Why Schools Need to Introduce Computing in All Subjects: Northwestern University News. This article originally appeared in The Conversation on February 8, 2016.
By Uri Wilensky In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said schools need to offer every student hands-on computer science classes to be better prepared for the workforce. President Obama is right: the next generation of learners will require a high level of fluency with modes of thinking in which computers act as interactive partners. The question is: how best to make sure they acquire that thinking? Are computing classes the only way to do this? More computer classes There is widespread agreement that computing should play a more prominent role throughout our education system.
The STEM Education Act of 2015 was recently passed into law, expanding the definition of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to include computer science and encouraging more STEM education efforts. Seven of the nation’s largest school districts are adding more computer science classes. Shortage of students. 5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School. Let’s be honest: our education system is fucked.
I mean, almost all of the important history I learned between grades 5 and 12 I could probably find on Wikipedia and understand within a few weeks now. And pretty much any basic scientific knowledge you could ever want to learn is explained with pretty videos on YouTube. On top of that, you have the most unstable job market in almost 100 years, technology developing so rapidly that robots will be doing half the work in another decade, college degrees that some argue are now worthless, and new industries and technologies being invented practically every six months.
Yet we’re still pushing kids through the same curriculum their grandparents went through. Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life — Quartz. Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.
But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those trying to set a moral agenda, and schools had too much else to do, like close the academic gap between high- and low-income kids, and the skills gap between US kids and some of their global counterparts. That’s beginning to change. From Singapore and China to Britain, policymakers and educators are investing more time and money in scientific research on character. California will start testing for character this fall; in 2015, for the first time, the OECD’s Program for International Assessment, a widely-followed barometer of national educational attainment, included a lengthy character assessment. 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.
Educators and administrators are actively searching for ways to prepare students for the future, and the educational system has been evolving faster than ever before. Various studies have shown us that rote memorization is not an effective learning strategy, and that teacher-centered classrooms may not be the most efficiently structured ones for student engagement. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom.
After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners. The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness.
Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. And yet, we don’t seem to value questioning as much as we should. For the most part, in our workplaces as well as our classrooms, it is the answers we reward -- while the questions are barely tolerated. A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom. A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom by TeachThought Staff This post was promoted by Noet Scholarly Tools who are offering TeachThought readers 20% off their entire order at Noet.com with coupon code TEACHTHOUGHT (enter the coupon code after you’ve signed in)!
Get started with their Harvard Fiction Classics or introductory packages on Greek and Latin classics. Noet asked us to write about inquiry because they believe it’s important, and relates to their free research app for the classics. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on questioning in the classroom. Something we’ve become known for is our focus on thought, inquiry, and understanding, and questions are a big part of that. How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology. During one of our last leadership team meetings this past school year, we reflected on our use of digital portfolios to house student work.
We had a lot to celebrate: We had found a digital tool to capture student learning, Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app. No one felt much pressure to be the best at using technology. Parent feedback, although limited in the initial stages of this project, was very positive. Things were looking up going into the fall. But a variety of concerns were also shared. Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles on education.
A high school teacher for 14 years, he is now the president of Authentic Education, in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning. Wiggins initially posted the piece without revealing the author. 5 Muhammad Ali Quotes Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom. Posted 06/05/2016 8:30AM | Last Commented 06/05/2016 8:30AM As a fan of boxing, it's easy to compare the world of education to this fascinating sport.
Educators, regardless of their role, have ringside seats to a main event focused on transforming education. There are always competing initiatives (going toe-to-toe), which can be difficult to navigate. Despite the constant battles, those who want to make a difference never throw in the towel. Teachers and students hit the canvas each day. In celebration of the the greatest, here are five Muhammad Ali quotes that have inspired me as an educator. Why Making Is Essential to Learning. Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest forms of human activity, from making stone tools to drawing on cave walls (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014; Martinez & Stager, 2014).
Thinkers such as Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Papert helped paved the way for the maker movement by stressing the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning. Instead of viewing learning as the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, these thinkers embraced the idea that children learn best when encouraged to discover, play, and experiment. Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment.
Every new school year breathes new life into my professional career. After a summer of relaxation and self-directed professional development (which is the most important type of PD), I’m ready to return to my classroom to help students discover and refine new skills. While that may be the case again this year, I also find myself becoming increasingly unsettled as my career progresses. My uneasiness is a culmination of years of reflection on my classroom mission. My district has taken on new initiatives the past few years (as all districts do) to solve the well-documented, disconnected nature between high school graduates and workplace preparedness. One emphasis has been allowing teachers to communicate with business professionals in the area, discussing the skills they most want to see in potential employees and focusing on the four C’s (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication).
