Here at Educon yesterday, I had the chance to learn a bit more about design thinking from David Jakes. David's central point was that schools and teachers often get stuck in a "Yeah, but..." mindset when thinking about change.
Of course, we'd have to work to take active steps to redefine almost everything about our schools if a culture of "Do" is really going to be possible.
===> Grading will need to change -- from a focus on content mastery to a focus on demonstration of an ability to apply content in novel situations <===
Positive Education activities focus on building relationships, identifying one’s strengths, goal setting, mentoring, teamwork, overcoming challenges, perseverance and how to deal with success and disappointment with the aim of increasing mental resilience and wellbeing.
And it’s not only for the students. According to Weekes, teachers at Knox are also benefitting from the program being run by Dr Suzy Green and Paula Robinson from the Positive Psychology Institute and the program’s efficacy is being studied by the University of Wollongong.
Ruth Reynard, associate professor of education and director of the Center for Instructional Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University, explains how instructors can move beyond using Twitter to keep students up to date on announcements and...
Via Gust MEES
A Generation of Personalized Learners The data from the 2011 Speak Up survey demonstrates that by very young ages, students are using digital and, more increasingly, mobile technologies to collaborate with their peers.
What is Personalized Learning?
A personalized learning environment is one that puts a learner in control of her pathway. She becomes empowered to make choices about how she learns, what she learns, and how she demonstrates her proficiencies.
She is empowered to use the tools that are relevant to her and to express her findings through a variety of media. She is encouraged to share her work and to leverage the feedback of her community, of which she views herself a part, to improve her knowledge.
She views learning as a lifelong journey and sees the value in connecting what is produces today with where she will be five or twenty years from now.
Pezonalized Learning is working great, I did it with adults (25-75 years old) for 8 years long with 10 persons and 10 computers. It is possible and for me the best method of learning as the instructor works as a guide (a coach) who obeserves how the taught is getting made into practice and lets work the people in a group where anyone helps the other(s), learning by doing, dynamic in the class, knowledge transfer also by learners to learners (social learning), which gives also motivation to the learners to continue learning at home on their own pace, you don't even need to tell them to make homework as they have fun to learn and the success is guaranteed... I came out with 95-96% success of how the learners understood the taught, that is great!
After a certain time I checked back the taught by observing again how the learners did in practice by walking through the class and observing each alone on how they did on the computer, so I realized and saw the way they used to get to the final result... This showed me where I had to teach more, which I did by switching on the beamer and where I explained it again, on a different way as previous one, and so they learnt on the best possible way; they learned to have competencies, they were able to work alone! And even to teach the learnt to others ;)
Last spring, Dr. Corinne Weisgerber turned her undergrads into Guggenheim-like curators. After building personal learning networks that delivered subject-specific tweets and blog posts, her students chose the most salient content and arranged it online the way a museum curator might an art exhibit. Their goal was to design a learning experience that cut through the noise to bring the Internet’s best content to others.
The project arose from Weisgerber’s own experience curating content for students, which she and her St. Edward’s University colleague Dr. Shannan Butler shared at the second annual SXSWedu conference in March.
Today, they answer questions about why they think the museum curator is the perfect model for today’s educators (and students), and how you can become one too.
Here is the outline of the main ideas we developed below :
1- Advantages of Facebook in Education 2- Facebook Tips for Teachers 3- Ways Teachers Can Use Facebook 4- Educational Facebook applications for Students and Teachers 5- Facebook Groups for Teachers and Educators to join 5- Facebook Privacy Issues and how to Work on Them
As usual, interesting Article by Howard Jarche. Harold presents a nice overview of arguments in favour of networked learning, esp. by knowledge professionals. Personal Knowledge Management, aka Networked Learning http://t.co/SXNoK0qy