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

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.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

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.

Young Minds in Critical Condition

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.

Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet

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 | The American Scholar. Exhortation - Summer 2008 Print Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers By William Deresiewicz.

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers | The American Scholar

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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.

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System - Chris Hedges'

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. Separation of church and what? Currier & Ives/Library of Congress Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago.

11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids. March 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If recent elections have taught us anything, it’s that young Americans have taken a decided turn to the left. 19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College. Don’t you wish that someone had told you the truth before you went to college? Don’t you wish that someone had told you that college has become a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money out of students and parents as possible?

Yes, college can be a profitable endeavor if you pick your field of study wisely, if you can get someone else to pay for at least some of it and if you can actually get a good job in that field when you graduate. Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology. NO matter what the University of Virginia’s governing board decides today, when it is scheduled to determine the fate of the university’s ousted president, Teresa A. Sullivan, the intense interest in the case shows how much anxiety surrounds the future of higher education — especially the question of whether university leaders are moving too slowly to position their schools for a rapidly changing world (as some of Ms. Sullivan’s critics have suggested of her). There is good reason for the anxiety. Setting aside the specifics of the Virginia drama, university leaders desperately need to transform how colleges do business.

America May Have Too Many College Graduates. There's no question that, in today's economy, you are better off with a college education than you are without one. The unemployment rate for grads is lower, and their wages are higher, as are their chances of advancing to a management job. But does that necessarily mean the whole economy would be better off if more Americans had a diploma? That's a tougher issue, one which has been the subject of some lively debate since the Georgetown Center On Education the Workforce published a study last week examining how workers at different education levels have fared in the job market. 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 | Reihan Salam. 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. TED Education: education, education , revolution, teach, ted | 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 | Online College Courses.

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? | Dangerously Irrelevant. Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers. Effective Grading Practices:Grade Inflation: Killing with Kindness?