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What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform

What the U.S. can’t  learn from Finland about ed reform | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Finland comes up in nearly every conversation about education reform these days. What, it is asked, can the United States learn from Finnish educational success?

 

Pasi Sahlberg shares what the US can't learn from Finnish education. Finland can show the US what equal opportunity looks like. Americans cannot achieve equity without first implementing fundamental changes in their school system. 

 

1. Funding of schools. Finnish schools are funded based on a formula guaranteeing equal allocation of resources to each school regardless of location or wealth of its community.

 

2. Well-being of children: All children in Finland have, by law, access to childcare, comprehensive health care, and pre-school in their own communities. Every school must have a welfare team to advance child happiness in school.

 

3. Education as a human right: All education from preschool to university is free of charge for anybody living in Finland. This makes higher education affordable and accessible for all.

 

In Finland, schools and teachers are trusted so there is no external inspection of schools or standardized tests. Teaching is one of the top career choices in Finland. 

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Why Online Instructors Should Be Thinking About Universal Design | CTLT Blog

Why Online Instructors Should Be Thinking About Universal Design | CTLT Blog | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

In designing online environments, consideration for the diversity of learners should be included.  In this blog, a PDF resource is included titled:  Design Considerations for Online Courses

 

"Universal design principles for online learning environments are based on the idea that a broad range of human ability exists. The creation of content needs to be made as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation.

 

Usable content accommodates people with disabilities, older people, children, novice technology users and others in ways that benefit all users. Designing for a wide range of users from the beginning of the building process can increase usability without significantly increasing the time it takes to build. The results benefit everyone and reduce modifications later when students, instructors, or content change."


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Media Richness and Communication in Online Education | Faculty Focus

Communicating in an online environment, especially within the confines of an institution’s learning management system (LMS) and an academic budget, often poses a challenge to even the most well-intentioned instructors.

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Free Report Explaining the Personalization Chart | Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey

Free Report Explaining the Personalization Chart | Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

A report by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey explaining the elements of the Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization chart.  

 

The chart on Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization that we created brought an enormous interest from people and organizations around the world.  This report was developed from many questions we received about the chart elements in comparing these terms.  In responding to these questions,  we have included specific references and links in explaining these elements related to Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization.  

 

Please download the free chart and report!  Your feedback would be appreciated.


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Greg Alchin's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:19 PM

A must read primer for anyone starting out along the personalised learning journey.

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Teacher, Student, High School, College - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teacher, Student, High School, College - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

A great question and answer that uses humor to get across the real reason for teaching and learning. And it is not "tests." 

 

How do you demonstrate learning? Is it about answering the tests? keeping your job?

 

Read this and chuckle. 

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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community. This video is a few years old but has some good information. For more information and resources on project-based learning, visit http://www.edutopia.org/project-learning ;

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Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success

Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Clarify your objectives and discover your route to social media success. This step-by-step guide will take you from tentative novice to intrepid explorer, and help you make the right decisions unique to your business.

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Crystal Renfro's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:25 AM

Beautiful Infographic with links to helpful sites/articles about each of the steps.

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Mentor Like You Mean It

Mentor Like You Mean It | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Being a great mentor requires more than experience and time. Learn to weave the right web.

 

Spiderweb mentorship: Successful entrepreneurs and executives actively pushing people up and into the ecosystem.

 

Horizontal entrepreneurism: Collaboration across companies, with entrepreneurs enthusiastically supporting each other.

 

Five steps.

1. Take the unknown meetings with ambiguous agendas. 

2. Follow the law of three introductions. 

3. Be constructive—and critical. 

4. If you're a big spider, show up! 

5. Start your own web. 

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Backup Your Social Media Accounts For Free With Backupify

Backup Your Social Media Accounts For Free With Backupify | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Imagine one fine day Facebook or Twitter suspends your account. You apply for reactivation and then wait until the account is restored, but there is a good chance of your account never seeing the light of the day leaving you with no option but to open a fresh account and start all over again.

 

Social media plays a dominant role in our lives and it is estimated that 22 percent of all time online, or one in every four and half minutes is spent on a social network. Shutting down a Twitter or a Facebook account literally erases one’s online identity along with the data has been shared with friends over the years...

 

via Martin Gysler

 

Thanks - need to check this out. I'm kind of all over the place and was thinking about something like this to backup my FB and Twitter information. Pretty cool!


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Should Students Need a Driver’s Permit to Cruise Social Media? | edSocialMedia

Should Students Need a Driver’s Permit to Cruise Social Media? | edSocialMedia | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Before your child turns 16, they probably have a Facebook account. Do they understand social media and the consequences of their behavior online?

 

This article by Nikki Morrell writes about teaching our children how to "drive" both the roads and navigate the information highway. 

 

"The good news is that the racetrack hasn’t changed; education is still about engagement, pure and simple. Students who are interested learn; students who are bored don’t. There is a place for social media in our classrooms, just as there is a place for iPads and smart phones.


The key for us as educators is to balance innovation with safety."

 

I like the metaphor about driving the VW bus and meeting our digital native stuents where they learn best. 

