Formal, non-formal and informal learning: The case of literacy and language learning in Canada This new research report is freely available in e-format (.pdf). Executive Summary This research report investigates the links between formal, non-formal and informal learning and the differences between them. Philosophical underpinnings of this research are: There is value in learning of all kinds.Learning is a lifelong endeavour.An interdisciplinary approach is valuable. Notions of formal, non-formal and informal learning may be briefly outlined as: Formal learning – This type of learning is intentional, organized and structured. - (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economiques (OECD), n.d.; Werquin, 2007) Examples are given for literacy and essential skills, as well as second and other languages for each of the categories mentioned above. Finally, the examples of systems developed value different types of learning using asset-based approaches are given. Copies of the report may be accessed through: or New! Related posts:
Bullying in a Networked Era: A Literature Review - New Publication from the Berkman Center September 19, 2012 The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to share a new literature review by the Youth and Media team, contributing to The Kinder & Braver World Project led by danah boyd and John Palfrey: "Bullying in a Networked Era: A Literature Review", by Nathaniel Levy, Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Edward Crowley, Meredith Beaton, June Casey, and Caroline Nolan, presents an aggregation and summary of recent academic literature on youth bullying and seeks to make scholarly work on this important topic more broadly accessible to a concerned public audience, including parents, caregivers, educators, and practitioners. The document is guided by two questions: “What is bullying?” and “What can be done about bullying?” The authors wish to thank all the collaborators at the Berkman Center, especially danah boyd and John Palfrey, for encouragement, guidance, and help.
Thinkuknow - home Keeping children safe online and protecting them from sexual abuse and exploitation CEOP's Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters - to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of our educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off. To access these resources you will need to register on the site. Exploited - preventing sexual abuse through education Our latest resource, Exploited, aims to help young people, aged 12 and over, to stay safe from sexual exploitation by recognising the signs. Guidance to schools and other organisations CEOP provides training and education resources for practitioners to use with children and young people to increase their understanding of online safety.
Developing Critical Thinking Skills...By Being Flexible Way back, when we started this whole movement toward student choice of Bring Your Own Technology we articulated the program objective:The key to BYOT is choice… allowing students to access tools, evaluate their usage for the learning need and use the tool successfully.Funny thing about choice... The ChallengeI've been in correspondence with ed tech colleagues throughout the US. Many of them chose one device for their 1:1 initiatives... often citing the ease of selecting productivity tools when working with a single platform. The device makes the choice for you: Office for Windows, iWorks for Mac, Pages App for iPad.... Flexibility And then along comes Mr. In December of 2011, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story about employers and the need for critical thinking and problem solving skills by college graduates. After all, it's about the verbs not the nouns.
25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education | TeachThought Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education. Oh–and don’t forget TeachThought’s burgeoning Pinterest board ! Vicki Dabrowka, Ed Tech : Browse through more than 180 pins all related to educational technology from teacher and environmental educator Vicki Dabrowka.
Can Foreign Languages Go Digital with Online Education? Professionals question whether students can learn foreign languages online.Today, enrollment in online courses is growing at a faster rate than that of overall higher education, and more schools are striving to increase their web-based programs. However, while many courses made an easy transition to online education, some schools have struggled to create high-quality foreign language degree programs that are offered exclusively over the Internet. Professionals Have Their Doubts Today, online education has largely become accepted as an integral part of learning; however, some professionals question whether foreign languages in particular can be studied exclusively online. Learning a new language requires a great deal of speaking, hearing and social interaction, these individuals say, which simply cannot be provided through the internet. The partnership forced many academic professionals to consider whether foreign language can and should be taught online.
How to talk security so people will listen (and comply!) January 3, 2013 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - The statistics are staggering: Last year, Symantec blocked a total of over 5.5 billion malware attacks, an 81% increase over 2010, and reported a 35% increase in Web-based attacks and a 41% increase in new variants of malware. If those findings, documented in the company's latest annual Internet Security Threat Report, cause IT leaders to wonder if they've done everything possible to protect their companies, they might consider looking in the mirror. That's because security folks, in struggling to establish policies and procedures that are both effective and easy to use, often forget a third and crucial step, experts say: Communicating their security goals in such a way that the broad corporate population not only understands but responds. "Compliance is necessary, but it's not sufficient," says Malcolm Harkins, vice president and chief information security officer at Intel. (Article continues on next page)
12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible." Please head to the comments below to add your own contributions and advice for young adults on social media. 1. Granted, high school and college students experiment with many activities and substances. Once or twice per year, perform a thorough review of the information and content accessible on your social media profiles. 2. Bullying is one of the most serious problems in schools today. SEE ALSO: Why You Should Talk to Kids About Cyberbullying [INFOGRAPHIC] 3.
The eText Conundrum - A BYOT Fiasco Resolved Over 6 Days, Part I Let me preface this rant (and oh, there will be ranting) with the following disclaimer: I don't really believe any of the actors in this situation are evil. Self-interested? Sure. Willing to dodge issues and give problems to others? BYOT Day 6: I receive an email with the subject line "may be time for you to get involved". The tale of woe features the Freshman Biology textbook. Interlude: What's So Wrong with Pearson? Pearson, as all good businesses do, wants teachers to use as many of its products as possible. One problem with this system is that the books in question are not always available cross platform. Back to the story. Turns out that the Biology textbook, Miller and Levine's BIOLOGY, came with a code. Just to clarify, the way that this is SUPPOSED to work is: This is a waste of teacher time, class time, and student time. The way it is SUPPOSED to work is insane. The code did not work. After contacting the @mbsbooks, our 3rd party distributor, the teacher received another code. whew.
The Curious Case of the Flipped-Bloom's Meme (This is the sequel to 'Anatomy of a (Flipped) Meme') rss / email subscribe / follow Steve Last post I dug up the history of the Flipped Classroom idea. Do a google image search for Bloom's and see what shapes you get: The very first image has been FLIPPED upside down! Never Meant to Be One Way Of course, Bloom's taxonomy was never meant to be linear or sequential. The version I always knew was a pyramid: But as with the general flipped learning meme, if you look you can find plenty of examples dating back years. This looks like a flipped pyramid right here, dating from 2001: And the taxonomy was revised in 2000 by Loren Anderson, who also appears to have turned it upside down, although I can't get a really good reference for this. Much criticism has been levelled at Bloom's, but although "a more radical approach would be to have no taxonomy at all" (2003), human beings LOVE a taxonomy, especially one with a one-syllable name and a nice stable pyramid under it! May 15 - Enter Shelley Wright