Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher's toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE's goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.
Transitioning from user manual to a digital learning ecosystem? Have you considered how to differentiate across platforms or are you trying to duplicated the same information? What can be gleaned from transmedia storytelling to make even the most technical training interesting and available?
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How do we tell the story of education? Would it be beneficial to frame it into a snapshot of what the future could look like? How would this effect people's perception of change in education, such as the addition of EdTech?
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In an ever changing world the attitude of 'how can we?' rather than 'who should we' is the only avenue towards preparing kids to be global lifelong learners. This is a great example of an innovative project providing that opportunity.
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A couple of years ago there weren't even many computers in this districts schools. Within just a few years they are completely changing the story of these children's lives by shifting the perspective on using technology in the classroom. Additionally, one of the 'languages' that is most requested to be taught in the district in computer programming. #nextgened - building the foundation for tomorrow's workforce today.
In the last few years, I have so often found myself in groups of 'like-minded' people, whether that be a small local group of social entrepreneurial women or the famed TEDx community.
The harsh reality that we so often overlook is that the future success of humanity lays in the ways that we learn to collaborate and, yes cooperate with 'not-like-minded' individuals AND groups.
Storytelling, and listening to stories, is a crucial component of the growth of collaboration. We need to re-integrate the importance of storytelling into the fabric of our schools, organizations, and communities. Through coaching some kids to give TEDx talks, I learned a wonderful lesson. The act of storytelling empowers a youth to believe in their ability not only to tell their story but to create the story of their lives.
I love this metaphor of serving up a 'great meal' in eLearning! It is the perfect example of integrating story elements, ie metaphor into an educational blog piece. Visuals - are they garnish or pitiful side dish? Is that a fly in your soup or an extra comma?
Will there come an age where a technology will become so integrated into the fabric of our collective story that it DOES not fade away... but rather like cultural stories or some religions, learns how to adapt to the changing framework of its own self?
The authors overall point is indisputable, story is at the heart of literally everything today, but I would counter that his argument about the fading of past technologies as the reason why we should focus on story is, well, itself archaic.
The integration of story and technology is creating an online culture where one is indistinguishable from the other. Not so with Beta Tapes of old. That is HARD ware not SOFT ware. The story was separate from the hardware that delivered it. 100%. Not so with Facebook etc. I do not suppose to predict that FB will not be usurped by another platform as Friendster did.
I am simply asking another question. How is the presence of technology change the manner in which we view how we tell our story? When will how we tell our stories become so dependent on technology that the latter itself become a part of the story. Or has it already?
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Why did I have to dig this deep to find this story? The beauty and raw authenticity of this post is unequal. Here I find a family that I would love to have dinner with as a person. Just a simple person who is curious. Moreover I feel as though it might be possible that they would consider inviting me to dinner.
By 'dinner' I mean, 'here - I figured out a way to help out the world - would you like to join me?' And the answer is of course, yes.
This brings me to the question of storytelling. If in education- then how does a story elicit collaboration? In technology for education- is it just for glitz and circumstance or can you share an authentic story with me about how your tech 'feels' like it can inspire learning. I find the latter explicitly missing. How can a teacher understand how to be inspired to implement your tool if you cannot tell them how>?
Point taken - in fact I thought that the given was that the flipped classroom style encouraged more active learning in class - where the teacher could mentor and where they were learning with their collaborators.
What is lacking for me in this article is retention level and what they are learning while they are learning. Are they just learning the skills and facts or are they also learning how collaborate with other using the facts. Did they just test once for these 'learning outcomes' mentioned or will retention be longterm.
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