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10 Amazing Examples of Architecture Inspired by Mathematics

10 Amazing Examples of Architecture Inspired by Mathematics | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

The link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable. Pyramids and temples were some of the earliest examples of mathematical principles at work. Today, math continues to feature prominently in building design. We’re not just talking about mere measurements — though elements like that are integral to architecture. Thanks to modern technology, architects can explore a variety of exciting design options based on complex mathematical languages, allowing them to build groundbreaking forms. 

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I find these desgins beautifully intriguing, appealing both visually and intellectually. 

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Q&A: Stanford University's Kelly Schmutte on Changing the Undergrad Experience

Q&A: Stanford University's Kelly Schmutte on Changing the Undergrad Experience | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
The world today is changing quickly thanks to technology, and Stanford is keeping pace with these changes by re-imagining what undergrad education should entail. You won't want to miss the insights gained by rethinking the traditional educational models at Stanford.

 

In our imagined future, you see more student agency, individualization and self-pacing as people progress at different rates. That presents logistical challenges for how we structure classes and allocate living space. Technology on the back end could help us sort out those complex logistics to better utilize learning, working and living spaces.

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Edtech trends for the new school year | SmartBrief

Above all trends emerging from K-12 today, robotics, coding, and the STEM -- or STEAM --  movement has the potential to be the most fruitful. It’s a game-changer for everyone:

  • Students, who will have access to more forms of technology throughout the day, can learn how to control the technology in a collaborative fashion.
  • Teachers are able to connect learning experiences to the real world and help students prepare for STEM–related careers.
  • Companies will have increased access to technology-using and technology-building employees to fill their pipelines.

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Students Can Use Data Too

Students Can Use Data Too | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Building students’ learning autonomy through data-driven online learning.

 

In today’s climate of prioritizing data-driven practices in education, it is usually teachers and administrators poring over student performance data; rarely is the focus ever on students using data to improve their learning. But recently, researchers conducted a study on two sixth grade science classes in the Midwest, hoping to answer the question of whether middle school students can think metacognitively about their learning and use data about their performance to seek appropriate supports in their learning.

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The Internet of Things is coming to your school

The Internet of Things is coming to your school | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

After being introduced to the Internet of Things (IoT) by a local software company, Tiffany Davis’ first instinct was to consider what the concept would look like in the K-12 setting.

Defined by Gartner as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment,” IoT is a somewhat nebulous concept that promises to change the way we use objects, products, and technology in general. In A Simple Explanation Of ‘The Internet Of Things,” Forbes’ Jacob Morgandefines IoT as the act of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the internet (and/or to each other). In the consumer world, these devices include mobile phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices like Fitbits, and even heavy equipment like jet engines.

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Lifelong Learning and Technology

Lifelong Learning and Technology | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits,
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Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. — Medium

Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. — Medium | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
Too often when we talk about “innovation” in education, we point to that new set of Chromebooks or those shiny new Smartboards as examples of our efforts to change what we do in the classroom. That is, after all, what “innovation” is all about, to “make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.” Over the last few years, many schools in the developed world have done a pretty good job on the new products front, earning billions of dollars for vendors who sell their gadgets or code under the guise of “innovation” of some degree or another. We’ve definitely got more stuff. And it’s arguable that our methods are changing, even if just a bit; the Maker Movement in schools, when fully embraced, is one such example of shifting roles in the classroom.
But on balance, is all of this “innovation” really changing us?
Not so much. Our efforts at innovating, regardless of method, idea, or product, have been focused far too much on incrementally improving the centuries old structures and practices we employ in schools, not on fundamentally rethinking them. And the vast majority of “innovation” I’ve seen in my visits to schools around the world doesn’t amount to much change at all in the area where we need it most: using those new methods, ideas, or products to shift agency for learning to the learner. To put it simply, innovation in schools today is far too focused on improving teaching, not amplifying learning.
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iTWire - Tech-savvy parents go digital to help school kids with learning

Parents are embracing technology to help their kids learning at school and are ready to ‘swap book lists for app lists’, according to newly released research from NBN..


According to the research – commissioned by nbn and conducted by Colmar Brunton, the majority of Aussie parents surveyed (76%) understand the need to harness the internet for education in the home in order to help prepare them for the future with almost half (48%) co-viewing educational material with their kids online to learn something new together.


Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation, President, Bruce Dixon said the nbn network was helping to break down the walls of the classroom by providing “access to experts, experiences and information which were previously unimaginable. We have found that online, collaborative learning supported by access to fast broadband in both the home and the school can motivate children to become even more engaged in their education.”

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#AnytimeAnywhereLearners: A blueprint for transforming where, when, and how young people learn

How do you build a modern learning environment, one that unleashes the thinking, doing, and creating opportunities made possible when technology is ubiquitous, personal, and wisely used?


