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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning. What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people. " “Maybe my mama hugged me extra when I was a baby.” That’s his explanation for how he thinks about the role of education in the 21st century.

A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. 19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier – The Mission – Medium. We tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.

19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier – The Mission – Medium

But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces. Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age, and is also important for a successful economy. It helps us communicate better, socialize more effectively, and achieve greater success. Whether you’re looking to learn how to code, build leadership skills, or otherwise improve yourself, here are 19 awesome places to learn the critical skills that will change your life: 1. This crowdsourced collection of top lectures from professionals, academia, governments, and leaders of all stripes is unique in that the resources are upvoted or downvoted by users, in typical Reddit fashion. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Student-Centered Learning Can Modernize Schools. Why Punishment Won't Stop a Bully. Grades, Courses Most Important in College Admissions, Survey Finds - High School & Beyond. As college application season ramps up once again, an annual survey of college admissions officers reiterates an important message for high school students who are worried sick about their SAT or ACT scores: The classes you take and the grades you earn are far more important to us than your test scores.

Grades, Courses Most Important in College Admissions, Survey Finds - High School & Beyond

That's a key finding of the 13th annual "State of College Admission" survey, released Thursday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, or NACAC. You'd never know it by the amount of cold sweat high school seniors generate nationally about admissions test scores, but that finding has stayed pretty consistent for 20 years, according to NACAC. The survey found that in the fall 2014 admissions cycle, 79.2 percent of responding colleges and universities gave "considerable importance" to grades in students' college-prep classes, while 55.7 percent assigned the same importance to admission test scores for entering freshmen.

Analysis Projects Growing National Shortfall of Teachers. Pedagogical Documentation as a Tool for Thinking Differently. Formal Schooling and the Death of Literacy. My privilege is easily identified in my being white and male, but it is the story of my life that better reveals my enormous privilege established by my mother when I was a child.

Formal Schooling and the Death of Literacy

Why Connected Learning. For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner.

Why Connected Learning

Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards. Six principles (below) define it and allow every young person to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time.

Connected learning thrives in a socially meaningful and knowledge-rich ecology of ongoing participation, self-expression and recognition. In their everyday exchanges with peers and friends, young people fluidly contribute, share and give feedback. We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools — Modern Learning. We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools Whenever I think about the way most schools are structured today, I always come back to the same question: Do we do the things we do because they’re better for kids or because they are easier for us?

We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools — Modern Learning

For instance: separating kids by age in school. Is that something we do because kids learn better that way? Or do we do it because it’s just an easier way organizing our work? Reach of PARCC, Smarter Balanced, Drops Sharply in 2015-16. Older Students Learn for the Sake of Learning. ACT Foundation Highlights of SkillsUSA National Meetings and Events - ACT Foundation. Louisville, KY (June 25, 2015) – ACT Foundation and the National Network of Business and Industry Associations proudly support the many competitors from across the nation who attended SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, KY to show off their talents and competencies in a variety of skill-based events.

ACT Foundation Highlights of SkillsUSA National Meetings and Events - ACT Foundation

During the three day event, ACT Foundation and the National Network hosted a Breakfast meeting that included a powerful keynote address from Dr. Parminder Jassal, Founding Executive Director of ACT Foundation. The National Network, which is a joint effort of ACT Foundation and Business Roundtable, held meetings, working sessions, and discussions with thought-leaders, industry representatives, and SkillsUSA students to discuss the growing needs of working learners and the demands for a highly-skilled workforce by businesses. Dr. Jassal’s keynote speech at the Breakfast event discussed the need for better connecting working and learning for increased life success.

ACT Foundation Innovation Projects Aim to Close Skills Gap By Improving Learning, Training, and Hiring - ACT Foundation. WASHINGTON, DC (September 21, 2015) – The National Network of Business and Industry Associations, an effort led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, is pleased to announce it will invest in 12 projects aimed at advancing talent development efforts across the nation in key economic sectors.

ACT Foundation Innovation Projects Aim to Close Skills Gap By Improving Learning, Training, and Hiring - ACT Foundation

Lumina Foundation and The Joyce Foundation have provided funding support for the initiative. National Network members will use these investments to better connect learning and work. The innovation projects will further the National Network mission to provide students and workers clear pathways to meaningful careers and give employers a skilled, competitive workforce. Each project focuses on addressing the critical workforce needs of its sector, as well as on a specific aspect of the National Network three-point plan. “Business leaders need skilled workers to fill jobs at their companies and make them competitive around the world,” said John Engler, President of Business Roundtable.

ACT Foundation National Network Releases Work and Learn Guidebook For Employers - ACT Foundation. Washington, DC (November 18, 2015) – The National Network of Business and Industry Associations today released a guidebook for employers to understand and adopt work-and-learn programs, including modernized internships, apprenticeships and mentorships.

ACT Foundation National Network Releases Work and Learn Guidebook For Employers - ACT Foundation

Led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, the National Network is a collaboration of 25 business organizations representing 10 economic sectors, and focuses on connecting the worlds of learning and work. Work-and-Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers highlights 15 real-life models, providing a blueprint to help companies implement similar strategies that improve workforce recruitment, training and advancement. The guidebook underscores the range of ways that employers are increasingly involved in addressing the skills gap, which is leaving an estimated 4 million jobs unfilled. Six Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid. Lack of Clear Narrative and Compelling Rationale As a Result...

Six Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid

School leaders and teachers may understand pieces of what they should do - e.g. more small group instruction or flipped teaching - but aren't able to articulate why they are taking these new approaches and how these changes eventually lead to long-term expected outcomes. Furthermore, district and school leaders struggle to identify early wins or proof points of success that would help them increase buy-in across the district and offer exemplars of good practice. While High-School Graduation Rates Are Increasing, College Enrollment Is in Decline. The latest national data shows that more students are getting their high-school diplomas than ever before. Just over 82 percent of the students who were high-school seniors during the 2013-14 year graduated, up from 81 percent the year before. The rate has inched up annually over the last few years, largely because of strides made by disadvantaged students—an accomplishment President Obama is likely to highlight in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

But that doesn’t mean more kids are going to college. Quite the opposite. The Classroom Is Dead — Bright. The Classroom Is Dead.

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