Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? | People & Places It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. “I took Besart on that year as my private student,” Louhivuori told me in his office, which boasted a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” poster on the wall and an electric guitar in the closet. Years later, a 20-year-old Besart showed up at Kirkkojarvi’s Christmas party with a bottle of Cognac and a big grin.
The Cassiopeia Project: Free Science Education Online by Maria Popova What a mysterious retired physicist has to do with the future of learning. In 2008, The Cassiopeia Project began quietly publishing high-definition videos exploring in an intelligent yet digestible manner nearly every corner of the science spectrum, and releasing them online for free. We believe that if you can visualize it, then understanding it is not far behind.” The project, operating under the slogan “No science teacher left behind,” is funded by an adamantly anonymous retired scientist who, after weighing the benefits of helping academic institutions versus helping teachers, he chose the latter and made it his mission to champion science literacy in the US. All the content is open-source and educators are encouraged to edit, remix and otherwise customize the footage. Sadly, the effort appears to be in stagnation since 2009, but we sincerely hope to see it resurface with more fantastic content. via MeFi Share on Tumblr
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Virtual Schools Booming As States Mull Warnings DENVER -- More schoolchildren than ever are taking their classes online, using technology to avoid long commutes to school, add courses they wouldn't otherwise be able to take – and save their school districts money. But as states pour money into virtual classrooms, with an estimated 200,000 virtual K-12 students in 40 states from Washington to Wisconsin, educators are raising questions about online learning. States are taking halting steps to increase oversight, but regulation isn't moving nearly as fast as the virtual school boom. The online school debate pits traditional education backers, often teachers' unions, against lawmakers tempted by the promise of cheaper online schools and school-choice advocates who believe private companies will apply cutting-edge technology to education. Is online education as good as face-to-face teaching? Virtual education companies tout a 2009 research review conducted for the U.S. Still, virtual schooling at the K-12 level is booming. Online:
School of the Future: Unschooling Education - Education What do you want to learn? School of the Future is a project about what a school can be. This un-school will facilitate a model of apprenticeship and collaborative learning that questions what we know and how we learn. The mission and hypothesis is that the best learner-teachers are the best teacher-learners. School of the Future invites adventurous teachers and learners to propose classes, workshops, apprenticeships, installations, or moments that add to our active research about how to make a better education. School of the Future is an ongoing experiment that can happen anywhere, at anytime. From solar-powered lighting to a giant scrabble board, Tyvek mountains and experimental food sculptures, the School of the Future is an invitation to experiment and analyze learning through the arts. During the school's July 2010 semester, a research document will be created and distributed in collaboration with the School's student body and teaching staff.
In 2011: How the Internet Revolutionized Education As connection speeds increase and the ubiquity of the Web pervades, free education has never been so accessible. An Internet connection gives lifelong learners the tools to become autodidacts, eschewing exorbitant tuition and joining the ranks of other self-taught great thinkers in history such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Paul Allen and Ernest Hemingway. We can be learning all the time now, whenever we want, and wherever we want. And because of that, we’re seeing explosive growth in online education. Insider How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education This was our seminal piece on online education, which includes interviews with UC Berkeley professors and CEOs and Founders of today’s most disruptive education startups. Stay in or drop out? There’s a lot of debate right now about whether or not paying for a degree is worth it, a particular problem facing entrepreneurs. How Technology Has Changed Education Skillshare lets you learn anything from anyone News Apps Coding
La source thermale d’Akitsu – 1962 – Kiju Yoshida Cette histoire d’amour, s’écoulant sur les 17 années d’après-guerre, permet à Kiju Yoshida de véhiculer avec simplicité et efficacité sa vision du Japon dit moderne. En s’intéressant à la passion humaine, faisant d’elle le cœur même du film, le cinéaste remonte à l’essentiel de ses interrogations sur son époque. Signe d’une maturité dans la quête de cet artiste. 1945, la défaite est proche. Le Japon de 1945 est en ruines, heureusement la fin de la guerre est proche. Akitsu doit être son ultime résidence. À défaut d’être son tombeau, Akitsu marque la renaissance de Shusaku. Cette passion va exister durant de nombreuses années, sans jamais se concrétiser. L’approche de l’amour est d’ailleurs différent entre eux. Le passage à la couleur est superbement maîtrisé, Kiju Yoshida profite pleinement des paysages naturels d’Akitsu à travers les saisons. Note =
4 Reasons Your Brain Loves to Learn Online Are we offloading our brains onto the web? Are programs better than teachers at knowing what we know? Do virtual badges motivate more than grades? We’ve analyzed here four different special powers of online teaching that make brains very happy. 1) Memory: This is your brain on-line. According to Columbia neuroscientist Betsy Sparrow and her team, “We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools”. Dr. So is offloading our brain making us dumber? “Accessibility [of information] changes the relative importance of certain topics in much the same ways that a calculator changes the relative importance of some things.” Kuntz, who’s V.P. of research at the fast growing adaptive learning company, explained that fields of knowledge that were off-loaded simply left room for cogitation on other topics. “Long division, for example, is a process that, in my opinion, is more or less irrelevant, you never have to work through a problem in that way.” He measured responses to curvey lines, like this one:
MIT Launches Free Interactive Online Learning Platform - Education Ten years ago, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created its OpenCourseWare project, giving free access to college course materials was a revolutionary concept. Now, the school plans to take the spirit of OCW to the next level by launching MITx, a new online learning platform. Like OCW, courses taught on the MITx platform will be completely free. What sets the new program apart, though, is that students who complete the courses and demonstrate mastery of the content will be able to receive a certificate that can be added to a resumé (certificates will not be free). The venture is not-for-profit, so MIT officials say they’re working to make the credentialing component of the project "highly affordable". The head of the project, provost L. An experimental prototype version of MITx will launch sometime in spring 2012 with a few classes, and the project will grow over time. Photo via (cc) Flickr user vobios
Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million Today at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, took the stage to share a few quick stats on the growth of his online video education platform. For those unfamiliar, Khan Academy is, as John Batelle noted this afternoon, one of Bill Gates’ favorite educators. It also happens to be one of mine, but I thought you’d probably resonate a bit more with Bill Gates. But Khan Academy is the institution of Salman Khan, who brought the idea of educating young people, self-starters, people who learn at their own pace — online. While Khan is a not-for-profit organization, the Academy has received donations from The Gates Foundation and also won Google’s “Project 10^100″. It looks like all the publicity and traction Khan Academy has been getting of late is really starting to pay off, which is great to see.
A Resource Guide for Indie Authors La Source thermale d'Akitsu, réalisé par Kijû Yoshida Œuvre de la première partie de la filmographie de Yoshishige « Kijû » Yoshida, la mise en scène de La Source thermale d’Akitsu (1962) ne possède pas l’esprit aventureux de ses réalisations postérieures, emblématique de la Nouvelle Vague japonaise. En lieu et place, Yoshida pose un style visuel somptueux, au cadrage et la photographie remarquables, le tout illustrant un récit qui est, lui, perturbé et subversif. Fascinant mélodrame étonnamment morbide, La Source thermale d’Akitsu est aussi un puissant et complexe portrait de femme, comme les dessinera dans la suite de sa carrière le réalisateur. Août 1945, au Japon. L’empire du Soleil Levant résonne encore des grondements au dessus de Nagasaki et d’Hiroshima, dont les bombardements ont eu lieu à peine une semaine avant. Atteint de pneumonie, Shusaku revient dans sa ville natale, pour la trouver détruite, et sa famille disparue. Le Japon d’Hiro Hito devait-il survivre au déshonneur de la capitulation de 1945 ?