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Portugal’s 1:1 Initiative Propels PISA Improvement

Portugal’s 1:1 Initiative Propels PISA Improvement | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The Portugal model of subsidized sliding scale hardware and connectivity is a great example for states to consider as they consider development of high access learning environments over the next three years. I've been looking at Finland and other countries.

 

Now Portugal results on the 2009 PISA indicated they are the most improved country. All of this had to do with the fact that most homes in Portugal are connected and have at least one laptop.

 

Mario Franco said, “The success of the initiative is based on the engagement of all stakeholders” and that “Political leadership was key.” It’s interesting to note that efforts to implement new teacher evaluations in 2008 where much more controversial than the introduction of laptops. 

 

The Portugal model of subsidized sliding scale hardware and connectivity is a great example for states to consider as they consider development of high access learning environments over the next three years in preparation for and adoption of the Common Core State Standards and online assessments. If Portugal and Turkey can figure this out, leaders of each of these United States should be able to orchestrate the development of 21st century learning environments.

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Learning with 'e's: Content is a tyrant...

Learning with 'e's: Content is a tyrant... | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Steve Wheeler writes about the Internet ushering in a wider availability to information with more data to mobile devices. This means more people will be connected with greater access to online content and services at anytime, anywhere. 

 

Remember the term: "being on the Internet is like drinking from a firehose?"

 

Content used to be king (according to Bill Gates 1996) and now there is so much content, but what we do with it is what is important. Wheeler explains the difference between information and knowledge. David Jonassen talked about using computers and the internet as 'mind tools' - This mind tool effect can be observed today in large social networks and across distributed communities of practice, and might be explained through connectivist theory which holds that we now store our knowledge more with our friends than we do in any physical repository.

 

The author brings up how connecting in a community of practice can be a double edged sword because it has the potential to swamp members with content. "Content has become a tyrant." 

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I see the need for new approaches to learning in this new environment of being bombarded with content. A personal learning guide can help people as they go on the personal learning journey.

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Tomorrow's Tech in Today's Schools: Classroom Management Models of BYOD

Tomorrow's Tech in Today's Schools: Classroom Management Models of BYOD | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Have you set up a BYOD program at your school? Wondering how to manage having students bring their own device to school. Here are 4 models of BYOD:

> Ready-to-Use Model

> Guided Model

> Local Use Only Model

> Personal Goals Model

 

I understand why the author, David Ashby, is sharing these 4 models. In most schools, students are still directed what to do, when to do something, and how to do it. I agree with the author "There are many missed opportunities to show students how the tools they already have can help them in their studies."

 

We are so used to "school" and students obeying what the teacher tells them to do. This is the paradigm that has been set up for over 100 years. To move to the Personal Goals Model, teachers and students need to develop trust, respect, and understanding that the device is just another tool to help them learn and access information.

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Todd Rose: Variability in Learning Matters

Todd Rose, from CAST at the Cyberlearning Research Summit on January 18, 2012, discusses why variability in learning matters.  There is the myth of the average learner that currently exists.  We need to understand the variability in learning and how to design new learning environments for the full range of learners in the classroom.

 

He ends his talk with this question:  "What do we want cyberlearning to be?  First we need to understand variability and how we design for it."


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Looking at Connectivism as a New Learning Theory-| Online Universities

Looking at Connectivism as a New Learning Theory-| Online Universities | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
What better time to explore something new than the start of a New Year. Since beginning this blog in July I have come across the concept of Connectivism several times.

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Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Kathleen McClaskey and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.


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Barbara Bray's comment, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM
Thank you for your comment. Kathleen and I are looking for feedback on how educators are using this chart.
rwteam's comment, January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
I am in Wisconsin and we are part of CESA 1 NxGL. I team teach with 42 kindergarten kids and we are using personalized learning. We are working through the tangles of being able to personalize with kids who are just learning to read, write and compute. It has always been a struggle to be able to differentiate the difference between true personalized learning vs. differentiation and individualization. You have done a beautiful job of creating a chart that makes this clearer for all stakeholders. This chart will be useful for helping colleagues, administration and parents see the true definition of personalized learning and the potential that it holds.
Kathleen McClaskey's comment, January 23, 2012 4:18 PM
Hello rwteam in WI,

Thank you for your comments on this chart that Barbara and I created. We would be glad to have you share this with your colleagues in WI and elsewhere. We commend you and your teams in CESA 1 NxGL on the hard work that you are doing to make personalized learning a realty for your students.
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Finding the Magic: Six Steps to a Collaborative Culture

Finding the Magic: Six Steps to a Collaborative Culture | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The six steps shared in this article can help schools. Schools like organizations are like silos. It's time to open doors and break down walls to a new collaborative approach. 

 

The section on process approach covers that communicating feedback is not a personal assessment. I like the Q-TIP (Quit Taking It Personally) acronym. Going to use that. I tend to take things personally and realize that critical feedback can help me and others. 

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John Kuhn Roars Back: Texans Rebel Against Testing

John Kuhn Roars Back: Texans Rebel Against Testing | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Anthony Cody, a National Board Certified teacher who leads PBL workshops, writes about Texas as a hotspot of rebellion against standardized testing. More than 100 school districts have passed a resolution saying standardized testing is "strangling" their schools. Superintendent John Kuhn says it like it is.

