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Online education trend expands

Online education trend expands | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Over the past several months, dozens of universities, including the University of Texas System, Brown and Wesleyan, have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

Last week, the American Council on Education, an association for higher education presidents, raised the possibility that such courses could count toward a degree when it said it would review several to determine whether they ought to be eligible for transfer credit.


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A Road Map To Becoming A Better Teacher -

A Road Map To Becoming A Better Teacher - | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Becoming a better teacher is not much different than becoming a better artist or farmer or architect or engineer.

Most broadly, improvement in teaching can be reduced to a matter of prioritization, practice, reflection and refinement. In ‘Outliers,’ author Malcolm Gladwell theorized that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. If you do anything long enough, the theory goes, you improve. Practicing 20 hours a week for 50 weeks for ten years should readily produce expertise of some degree.

It’s hard to argue with that idea. You practice walking so that you can walk, drawing so that you can draw, and speaking a foreign language so that you can speak with someone that speaks a different language than your own. Each of these skills are different in the abilities they require, but all can be improved through practice.

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years | Education Matters | Scoop.it
13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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Daniela Raffo's curator insight, June 22, 9:26 AM
interesante, muestra la evolucion de la educacion actual hacia el uso de la tecnologia
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 22, 9:56 AM
Interesting considerations for the future and how our aims for education may change. Good food for thought here!
Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, June 22, 6:00 PM

Very Thought provoking article on the 13 ways Education could change in the next 13 years.

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12 Sites & Apps for Learning to Program via @rmbyrne

12 Sites & Apps for Learning to Program via @rmbyrne | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Last week on Twitter I mentioned that Logo was my introduction to computers and programming. I also mentioned that people going to ISTE should plan to attend Dr. Gary Stager’s presentation, L…

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ADHD and Mood Swings: What You Need to Know via Understood

ADHD and Mood Swings: What You Need to Know via Understood | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Kids with ADHD can have frequent mood swings, or quick changes in behavior and attitude. Learn why, and how to help your child with ADHD mood swings.

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Why Teacher Education Should Include Neuroscience

Why Teacher Education Should Include Neuroscience | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The neuroscience of how the brain learns and what influences the most successful brain acquisition and application of learning should be included in all teacher education programs.

Teachers need to be prepared with foundational knowledge to understand, evaluate, and apply the neuroscience of learning. With this knowledge they will be able to recognize future implications from this rapidly expanding field of research to increase the effectiveness of their teaching and build and sustain students’ joy of learning.

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The Access Model: A 1:1 Framework For Teaching With Technology

The Access Model: A 1:1 Framework For Teaching With Technology | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The Access Model is a framework to provide guidance to curriculum designers, policymakers, administrators, committees, and teachers in designing 1:1 teaching and learning resources. It is based on a strength of technology, specifically laptops, iPads and other tablets, BYOD Programs and more.

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The Hidden Engine of Education: Intrinsic Motivation | Education Review

The Hidden Engine of Education: Intrinsic Motivation | Education Review | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Motivation is an important thing. It is the literal reason that anyone does anything of note. Without the drive to complete something, we would never get anything done! This motivation comes in two different forms: Intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Both forms are effective at encouraging someone to do something, but in separate ways. They each have value, but this article will focus on the benefits of the intrinsic factors. Here, we’ll be discussing the about what intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are, how to foster intrinsic motivation, and how teachers can use build good learning habits in the classroom by fostering this inspiration.

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Moving beyond memorization - "10 Ways to Improve Transfer of Learning" - InformED by Marianne Stenger

Moving beyond memorization - "10 Ways to Improve Transfer of Learning" - InformED by Marianne Stenger | Education Matters | Scoop.it
By Marianne Stenger

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, June 1, 4:38 PM
And yet, learning psychology research and psycholinguistic studies continue to show the superiority of rote memorization over all  other learning paradigms in terms of accuracy, memorability, and reaction time. 
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 2, 8:35 AM

Good  tips ... most programs don't "develop" people anymore ... too busy with mindless tasks and forget that learn for learn doesn't work... it takes a  mindful approach to deliver a variety of learning around one topic multiple ways and most important real applications to get learning to stick 

Beau Baez's curator insight, June 3, 8:43 PM

So many people spend time learning something, and then don't apply that knowledge in a different context. This article explains the steps we can take to really learn something, which is key to being able to use that knowledge in everything that we do.

