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Changing education in the 21st century: The global debate
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Stop Fooling Around: Let Educators Reform Education - Online Universities.com

Stop Fooling Around: Let Educators Reform Education - Online Universities.com | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
The Alternatives: Exploring Options in Policy and Practice website recently had a post about not becoming a
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How to Use Google Drive Free Stock Images for Google Docs, Slides

How to Use Google Drive Free Stock Images for Google Docs, Slides | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Google Drive now offers a collection of 5000 high quality free stock images for use with your Google docs, presentation slides and spreadsheets.
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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Flickr: Elizabeth Albert The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree.
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How Much Homework Does It Take to Educate a Nation?

Which system is better: a European model that encourages equality, creativity and a healthy lifestyle or an Asian model that focuses on technical skills and concrete results? Students: Where would you rather study?
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Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World - The Coming Depression

Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World - The Coming Depression | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Why Finland’s Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World...
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Saying No to College

Saying No to College | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
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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Predicting the Future of Teaching - Online Universities.com

Predicting the Future of Teaching - Online Universities.com | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
There is a mountain of speculation and debate about what school and learning will look like in the near future. Will education be online? Individualized? Self-paced? Flipped? Hybridized? Maybe even completely irrelevant?
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Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking about data a lot recently. It’s pretty much unavoidable here in the overly-large school district, where the rising tide of collecting and analyzing student data is st...
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A story of educational courage

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Read of the day, I think we all have a duty to act in the face of destructive policies! A story of educational courage

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Students prefer good lectures over the latest technology in class ~ Stephen's Web

Students prefer good lectures over the latest technology in class ~ Stephen's Web | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects...
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Did Michael Gove Get the Science Right?

Did Michael Gove Get the Science Right? | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education in Great Britain, delivered a speech on education policy last week called "In Praise of Tests" ( text here ),  in which he argued for "regular,...
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Learning and the Emerging Science of Behavior Change, aka 'Nudging'

Learning and the Emerging Science of Behavior Change, aka 'Nudging' | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, December 20, 2012 12:25 PM

A very interesting and thought-provoking reflection on current changes in pedagogical climate, which are very much exemplified by the move towards networked learning. Williamson first notes the prevalence of terms such as softness and openness. This, he contends, amounts to softening up education: "As opposed to the hard education of canonical core content, the softened school of the future does not impose rigid academic barricades against informal learning outside school". This new open education paradigm is characterised by open educational resources, an emphasis on soft skills, and most of all soft (libertarian) paternalism: "policies and practices which are designed in such a way that they are intended to subtly shape and change behavior". This is the nudging referred to in the title. So, in networks for learning, we do not coerce people into doing what we think they should. In stead, we monitor them and try to subtly persuade them to move into the 'right' direction: "The learner enmeshed in digitally mediated networks is forever being nudged from afar rather than instructed; subtly tutored instead of lectured". The problem with this, Williamson says, is that it comes dangerously close to being manipulative: "... as the language of 21st century learning becomes increasingly saturated with new “open” and networked formats and new “soft” behavioral competencies it may become hard to distinguish from the soft control techniques of behavioral optimization programs, soft performance, and other political strategies of subtle psychological persuasion"
Indeed, if you can't get things your way by bullying people, you 'sweet talk' them into it. And whereas bullying is at least obvious (even if you have no way to to escape it), with nudging the victim herself may start to belief this is in her best interest. It is a real danger, but I still prefer arguments, even if they are 'sweetened', as opposed to intimidation. Ultimately, it is a matter of ethics. As much as resarchers should tell their subjects what the experiment is intended for, so should learners be told what they are getting themselves involved in. (@pbsloep)

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Lessons Learned from a Career as Practitioner and Scholar

Lessons Learned from a Career as Practitioner and Scholar | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
As a high school history teacher for 14 years, an administrator for five years, a district superintendent for seven years, and, finally a university professor for a quarter-century, I have worked i...
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Schools, Degrees, and Jobs

Schools, Degrees, and Jobs | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
Three facts caught my eye in the past few days: *In California, 260,000 college graduates under the age of 30 are working in low-paying jobs that have historically gone to high school graduates and...
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Donald Clark Plan B: The Big Debate – Berlin Educa - ban diplomas and degrees!

Donald Clark Plan B: The Big Debate – Berlin Educa - ban diplomas and degrees! | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
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Why must our schools always be compared with Finland?

Why must our schools always be compared with Finland? | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
In every education survey, Finland seems to come out on top. Finland. And I’ll bet you’re sick and tired of hearing how great Finland is. But I wanted to find out why, so asked the man ...
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Nine questions about ’21st Century curriculum’

Nine questions about ’21st Century curriculum’ | Education3.0 | Scoop.it

Drivers of  reform: corporate, accountability OR value driven

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Neuroscience Applied to Education: Mostly Unimpressive

Neuroscience Applied to Education: Mostly Unimpressive | Education3.0 | Scoop.it

Good piece by Daniel Willingham

 

An op-ed in the New York Times reported on some backlash against inaccurate reporting on neuroscience. (It included name-checks for some terrific blogs, including Neurocritic , Neurobonkers ,...

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Teachers 3.0: give us hope

Teachers 3.0: give us hope | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
In his 2005 book Liquid Life Zygmunt Bauman writes that „consumerism and commodification processes have destabilized ‘the older institutions of identity formation (family, school, church, and so on...
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Homework: An Unnecessary Evil?

Homework: An Unnecessary Evil? | Education3.0 | Scoop.it

A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

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Does General Education Matter Anymore? - Edudemic

Does General Education Matter Anymore? - Edudemic | Education3.0 | Scoop.it
What happened to the focus on liberal arts and general education? Is that getting thrown out by the wayside thanks to online learning, MOOCs, and the like?
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