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Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution
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TEDTalks Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin ... TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). This Is Unbelievable Pennsylvania just approved the operation of four new cyber-charter schools, bringing the number of online charter schools in the state to 17. This is literally unbelievable. We constantly hear lectures from “reformers” about data-driven decision-making and focusing only on results. They like to say “it’s for the children.” “Children first.” “Students first.” The existing cyber-charters in Pennsylvania have been evaluated and found to have disastrous results. Of 105,000 charter students in the state, 32,000 are in cyber-charters. Citing the Stanford CREDO study of cyber-charters in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Education Coalition writes: “In an April 2011 study (PDF), the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University reviewed the academic performance in Pennsylvania’s charter schools. The virtual-school students started out with higher test scores than their counterparts in regular charters. Further, of 12 cyber-charters, only 2 made AYP. Like this:

Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined As a treat for the readers of this blog here is a longer and more complete interview with Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded as part of the Learning {Re}imagined book where he discusses educational technology, creativity, assessment and the future of learning (15 minutes). There are more exclusive videos contained within the book when used together with the free app. Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global think tank that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programmes and ideas to transform the way we learn, teach and live. His book, Learning {Re}imagined was recently published by Bloomsbury/WISE and is available now.

4 Steps To Succeed In The Digital Age [Slides] OK, I admit it. I am a sucker for a great slideshare presentation. I subscribe to a number of respected marketers, business people and brands who create slideshare presentations I think are worth reviewing. And then I like to review them here. Last week I saw this great presentation from Jeff Bullas (@JeffBullas) from the land down under. It’s called “How to Win in a Digital Economy.” Jeff writes some of the best blog articles on social media marketing, so I knew his slides would be great also. The Challenges: How to get found in a universe of over 500 Million + websites, 150 million blogs, 2.2 Billion banner ads served every day, 700,000 keyword searches every minute? How to Succeed in The Digital Age Step One: Design and build online assets (website, blogs, social accounts). Connect an online store, social account and mobile platform to your website. Step 2: Develop Your Marketing Strategy. Step 4: Monitor, Measure and Modify.

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015. Creative Teaching Let me say a few words about creativity. It’s sometimes said that creativity cannot be defined. There are two other concepts to keep in mind: imagination and innovation. Creativity is putting your imagination to work. None of these is true. Creativity is about fresh thinking. Creativity is not the opposite of discipline and control. Creativity is not a linear process, in which you have to learn all the necessary skills before you get started.

How Much and What Kind of Teacher Education Do Novices Need? An official with an influential foundation eager to transform teacher education was convinced that: [T]eacher education could occur rapidly given the long tenure in classrooms already served by intending teachers: The underlying assumption was that bright candidates, after spending sixteen years in elementary, secondary, and college classrooms, have inevitably absorbed a good deal of knowledge about classroom management and techniques of teaching, and that with this backlog of experience a high level of professional skill could be rapidly reached through special courses, seminars, classroom experience, and discussions. Year? 1969. Program? Masters in Arts of Teaching. By the end of the 1970s, MATs had largely disappeared. Here’s Amanda Ripley comparing fighter pilot preparation to teacher training: Before the Air Force technician George Deneault flew combat missions, he had to practice—a lot. The only way the brain learns to handle unpredictable environments is to practice. Like this:

12 Most Stifling Reasons You Aren't As Creative As You Could Be And How To Change That Now! Practice makes perfect. Creativity can be cultivated. It can be nurtured. It’s a steady practice. Create. Fail. 1. The first step is to silence the inner critic. 2. Countless greats have kept daily journals. 3. You have to come to the realization that you are good enough to create. 4. Instead of running away from your challenges, face them and explore what it is they’re trying to show you. 5. Commit to everything with passion and action. 6. Essence is who you are. 7. Be prolific. 8. After you have squeezed your creative mind you can feel drained but it’s easy to fill up again. 9. Whether you are finger-painting with a kindergartner or creating a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, you still access the same neural pathways. 10. We often stumble in the creative process when we have an idea of how we think things “should be.” 11. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 12. Things take time and patience is a virtue. So where are your fresh ideas coming from?

For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire Stacy BrownErin Olson, an English teacher in Iowa who is featured in our post, uses Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion. Go to related 2011 article » The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month, and since we’d be nothing without the teachers we’ve connected with over the years, we’re enthusiastically on board. To celebrate, we asked every educator who has written a guest post for us, been featured in a Reader Idea, or collaborated on one of our features to answer two simple questions: What is one important thing you’ve learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (P.L.N.), however you define that network? Reading their responses, below, is a crash course in how to be a “connected educator.” So read what they have to say, follow the links to their work both within and outside The Learning Network, and, when you’re done, tell us how you’d answer those two questions yourself. Aliza Aufrichtig | Flocabulary The Year in Rap Contest

Top 7 eBooks for Educators If you know us here at SimpleK12, you know we love our free eBooks. From time to time, we give them out via email, blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, and webinars. And it turns out, you love our free eBooks too! I've received so many questions about eBooks (mainly, on how to get MORE), that I thought I'd share a list of our most popular eBooks. So grab some coffee, kick up your bunny slippers, and take it all in... Top 7 SimpleK12 eBooks for Educators Click on the title of each eBook to view and download the resource for free. -Kimberly PS - You can view a complete list of ALL the eBooks available inside the Teacher Learning Community here:

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