RE-ENVISIONED. When Does Service Become Scholarship? When does service become scholarship?
When does anything—service, teaching, editing, mentoring, coding—become scholarship? Creative teaching in the age of austerity. Developing the ability of teachers to think creatively has become a financial necessity for schools.
In the face of real-term cuts and a continued drive to raise standards, school leaders cannot, and should not, rely on flashy “off -the-shelf” educational products but rather on the innovation of their own staff. Recent years have seen the rise of a marketplace that readily feeds off the highly lucrative, publically funded education sector by peddling the idea that innovation is a product that can be bought and sold. Children with special needs are being turned away from 'underfunded' state schools, councils report - Schools Improvement Net.
The Independent reports that the number of pupils with additional educational needs or disabilities attending specialist schools has risen substantially in the past four years, putting cash-strapped local councils under increasing pressure, LGA warns.
Budget cuts along with rising demand is putting a strain on councils’ abilities to offer places to these pupils in need of extra help.Analysis of government data shows the percentage of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) attending a specialist school has risen in the past four years – from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent last year.Funding dedicated for SEND children has also been frozen for several years, the association added, putting council budgets under increasing pressure at a time when there is already a squeeze on funding.More than 1.2 million children in England were classed as having special educational needs last year – down from 1.3 million in 2015. Stop school funding cuts - All Our Children Deserve a Great Education. Schools across England are facing devastating funding cuts.
This is already harming our children's education. Fair Funding For All Schools is an independent, parent-led campaign, working to stop the cuts to school funding through parent and people-power. Without increased investment cuts are likely to result in: · Cuts to teachers and support staff. Government misses teacher recruitment target for fifth consecutive year - by a lot - The London Economic. The Financial Sustainability of Schools inquiry. Open Report published 29 March 2017.
Awaiting Government response. Report published. OER risks: why not being open now costs us money in the future. – Melissa Highton. It’s that time of year again.
OER17 conference will see a gathering of the OER clans in the UK once more. Together we will map the political landscape for OER. The Dangers of Knowing A Little: Pseudo-Journalism and Education Discourse. I recently saw an article from The Atlantic making the rounds on my various social media feeds.
After reading a handful of teachers respond positively to the article’s claims, I wanted to offer an alternative perspective. The article in question, “The Writing Revolution”, presents an informal case study of a high school’s writing program. Students at New Dorp High School were struggling to grow as writers and thinkers. Administration and teachers tried multiple strategies to rectify the deficit, but nothing seemed to work. It wasn’t until the school emphasized grammar and sentence construction that the quality of student writing skyrocketed.
Openness, a practice for innovation in higher education – E-Learn. Read the PDF Openness has been a feature of higher education for decades thanks to the establishment of open universities and digital technologies.
Due to technological evolution, Open Educational Resources (OERs) have become the bridge between education and digital development. Three quarters of the public think teachers contribute greatly to society’s wellbeing, poll shows. Almost three quarters of the public believe that teachers are among those that contribute the most to society’s wellbeing, according to a survey.
New research has revealed that 73 per cent of people feel teachers give as much to society as firefighters, with only doctors (87 per cent) and hospital workers (81 per cent) ranking higher. The YouGov survey, commissioned on behalf of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), showed that teachers were ranked ahead of nine other professions, including police officers (67 per cent), scientists (53 per cent) and engineers (34 per cent). More than 1,000 survey respondents were asked to choose six professions that they felt contributed most to society’s wellbeing. Bankers were at the bottom of the league with just 4 per cent. But the report also revealed that members of public held actors in higher esteem than teachers.
'We must cherish our professional status as teachers' During a recent trip to the doctor, I couldn’t help but notice the array of qualifications displayed prominently above the GP’s desk.
There is clearly a sense of pride amongst doctors about their professional status. I think it is fair to say that this is also true of many other professions, such as lawyers or accountants. Visit any one of these and you won’t be able to miss the official-looking certificates adorning their walls. Bob Awesome collected this story. Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! He who pays the piper – Distant Ramblings on the Horizon. You may have seen the reports in the press this week about the plans to set up a series of low cost independent schools which would charge parents just £2,700 per annum.
Not only is this way below the average costs of a place in an average independent school where costs are £13,566, but it is also considerably below the cost of the average student in a state maintained school. Whilst many of the reports have taken this plan at face value I guess we shouldn’t get too excited about what is in essence a PR stunt. But I do think it’s an interesting exercise to see if such a school is even possible. There are many ways to look at the cost of such a school but I though I’d try and do it as simply as possible (given that all figures will be educated guesswork) and work it out in terms of numbers of kids per class. The median primary school teacher salary in England is around £24,400.
