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Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem
As summer reflections on the past school year turn into aspirations for the next year, it's important to keep in mind the big picture of change in education. Five shifts in how we think about schools and education in general will help to regenerate the learning ecosystem, and will provoke our imagination about new possibilities for teaching and learning. 1. Democratized entrepreneurship will spread an entrepreneurial mindset among learners, educators and communities, accelerating a groundswell of grassroots innovation. Entrepreneurship is no longer reserved for those few with the resources to buffer risk and the social capital to access expertise and guidance. To take advantage of this trend: Begin to cultivate an edupreneurial mindset of experimentation, risk-taking, learning from failure, creative problem-solving, and market awareness in your classroom, and expand it to your school and district. 2. 3. 4. 5. Related:  Innovation for the Classroomcreativityrfrese

21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning? A Tale of Two Classrooms: Compare & Contrast Image Credit: Krissy Venosdale Just let me start off by saying that the term "21st Century Learning" still drives me crazy. If you think about it, in the last ten years have we progressed in our thoughts about what learning should look like and could be? With that being said, for the sake of discussion, I will call it "21st Century Learning." Devices Without Direction? I had a great discussion with some educators the other day about the idea of "21st Century Schools vs. 21st Century Learning." This has really been weighing on my mind since I started seeing a lot of iPads in schools in a 1:1 environment. Pretty crazy since they'd been given an online textbook to keep them entertained! The mass purchase of devices for schools is happening way too often without conversations with educators about what learning should be happening in the classroom. Visions for Learning Could this be the way to start a discussion with staff?

specialpedagogen | Det inkluderande klassrummet You only need 3 things to be creative | Create and Connect According to Teresa Amabile, you ‘only’ need three ingredients to be creative: source: Teresa Amabile 'How to Kill Creativity' KnowledgeToolsMotivation Great, you say, I know quite a few things, I have some tools in my shed and I am motivated to bits. Bring it on! Not so fast! Knowledge: You need to have some expertise, or surround yourself with some experts, on the subject you want to be creative on. In just one day, Create and Connect can teach you some tools that will start making a difference in your private life or business. Sign up for one of our next Creative Thinking Trainings. For details about the Creativity Trio, read Amabile’s article ‘How to kill creativity.’

The MOOC Quality Project MOOCs represent the latest stage in the evolution of open educational resources. First was open access to course content, and then access to free online courses. Accredited institutions are now accepting MOOCs as well as free courses and experiential learning as partial credit toward a degree. MOOCs are moving from an early entrepreneurial stage into the reality of more and more educational institutions. The MOOC Quality Project, an initiative of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (, addresses the latter question not by trying to find one answer which fits all, but by trying to stimulate a discourse on the issue of Quality of MOOCs. Each Wednesday you will find a new post, with a length of 1000-1500 words maximum length. We are looking forward to a lively debate, for EFQUEL, Ulf-Daniel Ehlers & Ebba Ossiannilsson & Alastair Creelman (

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Chapter 2—The Themes of Social Studies Standards Main Page Executive Summary Preface Introduction Thematic Strands Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity. Human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture. Cultures are dynamic and change over time. Through experience, observation, and reflection, students will identify elements of culture as well as similarities and differences among cultural groups across time and place. In schools, this theme typically appears in units and courses dealing with geography, history, sociology, and anthropology, as well as multicultural topics across the curriculum. Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the past and its legacy. Studying the past makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time. Knowing how to read, reconstruct and interpret the past allows us to answer questions such as: How do we learn about the past?

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class This probably sounds familiar: You are with a group of friends arguing about some piece of trivia or historical fact. Someone says, "Wait, let me look this up on Wikipedia," and proceeds to read the information out loud to the whole group, thus resolving the argument. Don’t dismiss this as a trivial occasion. It represents a learning moment, or more precisely, a microlearning moment, and it foreshadows a much larger transformation—to what I call socialstructed learning. Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards. The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can’t walk away). Think of a simple augmented reality app on your iPhone such as Yelp Monocle.

DATORN i UTBILDNINGEN KARIN BRÅNEBÄCK OCH CARINA NÄSLUNDH Foto: Carina Näslundh E-post: Det omvända klassrummet: Hur tiden i klassrummet används är den viktiga frågan Hur vill du använda den tid du har i klassrummet med dina elever? Jon Bergmann gästade Sverige och Stockholm i höstas och medverkande på en seminariedag kring det flippade klassrummet som arrangerades av Infomentor i samverkan med stiftelsen DIU. Modellen går i stora drag ut på att man vänder (flippar) på det traditionella arbetssättet i skolan och i stället för att ha genomgångar i skolan och färdighetsträning som läxa så gör man tvärs om. Vad behöver våra elever När Jon Bergmann tillsammans med Aaron Sims för närmare sju år sedan förändrade kemiundervisningen på sin high school i Colorado började det med att de funderade kring vad deras elever behövde. – Det var en dramatisk skillnad, jag hade varit lärare i närmare 20 år och jag tycker om att undervisa, att ha kontrollen över klassrummet. Datorn i Utbildningen nr 8-2013.

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Documentary 'Print the Legend' Goes Inside the World of 3D Printing The genesis of and challenges to the 3D-printing revolution are subjects that take center stage in a new documentary called Print the Legend. From directors Clay Tweel and Luis Lopez (Freakonomics), the film sets out to act as a "'time capsule' of a nascent industry," Tweel told Mashable. "The result is both a look inside a compelling new technology, and hopefully, a story about the challenges of growing any type of business, and facing the moral dilemmas our marketplace presents." That it is. Tweel said he knew "nothing" about 3D printing when he walked into the doors of MakerBot nearly two years ago, but working behind the scenes has taught him much about the industry. Print the Legend is now in theaters across New York and Los Angeles, and is also available on Netflix. BONUS: What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work? Have something to add to this story?

Why is the Arctic and Antarctica cold? An experiment for kids. - The Hands-On Homeschooler This month, we are doing a unit study of the Antarctica and the Arctic with The Usual Mayhem, No Doubt Learning, Journey 2 Excellence, and Childhood Beckons. This week, we decided to look at why the Arctic and Antarctica are cold. Our inspiration comes from Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley. (As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE these “Let’s Read and Find Out Science books”!) The book does a wonderful job of explaining that the earth’s rotation around the sun determines which season we are in. To create your orange “earth”, you pierce an orange with a pencil, draw a line for the equator, and place a thumbtack at your approx. location on the earth. We went into a dark room, and then shined the flashlight on the orange “earth.” Afterwards, the author recommends that you tilt your orange so that the axis was at an angle, and then pictorially demonstrated how the earth’s tilt is the reason we have seasons. Finally, we started to explore the 2 poles – the North Pole and the South Pole.

Projects | Moving Windmills Project Moving Windmills Project seeks financial support for community initiatives in Wimbe, Malawi. Contribute to the general project fund, or, if you wish to send funds to a specific initiative, choose a donation category below. General Project Fund Funds donated to the General Project Fund are distributed across the projects, with priority given to areas with the most urgent need. Wimbe Primary School Windmill This public windmill, to be located at the primary school, will allow children to power radios and adults to charge mobile phones. Cost: $300Priority: medium Books for Village Library William’s windmill adventure began with a textbook picture of a windmill, found in the Wimbe village library. Cost: The need for books is high. $3,000-$5,000 will help further this extensive project.Priority: high Practice Jerseys and Children’s-Size Soccer Balls for Wimbe Primary School Wimbe Primary School children lack proper soccer balls and mesh practice jerseys. Cost: $700, including shippingPriority: high