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12 Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship - A PDF Handout. Why is Good Instructional Design More Important than Ever in the Modern World? Although instructional design as a discipline has been around for decades (and probably was at its height in the 1970’s and 1980’s as a profession, its application and use has diminished in the age of easy to use software and access to and use of Internet. This is partly because it is so easy to create a course of almost any type, add as many “bells and whistles” as you like and then widely distribute it to a given audience. But in paying less attention to instructional design than we should we have lost something important and it is therefore high time we recognized that it is more important than ever in the modern world. After all, instructional design is the approach which helps to keep the process of training, coaching or development of any kind (on or off line) to be well-targeted and on track to meet the needs of the individual(s) at which it is aimed.

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Maori & Pacifica. 10 Surprising Facts about Finland’s Education System. Finland has consistently scored among the highest nations in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that measures student achievement across the globe. Another remarkable fact about Finland’s education system is that students are only required to take one test during their entire time as students.

Finland’s academic success has drawn a great amount of attention, leaving many countries wondering if it’s the Nordic country’s teaching methods or if there’s magic water in their fjord. Here are 10 things that set Finland apart from the rest of the world in education. 1. School Starts Later Children in Finland don’t begin school until age seven. 2. In the United States, our imaginative learners get little playtime, averaging 27 minutes of recess a day. 3. There are few, if any, mandatory tests in Finland until a single exam at the end of high school. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Sutton Trust - What makes great teaching? Summary This report reviews over 200 pieces of research to identify the elements of teaching with the strongest evidence of improving attainment. It finds some common practices can be harmful to learning and have no grounding in research. Specific practices which are supported by good evidence of their effectiveness are also examined and six key factors that contribute to great teaching are identified. The report also analyses different methods of evaluating teaching including: using ‘value-added’ results from student test scores; observing classroom teaching; and getting students to rate the quality of their teaching.

Key findings The two factors with the strongest evidence of improving pupil attainment are: teachers’ content knowledge, including their ability to understand how students think about a subject and identify common misconceptionsquality of instruction, which includes using strategies like effective questioning and the use of assessment.

Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping. If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we often get blank stares—why? According to thinkers like Ken Robinson, it’s because our education system kills creativity. From the moment they lift a pen, students are taught to think linearly. They read books from start to finish, left to right and top to bottom. They practice their writing in lines. To a student, math boxes, test instructions, literature, the scientific method, histories and music all followed straight, predictable patterns, and the only way to get the ‘right’ answer is to check the boxes.

It is no wonder that students can’t make connections between ideas when they reach college. Teaching Mind Mapping? I believe they can, particularly if they get access to helpful technology. And students value this too. About Jane Karwoski, PhD. 31 eLearning Lessons from 2014 to Guide You in 2015. The year is about to end, and people around seem to have gone into a nostalgic mood. Websites are fondly remembering what took place in the year gone by—trends that ruled the ramp, blockbusters that broke box-office records, and men, women, and events that made an impact. Year-end seems to be the ideal time for reflection and recapitulation. So why don't we? As eLearning professionals, we learned many important lessons in 2014.

Let's take stock of these: 1) Back your courses with hard science. If you want to create effective learning, you have to teach in a way that the brain learns best. 2) Less us, more them. Be a learner's designer and create learner-centric courses. 3) Delve into the psyche of your learners. Effective eLearning courses resonate with learners and talk to their hearts. 4) Get real.

To create value for your corporate learners, ditch the airy-fairy stuff in your courses. 5) Simplicity makes sense. Do not overwhelm your learners with cluttered screens. Do not cut corners. SeptemberBriefings_14_A4.pdf. A culture of trust enhances performance. The following article is adapted from extracts of the Literature review: a culture of trust enhances performance, prepared for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) by Dr Jessica Harris, Professor Brian Caldwell and Ms Fiona Longmuir. © Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, used with permission.

Creating a safe space within schools is key to developing innovative, creative and collaborative practices that directly enhance student achievements. When a culture of trust has been established, teachers can converse openly and honestly and identify ways in which they can improve, safe in the knowledge that they will be supported by their colleagues. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has recently published an environmental scan of research and policy literature, exploring ways in which levels of trust impact on performance in schools.

The nature of trust Trust may also be seen as a form of capital. Conclusion.

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Feedback. Growth Mindset. Interesting Poster Featuring The 7 Tenets of Creative Thinking. Learning to Learn. Professional Learning Animation | AITSL Newsroom. Engage Your Students With These Open Educational Resources. SOLO Apps. Search results for: '741' The IB Learner Profile: Risk-taking -v- Courage. I was looking for a couple of documents on the IB Online Curriculum Centre today as I needed to download them to take on my Workshop Leaders Training next week, when I stumbled across a recent document by George Walker where he discusses whether the IB is too closely associated with Western values.

As it happens I had been having the same conversation with a friend on Sunday, a teacher who used to teach MYP and DP but who has now left international education. The question asked was how appropriate the IB Learner Profile and the PYP attitudes are for non-Western students. The IB is committed to promoting international mindedness and some of the PYP attitudes promote respect and tolerance, however that aside many of the values are certainly more Western than Eastern. In some societies independence, for example, or risk-taking are just not very highly valued. Photo Credit: Weather Vane by Leo Reynolds. BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) Programme. Instructional Design Models and Theories: Gestalt Theory. The Art of Failing in School and Succeeding in Life. A young man was restless in his studies. He couldn’t stay focused on school work, and found himself consistently skipping classes, missing due dates, and working on projects that meant something to him…rather than for a class. A year into college he realized it was a waste of money, and not for him. He was bright, well prepared for school, and even got decent grades (when he tried). Yet, he left school all the same. And it was the best decision he ever made. Who is the man in the story above? Steve Jobs? In fact, this trend has prompted investors like Peter Thiel (PayPal and Facebook) to actually pay students to drop out of college to start a business: “One of the wealthiest, best-educated American entrepreneurs, Peter Thiel, isn’t convinced college is worth the cost.

