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Can Technology Help Students Find the “Sweet Spot” for Learning?

Can Technology Help Students Find the “Sweet Spot” for Learning? | Education Greece | Scoop.it
"The technological solutions are more difficult to implement than would appear at first blush.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:00 PM

What can we do to help students learn and to provide teachers more time to work with students? How can technology play a role in this? To answer these questions the post discusses a book by Daniel Willingham, "Why Don't Students Like School."

The authors state that the book can be boiled down to this statement: "Students don’t like school because school isn’t set up to help them learn very well." As the days of the one-room school house shifted due to the Industrial Revolution classes moved from small multi-age groups to larger groups based on age and that has not changed significantly. Differentiation is discussed but it is not always easy to differentiate in a classroom with 25 or more students, and today we are told we must personalize education to meet the needs of each student.

One way we may be able to meet this need is with the use of "adaptive learning software." This post continues to explore some of the pros and cons of this.

There are some schools that are using adaptive software with success, and Carpe Diem-Meridian, a public school in Indianapolis. Click through to the post to learn more. Would you like to see adaptive software become a part of your school, so that some students would be using software that targets their skills while you work with others in smaller groups?

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Tranformative Use of iPads in the Education: Pedagogy, Examples, Activities


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:49 PM

This SlideShare provides a look at how iPads my be used to tranform education. Chock full if examples and activities as well as pedagogy chances are you will find some new ideas and resources in this resources from SilviaTolisano.

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The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts!

The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! | Education Greece | Scoop.it

This post begins with a quote from President Obama:

"“The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” From this point it veers  in a different direction, noting that the issue is that teachers "are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs."

If we look to our past (and our present) we will find that we are not listening to the advice that "our nation's historic inventors, scientists, and physicists (whom have shared) their advice and experiences." 

Read the article to learn the experiences of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Richard Feyman, Michio Kaku (which includes a video where he explains "that exams are crushing curiousity out of the next generation..."), as well as individuals around today such as Aaron Iba and Jack Andraka (the student who at the age of 15 created a test for pancreatic cancer).

Perhaps the question we need to ask is how do we change the system to support the necessary learning? 


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The Right & Wrong Way To Use Technology For Learning

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"So much in learning is subjective, which makes sense because so much in life itself is also subjective, and we learn in order to live. So it’s natural.

Grey areas abound–the usefulness and quality of the Common Core Standards. The importance of curiosity in learning. The evaluation of technology in learning. The utility of letter grades. (And alternatives to letter grades.)"

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:27 PM

What is the best way to use technology in your classroom? We know that students like to use technology but are they using it constructively? Are  you using technology constructively? This post explores these issues, not ing that there are some right and wrong answers in how technology should be used?

I believe that technology is a tool, a tool that can be used to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum; a tool that allows students to use critical thinking skills; to find answers to questions.

Check out the graphic that accompanies the discussion of this topic and consider how you will be using technology in your class.

Diego Sánchez's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:15 AM

Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome...

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31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | Education Greece | Scoop.it

This post begins "Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?" It then provides 31 research findings that may make you pause and reconsider some of your beliefs. 

* Are there any benefits to "playing scary and violent video games"?

* Can video games impact "disruptive behaviors and enhance positive development in ADHD children"?

* Is it best to teach very young children how to play with a toy or should we allow them to explore on their own?

An additional 28 findings) are provided in this post. 


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 16, 2012 4:01 AM

Some interesting and surprising findings to make us think about our own preconceptions.

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The 20 Biggest Education Facts You Should Know - Edudemic

The 20 Biggest Education Facts You Should Know - Edudemic | Education Greece | Scoop.it
Did you know there are more than 1.4 billion students on Earth?

This is just one of the 20 education facts found on this infographic. Learn how many educators there are globally, the number of students in pre-k to high school, the number of jobs expected to require some technology skills in the next decade and much more.


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