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Preparing for Adaptive Learning

Preparing for Adaptive Learning | educational implications | Scoop.it

In formalized education, there’s a predetermined set of things that children are supposed to know, and there’s a good amount of research pushing people into a particular way of teaching them. This leads to large amount of content that consistently supports particular learning objectives. I’m not stating that formal education has the right learning objectives to prepare a child for the world they are going to enter, but I am saying the consistency in content requirements makes this easier from the adaptive perspective.

 

In real work, the complexity multiplies. There are two huge differences between formal education and the working world: the variation in jobs roles and the work to be done by people in those roles. Learning technologies will be continuously developed to get smarter about accounting for such fuzziness, but until then we can make it easier to work with many different new technologies as they arrive.

Here are three steps we all need to take to get ready for better, smarter support by the technology we choose to use.

 

We’re on the edge of some radical and exciting changes.
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We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

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We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 10, 2014 3:03 PM

Learning and leading are about being able to adjust and adapt to meet the needs of the context. There is a sense of mindfulness involved. The two, learning and leading, are inseperable.

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Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking

Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking | educational implications | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.
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This resource may be of help for those in writing, education, and other fields where critical thinking is necessary for production and for producing value. Along with keeping rhetorical fallacies at hand. 

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Will Robots Create Economic Utopia?

Will Robots Create Economic Utopia? | educational implications | Scoop.it
Notions of simply redistributing the wealth miss the fact that the returns on work aren’t just measured in wages. The workplace is a major institution in society. Work is a social environment, with birthday celebrations and coffee klatches, purpose and (hopefully) meaning. People who work are less lonely on average than people who don’t. People with jobs feel connected to their wider community. Jobs can be and should be mentally stimulating and emotionally engaging. “For most people, work is a community,” says Meir Statman, a finance professor at Santa Clara University.
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What The 'Rogue' EPA, NPS and NASA Twitter Accounts Teach Us About The Future Of Social

What The 'Rogue' EPA, NPS and NASA Twitter Accounts Teach Us About The Future Of Social | educational implications | Scoop.it
The intense popularity of these new “rogue” Twitter accounts presents unique challenges for the future of how government communicates with its citizens
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"While U.S. copyright and trademark law do provide for the concept of parody, the accounts in question have positioned themselves less as satiric and humorous parodies of the official accounts they mimic, but rather as resistance accounts that purport to offer the true story of those organizations. In particular, the accounts have positioned themselves in their tweets as alternative authoritative resources for those interested in their respective agencies’ research, replacing the official accounts. In fact, the @AltNatParkSer account has almost twice as many followers as the official @NatlParkService account." (from the article)
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Definitions of poverty | Poverty and Social Exclusion

Definitions of poverty | Poverty and Social Exclusion | educational implications | Scoop.it
In the past, there has been much debate on absolute and overall poverty but in recent years it has been widely accepted that poverty is relative to the place and time you live in. Most official definitions of poverty use relative income to measure who is in poverty; an income threshold is set and those who fall below it are seen to be ‘in poverty’. The key UK government measures take 60 per cent of median income as the poverty line. But while this is easy to measure and does provide useful comparisons over time, it is essentially an arbitrary definition and has been much criticised, most recently in the UK in the Field Review.

The alternative approach to defining poverty is to look at direct measures of deprivation rather than using income as a proxy for poverty. Looking at deprivation allows a wide range of aspects of living standards to be included. Peter Townsend, in his pioneering Poverty in the United Kingdom, argued that deprivation should not be seen only in terms of material deprivation but also in the social exclusion from ‘the ordinary patterns, customs and activities’ of society.
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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED | educational implications | Scoop.it
" these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice. Why some of us master them earlier than others is another topic, one that may have something to do with parenting, environment, and even genetics. But the point is, we’re all capable. The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run." Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/25-things-skilled-learners-do-differently/#ixzz3On7J6f5a
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The Anatomy of Attention

The Anatomy of Attention | educational implications | Scoop.it
The voices of neurons fall in and out of synchrony in our brains, modulating our attention. Scientists are trying to determine why and how.
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Mission Critical: How Educators Can Help Save Democracy

Mission Critical: How Educators Can Help Save Democracy | educational implications | Scoop.it
We are in a mission-critical state of losing democracy unless we train a laser-beam focus on broadening our definition of what it means to be literate in our society. It is not difficult to create the standards and write the assessments we need to measure our students’ web literacy skills.  Certainly, being able to validate between fact and fiction must become a basic tenet of teaching reading across all channels of information. The curriculum to support these skills cannot be limited to a special course or an orientation in the library.  As with reading print, web literacy needs to be embedded across the curriculum and within the design of assignments across all grades and subjects. Students need practice, practice, practice.

