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25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart

25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart | Education | Scoop.it
With many YouTube channels that are designed to teach people more about the topics they discuss, gaining knowledge on a plethora of topics is easier than ever before!

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GettingSmart, complies a list of top 25 Youtube Channels that bring the learning expereince. This idea can be atributed to the present debate of making avaliable a large portion of credible secondary and teritary qualifications online. This is admittedly a fun yet fundamental method which students can use to consume similar insight on particular topics outside the formal learning environment.

 

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:31 PM

This looks terrific.  Especially good from high quality institutions like MIT for science and technology videos.

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The role of social business in preschool education

The role of social business in preschool education | Education | Scoop.it
My partner is currently studying childhood development so we've been discussing that sort of thing a lot over the kitchen table recently.  I came across a study this morning that interested us both...
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The fact that preschool education is very important in a child's future is very interesting since many people do not think it as a vital process. However, this is the time that forms the foundation to a child's future in education. Therefore, it is essential that preschool teachers are equipped to improve children's skills. This can be done by coaching and mentoring teachers the correct method in teaching.Ensuring this is important since teachers have a large role in a child's life.

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5 Tips for Getting Teens to Read

5 Tips for Getting Teens to Read | Education | Scoop.it
I can't get my kids to read. They're too busy playing on their computers and hi-tech devices. They read all the time, of course, but they aren't reading BOOKS.
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This article shows parents how to easily get their children to read. Many children nowadays do not read due to modern technology. This is due to many things simply being more enjoyable. The article is easy to read and understand due to it being concise and in the form of a list. These solutions are very practical since it makes it uses reverse psychology. Parents make it seem as though they are given their children gifts and the children are ultimately deciding to read themselves. These methods are better in that the children will not feel that their parents are forcing or nagging them to read. Therefore they will not retalliate against their parents wishes.

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The changing face of university education - ABC Technology and Games

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The changing face of university education
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Virtual environments are emerging that mimic the real world and provide us with a visceral sense of immersion. Some have even argued that the distinction ...

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This really gets to the crux of technology in education. MOOCS really could be the key to future learning becasue with people graduating out of school more frequesntly, universities cannot accomodate them so technology has to fill the void to help more people get more accolodades to be more succesful.

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Geeky-cool stuff! 

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Learning game for kids | True Aim Education & Parenting

Learning game for kids | True Aim Education & Parenting | Education | Scoop.it
Simple learning game for kids. My kids love this guessing game! They practice using descriptive vocabulary and critical thinking skills without even realizing they are learning.
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These kinds of games are great idea for young children to learn and think. I think that children need to play these kinds of games; even as they grow up to help their minds grow and expand. Guessing, touching and feeling objects that can’t be seen will help children think and expand their thoughts and vocabulary. 

 

I agree with this mother when she says this will help immensely, especially that she says she uses this in her children and that it does help her children and I believe her. I think parents do need to play these kinds of games with their kids for fun and for education value. 


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How to Protect Your Teen From Summer Learning Loss

How to Protect Your Teen From Summer Learning Loss | Education | Scoop.it
Don't let your child be a victim of summer learning loss - keep them engaged!
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I agree that once young children, teenagers as well as university students leave school and university to go on vacation their minds go on vacation to. I understand that parents do worry that this may not be healthy for their children to block off their education, maths and so on completely but as a student myself, having a break is also very important.

 

Although, as mentioned in the article reading is a very important and good way to keep one’s mind working and active during the holidays. During longer holidays it may be a fair idea for students to go over certain work that they may forget or feel is important. Although personally I feel a holiday is to have a break and a rest and to get ready to work hard in the next term or semester. One should be reading in some way or another throughout the year and this will help keep our brains attention span as well as critical thinking.

 

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Seven Common Mistakes Online Students Make

Seven Common Mistakes Online Students Make | Education | Scoop.it
Online colleges come with their own unique challenges as well as their own benefits. When studying online, it�s crucial to keep yourself organized and motivated.
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Studying online is becoming an increasingly popular method of getting an education or furthering ones education.  However there are many misconceptions about online studying that one needs to consider before starting a course. Failure to take into consideration these misconceptions will result is the 'common mistakes' that this article outlines. Lack of motivation and no time to study are big factors which need to be taken into consideration. It is a regular occurance that people studying online are tackeling many different task at the same time, such as a full time job or taking care of a family. It is for this reason that the individual needs to have a clear and strong motivation to be involved in the course. Should an individual be organised motivated and have a good balance between other daily tasks, online studying can be a very useful tool.

