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Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability.

Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability. | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
A new study makes it clear what growth in standardized test performance doesn’t buy us: cognitive ability.
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"This is consistent with prior research suggesting that cognitive ability predicts academic achievement, but academic achievement does not predict cognitive ability. - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/education/standardized_achievement_tests_what_are_they_good_for_hint_not_cogniti#sthash.A8h2iQbw.dpuf

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Stop Exploring 'Innovative Education Models', We Need Action Now

Stop Exploring 'Innovative Education Models', We Need Action Now | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

I've recently been drawn to a slew of impassioned posts from several strong voices in education, each managing more than the last to confirm we're headed towards a defining moment in the history of our schools: a shift from an exploration of more effective models of teaching and learning, to an ethical imperative to implement them in our schools. (more)

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:22 AM

Wish our school district even knew this conversation is going on...

IncitED's curator insight, July 13, 2013 7:33 AM

Thoughts about this? Without exploration, there is no innovation. But, I do get their point. 

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New TV ad by education advocates backs creation of teacher evaluation system ... - New York Daily News

New TV ad by education advocates backs creation of teacher evaluation system ... - New York Daily News | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
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New TV ad by education advocates backs creation of teacher evaluation system ...

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Visual Learning: High and Dry

Visual Learning: High and Dry | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about what it would be like to live in a remote area and between two worlds—the past of their ancestors and the present of American mainstream culture.
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25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

With the click of a button you can be inspired, educated, encouraged, wowed, or entertained by speakers from all walks of life.


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The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Linda Darling-Hammond

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Linda Darling-Hammond | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

Good, comprehensive Article by CM Rubin:


"Investing in high-quality teaching is the centerpiece of any successful educational system."


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NEW: The World We Explore- Sir Ken Robinson Zeitgeist Americas 2012

The World We Explore-- Sir Ken Robinson, Educator. Curiosity encourages us to push boundaries into uncharted territories. Where can our hunger for discovery take us - both outside and inside ourselves?

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Your Idea About Reforming Education Could Be Included in a TED Talk! - PolicyMic

Your Idea About Reforming Education Could Be Included in a TED Talk! - PolicyMic | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

If you could offer one big idea to improve education in America, what would it be?

Music educator, performer, and motivational speaker Jay Berckley is delivering a TEDx talk on reforming education. Jay will deliver his talk on November 3 at TEDx Houston, on the topic of education reform. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized speeches modeled after TED talks (see the video below for more). Jay will focus his talk on how educators can go a better job of inspiring, motivating, and sparking creativity in students. We're excited to announce that he has agreed to consider, and potentially include in his talk, the most Mic'd idea in the comments below. (more)

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Sunday Dialogue: Transforming Our Schools - New York Times

Sunday Dialogue: Transforming Our Schools - New York Times | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

In Case you missed the discussion, please click through for more:


"Let's push our politicians with common-sense ideas: finance schools adequately, evaluate students and teachers appropriately, treat students like adults, allow student-centered, project-based...

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Releasing geniuses from their straightjackets - Cambridge News (blog)

Releasing geniuses from their straightjackets - Cambridge News (blog) | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

Sir Ken Robinson, a feted thinker on education and adviser to governments, believes schools are failing their pupils.


Pictured: Steven Fry

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At MusicMakers, Experiencing Music Through Design, As ...

At MusicMakers, Experiencing Music Through Design, As ... | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
For MusicMakers, Create Digital Music teamed up with curators and artists in Berlin to make some of those connections across disciplines, to get closer to the processes of design and music creation. Making and listening in ...
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BLEND SCHOOLS - New Yorker Cartoon Poster Print by Roz Chast at the Condé Nast Collection

BLEND SCHOOLS - New Yorker Cartoon Poster Print  by Roz Chast at the Condé Nast Collection | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

BLEND SCHOOLS - New Yorker Cartoon Poster Print by Roz Chast - at condenaststore.com. 

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The Sonic Trail: The Arts and Sciences

The Sonic Trail: The Arts and Sciences | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

from The Sonic Trail: Dedicated to the Prevention of Mushy Brains.

"My first blog post in a few months, talking about how quality #creativity is grounded in education & a desire to learn: http://t.co/Vsr4Boku...

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The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
To innovate, stop worrying about "failure" and start thinking of "learning."

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Tess Sorensen's curator insight, May 13, 2013 1:25 PM

"I've since learned that anyone who has a sense of humor is creative."  This is an important thing to remember.  Perhaps the idea of creativity seems so above, so lofty and special, that there are times when it is hard to recognize the creativity within oneself.  Especially after years and years of creativity being not encouraged and even squashed through formal education that looks more to recitation of material than actual learning.


IncitED's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:38 PM

Yes. This is powerful. I find many students are afraid of being wrong or of failing; too much energy is spent on this anxiety. . . . 

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The World Bank’s Robert Hawkins on Linking Technology Skills to Learning, a 21st Century Model | CREATIVE Magazine

The World Bank’s Robert Hawkins on Linking Technology Skills to Learning, a 21st Century Model | CREATIVE Magazine | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

Robert Hawkins, a strong advocate for integrating Information Communication Technology into education, shares his ideas with Creative Times about the development of a pedagogical model that combines ICT with learning to produce a 21st century work force. Hawkins is the Executive Producer of an online gaming program, EVOKE (www.urgentevoke.com), that is pushing and inventing boundaries for improved learning.

