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The End of Education As We Know It

The End of Education As We Know It
By Scott Barry Kaufman Imagine being 6 or 7 years old again, learning about addition and subtraction for the first time. How wonderful would it be, while taking a quiz, to be able to rub a genie’s bottle and choose from a number of on-the-spot metaphors for mathematical concepts, like what a fraction really means? Or picture this: Rather than working through equations in daunting rows on a sheet of paper, your task is to play a game on a tablet computer in which you share a dinner table with aliens. These examples may seem charming and even silly—and they’re meant to be. The new wave of educational tools include fresh ways of deploying phone and tablet apps, online games and videos, and social networking. “We should try to bring back the joy of learning because you want to learn, not because someone is going to give you a grade at the end of the semester,” Schocken said in a recent interview. No Wrong Answers All of this engagement on a huge scale has resulted in rich and copious data. Related:  Ed ReformInstructional DesignTeaching Social Science

Get Ready For America’s Next ‘Education Crisis’ - Jeff Bryant “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” has become a popular mantra of the ruling class. Of course, these are not the people who usually experience the brunt of a crisis. But a pervasive narrative in the mainstream media is that Americans are a people beset by near-continuous crisis, whether it’s the fake crisis of a looming “fiscal cliff” or a real crisis like Frankenstorm Sandy that still has many Northeasterners inexplicably living in the dark in unheated homes. Arguably no sector of American society has been cast with the narrative of crisis as much as public education. Something’s Rotten In The State Of Kentucky Just prior to the November election, an article in the education trade journal Education Week broke that Kentucky had gotten bad news back from its most recent round of school tests. Disappointing results from a state test is not usually an occasion to stop the presses. In fact, some people are betting good money on that happening. Business Loves A Crisis

The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning The Similarities Between The Montessori And Digital Learning by Carri Schneider first appeared on “Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education.” Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, 1936 At first glance, the intersections between Montessori education and high-quality digital learning are not immediately apparent. While a surface look at Montessori learning and digital learning reveals obvious differences, a deep-dive into their undergirding principles reveal a set of very similar core values. Here are five intersections between Montessori education and digital learning that I’ve observed as a parent to a Montessori preschooler, online educator and an education policy researcher. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Traditional training structures are changing Citrix GoToTraining has just released a paper I was commissioned to write, called What’s working and what’s not in online training. Here is the introduction, and you can read the rest at the link. I will be following up on some of the themes I discuss in this paper in the coming weeks. The new challenge for learning professionals The novelist William Gibson said, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” One thing is obvious, however: Learning is becoming more collaborative. Silicon Valley and Ivy League schools are opening up their courses for free online. Learning management systems have become talent management or social collaboration systems as they try to increase their relevance beyond training. From this, it’s clear — traditional training structures, based on institutions, programs, courses and classes, are changing.

5 Great TED Talks for Teachers As you probably know, this year's TED 2013 prize went to Sugata Mitra for his outstanding wish " School in The Cloud ". Digging through the achievements of this educational researcher, I found out that Sugatra is behind the popular Hole in The Wall experiments that proved that kids learn more in the absence of adult supervision and formal teaching. For Sugatra peer interest and curiosity are the main drives for kids' effective learning . The central idea behind hole-in-the-wall is that groups of children learn on their own without any direct intervention. This was conceptually explained by Dr Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist of NIIT, as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). He found that children using Learning Stations required little or no inputs from teachers and learnt on their own by the process of exploration, discovery and peer coaching. One of the things that stood out to me when I read that paragraph above is the MIE concept. 1- Sugatra : Build A School in The Cloud

: Grading with EssayTagger on your iPad via Photon browser Today we discovered that the EssayTagger grading app can run on an iPad with a little help! Here are your step-by-step instructions for accessing EssayTagger through the Photon browser. Install Photon on your iPad From your iPad, go to the app store and search for "Photon browser". Make sure you select the iPad version and not the cheaper iPhone version. Launch Photon Photon is a web browser and really isn't all that different from any other web browser. Go to and either launch the interactive demo from the "try the demo" tab or log in to your account and click "start grading" to launch the grading app for one of your assignments. When the grading app window opens you'll see a Flash error message instead of the grading app. Once you click the lightning bolt icon at the top right, the grading app will be able to load: Yay! Adjust Photon settings Now click the gear icon at the top right to enter the settings options. Bandwidth: 6 - to maximize responsiveness and text quality.