 

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New study reveals most important skills for students

New study reveals most important skills for students | Education | Scoop.it
Research indicates Microsoft Office applications rank 3 of 20 top in demand skills for high-growth, high-pay careers.

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Interestingly, this articel does highlight the mportance of technological skills but emphasizes that 'soft skills' like communication  are equally important to hireability. It is important that students do not base their education on a technological knowledge that may not neccecarily guarentee them a job in the future. The education system needs to be integrated between soft and hard skills that teach students how to interact successfully with technology AND people.

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The only software package called out within the top 20 skills across all occupations is Microsoft Office, explicitly required in 15 percent of high-growth, high-salary positions. Microsoft Office is No. 3 on the list of skills most required, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Word are No. 11 and No. 13 most required skills.


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Interestingly, this articel does highlight the mportance of technological skills but emphasizes that 'soft skills' like communication  are equally important to hireability. It is important that students do not base their education on a technological knowledge that may not neccecarily guarentee them a job in the future. The education system needs to be integrated between soft and hard skills that teach students how to interact successfully with technology AND people.

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Slang ‘banned’ by school

Slang ‘banned’ by school | Education | Scoop.it
Move by academy designed to help pupils academically and in the jobs market (Slang banned by schools: http://t.co/Af5XOFHxhU)
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It is a common occurance to hear teenagers using slang words. However a South London school will be not tolerate it anymore! A new rule has been implemented banning the use of specific words. According to officials at the school, school is meant to be a professional environment and so the students should speak in a professional manner. It was found that due to the constant use of these words, job interviews are often unprofessional. It is for this reason and for a general increase in correct vocabulary that the school has implemented these new laws. Weather or not they will be enforced or weather the students will actually obey the new rule, is an entirely different question altogether. 

 

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Mobile Internet in the Developing World - Flip the Media

Mobile Internet in the Developing World - Flip the Media | Education | Scoop.it
Flip the Media Mobile Internet in the Developing World Flip the Media But the students Donner and his research associates studied in Cape Town, South Africa, continue to frequent neighborhood libraries, larger central libraries, and some cybercafés...

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Using the internet as a source of education is vital. Therefore it is a positive thing that internet is being introduced to developing countries through mobile phones. Using mobile networks to access internet is more convenient and buying a phone is cheaper than buying a PC. Having internet in the developing world allows for small businesses to grow and it allows for more diverse citizen journalism. Developing countries also have access to public internet venues; although there are not many places that offer this. 

However, there are a few problems that occur. Using mobile networks causes some cell phones to have slow internet and they easily run out of data or air time. The internet also does not accommodate for some languages

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:16 AM

Using the internet as a source of education is vital. Therefore it is a positive thing that internet is being introduced to developing countires through mobile phones. Using mobile networks to access internet is more convenient and buying a phone is cheaper than buying a PC. Having internet in the developing world allows for small businesses to grow and it allows for more diverse citizen journalism. Developing countries also have access to public internet venues; although there are not many places that offer this. 

However, there are a few problems that occur. Using mobile networks causes some cell phones to have slow internet and they easily run out of data or air time. The internet also does not accommodate  for some languages.

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SA all set for final exams, confirms Umalusi - BDlive

SA all set for final exams, confirms Umalusi - BDlive | Education | Scoop.it
SA all set for final exams, confirms Umalusi
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Jonathan Snyman, a researcher at the South African Institute of Race Relations, said the ratio of maths literacy students to those taking mathematics had gone from 0.9:1 in 2008 to 1.3:1 by 2012.

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With the final Grade 12 exams approaching a large emphasis is made on the quality of South Africa's education levels. Although everyone is ready and prepared for the exams, one cannot ignore certain issues. The National Senior Certificate firstly only requires a 30% in order to pass Grade 12. Many people believe that this percentage is too low. The fact that the ratio of students taking maths literacy to pure maths has increased is a negative thing since the level of difficulty between the subjects is very high. The fact that exam papers were leaked last year is also a negative thing since it results in some people earning a certificate that they may not deserve.

However, it is good that there is a high ratio of markers to students since it means that marking will be more accurate. The fact that more students are writing may also result in more people passing. However, South Africa still has a long way to go in order to increase the quality of education.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:05 AM

With the final Grade 12 exams approaching a large emphasis is made on the quality of South Africa's education levels. Although everyone is ready and prepared for the exams, one cannot ignore certain issues. The National Senior Certificate firstly only requires a 30% in order to pass Grade 12. Many people believe that this percentage is too low. The fact that the ratio of students taking maths literacy to pure maths has increased is a negative thing since the level of difficulty between the subjects is very high. The fact that exam papers were leaked last year is also a negative thing since it results in some people earning a certificate that they may not deserve.

