From London, U.K. to Champawat U.K.!

From London, UK to Champavat, UK! In May 2010 I got a chance to visit Champawat, a small town in the Himalayas, 200 km.s from Haldwani. In this picture blog I have shared my experience of interacting with teachers and students of Champwat. My thanks to Prof M.M. Pant and Prof. H.D. Bisht for making this experience possible. I very much look forward to visiting Champawat again.

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The Art of Decision Making

Good decision making is an essential skill for success in the 21st century. In this presentation you will learn how to use the Decision Making Process to make smart decisions in life. Good decision making is an essential skill for success in the 21st century. In this presentation you will learn how to use the Decision Making Process to make smart decisions in life. Good decision making is an essential skill for success in the…

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Ideas for Helping Children Learn Deep Thinking Skills – At Home

- Encourage children to self-evaluate their skills and progress they are making, whether at studies, sports or even a video game- Have discussions where they can justify their self-beliefs. Give alternate perspectives to facilitate deeper thinking. Explain possible downstream consequences of different options.- For these discussions think of topics that are topical, fun and interesting for your child.- At my son’s school 10 year olds were given the topic, “Should would-be parents be asked to…

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Introduction

IntroductionCritical Thinking Skills are essential for success in the 21st century. This 60 minute multimedia learning content introduces basics of Critical Thinking skills.

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Visual Fluency Skills & Problem Solving

LIST OF GOOD LEARNING RESOURCES FOR 21ST CENTURY TRAINERS AND LEARNERSI will share resources that are relevant for 21st century skills and will keep adding to my list.1. Solving Problems with Pictures – Books by Dan Roam 21st century skill covered: Visual Communication , Problem SolvingBooks: The Back of the Napkin, Unfolding the NapkinWebsite: http://www.thebackofthenapkin.comLectures: Authors@Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuA_yz7aTo0 According to Dan the overall Visual Thinking Process = Look > See > Imagine > Show The Visual…

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20th vs 21st Century Education – The Difference

20th century education was focused on providing basic cognitive skills and a stockpile of knowledge. You chose an area where job possibilities were bright, gathered knowledge and were set for life.Today you don’t change several jobs you change several careers!21st century education needs to be different because rate of change is so rapid that just keeping up-to-date in any domain is a challenge. You also need to make sure that your skills don’t become obsolete…

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Ideas for Enriching eLearning Experiences

Best practices can be derived from game-design, story-telling and all other things addictive to make learning experiences rich, interesting and effective. I share my thoughts on insights that can be derived from games, stories and social learning to create engaging learning experiences and welcome your comments.

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Saber Tooth Curriculum

A 1.25 mts audio-visual sum-up of the book 'The Saber Tooth Curriculum' by J Abner Peddiwell. The story highlights why it is essential to acquire new skills when the context or the conditions change, but how we resist change because it is difficult to change our mindset.

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The Thinking Ladder

The Thinking LadderIn the Bloom’s Taxonomy, Knowledge, Comprehension and Application can be considered as Basic Thinking skills and Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation can be considered as higher order thinking skills.Here is how I think the thinking skills ladder looks like:Steps in the Thinking Ladder1. Basic Information Processing: Observing, Classifying, Sequencing, Comparing, Contrasting2. Complex Information Processing: Interpretation, Extrapolation, Evaluation3. Logical Reasoning and Deriving Inference4. Argument Analysisa. Arguments you make (or power of Influence)b. Arguments made to…

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#Learning to Be

From an agrarian age we moved to the age of information, then to the age of knowledge and now we are in the age of intelligence. What next? My take, ‘age of wisdom’!I think ‘learning to be’ is probably THE most important timeless life skill. In its connotation it is similar to the inscription at Oracle of Delphi, ‘Know Thyself’ (the second, not so popular inscription at Oracle of Delphi, ‘everything in moderation’ is also…

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#TLS – Musing about Thinking-2

Edward de Bono distinguishes between ‘what is’ or judgment type of thinking with ‘what can be’ type of thinking. He coined the term ‘Lateral Thinking’ and advocates that ‘what can be’ type of thinking is imperative for ‘designing’ the future.Lateral thinking is ‘idea creativity’ and is thinking that is concerned with changing ideas, perception and concepts. It is different from Artistic Creativity.Edward de Bono explains Lateral Thinking by drawing a parallel with being stuck on…

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#TLS – Musing about Thinking-1

Why Thinking Skills = To Solve a Problem or to Take a Decision (or even to think of a new Problem!)Thinking = Being aware of, and challenging our inherent Assumptions / Perceptions + Figuring out Alternatives + Weighing Alternatives + Choosing Optimal Alternative Being Aware of, and Challenging Assumptions/Perceptions + Finding Alternatives = Creative ThinkingWeighing Alternatives (i.e. analysis, judgment etc) = Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking skills, I think, can be viewed from three perspectives.First is the…

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#TLS – Learning to Think

UNESCO's Report on education for the 21st century titled 'Learning - The Treasure Within' says that education throughout life is based upon four pillars – ' Learning to Know', 'Learning to Do', 'Learning to Live Together' and 'Learning to Be'.  (UNESCO Report http://www.unesco.org/delors/)I am of the opinion ‘Learning to Think’ is a very important constituent of ‘Learning to Know’. There are two schools of thought on learning how to think. One school believes that ‘thinking’…

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