The following tip is an article that I found online at: http://oedb.org/library/college-basics/hacking-knowledge. It offers tips for teachers and students on how to improve our learning and thinking.
Many of the tips involve using mind maps and other visual techniques to improve learning. There are a number of programs that can help with this.
- In PowerPoint, there is something called SmartArt that lets you graphically organize ideas for your students. You can view the different SmartArt graphics by selecting the Insert menu in PowerPoint and then clicking on SmartArt.
- You can also use Smart Ideas Concept Mapping software. This program lets you easily create graphic organizers with your class using the Smart Board.
- Finally, there is a free, web based presentation tool similar to PowerPoint that helps you organize your lessons for the students so they can dynamically navigate between the big ideas and the nitty gritty details. It is called Prezi. Here is a direct link to the online program: http://prezi.com/.
Enjoy all of the various learning strategies and please share them with your students as well!