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For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design

For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design
Teaching Strategies Lenny Gonzales By Therese Jilek As the school year begins, most classrooms across the country will mirror traditional class design: rows of desks with passive children sitting quietly listening to a teacher in the front of the class. But not at Hartland-Lakeside. Across the Hartland-Lakeside school district in Hartland, Wisconsin, teachers have transformed their Industrial Age classrooms into innovative, state-of-the-art learning spaces. The innovative spaces were a product of teachers changing how they taught and viewed student learning. Teachers realized that they needed to do more than rearrange the room; they needed to start over. As teachers transformed their roles into facilitators of learning, they found that standing in front of the classroom or lecturing was no longer prudent. Students and teachers work together throughout the day in many different ways. This change also reflects the increased use of mobile technology to personalize learning. Therese Jilek

Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves | Underwire By Eliot Van Buskirk, Evolver.fm “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, review. Those who can’t review, tweet. Those who can’t tweet retweet.” That quote is zinging around the internet this week. [partner id="evolverfm"] The sentiment expressed above is funny, in a mocking sort of way. Unfortunately, it makes as little sense as the quote upon which it is based: “Those who can do. This is what people have always done: pass along things we find worthwhile. Plenty of person-to-person sharing goes on these days, obviously. There’s too much stuff. An academic librarian recently asked me to comment on what it means when people “curate” content for an upcoming article in a search-oriented publication. When we curate, we are enhancing a connection in the global neural network we are inadvertently creating. “Content curation is the natural evolution of our globally networked consciousness. Evolver.fm is about music apps and digital music.

How Would You Design the Modern Classroom? Uncategorized Flickr: NMCSecondLife Why do our kids’ classrooms look exactly the same as our grandparents’? Slate’s Linda Perlstein asks this question and solicits ideas from the public on how to modernize American classrooms. Some cool ideas have emerged: - 3 walls (optional light controlled glass on the 4th, or no 4th wall) - Reconfigurable round/bean shaped table and chairs on casters - Outdoor classroom with a rain barrel to capture water, perennial flower beds, earth science station, and shade structure. - Infrastructure for on-demand learning via video presentations and online group lessons. - Standing desks with stools or high seating - Individual desks combined with group working areas - Classrooms with 15 to 20 cubicles similar to Hollywood Squares crammed with technology that communicates with the teacher. - Couches in the classrooms to allow for more informal discussions. - Desks with connections to restricted set of online resources. Perlstein’s article also addresses this:

De l’utopie de la négation du corps au geste tactile, un pas vers l’école du futur Une réflexion consécutive à une question que l’on m’a posée : comment imaginez vous l’école de demain ? Je ne suis pas encore sûr que mon propos soit d’une grande rigueur, prenez ce billet comme un bloc note extime élaboré en assemblant des idées éparses. Veuillez m’excusez par avance. Depuis quelques temps nous cherchons à imaginer ce que sera l’école dans 20, 30 ou 50 ans. Alors même que nous sommes entrés dans la société de la connaissance, que l’immatériel est un enjeux fort, qu’il est reconnu par l’Unesco. Les projets et les équipes qui se penchent sur la question sont nombreuses, on peut citer pêle même et sans préoccupation de priorité : la 27ème Région a de son côté largement commencé à border les champs en se posant des questions de type "Comment innoverons nous demain ?" … Dès 2005, Alain Milon dans son ouvrage intitulé "La réalité virtuelle : Avec ou sans le corps ?" Il me semble que l’enseignement et l’apprentissage doivent aussi questionner le corps. Like this:

12 Reasons We Need To Reinvent The School Desk Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-09-27 Students young and old frequently complain about the quality of the desks and chairs provided on campus, yet it remains one of the more overlooked issues. A pity, because poor ergonomics and comfort can actually lead to poor health, and poor health leads to missed classes and heightened medical expenditures once career time rolls around. Maybe it’s about time educators, schools, and districts reconsidered their approach towards how they set up classrooms. Sitting increases the risk of a heart attack : Small children probably don’t suffer from the same risk of heart attacks as their parents, but healthy habits stick better when introduced early. This is a post from our content partners at Online Degrees . Comments are closed.

The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite down-time activities. It’s also an important part of my job as an IT Director because I need to stay on top of the latest trends, announcements and tech news. Just a few years ago, the tools I used to use for reading and consuming content were Google Reader, StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious… you know all the big names. More recently I’ve discovered some great new tools to read and share my favorite content which I’ve included here in this list. Whether you are a person who just likes to stay on top of the latest news, a blogger like me who needs a way to organize the vast amount of information that comes my way or a person who just enjoys sharing what they find with others you’ll love this list. Content Gathering and Personalized Newsfeeds iPad Curation There’s more to this article!

