The App Generation: How Technology Is Changing Us A look at how digital and mobile technologies are impacting our young people. (owenstache/flickr) In 1950, with two younger colleagues, lawyer-turned-sociologist David Riesman published “The Lonely Crowd.” This portrait of changing American values had the rare distinction of being both a bestseller at the time and a classic of scholarly writing. One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree (Illustration by Doug Chayka) Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capitalize on global intelligence? In “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a public-policy think tank in Washington, lays out a provocative history of how the university system got to this point and one vision of the revolution that’s beginning because of digital innovation.
My Beef With Badges Don't get me wrong. I love badges, digital badges for learning. And I don't mean just for some hoped-for potential to transform the learning landscape. I mean I love them for what I’ve seen them actually achieve: new literacies amongst youth to describe their learning within a Brooklyn after-school program; new motivation within an Atlanta private school; pride in portfolios within a Bronx library; a new understanding of how to use learning technology in a New Orleans day school; the emergence of formative assessment within a New York museum. I am informed by the theoretical but guided by practice, by what I have seen with my own eyes over the past five years. Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students The phrase “personalized learning” gets tossed around a lot in education circles. Sometimes it’s used in the context of educational technology tools that offer lessons keyed to the academic level of individual students. Other times it’s referring to the personal touch of a teacher getting to know a student, learning about their interests and tailoring lessons to meet both their needs and their passion areas. As with most education jargon, the phrase isn’t fixed, but it usually connects to the idea that not all students need the same thing at the same time.
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Overcoming Common Hurdles Jon Bergmann: Here are some tips to overcome some of the hurdles and blunders that we’ve seen commonly happen as teachers flip their classrooms. Aaron Sams: Make sure your students can access the content. We all know that not all students have access to the Internet at their home, so you may have to come up with some other solutions. Get some flash drives, check them out to students; burn the video content onto DVDs; or write a grant, get a class set of some sort of digital device that you can check out to your students and they can take home and use that way. Jon Bergmann: Make sure you teach your students how to watch a video. You say, “My kids know how to watch a video.”
The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning Gamification and game-based learning are each buzzwords (and buzzphrases) in education. Each can offer your classroom something, but many mistake one for the other. Can you tell the difference? The Definition Of Gamification The definition of gamification is the application of game-like mechanics to non-game entities to encourage a specific behavior. Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report Sixth form colleges are on “starvation rations” as a result of government funding cuts that have put their survival at risk, according to a report. Almost four out of every 10 sixth form principals say it is likely their college will cease to be a going concern within five years, according to Tuesday’s report, while seven out of 10 say they cannot provide students with a quality education with the money they are set to receive next year. Research by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), which represents England’s 93 sixth form colleges, reveals an alarming picture of a beleaguered sector “under serious threat”, with almost all college leaders worried about the financial health of their institutions. In contrast with schools, where the government has largely protected budgets, sixth form colleges have been subjected to three separate funding cuts since 2011, with the threat of more to come as the treasury seeks further savings.
Session 197 – What Educational Tools can we use…and how? Full Session Title: What educational tools can we use to improve literacy, numeracy, progress, impact, transition, learning, etc and how? Session Summary: Across the conversation, a number of questions were asked which aimed to focus the conversation to different edtech tools for different learning purposes.
Letter to a young learner After a lifetime of being a student of my mother‘s — she was a gifted teacher who stoutly defended my right to color outside the lines — and ten years of teaching students at UC Berkeley and Stanford — I was rewarded by being able to recognize an important student when she came along. She is twelve. While she is bright in school, her interests are not those of her schoolmates or teachers. I work closely with her mother on planning some work with her during the summer and after school once a week.
Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures "Intelligent people leave their brains behind when it comes to technology," says Diana Laurillard, professor of learning with digital technologies at the Institute of Education. I would say that very intelligent academics and researchers leave their brains behind when defending what has become a lazy and damaging pedagogy – the face-to-face lecture. Imagine if a movie were shown only once. Or your local newspaper was read out just once a day in the local square. Or novelists read their books out once to an invited audience. That's face-to-face lectures for you: it's that stupid. Trends, challenges, and developments for higher education’s next 5 years What’s coming up for education and technology over the next five years? The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report for higher education* just derived eighteen concepts for its upcoming report. Check ’em out, and tell the team if you have a project that fits into one or more of them. A quick note before approaching these: remember that the technology items are only 1/3rd of the current report. People often forget this, or only pay attention to the tech.
Driving value into learning technology support programmes GAZELLE, the delivery partner for the Education and Training Foundation’s Learning Technology Support Scheme has launched its £1 million fund to stimulate learning technology workforce development in the education and training sector at www.lfutures.co.uk Christina Conroy OBE, Director at Coralesce was pleased to have been commissioned to undertake the baseline research report on how to drive value into learning technology support. A comprehensive review of the literature and precursor schemes over the last decade resulted in 12 recommendations about how to drive value into scheme design and implementation. Some of these recommendations are relevant for the current Education and Training Foundation Learning Technologies Support Programme 2014-15 run by Gazelle whilst others have resonance for future projects and schemes.
Education and Training Monitor calls for greater investment in education Member States must invest in education to avoid ‘educational poverty’, a Europe-wide report has found. The EU’s 2015 Education and Training Monitor said investment is needed to build more inclusive educational systems in Europe and combat unemployment. It called for Member States to focus efforts on improving the accessibility, quality and relevance of their education and training systems. The findings come as numerous Member States make cuts to their education budgets, which have fallen by 3.2% across Europe since 2010.