#AnytimeAnywhereLearners is the essential guide for leaders of schools and districts seeking to create a learning environment built on the simple proposition that young people will have unprecedented opportunities for learning when they have unlimited access to their own personal, portable, fully functional digital device.


Since 1989, not only have individual schools and districts moved to what is often referred to as 1:1, but whole states and, in some cases, countries, have invested in providing their students access to their own personal, portable devices. The #AnytimeAnywhereLearners framework is based on the experiences of thousands of these 1:1 schools around the world and the courageous and committed educators leading them.


Not a checklist or set of instructions for an easy-to-assemble, 21st century school, the #AnytimeAnywhereLearners framework lays out a roadmap designed to help you, as district or school leader, determine what you need to know and do at each step of your 1:1 planning and development process. Written by Bruce Dixon, President and Co-founder of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation(AALF), and Susan Einhorn, AALF Executive Director, this in depth guide, with links to hundreds of additional resources, will help you make critical decisions, know the strategic questions to ask, understand what will be required of district personnel and school leadership, and have realistic expectations about what the outcomes will be.

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Smithsonian will study digital learning practices | eSchool News | eSchool News

Smithsonian will study digital learning practices | eSchool News | eSchool News | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access was awarded a $500,000 grant to fund a two-year research project on digital learning.


They will analyze teacher and student use of more than 1 million digital learning assets and tools from the Smithsonian’s collections that are available through the Learning Lab. Designed for learners of all ages, the Learning Lab is an engaging digital destination for the discovery, creation and sharing of new ideas and knowledge and supports development of critical, lifelong skills.

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US Department of Education Opens Financial Aid to Students in ‘Bootcamps’ and Non Institutional Programs

US Department of Education Opens Financial Aid to Students in ‘Bootcamps’ and Non Institutional Programs | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Here’s a conundrum: The smaller the college, the fewer resources it has to experiment with different models to meet the demands of a rapidly changing workforce. At the same time, students are increasingly eyeing “bootcamps” and non-institutional providers that promise industry-relevant skills—but may not be able to afford their costs.


Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education at the US Department of Education, thinks he has an answer. Today he is announcing that the federal government will loosen restrictions on schools that work with “alternative education providers,” including massive online open course (MOOCs) developers and coding bootcamps.

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Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom

Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Several schools are embracing self-organized learning environments as a way to engage students through inquiry, ownership and collaboration by starting with a "messy question."


Recently, Bechtel has been experimenting withSelf-Organized Learning Environments, or SOLEs, in her elementary school classes. SOLEs are short forays into the kind of self-organized learning that Sugata Mitra found to be so powerful.


In a classroom SOLE, Bechtel asks her students a “messy question,” something that doesn’t have just one right answer, then sets them loose to research the question in small groups. Students choose who they work with, find their own information, draw their own conclusions and present their findings to the whole class. It can be a bit chaotic, but Bechtel says that’s often good.

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Curiosity Machine - Imagine, Invent, Engineer

Curiosity Machine - Imagine, Invent, Engineer | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

A COMMUNITY OF SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS & CHILDREN, CREATING TOGETHER. 


We believe children learn by building. Engineering design challenges are hands-on projects inspired by the cutting-edge work of scientists and engineers. In each challenge, children are presented with a complex problem to solve, and they progress with support from a trained mentor who guides and encourages them to persist through failure and bring their ideas to reality.

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Combining Formal & Informal Learning To Change the World — Medium

Combining Formal & Informal Learning To Change the World — Medium | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

GenDIY lessons. The Generation do-it-yourself (GenDIY) series is about young adults that chart their own course to a career the love. Matt’s path is a remarkable combination of:

  • an accidental degree resulting from taking a road less traveled,
  • osmotic learning from watching a startup in formation, and
  • a recognized passion for environmental impact.

The combination of formal and informal learning combined with recognized passion for impact resulted in a startup. 

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Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
"Virtual schools" are on the rise, but studies find they're not doing a good job. Now one school in New Hampshire is pointing the way to online ed's future.

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Given Internet access, can kids really learn anything by themselves?

Given Internet access, can kids really learn anything by themselves? | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
It started with a hole in the wall. Sugata Mitra, working for a software company in Delhi, cut a gap between his firm and the slum next door, putting out an Internet-connected computer for kids in the community to use. That simple experiment has turned into a radical idea that children can teach themselves in self-organized learning environments. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
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Dropping the E from E-Learning

At one point in the not-so-distant past, it was the norm to specify that a game you were playing was an online game, or that the map you were using was Google Maps and not a fold-up one from AAA. Nowadays, people tend to just assume that the tool you’re using is an online one. This is the basis of the argument in this research article from Portugal. Even though the term e-learning is still used widely today, the authors suggest that as technology and electronic devices become more ubiquitous, the eused to denote an electronic version of a tool or resource will disappear entirely from the term.

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How to plan and create true flexible learning spaces

How to plan and create true flexible learning spaces | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Teachers who are moving to a blended learning paradigm soon realize that their traditional physical “classrooms” need modification. In most cases, traditional furniture in a traditional room with a whiteboard at the front doesn’t support any of the blended learning models.

This can produce a loss of momentum and enthusiasm as the teacher struggles to find a solution. Teachers who are implementing blended learning have to “mark time,” get frustrated or attempt to “get by” with what is available while flexible learning spaces are designed and built.

 

Thus, an organization that is moving to a blended learning model needs to be aware of a number of important planning, design and timing aspects of flexible learning environments. Some of the areas that need consideration are covered in this article. A radar graph is provided to allow an organization to determine its understanding of and commitment to the changes that are needed.

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A Very Romantic Approach to Digital Archiving

Students may not consider their interactions on Facebook, Pinterest, or LinkedIn as part of a digital narrative. The authors of the study hoped that this process would make students aware of their role in scholarly conversation and give them a greater understanding of their power in transforming language communications online.
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Learning to Think Different

Learning to Think Different | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Rebecca Mead on Max Ventilla’s startup, which uses big data, responsive lesson plans, and student surveillance in micro-schools.

 

Inside, the space has been partitioned with dividers creating several classrooms. The décor evokes an IKEA showroom: low-slung couches, beanbags, clusters of tables, and wooden chairs in progressively smaller sizes, like those belonging to Goldilocks’s three bears. There is no principal’s office and no principal. Like the five other AltSchools that have opened in the past three years—the rest are in the Bay Area—the school is run by teachers, one of whom serves as the head of the school. There is no school secretary: many administrative matters are handled at AltSchool’s headquarters, in the SOMA district of San Francisco. There aren’t even many children. Every AltSchool is a “micro-school.” In Brooklyn Heights, there are thirty-five students, ranging from pre-kindergarten to third grade. Only a few dozen more children will be added as the school matures. AltSchool’s ambition, however, is huge. Five more schools are scheduled to open by the end of 2017, in San Francisco, Manhattan, and Chicago, and the goal is to expand into other parts of the country, offering a highly tailored education that uses technology to target each student’s “needs and passions.”

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Announcing “Mad About Mattering” — Medium

Announcing “Mad About Mattering” — Medium | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

We’re calling our project “MAD About Mattering,” and I can’t wait to get started! MAD About Mattering is a collaborative app-building challenge that is going to bring students together to create apps that will change the world for the better. By asking students to identify their heartbreak, we’re inviting them to work together to develop innovative solutions to spark real and lasting change in our world.

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Smartphones, iPads okay for developing children, with guidance

Smartphones, iPads okay for developing children, with guidance | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
In something of a stunning reversal , the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its stance on the potential harm devices can do to developing children.


t's no longer a question of whether parents will allow small screens on tablets and smartphones into the lives of their young children, it's just a question of how. To that end, the group has come up with a new set of advisories. 


Digital media can be used to facilitate executive function, build self-control and problem-solving skills


Digital media can be used to facilitate executive function, build self-control and problem-solving skills, and improve children’s ability to follow directions," reads one passage from the new position paper released by the AAP earlier this month.


The group's expert panelists also found that "parent and child’s co-viewing and co-participation with media facilitates any educational experience gained from media activities in the youngest children."

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Center for Architecture

Center for Architecture | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Design educator, Howard Stern puts his passion for architecture simply, "I like building things." And so do many students throughout NYC but, more often than not, the typical classroom curriculum doesn't leave much room for children and teens to tap into their love of design and construction. Fortunately, since 2003 the Center for Architecture has functioned as the hub for anyone fascinated by the built environment. With famed skyscrapers, tunnels, and detailed facades as the perfect backdrop for celebration and study, the Center for Architecture is home to many exhibitions, special events, and educational programs that cater to the general public, professionals in the field, and young enthusiasts.

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5 Ways To Cultivate An Emergent Mindset — Medium

5 Ways To Cultivate An Emergent Mindset — Medium | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

As creatives we all want the same things: To be known. To make an impact. To connect with people who care about and support our work. Succeeding in this has always required imagination, curiosity, discipline and grit.

But as contemporary creatives we’re faced with a further challenge: To create, share, and promote our work in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. To succeed in this we must cultivate an entirely new mindset.

Why?

Because the context for our work now spans two worlds: A physical one, where time and place and sensory details create one kind of context for meaning and work; and a digital one, where connection, communication, and innovation happens in the digital now: Where the past is flat— archived and searchable—and everything is happening and available this minute, anywhere.

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Do Personalized Learning Programs Offer Authentic Choices?

Do Personalized Learning Programs Offer Authentic Choices? | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
In order to truly serve the needs of the learner, educators must take a critical look at personalized learning and whether its application is living up to its highest potential.
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Henry Jenkins from Edutopia

Media studies expert Henry Jenkins encourages parents to be open minded and willing to learn from their kids.
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