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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education
Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder? The former set of skills are taught in schools, the latter are not. We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. In school examinations, learners must reproduce facts from memory, solve problems using their minds and paper alone. The curriculum lists things that children must learn. One of the teachers who works with me said to her class of nine-year-olds: "There is something called electromagnetic radiation that we can't see, can you figure out what it is?" One of them says: "Aren't we going to do any work?" "What's work, then?"

Teaching Journey Ett systemmässigt generationsskifte i skolan | Gränsbrytning Skolan ska ge eleverna den kompetens som krävs för att bli goda samhällsmedborgare. Men vilken världsbild levererar skolan idag och är den kompatibel med den värld som eleverna lever i? Skolan befinner sig i en övergångsfas, från ett analogt till ett digitalt arbetssätt. Det innebär att skolan är på väg att överge papper och penna, böcker och skrivtavla till förmån för bärbara datorer, läsplattor och molntjänster. Förutom den rent praktiska förändringen som skolan står inför gällande inköp av en ny typ av skolmaterial och nya kompetenser för lärarna innebär det faktiskt en större omställning än vad som kanske syns vid en första anblick. Den stora förändringen handlar om övergången från en analog till en digital struktur. Det digitala arbetssättet har helt andra förutsättningar än det analoga. Det går också att beskriva paradigmskiftet som att vi går från att vara monomodala till att vara multimodala. Multimodalitet gäller också på systemnivå.

The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning Image credit: iStockphoto Dr. Victor Frankenstein loved technology, and Mary Shelley's work of fiction was at once a cautionary and promotional tale of technology's incredible potential. In the iconic story, he took the pieces of a human being and stitched them together to create something monstrous -- but in many ways more human than the model he was hoping to produce. Who doesn't love a little irony? Education loves technology, too -- and for good reason. Education & Technology: A Sometimes Awkward Marriage First off, people love technology, and people run education. The same goes with students. But there are other reasons why education consistently turns to technology -- important factors that can help us infer what it is that teachers, administrators and other stakeholders are truly after. An educational holy grail, of sorts. This applies to technology as well. Three Goals of Technology in Education Goal #1 Goal #2 Goal #3 Waiting for the Jumpstart In most ways that’s probably true.

Exit Slips Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards. Choose from hundreds of topics and strategies. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Research Basis Strategy in Practice Related Resources This strategy guide introduces the concept of using Exit Slips in the classroom to help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. The Exit Slip strategy is used to help students process new concepts, reflect on information learned, and express their thoughts about new information. This strategy can also be used to publish student comments, ideas, and opinions. Albers, Peggy. Wagner, Barb. Understanding Irony

How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius Big Ideas Teaching Strategies Progressive educators have long been pushing to develop curriculum and teaching methods that will help students build skills that will be useful outside the perimeter of school. President Obama, legislators and dozens of business leaders have noted that the American education system isn’t teaching young people to think critically or solve problems creatively – skills that will be needed for the jobs of the future. “The gap exists because we are not talking about this skill set with specificity,” said Angela Maiers, a former teacher and author of Classroom Habitudes. “Every five-year old that I know has that skill set,” Maiers said. “Very quickly in school we ask students to shut down what makes them special in order to conform. While there are dozens of skills that could be useful to learners, Maiers recommends that teachers focus on specific ones that are most appropriate for the particular learning goals of that class and district. Related

Teaching Kids About “Stress” | Kids at SWiTCH “Stress hurts learning. Most important, however, stress hurts people. In a world as complex as the brain, is the relationship between stress and learning that straightforward? Recently, some of our high school students mentioned that they’re feeling really stressed about their upcoming exams. So I asked the children to fill a clear plastic bottle with water, some glitter and metallic paint. I told them… “There is a security guard in our brain called “amygdala”. The children and I opened up ourselves and shared with each a time when our brains feels all shaken up and confused. Like this: Like Loading...

On genuine vs. bogus inquiry – using EQs properly We had a delightful visit to The School of the Future in New York City the other day. Lots of engaged kids, a great blend of instruction and constructivist work, and an obvious intellectual culture. And as the picture illustrates, everywhere we went we also saw helpful visual reminders of the big ideas and essential questions framing the work we were watching: School of the Future staff have long been users of UbD tools and ideas. But far too often over the years I have seen plenty of good stuff posted like this – but no deep embedding of the EQ into the unit design and lessons that make it up. Let’s start with a simple example from my own teaching. At every turn, in other words, the EQ looms large in the unit. This is far different than what we typically see in walk-throughs where EQs are being used. All well and good in English, Grant; what about math? Same thing. What is the unknown? Here is how Polya described their use: A Four-Phase Process for Implementing Essential Questions

Nytänk – viktigaste skoluppgiften - Kulturdebatt Dagens Sverige är ett helt annat land än det som grundskolan en gång formades för. Det krävs en ny Skolkommission för att lösa de stora problem som politikerna misslyckats med att lösa, anser Bert Stålhammar. Artikelbilder Bert Stålhammar, professor i pedagogik. Fakta Var med och införde grundskolan i Sverige som rektor 1960. Om några veckor avslutas det femtionde läsåret i grundskolan. Skoldebatten är intensiv och varje vecka presenteras nya förslag till förbättringar eller åtminstone förändringar. Ledamöterna i Skolkommissionen var födda runt förra sekelskiftet. För att garantera att grundskolan blev likformig och likvärdig över hela landet blev den nya skolformen statlig i motsats till folkskolan som var kommunal. Forskningen om hur hjärnan fungerar och kunskapen om hur inlärning går till har närmast exploderat. När man i den gamla skolan försökte lära eleverna studieteknik handlade det ofta om att eleven skulle sitta avskilt och ha det tyst omkring.