online learning insights | A Blog about Open and Online Education 12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning Earlier this year as I was preparing for a series of presentations at annual school leaders and administrators events, several of my fellow EdLeader21 members suggested that I compile a list of my favorite 21st century resources -- tools and practices that introduce and encourage the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) in our schools. It was great fun pulling this list together, and I'd like to share it with you. Nugget #1: The Plate I often tell the story of the Upper Arlington plate. Nugget #2: The Poster Like so many of our schools and districts, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Georgia) has created their own version of 21st century outcomes: the Mount Vernon Mind. Nugget #3: The Murals The Katherine Smith Elementary School in the Evergreen (California) USD has embraced the 4Cs and adopted a particularly colorful way to reinforce them -- a local artist came in and adorned the campus with murals. Nugget #4: The Best Guide for Teachers
Social media policy - Department of Justice, Victoria You are here: HomeSocial mediaSocial media policy This is the official policy for social media use at the Department of Justice and provides guidance for departmental employees and external contractors on their professional and personal use of social media. All employees are responsible for knowing and understanding the policy. Department of Justice Social Media Policy This policy was developed to sit under the framework for the Guidance for the use of social media in the Victorian public sector released by the Public Sector Standards Commissioner. The intention of this policy is to establish a culture of openness, trust and integrity in our online activities. The objectives of this policy are compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the Public Sector Standards Commissioner Guidelines for the use of social media in the Victorian public sector. Scope This policy applies to all employees and contractors of the department. Compliance Identifying inappropriate use
Research for Practitioners: Can Text Messages (SMS) Support Learning? by Clark N. Quinn “We too often neglect meta-learning (learning to learn) strategies in our approaches. Having support for these strategies, in addition to all else we do for our learners, is likely to increase the learning outcomes.” Do you take the time to read through examples provided in learning experiences and explain to yourself why the author took each step? The most successful learners do. Studies have found positive results for providing support for learning strategies, particularly for at-risk learners. Yet too much intervention and the cure may be worse than the disease. The study Goh, T.T., B.C. The question Support for learners, particularly those identified as “at risk,” is demonstrably valuable, but learner support provided beforehand tends to dissipate quickly, and ongoing methods can be onerous. This study looked at using a common technology for reaching individuals—text messaging—to see if such a method could provide ongoing support in less intrusive ways. The methods The results Reference
Snapchat's new original series is called Literally Can't Even | The Verge Snapchat will premiere its first original scripted series tomorrow, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The show, Literally Can't Even, will star Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn. Spielberg and Goldwyn, daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, also wrote the series, which is basically about their own lives: They play friends and writing partners who go through breakups, juice cleanses, and other Los Angeles-esque trials of young adulthood. Just what we need: Los Angeles misadventures Literally Can't Even will be hosted on Snap Channel, part of Snapchat's new ad-supported Discover service, which launched last week. By creating content in-house, Snapchat is making moves to compete with companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Literally Can't Even premieres January 31st.
Community safety and crime prevention - Internet safety Staying safe online The internet is now part of everyday life. We use it to work, shop, play games and catch up with family and friends. In Fife, we are focussing on five main areas of risk: Accessing inappropriate material Online scams Online gaming Social networking Mobile internet access and smart phones These web pages provide advice on how to stay safe and secure when online, along with information about useful websites and other information sources. For more information contact Saiqa Naseem, Policy Officer Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 33 Contact Saiqa Naseem onlineBy Post: , Fife Council Brunton House, High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QU
Improving Professional Practice:Moving to Evidence-Based Professional Practice Schools have recently begun to place increased emphasis on the use of rigorous research evidence in guiding instructional decisions. These efforts have been partly inspired by the No Child Left Behind Act's insistent call for the use of “scientifically based” research. As educators, however, we are driven by a much more powerful force than legislative mandates: We sincerely want to know that our actions will help students succeed. How can we harness the power of scientific research on behalf of the students we serve? What We Know Turning education into an evidence-based field is easier to advocate than to achieve, particularly in an environment of competing claims about what works. Too few rigorous and relevant studies. What You Can Do Despite these ongoing challenges, several resources are available that can help educators bridge the gap between research and practice. Explore ways to strengthen the connection between research and practice. Educators Take Note References Raymond, M.
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