Future of Blended/Digital Learning
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Disruption in Higher Education
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Email Share July 4, 2012 - by Diana Moore
Models to Reach Every Student with Excellent Teaching, Within Budget
Gone are the days when schools and libraries were large, impersonal institutions of learning. Today, architects are pushing the boundaries of learning spaces, putting kids in environments that we may not recognize as a school. Instead of a drab classroom, students are now learning in bizarre environments, designed to stimulate their imaginations.
Email Share June 25, 2012 - by Tom Vander Ark
Teacher Shelley Wright is on leave from her classroom, working with teachers in a half-dozen high schools to promote inquiry and connected learning. I think the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is wrong. Hear me out.
Jason Tomassini, a talented scribe who’s just joined the ink-stained ranks at Ed Week, alerted those of us who were asleep last weekend to a “spat” between Diane Ravitch, the education historian with the itchy Twitter finger, and Justin Hamilton, spokesman for the US Department of Ed.
To flip or not to flip? That is not the essential question. In assessing the optimal classroom dynamics, I would argue that we need to take a good look at what our classrooms look like right now, what activities our students gain the most from, what we wished we had more time for, and what things about our class we wish we could eliminate.
Classroom "flipper" extraordinaire, John Sowash, discusses the five things he wishes someone had told him before he flipped his class.
In response to all of the attention given to the flipped classroom, I proposed The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education in which the viewing of videos (often discussed on the primary focus of the flipped classroom) becomes a part of a larger cycle of learning based on an experiential cycle of learning .
It seems sacrilegious, really, but I am advocating that we do away with the K-12 grade level structure in education.
Many people and organizations ( Sir Ken Robinson , New Classrooms , 2Revolutions , etc.) have spoken eloquently about the fact that progressing students in age-based cohorts through courses and grades does not make a lot of sense when the reality is that students of the same age are at wildly different places in their mastery of standards.
A more nuanced, shared language to describe how online and blended learning differ from other forms of digital instruction is crucial to lasting educational change.
Background In the June issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad (which we hope is available sometime next week), we talk about the notion of evolving currencies. As technology evolves living patterns change–and vice versa.