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The design of the school was based on what actually happens when we learn, a difference from traditionally built school buildings. It stimulated the children’s curiosity and creativity; it offered reflection and cooperation in the school, in mobile teams and on the web. The students were equipped with the latest digital technology in a rapidly changing world.
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"I must admit that apps for autistic learners are really scarce and hard to find. A few months ago I posted here a list some powerful apps for autism and today while I was looking for new apps that might have been created since the publication of that list I came across this wonderful wheel.
I know that the first thing that comes to mind when you see this wheel is the popular pedagogy Wheel created by Allan Carrington in which he provided suggestions for 62 apps based on Bloom's Taxonomy. The present wheel is developed by Mark Coppin in which he featured a wide variety of apps for autistic students."
The British Council has announced that starting in January 2014, it will offer a portfolio of MOOCs for English language learners. The courses will be available on Futurelearn, the UK’s first MOOC platform.
"As 2013 draws to a close, Sebastian Thrun is suggesting the future for his company, Udacity, is in vocational training/career education. At the same time, the missteps in the San Jose State/Udacity partnership have bred distrust among faculty, who may demand a say in approving any such partnerships in the future.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Tech/Udacity partnership for affordable computer science degrees is drawing piles of applications. And Coursera just raised $20 million more in funding.
What could all of this mean about the direction of MOOCs in 2014?"
Colleges and professors have rushed to try a new form of online teaching known as MOOC’s—short for "massive open online courses." The courses raise questions about the future of teaching, the value of a degree, and the effect technology will have on how colleges operate. Struggling to make sense of it all? On this page you’ll find highlights from The Chronicle's coverage of MOOC's.
MOOC's can still succeed, but need to be modified from the ground up, not from the top down. Gathering detailed input from users and analyzing their preferences, needs, education, demographics, budget, age and gender can drive the changes necessary to make the open source online education work. Long ago, I discovered that something free is credited with little value. Figuring out what the market will bear, what students need will move MOOC's in the right direction. The other issue, and a pet peeve with me, is the (mostly) poor quality of the videos and presentations. A better quality product is needed.
And, watch out MOOC's,
Oculus Rift is poised to take over!
You heard it here!
Dirk Mast, Founder and Director, Covenant Global School
Ted Kolderie told me about teacher-led schools 2000. He convinced me to visit Minnesota New Country School (MNCS) where teachers had created an innovative project-based and fully individualized school -- and they were in charge. MNCS teachers had formed a co-op and applied for a charter and operated with full autonomy. I announced that it was "the coolest school in America." .
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.
Dirk Mast's insight:
A country that has NO standardized testing. A country where teachers are respected. All teachers are given presitge, decent pay (not exorbitant), and a lot of responsibility. Finland offers all pupils free school meals, easy access to health care, psychological counseling, and individualized student guidance. There are NO private schools, BECAUSE of this equity approach. All children have access to the best possible education.
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