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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | Mind/Shift

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | Mind/Shift | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority.

 

Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education.

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The comments and opinions provided are very true in Southeast Asia. The students expect to be spoon feed the knowledge and remember with rote learning.

 

These academic robots lack 21st century innovation, creativity and problem solving abilities. Their spirit has culturally been broken and tend not to take control of their own collaborative and  Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

 

The ways Asian student were being taught are changing with open access to the internet...

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A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students

A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In today’s world, society has placed its highest value ever on upper education and its requirement in the work force.

 

Unfortunately, the price tag for such an education has simultaneously risen exponentially, limiting millions of potential students from attaining the fundamental human right of a quality education.

 

Furthermore, it prevents students from broadening their own knowledge and stems their capability of developing new skills that may improve their own lives, their families, and their communities.

 

Fortunately, with the rise of technology in today’s society, it has become possible for the low income and underserved members of society to have access to a free, quality education from some of the top universities in the world.

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I have listed these for review of Free MOOC's. I suggest that we review the structure and consider development based on a learning needs assessment for all stakeholders.

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An "All You Can Eat" College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education

An "All You Can Eat" College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The credit-hour has long been the fundamental currency of higher education. Pay your way through the required time in a course and earn a passing grade, and eventually with the right number and combination of credits, you get your degree--usually in two or four years.

 

But what if you could earn a degree as quickly or slowly as you can learn, regardless of whether you plodded through 80 hours in a classroom lecture?

 

That could be the next wave of higher education, as schools come under more pressure to cut costs while proving the value of expensive degrees and competing with the growing number of high-quality free online courses. Call it the decoupling of instruction and testing.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This trend will become the  leader in adult continuing education programs opening the competency-based learning environment. The Carnegie hour seat time may become a thing of the past. This should change the current university and college education business model.

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Who Has 1 Billion Users And Is About To Overtake Facebook?

Who Has 1 Billion Users And Is About To Overtake Facebook? | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

It’s not Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. It’s a company that most people in the West don’t know. That, however, is set to change, with the explosive growth of China’s Tencent and its mobile messaging app WeChat...

 

Last week, Facebook, the current king of social networks, admitted that it’s losing teen users, and that the overall growth in its monthly active users has slowed to 18% year-on-year. 

 

This isn’t helped by the fact that it and other Western social networks are banned in China. By contrast, Tencent recently announced that WeChat’s users have almost tripled from the 85 million of the year before.

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Let's see where this goes...in the mean time, see you on WeChat.

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Google Launches Virtual Field Trips Via New Google+ Connected Classrooms Feature | TechCrunch

Field trips generally venture only as far afield as the local heritage village, where you’re likely to catch pilgrim ‘Ezekial’ behind the butter churning hut sneaking a modern-day cigarette. Google wants to offer a more far-reaching experience, with a new Connected Classroomsinitiative that lets classes take “virtual field trips” using Google+ Hangouts.


So instead of learning about pioneer times from a local drama student who has to keep the goat stables clean in addition to infotaining the kids, you’ll check out the Seattle Aquarium, Minnesota Zoo or the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Nice additional feature to Google +.

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Digital technology and creativity in the classroom prepares kids for the future | opensource.com

Digital technology and creativity in the classroom prepares kids for the future | opensource.com | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Educators in the US and worldwide are increasingly preoccupied with: 1) how children learn, 2) how best to prepare children for the future, and 3) what role digital technology plays in the classroom—all of which is controversial and widely debated.


Various theories and models of education and intelligence have played a large role in shaping this discussion. Noted developmental psychologist, Howard Gardner of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, has been instrumental for many years.

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This is an interesting perspective on the direction of CAL in the classroom.

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Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models | Inside Higher Ed

Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models | Inside Higher Ed | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A growing number of reform-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to see more of online “innovations” like competency-based education.

 

To help out, some are making noise about changing federal financial aid policy and the accreditation system. That was the message during a hearing Thursday of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

 

The hearing and several emerging pieces of legislation are harbingers of how the looming debate over the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act might shake out. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.

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The government and the politicians cannot stop the 21st century educational evolution. 

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How Social Media Is Being Used In Education - Edudemic

How Social Media Is Being Used In Education - Edudemic | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Recently,  the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson conducted a survey of nearly 8,000 faculty members in higher education to find out more about how faculty are using social media. While we often post infographics showing trends or results from specific studies here at Edudemic, I found the results of this survey particularly interesting – perhaps because they were so different from what I expected.

 

While it seems that most faculty have adopted some social media use in their personal life, fewer have done so professionally. And their feelings about using social media professionally (in and out of the classroom) seem to be pretty mixed. Keep reading to learn more (and you can access a larger pdf of the infographic by clicking here).

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Some of the key changes in education has been through social media development.

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Most Working Adults Find Team-Based Work Difficult - Chief Learning Officer

Most Working Adults Find Team-Based Work Difficult - Chief Learning Officer | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A recent University of Phoenix survey found that 84 percent of working adults think that working on teams in the workplace is difficult. Of working adults who think teams often fail in the workplace, 61 percent say there is not enough training.

 

The survey looked at why working adults found working on teams to be difficult, the reasons behind why working teams fail as well as why individuals are or aren’t personally successful in working in teams. The online survey of 1,072 employed U.S. adults was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of University of Phoenix in August.

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The tending here places more emphisis on adapted learning environments with development to team based skills.

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15 Business Card Designs That Will Leave An Impression

15 Business Card Designs That Will Leave An Impression | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
If you are asked to recall your favorite business card, I bet you don’t have an answer for it. No worries, me neither because who notices the generic look for business cards?
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...and now for something completely different...

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

As education continues to evolve, adding in new trends, technologies, standards, and 21st century thinking habits, there is one constant that doesn’t change.

 

The human brain.

 

But neuroscience isn’t exactly accessible to most educators, rarely published, and when it is, it’s often full of odd phrasing and intimidating jargon. Worse, there seems to be a disconnect between the dry science of neurology, and the need teachers have for relevant tools, resources, and strategies in the classroom. In regards to the disconnect, we’ll continue to strive to create content that is both expert and accessible, as The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

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This article covers teaching and learning approaches for the 21st century thinking habits.

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The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around) | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

It's easy to say that students lie to teachers all the time. Frankly, everyone, including teachers, has a lie in them, and these untruths keep the schooling process rolling along.

 

When adults say, for instance, that they develop rules with the students, chances are that students often develop rules that teachers already thought of anyway. Or, when adults say that a student can't use the restroom during certain parts of the day "Just because," rather than "Because the hallways is crowded, and I don't want you distracted from the lesson in the classroom,” that's just one more micro-fib in a collage of fibs that we tell children.

 

But my push today is to talk about the lies that students tell, specifically the ones that keep them from growing into the best students possible.

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Many good points related to teaching and learning as well as classroom management to teaching how to ask the right questions.

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How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

When you think about the skills and knowledge today's students will need most in the future, what comes to mind?

 

In 2010, there were 41.7 million college graduates in the U.S., and 21 million of them were in jobs that didn't require a college degree. In China, months after graduation, 3 million graduates were unemployed from the class of 2013 alone.

 

Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school. Employers, however, often cite communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, ingenuity, innovation, and risk-taking as the most sought after skills in new hires. Now, think of the things that a young person can do to promote those qualities. 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

The "Soft skills" are not included in job prepartion skills for graduates. These skills need to be addressed for the 21st century learner and future career professional.

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10 Apps For Improving Memory Skills

10 Apps For Improving Memory Skills | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

One of the skills we probably don’t teach enough to our students is how to develop their memory. Though we increasingly ask them to remember content and skill strategies, how often do we help them exercise those skills in a low-stakes way? These fun apps and games will help every user—young or old—to develop better memory skills.


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These are needed lifelong learning skills.

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Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies | SEL

Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies | SEL | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students.

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Within these higher order cognitive competencies are metacognitive learning strategies.

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10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers

10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The adoption of Mind Maps in teaching has grown recently due to the benefits of using Mind Maps to learn and the availability of free online mind mapping software.

 

Teachers have recognized the value of using Mind Maps to engage students, encourage creativity and, most importantly, teaching how to learn rather simply memorizing content.

 

Mind Maps have even been integrated into emerging teaching techniques such as the Flipped Classroom and Design Thinking as outlined in the Mind Map on the right.

How do teachers harness the full power of Mind Mapping?

 

Below is some ideas on how teachers and student can use Mind Maps both in and out of the classroom.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This a great inclusive teaching and learning approach for the 21st century learning environment.

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This is a brief overview of how and why to use mind maps to support student learning.  I've seen mind maps used in every elementary classroom I've visited.  This article adds familiarity but more depth is needed.

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Introducing the B.E.E. Lab | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Introducing the B.E.E. Lab | Harvard Graduate School of Education | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Things are definitely abuzz at Assistant Professor Gigi Luk’s Brain.Experience.Education (B.E.E.) Lab.

 

The brainchild of Luk, the B.E.E. lab, which focuses on investigating experiences that enhance lifelong learning, was something she sees as a vital component to her teaching and research.

 

“This lab is interdisciplinary,” Luk says. “It’s about psychology and neuroscience but also the concept of students bringing what they know from practice too.”


Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2013/10/introducing-the-b-e-e-lab/#ixzz2jjmw8AMk

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The  Brain Experiance Education Lab will be a welcome addition with research for the Adult language learners.

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Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods

Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
No study can deny this – freeing up class time enables teachers and students to pursue Active Learning.

In a recent exchange in the media, the USA Today news site sensationalized a study under way at Harvey Mudd College, using the headline “‘Flipped classrooms’ may not have any impact on learning“1.

 

As the debate rolled out in the media over this, it became apparent that USA Today had taken the study and published information out of context (I know, shocking). In this commentary published the next day by Harvey Mudd teacher and study participant Darryl Yong we learn that, “the article greatly oversimplifies things by portraying our study as an attempt to answer whether flipped classrooms work or not.  

 

That kind of research question is too blunt to be useful.”2

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This article reviews research on active learningwithin the context of a "flipped" classroom.

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Education 3.0: The Best Mini-Series Since Band of Brothers (part 2) | Pearson Learning Solutions

Education 3.0: The Best Mini-Series Since Band of Brothers (part 2) | Pearson Learning Solutions | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

To me, Education 3.0 (which is also a book I’m currently writing), is a way to navigate the “C’s” of education.  Creativity, Critical thinking, Competency, Care, Cognition, Content, Classes, Calculation, Communication, Compelling Questions, Challenge, Computer literacy, Context, Culture, and much more are all top-of-mind issues for academia. 

 

And so, in this second blog, let me speak to the history and current research that makes up one pillar of Education 3.0: Learning Psychology.


- See more at: http://www.pearsonlearningsolutions.com/blog/channels/online-blended-learning/education-3-0-the-best-mini-series-since-band-of-brothers-part-2/#sthash.nd09tHHy.dpuf

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This is a great perspective on Ed 3.0.

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5 Technologies That Will Be In Your Classroom Sooner Than You Think -

5 Technologies That Will Be In Your Classroom Sooner Than You Think - | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
5 Technologies That Could Be In Your Classroom Sooner Than You Think 1. Electroencephalography What is it? The ability to control technology with your mind Big Idea: Immediate and uninterrupted connection between user and technology...
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You know, it is an exciting time to be a learner and a teacher...Just imagine the future of our learning environment... 

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7 Tech Wonders of the World You Should See Before You Die

7 Tech Wonders of the World You Should See Before You Die | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In the current age, wonders of the world are no longer limited to ancient monuments such as Stonehenge or the Great Wall of China.


