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How to Write Multiple-Choice Questions Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

How to Write Multiple-Choice Questions Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Would you be interested to know how to write multiple-choice questions based on the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy? At the following article you will find 5 Tips to Write a Multiple-Choice Test Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy.

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P21 Releases Framework for State Action on Global Education

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 10, 2014 -- Framework provides states with actionable strategies to better prepare students for the global realities of work and life in the 21st century.
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A great global initiative - lets learn from each other

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NCEE » International Reads: News from the Top-Performing Countries

NCEE » International Reads: News from the Top-Performing Countries | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

Lots mof international activity

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Recent international activity and research that continues to build our evidence base and as necessary to inform our practices.

 

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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Gust MEES
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An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

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Curation: I use scoop.it, and I think it is important to teach students how to become curators. More ideas here!

Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 19, 1:22 AM

What is content Curation? Great explanation and very interesting interview with Robin Good on curation.

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Intriguing idea.

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PISA’s promise of better education

PISA’s promise of better education | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
By assessing the capabilities and knowledge of students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems,...
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Any assessment regime of, for, and any other form of learning, local, national or international, needs to be based on sound assessment principles, inclusive of diverse learners, reliable, adaptive and attending to a broad range of discipline, trans-discipline, cognitive and affective skills and understandings.

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Why Online Education Is Good News for Australian Employers - Business Review Australia

Why Online Education Is Good News for Australian Employers - Business Review Australia | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Business Review Australia
Why Online Education Is Good News for Australian Employers
Business Review Australia
The online education market is growing rapidly, making the digital form of education big news for Australian businesses.
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Interesting business perspectives about the value of online education

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Massive classroom opens door to 21st century skills

Massive classroom opens door to 21st century skills | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education (MGSE) has launched a Massive Open Online Course – or MOOC – on how to give school children the skills to survive in a world of ever-changing technology.
More than 15,000 people have enrolled in the course, titled Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills. They are among 500,000 who have enrolled in the university’s MOOCs since it joined international platform Coursera in 2012.
Course coordinator Professor Patrick Griffin said the scale was unimaginable for face-to-face teaching.
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Lets keep an eye on this-we are still hoping to see more effective MOOC practices

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The Finnish Core Curriculum Renewal

The Finnish Core Curriculum Renewal | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
While we’ve been in Finland these past two weeks, we’ve been learning about the “renewal” of the Finnish Core Curriculum. In a recent post for Diane Ravitch, Pasi Sahlberg gave a Finnish perspectiv...
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A very important lesson here about meaningful curriculum development and implementation which we applied at ACARA as we developed the Australian Curriculum-I would summarise my approach to it as lets not rush it, lets involve all the key players, lets have transparent processes and meaningful consultation and then lets put it out there and make sure we can give it time to breathe and evolve and continue to involve the key players in the review and evaluation. I hope the last bit has a chance to occur before too many hasty decisions are made as part of the government's review.

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Not So "Common Core": The Reforming of Educational Reform

Not So "Common Core":  The Reforming of Educational Reform | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

PrettyFrom 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education. Since then, there has been a rush to reject, resist and rewrite the CCSS.

The rush to judgment in both instances was an...

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Pretty neat assessment. Take the politics out of this for a minute. of course any worthy education system needs a curriculum with clear, realistic yet challenging performance standards. But these need to be empirically tested, reviewed and refined in the field over time and with that evidence base you can ensure that teachers and schools (and students and parents) own the standards. Then you can go some way to "doing other things such as teacher preparation and development; improving curriculum; enhancing school and classroom learning environments; and addressing inequality of educational opportunities that will produce the desired outcomes of better overall student performance and progress".

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Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives

Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

good points made or implied hereBusiness leaders call on K-12 and higher education institutions to graduate students with the skills demanded by the marketplace.

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Some good points made or implied here. Employers may value these really important skills for 21st century learning and citizenship but they need to be a focus beyond just K-12 schooling- its also making sure that post school entry requirements and expectations place value on and emphasise these skills, and that universities and training institutions follow this up in their delivery of learning programs.

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Should schools teach coding as part of the curriculum?