 

Set in 2020, EVOKE is an online crash course that challenges students to address future world crises, such as food and water shortages. Launched March 3, 2010, the ten week course enabled 20,000 players around the world to participate and develop innovative approaches to solving real global challenges using 21st century skills.

 

“The assumption that we’re making is that more time on task translates into more knowledge and skill acquisition,” said Hawkins who is also a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank which developed EVOKE. “The evaluation shows that players spent quite a bit of time engaging with the content. We think this is partially due to the incentives inherent in playing a game and receiving rewards. If this mode of engagement develops the type of motivation in students to stick with a subject, then we think there is some positive learning and skill acquisition taking place as a result. Beyond the motivational factors that contributed to more time with the content, we also saw a great deal of peer learning and interaction through the mechanics of the social aspects of the game. In many instances, students learn and understand concepts better from their peers.

 

I think part of the success of EVOKE was that it was driven by a very compelling story. The narrative gave students the space to imagine alternative possibilities. I think that provoking students to think 10 to 20 years into the future cultivates the imagination and is critical to thinking about the possible, about students thinking of things outside of their day-to-day lives, being exposed to new perspectives. I think that the ability to imagine is the first step in doing and actually following through and creating something.”

 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:08 PM

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."


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luiy's comment, January 30, 2013 8:49 AM
What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of our working memory — a kind of cognitive compression mechanism wherein we parse information into chunks that are more memorable and easier to process than the seemingly random bits of which they’re composed.
wayne_b's curator insight, February 6, 2013 7:58 AM

It is the process of combining various pieces of information to create something new and more meaningful - that is our learning process. As we combine information from one person or site, and add the thoughts of someone else, that we generate new ideas or expressions of those combined thoughts.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 5:27 AM

Tech fuels chunking info and curation.

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Do Schools Kill Creativity? A new conversation

Do Schools Kill Creativity? A new conversation | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

December 7. 2012


"TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation"

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George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education

George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

George Lucas is ensuring that the force may be with young Jedis everywhere. The "Star Wars" director will donate the $4.05 billion he will receive from the sale of Lucasfilm Ltd. (more)

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Isaac Asimov on Science and Creativity in Education

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Video of Bill Moyer's interview with Isaac Asimov. "Asimov shares invaluable insights on science, computing, religion, population growth and the universe, and echoes some of own beliefs in the power of curiosity-driven self-directed learning and the need to implement creativity in education from the onset...For more of Asimov’s cunning insight on the role of science and creativity in education, we highly recommend The Roving Mind."


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The arts to get more emphasis under Emanuel school plan - Chicago Sun-Times

The arts to get more emphasis under Emanuel school plan - Chicago Sun-Times | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
Chicago Public Schools would elevate the arts to the level of a “core subject” — with 120 minutes of dedicated weekly instruction for elementary students and “at least one certified, full-time employee” at every school, under a mayoral plan unveiled Monday.


For the first time, the number of art forms offered by CPS would be expanded to include visual art, music, dance and drama at all grade levels. High school graduation requirements would be modified to include all four. (more)


Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's creative consultant, was beaming throughout the news conference. “You can't have a future that you can't imagine."

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Muslim Lifestyle Magazine Hiba presents it's case for Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and ...


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Sweet: the Garden of Your Mind | Eric Mulvany #education

Sweet: the Garden of Your Mind | Eric Mulvany #education | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

....“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” (James Allen, As a Man Thinketh)


The design of learning spaces that has been my focus helps afford the gardener with useful tools perhaps creating fences to keep things out or in, utensils to plant more effectively and efficiently, however, ultimately each teacher or gardener of the student mind has responsibility for the mind garden harvest.


The mind garden does have one advantage over the garden of soil in that the mind garden owner can help decide the growth. “My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flower or weeds.” (Mel Weldon) Don’t we all have a mind garden needing assistance to grow and responsibility to help others grow a prosperous mind garden?


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Tess Sorensen's comment, April 6, 2013 3:38 PM
"My definition of Abstract – physical or mental creations which modify our senses of reality." What would life look like if we spent time each day on abstractions? I am not sure, but I imagine it would be even more beautiful.
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Teach to learn « Another dot in the blogosphere?

Teach to learn « Another dot in the blogosphere? | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
It is a long-exposure photograph of a flashlight writing. The photographer captured both the original “Teach” from the torch and the reflection “Learn” in the puddle. One might appreciate the technical creativity of the photo.
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If At First You Don’t Succeed… GREAT!!

If At First You Don’t Succeed… GREAT!! | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it

Mistakes: we make them every day. Regardless of their magnitude, they all share one common characteristic: they teach.


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Are Two Minds Better than One? Creativity and Teacher Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Are Two Minds Better than One? Creativity and Teacher Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Education Revolution and Reform | Scoop.it
an increasing demand for innovation and creation is omnipresent in schools http://t.co/WT61r7d9...
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