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Technology in schools: Future changes in classrooms

Technology in schools: Future changes in classrooms
Technology has the power to transform how people learn - but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp. There will probably be a whiteboard instead of the traditional blackboard, and the children may be using laptops or tablets, but plenty of textbooks, pens and photocopied sheets are still likely. And perhaps most strikingly, all desks will face forwards, with the teacher at the front. The curriculum and theory have changed little since Victorian times, according to the educationalist and author Marc Prensky. "The world needs a new curriculum," he said at the recent Bett show, a conference dedicated to technology in education. "We have to rethink the 19th Century curriculum." Most of the education products on the market are just aids to teach the existing curriculum, he says, based on the false assumption "we need to teach better what we teach today". 'Flipped' classrooms He might be wrong there. Teachers 'surprised' Classroom games

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Confessions of a Teacher Who Doesn't Believe In Education  I was one of those people that always knew what I wanted to be when I "grew up". I wanted to teach. Asking children, and teenagers what they want to be when they grow up , or what they want to major in when they graduate high school, is a pretty common question. Many people never know the answer, those of us that do, and are luckily enough to have a response that falls onto the list of " acceptable, and safe jobs," seem to have it lucky.

Sixteen Steps Every Educator Should Take in 2016 Educators have the benefit of getting a fresh start not once but twice a year. We have the start of school in September, then the turning of the calendar in January. Fresh starts often involve fresh commitments. I propose that every educator should make the commitment today to take sixteen new steps in 2016 to deepen their knowledge, sharpen their craft, and stretch out of their comfort zone. In no particular order: Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School When Susan Cain wrote Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of Time magazine, spent weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list and was the subject of one of the most-watched TED Talks, with more than 13 million views. From that grew The Quiet Revolution, a company Cain co-founded that continues to produce and share content about, and for, introverts. The site offers an online training course for parents and stories submitted by readers about being introverted. There’s even a podcast. Kids, Cain says, “are at the heart and center of it.”

Benefits of Technology in the Classroom As we sail through the 21st century, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more predominant. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smartphones. Social media has become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live or lives. The 13 most innovative schools in the world Mathias Eis Schultz Ørestad Gymnasium is one giant classroom, where more than 1,100 high school students spend half their time learning in an expansive glass cube — a "gymnasium," as parts of Europe still call secondary schools — to avoid traditional instruction. By encouraging students to collaborate in wide-open settings, the school hopes kids will be equipped to think flexibly on diverse topics later in life. "We want to have teaching where the students make research and work together in solving real problems," headmaster Allan Kjær Andersen tells Tech Insider. "So we want to be an open school that is in connection with the outside world."

Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching It's often said in the teaching world (as in many professions and trades, I imagine), "Why reinvent the wheel when there are plenty of practices that already work?" In their book, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan share their definition for "best practices," which they define as existing practices that already possess a high level of widely-agreed effectiveness. We teachers are standing on the shoulders of giants before us who have developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer. And they work; they get results. What are some of the best pedagogical practices I've adopted over the years from my mentors and guides in this field? Here are just a few straightforward ones that are known, and used, by many educators:

Why Kindergarten Is The New First Grade : NPR Ed "What are some of the things that the monsters like to eat in this story?" teacher Marisa McGee asks a trio of girls sitting at her table. McGee teaches kindergarten at Walker Jones Elementary in Washington, D.C. Today's lesson: a close reading of the book What Do Monsters Eat? "They like to eat cake," says one girl.

Consider Online College Courses in High School As a high school student, Holly Harvey was determined to take as many college courses as possible. There was just one problem – the nearest community college was 45 minutes away from her home in Carrollton, Texas. And she didn't have her driver's license. So Harvey got creative and signed up for an online course at the community college.

8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. Learning Leading Change: EduTECH Day One: Open Schools for globally connected learning David Price is the author of the fabulous book Open and Larry Rosenstock is the director of High a Tech High. Autonomy is the new mantra. Price spoke about the fact that the need for change is escalating, referring to examples such as global warning as an issue showing the need to address wider world issue before it's too late. 2020 50% of all jobs will be freelance. 2030 47% of all jobs will be automated.

Learning theory in the 21st-century classroom by @marciarpowell SmartBlogs SmartBlog on Education this month is exploring the science of learning. Join us for original content in which experts explore trends in learning research and highlight teaching strategies that can help improve student performance. Have you been in a classroom lately to see the shift to a student-centered classroom? Transforming Schools with Technology Andrew A. Zucker In 1974, when I became director of Milton Academy's "computer center," it consisted of a single noisy teletype machine connected by a leased phone line to a computer at Babson College. We soon purchased a PDP 11/40 from Digital Equipment Corporation and the school used it in math, science, history, and art, at almost all grade levels. In addition, Milton used the computer for administrative purposes, such as scheduling students and helping the admissions office with record-keeping.