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

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? June Arbelo, a second-grade teacher at Central School, comforts a student who wants to go home during the first day of school.

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web. When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality.

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Educational institutions across the board are certainly embracing (or at least acknowledging) the digital revolution, adopting cutting-edge classroom technology and raising awareness about the perils and possibilities of the Internet.

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future. Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school.

How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book Free to Learn. Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called “unschoolers” are estimated to represent about 10 percent of the more than two million homeschooled children), he began to wonder about its outcomes in that setting. Finding no academic studies that adequately answered his question, he decided to conduct his own. In 2011, he and colleague Gina Riley surveyed 232 parents who unschool their children, which they defined as not following any curriculum, instead letting the children take charge of their own education.

When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher. Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from "content expert" to "curriculum facilitator.

When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher

" Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The "virtual class" will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record. "So if you want to be a teacher," I tell the college student, "you better be a super-teacher. " A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor. The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers - Advice. By Rob Jenkins American higher education seems to be experiencing a kind of teaching renaissance.

The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers - Advice

Articles on the subject proliferate on this site and others, suggesting a renewed interest and commitment to the subject across academe. 4 crazy ideas from Stanford about the future of college. In 2013, student groups at the design school at Stanford University started to tackle an interesting question: what will an undergraduate education at Stanford look like at the turn of the 22nd century?

4 crazy ideas from Stanford about the future of college

They came up with four ideas, all of which look very different than the typical undergraduate experience today. Then they wrote and made videos framed as dispatches from the future, explaining what had happened in the past 86 years to make college look like this in the year 2100. This is a thought experiment, and just the idea that college will look different at all a century from now is provocative. The basic format of college — earning a degree in four years — is centuries old, and classroom lectures dates back to the 12 century. Formative assessment - Google Slides. Kids Meditation: Mindfulness May Increase Children's Math Scores. In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life.

Kids Meditation: Mindfulness May Increase Children's Math Scores

But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that the effects are also powerful in kids as young as 9—so much so that improving mindfulness showed to improve everything from social skills to math scores. Researchers wanted to test the effects of a program that promotes social and emotional learning—peppered with mindfulness and kindness exercises—called MindUP. Developed by Goldie Hawn’s foundation, it’s used in schools across the U.S., Canada and beyond.

The study authors put 99 4th and 5th grade public school students in British Columbia into one of two groups. One group received four months of the mindfulness program, and the other got four months of a standard “social responsibility” program already used in Canadian public schools. Despite Legalizing Gay Marriage These States Forbid Teaching About Gay Sex. This month the Supreme Court announced it would decide in the current term whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Despite Legalizing Gay Marriage These States Forbid Teaching About Gay Sex

No doubt the justices are aware of how public opinion on the issue has evolved. But while legal gay marriage has spread rapidly over the last several years (see this map), sex education laws in many states remain in the Dark Ages—even in states where gay marriage is allowed. The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts. Update (6/29/2013): Congress didn't even come close to agreeing on new student loan rates, so interest rates doubled July 1 for students taking out one common federal loan.

The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts

After the July 4 recess and before most students take out new loans for college in August, Congress will have a window to fix the loan rate. Senate Democrats are now pushing for a temporary fix, a one-year extension of the low 3.4 percent interest rate that would give Congress time to hammer out a long-term solution. According to the Hill, they have scheduled a vote on the proposal for July 10, though others (including House Republicans and even some fellow Democrats in the Senate) may not be on board. Got student loans?

You are far from alone: More than 38 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt totaling nearly $1 trillion, and those numbers are rising fast. 9 resources for teaching digital citizenship. How can we teach kids to use technology responsibly when the technology is changing faster than we can keep up? How do we foster the values of good digital citizenship in students who are old enough to scoff at the “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”? Grappling with these questions is just the beginning of the digital citizenship conversation. Most educators recognize the need for it, but many are at a loss for how to teach it. Some have tried creative approaches and failed. In classrooms where digital citizenship is taught effectively, the teachers often share two things in common: They model ethical technology use for their students on a daily basis, and they naturally incorporate conversations about it whenever technology is part of their lesson plan.

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates - Quartz. Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers. In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And increasingly, it’s not about credentials. Graduates of top schools can lack “intellectual humility” Megan McArdle argued recently that writers procrastinate “because they got too many A’s in English class.”

Successful young graduates have been taught to rely on talent, which makes them unable to fail gracefully. 17 right (and wrong) ways to use technology. The world of education is one of the many things we focus on here at the Daily Genius. We like to encourage you to learn in new ways – through viral content, interesting videos, and visuals that we think are worth your time. If you’re interested in education OR technology, then this is a great graphic you should check out.

It’s via Bill Ferriter who shared this with the world on Twitter quite awhile ago. 3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Media Literate  By Dr. Robyn Silverman for Buy this! Lose weight! Build big muscles! The media tells our children to look its way 24/7. To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? : NPR Ed. 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. How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic. Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. Jane Mount/MindShift. 'Bloom'sDigitalTaxonomy' in The 21st Century. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy can double student learning gains? 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. Sleep and the Teenage Brain.

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom. The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard. Young Minds in Critical Condition. Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet. The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers. Bullying. Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System - Chris Hedges'.

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

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?