However, it is good that there is a high ratio of markers to students since it means that marking will be more accurate. The fact that more students are writing may also result in more people passing. However, South Africa still has a long way to go in order to increase the quality of education.

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Teaching vernaculars in school - News24

Teaching vernaculars in school - News24 | Education | Scoop.it
Teaching vernaculars in school
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Lastly, the only thing that scholars, teachers and fellow South Africans should be advocating for is home literacy not introducing vernaculars to all subjects.

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Sustaining South Africa's vernaculars is very important as it causes heritages to not be forgotten. Therefore, if vernaculars are taught in certain schools this will aid this cause. I wholly agree with Shisinga when he states that other subjects such as Geography should not be taught in vernaculars since it will cause too much disruption. The quality of teaching needs to improve; therefore it needs to be ensured that teachers are well trained. I agree with Shisinga when he states that learners' languages need to also be practiced at home since they spend most of their time at home. Furthermore, Shisinga's idea of graduate students assisting learners in teaching them languages is a very good idea; however implementation will not be easy.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:38 AM

Sustaining South Africa's vernaculars is very important as it causes heritages to not be forgotten. Therefore, if vernaculars are taught in certain schools this will aid this cause. I wholly agree with Shisinga when he states that other subjects such as Geography should not be taught in vernaculars since it will cause too much disruption. The quality of teaching needs to improve; therefore it needs to be ensured that teachers are well trained. I agree with Shisinga when he states that learners' languages need to also be practiced at home since they spend most of their time at home. Furthermore, Shisinga's idea of graduate students assisting learners in teaching them languages is a very good idea; however implementation will not be easy.

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7 Myths About Homeschooling

7 Myths About Homeschooling | Education | Scoop.it
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Many people are very sceptical about homeshool and the repercussions of it. The following video gives us insight to the realites of homeschool and is presented by somone who actually attended homeschool themselves. This makes the vlog alot more convincing as well as entertaining. 

The comedic element used in this video captures the viewers attention and through using online journalism to do so, appeals to the audience most relavent (adolescence). 

The vlog changes our perspective of homeschooling while entertaining us at the same time 

 

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The follwing clip speaks about the stigma attached to homeschooled children. The biy in this vlog states out all 7 myths that have been made of children who have been homeschooled and how they are viewed in the outside environment of homeschool.

 

The vlog states out the critics of non-homeschoolers in a manner that shows that the gap between homeschooling and regular schooling has not been bridged yet. 

 

The vlog does however implement the concepts of digital media and the use of informing others in a different medium.

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Crippling technology in South Africa, the Department of Basic Education makes really bad choices : Richard Wooding: A Weblog

Crippling technology in South Africa, the Department of Basic Education makes really bad choices : Richard Wooding: A Weblog | Education | Scoop.it
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The following article is a weblog on the issues of technology and how children are being set for failure.

 

It is a commentary blog given by the Department of Basic Education. It states it's concerns on how technology has advanced and that children are not being taught the correct type of technology. Their concerns are that as a nation we need to upgrade and work with the latest technology and teach children what they need to know through the use of Microsoft and other technological devices and applications. 

 South Africa's does not want to such at technology and thus the concerns relayed by the department.

 

Technology is a great form of education and if it is the medium in which children will be taught in, it needs to be at the best level with the greatest digitial devices available. 

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Common and Useful Ways in Making Learning English Fun For a Non-English Speaker | FeedBack News

Common and Useful Ways in Making Learning English Fun For a Non-English Speaker http://t.co/Rx1WlLge4e
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Learning English is not easy for people since it is a highly complicated language. Grammer in most languages is very different; therefore I agree with the article when it is stated that learning words is the most important. This will make learning English easier since it will not get too complicated.Using music to teach English will also make it easier for the learner because learning lyrics in songs is fun. However, the teacher needs to ensure the the learners know what the words mean. Playing games will also make the learning process fun. Therefore if learning a new language is broken down and if it is percieved as fun it will enable learners to learn a language at a much faster rate.

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In Medical Education, Should Technology Lead or Follow?

