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Why Learning Should Be Messy

Why Learning Should Be Messy
The following is an excerpt of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School in Woodbury, New York. Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other. “Today’s problems — from global poverty to climate change to the obesity epidemic — are more interconnected and intertwined than ever before and they can’t possibly be solved in the academic or research ‘silos’ of the twentieth century,” writes Frank Moss, the former head of the M.I.T. Schools cannot just simply add a “creativity hour” and call it a day. After indicating the problem at hand, scoop out the tools, research, networks, and people required to get it solved. The first phase of the arc is called exploration. Related

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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators’ instructional practices. Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential question as: A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. Not being familiar with online digital rights and responsibilities (hey, teachers did not grow up with the Internet being around), educators are wading through uncharted waters (hey, I did not know that I could not just google an image to use.

US idea of 'cultural literacy' and key facts a child should know arrives in UK What are your views on ED Hirsch? Never heard of him? If so, you're in good company: only a small number of people in the UK have. But you might be well advised to look Hirsch up – his philosophy could be coming to a primary school near you, very soon. Hirschism, if there is such a thing, is spreading fast through the English school system. Two proposed new primary free schools – the West London free school, backed by journalist Toby Young, and the Pimlico Academy primary – are planning to base their lessons on it. 7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning Big Ideas Culture Teaching Strategies Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try.

Duolingo Is a Crowdsourced Translation Service that Teaches French Learning a new language is tedious and demands a lot of practice. Luis von Ahn doesn’t want all that effort to be wasted. In fact, it might be a gold mine. Are Schools Getting a Big Enough Bang for Their Education Technology Buck? SOURCE: AP/Elise Amendola A student unpacks a new iPad at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. By Ulrich Boser | June 14, 2013 PRINT: SHARE: Download the report: PDFRead it in your browser: Scribd Endnotes and citations, as well as an appendix, are available in the PDF version of this issue brief. Whether it’s a mom-and-pop coffee shop, a Fortune 500 firm, or a health care nonprofit, well-run organizations employ technology as a way to improve their performance.

How do you stop online students cheating? 31 October 2012Last updated at 12:44 ET By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent WATCH: Online university courses are growing rapidly, but how can they be sure who is really answering the questions? Imagine taking a university exam in your own home, under the watchful eye of a webcam or with software profiling your keystrokes or your syntax to see whether it really is you answering the questions. Calling all elearning infographics! – here’s 10 to start with Infographics have become ubiquitous and they’re a brilliant way to get clear, useful overviews of what’s happening where! Here I’d like to propose a collection of samples relevant to elearning and learning technologies. For a closer look at some of our favorite free tools for creating infographics check this post. We also like this article on how infographics can help you produce better elearning courses.

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution Somehow, recently, a lot of people have taken an interest in the broadcast of canned educational materials, and this practice — under a term that proponents and detractors have settled on, massive open online course (MOOC) — is getting a publicity surge. I know that the series of online classes offered by Stanford proved to be extraordinarily popular, leading to the foundation of Udacity and a number of other companies. But I wish people would stop getting so excited over this transitional technology. The attention drowns out two truly significant trends in progressive education: do-it-yourself labs and peer-to-peer exchanges. Rounding We started rounding today in math class. Many students remembered this from last year and so rounding 10s and 100s was our baseline knowledge for this class. We first started with finding numbers within a number line (interactively) and then rounding to the closest digit (whether it was hundreds, tens, etc). Then we made a rounding anchor chart to help us remember some vital information. Next, we worked on rounding various digits within a number (for example, rounding the tens in 1647). Our class played a couple of games with these concepts which were a lot of fun.

The six secrets of a happy classroom - Schools - Education Apparently it is the same minority of top pupils, usually sitting at the front, who raise their hands to answer questions, while the majority switch off and opt out. According to the education expert Professor Dylan Wiliam, this ingrained, almost sacrosanct, classroom habit is widening the achievement gap in our schools. "Only a quarter of pupils consistently put their hands up," he says. "They can't wait to take part, while others switch off completely." Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 14 Technology Concepts Every Teacher should Know about We have compiled for you this list of some trending educational technology terms.The list below is a simple attempt to help you better capture the full picture of what all these tech terms are about by providing clear definitions to each one of them. The sources of each definition is included in the last section of this post enjoy 1 - Adaptive Learning