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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

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

 

 

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“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.”

 

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

Worth watching..

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Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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Could We Be Doing Better with Our Assignments?

Could We Be Doing Better with Our Assignments? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Assignments are a terribly important part of the teaching and learning equation. They aren’t just random activities that faculty ask students to complete for points and grades; they are the vehicles through which students learn course content. By studying for exams and engaging with content as they write their papers, students deepen their understanding of key concepts and build learning connections. In short, assignments represent learning experiences for students and, as Dee Fink reminds us, we want those learning experiences to be “significant.” Is that how you’d describe your most often-used assignments? Are they the only ways students could encounter and explore course content? Are they still the best ways?
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Brands becoming media: Mozilla launches its online magazine mixing original and curated content

Brands becoming media: Mozilla launches its online magazine mixing original and curated content | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
As so many brands have done, Mozilla — the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox browser — has become a media entity, by launching an online magazine that it says will focus on reporting about open technologies

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 17, 12:54 PM

The trend isn't new (I actually gave a talk last year at LeWeb about this) but while it's now more and more obvious that brands should become media, it's interesting to see how they're doing it. 


As Mathew Ingram explains, Mozilla invested: they set up an editorial team and recruited a former editor at AOL and CNN. They also give a prominent place to curated content through a right column widget called "From around the Web" which is not unlike the New York Times' recent "watching" section. Following the success of the new media rockstars such as the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Business Insider or Upworthy, it's good to see innovative brands embrace the idea of becoming media - in the 21st century meaning of the word which is leveraging a mix of creation and curation.

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Week 1: Introduction to DALMOOC Topics

An introduction to the various topics that will be covered in the Data, Analytics and Learning MOOC by George Siemens
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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

“The MOOC was a good starting point. It’s a lot of work, and if you don’t have a strategy, you kind of lose the value,” she said.


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James Phyland's curator insight, October 20, 6:42 PM

Agree that MOOCs need to fit ito an overall strategy.

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What is “Connected Learning”?

What is “Connected Learning”? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 19, 6:58 AM

What is "Connected Learning"?

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SCIENCE AND SOCIET Neuroscience and education: myths and messages

SCIENCE AND SOCIET Neuroscience and education: myths and messages | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Paul A. Howard-Jones
Abstract | For several decades, myths about the brain — neuromyths — have persisted in schools and colleges, often being used to justify ineffective approaches to teaching. Many of these myths are biased distortions of scientific fact. Cultural conditions, such as differences in terminology and language, have contributed to a ‘gap’ between neuroscience and education that has shielded these distortions from scrutiny. In recent years, scientific communications across this gap have
increased, although the messages are often distorted by the same conditions and biases as those responsible for neuromyths. In the future, the establishment of a new field of inquiry that is dedicated to bridging neuroscience and education may help to inform and to improve these communications.

 

Nature Reviews Neuroscience have lifted the paywall on the neuromyths article - you just need to register (for free).


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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education has the potential to provide learning experiences that drive down costs, accelerate degree completion, and produce a variety of convenient, customizable, and targeted programs for the emergent needs of our labor market.

 

 


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Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don't always know how to apply that research to classroom practice or study habits.

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Five Types of Social Media Influencers - Infographic

Five Types of Social Media Influencers - Infographic | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Today, thanks to online applications, all social media users now have the opportunity to stand out and in turn become leaders in respect to their interests. As a result, marketers and public relation professionals are forced to reassess their approach to define the notion influence on social networks.

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 17, 6:45 AM

Today, social media is enabling everybody to increase the visibility of their views on topics they care about. This can foster dialogue, but does not automatically turn anyone into a subject matter expert or even a thought leader as such. Still, if you are, you will get found and your reach and impact will increase, thanks to the connected globa nature of social media.

This graphic provides a good categorization of different degrees of influence  you may acquire thanks to your use of social media. Where would you place yourself on it? Where do you want to be?

Steve Bavister's curator insight, Today, 4:44 AM

Neat taxonomy of online influencing styles

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Five Types of Social Media Influencers - Infographic

Five Types of Social Media Influencers - Infographic | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Today, thanks to online applications, all social media users now have the opportunity to stand out and in turn become leaders in respect to their interests. As a result, marketers and public relation professionals are forced to reassess their approach to define the notion influence on social networks.

