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Digital_natives_(LSERO).pdf

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A critical study on the deterministic concepts of the digital native and the digital immigrant. A must read for any educator interested in Ed Tech

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How Society Grades Teachers

How Society Grades Teachers | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

While policy makers focus on grading teachers by their abilities to teach subject content and raise test scores, there are many other measurements slipping through the cracks. Among them is a teacher's ability to change lives because of who they are as human beings -- how well they listen, encourage, and inspire children to be active participants in civil society. These vital abilities cannot be measured quantitatively yet they have immense capacity to change the world. In a recent qualitative study, Civic Learning at the Edge: Transformative Stories of Highly Engaged Youth, college students recalled the powerful influence of educators in their lives.

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Five critiques of the Open Educational Resources movement

Five critiques of the Open Educational Resources movement | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

This post reviews existing literature on Open Educational Resources, introducing five critiques: 1) An under-theorisation of ‘openness’, in which the concepts of positive and negative liberty will be used to suggest a neglect of coherent theorisation concerning the practice of self-directed learning. 2) The simultaneous privileging and rejection of institutional authority, where OER literature will be shown to endorse the reputations of established institutions while claiming liberation from them. 3) The diminishing of the role of pedagogy, in which OER will be aligned with an untheorised learner-centred model of education. 4) Humanistic assumptions of unproblematic self-direction and autonomy, and 5) an alignment with the needs of capital, in which a Foucauldian interpretation of subjectivity will offer alternative perspectives on the notions of power and emancipation in OER discourse. It is suggested that these critiques may provide a framework for OER to develop a theoretically rigorous area of scholarship.

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Teachers get angry every year. Now it's time to listen

Teachers get angry every year. Now it's time to listen | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Peter Wilby: Through academies, Gove has destroyed the power structure that governed English education for more than a century ('That is the big story.Schools are being privatised, but also nationalised')
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What Makes the Adolescent and Teen Brain So Different and What Should Educators Do About These Differences?

In the adolescent and teen brain, the rate of change exceeds that of even the body. The highest cognitive brain networks in the prefrontal cortex undergo their most profound maturation during the school years. What has neuroscience research revealed about the very unique adolescent brain that has important correlations to planning instruction and teaching strategies?

From seeking immediate gratification and risk, to developing and achieving long-term goals, educators are critical caretakers of these executive function circuits and the social, emotional, and cognitive tools students take with them into adulthood.

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The relationship school: An experiment in education reform

The New American Academy in Brooklyn is an exciting experiment in education reform that centers everything on the teacher-student relationship.
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‘I blame the parents,’ says chief schools inspector

‘I blame the parents,’ says chief schools inspector | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Lax parenting and a celebrity-driven culture of instant gratification is forcing schools to act as "surrogate parents" for many pupils, the Chief Inspector of Schools has said.
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Philosophy in Education | Podcasts | Philosophy Now

Philosophy in Education | Podcasts | Philosophy Now | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Should schools teach philosophy? When literacy and numeracy levels have not improved in 55 years, shouldn’t teachers be concentrating on improving the three Rs rather than introducing a fourth? Peter Worley, co-founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation, talks with Michael Hand from the Institute of Education and Stephen Boulter from Oxford Brookes University about whether children can do philosophy, and if schools should teach it, how should it be done?
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Pupils learn how to 'fail well'

Pupils learn how to 'fail well' | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
A top girls' school is planning a "failure week" to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes. (Me too!! “@kyliewriteshere: Failure Week!
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Connected Learning: A New Research-Driven Initiative

Connected Learning: A New Research-Driven Initiative | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

Connected Learning, a new research-driven initiative, was introduced at the Digital Media and Learning Conference 2012.
We see a growing gap between the learning mediums with which young people engage in-school and out-of-school. New social media enables young people to have greater choice and autonomy in pursuing their interests—whether academic, creative, or social—in domains outside of formal learning institutions...


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Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It

Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
A new survey considers the intellectual future of the millennial generation.
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No Public Education, No Democracy! » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

No Public Education, No Democracy!...

Our public schools are under attack, and that means our students are under attack

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Infographic - Six Emerging Educational Technologies

Infographic - Six Emerging Educational Technologies | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Infographic: Innovative teachers harness new platforms that enable students see information in new ways and support self-directed learning.
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Is Technology Helping or Hurting Education? - Patch.com

Is Technology Helping or Hurting Education? - Patch.com | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Is Technology Helping or Hurting Education?
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Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models, and Methods - Mary Burns

This publication is a guide to the type of technology modes, education models, and instructional methods used for teacher pre-service and in-service distance learning across the globe.

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Ministers 'spent £66m on consultants', say teachers

Ministers 'spent £66m on consultants', say teachers | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

 The Coalition has been accused of “wasting” more than £66m of taxpayers' money on education consultants at a time of sweeping public sector cuts.

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Free schools 'harm education of children nearby'

Free schools 'harm education of children nearby' | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
The Government's flagship free schools are seriously damaging the education of children in neighbouring schools, according to research published today.
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In praise of the long distance learning student

In praise of the long distance learning student | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Lecturer James Derounian explores the loneliness of the long distance learning student and celebrates their commitment, hard work and long hours
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A Simple Act Of Kindness Can Change The World

A Simple Act Of Kindness Can Change The World | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
A short introduction to the life and times of John Pounds of Portsmouth, inspirer of the Ragged Schools Movement, which provided free education for the poor across the UK - a milestone in the development of Universal Free Education in the form of a State Education.
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Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Schools are embracing digital learning, but evidence is scarce that the expensive technology is improving educational outcomes.
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Technology's Promise to Education: Reimagining Textbooks

Technology's Promise to Education: Reimagining Textbooks | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Excerpt from Bill Gates' recent speech at the NAIS Annual Conference on how teaching and learning will be transformed in the decade ahead.
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For Teachers – Google in Education

For Teachers – Google in Education | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
For Teachers – Google in Education: http://t.co/MnYLUX4A...
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People vs. 'Personalization'

People vs. 'Personalization' | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Schools need to retain the human element of learning in their use of new technologies, Susan Sandler writes.
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The pitfalls of technology in education | Stanford Daily

“schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning.”
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Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

College leaders are trying new approaches to teaching and research with digital tools, and some of those approaches could be transformative.

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