“I’m not anti-measurement. How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year. Since our students are using technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, they should be learning how to use that technology responsibly. Full integration of digital citizenship (or DigCit) curriculum into every class and every content area—at every grade level—should be the goal to meet this need.
Keep in mind that most teacher-prep programs do not incorporate digital citizenship alongside the other elements of teacher education. 5 Classroom Tech Priorities for the Coming School Year. More than 50 million students will soon return to school, and school districts have been spending the summer upgrading classroom technology in preparation for their return. For all the work done this summer, IT administrators will look for ways to continually improve throughout the school year as well. Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. "It's not about the tool," they say -- but sometimes it is.
In our middle school makerspace, students have been using a variety of tools and technologies in a variety of projects and activities. And there are many more that we've yet to explore and experience. While our makerspace is still in its infancy, it feels like we've had the program forever. As of this writing, a second group of students is in the midst of Design Experience One. 8 digital skills we must teach our children. The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating.
The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. Writing Learning Objectives for Technology Lessons.
Page Content The Best Choice .... according to the experts Jones, 1997 – "Clear objectives can help the instructor design lessons that will be easier for the student tocomprehend and the teacher to evaluate".Lohr, no date – "A properly written objective tells you what specific knowledge, skill, or attitude is desired and what method of instruction and criteria for learner achievement are required.
" How to Integrate Technology. When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning, too. Effective tech integration changes classroom dynamics, encouraging student-centered project-based learning. 6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns. Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.
Más allá de la regla “de 2 horas” con las pantallas: 10 consejos para la educación en la era digital. Durante años, la recomendación de la Academia Americana de Pediatría (AAP) en lo relativo al uso de la tecnología y los niños era bastante sencilla: limitar “ver” la televisión a 2 horas al día, y no dejar que los niños menores de 2 la viesen. Numbers Don’t Lie: Why Bite-Sized Learning is Better for Your Learners (and You too) Bite-sized learning or Microlearning. It is the latest buzzword in the eLearning world. Designers and developers discuss it when they meet around the water cooler.
7 Games to Inspire a Child's Love for Reading. Second and third grade students are showing a growing affinity for tablets, phone, and other tech gadgets, but this exposure to technology comes at a price: Although more and more kids have access to gadgets, their reading levels are dropping. Better teachers? Better at what, exactly? 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning. 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020. Never Too Young To Code. Kindergartners use Bee-Bots to explore coding and mapping skills at the Cook SchoolPhotos courtesy of Catherine Cook School As with other aspects of tech use in early childhood, deep discussions are underway about the appropriate role coding has in young children’s classrooms—and in the library.
Sometimes referred to as the “new literacy” in schools, teaching coding means teaching children the language used to operate tablets, computers, and other devices they interact with every day. Experts say these beginning programming skills teach problem-solving and critical thinking and expose children to the world of computer science. 5 Problems in Education That Technology Will Soon Solve. Transforming Teaching and Learning at an Early Age: EPISD Early Childhood Integration Model. Why Finland has the best schools. 25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers. Explore the world without leaving your classroom. 7 Hi-Tech Education Trends to Watch for in 2016. 8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding. LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now.
What Easter Island’s colossal stone statues teach about the dangers of modern school reform. 8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom. Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning. 5 Tips for Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom. Digital Reporting. Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia. 6 Truths About Technology in Education. Three Good Ways to Use All Those Pictures Students Take. An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools.
Education as it should be – passion-based. 60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know. Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn. Google Apps For Education Now Has More Than 50 Million Users - The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. Brainly, una plataforma de crowdsourcing para hacer tareasYoung Marketing. Six things kids need to succeed at school — but too many don’t get. How to Be More Open to Learning New Technology: 8 Steps. Redefining Learning Through Screencasting. Why Great Educators Need to be Great Storytellers. Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen. A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners.
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. 9 Ideas Education Is Having Trouble Responding To. Top 10 Tips To Create Effective eLearning Presentations and Slideshows. 6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning. 7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2014. Amazon launches AWS Educate to promote cloud learning. The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class. Take aim at innovation, with students in the center. How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples. Coding from kindergarten to graduation.
Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics’ are in as country reforms its education system - Europe. 40 Uses For Smartphones in School. 10 Excellent New Educational Web Tools for Teachers. Teacher's Guide to Digital Storytelling. Which of these top 20 programming languages should your school teach? Harvard Graduate School of Education. Planning for Engagement: 6 Strategies for the Year. Science Shows You How To Raise Happy Kids. Why I Became a Connected Educator.