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Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | MIT Technology Review

Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | MIT Technology Review | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
A bold experiment by the One Laptop Per Child organization has shown “encouraging” results.
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Why Bill Gates is right to be excited about online ...

Why Bill Gates is right to be excited about online ... | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
In Africa alone, 48% of learners rely on cellphones, 36% on shared computing resources and 74% on ICT for classroom teaching to improve the quality of education (eLearning Africa 2012 Report).
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Here's the blunt truth

Here's the blunt truth | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
One of the most serious errors committed by over-zealous politicians in South Africa is to use education policy as a blunt instrument to solve complex problems that require fine-tuned strategies for change.
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WK's Blog | Empirical Inquiry: Distinguish Useful Empiricism from Dogmatic Empiricism.

WK's Blog | Empirical Inquiry: Distinguish Useful Empiricism from Dogmatic Empiricism. | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
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Linguists Reveal Ancient Relations Between Language Families

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Dutch linguists have developed a new method using Bayesian phylogenetic approaches to analyze the evolution of structural features in more than 50 language families.

 

The study explores how stable over time the structural features of languages are – aspects like word order, the inventory of sounds, or plural marking of nouns. “If at least some of them are relatively stable over long time periods, they promise a way to get at ancient language relationships,” the linguists stated in the paper. “


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

Is this just "infotainment" or the basis of much more?

 

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Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear

Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education

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Do Parents Actually Want Their Children To Have Education Technology?

Do Parents Actually Want Their Children To Have Education Technology? | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

Makes you realise that parents, learners and educators do not value things equivalently!

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How Self-Expression Damaged My Students

How Self-Expression Damaged My Students | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.
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Dr Elliott Jaques (1990) In Praise of Hierarchy

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Controversial, but worth considering if one seeks organisational design that is "requisite"...

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Why are good leaders so scarce? - HR Future: South Africa's Leading Human Strategy Magazine

Why are good leaders so scarce? - HR Future: South Africa's Leading Human Strategy Magazine | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

Simple but challenging thoughts....

 

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Where Does Your Nation Rank on Wellbeing?

The 2012 edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index is just out, and the news is not good for the US.
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Mobile, solar schools bring power to the powerless

Mobile, solar schools bring power to the powerless | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it
Four examples show how solar-powered mobile schools can bring computer education to some of the world’s poorest children.
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History Teaching, part 2: the new AP US History Framework

Function triumphing over form.  Wonderful!

 

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How Quickly Things Fall Off the Cliff

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What if five years from now, we've moved (or are quickly moving) to a structure of schools that basically offloads almost all rote learning to personalized technology solutions aimed at creating enough mastery in kids to pass some type of...
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Disrupting current business-as-usual...

Disrupting current business-as-usual... | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

Disruption looked at from another important angle -- our health.

 

But the insight is still universaly applicable.  Let's get pass (mal)pratice!

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The Basics of Blended Learning

Learn about Education Elements and high level concepts of blended learning.
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Why Do We Educate Kids?

Why Do We Educate Kids? | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

"...in the longer term, [and] far more important, public education isn't [just] about jobs and income -- it's about having an educated public."


Do you agree?  Or is this idealism triumphing over pragmatism?

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MIT OpenCourseWare | Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering

MIT OpenCourseWare | Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

Sweet lecture!  Makes me miss university....

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‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough

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For success, character trumps cognitive skills, Paul Tough says.
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Making innovation structures work: McKinsey Global Survey

Making innovation structures work: McKinsey Global Survey | First Agree the Challenge... | Scoop.it

This research shows the "…same perennial challenges: namely, competition with short-term priorities and integration of the functions’ strategic objectives with the rest of the business." Surprised?  Check out HBS Prof Clayton Christensen views on "disrputive innovation" to understand more...

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