In Medical Education, Should Technology Lead or Follow? | Education | Scoop.it

The latest rapidly expanding trend in online education is MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses). These courses provide a forum for excellent lecturers to teach a large number of students simultaneously.

 

The same virtual class can have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of students.

 

MOOCs generally rely on lectures and frequent assessments. While MOOCs do encourage communities of students to participate and work with each other to learn the materials, most do not require such interactivity to complete the course. And, significantly, the objectives are those set and assessed by the instructors.

 

In other words, MOOCS are a new way to reach a lot of people so that we can do what we’ve always done.

 

Another trend in many medical schools is to provide iPads to students when they arrive on campus. While the practice may be effective at recruiting students and attracting media attention, a closer look reveals that students tend not to use the iPads to take notes or produce materials, and often abandon using them in courses that are not image intensive.

 

One might ask why someone who is seemingly so negative about new technologies is leading the educational informatics effort at a medical school.

 

Without question, I believe that new technologies are critical and essential elements of contemporary medical education. However, the technologies should not define the education we provide students; they should help the learning take place.

 

These are tools—important tools that will help us educate future generations of physicians who must be digitally literate—but still, tools only.

 

Tablets may not be effective tools for writing or producing new materials. But they are incredibly useful for looking up information, demonstrating information to patients in the clinical setting and gaining access to electronic medical records. Medical students across the country often complain that they do not know how to use these tools effectively; addressing that need ought to be one of our educational objectives.

 

Technology must be used to provide support for effective education. Educational objectives need to be clearly defined and the appropriate tools selected to meet those objectives. Our medical education ought not to be digital simply because it is digital at other institutions. The digital format needs to serve a greater purpose—the goal of helping students develop educational competencies.

 

- See more at: http://blogs.einstein.yu.edu/in-medical-education-should-technology-lead-or-follow/#sthash.bmDM4Qfb.dpuf


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This is one of the best insights. Technology has become very diverse and widespread in society but that doesnt mean we have to use all of it for teaching becasue even though some things are more modern or more ground breaking, it doesnt mean they are going to help students learn any faster. the right technolgy has to be selected to teach students.

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Vinicius Cagnotto's comment, November 26, 2013 12:42 PM
the interesting news about health, and how this issue has repercurçao worldwide, and how various countries have problems in this area. lamentable! health should be a priority everywhere.
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Education 3.0 Embracing Technology to Jump the Curve

Education 3.0 Embracing Technology to Jump the Curve | Education | Scoop.it

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The world is cahnging if we like it or not and the concept thatr education is changing to is also true so if we are able to survive in this nbew world we have to learn news to cope in it. The only way to do this is to evolve our teaching methods to accomaodate technology in a new and vibrant way so as to insure the succes of future generations

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"Education 3.0 is what I believe we can aspire to so as to educate our students, at all levels, in ways that actually promote 21st-century skills and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow (aka, the jobs that don’t exist today but which will be required in the future). It’s the coming together of creativity, outcomes, critical thinking, big data, personalization, and much more. For me, it’s really the confluence of three crucial education elements: Neuroscience, Cognitive (Learning) Psychology, and Education Technology."

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Turning Education Upside Down - NYTimes.com

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Clintondale high school is one of the first to do what technology is forcing schools to do, regarding education. Clintondale high school is one or of not the only school so far to become a fully "flipped" school. This school   is where students are able to watch teachers’ lectures at home and do their homework in class.  The teachers also record video lessons, which students watch on their smart phones, computers, laptops or iPads. The students do get time with the teachers in class; they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates and works with and help the students.

 

I believe that because technology has advanced at such a rapid rate schools have to think of ways to change their systems and ways of doing things as well. Changing the way completely, their ways of teaching like teaching over video may slowly be the way forward, for some people. To some, this may be a huge and scary thought.  I think we will have to see how many schools like the idea of "flipping" and see where things regarding education in the future go from there on.


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Teachers 'may like performance pay'

Teachers 'may like performance pay' | Education | Scoop.it
Teachers could be won over to performance related pay but need reassurance about its fairness and efficiency, claims a right-leaning think tank. (#Teachers 'may accept performance pay' - what do you think to these potential changes?
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The recent changes in the teachers salary systems in England and Wales originally sparked a lot of controversy. Teachers and Unions insisted that by changing their salary to 'Performance Related pay' is simply a way for the governement to cut down on teachers salaries.

However, have their minds now been changed? Many of the teachers affected are now saying that if they had proof that the performance realted pay was fair and effective they would not have any complaints about the movement. 

