Education Week. It sounds simple, doesn't it? I mean...we all have goals don't we? Sometimes those goals have to do with bettering our time in a road race or losing a bit of weight for the beach that we gained over the winter. Other times the goal is to learn how to cook or to plant a better garden...or learn how to ride a bike or drive a car. The last two are important for our students, depending on their age. But what about in school? Are our students equally as inspired to learn something new or is school something to get through so they can go home and do something they really want to do. Do they have learning goals? Many times students come to school without positive learning goals. Look over to the lower right hand corner and you will see the Perspiration Stage. The stage on the upper left hand corner is all about Imagination. Unfortunately, we don't take enough time to develop goals with students, or even take the time to ask them what their goal is when it comes to school.
What About Teachers? Why schools shouldn't approach technology like businesses once did. Computers began reaching the business world during the 1980s. Companies used them to automate many routine manual tasks. This led to what economist Robert Solow dubbed the Productivity Paradox. In 1987, he famously quipped: “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”
The problem Solow had identified was that while computers could automate manual processes, real productivity gains would only be experienced when technology was actively used to reinvent business processes. The best businesses soon realised that computers were not just a tool to improve efficiencies but to redesign business processes. Now schools are falling into the same trap as businesses did 30 years ago.
I recently came across a newsletter written to headmasters of schools around South Africa. Is technology a “nice to have”, or will it actually improve the learning and educational outcomes of the youngsters in the class? On face value this seems like a good question to ask. Why I hate TED talks | Optimus Education. Everyone seems to trust TED talks, but they're really not a good way to get ideas about education. Here's why. Inspiring, informative, entertaining: who doesn’t love a TED talk? Well, me.
I think they stink. But how can you hate TED talks? Ok, let’s rewind a moment. What they are is this: ENTERTAINMENT. They are not science, they are not evidence, and they are most certainly not a good source for getting your ideas about education. What is TED? To emphasise this point, it’s probably worth dwelling a bit on what TED is. Basically it’s a set of conferences which has ballooned into a global brand, hosting videos, selling books, working with companies, and getting others to host TED-like events. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design – but this initial focus has swelled into a series of talks on almost every topic under the sun. Mostly now it’s known for the online talks.
Here's the beef In a word, it’s this: shallowness. Ideas not worth spreading TED doesn’t really do critique. Redesigning Learning Spaces: Sharing #GeniusHour Projects. Anytime I think that my students have produced something interesting, I want to share it. Whenever I do something interesting in my teaching or professional development--success or failure, I want to share that, too. I love learning from and sharing our successes and challenges with an authentic audience with the hopes of connecting, inspiring, and sharing our awesome. And this is one of the successes. Last year, I shared my students’ #20Time work in a series called 1st Time #20Time, which culminated with Sharing Student Projects. Our projects wrap up this week with the last few presentations, and I plan to share those, along with reflections from me and my students soon.
At least one project really stood and was worth sharing on its own, though, as an example of what I think passion-based learning could produce. Lauren researched the topic, interviewed experts, conducted her own survey, and redesigned the classroom. The rest of this post is all Lauren. New and Improved Classrooms. Schools as businesses: when education doesn't always come first. The “Official” Theory of Learning — Modern Learning. Here’s your Friday moment of EduZen to think about over the weekend… Frank Smith’s The Book of Learning and Forgetting is one of those reads that had me nodding my head the entire way through it.
In it, he outlines two theories of learning. One, the “classic” view, goes like this: We learn from people around us with whom we identify. We can’t help learning from them, and we learn without knowing that we are learning…Just about all the important knowledge we have about our personal worlds, and the skills we have developed to navigate through these worlds, are a direct result of learning in the classic way. Smith counters that, however, with what he calls the “official” view of learning, which he calls “preeminent, coercive, manipulative, discriminatory–and wrong.” It is a theory that learning is work, and that anything that can be learned provided sufficient effort is expended and sufficient control enforced. What do you think? AltSchool students choose what they want to do before the day officially starts. - A morning at the AltSchool, an education startup that Silicon Valley is crazy about.
Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place. As technology becomes an accepted tool in many classrooms, teachers and administrators are looking for the best ed-tech tools to advance their goals around student learning. Unfortunately, there are so many tools on the market claiming to be the best option, it can be hard to sort through the noise and make an informed decision. Digital Promise, the congressionally authorized nonprofit charged with “accelerating innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn,” has developed a tool to help educators and ed-tech developers sort through relevant research. “There is more and more pressure for people to use research in their work,” said Sarita Bhargava, chief communications officer for Digital Promise. “We hope this tool will provide the first step.” The Digital Promise research team used Web of Science, a tool that allows users to cite by citation, to put together a network of peer-reviewed research articles related to education.
Katrina Schwartz. Reflection: A Tool for Assessment, Empowerment, and Self-Awareness. Reflecting takes many forms in the classroom, and it is an integral and indispensable part of education. Great teachers reflect on their daily practice and tweak their units, interactions, and attitudes, both at the end of a class and in the midst of their work. In the same way, students need to reflect on their actions and their work in order to build their classroom community and increase their own knowledge and skills.
If you want to integrate reflection into your teaching practice, here are seven tips that you can start implementing in your classroom now. 1. Reflect With Shout-Outs Illustration by Cait Camarata In an English classroom in my building, they practice TL (Team Love) shout-outs. 2. The most common form of reflection is a simple written response. I'm constantly amazed by how honest and accurate my students are. 3. Pluses and deltas take the place of pros and cons. Each week in my science class, a different student presents a Science Friday project. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools. It’s time to admit we don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to educational technology. We’ve already had one round of chagrined admissions. About 10 years ago, the common practice was buying hardware and dropping it into schools: Every student got a laptop, perhaps, or every classroom got a computer-driven whiteboard. Policymakers finally realized that such purchases don’t boost student achievement or create a new generation of programmers.
Better planning is now more common, but it’s time for chagrined admission 2.0. The problem is that tech purchasing decisions are usually not much better informed than your decision about whether or not to buy a smartwatch. History shows that perfectly sensible intuitions about how devices ought to work in classrooms often prove wrong. Consider Amazon’s recent $30 million contract to sell e-books to New York City schools over a three-year period. Reading on a screen would seem to be little different than reading on paper. Wrong again.
Tags: technology. Anti-Bias Education: The Power of Social-Emotional Learning. Today's guest blog is written by Jinnie Spiegler, Director of Curriculum at the Anti-Defamation League. How is social and emotional learning (SEL)--which is now an established and critical part of the school experience--connected with anti-bias education? If we want to help young people understand bias and work on social justice, what does SEL bring to the table? According to Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social and emotional learning is "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. " CASEL outlines these core SEL competencies: Anti-bias education is a distinct field.
Anti-bias education and social and emotional learning intersect in a variety of ways. Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead) Classroom technology is everywhere. Schools are filled with shiny, interactive devices, and new gadgets and apps flood the market every day. Teachers in districts with limited funding for technology are turning to crowdfunding sources to obtain technology for their classrooms. But is technology the panacea that we’re all searching for? Nope—but it can help. Myth #1: “Technology fixes all of your or your students’ problems.” Well… not really. Likewise, classroom technology isn’t appropriate for every educational task. Recommendation: When planning a lesson, add a technological component only when technology improves the learning experience.
Myth #2: “Technology is dangerous, so we have to limit access to everything.” Yes, technology is dangerous—but so are most tools. Limiting access to some things is reasonable. Recommendation: Rather than restricting access, we should be training students in digital citizenship so that they can safely and successfully use technology at school and at home. Yet Another Study Finds That Having An “Authentic Audience” Impacts Student Learning. I’ve previously posted research finding that students having an “authentic audience” – someone other than their teacher or classmates – can have a positive impact on learning (see Another Study Points To The Importance Of Students Writing For An Authentic Audience and Do You Know Of Research Showing That Writing For An “Authentic Audience” Helps Students Feel Motivated?).
