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Edutopia. When life gives you melons, you’re dyslexic – ABC News Australia – Medium. Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods. In our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia.

Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods

We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how to raise the status of the profession and measure and improve teacher quality. In health there are well-established protocols that govern the introduction of any new drug or treatment. Of major consideration is the notion of doing no harm. In education there are no such controls and plenty of vested interests keen to see the adoption of new strategies and resources for a variety of ideological and financial reasons. Teachers need to be critical consumers of research – as with medicine, lives are also at stake – yet with the best will in the world and without the knowledge and time to do so, decisions may be made to adopt new approaches that are not only ineffectual, but can actually do harm. Lack of evidence. Relevance Amplifies Learning – Medium.

Last year two grade 11 students, Josh & Brandon, started creating an app using iBeacon technology to help our teachers take attendance.

Relevance Amplifies Learning – Medium

A year later, that app is not completed, it probably won’t be completed any time soon, and yet this is one of a number of very successful projects that happened last year. The plan was that Josh was going to write the Android version of the app, and Brandon was going to write the IOS version of the app. This was the goal of their Independent Directed Study (IDS) that they were doing for credit at Inquiry Hub Secondary School in Coquitlam. (The original idea shared by Josh and Brandon.) However, the reason this app was never completed was because these boys entered a local ‘Pitch Your Idea‘ contest, and when they were rehearsing their pitch they were advised by the Tricelerate team running the contest that the application could be useful to businesses and not just a school. (Josh and Brandon pitch their idea.) So, the school attendance app was put on hold! New Models of Open and Distance Learning. Global education: Supporting collaborative learning and teaching.

With the near ubiquity of technology enhanced education, new learning environments are emerging.

Global education: Supporting collaborative learning and teaching

Flat learning, active learning, and place-based learning are modalities that are helping to revitalize schools, and work to the benefit of learners. From an educational leadership standpoint, how does one navigate this new landscape, the new tools, and the learning shifts to thus help educators and students take advantage of this new global education playing field? ‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning. What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Distracted From School or Learning? In my last post, I shared an article regarding a Michigan High School that recently banned mobile devices from their classrooms.

Distracted From School or Learning?

Putting Love In It — Learning {Re}imagined. Putting Love In It The Hipsterfication of Learning What can education learn from the revival of craft?

Putting Love In It — Learning {Re}imagined

The Value of “Invisible Learning” — Modern Learning. I spent 18 years teaching high school, 22 years total in a public school, and even though I left a decade ago now, I do remember this: Almost nothing I learned in college prepared me for the realities of the classroom.

The Value of “Invisible Learning” — Modern Learning

My first week of student teaching stressed me out so much that I got a total of around 10 hours of sleep Monday thru Thursday. The only reason I survived it was because my co-operating teacher had a party that Friday night at which he made sure to keep a fresh beer in my hand (among other things) until I gained some “perspective.” When he felt I was “ready” to hear it, he slung his arm around my shoulder, looked me straight in the eye and said, “Will, you’re taking this much to seriously,” after which I somehow got myself home, poured myself into bed and slept for like 18 hours. Against 'Personalized Learning' Thursday, May 26, 2016 A couple of years ago, Benjamin Riley kicked up a fuss with a blog post provocatively titled “Don’t Personalize Learning.”

Against 'Personalized Learning'

Personalized learning, of course, is a very popular notion; as he slyly noted, it’s “a head-nodder phrase”: “Sprinkle the word into virtually any conversation or speech regarding education, and you’ll typically see at least a handful of heads nodding in the room in happy agreement.” But this apparently benign approach, Riley goes on to argue, actually rests on several assumptions unsupported by evidence.

(Riley is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Deans for Impact, and a vocal advocate of applying learning science to education; here’s a video of a panel I moderated for the organization last fall.) What Are You Talking About!? A Call for Common Language around Personalized Learning. What Are You Talking About!?

What Are You Talking About!? A Call for Common Language around Personalized Learning

A Call for Common Language around Personalized Learning As a former language teacher, I love examples of translations that didn’t turn out quite as they were intended. 21C - home. The Need for Discontinuous Improvement. It’s better to do the right thing wrong than the wrong thing right. – Russ Ackoff In a recent blog post, Will Richardson poses a thought-provoking question: “do we do the things we do because they’re better for kids or because they are easier for us?”

The Need for Discontinuous Improvement

Richardson ascribes his return to this topic to his discovery of a 2001 interview with noted systems thinker, Russ Ackoff. In this absorbing short video, Ackoff suggests that schools – and other systems – are often guilty of doing “the wrong things right”. Central to this contention is the distinction Ackoff makes between efficiency and effectiveness: “Data, information, knowledge and understanding are all concerned with increasing our efficiency. As we embark upon significant improvements to our school program, I am assured by the engagement and enthusiasm of colleagues.

An Organizational Conviction to Break the Status QuoDoing the right thing for students is what every teacher I know believes in. We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools. We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools Whenever I think about the way most schools are structured today, I always come back to the same question: Do we do the things we do because they’re better for kids or because they are easier for us?

For instance: separating kids by age in school. 162. SIR KEN ROBINSON: Full body education. Sir Ken Robinson is a leading authority on education and creativity. A former professor of education, he now advises governments and businesses around the world and is one of the most sought-after speakers on education. The quotes used in the comic are taken from Robinson’s now-famous 2006 TED talk How schools kill creativity. It is the most viewed TED talk ever, and also one of the funniest in my opinion (gotta love that dry British humour). If you haven’t seen it, then stop what you’re doing and go watch it. The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools. Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. Too often when we talk about “innovation” in education, we point to that new set of Chromebooks or those shiny new Smartboards as examples of our efforts to change what we do in the classroom.

That is, after all, what “innovation” is all about, to “make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.” How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty. In the classroom, subjects are often presented as settled and complete. Teachers lecture students on the causes of World War I, say, or the nature of matter, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found. In turn, students regurgitate what they’ve been told, confident they’ve learned all the facts and unaware of the mysteries that remain unexplored. The Importance (and Impact) of Asking Good Questions. Asking good questions is a cornerstone of learning and living. It’s a practice we use every day. Everything from grocery shopping to choosing a new career path and beyond requires it. So much of our success in life depends on asking the right questions. In education, the benefits of asking good questions is immeasurable.

It lets us clearly define problems and expectations. The Classroom Is Dead — Bright. The Classroom Is Dead. 3 things to consider when designing a digital skills framework — Solidarity for Slackers. 3 things to consider when designing a digital skills framework The image above was created by Bryan Mathers for our presentation at BETT last week. Education vs Learning — The Synapse. Education vs Learning Over the past 24 months since we started developing Bibblio, my head has often hurt from the sheer volume of new knowledge I’ve accumulated about how we learn. Personalized Learning: Whose School Is It Anyway? — The Synapse. Personalized Learning: Whose School Is It Anyway? The current educational paradigm is built on building stocks of knowledge, transferring those stocks to individuals, then certifying that the knowledge has been successfully transferred. Society has, however, moved on.

The focus is now on behaviours, as skills and knowledge can be obtained on demand as required. The next generation is increasingly defining itself in terms of their social graph — their interests, activities and relationships with other individuals. How to Learn — Life Learning. How to Learn. The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths. Most people visit brothels seeking pleasure. How to never forget anything ever again — Life Tips. Reason 4: The Social and Emotional Components of Learning — The Synapse. What Do I Expect from Elementary School? Not this. — The Synapse. Agility-Teaching Toolkit. Learning and Cognitive Load - An Introduction. Meet the modern learner [infographic] The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster — The Growth List.

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) Great New Video: “When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right” Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas. Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens.