Social Collaboration… The Collaboration Pyramid by oscarberg, on Flickr The Collaboration Pyramid offers a great visual to dive deeper into the nature of authentic collaboration and optimized production. In traditional team-based collaborative models we experience the “form, storm, norm and perform” process, and it has proved to be very useful in the context of team effectiveness, but perhaps leaves a bit of a void in the area of personal responsibility, or individual motivation to make a meaningful contribution to the team. The Collaboration Pyramid displays a broader platform to support a different context for collaboration that may eventually lead to more authentic and meaningful personal investment in the team process. morphic resonance [ˈmɔːfɪk] n (Life Sciences; Allied Applications / Biology) the idea that, through a telepathic effect or sympathetic vibration, an event or act can lead to similar events or acts in the future or an idea conceived in one mind can then arise in another…
Middle Grades Makers: Invent to Learn A MiddleWeb Blog “We must reimagine middle school science and math not as a way to prepare students for high school, but as a place where students are inventors, scientists, and mathematicians today.” So say Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager in this exciting guest article about the Maker Movement and its implications for kids, schools and STEM studies. Martinez and Stager are the authors of a must-read book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Invent to Learn: Makers in the classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary S. Sylvia Libow Martinez The last decade and more has been a dark period for many schools. What’s more, the national rhetoric about the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has sadly, for many schools, not been reflected in a revitalization of science or math curriculum. Fortunately, there’s a technological and creative revolution underway that may change everything – the Maker Movement. Gary S. The Maker kids
Moodle-backed Online Training Portal | Moodle Development & Operation If you like to teach something via web and get paid, technologies are out there to support your venture. The idea is something like this. Users will come to your web site and see a list of available courses. Then they will register to attend a course. You will teach them via a learning management system (LMS), web conferencing tool and similar other tools. Here’s the brief outline for setting up an online training portal supported by the open-source LMS Moodle. Setup a WordPress blog website and list your courses e.g. with brief description, cost, dates etc.Setup a Moodle website and create those courses listed on the WordPress site.Configure single-sign-on (SSO) from WordPress site to your Moodle site. Have a great time setting up your online training portal and share your experience here.
How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers SmartBrief Exclusive Preview How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers By Margo Pierce 05/30/13 This article appears in the May 2013 issue of T.H.E. Journal . Forty years ago, when large mainframe computers roamed the earth, few experts gave much thought to how these mammoth machines could be used for education, and fewer still about how they could help young learners create, explore, and learn through technology. While Logo's use spread throughout the 1970s, programming never achieved the influence in schools that Papert had envisioned. "We really need to broaden, to rethink what it means to be fluent in today's society," says Mitch Resnick , the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at MIT . In schools where programming is taught, it often acts as a stand-alone class or as part of an after-school program. "Just because something's fun doesn't make it easy.
Network Era Fluency Today, it’s all about networks, something you were most likely not taught about in school. This means that most of our education is useless in understanding the world as it currently exists. Yes, useless. If you were raised during the past several decades you probably understand tribes and institutions. There are some interesting things that happen when hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, as the writers of the Cluetrain Manifesto said in 1999 (that long ago). In education, the current subversion is called a MOOC, which has already been subverted by corporate interests, but will likely rise again in another name or form. Big data is also networked data. Tony Reeves wrote a recent post about the 21st century skill set, showing that global fluency could be developed through certain skills like critical thinking, in addition to some key literacies, like information literacy. Mass network era fluency can ensure that networks remain social, diverse, and reflect many communities.
Panel of Scholars Define '21st-Century Skills' Published Online: July 17, 2012 Published in Print: July 18, 2012, as Panel Parses Out Skills Needed for 21st-Century Workplace Top scholars say students need mix of abilities Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org. The modern workplace and lifestyle demand that students balance cognitive, personal, and interpersonal abilities, but education policy discussions have not defined those skills well, says a report released last week by scholars from the National Research Council. A "who's who" team of experts from the National Academies of Sciences collaborated for more than a year on the report intended to define what researchers, educators, and policymakers mean when they talk about "deeper learning" and "21st-century skills." "Staying in school and completing degrees clearly have very strong effects," said James W. 'Back on the Table' often fail to apply their existing knowledge when a problem is presented in a totally new context. Vol. 31, Issue 36, Page 7 Back to Top
Écoutez Bien – A Listening Journey | musings from the island ” I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening. Most people never listen” I don’t disagree with Ernest Hemmingway’s sentiment but when it comes to GCSE languages most students find it difficult to listen. If practice is the way forward then I required my students to practise at home. We are very fortunate here on the Isle of Man as all students have a google mail account so deciding to use google sites for my website was a fairly easy choice. With my website done I was now in a position to add some listening tasks. With my listening text chosen and a link to them placed on my website, I now needed to devise questions -which should have been fairly straight forward ; type them up on Word distribute a worksheet direct the students to the website and Bob’s your uncle. You have the option of multiple choice, this format is also good for true,false, not mentioned type questions too. To begin with I would just print this off and mark it in the traditional way. Like this:
Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. In education it’s been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. It’s not ‘just add water’ The profusion of digital technology at work, home and everywhere in between is evident to even the most causal observer. In light of this dynamic, two critical questions need to be asked and provisionally answered when integrating technology into education. The second question is equally important and often more elusive: “Do the current systems and processes support the integrative and innovative goals?” Adapting Teaching To Technology The answer to the first question — about the goals of technology integration — often orbits around 21st century skills. Does our current system support innovation? Related
The Future Is Now: 15 Innovations to Watch For - Commentary By Steven Mintz Profound transformations have reshaped the higher-education landscape in roughly 50-year intervals. During the early 19th century, the colonial colleges were joined by several hundred more religiously founded institutions. The mid-19th century saw the rise of public colleges, culminating in the Morrill Act of 1862. We are, of course, in the midst of another higher-education revolution. As The Chronicle's Jeff Selingo has suggested, an equally serious challenge is ideological. But the most important challenge involves a shift in the way students consume higher education. As a result, colleges must become more nimble, entrepreneurial, student-focused, and accountable for what students learn. Innovation 1: e-Advising Why do only half of college students graduate? Innovation 2: Evidence-based pedagogy Innovation 3: The decline of the lone-eagle teaching approach Innovation 4: Optimized class time Innovation 5: Easier educational transitions Innovation 10: Data-driven instruction
Expecting Excellence:Rigor Redefined In the new global economy, with many jobs being either automated or “off-shored,” what skills will students need to build successful careers? What skills will they need to be good citizens? Are these two education goals in conflict? To examine these questions, I conducted research beginning with conversations with several hundred business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and education leaders. With a clearer picture of the skills young people need, I then set out to learn whether U.S. schools are teaching and testing the skills that matter most. The Schooling Students Need One of my first conversations was with Clay Parker, president of the Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards—a company that, among other things, makes machines and supplies chemicals for the manufacture of microelectronics devices. “First and foremost, I look for someone who asks good questions,” Parker responded. “What other skills are you looking for?” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Schooling Students Get AP Chemistry AP U.S.