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Metalearning, The Four Hour Chef, and Instructional Design. Sharebar My ears perked up when I heard the word metalearning in an interview with the author of The Four Hour Chef, a new book by Tim Ferriss.

Metalearning, The Four Hour Chef, and Instructional Design

I was curious how metalearning—roughly defined as learning how to learn—related to a cook book. Trees of Knowledge. Hacking Everyday Objects Inspires Students to Explore Technology (Transcript) Jay: This circuit consists of a speaker, so you can hear the sounds when they're made, a battery for power.

Trees of Knowledge

If we were to hook the circuit up to itself with no resistor... [ high-pitched tone ] ...you'll get that constant frequency. If we disconnect the circuit, then we can hook it to another resistor. So, in the case of water... [ tone descends and ascends ] ...it's a variable resistor. This circuit sends electrons through the blue alligator clip and creates that wave that makes a sound.

Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems. One researcher has a compelling hypothesis as to why the once-booming ed-tech sector has struggled.

Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems

Children at a school in Abuja, Nigeria, use prototypes from the 'One Laptop Per Child' program in 2007. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters) Remember MOOCs? Two years ago, massive open online courses seemed to be everywhere. Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change. Writing In The 21st Century. What are the arts but products of the human mind which resonate with our aesthetic and emotional faculties?

Writing In The 21st Century

What are social issues, but ways in which humans try to coordinate their behavior and come to working arrangements that benefit everyone? Sloan-C eLearning Landscape. At a recent conference, David Wiley, open education pioneer said that MOOCs (massive open online courses) were essentially 1999 online learning with the password protection taken away.

Sloan-C eLearning Landscape

He’s certainly not alone in his dislike of all things MOOC – and no wonder. In the last three years the theory-work of decades of educators has been ignored and co-opted. A few good self-branders have suddenly discovered people can learn online. Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' - Christine Gross-Loh. Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted.

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' - Christine Gross-Loh

Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests. Yet over the past decade Finland has consistently performed among the top nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world. Finland’s school children didn’t always excel. I recently accompanied Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education and science, when she visited the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston, and asked her what Finland is doing that we could learn from. Academics isn’t all kids need. What Do Finnish Teachers Think of Standardized Testing and Rankings?  What we can learn from Finland’s successful school reform.

Finland came from behind to become the world leader in student achievement. Their strategy is the opposite of what we’re doing in America. Illustration by M. Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success. The Global One-Room Schoolhouse: John Seely Brown (Highlights from his "Entrepreneurial Learner" Keynote at DML2012) Watch Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Sir Ken Robinson - Changing Paradigms. Ken Robinson - The Element. Seth Godin on Failing Until You Succeed. STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS.

Rita F. Pierson: WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F' TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk.

Rita F. Pierson: WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F'

This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! This blog was produced in collaboration with TED for the TED Talks Education Special. 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. Debunking the Genius Myth. Picture a “genius” — you’ll probably conjure an image of an Einstein-like character, an older man in a rumpled suit, disorganized and distracted even as he, almost accidentally, stumbles upon his next “big idea.”

Debunking the Genius Myth