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Maker Education Resources - Edutopia

Maker Education Resources - Edutopia | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"How are educators harnessing the energy of the maker movement to inspire student exploration across multiple subjects? Discover resources and share advice."


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Workplace Learning is not the same as Education

Workplace Learning is not the same as Education | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
"The business of Education is education; the business of Business is business." Continuous learning and performance improvement lies at the heart of any business - not packaged training courses, pr...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 2015 7:59 PM

Education is much broader than workplace learning which might be broader than training. Training is definitely for seals and not humans. Most learning for teachers is the equivalent of being professionally developed.

 

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The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming

The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The learning management system (LMS) market is approaching disruption from a small number of highly specialized companies with a product concept commonly referred to as learning relationship management (LRM). As part of Eduventures’ ongoing coverage of the evolving edtech landscape, we recently spoke with CEOs from three of the most prominent LRM players: Gunnar Counselman from Fidelis Education, Brian Peddle from Motivis Learning, and Terry Nealon from Fishtree. Here’s a snapshot of what we learned about this concept and its product play into the enterprise platform market.

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New Vision for Education_Report2015

Especially check the TOPIC <===> Chapter 1: The skills needed in the 21st century <===> #eSkills!


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https://gustmees.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/practice-21st-century-assessment-flowchart-page3-simplified-pdf.pdf


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/learning-to-learn-for-my-professional-development-i-did-it-my-way/



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David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 2015 7:22 PM

This is a lengthy article detailing the relationship between 21st century skills and the adoption of technology as a way to promote growth in those skill areas. If you are here, you might find this very much "preaching to the choir," but the article provides a solid basis for understanding the need to integrate technology into education.

Melina Dayana Calizaya Torres's curator insight, April 6, 2015 10:19 PM

SO TRUE

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2015 2:19 PM

The World Economic Forum has published a new white paper called New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology; the link for the full report is included at the end of this article.  The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit international institution headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Although the focus of this report is worldwide, the gaps in identified twenty-first century skills are very applicable to schools in the USA.  In a powerful statement, the report says: “By the time students enter college and the labour market, deficiencies that have not been addressed earlier can be far more difficult and costly to remedy.” (p 8-9).

The report differentiates 21st century skills among foundational literacies, competencies, and character qualities. It sees foundational skills as what schools and systems traditionally teach and measure: literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, instructional-communication technology literacy, financial literacy, and cultural and civic literacy.  Competencies sited include critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. While curiosity, initiative, persistence/grit, adaptability, leadership, and social and cultural awareness are included in a category called character qualities.  Appendix 1 includes definitions of 21st century skills.

The instructional cycle is referred to as a “closed loop” in this report. Beginning with clear learning objectives through the development of curriculum and instructional strategies to instructional delivery, ongoing assessment, interventions and the tracking of learning outcomes in a repeating complex system.  The report looks at ways that technology can be embedded into each step of the instructional loop to improve student learning outcomes and eliminate the skill gap, providing some resources that might be used at different phases of the cycle.

The report cites differences in the use of technology tools to close the skill gap, looking at different income levels among countries which create different contexts and stating that there are fundamental social and economic problems, such as poverty, that impede learning and underlie the skills gap. Although the deficiencies in many undeveloped countries far surpass those found in the United States, it is my perspective that there are different contexts within the United States itself that must be acknowledged and addressed.

The importance of creativity, problem solving and innovation to the economic well-being of our nation and therefore, the employability of our workforce cannot be stressed enough. The pressure of standardized testing can lead to a standardized curriculum and instruction model that does not allow  the classroom time for these skills to develop. Teachers caught in this dilemma are often driven to insure success on state tests at the cost of providing time for experimentation, reflection, and collaborative feedback. The report does suggest using technology for some of the foundational skills in order to free teacher time to provide instruction on competency and character skills.

In two of the examples from low income countries, technology was used to provide scripted lessons that were created centrally  to under-trained teachers. My preference would be to  more fully train teachers or provide a mentor/coach rather than a “turn the page” curriculum model.

