Here are 53 ways to engage students in the learning. Use these in-class to help you and your students to see their progress: Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Edutopia.
Check out these handouts and resources to improve students’ academic writing and communication from the Global Communication Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Carmine Gallo is a popular keynote speaker, communication coach, and author of seven books including international bestsellers, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. He works with executives leading the brands that touch your life everyday, helping them to tell their stories more successfully.
He says, “In the last ten years researchers studying brain scans have learned more about the science of persuasion than we’ve ever known in all of civilization. That means we know what moves people, and we can prove it scientifically. After analyzing more than 500 TED presentations adding up to over 150 hours of talks and speaking directly to successful TED presenters and leading neuroscientists, I’ve discovered that the most popular TED presentations share five common elements that are all based on the science of persuasion. Best of all, you can use these five scientific principles to create more awe-inspiring presentations.”
Check out the 5 principles here: Prezi – Blog – TED Talks Are Wildly Addictive for 5 Scientific Reasons.
A great resource for science and technical communication. Great for looking at how experts explain complex ideas to others.
Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own.
Something for students to read at the beginning of a team project:
Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew?
In this Ted Talk, Melissa Marshall makes a plea to scientists and engineers to “talk nerdy.” She says, “we’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand.” Use this video in the technical communication classroom to discuss definitions and descriptions. She nicely reinforces and can generate discussion about how to make complex ideas accessible and exciting to others.