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The Harsh Reality of the Classroom of the Future

The Harsh Reality of the Classroom of the Future | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
What does the classroom of the future actually look like? Here's a hint: it's your current classroom. There's just a harsh reality to face.

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It is about how you use what you already have!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 3, 2013 8:22 AM

A MUST read to understand THE change in 21st Century Education!!!

 

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Educational Leadership:For Each to Excel:Preparing Students to Learn Without Us

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via Karen Rockhold
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Wonderful article.  I will read several times.............so much to think about.  

 

"When we have an easy connection to the people and resources we need to learn whatever and whenever we want, what fundamental changes need to happen in schools to provide students with the skills and experiences they need to do this type of learning well? Or, to put it more succinctly, are we preparing students to learn without us?"


I sense many don't want to lose the "power" and authority. For many, the idea of being able to spontaneously respond in the classroom is quite frightening considering the past allowed them to plan lessons weeks in advance. Fluid reasoning is needed to catch the "fly balls" this kind of learning requires.  Not everyone is comfortable with that.  

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Educate For Problem-Solving, Not Factories - Forbes

Educate For Problem-Solving, Not Factories - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
We need a new take on education (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Quick show of hands: How many of you actually enjoy doing homework? That's more or less what I figured. (I don't see anyone with their hands raised.) A 1948 U.S.

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Yup. 

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Saying No to College

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The idea that a college diploma is an all-but-mandatory ticket to a successful career is showing fissures. Risky? Perhaps. But it worked for the founders of Twitter, Tumblr and a little company known as Apple.
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Your Guide to Michigan Education Reform Proposals - Patch.com

Your Guide to Michigan Education Reform Proposals - Patch.com | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Something's fishy in Arizona.......Charters

Something's fishy in Arizona.......Charters | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Charter schools turn out to be an excellent way to skim off public funds without going to jail.
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How Grades Change Conversations About Assessment & Achievement

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I began teaching in 1991 believing myself to be a very progressive grades-based teacher with exquisitely designed marking keys designed to quantitatively assess realms such as punctuation, spelling...

 

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Rethinking What Kids Think About Learning

I watch my niece finish up an assignment for science class when she said something that is heart breaking for educators.

 

Very sad commentary on how kids view much of what they do in school.  How do we change this? Can we?  

 

As I reflect on what I know about my kids, it seems things changed once they had a goal that wasn't just "to graduate".  If the goal is diffuse and nebulous, then it seems you would be more likely to get responses such as these (UNLESS it was an area of interest OR the teacher was amazingly inspiring).  

 

My 19 year old went from being a 16 year old skateboarder who spent most of the time in class listening to headphones to a college kid posting Richard Feynman -The Law of Gravitation on FB.  I never saw it coming.  He is very engaged now.  And NOT because of a future job, but because he is now "turned on" to physics.  

 

 

 

 

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Online Systems for Behavior Change

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Online Systems for Behavior Change


I've always believe that to truly have impact on performance, we need to be experts at Behavior Change. I've written a few times over the years on aspects of solutions that ultimately drive a change in behavior that leads to performance improvement. I'm now working on an very interesting project that is designed to lead to some important changes in behavior that has already had dramatic impacts. But we want to push for more, so ultimately this post is asking for help, please comment or tweet (add @tonykarrer) on:

 

What online systems have you seen that ultimately drive behavior change?

 

What do these systems do that leads to behavior change?

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://elearningtech.blogspot.fr/2012/10/online-systems-for-behavior-change.html

 


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Future work skills - 2020 [pdf]


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"This report analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. It does not consider what will be the jobs of 

the future.  

 

To be successful in the next decade, individuals will need to demonstrate foresight in navigating a rapidly shifting landscape 

of organizational forms and skill requirements. They will increasingly be called upon to continually reassess the skills they need,
and quickly put together the right resources to develop and update these. Workers in the future will need to be adaptable
lifelong learners"

 

Love the trajectory here and implications for teachers (and learners).  I see progress, in terms of people aligning what they do with what is needed.  We still have a long way to go.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:50 PM

My first reaction on reading the list of groups involved was negative. The University of Pheonix has a dog in this fight. They will want digital technologies to at the forefront. That is OK, but we need a balanced view of this emerging world and we need to question some of the views presented. We are not on the cusp of a relationship between humans and their digital tools. We have passed this cusp and each day we are in that emergent world. That kind of comment oversimplies a complex reality full of uncertainty.

France Lefebvre's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:42 AM

Recherche très pertinente qui apporte un vent de fraîcheur.  On n'y parle pas des emplois du futur, mais plutôt des compétences ou habiletés requises

Martijn Spek's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:26 AM

Interessant rapport waarbij 'Change' in organisaties en bij mensen een zeer nadrukkelijke rol speelt. De tekenenen zien we nu al bij organisaties ontstaan. Het onderzoek is welliswaar primair gericht op Amerika, maar door de verdere globalisering en internationalisering interessant voor een ieder die met mensen werkt of gaat werken!

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Editorial: Real hurdle to education reform is poverty - Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Real hurdle to education reform is poverty - Chicago Sun-Times | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
There is nothing easy about trying to boost academic outcomes for poor kids.
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“We cannot fix what’s wrong with our schools until we are prepared to have honest conversations about poverty and race,” Lewis said. “Until we do, we will be mired in the no-excuses mentality [that] poverty doesn’t matter. Poverty matters a lot when you are teaching children who are distracted by their lives. Poverty matters a lot when you are teaching children who have seen trauma like none of us in this room can imagine.”

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Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation.

 

WOW

 

This video is SO worth watching!  


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Innovations in Education - Students as “Information Flaneurs”

Innovations in Education - Students as “Information Flaneurs” | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

The intersection of two of my curation projects: on student curation, and personal learning.

 

"We ultimately need novel ways to support the practices embodied by the information flaneur in curiously and critically moving through information landscapes and creatively constructing meaning"

 

Students as curators:  Love it!  


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The Learning Curve: Effective Education

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Lessons in country performance in education

 

Welcome to our programme of analysis of school systems’ performance in a global context. We’re sharing the data and conclusions to help researchers and policymakers identify the common elements of effective education.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://thelearningcurve.pearson.com/

 


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The Most Powerful Educational Disrupter

The Most Powerful Educational Disrupter | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The evolution of education continues at a staggering pace.

 

This disrupter has the power to:
1. Bring about massive educational change.
2. Engage large groups of students and educators.
3. Create educational environments in the real and virtual world.
4. Design and execute dynamic and interactive learning.
5. Continue the educational evolution and add to the movement.

 

Stay hopeful!

 

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Thinkers

Inspiring the Next Generation of Thinkers | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Teaching kids goes beyond textbooks and classroom lessons. It has to include teaching them to open their minds and how to think for themselves.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://edudemic.com/2012/11/next-generation-of-thinkers/

 


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Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform

Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Leadership and collaboration can boost student progress without altering teacher quality, one expert says.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's comment, November 16, 2012 8:38 AM
Thanks Scott!
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 20, 2012 7:43 PM

Makes sense, but culture is hard to change. Do we have time?