Now this teacher needs a classroom to teach in. #15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 1: Trust your students and they will trust you. Teaching in higher education can be hugely rewarding experience. However, most of us teaching in higher education found our way into this role because we had previously built-up a considerable body of discipline-specific expertise via our research. Demand for Digital Courseware Is Higher Than Supply, Survey Says. Now, more than ever, higher education stakeholders believe digital course materials are the key to solving systemwide problems. A recent Pearson Education survey called “Digital appetite vs. what’s on the table,” found that at least 84 percent of students, teachers and administrators said a shift to digital could help with challenges they face. Open leadership involves becoming a master of balance. Open leaders are systems thinkers. When they look at the world, they see a series of dynamic relationships—between people, teams, and resources.
These relationships are the elements that are always in motion, always in flux, and ultimately drive the success (or failure) of our businesses. In fact, the problems that drive us today demand this kind of thinking, because solving them requires us to think beyond the walls of our organizations and devise ways we can leverage the best talent, the best resources, and the best ideas from anywhere. That's what open organizations, as Jim Whitehurst defines them, do best. Open leaders understand the way these interconnected relationships make their businesses hum. Future Teacher – Just another thinking.is.ed.ac.uk site. What is the meaning of free? – Enrichmentality. There is a Russian proverb that ‘Only mousetraps have free cheese’ (бесплатный сыр бывает только в мышеловке.) It’s reminiscent of the English saying (though slightly more brutal) ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’. As I sit here digesting one such ‘free lunch’, I must admit, I do feel somewhat like a trapped mouse.
All the free Number 8s you can eat! Paris's École 42 University wants to launch the next Zuckerberg. Education Technology and the 'New Economy' 21 min read. Openness as a Value. Even top teachers ‘not recognised or compensated’, warns research. Educators making copyright work for them – Copyright Untangled – Medium. ‘Collegiality’ has become an empty word. Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access, Open Source and Not-for-Profit. So much discussion about scholarly communication in the humanities focuses on the so-called crisis of the monograph (and, by inference, of university presses) that we frequently overlook the rich range of scholarly and pedagogic material produced by humanists. Not so at the Modern Language Association (MLA) where, four years ago, the innovative MLA Commons platform was launched. Earlier this month, MLA – in association with three partner societies – launched the beta version of the expanded and now interdisciplinary Humanities Commons — a non-profit network where humanities scholars can share their work in a social, open access repository, discuss ideas, collaborate on common interests, and store research and teaching materials.
Robots, virtual reality and the future of education. RT @NachhaltigesNRW Andreas Schleicher of @OECD #EU2030: Education is the backbone of Sustainable Development. EU is lagging behind. Blended Learning in Higher Education. Curriculum for Digital Education Leadership: A Concept Paper. A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement. The Presentation Escape Hatch: Blogging My #OpenEd16 Talk.
Gardner Campbell shared a wonderful anecdote with those who remained in the room following my Open Education presentation on further developing out the content paradox: In 2012, upon receiving the invitation to keynote he noted the conference theme, beyond content. Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer. Faculty Members’ Instructional Priorities for Adopting OER. In Search for the Open Educator: Proposal of a Definition and a Framework to Increase Openness Adoption Among University Educators. 3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources. Openness and praxis (at #SRHE) These 6 new technology rules will govern our future.
Opendistanceteachingandlearning. Motivation through collaboration with ownership, challenge and reflection – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 5b) – Matt Cornock. Commentary: Preparing teachers for open L2TL: Frameworks for critical awareness and transformation. Government spent £205k on doomed National Teaching Service. **STATEMENT OF OCCUPATION** – Warwick for Free Education. Troubling Open Education - Czerniewicz. OEB16 – Kate Green. Towards an open pedagogy for online learning.
Open educational practices: on not being (much) published – helenbeetham. A Domain of One’s Own. Creative Commons at WIPO: Supporting a more fair copyright for teaching and learning. Nottingham academic on casual contract: 'I had more rights as a binman' Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now? Ed Tech and the circus of unreason – helenbeetham. University opens without any teachers. Introduction to Structured Data UnderstandingMetadata. Metadata Definition. Computers are replacing foreign language teachers in US high schools — Quartz.
Seven ways to think like the web. Working openly on the web: a manifesto. A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society. Literacies.