Should universities use this technology to credential students out of taking courses, or help them build upon what they know? Or help instructors challenge each student, the way they would be at a private university? I'm concerned that some universities are using this to limit time in the classroom - which shouldn't be the school's role.
"The take-away is that technology alone can’t solve problems. Simply having access to infinite amounts of information does us no good unless we know how to find the information we need. Having the information we need means nothing if we don’t know how to interpret it, to synthesize it, and to present it in meaningful ways. And even if we do that, new information is meaningless unless others have the context and the means to learn from it, use it, and act upon it."
THIS is why I teach science. I work with non-majors Biology students, and they often complain about how they don't like science, they don't understand it, and they don't want to take my course. By the end of it though, they understand why a liberal arts degree includes "a science course with a lab." This teaches them to look at information in a new way. Even though they may not choose Biology as a major, Biology touches our lives every day. We make decisions based upon the information we have, and if we can't understand the vast amounts of information coming at us, we may make bad decisions. I teach students to act on information in new ways.
Today’s college students arrive on campus with an average of seven devices. Eighty percent of these students will carry and use a mobile phone during every waking hour of the day. So, how do you navigate all of this screen mayhem to reach students where they are…eyes to the screen? That’s the chal
“For the last ten years, we've worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school.”
Amy Hollingsworth's insight:
"Telling students they need to take advantage of the feedback they get isn't just good advice -- it's established science. In the last few decades, researchers have discovered a lot about how people become experts. The main idea, made popular by everyone from author Malcolm Gladwell to rapper Macklemore, is the 10,000-hour rule. Ten thousand is the number of hours it takes to become an expert in almost any field. While it's wonderful that people are starting to understand how work leads to expertise, the most important part of that research is not how much practice someone needs to perform, but what kind of practice. This latter category is called deliberate practice and involves isolating what's not working and mastering the difficult area before moving on."
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One semester, I had THREE students have seizures in my Biology lab. Each time, with a different TA. This article is spot on, about at least having thought through this kind of situation, even if there isn't a protocol in place. In the case of our university, we dial 2911, not 911 - because it sends us to the campus emergency, not the city emergency. If the city were to get the call, they wouldn't know how to find us on campus, delaying action.
At least in the case of labs, make sure students have made you aware that they have a medical issue - allergies, seizures, diabetes, even pregnancy - because when you are working with chemicals and fire, you can't be too cautious.
..“Students of all ages must be trained to search, select, qualify (and therefore disqualify), then enrich with their own thought, and then use and share information.” - Marc Rougier, Co-Founder, Scoop.it....From Daily Edventures:..Educat...
Amy Hollingsworth's insight:
“Students of all ages must be trained to search, select, qualify (and therefore disqualify), then enrich with their own thought, and then use and share information.” – Marc Rougier, Co-Founder, Scoop.it
And to add to this, do so in a professional manner. Students need to learn what is appropriate in sharing, how to share things that may become professionally relevant, and how to create a web presence around something positive. Searchability - Google - has changed the game of looking for a career. Being found for making a positive contribution is paramount.
Amazing insight into the university lecture! This is part of what I'm going to change with my website launch in the fall. I want to do the lecture in 7 minute chunks, and this article suggests two minutes in between to let the students make notes, ask questions, reflect, or do an activity. And teach them to take notes!
“MRCTV's Dan Joseph went to American University to give the student body a little general knowledge quiz. (The next time any of you object when I bitch about kids lecturing me on national security, replay this a few times.”
“ JOEL FREEDMAN: Dissection has no place in biology labs Irondequoit Post Imagine the commotion when biology teachers at FLCC and other colleges and school districts are told they will be drowned, gassed or embalmed while still alive, in preparation...”
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“ Labster is a next generation virtual laboratory for teaching and learning life sciences. It engages students with the wonders of biotechnology and molecular biology by gamifying biotech teaching.”
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing Huffington Post Years ago, the only way to get published was to type the manuscript, send it to a publisher, and hope for the best. But book publishing has changed significantly.
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When I take my kiddo to Target, is when I often see other children having meltdowns. They want a toy, they want a treat, and if their parents don't give it to them, they will raise hell. Ah, no. If my kid acts like a jerk - he's in trouble. He isn't rewarded for being good, he's EXPECTED to be good. This is part of the problem reaching into our schools - kids want something special for completing their work. No way. You do your work, because it's expected. If you do something amazing beyond what's expected, THEN you get rewarded.
The problem with bribery is that it sets up a long-term expectation for a reward in exchange for something that should be expected behavior.
Bribery in early childhood grows directly into a sense in early adulthood that you deserve a “treat” for just completing the basic expectations of life – finishing your work day or so on. It’s a very expensive precedent to start setting in a child’s life."
"Work on your transferable skills in your current workplace. Get well practiced at project management, time management, information management, and communication skills. Take leadership opportunities where you’ll be building skills that would be useful in lots of career paths. Almost every “dream job” out there requires people to be good at managing projects, managing time, managing information, and communicating clearly and effectively."
If there's anything that can be said for me at this particular junction in life, it's that I have a huge opportunity to build up my skills. The skills I am cultivating will be useful in ANYTHING I choose to do in life. My dissertation is a huge project. I have to plan well in order to get this long term project done (but I've already written three books, so I feel good about this), I also manage to work full time, be a single mom, and take care of my health. And communication skills? C'mon, I'm AWESOME at that!
I don't think I could possibly be in a better spot right now. So thankful for my opportunities!
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