Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stimulating classrooms with multi purpose furniture and giving students access to technology. On the surface it looks fantastic, however I am concerned that without a big pedagogy shift, students will be simply just learning the same way many teachers have been teaching – just in bigger classrooms with new furniture. MLE’s are so much more than the bright new furniture and the technology. What makes an MLE work, and in fact ANY successful classroom is the relationship between the teacher and student and the underlying ethos of learning to learn. When moving from a structured, and often heavily teacher-dominated classroom, to a less formal student led environment it is paramount students understand their role and responsibilities as the learner and indeed the learning process.
Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics’ are in as country reforms its education system - Europe For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy. Only far eastern countries such as Singapore and China outperform the Nordic nation in the influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings. Politicians and education experts from around the world – including the UK – have made pilgrimages to Helsinki in the hope of identifying and replicating the secret of its success.
NGDATA - Lily - Smart Data, at Scale, made Easy Lily is Smart Data, at Scale, made Easy. Lily is a data management platform combining planet-sized data storage, indexing and search with on-line, real-time usage tracking, audience analytics and content recommendations. It's a one-stop-platform for any organization confronted with Big Data challenges that seeks rapid implementation, rock-solid performance at scale, and efficiency at management. Lily unifies Apache HBase, Hadoop and Solr into a comprehensively integrated, interactive data platform with easy-to-use access APIs, a high-level data model and schema language, flexible, real-time indexing and the expressive search power of Apache Solr. Best of all, Lily is open source - allowing anyone to explore and learn what Lily can do. Features
Dyslexia Dyslexia is defined in the Webster’s Concise Dictionary as “an impairment or loss of the ability to read”. It comes from the Greek “dys” meaning bad, difficult or defective and , “lexis” meaning speech, or lexicos pertaining to words. Most simply put dyslexia is a significant, persistent difficulty with reading, spelling and writing skills in a child, adolescent or adult of normal intelligence. Dyslexia also appears to run in families and is more common in boys than girls. Denormalizing Maps with Lucene Payloads Last week, I tried out Lucene's Payload and SpanQuery features to do some position based custom scoring of terms. I've been interested in the Payload feature ever since I first read about it, because it looked like something I could use to solve another problem at work... The problem is to to be able to store a mapping of concepts to scores along with a document. Our search uses a medical taxonomy, basically a graph of medical concepts (nodes) and their relationships to each other (edges).
The Five Habits of Creative Teachers - Education Week Teacher Published Online: August 19, 2014 By Cathleen Nardi, Melissa Goodwin, Tracee Vetting Wolf, Strawberry-Blue Olive, and Maureen Maher Wizel Ken Robinson’s renowned TED talk, “How Schools Kill Creativity,” has had 27 million views. Fun with elasticsearch's children and nested documents - Space Vatican When you’re indexing data, the world is rarely as simple as each document existing in isolation. Sometimes, you’re better off denormalizing all data into the child documents. For example if you were modelling books, adding an author field to books could be a sensible choice (even if in the database that is your authoritative datasource the data is split into separate authors and books table). It’s simple and you can easily construct queries on both attributes of the book and the author’s name.
The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play It used to be that play was just play. There wasn’t a whole lot to say about it. Kids climbed trees, hit balls, and did experiments on insects. Bulk Indexing With ElasticSearch and Hadoop At Infochimps we recently indexed over 2.5 billion documents for a total of 4TB total indexed size. This would not have been possible without ElasticSearch and the Hadoop bulk loader we wrote, wonderdog. I'll go into the technical details in a later post but for now here's how you can get started with ElasticSearch and Hadoop: Getting Started with ElasticSearch The first thing is to actually install elasticsearch: