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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

Three Things to Unlearn About Learning
Inquiry Learning Teaching Strategies flickr:CDsessums “If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator author and consultant, at a talk at ISTE 2012. “We need to acknowledge that this is a very interesting moment, and even though in a lot of ways this isn’t what we signed up for when we went into teaching… as educators, it’s our job to figure it out.” Seeing the balance move from a place of scarcity of information to over-abundance on the web — and the ability to “carry around the sum of human knowledge on our phones” — Richardson said educators must start thinking of schooling differently. “This abundance has the potential to be amazing, but it’s not amazing if we don’t do anything with it,” he said. 1. “We have to stop being in charge of the curriculum and allow kids to create their own education,” he said. 2. 3. Related

Learning and Education As technology continues to transform our society, those responsible for our current systems of learning and education are facing overwhelming pressure to adapt. Education technology, connected learning and the rise of the Networked Society is transforming the established concept of learning, teachers’ roles and even the nature of knowledge itself. Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? In this video, renowned experts and educators explain how learning and education are shifting away from a model based on memorization and repetition toward one that focuses on individual needs and self-expression. Lifelong learning Formalized education is only one of many sources for the knowledge and skills we need to be able to participate in and contribute in society. Future schools Progressive schools are already exploring the revolutionary possibilities that education technology offers. An ecosystem for learning

6 Education SlideShares To Inspire, Improve And Innovate Your School One of the things I love about the modern web is the willingness of talented people to share their amazing content for free. Online communities that encourage individuals to share their work in return for broad exposure and the respect and credibility that this builds. One of the strongest and most vibrant communities fostering this culture is SlideShare. SlideShare is a priceless resource and one that is often overlooked when searching and creating content on the web. With this in mind, here are six great educational SlideShares that you may like to share with your school audience. Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators As Curators This very sharp and well designed set of slides focuses on curation of content for students and teachers. How I Flipped My Classroom A very hands-on slide deck, this presentation delves into the process that teacher, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, used to flip her classroom. The End Of Teaching Using Diigo in the Classroom QR Codes in the Classroom & Library, Too!

Imagination My 10 Favorite Education Infographics Of 2012 (So Far) We live in a world of quick consumption, bite-size morsels of information, and visualizations of just about everything. All of this has become boiled down into the uber-popular infographic. They pop up from time to time on Edudemic and I often have a tough time determining if I should actually run versus another. I’ve been saving up all of my favorite infographics for a post just like this one. I picked each infographic based on the topic, breadth of information, and overall worth. The phrase ‘sum is greater than its parts’ comes to mind as each of these 10 infographics is useful in its own right… but altogether they’re downright overwhelmingly helpful. The Public Thinks Laptops Shouldn’t Be Allowed in Class Until High School Technology has become an integral part of life in most parts of America, but some people are still concerned about how we introduce it to young people. The Internet: A Decade Later The growth of the internet in the last 10 years is staggering. Our Future Demands STEM

Developing critical thinking It means not taking what you hear or read at face value, but using your critical faculties to weigh up the evidence, and considering the implications and conclusions of what the writer is saying. Imagine two situations. On the first, you are on a country walk and you come across a notice which tells you not to attempt to climb a fence because of risk of electrocution. Would you pause to consider before obeying this instruction? On the other hand, suppose you were to receive a letter from a local farmer announcing that he proposed to put up an electric fence to protect a certain field. In this case, would you not be more likely to think about his reasons for doing so and what the implications would be for you and your family? An allied skill is the ability to analyse – that is, to read or listen for the following points: How robust are the points presented as evidence? Debate: arguing different points of view. Selecting information critically For books, who is the publisher? 1. 2. 3. 4.

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory Culture Design Thinking Teaching Strategies Brightworks School Students building a cafe at Brightworks School in San Francisco. By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? If we’re serious about preparing students to become innovators, educators have some hard work ahead. How do we fill the gap between saying we must encourage innovation and teaching students how to actually generate and execute original ideas? Across disparate fields, from engineering and technology to the social and environmental sectors, innovators use a common problem-solving process. In the classroom, this same process corresponds neatly with the stages of project-based learning. Good projects start with good questions. Innovators have a tendency to think big. Related

Theory and Practice of Online Learning ack in 1982, one reviewer hailed Athabasca University’s book Learning at a Distance: A World Perspective as “a miracle of educational publishing.” Open and distance learning has evolved through several mutations since then, and Athabasca has now brought us up to date with a wonderfully perceptive and complete guide to the theory and practice of online learning. Most of the authors are from Athabasca University and their shared experience of developing online learning within that extraordinarily successful open university allows them to analyse online learning for the wider world in an admirably coherent manner. Starting with a comprehensive summary of relevant educational theory, the book revisits, in a lively way, the great dichotomies that have marked the history of open and distance learning. marketplace in order to help institutional leaders decide where their own advantage might lie. Sir John Daniel Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Eric Sheninger: An Idea Whose Time Has Come As we continue to move even further into the 21st century, technology becomes more embedded in all aspects of society. As a father, I see this firsthand with my son, who is in first grade. The gift he wanted the most this past Christmas was an iPod Touch, which Santa was kind enough to bring him. As society continues to move forward in terms of innovation, technology, and global connectivity, schools are being stymied by relentless cuts to education. The world of education is often defined by the "haves" and "have-nots." There are many well-respected educators that I greatly admire who feel that BYOT has no place in schools. We launched our BYOT program at New Milford High School this past September after just piloting it with the senior class last spring. Begin to change the way students view their devices by changing the language when they are referenced.

Experiences of online education: a student point of view. | La realidad MOOCs are really enjoyable, it could be for many reasons which I highlight being at home and attend your family, or most important being with them, also going to work without worrying about the attendance in class or in most cases it’s completely free. I am from Colombia, and I am studying online my career and I must admit that although they both (virtual class in my university- MOOCs) are online they are totally diverse. First while I have to attend on Saturdays to class, MOOCS do not allow me to do so, some people could say that because it is MASSIVE, I know it is true and even though in some courses the teachers ask to your questions, I must admit that I need a teacher by my side. I am not saying that this kind of course are not what I am looking for, indeed the experience in Coursera has been exciting and varied from what I used to feel. As I said before, I am not against online education nor face to face. Still, I want to hear your opinions and learn more and more from you! Me gusta:

Student Engagement: 5 Ways To Get – and Keep – Your Students’ Attention - Marzano Center Keeping students engaged is easy. Not! Using unusual information to capture “situational interest” keeps students guessing. It’s hot! Think back to your days in science class: Sirius is also called the “Dog Star.” Yes indeed! Students who are interested learn more. To increase student engagement, take time to incorporate the following concepts, from Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching, into your lessons: 1.High Energy The same part of the brain that processes movement also processes learning. 2.Missing information Curiosity killed the cat, and it also increases student’s “appetitive” state. 3.Mild Controversy and Competition Students enjoy problem-solving with their peers. 4.The Self-System The self-system is the system that controls what we decide to attend to. 5.Mild Pressure Students are smart; they look for patterns in our behavior. Don’t forget to provide adequate wait time before calling on the next student. If you read this far, now you can explain the “three second pause.”