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If students designed their own schools...

If students designed their own schools...

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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.

5 Things It Turns Out You Were Right to Hate About School For many of you, school was 12 or more years of teachers and administrators deciding what was best for you, dictating exactly how you spent every minute of every day -- the result being that you absolutely hated each and every one of those minutes. But as you reached adulthood, you probably came to the realization that it was all for the best. You were just a stupid kid, after all, and your elders did things a certain way for a reason. That reason being that they were full of shit. Science is just now taking a closer look at these centuries-old school practices, and they're finding out that ...

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up  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. Online publication for school educators 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.

Iowa BIG - The Creative Corridor's Project-Based School Get Enrollment Info We wanted to allow students to earn required credit within an entirely project-based environment. We believe in allowing families the choice in how their students acquire the core content, in addition to offering unique opportunities to develop personal portfolios, as well as employability, communication, and networking skills. We are a public school partnership of several districts in Iowa's "Creative Corridor." The Cedar Rapids Gazette and Cedar Rapids Community School District created and piloted the program in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, we are proud to announce that College Community School District has partnered with Iowa BIG.

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. Gifted Students Deserve More Opportunities BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney both attended elite private high schools. Both are undeniably smart and well educated and owe much of their success to the strong foundation laid by excellent schools. Every motivated, high-potential young American deserves a similar opportunity. But the majority of very smart kids lack the wherewithal to enroll in rigorous private schools. They depend on public education to prepare them for life.

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.” 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.

Amazing Grants Award Schools With Innovative Digital Projects Funding, Grants & Awards | News Amazing Grants Award Schools With Innovative Digital Projects The Lightspeed Systems Foundation, the charitable arm of the Lightspeed Systems firm, will distribute just under $100,000 to four schools or districts via its Amazing Grants program. Through its foundation, Lightspeed annually gives out financial awards to K-12 schools which are planning digital learning projects that, in one way or another, result in inspiring teachers, engaging students, challenging IT staffs and involving parents. The Anaverde Hills Middle School won for its flipped math project. The school in the Westside Union School District in Quartz Hill, CA, plans to involve the entire school in a modified flipped class for its mastery-level math program.

The small changes in classroom environment that can improve learning 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.

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