Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces. Generating Pieces In Pieces – 30 Species, 30 Pieces. 30 unique species face a fragmented survival. Represented here by 30 separate pieces...
The failure of our modern educational systems « Greyed Matter Mark Twain once said ” I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”. His words seemed to me to reflect some of the doubts i have been harboring about educational systems that the modern world has built up. From my schooling days, i have noticed people with immense potential being caged up in written dogmas and text books. Their imagination and creativity nipped in the bud. Sure, if you ask me – “Then where are you going to learn Newton’s gravitational law or theories, i may well say ” I don’t know”. My point is this – great minds like Muhammad ibn Musa Khwarizmi or Newton didn’t have to learn something some body told them.
Bas Verhart: Education is failing the future-makers This article was taken from the February 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. When you're super-smart and want to learn -- or simply don't fit the mould -- what other choice is there? Some of the world's greatest creative leaders dropped out, found a way to create the type of education they needed, and changed our world. Edwin Land, cofounder of Polaroid, dropped out to focus on research. In his lifetime he registered more than 500 patents and introduced the world to instant photography.
How Children Learn: A World Tour of Class Portraits - Maria Popova A lens on the environments in which we educate the generations around the globe. Since 2004, Julian Germain has been capturing the inner lives of schools around the world, from England to Nigeria to Qatar, in his large-scale photographs of schoolchildren in class. Classroom Portraits (public library) is part Where Children Sleep, part Bureaucratics, part What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets part something else entirely -- a poignant lens on a system-phenomenon that is both global in reach and strikingly local in degree of peculiarity, revealed through more than 450 portraits of schoolchildren from 20 countries. Jessore, Bangladesh.
Modern Education, lack of academics, psychiatry, behavioral psychology, "science" and the ultimate betrayal of the students Scroll down immediately to view many great links. Modern education, especially as it exists in the government controlled public schools, has deteriorated continually over the past 100 years. There are no "education specialists" who aren't now actually behavioral psychologists or psychiatrists. The field of psychology has very much taken over the public school system, and is doing its best to take over private schools. Through covert tactics, extensive lobbying efforts, and setting government mandated "educational standards", even home-schooling may have to conform to the dictates of psychologists. Before the advent of psychology into the schools, education involved learning to read, acquiring mental skills, and developing the ability to think conceptually.
Reinventing Education - Bertelsmann Future Challenges by Antje Funcke, Olivier Godart, Aoife Hanley and Sarah Hoffmann The ubiquitous phrase ‘back to the blackboard’ is often used to describe something that is deficient and that needs to be partially or fully reworked. Some economists like Wössmann or researchers at the OECD might apply the same reasoning to the education systems of many industrialized countries; hence the idea that education needs to be ‘reinvented’. 10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds Good assessment is frequent assessment. Any assessment is designed to provide a snapshot of student understand—the more snapshots, the more complete the full picture of knowledge. On its best day, an assessment will be 100% effective, telling you exactly what a student understands. More commonly, the return will be significantly lower as the wording of questions, the student’s sense of self-efficacy, or other factors diminish their assessment performance. It sounds obvious, but a student is a human being with an entire universe of personal problems, distraction, and related challenges in recalling the information in the form the assessment demands.
Appraising Education Reform, Part 1: A Failed System The end of the decade has inspired me to reflect on contemporary efforts at education reform in the U.S., and to suggest next steps. This blog entry, in which I review the evidence of failure of our education system and explain the challenge created by rapid globalization, is the first part of what will ultimately be a 3-part series. American K-12 schools, colleges, and universities underwent their formative development in earlier eras. They matured in a time devoid of intense international competition, a time when a nation’s power was principally derived from what it could grow and extract from the ground, a time when human knowledge expanded incrementally, not exponentially, a time when individual creativity was subordinate to collective activity, and a time when most individuals prepared for life-long careers, and felt no need continually to reinvent oneself. America’s historic education system was ahead of its time and has served the nation well. Graphic #1A
6th European Conference on Games Based Learning Over the last ten years, the way in which education and training is delivered has changed considerably with the advent of new technologies. One such new technology that holds considerable promise for helping to engage learners is Games-Based Learning (GBL). The Conference offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to GBL to share their thinking and research findings. Papers can cover various issues and aspects of GBL in education and training: technology and implementation issues associated with the development of GBL; use of mobile and MMOGs for learning; pedagogical issues associated with GBL; social and ethical issues in GBL; GBL best cases and practices, and other related aspects.
Formative vs Summative Assessment - Enhancing Education The assessment of teaching and learning can be viewed as two complementary and overlapping activities that aim to benefit both the quality of student learning and the professional development of the instructor. Assessing learning alone is not sufficient because the ultimate success of students is also dependent upon their motivation and commitment to learning. Similarly, assessing only teaching behaviors and course activities is not sufficient because qualities of the instructor may be appreciated by students but not optimally helpful to their learning and growth. Done in tandem, assessing teaching and learning can help instructors improve and refine their teaching practices and help improve students’ learning and performance. CONTACT US to talk with an Eberly colleague in person!