By using this system, it allows teachers to determine their own salary (to a certain degree). This would ensure that teachers always gave their best performance in the classroom and in so doing they would be giving their students the best education possible.

 

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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | Education | Scoop.it
In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…

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The new section on the App store dedicated purely to teaching is an adequate reflection of how technology and education have become integrated. I think these apps can be useful as teaching aids but should not be relied upon too heavily or replace teacher-student interaction.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:19 PM

Apples is moving forward with the iPad teacher resources.

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Thank you Apple!

Selin Gelinci's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:54 AM

This resource gave me quick insight on the app's that i could download for the future on the ipads. It was beneficial to me because as technology is very popular in regards to education in the 21st century, it is useful to have read this website and explore further into things that were launched by Apple in order to help teachers with their teaching with the use of ipads. 

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Education | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

 

Mitra’s work has roots in educational practices dating back to Socrates. Theorists from Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi to Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori have argued that students should learn by playing and following their curiosity.

 

Einstein spent a year at a Pestalozzi-inspired school in the mid-1890s, and he later credited it with giving him the freedom to begin his first thought experiments on the theory of relativity.

 

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin similarly claim that their Montessori schooling imbued them with a spirit of independence and creativity.

 


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I really enjoyed this article. Finally a postivive slant on education that provides teachers with a way of improving and changing the way they interact with students. I wholeheartedly agree with the notion that as the world changes and expects different qualities and skills from students, so too must the education system reform. 

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Daniella Broomberg's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:44 AM

I really enjoyed this article. Finally a postivive slant on education that provides teachers with a way of improving and changing the way they interact with students. I wholeheartedly agree with the notion that as the world changes and expects different qualities and skills from students, so too must the education system reform. 

Karla Luetzow's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:22 AM

 

The main focus of this article is discovering the most effective way to learn. In Mexico, a school José Urbina López Primary School 

 changed their curriculum and allowed children the freedom to explore and learn on their own. The new curriculum was modeled after Sugata Mitra’s “school in the cloud.” In today’s age of constant information, “school in the cloud” challenged if a computer can teach students as well as a teacher.

 

I found this article incredibly intriguing. The model of education has been the same since the 1800’s. A teacher instructs a classroom of pupils with routine tests to analyze  each student's progress. I have heard of online high schools and college classes, but the idea that seven year olds can learn on their own astonishes me. I never even thought of changing the standard teacher-student classroom in elementary school.  Replacing a teacher with a computer is an extraordinary idea for the future. It is very difficult to imagine. However, our society is changing with this new technology. Therefore, it makes sense to me that our education system should change along with it.

 

Most people would agree that it is easier to learn material that one finds interesting. The type of learning in this article plays into this strength. I wonder if this type of learning would work in an area with distractions such as television, video games, and cell phones. I would be interested to see if the outcome would show the same positive results. I do not think it would. 

 

 This article ties in with the TedTalk by Sugata Mitra. To further learn about this type of learning, I suggest watching the video

 

 http://www.npr.org/2013/06/21/179015266/how-much-can-children-teach-themselves

 

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Students in control of their own education. This is amazing! Will this revolutionize education?

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The Wemstroms: Educate young workers, welcome immigrants - Freeport Journal-Standard

The Wemstroms: Educate young workers, welcome immigrants - Freeport Journal-Standard | Education | Scoop.it
The Wemstroms: Educate young workers, welcome immigrants Freeport Journal-Standard The fertility gap is the goofy idea that advanced countries, because of the decline in their birth rates, will run out of young workers to replace the aging baby...

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This article deals with two extremes. Namely: overpopulation and increasing under population. The effect of overpopulation is specifically affecting the youth. Many European youth are unable to find jobs simply because they are not available. The other issue is related to under population. Under population can cause advanced countries to not have enough youth to fill jobs. This will ultimately cause a decrease in a country's development rate. Therefore it is important to allow immigrants easy access into countries like the US. Immigrants can be trained and it may result in them working productively

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:32 AM

Thid article deals with two extremes. Namely: overpopulation and increasing underpopulation. The effect of overpopulation is specifically affecting the youth. Many European youth are unable to find jobs simply because they are not available. The other issue is related to underpopulation. Underpopulation can cause advanced countries to not have enough youth to fill jobs. This will ultimately cause a decrease in a country's development rate. Therefore it is important to allow immigrants easy access into countries like the US. Immigrants can be trained and it may result in them working productively. 

