Designing a New Learning Environment What constitutes learning in the 21st century? Should reading, watching, memorizing facts, and then taking exams be the only way to learn? Or could technology (used effectively) make learning more interactive, collaborative, and constructive? Could learning be more engaging and fun? We construct, access, visualize, and share information and knowledge in very different ways than we did decades ago. The amount and types of information created, shared, and critiqued every day is growing exponentially, and many skills required in today’s working environment are not taught in formal school systems. The ultimate goal of this project-based course is to promote systematic design thinking that will cause a paradigm shift in the learning environments of today and tomorrow. After the completion of this course, students will be able to: As a Final Team Project, students will design a new learning model catering to 21st century environments and learners.
Teacher | Online publication for school educators | ACER The challenge for teachers today is to embrace increasing diversity in the classroom, personalise educational experiences, and realise that ‘ordinary students have extraordinary talents’. That was the message delivered by Andreas Schleicher in a special video message to delegates at ACER's Research Conference for 2014. The Director of the OECD's Directorate for Education and Skills told the Adelaide conference the teaching profession needs to be 'inspired by innovation and research'. 'What should we expect from 21st Century education? In the past we could assume that what students learn in school will last for their lifetime, so teaching specific content was at the centre of education,' Schleicher said. If the past was curriculum-centered, he added, the future is learner-centered. 'In the past, different students were taught in similar ways. 'What you see in the most advanced school systems now is that they have made teaching a profession of high level knowledge workers.
Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up | Tracy Cutchlow My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. "Almost," she muttered as she tried again and again. "Almost," I agreed, trying not to hover. The way I praised her effort took a little effort on my part. Stanford researcher Carol Dweck has been studying motivation and perseverance since the 1960s. Those with a fixed mindset, who believe their successes are a result of their innate talent or smartsThose with a growth mindset, who believe their successes are a result of their hard work Fixed mindset: 'If you have to work hard, you don't have ability.' Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. Growth mindset: 'The more you challenge yourself, the smarter you become.' What creates these beliefs in our kids? The research In one study, Dweck gathered up fifth graders, randomly divided them in two groups, and had them work on problems from an IQ test. "Wow, that's a really good score. "Wow, that's a really good score.
How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step By Anne Stevens For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you’ll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about integrating different components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school. Can my classroom become a space of possibility? For students, the best classroom experience is a space of possibility. It can be challenging to transition a traditional classroom into a space of possibility. But in a classroom that is a space of possibility, the students have agency, and the products and processes can be moving targets. Can I run a design thinking classroom on Tuesdays from 1-3pm? You can run a flexible studio space in your classroom for a certain part of the day. I am not a designer. The first place to seek the curriculum is in your classroom’s daily activities.
5 take-aways to improve learning conditions through spaces What can 300$ per class do to improve learning? Anything? The answer is: Quite a lot! Last month I went back to Rathlouskolen in Odder for our third session together. This school year we have been collaborating on learning spaces and how to transform learning spaces into a tool for every teacher and child. Another teacher explains, that "when we started out, I didn't believe we could change anything or that it would have any effect. Just do it! A fifth grade teacher told that in her classroom, she put up a small, simple divider near the end of a long table by the window. What we have done with Rathlouskolen is all about creating options, customising the spaces for learning, and inviting students to co-create their learning spaces. We can use all sorts of different small things to enable kids to interact with and influence their learning situation. It has been such a pleasure working with this school and with head teacher Jes Wedel Lorenzen and deputy head teacher Kirsten Roed Lauridsen.
Considering a Chromebook? - Chromebook Help If you're curious about Chromebooks, check out this list of frequently-asked questions to learn more. Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has cloud storage, the best of Google built-in, and multiple layers of security. Learn more about moving from Windows to a Chromebook. The Chromebook doesn’t work with some types of software you may be used to, like Microsoft Office, but there are many free apps that you can use to get things done. For the rare times when you’re disconnected from the Internet, you can use offline-ready apps to stay productive. Instead of buying software and programs on CDs, you can add apps from the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome Web Store is a place where you can find a wide range of free and paid apps, extensions, and themes designed for Chromebooks and the Google Chrome browser. Each Chromebook comes with at least 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for two years.
Your Words Matter. I had a teacher who once told me I would most likely be a college dropout. Her words mattered. When I told my wife I wanted to write a book and she said without blinking an eye, “Do it.” I told my daughter the other day how proud I was of her for writing a full sentence! My words mattered. And when I hear back from the teachers and parents that read this blog, I know my words matter. “Learning how to use language effectively will be the most valuable skill you will have to use for the rest of your life.” Woah. Want to get a job? Want to get married? Want to sell something? What Are We Teaching Our Children About Their Words? The problem I see across the board in schools and in the workplace, is that most people rarely think about the power their words have to make a positive impact. DON’T use your words to bully another person (important). or DON’T use contractions (not that important). And we often “de-value” our word power through writing tasks that are meaningless or menial.
Design Thinking Comes of Age Executive Summary In large organizations, design is moving closer to the center of the enterprise. This shift isn’t about aesthetics and product development, however. Design thinking is an essential tool for simplifying and humanizing. Creating a design-centric culture requires understanding that the returns on an investment in design are difficult to quantify, allowing people to take chances, and appreciating what design can and cannot achieve. HBR Reprint R1509D There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. A version of this article appeared in the September 2015 issue (pp.66–71) of Harvard Business Review. The small changes in classroom environment that can improve learning | Teacher Network Using light constructively can encourage a positive learning environment. Photograph: View Pictures/Universal Images Group Editorial We all know the spaces we live and work in affect us. Of course teaching is central – but what if spending small amounts of money, or just doing things a bit differently at no extra cost, could make a real difference to students' attainment? I led a pilot study of 751 primary students in seven Blackpool schools, which established that, all other things being equal, a child in the best environment could be expected to make two SATs sub-levels more progress during a school year than an equivalent child in the "poorest" classroom environment. The Head Project (Holistic Evidence and Design), a research study of the impacts of the built environment of UK primary schools (4-11 years) on the learning rates of students, is the first study to identify the impact of the built environment on children's learning. There were surprises.
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What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. This is what students really need to hear: First, you need to know right now that I care about you. Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away. It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. But, you shouldn’t be worried about the fact that you will face great adversities. Some of you quit by skipping class on your free education. As long as you are in my life, I am not going to let quitting be easy for you. – C.