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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

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Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 5:25 AM
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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6 Ways to Build Lifelong Learning Skills With Your Learners

6 Ways to Build Lifelong Learning Skills With Your Learners | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Learning is journey for life. If you want to know how to give your students lifelong learning skills, here are some terrific ways to make it happen.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 24, 9:48 PM
Taking ownership and learning from errors are foundational aspects of learning. 
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Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU

Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU | Education Matters | Scoop.it
During this time of significant educational change, we are forced to ask ourselves, what is the role of the teacher?

Teachers continue to be central to learning, but the role is changing significantly. Our children still need to develop real skills and real knowledge, but they also need to be self-reliant, resilient, and fully capable of re-inventing themselves. This means students must learn how to self-direct their learning.

So if students are self-directing their learning, what's the role of the teacher?

Teachers build the curriculum/lessons with the individual student based on his/her needs and interests rather than move through a fixed curriculum en masse.


Teachers provide the experiences and tools to access new knowledge in specific areas of interest as facilitators of individual pathways, rather than being a provider of the content or expert in one or every area,Teachers become experts in how people learn, not only in teaching.


Teachers support a community of learners in teams, possibly of multiple ages, rather than alone in classrooms with fixed grades of students.


Teachers have more autonomy over their daily schedule, and can be flexible to adjust their schedules to support student needs.


Teachers provide opportunities for real-world, connected, practical learning rather than isolated academics.
These are the types of changes in the teacher's role that are fundamental to developing students who are capable of independent learning and reinvention in a rapidly changing world.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 


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Jan Swanepoel's curator insight, May 26, 7:31 PM
During a time of significant educational change, this article addresses the contemporary question: "What is the real role of the teacher?" Teachers continue to be central to learning and students still need to develop real skills and real knowledge, however 21st century learners also need to be self-reliant, resilient, and fully capable of re-inventing themselves, meaning that students must learn how to self-direct their learning. Please visit my blog at http://mymathsrules.weebly.com for my extended curator's insight.
PEEP Matisse's curator insight, May 29, 4:21 AM
On est loin des fondamentaux de l'Education Nationale, mais on peut rêver
Sarah's curator insight, June 4, 8:25 PM
This is a short article on the ways that teachers' roles are changing. It is important to note that teachers are not becoming obsolete, but are just as important as ever. Teachers are here to facilitate learning and assisting the students in becoming resilient, self directed and capable learners.
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5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day

5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Just because I’ve authored a couple of books and host a podcast on engagement does not mean that I don’t have challenging days in the classroom. Last Friday was one of those days!

The first three periods went great. My students were animated and participatory. The last three periods were miserable.

Students were lethargic and crabby. They were not the least bit impressed with my lesson. I left home on Friday defeated.

Now, I’ve been teaching a long time. I’ve learned what to do when I have a miserable day like Friday. I’ve had plenty such days in my career.

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How EdTech Can Be Used to Alleviate Inequalities in the Classroom

How EdTech Can Be Used to Alleviate Inequalities in the Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As technology becomes more accessible to more students, thanks to schools investing in more 1 to 1 initiatives, it becomes important to recognize the ways in which teachers can leverage that technology to equalize all the inequalities that students face. Technology is a wonderful tool that can help level the playing field and increase student opportunities.

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Keep It Simple: Do These 4 Things Every Time You Teach

Keep It Simple: Do These 4 Things Every Time You Teach | Education Matters | Scoop.it

It happens a million times a day in schools: a teacher starts a lesson.

The strong students seize on the new learning opportunity. Typical students figure out enough of what they have to do to succeed. But students who struggle in school may flare up, or shut down, at this critical juncture. These challenging students often react before they give themselves a chance.

There are many unpredictable ways your new lesson can trigger an old wound in a challenging student. Teachers can reduce those sudden negative reactions by planning to provide directions in four ways. These approaches are good for every student and probably necessary for our most vulnerable ones.

