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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods
Today's students will enter a job market that values skills and abilities far different from the traditional workplace talents that so ably served their parents and grandparents. They must be able to crisply collect, synthesize, and analyze information, then conduct targeted research and work with others to employ that newfound knowledge. In essence, students must learn how to learn, while responding to endlessly changing technologies and social, economic, and global conditions. But what types of teaching and learning will develop these skills? And, just as important, do studies exist that support their use? A growing body of research demonstrates that students learn more deeply if they have engaged in activities that require applying classroom-gathered knowledge to real-world problems. Research shows that such inquiry-based teaching is not so much about seeking the right answer but about developing inquiring minds, and it can yield significant benefits. Project-Based Pathways Good Signs

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Digital fluency; Students Learning in the Digital World Defining digital fluency? Today, computer games, email, the internet, mobile phones and social media, are all important parts of our lives. Digital fluency has to do with our ability to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. It is not until that person reaches a level of fluency, that they are comfortable with when to use the tools to achieve the desired outcome, or if they are likely to have the desired outcome at all. Building skills to participate in the digital world? The term digital world defines, the way in which technologies support and influence the world in which we live. most would agree,the more confident and fluent a person is, the better they are able to predict learning outcomes.

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons. These channels allow instructors to share information and blend media in unprecedented and exciting new ways. Teaching Disruptively Teaching Disruptively by Terry Heick Disruption has been a key theme of the information age. Disruption found legs in the 1990s under the careful study of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen.

Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers Your students are probably Internet authorities. When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. As students progress through school, online research skills become more important — for good reason. Both college professors and employers will expect young people to know their way around the academic side of the Internet; a skill that for many students, needs to be taught. In a Pew survey, a majority of teachers said that their students lacked patience and determination when doing difficult research.

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education There is a difference between differentiation and personalized learning. In the last year, I've been shifting toward the personalized learning aspect of curriculum design. How do I engage my learners and make their classwork more authentic? Last year, my school rolled out iPads for every student, and with the transition to Common Core, it was the perfect time for a massive curriculum shakeup. I'm lucky that my department gave me ample time to start working on this process. Simultaneously, I started experimenting with Genius Hour for my 8th grade students. How Digital Platforms Are Disrupting How Learning Happens Media is becoming increasingly digitized, and we learn through, among other processes, consumption of media. It makes sense then that digital platforms just might be changing the way learning happens. A “platform” can be defined as an app, a website, an eLearning environment, or a collaboratively curated content source. 6 Examples Of Digital Platforms

Does ethical content curation exist? A data-driven answer Ever since we started to work on, we’ve had this question: is it fair to use other people’s content for your own good: in other words, how ethical is content curation? Is it even legal? A quick look at history clearly shows that artists and scientists never created in a vacuum but have always leveraged pre-existing work to develop their own. And that’s for the greater good. The Case for Cultivating Cultural Awareness Sometimes students, parents, teachers, and administrators are comfortable living in the shells of their own existence. They’re satisfied with the status quo, choose to interact with those from the same religious backgrounds, cultural heritage, and political affiliations. They prefer their days to be filled with very little questioning, or feather-ruffling, or challenging. Sometimes they consider the alternative views of others to be wrong, not just different. From an educational perspective, this is downright dangerous. We now have an enormous responsibility to ensure that our students develop cultural awareness and are engaged in acts of citizenship, not only within our schools and surrounding areas, but as active members of the global community.