C.C.T. TEACHERS-Kids 6-12 Years
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Gerard LaFond is the VP of marketing for Pearson’s College and Career Readiness division and the co-founder of Persuasive Games . He’s currently working on the gamification of education through the Pearson start-up, Alleyoop . Kids spend hours a day on sites like Facebook and YouTube . They play highly immersive video games, watch engrossing shows on their HDTVs and interact with apps on their mobile devices. All of this is in stark contrast to how they spend their days at school, where educators lecture and write on blackboards, then ask kids to read boring textbooks and practice abstract skills or memorize obscure facts. The cycle of lecture, test and repeat is not the best way to engage kids.
If you have a child entering grade school this fall, file away just one number with all those back-to-school forms: 65 percent. Chances are just that good that, in spite of anything you do, little Oliver or Abigail won’t end up a doctor or lawyer — or, indeed, anything else you’ve ever heard of. According to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet. The contemporary American classroom, with its grades and deference to the clock, is an inheritance from the late 19 th century. So Abigail won’t be doing genetic counseling.
Motivating your child is like baking a pie. Certain ingredients are needed, including planning for what you want to accomplish each week, involvement with your children to get these things done and enthusiasm to keep your children encouraged to learn. There are also two principles that you need to keep in mind:
Heeft u ook kinderen die hun huiswerk maken met oordopjes in, MSN aan en hun mobieltje stand-by? Of zijn er jonge medewerkers in uw organisatie die met afgrijzen vaststellen dat zij op hun werkplek geen toegang hebben tot YouTube of µTorrent? Werkt u bij de overheid en heeft u collega's op de afdeling die het liefst al hun werkervaringen met de rest van de wereld delen via hun blog, terwijl u vindt dat het om informatie gaat die (nog) niet naar buiten zou mogen? Herkenbaar? Weet dan dat u te maken heeft met homo zappiens, een generatie die geen wereld kent zonder internet, GPS, Xbox of iPod.
Door Geert-Jan Bogaerts − 18/08/09, 07:27 Jongeren surfen op internet. (Marcel van den Berg / de Volkskrant)
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Troy Williams is Vice President and General Manager of Macmillan New Ventures, the global media company’s division that discovers, develops and markets innovative technologies that make learning more engaging. It’s not revelatory that the academic and the tech worlds move at vastly different paces. Education often lags behind when it comes tech adoption and integration.