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5 Ways Outdoor Education Can Prepare Our Students For the Future

5 Ways Outdoor Education Can Prepare Our Students For the Future | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The vast world outside of school has amazing lessons for us all and that’s what outdoor education is all about. Weezie Yancey-Siegel reveals what it has in store for our learners’ personal development.
 

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12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code

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Last week on Twitter I mentioned that Logo was my introduction to computers and programming. Today we have many more ways to introduce students to programming and coding. Here are some good resources that you can use to introduce students to programming and coding.

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Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"The number of students with special needs is on the rise across the United States, making it increasingly difficult for educators to teach effectively to their entire student body. Did you know that there are approximately 7 million students in the United States with disabilities?"


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12 Principles Of Modern Learning -

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen  put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a...

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What Machine Learning Is Teaching Us About Human Learning  

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We now have machines that can translate languages, compose music, write novels, and operate vehicles.

So what might the implications of these developments be for educators and students?

The primary goal of AI research may be to teach machines how to learn, thereby automating some of the tasks that complicate our everyday lives, but brain scientists are saying it goes both ways: We now know more about human learning as a result of machine learning, and it has some exciting implications for the classroom.

Here are four especially intriguing insights from the field:

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Closing the Skills Gap: How Educators and Employers Can Work Together - InformED

Closing the Skills Gap: How Educators and Employers Can Work Together - InformED | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The skills gap—the difference between what students are taught in school and college and what employers are actually looking for when hiring recent graduates—is constantly growing. The National Federation of Independent Business found that 45 percent of small businesses in the U.S. were unable to find qualified applicants to fill job openings as of the first quarter of 2017. Findings from the UK Commission of Employment and Skills (UKCES) showed that one in four job vacancies last year were caused by the widening skills crisis across the UK, while “14 per cent of employers report skills gaps in their existing workforce.” Australia’s Department of Employment released a report last year detailing over forty occupations affected by skills shortages and recruitment difficulties nationwide.

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The 7 Most Important Characteristics of Effective Critical Thinkers

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For a long time now we’ve talked about how important critical thinking skills are for today’s learners (and for everyone) to build on. Every educator knows how important they are to cultivate in our classrooms and indeed throughout our whole lives. But what does the ideal critical thinker look like? What are the most crucial defining characteristics of effective critical thinkers?

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Where does machine learning fit in the education sector?

Where does machine learning fit in the education sector? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Although it is considered ‘future’ learning, at its simplistic core, machine learning is very similar to the ILS process – using algorithms to steer individual learning paths without a human in place. Since then, the magnitude and complexity of the calculations that are used to drive these decisions have become so complicated that the systems teach themselves.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 30, 12:30 AM

Interesting article that puts this in some historical perspective.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, May 30, 12:45 PM

Interesting article that puts this in some historical perspective.

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Why Finland's education system puts others to shame

Why Finland's education system puts others to shame | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest ways Finland is winning in global education.

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Catherine Chook's comment, May 21, 12:04 AM
I saw an article about this on TV, was very interesting.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 22, 3:56 PM
Check it out!  We could learn a lot about engaging our students from Finland.
John Rudkin's curator insight, May 23, 5:59 AM
It's called "Different Where it Matters"... and Finland seems to have it.
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7 Ways to Achieve High Levels of Classroom Productivity

7 Ways to Achieve High Levels of Classroom Productivity | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Test these 7 essential tips for maximizing classroom productivity in any of your learning environments. They involve students highly to achieve results.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 17, 8:45 PM
I employed several of these approaches in my AP Computer Science Principles class, to good effect!
Tayla Jade's curator insight, May 30, 10:31 PM
This source suggests tips that line up with Brain Based Education and the SAMR model Redefinition level. 
 
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6 Best Practices for Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

6 Best Practices for Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As a first year teacher, I somewhat smugly felt when it came to student-teacher relationships, “You either have it, or you don’t.” It seemed as if I had good relationships with my students.

But was I bonding with EVERY student?

I soon realized building relationships with ALL students requires specific and purposeful strategies and actions. This is especially true for students who enter our classrooms thinking and expecting the worst. They hate school; hate everything about it. For a student who doesn’t like school, a strong relationship with a teacher is a game changer.

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