One of the tenants of the article is the need to define and find a metric to assess each of these 21st century skills in order to compare countries skill level. Although I agree with the need to define the skills needed and provide training and resources to teachers so these skills can be embedded into the curriculum and instruction, the idea of an assessment to measure creativity or persistence fills me with dread. Paul Torrance developed a well-used test for creativity used to screen students for school gifted and talented programs.  It is not a test that can be administered and interpreted without training. The idea of administering a standardized test which by definition is convergent in thinking to measure a thinking skill that is divergent by definition seems inappropriate and a major shortcoming of this report.

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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around..
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Peter Thiel on the Future of Innovation

Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestselling authors, are among today’s top global thought leaders and influential innovators. Watch as these two engage in a serious dialogue on the ideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progress in the coming years and decades.

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5 Ways to Disrupt a Dying Industry

5 Ways to Disrupt a Dying Industry | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Understand what disruption is. Know who you're disrupting for. Think bigger and better. Think like an outsider. Listen to your customers.
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Is there any way to disrupt what is happening in education? Can the regime of testing be disrupted? 

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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence -- from both research and practice -- that most of the above can be taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system.

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 30, 2015 9:48 PM

Creativity fosters teaching and learning.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 31, 2015 6:02 PM

Creativity has always been what has set America apart from other nations.  The ability of our population to imagine new solutions to everyday problems and create innovations has kept America as a world leader and given us the economic advantage.  many nations have looked at our education system and wondered how they could nurture this ability in their children.  As a gifted educator, teaching creativity has always been our focus.  Unfortunately, in these days of standardized testing, which lead to standardized curriculum and schools, we are losing our creative advantage.  Creativity is a key for ALL our children.  our children enter school with an active imagination and a natural ability for creative thinking.  We must understand creativity and how we can nurture it in our classrooms and schools. 

Ann-Lois Edström's curator insight, April 7, 2015 12:56 PM

Understanding the creative process and creating a creative atmosphere conducive to learning is crucial

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5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies For Teachers

5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies For Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This article feature 5 easy and effective formative assessment strategies to use with your students.

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Millennials snapping up Snapchat, study finds - CNET

Millennials snapping up Snapchat, study finds - CNET | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
ComScore finds 71 percent of Snapchat's user base is between the ages of 18 and 34.

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They are using these tools but what is their digital awareness? 

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.
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Some great apps in this list - I'm sure you'll find something you can delve a bit into a bit more deeply! 

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Xanthy Karamanos's curator insight, March 28, 2015 6:04 PM

Good summary of Apps. This would benefit teachers looking to explore a variety of Apps the most.

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The 5 Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves

The 5 Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Ben Franklin began and ended his day by asking himself questions about the good he would do that day. Here are five questions that will help you take...
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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers get started.
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This is another great guide for teachers who are using Social Media or want to begin to use it or who are hearing about using Social Media. It gives some great ideas for using different social media platforms within a classroom setting. 

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools: A Quick Guide

s Selected Web 2.0 presentation tools


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A collection of tools to fit almost all types of presentation needs. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 23, 2015 10:27 AM

Had to share. Someone took the time to assemble this information. Greatly appreciated

hghodbane's curator insight, September 4, 2015 6:04 AM

Really useful guide to online presentation tools+

Roselink's curator insight, March 9, 4:19 PM

Not so much a 'Quick Guide' as an in depth guide, really! Looks of detailed explanation and screenshots giving a solid overview of a whole host of tools. Much more useful than a list as you can read and look and get a clear idea of what the tool is and how it might be used.

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5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration

5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The benefits of collaborative learning are many and powerful. Facilitating this collaboration has never been easier than it is now, with tech tools.

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GAFE - some great tools for collaboration in the classroom. 

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Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 2015 12:22 AM

collaboration between classrooms

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[Infographic] A new visual on Flipped Learning

[Infographic] A new visual on Flipped Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Here is another excellent graphic on flipped learning that we want to bring to your attention. As you see below, “Flipped Learning: The Big Picture” provides a visual illustration of the concept of flipped learning in terms of what it has to offer to students learning both in class and at home. According to this graphic, flipped learning positively impact the learning that takes place in the classroom in the sense that it:Encourages student understanding, enables differentiation, ensures access to expert support, enables student engagement, creates a supportive learning environment, and provides opportunities for collaboration. Read on to learn more about how flipped learning supports students learning.

