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Learning with LEGO

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I’ve always known that LEGO blocks were a great learning tool and a great toy, but I never really connected the pieces (pun intended) until I read this article about the seemingly endless ways they can be used in learning situations, especially for young learners or those with learning difficulties. This article lists over 70 ways to use LEGO to aid learning and I’m sure we can come up with many more. It just goes to show that a wonderful learning tool might be sitting right in front of you and you don’t even realise it.

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Toilet Roll Racing Cars

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How is your Hungarian (Magyar)? These are so cute and easy to make. In a classroom, instead of toilet rolls you could use kitchen wrap cylinders cut into lengths. These are very simple to make. Even though the instructions are in Hungarian I’m sure you can follow the diagrams and make some of these cute little racers. This could be a great craft afternoon activity for parents when hosting a sleep over or other such social event. Lots of fine motor skills involved here for developing hands.

Reference: http://kiflieslevendula.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/kisautok.html

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Group Learning Spaces

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One thing about group learning spaces that we, as teachers must remember, is that they are not set in stone. A teacher’s learning space is the curriculum, and this is something we manipulate and change to suit the needs of our students. When we see the curriculum as such, we can focus more on the importance of such things as co-operation and collaboration. My understanding of the distinction is that co-operation assumes that there is already a pre-determined goal, while collaborative there seems to less of a fixed goal, with more emphasis on the process and the direction that the learning takes. Correct me if I’m wrong, its just my interpretation.
With the vast array of technology available to us, group learning has fewer borders than ever before. We can co-operate and collaborate on projects with people who may be far from where we are today. Learning has exponentially more potential than ever before. Our classrooms may therefore become far more self-motivated and purposeful than ever before.

Image retrieved from: jademoule.blogspot.com

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