Our national policy of filtering the web in our schools to protect children from objectionable material was an incomplete solution, and one that may backfire to produce an ill-informed and easily manipulated electorate. No one would argue that we must filter out highly objectionable material. However, the reality of life in a democracy is that the information flowing toward our citizens 24/7 across many digital channels is messy — even nasty — with multiple versions of the truth.
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Study finds teacher stress levels on par with those of physicians and nurses

Study finds teacher stress levels on par with those of physicians and nurses | educational implications | Scoop.it
Research has found a direct correlation between student success and teacher stress; social adjustment and academic performance of students suffers when the teacher are not happy.
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10 Effective DAP Teaching Strategies | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

10 Effective DAP Teaching Strategies | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | educational implications | Scoop.it
This short guide can be used to direct parent-child conversations to foster learning: "An effective teacher or family child care provider chooses a strategy to fit a particular situation. It’s important to consider what the children already know and can do and the learning goals for the specific situation. By remaining flexible and observant, we can determine which strategy may be most effective. Often, if one strategy doesn’t work, another will." (Excerpt)
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Beyond dinosaurs and Pokémon Go: how AR is being used to deliver enhanced education experiences

Beyond dinosaurs and Pokémon Go: how AR is being used to deliver enhanced education experiences | educational implications | Scoop.it
sophisticated and interesting uses of augmented and virtual reality (VR) in education
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Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body | educational implications | Scoop.it
a key component of the mind is: “the emergent self-organizing process, both embodied and relational, that regulates energy and information flow within and among us.”
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“I realized if someone asked me to define the shoreline but insisted, is it the water or the sand, I would have to say the shore is both sand and sea,” says Siegel. “You can’t limit our understanding of the coastline to insist it’s one or the other.
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The Overjustification Effect

The Overjustification Effect | educational implications | Scoop.it
The Misconception: There is nothing better in the world than getting paid to do what you love. The Truth: Getting paid for doing what you already enjoy will sometimes cause your love for the task to wane because you attribute your motivation as coming from the reward, not your internal feelings. Money isn’t everything. Money…
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What Do You Want Most?

What Do You Want Most? | educational implications | Scoop.it
By: Augusta F. Kantra, MS, LPC “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Discipline is a word that conjures up images of punishment, giving up things you enjoy, doing hard or difficult things, correcting your behavior, stoic-stern-stubbornness. Whoa — no wonder we shrink and shudder at the very sound of the word! But when discipline is viewed as choosing what we want most, our goal comes into focus and we own the choice of actually moving toward that goal.
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The Conference Paradox: In-Person Matters When You Live on the Edge - Techonomy

The Conference Paradox: In-Person Matters When You Live on the Edge - Techonomy | educational implications | Scoop.it
Why do we still need the physical presence of a conference in an increasingly virtual world? "Social media connections enable knowledge-sharing. But physical meetups still enable more compelling spontaneous interactions, establish deeper trusted relationships, and let us share tacit knowledge in ways no other connections can. Conference-goers discover new ideas, experience serendipitous encounters, touch and feel new technology, and develop new relationships."
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Education systems are failing our kids, so how can we prepare them for the jobs of the future?

Education systems are failing our kids, so how can we prepare them for the jobs of the future? | educational implications | Scoop.it
The world of work is changing. But education systems aren't keeping up. A new World Economic Forum report outlines ways to remedy that.
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Behaviour is a Form of Communication - Mable, speech and language for schools and parents

Behaviour is a Form of Communication - Mable, speech and language for schools and parents | educational implications | Scoop.it
for children with speech and language delay or disorder, these inappropriate methods of communication usually continue. Often language difficulties and the anxiety surrounding interaction are at the root of a child’s behaviour.
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How to Define Poverty? Let Us Count the Ways