I’ve also shared places where students can do just that online at The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” and The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience.” I’ve also shared how my students find authentic audiences in our Geography class (see Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World – Want To Join Us This Year?). A new study has come out where a science teacher used Twitter to connect to that kind of audience. Transforming teaching with Twitter is a Science Daily summary of the research. Related. Why Lots of Love (or Motivation) Isn't Enough. I get a kick out of spotting invisible threads that connect disparate theories and lines of research. Sometimes I’ll even notice a pattern (after the fact) in my own essays about different topics — which can be gratifying until I realize that the common denominator is embarrassingly simple.
One observation I’ve offered in various contexts is that “how much” tends to matter less than “what kind.” That’s something I’ve written about in four very different domains. My only defense against the reply “Well, duh. Who says otherwise?” Is: “No one says otherwise, but most of us tend to act as if it weren’t true.” 1. If we ignore the moral implications of treating others this way, rewarding them might be justified in practical terms. . . . that is, if the underlying model of motivation were accurate. Even impressive levels of extrinsic motivation don’t bode well for meaningful goals. 2. I tend to focus on the distinction between loving kids for what they do and loving them for who they are. 3. Researchers Hunt for ‘Secret Sauce’ of Digital Learning Success. What makes some digital learning initiatives successful and others not?
That’s the focus of a 2014 study released Wednesday by the America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise. The study is titled "Wired to Learn: K-12 Students in the Digital Classroom," and it examines how five school districts implemented digital learning strategies to help students succeed in the classroom and how those initiatives performed. Schools have seen mixed results from digital strategies, which could be a result of their varying implementation plans, according to the report. “Scholars have noted that benefits tend to be more substantial when blended learning (versus a purely online experience) is used and when the time devoted to instruction with technology supplements, and not replaces, the time spent without it,” the report states.
Jonathan Zaff, executive director for the Center for Promise, said in a Wednesday news conference on the report that education was on the precipice of a digital revolution. 1. Education-2025 - The Classroom of the Future. The Physical Space The days of classrooms where a teacher desk sits at the front of the classroom and students’ desks are neatly aligned in rows are over.
Learning technologies, and changing pedagogical methods, are not only changing the way we teach but also the physical environments we teach in. The role physical environments play in our learning is just beginning to be studied and understood. Akinsanmi (2011) asserts that “there is little research on the role the physical environment plays in the learning process” but more and more educations theorist and psychologists are beginning to offer perspectives “from which designers can conceptualize the creation of an optimal learning environment” (The Optimal Learning). A study done by the Herman Miller Company (2011) on adaptable spaces and their impact on learning identified four key constructs that affect student learning; Basic Human Need, Teaching, Learning, and Engagement. The Pedagogical Place Next: Personal Learning Environments. Taking Notes With A Pen And Paper Could Help Retain Information; Study. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you want to be smarter you might want to swap out your smart phone for a pen and paper.
A new study out of Princeton found that there’s no replacement for old school note taking. As CBS2’s Emily Smith explained, if you like to write things out rather than type them there’s a chance you’re smarter for it. According to a new study at Princeton University, handwriting helps students focus, and boosts learning in a way a keyboard can’t. “The art of note taking and students processing that pen to page helps retain information and personalize it,” Dr. Dr. “I do believe technology has a place, but handwriting, manuscript, and cursive, has to be part of practice,” she said.
Researchers have been studying note-taking for a hundred years, but only recently started zeroing in on the difference between a pen and paper versus a keyboard. According to the study, students who take notes on a laptop take more notes, but their pace and volume tend to undermine learning. How Social Media is Reshaping Today's Education System. 16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow. Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools "Worth The Time"
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