3 changements majeurs et 5 tendances possibles pour la formation et l'éducation Qu’est-ce qui a fondamentalement changé dans le monde de la formation et de l’éducation au cours des 100 dernières années ? Fondamentalement, les salles de cours n’ont pas changé des masses : on retrouve toujours des tables, des chaises, des tableaux (certes parfois interactifs, mais bon…). Non, ce qui a véritablement changé en 100 ans, ce sont les apprenants et les modes de communication ! Découvrez en vidéo les 3 changements qui ont chamboulé notre paysage quotidien, et 5 tendances possibles pour le monde de l’éducation et de la formation au cours des prochaines années : À quoi pourrait bien ressembler la formation et l’éducation au 21ème siècle : découvrez 3 changements majeurs et 5 tendances possibles en vidéo. 3 changements majeurs dans notre vie de tous les jours 1. Augmentation du nombre d’utilisateurs des médias sociaux (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest…) : plus de 2 milliards d’utilisateurs. 2. 3. 5 tendances possibles qui pourraient façonner le monde de l’éducation 1.

Ken Robinson : "La révolution éducative viendra par la base" - Actu sur Educpros Sir Ken Robinson à Paris : l'innovation en débat à l'occasion du Salon des grandes écoles Sir Ken Robinson compte aujourd’hui parmi les experts de l’éducation les plus influents sur la scène internationale. Spécialiste de la créativité et de l’innovation, cet universitaire anglais aujourd’hui installé aux États-Unis a accompagné les réformes éducatives de plusieurs gouvernements à travers le monde. A l'occasion du Salon des grandes écoles de Paris, il sera l'invité d'EducPros le 12 décembre 2013, deux mois après la parution en France de son livre L'Élément : succès de librairie, traduit en vingt-deux langues et cosigné par Lou Aronica, ce livre est un véritable plaidoyer pour une école qui aiderait chacun à trouver la "clef du bonheur". Entretien. Le secret de la réussite, dites-vous, consiste à faire converger "ce que nous adorons faire" et "ce pour quoi nous sommes doués". L'“Élément” est le point de convergence du talent et de la passion. Selon moi ? Bien sûr que non.

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms There’s a whole new classroom model and it’s a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you’d typically see. There are collaboration zones, houses-within-houses, and a slew of other features that are designed to foster “curiosity and creativity.” That’s according to Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden. Their most recent school, Telefonplan School (see photos below via Zilla Magazine) in Stockholm, could very well be the school of the future. Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school to encourage both independent and collaborative work such as group projects and PBL. The un-schoolness doesn’t stop with the furniture and layout though. Most of all, admission to the school is free as long as one of the child’s parents pays taxes in Sweden and the child has a ‘personal number’ which is like a social security number to our U.S. readers.

Index Card For iPad Gains Another Stack Of Improvements In June, DenVog released Index Card v3.1, an update that added Dropbox integration, but primarily included tweaks to previously implemented features based on user feedback for efficiency. Today, DenVog performed another round of tidying and fixing things up through the release of Index Card v3.2 for iPad. Indeed, iPhone and iPod touch owners can skip this announcement. Originally, Dropbox access for importing Index Card projects was placed within the Settings menu. Another new feature of the Project popover is project renaming, just tap Edit, then a project name. Speaking of visual efficiency, there are two other notable, along with a few minor, UI modifications that will help make things a little easier to spot and adjust. Helping both new and current users, DenVog is now providing a “What’s New” and FAQ list within the Information “i” area. To wrap things up, here is the maintenance log listed by DenVog:

D’ici 5 ans, quelles technologies s’imposeront à l’éducation ? — blog.econocom Impression 3D, laboratoire virtuel et vêtement connecté seront bientôt de nouveaux outils pour l’éducation, prédisent les experts. BYOD et Cloud à court terme Au sein du NMC (New Media Consortium), des experts internationaux regroupant enseignants et chercheurs ont identifié les nouvelles technologies – et leurs atouts – qui seront adoptées par les professionnels de l’enseignement à court, moyen et long terme dans le secondaire. Cette communauté d’experts compte pour l’année en cours et à venir sur une généralisation progressive de technologies déjà en place mais pas encore massivement déployées : Le BYOD avec pour avantage d’offrir aux élèves des outils avec lesquels ils sont familiers, qu’ils peuvent utiliser dans leur vie privée et scolaire. L’analytique et l’enseignement personnalisé dans 3 ans À moyen terme, les experts du NMC envisagent l’adoption massive de 4 technologies : Learning Analytic ©Open College Impression 3D, réalité augmentée et Internet des objets d’ici 2018

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