In this episode of The Verbal To Visual Podcast I chat with educator Derek Bruff about the trends he is seeing in higher education and the way he is incorporating visual thinking into his own classroom and helping other teachers to do the same.
Notes & Links
Find out more about Derek and his work at his website.
Here are some visual notes I took during our conversation:
We talked about the idea of the flipped classroom – here’s an FAQ on the topic that Derek wrote. With high-quality content coming from TED Talks, Khan Academy, and others, flipping your classroom is now an easier transition to make.
Derek mentioned the work of Randy Bass at Georgetown University on the topic of social pedagogies and having students construct their knowledge by representing that knowledge to an authentic audience.
Writing and mathematics go together! Here are some posts Derek has written about a writing seminar course he teaches on the topic of cryptography. A number of the students in that course have submitted posts to the blog Wonders and Marvels.
Here are the books that came up during our converstion:
- Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
- Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
My chat with Derek reminded me of this chat with K-12 educator Paula Wilkes, who also brought visual thinking into the classroom by teaching her students how to create mind maps.
A good entry point for educators to start using visual techniques in the classroom is with VisualsSpeak – a curated collection of high-quality photographs to spark creativity.
The coolest TED Talk ever, according to Derek.
Connect with Derek: