If there's one thing we should all know about the future of education, it is that technology will play a huge role. Digital sources provide us with seemingly unending capacity to adapt our courses to meet the needs of modern learners. College programs centered on blended instruction signifies a coming shift, not only in how students learn, but in how teachers teach.
"Google has announced a new product, the Asus Chromebit, which is the size of a traditional thumbdrive and can be plugged into any HDMI display (like a monitor or a TV) to turn the device into a fully functional Chromebook."
Schools continue to look for cheaper access to better tech- well, I think this is a step in the right direction. Administrators have a lot of choices, when deciding what to buy into. We should definitely look into the possibilities of using productive and efficient technology, and possibly reallocating funds to place where they can do more good.
"The landscape: You have taught a class in-person for five years and due to a variety of reasons you have the option to teach it online … next semester. You need to quickly transition your in-person curriculum into a creative and successful online course. Here are five steps to get you there."
Most teachers who opt for the flipped classroom strategy are not pursuing a student-centered approach to learning. The traditional model is simply being reversed.
Dustin Fowler's insight:
This blog was written in 2012, but it holds true today- through taking the risk to implement a change from a teacher-centered instruction approach, a passionate educator was able to discover the path to leading students to high levels of achievement. This teacher's students learned the most valuable skill of all- How to educate themselves using the tools at their disposal, as well as each other. Very inspirational, and shows the extent of learning that can take place using a well-implemented blended approach to instruction.
"While everyone seems to have their own view of what a blended solution looks like, most will agree that 21st century “courses” will contain lessons/modules that vary in their media selection, and mode of delivery."
Blended learning, despite our lack of clarity in defining it, is not only the future of education, but largely, the present. I think every teacher should check into this- Consider, "how can I use technology to increase the meaning of the content?" You don't have to be fancy to to present blended instruction.
"While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it out."
"It is tough to think about what is on the horizon for K-12 education in 2015 without thinking about the changes that have occurred in the last few decades and the challenges that have remained constant."
"More and more teachers embrace flipped classrooms every year. In a 2014 survey, 78% of teachers said they’dflipped at least one lesson in their classroom. And they’re finding that the flipped model is successful. Teachers who try out flipped classrooms find that students can learn at their own pace, have an easier time asking for (and receiving) help, and show more engagement in the classroom."
Oddly, I can see this happening. On the other hand, I like well planned conference seminars, where new info is presented and discussed. In order to have the rich level of discussion that would be necessary for this to work, participants would need to watch the videos and be willing to discuss.
Now, can we apply this method to faculty meetings?
I like this article because it points to the trends in blended instruction from the standpoint that it isn't really going anywhere. Being an advocate for blended instruction in my physical classroom, as well as a virtual teacher, I have tried to explain to some of my more traditional-minded colleagues that we all need to be paying attention to the changes in education. Blended Instruction takes many shapes. We can all agree that these models are changing education, and they are not going anywhere!
This article poses many questions for the future of a quickly changing education system. No matter how you feel about the role of the teacher in America's classrooms, you should be aware of the changes, and prepared to react to the demands of the changes. I, for one, do believe that the future of education will see the need for less teachers- although, I feel the likelihood of no teachers at all is ludicrous.
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.
There are other changes too, not least to the traditional format that sees rows of pupils sitting passively in front of their teacher, listening to lessons or waiting to be questioned. Instead there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills.
It is very important for teachers to recognize that technology "serves" a purpose, but technology isn't the purpose. There's so much out there, it's easy to see what is successful in one school district, and think "if only we could do that!" But once we acknowledge problems in our schools, set goals based on resolving those problems, then choosing the right technology becomes easier. I suggest reading this article. I think it's a start to developing the right perspective with technology in the classroom.
Geography can look like a boring subject, considering that the entire surface of the Earth has been mapped for centuries. But this spring, one small group of high school geography teachers are going to hit a new level of excitement — and tension — as funds they pooled from their pockets open the gate to the uncharted and untamed wilds of cyberspace.
"For the first time ever, Khan Academy has released all of its classes specifically for the iPad. This is great for anyone interested in getting some free education, but it’s much more than that. In fact, Khan Academy’s decision is big news for human civilization."
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