Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks by TeachThought Staff For professional development around these ideas, contact us. As with any publication, blogs and websites are only as thoughtful as their design. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, no matter how “good” the content is, it’s useless. And sometimes you don’t even know what you’re looking for, and don’t know what you don’t know.
Red Balloon Project Articles Re-Imagining Undergraduate EducationAn article entitled "Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education" appears in AASCU's Public Purpose magazine. It introduces the reasons why AASCU launched the Red Balloon project and shares examples from a variety of institutions that have adopted the Red Balloon idea and tailored it to their campus needs. The introduction is authored by AASCU Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, George Mehaffy. Download pdf Challenge and ChangeIn an article entitled “Challenge and Change,” published in the September 2012 issue of EDUCAUSE Review, AASCU Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, George Mehaffy, takes a wide-ranging look at the fundamental problems facing the academy. He starts by examining the basic ways a university is organized and the problems that poses in today’s environment of reduced resources and rising expectations.
Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions How do you think the most rational people in the world operate their minds? How do they make better decisions? They do it by “chunking” away a massive, but finite amount of fundamental, unchanging knowledge that can be used in evaluating the infinite number of unique scenarios that show up in the real world.
Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says Market Trends Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says The worldwide self-paced e-learning market is declining at a precipitous rate, according to a recent report released by Ambient Insight Research, a Washington state-based market research firm. According to the study, the global compound annual growth rate for self-paced e-learning products is clearly negative at -6.4 percent over the next five years. Revenues are expected to drop dramatically to $33.4 billion by 2021, a decline of $13.5 billion over the forecast period. Let Go of the Learning Baggage We all want to learn better. That means retaining information, processing it, being able to use it when needed. More knowledge means better instincts; better insights into opportunities for both you and your organization. You will ultimately produce better work if you give yourself the space to learn. Yet often organizations get in the way of learning. How do we learn how to learn?
State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good. But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. The computer recommends different lessons to different students, based upon what they already know and what they still need to work on. Wonderful in theory, but does it work in practice? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sought to find out, and gave money to 14 colleges and universities to test some of the most popular “adaptive learning” software in the marketplace, including products from a Pearson-Knewton joint venture, from a unit of McGraw-Hill Education called ALEKS and from the Open Learning Initiative.
K-12 Online and Blended Learning Clearinghouse About the Clearinghouse: This Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research InstituteTM (MVRLITM) to provide a repository of references to research articles and other publications from the field of K-12 online and blended learning. This project has been made possible by generous financial support from Next Generation Learning Challenges and in-kind support from iNACOL and the Michigan Virtual University. Search Clearinghouse Topic Keywords: Use keywords to locate related resources by topic. The Power of Twelve Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators, by Stuart Grauer (SelectBooks, 2013), which was a finalist for a 2014 San Diego Book Award. It comes from a chapter titled “Hostile Indian Attacks Schoolhouse,” in which Grauer profiles Native American Roger White Eyes — a teacher at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Lakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Taking part in the Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Ride with Roger White Eyes and other Native Americans, Grauer reflects on the ideal group size for learning — with its application for schools. The excerpt is reprinted with permission of the publisher and author. For something so important to school design, it was becoming hard to ignore how very little research had been done on small class sizes. Even before Jesus, many have found twelve, also referred to as a duedecuple, to be the optimal group size.
RAFT Bay Area - Resource Area For Teaching RAFT Needs Your Support Join RAFT and Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Silicon Valley Gives, a one-day event to bring community and nonprofits together in a big way. Donations will be matched 1:1, $10 becomes $20! What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries. Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond.
New School Technology – The Ugly Truth of Technology Integration Over the last few months I have attended and presented several educational technology conferences and presentations. In each of the presentations, the presenters have shared experiences and tools that have changed their teaching, improved student engagement, and demonstrated students owning their learning; all while making it look easy. As a presenter, I feel challenged to make whatever tool I am demonstrating look easy to use and implement in the classroom. But I think it is time I let you in on a little secret; integrating technology into the classroom isn’t always easy. In fact, integrating any technology into the classroom can be messy, clumsy, challenging and downright frustrating. Teachers who are exposed to all of these new tools and ideas with each presentation have the potential of finding out that using these tools and ideas in the classroom do not always work out the same way they are presented, and that can lead to frustration and potentially giving up on an idea.
Failure Is Essential to Learning One of my favorite things to say when doing strategic planning with teachers is that the plan has a 50 percent chance of success and a 100 percent chance of teaching us how to get "smarter" about delivering on our mission. I love saying this because it conveys an essential truth: Failure is not a bad thing. It is a guaranteed and inevitable part of learning. In any and all endeavors, and especially as a learning organization, we will experience failure, as surely as a toddler will fall while learning to walk. Unfortunately, in education, particularly in this high-stakes accountability era, failure has become the term attached to our persistent challenges.
Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship As you read this, students all over the country are sitting for state standardized exams. Schools spend up to 40% of the year on test prep, so that, shall we say, no child is left behind. Schools’ futures and funding depend on the number of students who fall into performance bands like "Advanced," "Proficient," and "Approaching Basic" based on bubble sheets and number two pencils. Student Authentication and Security Concerns for Online Learning » The Online Learning Curve As much as Internet based systems are common for banking, product ordering, and other personal services that were handled face to face in the past, distance learning presents a different “twist” on security. As banking customers, most people are very protective of User IDs and Passwords for sensitive financial accounts. Distance learners may not have the same motivation. Some may not view their information as particularly valuable and not worry about having optimum security for their online learning system account. Also, just as in a face to face classroom, some students may be seeking inappropriate outside help to improve their grades. It is much harder to detect cheating in an online classroom because students are at the other end of almost anonymous Internet connections.