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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

Design-Driven Innovation A while back I received Design-Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti in the mail. Design-Driven Innovation is an approachable 230 pages, and is an easy, and pleasant read. Roberto Verganti is Professor of Management of Innovation Politecnico di Milano and the founder of PROject Science. If you’ve read books on innovation, they’ve probably been treatises or essays on the topic from a traditional process or strategy angle. Design-Driven Innovation is something different. Design-driven innovation is more about understanding the real meanings that users give to things then about understanding their needs. The book is broken into three main sections: StrategyProcessBuilding Capabilities Here are some of the core principles from the book to spark your thinking: I would love to hear what you think in the comments (especially if you’ve read this book).

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!

Educational and Assistive Technology Consulting Services — EdTech Associates ucation Innovation Clusters | Office of Educational Technology By accelerating the pace of innovation in learning sciences and technologies, the United States has the opportunity to close the achievement gap, improve national competitiveness, and drive economic growth. Accelerating the pace of innovation requires a fresh approach to research and development and the infrastructure that supports it. Education Innovation Clusters Creating a new education innovation ecosystem requires new types of partnerships that cross traditional domain silos. The US Department of Education seeks to identify forward-thinking regions where commercial, academic, and education partners have come together to form an innovation cluster focusing on a specific challenge that their region is uniquely suited to address and solve. Elements of an Education Innovation Cluster Educational partners would provide the environment where emerging learning technologies could be piloted and new solutions could be developed with input from students and teachers.

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

The Elements Of A Digital Classroom What are the components of a digital classroom? From eBooks to smartboards, iTunesU implementation to online learning, the classroom as we know it is changing. It’s true that a digital classroom is a vague idea. And subjective–one educator’s cutting edge learning laboratory is the next educator’s been there, done that. The following inforgraphic looks at some of the more common elements of a digital classroom, including: eBooksBook rental via KindleiPadsOpen Source softwareiTunesUDigital cameras, projectors, and headphones Feel free to storm the comments section below to fill in what’s missing.

Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation? Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. In education it’s been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. The profusion of digital technology at work, home and everywhere in between is evident to even the most causal observer. We can’t just buy iPads (or any device), add water, and hope that strategy will usher schools to the leading edge of 21st century education. In light of this dynamic, two critical questions need to be asked and provisionally answered when integrating technology into education. The second question is equally important and often more elusive: “Do the current systems and processes support the integrative and innovative goals?” Adapting Teaching To Technology

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.