Hack Education Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014 Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: #Fail Part 10 in my Top 10 Trends of 2014 series 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first one-to-one laptop program. In 1990, the Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Australia gave all its students in Years 5 through 12 a computer. 2015 will mark the 35th anniversary of the publication of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms. It’ll be the 15th anniversary of Maine Governor Angus King’s proposal to give a laptop to every middle school student and teacher in the state. I’m not sure how the ed-tech industry will celebrate.
MyWays Learning MyWays: A Next Gen Toolset The MyWays tools helps educators address the Three Big Questions of Next Generation Learning: How well are we defining and articulating what success looks like for students attending our school? How well does our design for learning and the organization of our school directly support students' attainment of our richer, deeper definition of success? Open Online Learning – A Paradigm Shift Entrepreneurial opportunities in Open Online Learning A new age rushes towards us like an unstoppable tsunami. A global information age, rising from the combined effect of the prior tectonic plate shift inventions of the microchip and internet. It is an age that will usher in the ‘Neo-Renaissance Man’ capable of human capital output many times greater than that of their singularly specialised industrial-age predecessor. This new-age person will come into being by a paradigm shift in education – the full exploitation and engagement of Open Online Learning. Introduction – Open Online Learning
UNESCO ASPNet The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network, or ASPNet for short, is a program established in 1953 to encourage schools worldwide to educate students on issues related to UNESCO's "overarching goal of promoting peace and international understanding". As of 2008[update], it includes nearly eight thousand educational institutions in over 170 countries. ASPnet schools conduct their own projects, often linking with schools from other countries, or may become involved in a UNESCO-coordinated activity, such as the "World Heritage in Young Hands" project.
Getting Grades out of the Way Patrick Henry Winston “What was class average?” I feel like I have been asked a 1,000 times, and I confess, each time it makes me cringe. It tells me the student is fixated on evaluation, not on the material. It tells me the student is competing with other students, rather than aspiring for a level of knowledge. It tells me the student thinks we grade on a curve, which is prohibited by a sensible MIT rule. Generation Do-It-Yourself (Gen DIY) : Communities In Schools Communities In Schools is collaborating with Getting Smart on their new blog project, Generation Do-It-Yourself (“GenDIY”), which will tell the stories of young people taking control and charting a course to careers they love. The #GenDIY blog series on The Huffington Post and GettingSmart.com aims to highlight examples of how America's youth is fighting unemployment and the rising costs of education by paving personal pathways through K-12 and postsecondary to find and create jobs. The inaugural blog offers up examples of the five broad categories for a short blog (400-800 words) and/or a Google Hangout: Welcome to GenDIY: Let’s face it, it’s different being young today. We’re looking at the good, bad and ugly realities of being a Millennial learner. Charting Your Own Course: At some point you decide it’s up to you, but how do you decide what to do?
Enstitute, an Alternative to College for a Digital Elite Ms. Gao decided that she didn’t want to continue studying at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York. At first she considered transferring to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, but she changed her mind when she saw that her tuition bill would be around $44,000 a year, with only a small amount of financial aid available. “I didn’t want to come out of college with $200,000 in debt and have to spend 10 years paying it off,” she said. Yet she still sought a way to nurture her interest in technology. Three language lessons you can learn from the word “schlemiel” In honor of National Poetry Month, let’s tackle some of the trickiest aspects of meaning — after all, poetry is one of the great ways to express subtle and slippery thoughts. Our focus today is translation. How can someone convey the meaning of a word that has no equivalent in another language?
Standards-Based Grading Here's a short list of my most-hated student questions: 1) Is this going to be graded? 2) How much will this bring up/down my grade? Nine Dangerous Things You Learned In School We live in an exciting and interesting time — one when some of our most commonly accepted ideas, traditions and principals are being challenged. This past week featured a fascinating read in the Wall Street Journal asking “Are Playgrounds Too Safe?”, making the case that “ decades of dumbed-down playgrounds, fueled by fears of litigation, concerns about injury and worrywart helicopter parents, have led to cookie-cutter equipment that offers little thrill.” The result being children less compelled to play outside, potentially stunting emotional and physical development and exacerbating a nationwide epidemic of childhood obesity.
Fibonacci number A tiling with squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence: or (often, in modern usage): (sequence A000045 in OEIS).