Should schools teach coding as part of the curriculum? | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Schools should teach kids how to write computer code as a basic part of the education curriculum or risk Australia falling behind, technology leaders argued on Tuesday at The Australian Financial Review and Macquarie Future Forum in Sydney.
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It is true that the US and Britain have recognised the importance of coding as part of a schools curriculum in the early part of the 21st century- and Australia and other countries need to as well

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Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal

Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Partnerships between tech companies and publishers are turning an ed tech buzzword into a reality, but, as one expert says, "It's going to take some time to get it right."
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If the focus is on helping the learner and teacher to be more diagnostic, to understand in more detail their profile of learning and target areas of strength and weakness, in order to provide further appropriate learning opportunities for improvement, let the technology in!

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Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell on his “School in the Cloud” documentary | TED Blog

Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell on his “School in the Cloud” documentary | TED Blog | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Jerry Rothwell has spent the past year trailing TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra as he sets up the School in the Cloud.
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Fascinating initiative since its inception-wonder what we can learn from it?

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Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy

Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
Suppose you are teaching an introductory biology course and your next lesson deals with genetics. You would like to prepare your students for the upcoming class by asking them to think about the topi
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How The Common Core Is Playing Out In All 50 States

How The Common Core Is Playing Out In All 50 States | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:

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The Common Core is just one of many examples of education reform that go down this track...you know when something is a good idea, those who did not think of it try to modify it or call it something else or re-package it or even review it! Why don't they spend their energy and money on improving it and making it the best in the world? Together we can always make a more substantial difference for our young people than we can separately.

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Shift from sitting GCSEs a year early wins guarded support

Shift from sitting GCSEs a year early wins guarded support | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
The number of students entered for a GCSE exam a year early plummeted by 40% this summer. Before 2014, the number of students taking their exams in Year 10 rather than Year 11, particularly in English…
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Any policy change at this level has to be in the best and fair interests of the students -both in terms of intention and enactment

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Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century | PBS Learning Media

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century | PBS Learning Media | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century explores how exceptional instructors are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.

 

This documentary explores how exceptional instructors are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.

 

Click headline to watch the seven video clip of this hour long video--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The first few school examples are absolutely inspirational as an educator and reinforce the diverse learning experiences and opportunities that will engage all students in ways that are meaningful for them-the student has to be at the centre. It was true when I taught in the 20thC and its true in this digital age. The difference I think is that the technology today has seismically and organically shifted the locus of control to the learner.

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We need to ensure that we don't leave long term prisoners behind...

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The difference between ‘complex’ and ‘complicated’ — and why it matters in school reform

The difference between ‘complex’ and ‘complicated’ — and why it matters in school reform | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
No, they are not the same thing.
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Hence the complexity or is it the complication of applying business models to education services!

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Teachers worried over new curriculum

Teachers worried over new curriculum | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
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There are many lessons to be learned from poor (and infrequently good) curriculum reform and implementation -one thing that must be done is to support the teaching force by ensuring that there is a period of transition building on what is currently done and working well; and ensuring there is effective CPD for teachers and school leaders.

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Future-focused learning report - Ministry of Education

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A particular and necessary focus in NZ on 21st century learning with respect to digital competency.

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Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education

Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
In the areas of STEM, digital literacy, and the Maker movement, an energetic groundswell of public-private partnership initiatives is not-so-quietly remaking the future of education.
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As I have stated before, I too believe that partnerships and collaborative efforts between schools, government, business, and community have distinct advantages for the education of our youth - including greater choice, expanded access and effective and efficient use of a greater pool of resources.

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Education Reform in Pakistan - International Crisis Group

Education Reform in Pakistan - International Crisis Group | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
To combat religious extremism and sectarian violence, Pakistan must reform its education sector by boosting resources to public schools and updating the school curriculum to improve quality and remove divisive and discriminatory narratives.






“Pakistan needs to take bold steps to tackle its education crisis. ... Decades of neglect can only be reversed by overhauling Pakistan’s academic curriculum and education bureaucracy”.
Jonathan Prentice, Crisis Group’s Acting Asia Program Director.




