"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it's a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful.
A specially curated newsletter from Unsplash for the CC community
Tim Boileau's insight:
Unsplash is a website where people share their photography openly under Creative Commons Zero. The open-source movement is the cornerstone of the Unsplash community, and inspires creativity in abundance. The generous photographers who choose to share their photos under CC0 also share tips and tricks with each other.
If edtech is to help improve education research it will need to kick a bad habit—focusing on whether or not an educational intervention ‘works’. Answering that question through null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), which explores whether an intervention or product has an effect on the average outcome, undermines the ability to make sustained progress in helping students learn.
CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds. CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.
"Personalized learning is a goal for all educators, past, present and future. Providing personalized learning experiences which allow all students equal access to quality education according to their needs and interests is an ideal all educators embrace. The question, how?"
"According to the Torrance Test—which measures CQ, or creativity quotient—the United States has been declining in creativity since 1990. There has to be a reason. Perhaps it is because we focus on students’ weaknesses instead of their strengths. In many schools, we’ll put a math genius who struggles with grammar into extra English classes. Should we not give this math genius access to college-level advanced math work, and figure out the basic English requirements he or she needs for a basic understanding of grammar? Why do we think that all students should be good at everything?"
"WHO ARE THE MOOC-ERS? MOOCs—where students are also teachers. That’s among the findings from a new report from Harvard and MIT, examining 280 courses offered by the two schools through edX since 2012. Researchers say that 32 percent of respondents self-identified as “being” or “having been” a teacher."
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.
At its core, the American educational system is about democratization of knowledge for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2011, 22 percent of non-institutionalized adults with disabilities had less than a high school education. If this statistic was applied to the general population, my suspicion is that there would be an outcry to reform K-12 education to have better graduation results. But for students with disabilities, there is no shock or outrage and that is something that has to change. The key to improving the educational experience for students with disabilities is better accommodations in schools and continued improvements in assistive technology.
Tim Boileau's insight:
Education should be viewed as a public good and not a private commodity.
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL). This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.
Dr. Rieber will once again offer his FREE Statistics MOOC beginning Feb 27, and again in July. Please share with your faculty and students. This is an excellent course and an amazing gift for anyone who might benefit from a clear concise tutorial on statistics. Here is a short 3-minute 'mash-up' of a selection of the course's videos to give people a taste of the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t7bt8HW5dc Also, all of the course videos are available on YouTube – here is a link to the playlist: http://tinyurl.com/statisticsformeremortalshttps://www.canvas.net/…/…/courses/statistics-in-education-7
A series of studies across countries and disciplines in higher education confirm that student evaluations of teaching (SET) are significantly correlated with instructor gender, with students regularly rating female instructors lower than male peers.
Tim Boileau's insight:
There is a need to place greater focus on learning outcomes.
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