I can still remember the first words out of every student’s mouth who came in to work with me for a tutoring session. It usually went something like this: “I hate writing. My teacher is confusing. I’m only taking this class because it’s a requirement.” Does this sound familiar?
What if there was a way to get your students motivated and excited to write? What if somehow you could channel their social media addictions into a productive activity that enhanced their writing skills? What if there was a way to do all of this while teaching them a valuable professional skill that automatically makes them more employable?
December 21st, 2012
Hi readers, and Happy Friday! We hope you’re already on break enjoying quality time with family. (And maybe a few quality holiday treats too!)
This week’s template covers a topic we can all relate to: Cause and Effect.
Cause and Effect Template for the iPad created by Inspiration Software
December 14th, 2012
Happy Friday, Thinkspiration readers!
Elizabeth Fishel (author of I Swore I’d Never Do That!) tells us that “Comparison is a death knell to sibling harmony.”
That may be true for brothers and sisters, but comparing and contrasting is a huge part of the new Common Core State Standards–and of course an important learning skill. To that end, our iPad Template Tuesday this week featured the Inspiration Maps “Book or Film Comparison” Template. Take a look:
Template for the iPad by Inspiration Software
December 7th, 2012
Hello readers, and Happy Friday!
Last week we gave you a few snippets about our December social media series “Winter Break Brainpower,” aimed at highlighting features of Inspiration Maps. It’s all in the name of keeping kids engaged with learning over the holiday break!
November 30th, 2012
Teachers across the U.S. and around the world have all seen it: the dreaded glazed-over look in students’ eyes the first day back from winter break. Late nights, sugar, excitement and video games/TV are just a few possible factors, but the end result is the same: a tough time getting used to learning again.
At Inspiration, we know that it’s not just teachers who recognize this problem; parents are also keenly aware of how easy it is for their kids to slip a little bit between the first day of winter and the New Year. So to make everyone’s 2013 just a little luckier, we’d like to announce our “Winter Break Brainpower!” social media series for December!
November 29th, 2012
Hello Thinkspiration readers!
Stephanie H. here–Inspiration’s new Social Media Specialist. I’m in my second week with the company and have been so impressed with the content/discussions you all have contributed via this blog. Inspiration’s products and commitment to the improvement of learning are such a clear force in the educational community, both here in Oregon and worldwide.
I’m the daughter of two teachers (5th and 7/8, respectively) and a former grant writer for an environmental education nonprofit, so look for plenty of content on Common Core, STEM, PBL. . .and of course whatever else appeals to you! I’ll happily take suggestions on whatever you’d like to read and dialogue about.
Happy holidays; looking forward to interacting with you all soon!
April 10th, 2012
As many of you may already know, Inspiration® Software just released Inspiration® Maps™ on the iPad®, our visual thinking and outlining tool for brainstorming, note taking, and pre-writing. Inspiration Maps combines the intuitive touch interface of the iPad with our 20+ years of experience developing visual thinking and outlining tools that help students of all ages think, analyze, write and learn more effectively. So if you are an iPad user or find yourself having difficulty taking notes, generating topic ideas, organizing your thoughts and information, or structuring your writing, you may want to try Inspiration Maps on the iPad.
March 15th, 2012
Regardless of the class, course or grade level, taking notes in written form is the strategy most commonly used by students for learning information in school. Post note-taking, reviewing what was taught often involves highlighting key points or rewriting notes to organize and help retain the information. These strategies work for some students, but for many they are not an effective note taking and review process.
February 1st, 2012
I recently returned from BETT* where I had the opportunity to speak with many dedicated educators and administrators who are constantly looking for ways to teach all students and help them be successful in school, work and life. One discussion stood out in my mind and I would like to discuss that topic with you today. It was around learning styles.