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Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence
Miloš Bajčetić's insight:
“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”
For many instructors, myself included, chance is the enemy. I know that I can’t control everything that will happen during class time. But I aim to prepare well enough that, for the most part, things go according to plan.
During each class period a student must roll a die up to three times. The first roll determines if there will be a quiz on that day’s reading: An even number means there will be a quiz, an odd number no quiz. If that first roll dictates that there will be a quiz, the student rolls again. This roll is to determine which reading the quiz will be on (this can be skipped, of course, if the students have only done one reading).
Carpe Diem is a proven collaborative and rapid course development method for effective learning design. Whether it be adapting an existing course for online delivery or ensuring your course is designed for future learning, Carpe Diem is an essential method for anyone interested in improving learning and teaching.
"Carpe Diem is based on 13 years of research into collaborative design for technology enhanced learning ...I am delighted that this MOOC brings Carpe Diem agile, rapid team developments for effective learning design to the broader education community" Professor Gilly Salmon
Participants in the course can expect to:
- Learn about the Carpe Diem process
- Apply the method to your own learning course design
- Engage and collaborate with other participants in the creation of E-tivities
- Reflect on learning design and the application of Carpe Diem to practice
- Build Courses Irrelevant to the Learner’s Needs
A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?"
1. Working with their peers
2. Working with technology
3. Connecting the real world to the work we do/project-based learning
4. Clearly love what you do
5. Get me out of my seat!
6. Bring in visuals
7. Student choice
8. Understand your clients -- the kids
9. Mix it up!
10. Be human
"The thing is, every student is engaged differently...but, that is okay. There is always a way to keep a student interested and lively, ready to embark on the journey of education. 'What is that way?' some teachers may ask eagerly. Now, read closely... Are you ready? That way is to ask them. Ask. Them. Get their input on how they learn. It's just as simple as that."
Via Dennis T OConnor
Are you confident you can reason clearly? Are you able to convince others of your point of view? Are you able to give plausible reasons for believing what you believe? Do you sometimes read arguments in the newspapers, hear them on the television, or in the pub and wish you knew how to confidently evaluate them?
There are a number of good options for educators looking to build their own MOOCs. Here is a look at five of the most interesting platforms.
By the end of 2013, most top universities had started to offer some sort of MOOC (massive open online course). Now, we are starting to see the MOOC product move into the corporate and private realm. Companies like Google and Tenaris are using MOOCs for training their employees, MongoDB is educating developers through the MOOC medium and thousands of private instructors are teaching classes on sites like Udemy.
If you are considering a MOOC for yourself or your organization, you’ll first need to determine which tool you will use to build the course. The following is an assessment of five popular free MOOC (and MOOC-like) platforms.
Miloš Bajčetić's insight:
Moodle is an open-source LMS that allows users to build and offer online courses. It was built for traditional online classrooms rather than MOOCs, which attract a large number of students. It tends to be easier to install than edX, and there are hosted or one-click install options available.
"Mobile computing has taken over. The higher education community already knows that, but Adobe’s recent report, The State of Mobile Benchmark, uncovered some amazing statistics about the stunning growth of tablets, the true impact of smarthphone proliferation and the future of digital content.
The study goes into great detail and offers suggestions for how any organization with a web presence can act on the report’s findings. Here are a few key takeaways that are particularly pertinent to higher education:"
Well, that didn’t take long. Steve Jobs announced the iPad in 2010, and the computing landscape hasn’t been the same since. Just as smartphones seemed poised to dominate mobile computing for the foreseeable future, tablets disrupted an already unsettled technology environment.
Tablets are now driving more traffic web traffic than smartphones. This means that tablet users are more engaged and active on their devices. According to Adobe, “Internet users view 70% more pages per visit when browsing on a tablet vs. a smartphone.” That’s an impressive number and a strong indicator that colleges should be preparing tablet-friendly experiences for their websites and course materials. Tablets handle desktop websites better than smartphones and don’t always require apps to offer students and faculty advanced functionality. Responsive HTML5 websites will go a long way toward satisfying tablet users on campus.
Interest in big data, data mining, and analytics is strong and growing in business and government. Recent reports by McKinsey, HBR, and Deloitte indicate that big data and analytics are just beginning beginning to make their impact in many sectors. The tools and methods of analytics are developing rapidly and are increasingly easier to use. In education, the adoption of analytics has been slow, and when initiated, often focused on improving organizational processes or identifying at-risk-learners. Analytics hold significant value in improving the spectrum of the teaching and learning process, not only for targeting a particular variable. This presentation will review the context that's driving popularity of analytics, provide cases and examples of use in education, and argue for the use of proactive models that emphasizes improving the learning experience, instead of only reacting to warning signs.