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Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, April 6, 2015 5:07 AM

añada su visión ...

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2015: The Year of the Data Nerd #Infographic

2015: The Year of the Data Nerd #Infographic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Are you a data nerd? This week’s infographic by New Relic zeroes in on how companies are using data to improve their products/applications and speed up their deployments.

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John Caswell's curator insight, April 20, 2015 4:15 AM

Data, Big Or Small - It's the raw material of decision making...

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7 solutions to make slick presentations

7 solutions to make slick presentations | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Speed and agility are traits that define our society today. We avoid reading extensive articles, watching long how-to videos on YouTube or...

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Presentation options continue to grow and evolve. Here are some options to consider for your next presentation. 

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anna's curator insight, April 5, 2015 5:27 PM

somethings new :)

GOELANCE's curator insight, April 5, 2015 6:46 PM

7 solutions to make slick presentations

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:37 AM

Here are some great tools to assist you in creating your presentations!

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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Changing education begins with envisioning the type of society that is possible and then creating the conditions to allow it to grow and transform. Do we want consumers/customers or independent thinkers and problem solvers? 

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How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks)

How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them. Badly-designed infographics or placing them out of context can increase the cognitive load of a course. So here's the lowdown on infographics."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 26, 2015 11:11 PM

Infographics seem to be everywhere today, and educators are taking note and using them with students. This post provides information on the use of infographics for elearning, but the same concepts apply to face2face learning. The post is divided three sections that include:

* When to use infographics

* When NOT to use infographics

* 6 tips to create effective and stunning infographics

Additional resources are included in the post. If you are designing or revising a course and have not made use of infographics that post may provide you with ideas on how to best incorporate this form of visual learning into your curriculum. And if you currently use infographics check it out to learn more.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 2015 10:26 AM

Awesome resource for a quick how to tutorial on infographics!

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, March 27, 2015 4:32 PM

Useful post, presenting a lucid vision of the theme. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business management online free courses, please visit  http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com section Para os Alunos > Cursos Online Gratuitos.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 28, 2015 2:45 PM

Read later, sounds interesting. I would like to know if the author has ever taught in a elementary to secondary classroom.

Jovan Jovanovic's curator insight, March 29, 2015 1:08 PM

адд иоур увид ...

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Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From? | Student Affairs and Technology @insidehighered

Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From? | Student Affairs and Technology @insidehighered | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

These assessments could then be used to create in-house professional development tracks to bolster organizational digital literacy, fill in knowledge gaps, and grow individual skill-sets.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 28, 2015 4:23 PM

Great question. A digital literacy development is hampered by educators at all levels who are not digitally literate. And the label of a so-called digital immigrant is a lousy excuse for an educator who is supposed to be about learning.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 9, 2015 12:14 PM

Thanks to @Alberto Acereda, Ph.D. for sharing this article on his "Trends in Higher Education" Scoop.it page.  

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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Focusing on topics instead of subjects - again Finland is making a move with their education that pushes learning and learners in a new direction. 

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Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Your next job title probably doesn’t even exist yet. So what’s the only skill that promises to pay dividends in the future? Your ability to expand your mind.
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A new mindset is needed in regards to learning.  No longer is one able to "finish" school - in the sense that school should be about learning. The out-dated notion of learning taking place in "school" needs to change. Learning can no longer be contained by a "place" or a "time" but instead needs to be set free - like a bird from a cage - in order for learners to be freed from the historic view of learning taking place only in schools. Schools are still places where learning can take place but they need to be part of the learners learning continuum where school is only a part. 

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It's in the Attitude

It's in the Attitude | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Photo credit — matt hutchinson creative commons.org For years I was a painter — I put myself through university and spent a few years afterward running my own company painting houses and commercial properties. At one point, the company had 20 summer students and 3 full time people
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Attitude - mindset - these are so important for success. Learning to do the little things, being consistent, having a focus for now and the future - all of these are important for learning. 

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