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Anything that offers an alternative to the current education system (public or private, tech or traditional teaching)

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? : NPR Ed. The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? : NPR Ed

LA Johnson/NPR hide caption itoggle caption LA Johnson/NPR The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued. LA Johnson/NPR. RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment. Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do. These days, the whole school experience seems to play right into most girls’ strengths—and most boys’ weaknesses.

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Gone are the days when you could blow off a series of homework assignments throughout the semester but pull through with a respectable grade by cramming for and acing that all-important mid-term exam. Getting good grades today is far more about keeping up with and producing quality homework—not to mention handing it in on time. Gwen Kenney-Benson, a psychology professor at Allegheny College, a liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania, says that girls succeed over boys in school because they tend to be more mastery-oriented in their schoolwork habits. They are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals.

They also are more likely than boys to feel intrinsically satisfied with the whole enterprise of organizing their work, and more invested in impressing themselves and their teachers with their efforts. How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic. (Flickr/Nick Thompson) By Paul Darvasi How would Homer have told the story of The Odyssey as a game?

How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic

What would participatory learning look like in ancient times? Learning about the lessons raised in classics like The Odyssey is getting a fresh perspective thanks to several educators who have started experimenting with how alternate reality games (ARGs) can be used as an immersive learning system that combines rich narrative, digital technology, and real-world game play. John Fallon, a Fairfield Country Day School teacher and game enthusiast, brings game-based learning to The Odyssey with a game he designed called Dolus: Finding the Journal of Odysseus. Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee.

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere.

We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s office, and me, the faculty representative—were going through submissions from eastern Pennsylvania. The applicants had been assigned a score from one to four, calculated from a string of figures and codes—SATs, GPA, class rank, numerical scores to which the letters of recommendation had been converted, special notations for legacies and diversity cases.

The ones had already been admitted, and the threes and fours could get in only under special conditions—if they were a nationally ranked athlete, for instance, or a “DevA,” (an applicant in the highest category of “development” cases, which means a child of very rich donors). Our task for the day was to adjudicate among the twos. Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year.

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. 'Bloom'sDigitalTaxonomy' in The 21st Century. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy doubles student learning?

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately. " Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative. " By Caroline Leta, Izzy Witkos by Ashley Antico, Jordan Cokinos, Ali Faulkner... by Abby Park, Rebekah Stewartson by Kate Reed, Claire Chan by Zachary Mills, Sam Daitzman by Emma Kaitz, Marla Perelmuter.

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) In the near future, smart machines and systems will automate many jobs that exist today, changing the nature of skills that are in high demand.

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

As social technologies play a more important role in value creation, social intelligence and new media literacy, among others, will become increasingly important skills for workers. The infographic below from Top Ten Online Colleges shows which capabilities will be most valued by 2020: Sleep and the Teenage Brain. By Maria Popova How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying.

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. “Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,” Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College commencement address on redefining success. And yet, as German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg argued in his fantastic Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired — one of the best science books of 2012, and undoubtedly among the best you’ll ever read — teenagers have already endured years of institutionally inflicted sleep deprivation by the time they get to college: there is a tragic disconnect between teens’ circadian givens and our social expectations of them, encapsulated in what is known as the disco hypothesis.

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom. A colleague of mine in the department of computer science at Dartmouth recently sent an e-mail to all of us on the faculty.

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The subject line read: “Ban computers in the classroom?” The note that followed was one sentence long: “I finally saw the light today and propose we ban the use of laptops in class.” While the sentiment in my colleague’s e-mail was familiar, the source was surprising: it came from someone teaching a programming class, where computers are absolutely integral to learning and teaching. The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard. Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking Pam A. Mueller, Princeton University, Psychology Department, Princeton, NJ 08544 E-mail: pamuelle@princeton.edu Author Contributions Both authors developed the study concept and design. Data collection was supervised by both authors. P. A. Young Minds in Critical Condition. The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless.

It happens every semester. A student triumphantly points out that Jean-Jacques Rousseau is undermining himself when he claims “the man who reflects is a depraved animal,” or that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s call for self-reliance is in effect a call for reliance on Emerson himself. Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet. (Update: Stephen Colbert’s take; other details) In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.” It opposes, among other things, early childhood education, sex education, and multicultural education, but supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded.” The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers. Exhortation - Summer 2008 Print Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers By William Deresiewicz.

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Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System - Chris Hedges' Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System Posted on Apr 11, 2011 By Chris Hedges A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind.

It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. 14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools. 11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids. 19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College. Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology. America May Have Too Many College Graduates. A Way to Pay for College, With Dividends. Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade. Chomsky: Education Under Massive Corporate Assault. Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough? Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds. Robert Scheer: Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment - Robert Scheer's Columns.

Are Student Loans Becoming a Macroeconomic Issue? Student Loan Debt Is a Beast. Here Are Elizabeth Warren's, President Obama's, and the GOP's Plans to Fix It. The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries. Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education. Need a Job? Invent It.

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch. Moving beyond our vacuous education reform discussions. Get Ready For America’s Next ‘Education Crisis’ - Jeff Bryant. The End of Education As We Know It. Elite education for the masses. AP Classes Are a Scam - John Tierney. Can The Chicago Teachers’ Strike Fix Democratic Education Reform?

Eric Sheninger: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms. How to ‘Gamify’ Your Class Website – ProfHacker - Blogs. 10 Ways to Teach Innovation. What if You Only Had 5 Minutes to Inspire a Student? - Finding Common Ground. Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship.

Creating Innovators: America's Education System Is Obsolete. How Entrepreneurship Education Has to Change: The E-School Approach - Nathan Furr - The New Entrepreneur. Google Docs for Collaborative Lyrical Analysis  Static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en/us/educators/learning_materials/necc_docs_spreadsheets.

For Educators. Ngram Viewer. 8 proven ways to achieve mediocrity in education. 6 Ideas to Avoid the Activity Trap. Uncomfortable Conversations in Education. In Learning, the Lasting Value of Place - The Digital Campus. How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education - TNW Industry. Why You Should Use Video In Education. 10 ways to become an inspirational teacher. Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How?

Is Education Reform Effective? Depends on the Definition - Education. A Vision of Students Today. Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students. Arianna Huffington: 18 Great Ideas From 2011 That Can Shape 2012. 20 Incredible TED Talks You Should Show Your High School Students. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. Teacher-Replacing Tech: Friend or Foe? Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums. 8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching.

My #edtech Video Links. RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment. It's Not What Natives Do, It's Why They Do It - Digital Education. Did you know? Students today. Facebook and Twitter classes could be taught in Australian schools. Students push School Board for greater technology integration. Building a Better Teacher. What are educators' professional obligations to learn from social media channels? Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers. Effective Grading Practices:Grade Inflation: Killing with Kindness?