Uncomfortable Conversations in Education Click to enlarge. In the past week I have read a couple of posts that mention the importance of uncomfortable conversations in education. Having uncomfortable or unpopular conversations is kryptonite for the echo chamber effect that often plagues meetings, conferences, chats and any other space, online and off, that brings people together. In a recent reflection Going Beyond the Converted: Reflections from Edcamp Leadership BC Aaron Akune, Vice-Principal at Delta Secondary School in Ladner B.C asks “Why is it that we continue to repeat the same conversations?” I’d argue that too often we are afraid to wade into uncomfortable conversations where we may be challenged to justify and defend our positions. Aaron highlights three important points: 1. I think it’s ok that we keep having these same discussions. Our rehashing of decades old topics also suggests that we are still invested and that is a good thing. 2. 3.

What Does Web3.0 Mean to Education? This is an interview of EdTech Magazine with Karen Cator, first published here : What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education? (they also interviewed other 2 professionals besides Karen Cator in this post) Credit: Susana Raab“The future of the web is incredibly participatory,” says the U.S. Department of Education’s Karen Cator. “As more people are able to tell their stories, publish their ideas and communicate without barriers, we will learn with and from all corners of the globe.” Karen Cator is the director of the U.S. EdTech: Do you anticipate major shifts in education due to the changing nature of the Internet? Cator: The incredibly exciting thing that I see coming is a continuously improving opportunity for better and more personalized learning. EdTech: What might that look like in the classroom? Cator: Good teachers have always involved students in complex projects. EdTech: So a key shift is that students will be more engaged participants in their learning?

Transforming learning and development In a series of posts on the Onlignment blog that has run throughout 2012, I have endeavoured to explain how transformation can take place in workplace learning and development. I then set out a vision for workplace learning and development that is: I moved on to look at some of the changes that can be made to realise this vision, expressed as six shifts: I brought the series to a conclusion by focusing on the practical steps that we can take to make transformation happen: Recognising the uniqueness of your particular organisation in terms of its requirements, the characteristics of its people and the constraints which govern its decision making.Establishing a learning architecture and infrastructure that recognises these unique characteristics.Putting in place processes for improved performance needs analysis and blended solution design.Building capability in areas such as the design of digital learning content, learning live and online, and connected online learning. Enjoy!

NATO - Topic: Member countries The founding members On 4 April 1949, the foreign ministers from 12 countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty (also known as the Washington Treaty) at the Departmental Auditorium in Washington, D.C.: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. Within the following five months of the signing ceremony, the Treaty was ratified by the parliaments of the interested countries, sealing their membership. The 12 signatories Some of the foreign ministers who signed the Treaty were heavily involved in NATO’s work at a later stage in their careers: Belgium: M. Flexibility of NATO membership On signing the Treaty, countries voluntarily commit themselves to participating in the political consultations and military activities of the Organization. Iceland When Iceland signed the Treaty in 1949, it did not have – and still does not have – armed forces. France The accession of Greece and Turkey The accession of Spain

Top 20 Shared Resources and Tools of 2012 | Edmodo – Where learning happens. Tagged with: resources Edmodo Communities are a great place to connect with other educators to share resources and best practices. Leveraging your network on Edmodo enables you to surface the best resources to meet the needs of your classroom. With the year coming to an end, we took at look at the top 20 tools and resources that were shared in 2012. Check out the list below and join an Edmodo Community to share your favorite tools with other educators! Top 20 Shared Resources and Tools: - Access a library of videos covering K-12 math and science topics. Note: Many of these sites offer sharing options, making it simple to embed the content in your Edmodo groups!