How to Define Poverty? Let Us Count the Ways | educational implications | Scoop.it
Defining poverty is not easy. Even if the Census Bureau's new measure calculates necessary expenditures more accurately than the current formula, the new approach, like the current one, still uses income as the single criterion for judging who is poor. That leaves out neighborhoods, for instance. Is a ghetto family impoverished because of its crime-ridden surroundings and poor schools, although the family has enough income to rise above the official poverty threshold? And there is the issue of responsibility. Should the family of a hardworking full-time employee earning the minimum wage be blamed for poverty because the minimum no longer lifts the worker's income above the poverty level, as it did in the 1960's and early 70's?
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The Big Sort: Our Problematic Obsession in American Education With Ranking People

The Big Sort: Our Problematic Obsession in American Education With Ranking People | educational implications | Scoop.it
Rosenthal and Jacobson reported that in 1965, at a San Francisco elementary school, they had told teachers that several of their new students had performed well on the Harvard Test of Inflected Acquisition, and thus were likely to “bloom” academically as the year progressed. No such test existed, however. Instead, Rosenthal and Jacobson had simply selected 20 percent of the school’s students at random and labeled them as high achievers. Remarkably, at the end of the school year these students had indeed bloomed: They demonstrated bigger testing gains, even on IQ exams, than did their peers in the same classrooms. To Rosenthal and Jacobson, this was disturbing evidence of the effect that teachers’ expectations have on student performance — and, indeed, Teach for America still cites the study in its instructional materials, warning its teachers against assuming that poor children or children of color are less academically able.
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Harvard's Secret 'Computers'

Harvard's Secret 'Computers' | educational implications | Scoop.it
The director of the Harvard College Observatory achieved his ambitious goal of mapping the night sky, thanks to computers — back when “computers” were women. 80 women toiled away to catalog the night sky and got almost no credit.
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Study: Wage gap flattens between college, high school graduates

Study: Wage gap flattens between college, high school graduates | educational implications | Scoop.it

Non-cognitive jobs once filled by people are being replaced by digital programs and systems, while abstract jobs are supported by technological innovation. Mid-level and management jobs are now sources of heavy competition between graduates with bachelor's and advanced degrees, creating a new emphasis on credentialing which makes higher education more costly and time-consuming.

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LinkedIn CEO: Skills, not degrees, matter most in job market

LinkedIn CEO: Skills, not degrees, matter most in job market | educational implications | Scoop.it

“We would do much better if we stopped ensuring that everyone had to have a four-year degree to get certain types of jobs and started being open to the fact that there’s a much broader array of talents and skills and perspectives and experiences that people can be successful,” Weiner said in an interview with Recode.

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Archaeology is being revolutionised by amateur collectors

Archaeology is being revolutionised by amateur collectors | educational implications | Scoop.it
Amateur collectors are enormously competent and talented, and carry out their work to a high professional level. These people are a good resource that we need to use
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Addressing Biomedical Science’s PhD Problem | The Scientist Magazine

“The real world for [biomedical PhD students] is that maybe a fifth will ever get academic jobs,” he says. And it’s not just academia that’s overpopulated, he adds. “There aren’t even enough jobs currently in the private sector to make it possible for all of them to get research jobs.” Researchers and institutions seek to bridge the gap between emerging life science professionals and available positions.
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Youth in South Africa: 'I thought surfing was only for white people'

Youth in South Africa: 'I thought surfing was only for white people' | educational implications | Scoop.it
UK charity Waves for Change is using surfing as a way of helping young people in South African townships overcome unemployment and violence
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Authenticity’s Paradox: If You Flaunt It, You Lose It

Authenticity’s Paradox: If You Flaunt It, You Lose It | educational implications | Scoop.it
A professor discusses his decades of research into the origins, advantages, perils, and future of “authentic” branding. When people call someone authentic, they’re saying, “This is a person who thinks through things themselves, who has made a set of choices about his or her life, or whatever they’re doing, that is based on his or her own kind of morals and beliefs. They’re not just accepting the script that’s been handed to them by society. They’ve worked it out themselves and they’re an individual. They’re an authentic individual.”
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Are coding bootcamps the next higher ed bubble to burst?

Are coding bootcamps the next higher ed bubble to burst? | educational implications | Scoop.it
Coding bootcamps will graduate about 18,000 students this year, triple the number of graduates from two years ago. Representatives from multiple firms speaking with Bloomberg say they all but disqualify applicants from the hiring process who list bootcamp credentials on their resumes.
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