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, October 17, 6:45 AM

Today, social media is enabling everybody to increase the visibility of their views on topics they care about. This can foster dialogue, but does not automatically turn anyone into a subject matter expert or even a thought leader as such. Still, if you are, you will get found and your reach and impact will increase, thanks to the connected globa nature of social media.

This graphic provides a good categorization of different degrees of influence  you may acquire thanks to your use of social media. Where would you place yourself on it? Where do you want to be?

Steve Bavister's curator insight, Today, 4:44 AM

Neat taxonomy of online influencing styles

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From Collectivism to Connectivism (Video)

Keynote for Changemakers 2014, at the Science Exchange in Adelaide on 21 October 2014. The transition to connectivist civilisation takes some getting used to...

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The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic

The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy

 

"Blended learning. Digital literacy. Mobile learning. Game-based learning. When these top educational trends came onto the scene, they sparked a learning revolution. That revolution continued into 2014, but if there was one theme to come out of the top educational summits this year, it was this: smarter use. We take a look at exactly what that means below."


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Astrocytic mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered.

Astrocytic mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered. | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered at Lund University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings have been published in the journal SCIENCE.

A stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to an interruption of blood flow and therefore a shortage of oxygen. Many nerve cells die, resulting in motor, sensory and cognitive problems.

The researchers have shown that following an induced stroke in mice, support cells, so-called astrocytes, start to form nerve cells in the injured part of the brain. Using genetic methods to map the fate of the cells, the scientists could demonstrate that astrocytes in this area formed immature nerve cells, which then developed into mature nerve cells.
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EduGeek Journal » Social Learning, Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs, and Dual Layer MOOCs

EduGeek Journal » Social Learning, Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs, and Dual Layer MOOCs | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
For those who missed it, the Data, Analytics, and Learning MOOC (DALMOOC) kicked off orientation this week with two hang-outs – one as a course introduction and one as a discussion over course design. Also, the visual syllabus, the precursor of which you saw here in various blog posts, is now live. The main course kicks off on Monday – so brace yourselves for impact!

The orientation sessions generated some great discussion, as well as raised a few questions that I want to dive into here. The first question is one that came about from my initial blog posts (but continued into the orientation discussion), the second is related to the visual syllabus, and the third is in relation to the Hangout orientation sessions themselves:
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Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall

Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

I won’t have an opportunity to test the theory that taking a MOOC makes me a better teacher, but I know when I observed move-in day this year, it was with more empathy than last year. I’m tuned less to their lack of preparation for college and more tuned to the opposite. The ominous feeling I have now is for how unprepared college is for their needs.


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Social or Fauxial Learning?

Social or Fauxial Learning? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

SOCIAL LEARNING is how we learn naturally and on a continuous basis – with our friends and colleagues. Social learning doesn’t require the use of social media, although it can be a powerful enabling tool, for instance to help us connect with our trusted network of colleagues (aka PLN) around the world to ask and answer questions, and exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences,.

FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning.

Smart organisations recognise the difference between social learning and fauxial learning. So, instead of asking questions like

* How do we force people to use social tools to collaborate, share and learn?
* What collaboration platform can we install so that we can track every piece of social activity that takes place, in order to monitor what people are sharing (and learning)?

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A Data Analysis of the #MOOC Research Initiative

A Data Analysis of the #MOOC  Research Initiative | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

This paper reports on the results of an analysis of the research proposals submitted to the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) funded by the Gates Foundation and administered by Athabasca University. The goal of MRI was to mobilize researchers to engage into critical interrogation of MOOCs.


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"Humans use 10% of their brain" and other brain baloney have no place in the classroom

"Humans use 10% of their brain" and other brain baloney have no place in the classroom | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system

 

Edit: Kudos to Nature Reviews Neuroscience, who have lifted the paywall on the neuromyths article - you just need to register (for free).


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How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It)

How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It) | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Ever since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No task has a “right “ answer, because being creative requires someone to generate a variety of unique ideas and then combine them into the best result.

Again, like the IQ test, these Torrance test results have been tracked and analyzed ever since their inception. Every generation, IQ scores have gone up – this is not surprising, given the advancement in the availability of information, instantly and at our fingertips. As this has advanced, so has our societal intelligence. However, the creativity scores had also been going up in the same way as their IQ equivalents until the 1990s, upon which these scores have consistently dropped in American children.

