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MCAT. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen. The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen

Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant.

Finland's schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And yet it wasn't clear that Sahlberg's message was actually getting through. Artful Minds (all, Art) Learning ratios and proportions through scale drawings. Balance In Art Lesson Plan. Teacher Resources and Timesavers - Big Collection - Instant Plans View Collection.

Balance In Art Lesson Plan

Artist Scavenger Hunt (Elementary, Art) Visual Art Lesson Plans. Teaching Resources. 4Teachers : Main Page. Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum. iPad Applications In Bloom’s Taxonomy. This has bubbled up in my feeds not once, but several times now. It’s an interesting graphic that actually places example iPad applications into Bloom’s levels of performance in the cognitive domain. Focussed around students, and not really workplace learning, but interesting nonetheless. Science/Math. PersuadeStar :  Welcome to PersuadeStar. 10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance. Psychological research suggests simple actions can project power, persuade others, increase empathy, boost cognitive performance and more… We tend to think of body language as something that expresses our internal states to the outside world.

10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance

But it also works the other way around: the position of our body also influences our mind. As the following psychological research shows, how we move can drive both thoughts and feelings and this can boost performance. 1. Pose for power. Types of Rubrics. Curriculum. Chaiklinfinalrev.doc. 10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012) Naturally, as author of EmergingEdTech, I’m always keeping an eye out for education and instructional technologies that are emerging from the seemingly endless array of tools and concepts that are out there – which applications and ideas are rising to the fore and best positioned to enhance engagement and impact learning?

10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012)

This year I’ve also been working with constituents at The College of Westchester to develop a Strategic Technology Plan for the next 3 years, so it’s never been more important for me to be aware of those impactful education technologies and concepts that are on the horizon or are already in use and pulling ahead of the pack. Since this listing is more pointedly focused on emerging technologies and looking out over the next few years than the list I published at this time last year, it should not come as a surprise that there are a lot of new entries here (edging out six technologies that remain prevalent and potent, but are more ‘established’ than ’emerging’).

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- 50,000+ printables - Save Time! View Now... Math and English Language Arts - 15,000+ English - 5,000+ Math See It Here... Lesson Plan Maker Making a lesson plan is easy. Directions: Just fill in the sections below. Learning about OER – Open Educational Resources. OER is a transformational idea that can play an important role in changing the nature, and availability, of educational materials, content, and tools.

Learning about OER – Open Educational Resources

I’m pretty sure that the first time I heard the formal phrase “Open Educational Resources” was during Josh Baron’s Disruptive Change keynote presentation at the Campus Technology 2010 conference last July. When I saw Baron’s picture in the article, “The Future of Content is an Open Book” in November’s Campus Technology magazine, it caught my attention again. The article provided a great discussion of open content for education, and reminded me to learn more about OER.

I knew I had to follow up and better understand this exciting concept. - Readers, Click Here to View the Video Blog Entry for this post – Learning. Differentiate. Zone of proximal development. The zone of proximal development is the gap between what a learner has already mastered (the actual level of development) and what he or she can achieve when provided with educational support (potential development).

History of the concept Originally developed by social cognitive theorist and psychologist Lev Vygotsky, the concept of the zone of proximal development opposes the use of standardized tests as a means to measure student intelligence. Vygotsky suggests that instead of assessing what a student knows to determine intelligence, it is more helpful to compare their ability to independently solve problems with their ability to solve problems with the assistance of someone who has mastered the concepts being learned.

Vygotsky began this research because he wanted to understand how children’s functions (like attention, memory, and perception) develop and are individual to the learner. Grad School 101: Your Guide to Graduate School Entrance Exams: MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE.