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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 7:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, June 15, 2:34 AM

Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 15, 1:22 PM

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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic

7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

"Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom."


Via Beth Dichter, Becky Roehrs
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Education and 'Digital distraction'

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jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, November 21, 3:36 AM

agregar su visión ...

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 22, 11:18 AM

Librarians, think about the teachers you train.

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, November 23, 10:15 AM

We have to evolve to use technology in our classrooms 

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Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased? | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.
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Changing the modelo to bridge the cultural gap in education

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Poverty and education: a 'lost decade' for Spain's children

Poverty and education: a 'lost decade' for Spain's children | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A new Unicef report has highlighted the large increases in child poverty in southern Europe.
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Poverty and education in Southern Europe 

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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do And Keep Their Sanity!

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do And Keep Their Sanity! | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Being a "21st Century" teacher is still very much in vo…

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Teaching in the present has become more challenging and demanding....do we concentrate a tad much on 'entertainment value vs building character, community values ,etc'?

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Michael Millard's curator insight, October 29, 8:50 AM

Med lite fantasi och digitala verktyg kan undervisning och glädje kombineras.

Write on Sports's curator insight, October 29, 10:23 PM

love love love this!  Each thing is as important as the next!

Anica Petkoska's curator insight, October 30, 6:49 AM

Nice reminder

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With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework | eSchool News | eSchool News

With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework | eSchool News | eSchool News | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Students who lack home internet access often turn to school and public libraries for homework help, research, and other academic pursuits.

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What happens when you do not have internet access?

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, October 23, 3:30 PM

I don't think most public libraries are ready for this continued computer usage patronage...

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Five things adults get wrong about teens - Toronto Star

Five things adults get wrong about teens - Toronto Star | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
We should listen to teens and avoid unwanted advice. But even then, be aware: teens still hate us.
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We should listen to teens, it would save unwanted advice...

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How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
eLearning professionals should learn more about the biological basis of learning. Check out this simple explanation.

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We need to know more about how the brain works in the learning process so that eLearning can be more effective.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 24, 10:53 AM

Are you looking for a simple explanation on how learning happens in the brain? The infographic above shows the shorthand version and a more detailed version is available in the post. Although this post is geared to e-learning the four processes that take place are also found in the traditional (and the blended) classroom.

Process 1: Getting the information which takes place in the sensory cortices. This is the time to touch as many of the senses as possible. Try to create lessons when introducing new material that include audio, visual and kinesthetic experiences.

Process 2: Make meaning which takes place in the temporal lobe. To make meaning of new information we must provide time for reflection.

Process 3: Form abstractions which takes place in the prefrontal lobe. The learner has received new information, reflected on the information and now begins to make meaning in their brain by making relationships, forming abstractions and creating new knowledge.

Process 4: Active testing which takes place in the motor cortex. The abstract becomes active, providing guides for future learning.

You will also find a link on this page which will allow you to download an eBook - Neuroscience Based eLearning Tips.

Chris Carter's curator insight, June 24, 7:35 PM

This is your brain ... this is your brain when it learns.

Shawn Wright's curator insight, September 6, 9:14 PM

Cool

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Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Pinterest isn't just for wedding themes, DIY craft inspiration, and pretty pictures — it can also be a great educational tool! Here are some creative ways educators are using Pinterest to enhance the learning experience.

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Pinterest as an educational resource  for inspiration,  activities and classroom tools.

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Roberto Rojas's curator insight, August 14, 10:39 AM

A new learning model to try

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 14, 5:25 PM

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, August 14, 9:32 PM

Useful ideas in how TLs can use Pinterest as a way to resource the curriculum.

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Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

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Transformation starts  in your own classroom...don't pass the opportunity around , do something

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 9, 10:47 AM

I wonder so many reformers are outside classrooms? Some I know spent little time in classrooms, racing through them, and pronouncing themselves expert on what they only glanced at in passing.

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 9, 1:22 PM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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Teaching Students Skills to become Better Online Readers

Teaching Students Skills to become Better Online Readers | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand."


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Reading on line...a good habit? Here to stay?

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 1, 11:44 AM

Interesting article in the New Yorker on another digital controversy. 

Helen Teague's curator insight, August 3, 9:36 AM
Do students retain more information when they read from books rather than from digital devices? Does reading online present challenges due to distractions? Do students need to be taught skills to become better online readers?
Ruby Day's curator insight, August 3, 5:21 PM

Studies show we are not reading as effectively online as we are with hard copies. This highlights the need for tools to help us read deeper online - e.g annotation type tools. This links to an interesting stuy of year 5 students using collaborative annotation software demonstrating higher performance than the control group's' paper based annotation.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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When do we start the habit of taking notes? Strategies to helpstudents...

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 10:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 4:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 12:27 PM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom

8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly?

Via Beth Dichter, Chris Carter
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Learning events you need in your class.

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David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 11:36 AM

The infographic is a good summary but the blog is even better as a description. 

WEAC's curator insight, April 3, 3:29 PM

One of the best: 4. Exploration: It's the learner who has the initiative and takes control.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 14, 11:52 AM

Me gusta el concepto de "Evento de Aprendizaje". puede que con él, si es suficientemente amplio, se pueda resolver el batiburrillo de métodos, técnicas, estrategias, procedimientos, protocolos, tácticas, etcétera, con la que nuestros profes se enredan más y más.