A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly? A learning event is a simplified description of the student’s learning activity. There’s an infinite number of learning strategies, but only eight learning events. It isn’t necessary to use all the events in the creation of your course. The 8 Types of Learning Events Every eLearning Course Must Have Infographic presents a ‘palette’ of 8 specific ways that the eLearning designer can use to describe any point in the development of learning activities:
An interview with Professor Gilly Salmon, who has been a guest before talking about her extensive research in online education and pedagogy and what she has observed about MOOCs so far. Now, the first MOOC that she is leading is about to launch. "Carpe Diem—Learning Design" starts on March 10, and we took the opportunity to discuss some of the differences between course design for "traditional" online learning and for MOOCs. We also dig a little bit into the mechanics of how the course was put together and the resources that were required.
Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? You know how valuable his guidance was to you, but does he? Unless you expressed your appreciation, chances are he’s like every other educator—like you, now—who runs on one type of fuel: faith.
There is no shortage of instructional literature on how to make a difference in our students’ lives, but how do we know when we’ve succeeded?
A recent Harvard study found that students are significantly more likely to attend college and earn more money later in life if they had a good teacher in school.
Via Beth Dichter
by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
"Demonstrates how to start a Hangout and invite 9 others even those NOT in your Circles. A great workflow for educators using Hangouts. Note: This video does not demonstrate Hangouts on Air (just regular Hangouts ... no recording or public viewing).
Via Jim Lerman
The focus of SNA is on the relationships between nodes and the structure of these connections. The object of study is the pattern, nature and dynamics of these interactions, as opposite to the individual characteristics of the actors. This representation allows analysis of the social processes determined by the relationships between the individuals (Martino and Spoto, 2006). SNA enables to visualise the position of a social agent within a particular network, however, because less importance is given to individuals, this theory has less consideration for the influence of personal characteristics and individual agency in determining the success of a relationship.The structural paradigm of Social Network Analysis (SNA) with its constitutive theory and methods, began to emerge around the 1930s, applied and influenced by a broad range of disciplines such as sociology, psychology and statistics (Scott and Carrington, 2011).
In social network theory a social structure is represented by a group of “social actors” connected by a set of relationships. These actors – or “nodes” – can be individuals, groups, institutions, organisations or even Web pages. There can be many different kinds of relationships – or “ties” – between nodes, which constitute a “map” of connections between the actors in a network. When a social network is visualised the nodes are usually represented by points and the ties by lines linking one or more nodes.
The Relationship Between Technology And Education: byod, literacy, mobile learning, web 2.0
The following presentation from Steven Wheeler, Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, explores some of the changes in both technology and education, including game-based learning, gamification, augmented reality, and mobile learning.
An interesting addition to the presentation are ideas from Nova Spivak that behind all of these minor changes is a larger shift from 2.0 to 3.0–from people and tools to knowledge and intelligence.
1. Web 1.0 (The Web): Connect Information
2.Web 2.0 (The Social Web): Connects People
3. Web 3.0 (Semantic Web): Connects Knowledge
4. Web x.0 (Meta Web): Connects Intelligence
The Technology and Education Connection
So how exactly does technology impact education? This is a huge question that an entire blog could dedicate itself to and never run out of content, but let’s zoom in to the classroom level for a moment and have a look at four general trends.
For better or for worse technology…
1. Can decrease dwell time with a media (e.g., a video, a tweet, a meme, an essay)
2. Can increase the diversity and rate of consumption of information
3. Emphasizes need for critical research skills, including data filtering, curation, evaluation, and citation
4. Encourages the socialization of ideas
While the evolution of the internet, the growth of mobile learning and BYOD, and other related movements are all extremely visible, they still boil down to the same basic idea: literacy.
As Ron Berk (known for his pithy humor) observes, the multiple-choice question “holds world records in the categories of most popular, most unpopular, most used, most misused, most loved and most hated.” According to one source I read, multiple-choice questions were first used around the time of World War I to measure the abilities of new Army recruits. As class sizes have grown and the demands on teacher time expanded, they have become the favorite testing tool in higher education.
It’s not uncommon for people who teach to be unaware of pedagogy. That doesn’t mean they don’t practice pedagogy, or that they haven’t engaged in pedagogical discussion. It means they are less conscious, or unconscious, of the pedagogy they employ in their classrooms than, say, the readers of this blog. I have taught many teachers who, before arriving in the seminar room for training, first looked up pedagogy in the dictionary.
Pedagogy is essentially a critical thinking exercise directed at learning and teaching. Pedagogy asks us to never teach by rote: never assume the use of a podium, or an overhead projector, or desks situated in rows, or a chalkboard, or walls. Teaching should be a determined thing, an intentional thing; and every exercise we design, every component of the LMS we engage, every grade we assign should reflect our intentions. And more than that, our philosophies.
Via Hybrid Pedagogy