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Concept Maps, VoiceThread, and Visual Images: Helping Educators Spawn Divergent Thinking and Dialogic Learning

Author(s): Kristen M. Snyder (Mid Sweden University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 31
EISBN13: 9781466664135

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Abstract

The context of this chapter has its roots in an educational movement that recognizes the importance of preparing youth for living and working in a global community. Central to this is a belief in 1) engaging students in collaborative learning, 2) developing cultural sensitivity, 3) using digital media for communication and creativity, and 4) transforming pedagogical practice to foster reflection, divergent thinking, and creativity. The question addressed in this chapter is how teachers can use digital media and visual images to spawn divergent thinking and dialogue in a global learning context. This chapter presents a case analysis to examine evidence of inquiry-based collaborative learning and three-dimensional thinking among students when using digital images and collaborative software in a global partnership project.

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