Links you should be reading… #Pzc2015

It’s been a frantic week with plenty to read and consider at Project Zero Class.. Here are some links that caught my attention via the #PZC2015 twitter feed.

Firstly. What the heck is Project Zero? Here’s a lovely animation to explain.

“Why walking helps us think.” – as teacher we need to get our kids outside. Perhaps outside with a problem to mull over.

“Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight.”

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives. I’m a huge fan of writing as a way to deal with stresses and frustration. This particular quote really resonated with me:

 “Most people grapple at some time or another with free-floating anxiety that saps energy and increases stress. Through written reflection, you may realize that a certain unpleasant feeling ties back to, say, a difficult interaction with your mother. That type of insight, research has shown, can help locate, ground and ultimately resolve the emotion and the associated stress.”

Although I steered clear of a lot of the digital sessions (for obvious reasons) these two links should give edtech geeks some ideas to ponder Inside the Egyptian Revolution – How online networks can be used to topple a regime. Meanwhile in the United States, youth are quietening their online political views to protect their reputation – Better not say.  Which is really sad because we are missing out on vital perspectives in our democracy. After all, Children are citizens.

I love this TED talk on perspective taking – the Danger of a Single Story. How can we help our students see through the eyes of others’?

How change has legs – this was part of David Perkin’s phenomenal final lecture. Looking at re-thinking change from an installation type method to one of cultivating an organic community.

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