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A Teacher's Rant -- Why Flipping Classrooms is 'Flipping Ridiculous' - New America Media

A Teacher's Rant -- Why Flipping Classrooms is 'Flipping Ridiculous' - New America Media | Education | Scoop.it
A Teacher's Rant -- Why Flipping Classrooms is 'Flipping Ridiculous'
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I took my 9th grade English class to the Tech Lab this week to type up Autobiographical Narratives.
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The following piece highlights the frustrations of one particular teacher who was astonished when her 9th Grade class was computer illiterate. She argues that the technological divide is growing wider and wider, with those who have the resources becoming more computer literate and those who don't falling drastically behind the times. In her belief this is due to incorrect government funding. Once again public schools are being left for the dogs whilst the higher institutions such as university are being given all the resources. This however is not logical, it is the individuals in high school that eventually become those in University. Therefore, the correct resources should be given to the student not only in their high school and university career, but thoroughout their education. It is the only way that we can be sure that students will reach their full potential. If we carry on like this,  who knows, we might let the next Einstein slip through the cracks.

 

Courtney Dodge

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State of SA's education a concern - BDlive

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In its latest Global Competitiveness Report, the World Economic Forum rates South African primary schools 132nd out of 144 countries, and 115th in access to primary school education.

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

South Africa's education is not in a good state. Considering South Africa's level of development, our primary schools should not be rated 132nd out of 144 countries. Primary schooling forms the basis of education; therefore this does not show a positive future for South Africa. The fact that only 6% of the national budget is spent on education is not good enough. Education is the most important factor in our country since it influences the level of future development. There should also not be a solid divide between dependent and independent schools. By improving the quality of dependent schools South Africa's education will improve as a whole

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:51 AM

South Africa's education is not in a good state. Considering South Africa's level of development, our primary schools should not be rated 132nd out of 144 countries. Primary schooling forms the basis of education; therefore this does not show a positive future for South Africa. The fact that only 6% of the national budget is spent on education is not good enough. Education is the most important factor in our country since it influences the level of future development. There should also not be a solid divide between dependent and independent schools. By improving the quality of dependent schools South Africa's education will improve as a whole.

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US education gets low marks: City Year provides better model - The Georgetown Voice

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US education gets low marks: City Year provides better model
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The dropout rate and lack of quality education are pandemics in the United States. ...

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

It is quite surprising to find out that a highly developed country like the USA has large education issues. The drop out rate in public schools in America seems to be astonishingly high. Therefore, South Africa is clearly not the only country who has a large gap between public and private schools. Fortunately there are organizations like CityYear who can possibly make the needed change in improving education. This organization benefits both students and teachers. The students will be taught the basic things that they need to know in order to pass. The corps members assist teachers in essential things like lesson plans. The corps members are mostly gap year students and graduates; therefore they are also learning new knowledge by tutoring students. Another positive fact about CityYear is that it is very widespread and even has a site in Johannesburg. Therefore hopefully CityYear will also have a large impact on South Africa's education system.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:20 AM

It is quite surprising to find out that a highly developed country like the USA has large education issues. The drop out rate in public schools in America seems to be astonishingly high. Therefore, South Africa is clearly not the only country who has a large gap between public and private schools. Forunately there are organizations like CityYear who can possibly make the needed change in improving education. This organization benefits both students and teachers. The students will be taught the basic things that they need to know in order to pass. The corps members assist teachers in essential things like lesson plans. The corps members are mostly gap year students and graduates; therefore they are also learning new knowledge by tutoring students. Another positive fact about CityYear is that it is very widespread and even has a site in Johannesburg. Therefore hopefully CityYear will also have a large impact on South Africa's education system.

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7 Myths About Homeschooling

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

The follwing clip speaks about the stigma attached to homeschooled children. The biy in this vlog states out all 7 myths that have been made of children who have been homeschooled and how they are viewed in the outside environment of homeschool.

 

The vlog states out the critics of non-homeschoolers in a manner that shows that the gap between homeschooling and regular schooling has not been bridged yet. 

 

The vlog does however implement the concepts of digital media and the use of informing others in a different medium.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:29 AM

Many people are very sceptical about homeshool and the repercussions of it. The following video gives us insight to the realites of homeschool and is presented by somone who actually attended homeschool themselves. This makes the vlog alot more convincing as well as entertaining. 

The comedic element used in this video captures the viewers attention and through using online journalism to do so, appeals to the audience most relavent (adolescence). 

The vlog changes our perspective of homeschooling while entertaining us at the same time 

 

Courtney Dodge