Long underfunded, Pakistan's system of public education has been further devastated by militant violence and natural disasters. Passed in 2010, the eighteenth constitutional amendment mandated compulsory education for all children between the ages of five and sixteen and devolved much of the education system’s management from the centre to the provinces. But more than nine million children do not receive a primary and secondary education, and quality of instruction varies widely between both genders and rural and urban areas. Madrasas and religious schools, many of which propagate religious extremism and sectarian hatred, seek to fill the gaps. In its latest briefing, Education Reform in Pakistan, the International Crisis Group examines the dysfunctional public education system and underlines the need to reform the curriculum and hold schools and teachers to acceptable standards.
The report’s major findings and recommendations are:

Although its law requires Pakistan to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five and sixteen, millions are still out of school, the second highest number in the world.
The quality of education in the public school sector remains abysmal, failing to prepare a fast growing population for the job market, while a deeply flawed curriculum fosters religious intolerance and xenophobia.
Poorly regulated madrasas and religious schools are filling the gap of the dilapidated public education sector and contributing to religious extremism and sectarian violence
The state must urgently reverse decades of neglect by increasing expenditure on the grossly-underfunded education system – ensuring that international aid to this sector is supplementary to, rather than a substitute for, the state’s financial commitment – and opt for meaningful reform of the curriculum, bureaucracy, teaching staff and methodologies.

“Before the eighteenth amendment was passed, school curriculums reflected an overly centralised state’s priorities, emphasising national cohesion – within a rigid ideological framework – at the expense of regional and religious diversity” says Samina Ahmed, South Asia Project Director and Senior Asia Adviser. “Provincial governments can now reform deeply flawed curriculums that contribute to political, regional and religious intolerance, but there is also the risk that education programs will differ radically among provinces”.
“Pakistan needs to take bold steps to tackle its education crisis”, says Jonathan Prentice, Acting Asia Program Director. “Millions of children are still out of school, and the quality of education for those enrolled remains poor. This is more than a question of the rights of children, vital though that is; ultimately, it goes directly to the state’s ability to combat extremism. Decades of neglect can only be reversed by overhauling Pakistan’s academic curriculum and education bureaucracy”.
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I am sure somebody has said this better than me but the way a society treats its children and the effort and focus placed on the education of its children is surely a reflection of the ethical and moral compass and strength of that society.

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Narendra Modi must revamp education system for better India

Narendra Modi must revamp education system for better India | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
At present, the schools on an average spend 9% and 10% time on sports and co-scholastic activities like music, art, dance respectively. About 60% of class time is spent on learning academic subjects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who shot to power riding a 'change' wave, recently set an ambitious reform agenda which, among other...
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Its good to see in many parts of the world people reflecting on the benefits of education reform - its not enough that students know, they must also be able to understand, think, apply and reflect and review.

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Top universities shouldn't discriminate against 'soft' A-level subjects

Top universities shouldn't discriminate against 'soft' A-level subjects | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
I'm studying subjects that are discouraged by elite universities – it's time they stopped discriminating
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Breadth of study across a range of rigorous subjects should be welcome-lets not perpetuate an artificial distinction by continuing to talk about 'hard' and soft' subjects

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#GirlsEdu: Changing Mindsets and Aiming to Educate All Children in Pakistan

#GirlsEdu: Changing Mindsets and Aiming to Educate All Children in Pakistan | curriculum reform | Scoop.it

The challengesThere is an increasingly positive mindset regarding educating girls in Pakistan, but the infrastructure has not yet caught up. Khadim Hussain discusses how community schools can adapt to better serve girls and disabled children, and how his organization has engaged in this effort.

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The challenges are huge but should not be insurmountable-all children have the right to an education...we must all -governments, businesses, industry, community, individuals - do whatever we can to make it a reality for more kids

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Gains made in Indigenous education: COAG Reform Council report

Gains made in Indigenous education: COAG Reform Council report | curriculum reform | Scoop.it
The COAG Reform Council report into Indigenous performance has found the gap in Year 12 attainment since 2008 has significantly narrowed while gaps in numeracy and literacy have closed in most year groups. But the gap between Indigenous Australians and the wider population on unemployment has widened. The report shows the rate of unemployment is four times higher for Indigenous Australians when compared to the national average. Greg Craven, the Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council, speaks with Peggy Giakoumelos about the report.
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Small but significant step forward in closing the gap-a long way to go with the challenge of maintaining the momentum

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