 

I believe every superintendent should read his speech. There are some great points that prove that government favors business interests that want a profit-based educations system "that would enrich investors, rather than a publicly owned system that enriches our children."

 

Isn't all about our kids, their future? I highly recommend you read this.

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What's the Purpose of School in the 21st Century?

What's the Purpose of School in the 21st Century? | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Just as our classrooms have changed significantly since the 1800s, so have our ideas about the purpose of schools. This article is about a whole child approach as the belief that each student in each classroom should be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. 

 

ASCD is leading the movement from envisioning a whole child approach toward implementing those ideas and making them reality. The first step in educating the whole child is to support the whole educator.

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Group Storytelling: 5 Best-In-Class Examples

Group Storytelling: 5 Best-In-Class Examples | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

PSFK explores how crowdsourcing methods are becoming more popular across several different mediums. One medium is Google+ Hangouts on Air where users can watch video as a live YouTube stream. The article shares short films that represented storytelling sharing and collaborating across several mediums. 

 

When You Find Me is based on a photo competition from almost 100,000 photos. Each used story telling, setting, time, character, and mood.

 

Iron Sky is a science fiction movie that depicts a Nazi space invation of Earth where there were tons of ideas, visuals, and other aspects of the film that were all crowdsourced. 

 

The 3six5 Projects is life streaming platform where users are encrouaged to write an entry on their experiences throughout the year.

 

The online project Cowbird is a place where storytellers keep audio-visual diaries, write stories, and collaborate with others in documenting "sagas" taking place in the world. 

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5 Things That Push Conference Attendees Away

5 Things That Push Conference Attendees Away | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Five Things That Push Conference Attendees Away. I read this after discussions on Twitter about conferences as PD. 

 

Conferences are a great way to network and learn from each other. It's also a great way to meet the people you only know virtually. But, conferences are expensive and education budgets are tight.

 

I notice many of the same concerns that this article mentions happens with educational conferences. Conferences need to be personal -- about the attendee. It tends to be about the exhibitor, the presenter, the keynote. 

 

How do any of the sessions or workshops meet the needs of the attendees? Maybe we need to personalize conferences. Just an idea!!

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My Experience with Creating a Scenario-based Course: Part 1

My Experience with Creating a Scenario-based Course: Part 1 | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Article about simulated experience and scenario-based courses. The author shares the experience of developing a course. 

 

The first step was to gather content needed to flesh out the scenario by interviewing people. This scenario is about training employees on customer issues and efficient service. However, the ideas here can help with any training or coaching model.

 

Questions they asked:

 

> Which questions do you need to ask the customer?
> What would be the best possible resolution for the issue?

 

Then the next problem was to identify the most frequent problems reported by customers and severity of the issues.

 

After identifying the problem, then brainstorm the questions customer service needs to ask the customer to provide the right solution. Then discuss the correct resolution that needs to be provided to the customer. 

 

These ideas can be adapted for any field including education. 

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Value-Added Evaluation Hurts Teaching

Value-Added Evaluation Hurts Teaching | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Linda Darling-Hammond says new teacher-evaluation methods are needed, but judging teachers based on student test scores does more harm than good.

 

"As in other professions, good evaluation starts with rigorous, ongoing assessment by experts who review teachers’ instruction based on professional standards. Evaluators look at classroom practice, plus evidence of student outcomes from classroom work and school or district assessments. Studies show that feedback from this kind of evaluation improves student achievement, because it helps teachers get better at what they do. Systems that sponsor peer assistance and review programs also identify poor teachers, provide them intensive help, and effectively remove them if they don’t improve."

 

Let's look at models of effective evaluation that supports how learners learn best -- not basing everything on the results of standardized tests. How shameful to post results of a test and label a good teacher "the worst teacher" - I'm so ashamed of our system and what we do to good teachers and how we lost creativity, play, innovative strategies for the benefit of increasing scores on a multiple choice test. It's time to stop this now.

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Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook | Powerful Learning Practice

Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook | Powerful Learning Practice | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Dolores Gende wrote an interesting post about curating and creating your own textbook. Gende references Frank Paynter who wrote:

 

The job of curator has spread across the digital media world and may already have replaced “editor” and “publisher” in the minds of marketers and social media mavens. SO:
> What are the implications of curation in education?
> How will content curation impact the textbook market?
> Will it make textbooks irrelevant?

 

The problem with the digital textbook market is that most of the digital versions are pdf versions of the hardcover versions and are still very expensive.

 

Gende explains how you can create your own digital texbook by aggregating sources of information from Diigo or Twitter. Then curate by using essential questions to select relevant information. The free tools Gende mentions include LiveBinders and Scoop.it to collect websites, interactive materials, images, and more. 

 

Then create an online repository using Google Sites, PBworks or Wikispaces. I recommend reading this post for more strategies and resources. 

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Community Revival: How Technology Is Reconstructing Our Shared Lives

Community Revival: How Technology Is Reconstructing Our Shared Lives | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

After years of decline, community engagement is once again on the rise--thanks to the influence of technology.


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