The Tempered Radical | By Bill Ferriter ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. To counteract educational standards, testing and uniformity, this fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity -- products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating -- and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, do-it-yourself (DIY) style. Museums, libraries, community centers and after-school programs have designed physical and virtual "makerspaces" to host communities of supportive peers and mentors invested in creating everything from nail polish design and webpages to jewelry and robots . . . and now, even school curriculum. Inventing Production-Centered Schools Makers, using grounded research on how students learn outside of class, are rethinking schools. Rethinking Your Classroom Like you, students need to find nurturing places in real life and on the web to geek out with others who share their passion. Maker Resources
Official Google Blog: Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning Management guru Peter Drucker noted that companies attracting the best knowledge workers will "secure the single biggest factor for competitive advantage." We and other forward-looking companies put a lot of effort into hiring such people. What are we looking for? At the highest level, we are looking for non-routine problem-solving skills. Here's a real-life example, a challenge a team of our engineers once faced: designing a spell-checker for the Google search engine. How do we find these non-routine savants? ... analytical reasoning. ... communication skills. ... a willingness to experiment. ... team players. ... passion and leadership. These characteristics are not just important in our business, but in every business, as well as in government, philanthropy, and academia. And then keep on challenging yourself, because learning doesn't end with graduation.
Snapshots of Effective Practice | Lucy West: Insights Into Effective Practice Lucy West: Insights Into Effective Practice On This Page: What Really Matters? Download QuickTimeDownload Windows Media Lucy West shares techniques that improve achievement and enable students who are struggling to contribute confidently to classroom dialogue. Types of Talk Download QuickTimeDownload Windows Media Five types of talk exist – rote, recitation, instruction, discussion and dialogue. Talk, Task, Feedback Download QuickTimeDownload Windows Media Oracy development and the importance of cognition as an outcome of discourse are two of the factors that contribute to the successful interconnection of talk, task and feedback. Student Voice Download QuickTimeDownload Windows Media Lucy West outlines how teachers can foster student voice by encouraging them to articulate their reasoning and by valuing their ideas in the classroom. Culture of Classroom Discourse Download QuickTimeDownload Windows Media What factors are evident in a culture of classroom discourse? Becoming a Learning Organization
20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. Microsoft Educator Network - For Schools : Partners in Learning School Research Overview Educators around the globe recognize that teaching and learning needs to be transformed to align with the realities of life and work in the 21st century. Today's learners need to develop higher order skills and know how to create and collaborate. At the same time, school leaders need to build their teachers' capacity to develop these skills in students. The transformation goes beyond Information Communications Technology (ICT). Partners in Learning School Research is a free, online survey sent out by a school administrator to school leaders and teachers to gain their individual self-assessment on the current state of innovative teaching practices in their school and their own class. Easily create data driven, action oriented reports Once your surveys have been taken, your school receives a data-driven, action-oriented report with concrete recommendations for how your school can develop and expand its innovative teaching and learning. The survey has two sets of questions.
About Paideia | What is Paideia? Paideia is active learning—engaging students through thought-provoking seminar discussion, growth of intellectual skills, and mastery of information. Benefits of Paideia for students and educators Educators who use Paideia’s active learning approach find that: Don Burton, an elementary school teacher in Milwaukee, WI, said of the Paideia method, “This is what children need. Paideia’s story Paideia comes from the Greek word for the holistic upbringing of a child. The Paideia method was developed in the early 1980s by the philosopher Mortimer Adler. Today, thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools across the United States and other countries use the Paideia method to engage students in active learning. Bring Paideia to your school The Paideia approach can be adapted to all subjects, from kindergarten through high school. Paideia regards both educators and students as lifelong learners.
6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind 6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind The role of play in learning is a complex thing, in part because it is easily misunderstood as “playing is learning.” While that’s certainly true, there is also a role for play in formal learning experiences as well. As self-directed learning becomes more possible and more potent in the 21st century, the idea of one learner riffing casually off another is increasingly accessible. So the chart below from thestrong.org is not only well-timed, but apt in this context. In identifying these elements, it actually function as a kind of spectrum, where anticipation can lead to full-on wonderment, surprise can lead to astonishment, and so on. 6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind
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Regroupement pour l'étude de l'éducation francophone en milieu minoritaire How to Close the Achievement Gap: Arts Education As we celebrate Arts in Education Week, it is fitting to point out the many benefits of arts education. Research has shown that the arts prepare students for success in school, work and life by boosting math and literacy achievement, developing creativity and critical thinking skills, strengthening perseverance, facilitating cross-cultural understanding and much, much more (the Arts Education Partnership has compiled a research bulletin with citations for these and other outcomes of arts education, if you would like more information). Of course, there are other, more direct reasons to study the arts. I wonder why we feel compelled to defend music, art, dance and drama for their subsidiary benefits: enhanced brain development, spatial/visual/temporal processing, improving memory and attention, physical coordination, personal discipline and teamwork? I would expand “music” to include the other arts. The Achievement Gap The Opportunity Gap What Can Educators Do?
How the Web is changing how we learn – and what it means for today’s L&D Article written for the 50th edition of the Inside Learning Technologies magazine, October 2014 For the last 8 years I have been compiling a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning_ from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide – both from education as well as those involved in workplace learning. It clearly shows that a growing number of individuals are using the Web to learn in many different ways – either out of personal interest or to meet a professional need or solve a performance problem. For instance They are accessing a wide variety of instructional and informational resources – not just MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) but videos, podcasts, and other resourcesThey are building a professional network of trusted colleagues – both inside and outside their organization – with whom they connect on a regularly basis to exchange ideas, resources, and links and from whom they learn on a continuous basis – sometimes without realizing it.
Est-ce que l’école est faite pour l’apprentissage? La vérité dans cette vidéo de Will Richardson Je vous invite à écouter cette conférence de Will Richardson. J’ai eu le privilège de le rencontrer et d’écouter cette personne lors du colloque EdTechTeacher Summit de Chicago à l’été 2014. Puisque la vidéo est en anglais, voici quelques moments importants de celle-ci. Quelles sont les conditions pour qu’un élève puisse apprendre? Selon son sondage : un environnement sécuritaire, un investissement personnel, des applications de la vraie vie, avoir du plaisir, de la signification, un environnement social, des questions intéressantes, un environnement positif, une audience réelle, de la passion, un enseignant mentor, avoir de l’autonomie, des défis, pas de limite de temps. Personne ne dit que l’apprentissage doit avoir lieu dans une classe standard avec un curriculum fixe, du contrôle et des examens standardisés. Il y a une déconnexion entre les deux. Ensuite, il discute de ses enfants et de leurs passions. L’école n’est plus faite pour l’apprentissage moderne.