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So what can we do about it?  Most of the problem lives in the system, not in the passionate teachers who desperately want to develop hungry minds.  In fact, we should honor and celebrate teachers, as there isn’t a more noble profession.  Even within the stifling factory system, teachers can break free and liberate the minds of their pupils.  These concepts are top priority, and can be embraced immediately:

 

1.       Teach creative problem solving over rote memorization. How to reach an answer is far more important than making the right choice on a standardized test and then forgetting the concept the next day.

2.       Teach kids to challenge assumptions instead of accepting things “as is.” Success is no longer about following an operating manual.  It is about imagining the possibilities and real-time innovation.

3.       Teach that mistakes are not evil, and should not be feared.Make sure kids learn that mistakes aren’t fatal – they’re simply the portals of discovery.

4.       Drive diversity of thought over conformity. World progress occurs by challenging conventional wisdom and approaching problems with fresh perspective.  Following the herd is a surefire path to mediocrity.

5.       Forster imagination and curiosity. No longer optional, creativity has become the currency of success for us all.  This applies to CEO’s and soccer-moms.  Musicians and military leaders.  Engineers and educators.

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11 Tips for Working Successfully in Virtual Groups Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

11 Tips for Working Successfully in Virtual Groups Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Tips for Online Students to Work Successfully in Virtual Groups
When possible, choose group members with similar schedules. Online students reside in different time zones and can have opposing work schedules.
Be proactive and begin setting the groundwork early. As online learners, your time is extremely precious.
Align group roles and responsibilities with individual strengths and interests. Organize – Research – Record – Analyze.
Identify what project activities must be accomplished, in what order and by when.
Choose a group leader who is comfortable taking on that role
Communication is key; establish clear guidelines around when, where and how your group will communicate with each other.
Create a comfortable forum to communicate through, even if it’s not the online classroom setting.
Schedule extra conference calls closer to project deadlines to address any last minute hiccups and tasks.
Always be honest, but respectful, in a group. If either the project or a fellow group member is heading down a path you don’t agree with, speak up.
Ask your professor to implement mandatory peer evaluations. This strategy encourages equal participation by ensuring individual accountability.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your professor. Provide regular group updates, which can then be used to track progress and mediate concerns.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 1:49 PM

Rules to live by! 

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Disrupt Your Grading Rut: Alternative Assessment Methods for the Online Classroom

Disrupt Your Grading Rut: Alternative Assessment Methods for the Online Classroom | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Authentic, learner-centered, collaborative assessment alternatives
Alternative assessment methods such as writing assignments, collaborative assignments, case studies, and debates can avoid the problems often associated with tests and quizzes. “There are many ways to approach assessment. It depends on the context of the course. When we teach faculty how to teach online, we try to give them a taste of a majority of those methods. I don’t know that we can cover all of them in one course, but there are multiple ways to get at the issues and make this a real-life situation for the students so they can actually learn from the process,” Pratt says.
Palloff and Pratt recommend selecting assessment methods that are learner-centered and authentic.

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Jose Pietri's curator insight, October 17, 3:43 AM

"... but there are multiple ways to get at the issues and make this a real-life situation for the students so they can actually learn from the process" 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, October 17, 12:58 PM

For my Teaching friends. Great information about assessments focusing on more than simple memorizing information. With today's "age of information", open book testing can be used, when designed appropriately, to actually teach as well as assess.

Sue Walsh's curator insight, October 17, 7:13 PM

it is a real challege to stretch thinking to real-life assessment approaches and take everyone on the journey. the focus on learner centred and authentic is great, and dare I mention the many of these approaches lend to assessment only pathways ... but thats a whole other challenge!

 

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How Does Coursera Make Money?

How Does Coursera Make Money? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for free. It was started by two Stanford professors in late 2011. In less than three years it has reached 10 million students around the world and raised $85 million in venture capital.

 

Why have VCs invested so much money in the company? How does offering free online courses generate revenue? Many have asked, so we examined Coursera’s different monetization models and offer estimates based on some known numbers.

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With decent revenues and plenty of money in the bank, Coursera has plenty of breathing room to continue growing its existing business models and trying out different ones to bring returns to the VCs who have invested so heavily in it.


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