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Education Experts Discuss the Core Content Areas in Perfect Schools. This is the second installment in our series about school in a perfect world.

Education Experts Discuss the Core Content Areas in Perfect Schools

Read the first here. We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden. We’re publishing their answers to one question each day this week. Untitled. Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans. Photo is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship.

Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of Their Lesson Plans

On Tuesday, Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system developed jointly by the social network and the charter schools. Rather than have teachers hand out class assignments, the Facebook-Summit learning management system puts students in charge of selecting their projects and setting their pace. 3 ways to infuse 21st century skills into instruction by @amerziii SmartBlogs. SmartBlog on Education this month is exploring 21st-century teaching and learning.

3 ways to infuse 21st century skills into instruction by @amerziii SmartBlogs

Join us for original content in which experts explore the trends and highlight best practices that can help prepare students for their future worlds of work and living. All teachers seek to prepare students for life after high school. These days that means equipping them with the skills it will take to survive in the 21st century workplace, while also covering other curriculum requirements. Edsurge. Imagine, if you can, a school where students do not have specific teachers assigned to them, nor do teachers have specific students on their roster.


Imagine a school where students come each day with a list of standards to work on and accomplish--right when they walk in the door. They can go to the teacher of their choice in order to accomplish the completion of these standards. Or, they can do them on their own in any setting they wish, as long as they maintain accomplishing the minimum amount of standards in a minimum amount of time. Some students, for example, may work individually in the media center not having to go to any classroom. And last but not least, imagine a district at large where the dropout rate is at zero percent. Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources.

A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Another study found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact positive or negative over the course of a school year. Here’s a quick list of the most valuable classroom decoration and design resources. Classroom Design Resources Tip: One of the best ways to get ideas is to look at classrooms.

Blog Posts Interviews with Experts. Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem. A lack of reliable internet access at home can make flipping a challenge, but by no means an impossibility Ed. note: Jess Peterson will co-present a related session, “Flipping the Classroom in Low-Socioeconomic Schools,” at this year’s FETC conference in Orlando, on Friday Jan. 15.

Flipping the classroom when home access is a problem

Ask any educator, and they’ve probably at least heard of flipping the classroom. There are articles for days about the benefits and rewards to be reaped from flipping. Plenty of teachers have given it a go, or at least considered it. Paperless education. GROTON — Finding a textbook in Barbara McNulty’s communications class requires some sleuthing.

Paperless education

That’s because the weighty volumes are stacked at the bottom of a dark closet and haven’t been used in 10 years. Pens, notebooks, and lectures? The skills needed in the 21st century - New Vision for Education. To thrive in today’s innovation-driven economy, workers need a different mix of skills than in the past.

The skills needed in the 21st century - New Vision for Education

In addition to foundational skills like literacy and numeracy, they need competencies like collaboration, creativity and problem-solving, and character qualities like persistence, curiosity and initiative. Changes in the labour market have heightened the need for all individuals, and not just a few, to have these skills. In countries around the world, economies run on creativity, innovation and collaboration. Skilled jobs are more and more centred on solving unstructured problems and effectively analysing information.

Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework. President Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, John King, Jr., is headed for confirmation Mar. 9.

Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework

King’s track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning. If he loves numbers and research, he should welcome what some teachers and families have known for years: that homework at young ages does more harm than good. Click here to get Time for Parents, a roundup of the week’s parenting news that doesn’t feel like homework. Skills for Future Jobs.

Learning Spaces

How an Alaska Teacher Improved Student Attendance with Minecraft. Business boost for education. At Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia, dedicating a wing of six classrooms, an office and a conference room to just 139 ninth graders and their six teachers is an exercise in innovation.

Business boost for education

The wing is the foundation of a Junior Achievement (JA) pilot program called JA Magnet Business Academy, JA-MBA. Untitled. 4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning. 4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning by Jennifer Rita Nichols The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future. Booktalks and Book Reports in a Digital Age. Teens at the Silver Creek High School in Longmont, CO, record a scene for The Hunger Games book trailer using a makeshift green screen at their library’s maker space.

Last fall, my school deployed iPads to every student (thanks to Race to the Top funds). My district also unveiled digital books using Overdrive. My school chipped in fund-raiser money to purchase online digital magazines using Zinio for libraries. With the acquisition of all this digital content, I have been wrestling with how best to display and promote these resources to our students. Supporting all of our readers (especially our struggling readers) is critical as we have seen a drop in our school-wide reading scores as of late. The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy.

The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy by Terry Heick Jackie Gerstein’s passionate thinking about learning is some of my favorite to read. Classroom standing desks may curb kids’ sedentary time. Periscope: Connecting Classrooms to the World. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Jennifer Williams, co-founder of and lead program developer for Calliope Global.

In order to prepare students for effective learning in an increasingly global and digital society, educators are seeking innovative communication tools that inspire student curiosity through investigation and reflection. DIY Toolkit: How To Make An Infographic. SHOW, DON’T TELL. That’s the general idea of infographics, which use visuals to make numbers/stats/processes easier to understand.

100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom. Seventeen months ago, I made my first flipped learning video. And then, unexpectedly, it happened: I crossed the century mark. Innovation Fosters Student-Centric Learning. 21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons. Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge.

Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Learn More. The Impact of Learning Space on Instruction - Zulama. By Sarah Avery, Community Advocate, Educator Community and school libraries across the nation are transforming their mission from only providing textual forms of information to inspiring discovery through the use of collaborative makerspaces. Companies, like Google and AOL utilize open office space designs to enhance creativity and innovation through a combination of relaxing, play, and work areas.

Learning Environment: 20 Things Educators Need to Know about Learning Spaces - InformED. Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success. Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stimulating classrooms with multi purpose furniture and giving students access to technology. The Secondary Library. Cambell Live on Modern Classrooms and Education. Collaboration: Key to Innovation.

Creating curriculum, and in particular, project-based learning units, is like telling a story through lesson design. The story I have been telling these past two weeks centers on blossoming young inventors looking to solve the minor but irritating problems of our day-to-day life.