The last line of that quote is what really gets me, “walk away from college and pursue their passions”. When Failing Is a Good Thing We tend to lump “failure” with being “unsuccessful” when it is quite the opposite. Little Bull Music Blog: Light up the room with Higher Order Thinking. Light up the room with Higher Order Thinking A few of my colleagues and I have been discussing questioning and how we can form better questions for our classrooms. We have put together some great resources that I believe could be very helpful to teachers or any professional who wants to improve their questioning techniques. Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Taxonomy has long been a great source for building better questions, especially when you are looking to approach a topic at multiple levels. From low order to high order, the types of questions are: KnowledgeComprehensionApplicationAnalysisSynthesisEvaluation adapted from: Another Great Resource Explaining Bloom's with examples of activities related to each domain: A few other great resources related to Blooms: Depth Of Knowledge Depth of Knowledge is a very similar application of verbs in a tiered format.

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Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade. Into the great unknown | Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Mr Trent Driver, Dean of Academic Development Over the past few weeks, I think I have felt a bit like my GP might feel, sitting in his office with a full list of people awaiting his attention. It has been Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan interview time, where Year 10 students sit and discuss their plans for their subject selections across Years 11 and 12 and how those fit into their longer-term aspirations. They sit in the waiting area outside my office ahead of their appointed time and, one by one, talk with me about where they are now and what they would like their futures to hold. All my conversations start the same way, every single one of them.

What are you looking forward to as you head into your Senior years at the School? What are you concerned about? What is playing on your mind going into next year? It is rewarding to talk with girls who have clear goals that they have thought through, and a clear path that they would like to walk over the next few years. References. What Sir Ken Got Wrong. “We are educating people out of their creativity” Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable.

If you’re interested in education, at some point someone will have sent you a link to a video by Sir Ken Robinson, knighted for services to education in England in 2003. He has over 250,000 followers on Twitter, his videos have had over 40,000,000 views online, and his 2006 lecture is the most viewed TED talk of all time. The RSA Opening Minds curriculum his ideas are associated with is taught in over 200 schools in the UK. What explains such iconic influence? Sir Ken’s ideas are incredibly seductive, but they are wrong, spectacularly and gloriously wrong. In a few sentences, this is his argument about education: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

All that glistens is not gold Here are some select quotations from his talks and books that illustrate his ideas: 1. ‘All kids have talents, and we squander them ruthlessly.’ 2. ‘What is education for? 3. 4. 5. Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News#%21#%21#%21#%21. 70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics. Infographics are everywhere.

Some love them. Some hate them. But however you feel, it’s fun to learn a little bit in a short period of time. Most are made so you can quickly grasp the key concepts behind them. That’s a key thing to keep in mind if you want to make your own infographics . Lucky for you, there are a pantload of free and freemium tools out there to help you out. Some are more robust than others but many are easy enough to try out. Why Should Classrooms Use Infographics Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about WHY you might want to make an infographic: 1) you run a blog or website that you want to display visually-engaging information and grab the attention of your readers. 2) you want to grab the attention of students by boiling down theories and content into key concepts that can inspire more in-depth learning. 3) you’re a student who wants to show off your understanding of concepts by analyzing, digesting, and then remixing it all into an elegant infographic.

The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom. This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Wikipedia offers an opportunity for educators to explore concepts of public trust that are likely to continue growing in prominence throughout the lives of today’s population of youth.

Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Can students cite Wikipedia in assignments?


Contemplative Pedagogy. “Opening the contemplative mind in schools is not a religious issue but a practical epistemic question… Inviting contemplative study simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of consciousness and so forth.” ~ Tobin Hart, Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom, Journal of Transformative Education Vol. 2 No. 1, January 2004 The ancient practice of contemplation is being explored by many institutions of higher education as a new means of enhancing liberal education. Research demonstrates that “contemplative pedagogy”-the integration of meditative practices into higher education-facilitates the achievement of traditional educational goals such as improved cognitive and academic performance.

Studies also show that it fosters the development of the whole person, increasing capacities such as creativity, empathy, compassion, interpersonal skills and self-awareness. Tags: Contemplative Pedagogy.

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Teaching as Inquiry. BES Exemplars. The BES exemplars focus on how to make a much bigger difference in education. The BES exemplars highlight the potential for disciplined innovation to accelerate systemic improvement in areas of need in schooling. Five new BES exemplars have been prepared in partnership with teachers, researchers and professionals who have led outstanding teaching in New Zealand.

Each exemplar has been selected because it illuminates highly effective teaching approaches that accelerate progress for diverse (all) learners in areas where improvement is needed. They exemplify the eleven dimensions of quality teaching using examples that come from across the curriculum and are relevant to primary, intermediate, and secondary levels of schooling. The BES exemplars are a series of publications that make transparent the nature of: highly effective teachingprofessional learning and developmenteducational leadershipeducationally powerful connections with families whānau, andcommunities that support such teaching.

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