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3 Things Principals Should Look for in 21st Century Classrooms - Getting Smart by Greg Garner - BlendedLearning, Competency-based learning, Next-gen, Observations

3 Things Principals Should Look for in 21st Century Classrooms - Getting Smart by Greg Garner - BlendedLearning, Competency-based learning, Next-gen, Observations | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

If your observation style is hands-off because traditional learning models permitted learners to be passive, it’s time to up the ante: get involved, talk with teachers and students, and become a co-learner and instructional coach.


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On becoming a co-learner and instructional coach...

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The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning” - KQED (blog)

The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning” - KQED (blog) | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A Philadelphia center puts making connections between concepts and experiences central to the creative process for student-driven learning.
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Connecting concepts to experiences to make real learning posible

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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8 points to help your pupils regain the art of conversation

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 4, 9:54 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, November 5, 3:07 AM

#recommended

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 7, 4:53 AM

The strategies provided can help with re-focusing conversation and discussion within your teaching and learning environments.

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Teacher Tips: Using Google Apps for Education to engage teachers and learners

How Google has helped schools align the curriculum with technology and evoke the engagement of the teachers and pupils. Presentation by Nathan Thomas.
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Google in the curriculum...

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Tory MP suggests sex education is driving up teen pregnancies despite rate being at lowest for 40 years

Tory MP suggests sex education is driving up teen pregnancies despite rate being at lowest for 40 years | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A Tory MP who suggested sex education could have increased the number of teenage pregnancies may be surprised to learn the rate is actually at its lowest since 1969.
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So what is happening with sexual education?

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Candidates this November are studiously ignoring an issue that affects 50 million kids. We know, because we scoured their platforms.

Candidates this November are studiously ignoring an issue that affects 50 million kids. We know, because we scoured their platforms. | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Hopefuls for the governor's mansion and the Senate are weirdly silent on education.
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Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) All parents should be free to choose a school that works for children so no child faces a lifetime of poverty, government assistance,...
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Can children and their parents really make choices when choosing a school?

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To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard - Huffington Post

To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard - Huffington Post | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard
Huffington Post
Children with an attitude. Adults with no attention span. You. You are none of those things. You are a child without an attitude and an adult with the focus of a freaking ninja.
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Have we shattered children's dreams in the name of discipline and toughening them up for the world?

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Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou

Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us—I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side—then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.


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Resilience is not achieved alone, I believe that it requires having someone, at least one person on our side...

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:55 PM

The building of self-esteem in young people is a developmental step towards knowing oneself as capable and able to belong in a community. The importance of resilience, and being able to rebound from failure and hardship, is critical to building self-esteem.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 17, 1:37 AM

We can still learn a great deal from Maya Angelou. Her poetry and poetic voice shine for us.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 18, 1:36 AM

We have so much to learn from Maya Angelou. Sometimes we need to be still to hear the different messages that come out of the words. 

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Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free!

Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free! | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

""Blendspace, formerly known as EdCanvas, is now a part of Wikispaces and TES. The Blendspace service will continue to run as a stand-alone service. The aspect of the merger that has the most immediate impact on teachers is that the premium features of Blendspace will now be free. The premium features allow you to collaborate with other teachers to creation of lessons."


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Possible dramatic changes in how lessons are prepared.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 31, 9:21 PM

Blendspace is joined Wikispaces and TES and now offers their premium services for free to educators! Why use Blendspace?

* It is easy to organize and share materials.

* The format is visual (which appeals to many learners).

* You pick the topic and you pick the materials: videos, links, images, files, etc.

There are additional features and you may use Blendspace to assess and track student progress. You might consider using Blendspace as a component to introduce blended learning into your class.

This post from Richard Byrne also includes a video that teaches you the basics of Blendspace as well as Flipping and Blending the Classroom.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 11:42 PM
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Blendspace is joined Wikispaces and TES and now offers their premium services for free to educators! Why use Blendspace?

* It is easy to organize and share materials.

* The format is visual (which appeals to many learners).

* You pick the topic and you pick the materials: videos, links, images, files, etc.

There are additional features and you may use Blendspace to assess and track student progress. You might consider using Blendspace as a component to introduce blended learning into your class.

This post from Richard Byrne also includes a video that teaches you the basics of Blendspace as well as Flipping and Blending the Classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 1, 12:35 AM

That makes sense.

 

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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.


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Insights into how our perspective shapes our expectations and of course the outcomes  in our classrooms.  Three practices  for tuning and altering perspective.

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Blended Learning: Does Your LMS Make The Grade?

Blended Learning: Does Your LMS Make The Grade? | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
6 Success Factors for a "Blended Friendly" LMS By Caleb Johnson, Director of Strategic Accounts, Expertus Blended learning. Integrated learning. Hybrid learning. Flipped classroom. Whatever term yo...

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"Teaching just ain't what it used to be anymore..."  Factors that can help the learning experience for teachers and pupils.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 22, 4:25 AM

Flipped, blended, hybrid, seems like we did all this way back in the day... What's old is new again.

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

Via Gust MEES, Chris Carter
Betty Skeet's insight:

Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 7:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, June 15, 2:34 AM

Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 15, 1:22 PM

Thx to Gust Mees