The Tempered Radical | By Bill Ferriter great Thomas Friedman article For many politicians, “outsourcing” is a four-letter word because it involves jobs leaving “here” and going “there.” But for many C.E.O.’s, outsourcing is over. In today’s seamlessly connected world, there is no “out” and no “in” anymore. For politicians, it’s all about “made in America,” but, for C.E.O.’s, it is increasingly about “made in the world” — a world where more and more products are now imagined everywhere, designed everywhere, manufactured everywhere in global supply chains and sold everywhere. Yes, this is a simplification, but the trend is accurate. Which is why it is disturbing when more studies show that American K-12 schools continue to lag behind other major industrialized countries on the international education tests. Well, a dose of reality is on the way thanks to Andreas Schleicher and his team at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which coordinates the Program for International Student Assessment, known as the PISA test.
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
John T. Spencer 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
Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills “The idea that a company’s senior leaders have all the answers and can solve problems by themselves has gone completely by the wayside…The person who’s close to the work has to have strong analytic skills. You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don’t take things at face value, don’t go in with preconceived ideas that you’re trying to prove.” —Ellen Kumata, consultant to Fortune 200 companies “The biggest problem we have in the company as a whole is finding people capable of exerting leadership across the board…Our mantra is that you lead by influence, rather than authority.” “I’ve been here four years, and we’ve done fundamental reorganization every year because of changes in the business…I can guarantee the job I hire someone to do will change or may not exist in the future, so this is why adaptability and learning skills are more important than technical skills.” “The biggest skill people are missing is the ability to communicate: both written and oral presentations.
20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. Stump The Teacher 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.
Tony Wagner on Innovation Teaching and Learning | Feature Creating a Culture of Innovation In a world where knowledge is available with a few clicks of the mouse, colleges and universities must find new ways to give students the skills to succeed. Tony Wagner, innovation education fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (MA), is a frequent speaker on transforming education for the 21st century and consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations internationally. Campus Technology: You talk a lot about reinventing the education system. Tony Wagner: I think students are going to have to hack their own education going forward. CT: Are MOOCs part of the solution? Wagner: What we see with MOOCs is that knowledge is being commoditized.
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
Alan November Alan thrives on confirming and challenging educators’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. More than anything, he is a teacher at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages. Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. “As an educator, sometimes all you need is inspiration to work harder for your students. Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. Alan’s resume can be found here.
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