Tech marvels such as the Google’s headquarters and Apple’s new “spaceship” campus are such brilliant feats of architecture and engineering, they’re also considered some of the must-see places in the world.

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I would like to see some of the above locations...

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Obama administration announces series of public hearings on college ratings system | Inside Higher Ed

Obama administration announces series of public hearings on college ratings system | Inside Higher Ed | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The Obama administration will convene hearings at college campuses across the country next month to gather public input on its controversial proposal to create a federal college ratings system, the Education Department will formally announce Wednesday.

 

As the administration moves ahead with developing the specific criteria for the rating system, officials will travel to four campuses next month to solicit feedback at public forums.



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/30/obama-administration-announces-series-public-hearings-college-ratings-system#ixzz2jGQtKObm ;
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For whom the bell tolls...The ring is the future of accreditation and ranking/rating services will be next on the reform. Let's watch and see...

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Making the Right Cuts in Higher Education

Making the Right Cuts in Higher Education | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

CBS News reported this week that a number of colleges and universities had or planned to cut their sticker prices significantly. CBS noted that the reported tuition price for independent colleges and universities was slightly over $30,000 per year -- or up about $1,100 since last year.

 

These numbers translated into a 2.9 percent increase or the lowest collective tuition increase in 40 years.

 

Consumers need to think through a number of points before applauding this decision as a panacea to address high sticker prices.

 

First, the CBS report confused cost and price. Independent colleges and universities offer approximately $19 billion in aid to current and prospective students.

 

For most students, this lowers the cost of attending an institution. Yet it may not change the sticker price that is typically misrepresented as the cost to attend a college.

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"We've never done it this way . . . but not anymore..." 

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Five Steps to Reboot Schools

Five Steps to Reboot Schools | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
It's time for the technology industry to claim responsibility for underserving the nation's schools and to take steps to incite transformation, writes Cameron Evans.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is an interesting perspective which seems to be on target.

 

One additional step needed for change is the top heavy educational adminstrative and accreditation machines. The wake up call is already coming through with new technology devleopments...

CHANGE IS HAPPENING NOW!

 

I look forward to the changes and elinamtion of the big pay checks of the educational adminstrations and accreditation services at the top of the local, state and goverment food chain with the shifting toward open access education for all levels of learners. The technology (LMS systems) is in place for a govermental "clearing house" to happen right NOW.

 

I look forward to the end of accreditation services, because the traditional learning enviroments, brick and mortar institutions have changed. They will not be the same in the next five to ten years.

 

Orginally, accreditation services were developed to serve two purposes, which was the standardization of the Carnegie units, credit hours  and acceptance of transcripts between institutions of Higher Learning.

 

The government and schools empowered these accreditation services. Now like other service providers, it became another money making organizations due to go through a major paradigm shift.

 

"So what, now what"... All accreditation services needs to shift to the educational stakeholders at the  local, state and national level to the government clearing house by elinmating these accreditaion service "middlemen". Transparentcy, simplication and cost savings would be the main focus of this shift.

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Stanford Startup Claims Solution to Longstanding Wireless Riddle | MIT Technology Review

Stanford Startup Claims Solution to Longstanding Wireless Riddle | MIT Technology Review | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A Stanford startup’s new radio can send and receive information on the same frequency—an advance that could double the speed of wireless networks.

 

A startup spun out of Stanford says it has solved an age-old problem in radio communications with a new circuit and algorithm that allow data to be sent and received on the same radio frequency—thus doubling wireless capacity, at least in theory.

 

The company, Kumu Networks, has demonstrated the feat in a prototype and says it has agreed to run trials of the technology with unspecified major wireless carriers early next year.

 

The underlying technology, known as full-duplex radio, tackles a problem known as “self-interference.” As radios send and receive signals, the ones they send are billions of times stronger than the ones they receive. Any attempt to receive data on any given frequency is thwarted by the fact that the radio’s receiver is also picking up its own outgoing signal.

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This is exciting news for the future of faster networks. It has many additional applications in many fields of study.

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