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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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Motivation has always been a foundational element to learning. To instill a love learning, we need to motivate our learners to want to learn. What better way than to let them decide their path, while using technology and teachers to guide them?

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Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching
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Practical examples of how we cam move toward more learner-centered learning within the classroom. Heutagogy, (self-determined learning) in action!

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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

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There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 7:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 15, 7:54 AM

Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

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Thx to Gust Mees

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What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

While textbooks are clearly not obsolete, schools like Lawrence Intermediate School are learning to adapt to the impact the Internet is having on students — and figuring out how to take advantage of what it has to offer. In the end, there is no single right way to get kids engaged in learning, but it’s clear that these kids, at least, who are working in a SOLE environment feel a sense of empowerment, confidence and maturity.


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Empowering kids and giving them confidence. What leaning should be about.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 16, 4:55 AM

A nice read if you are interested in SOLE.

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The actual title of this blog post is: "And on the sixth day..." The examples of heutagogy (also referred to as self-determined learning) in practice referred to in this post are impressive. Many teachers have told me that it isn't possible for young children to be self-determined learners. Others have said they are interested in using a heutagogical approach, but do not know how to start. This article provides a few answers. I am not a school teacher by profession, but I do volunteer work at the grade school in my town, teaching English to first and second-grade German children. Yes, it's challenging to use heutagogy in the classroom. But when you do, I find learners to be more engaged and excited about what you are trying to teach them.
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The Network Singularity: Heutagogy

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“Heutagogy. Sahana Chattopadhyay has thoughtfully modulated the well-known Cynefin Framework for heutagogy or self-determined learning. ...”
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Heutagogy (self-determined learning) moving forward into knowledge management and training sectors...becoming recognized as a teaching and learning framework for our times.
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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

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A great example of empowering students to become self-directed learners within the classroom.

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills

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Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

Education for Life and Work:  Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
Americans have long recognized that investments in public education contribute to the common good, enhancing national prosperity and supporting stable families, neighborhoods, and communities. Education is even more critical today, in the face of economic, environmental, and social challenges. Today's children can meet future challenges if their schooling and informal learning activities prepare them for adult roles as citizens, employees, managers, parents, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. To achieve their full potential as adults, young people need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, business ...
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Excellent summary  of 21st century skills and competencies needed to prepare learners for the workforce

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Interestingly, mastery of one's discipline isn't the top required skill to be innovative in the workforce -- and across disciplines. Topping the list is creativity, followed by thinking skills (cognition and meta-cognition) and ability to persuade and communicate. The article calls for new pedagogies within higher education. My nomination is for heutagogy.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, February 12, 4:20 AM

Interestingly, mastery of one's discipline isn't the top required skill to be innovative in the workforce -- and across disciplines. Topping the list is creativity, followed by thinking skills (cognition and meta-cognition) and ability to persuade and communicate. The article calls for new pedagogies within higher education. My nomination is for heutagogy.

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'Design thinking' fuels engagement, learning

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eschoolnews.com - These Kentucky schools have embraced a new approach called “design thinking”—and it’s paying off with higher achievement. At Eminence Independent School in Henry County, Ky., elementary students walk through halls painted like Disney storefronts and, during lunch, glide through a tube slide that drops down into the cafeteria. Half the high school students travel to Bellarmine College in Louisville two days a week to take college classes. When teachers worried about lost time traveling, Eminence officials created the first Wi-Fi bus, so students could use their school laptops while traveling to and from classes.


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Active rather than passive. Empowering students every step of the way. 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, January 18, 2:42 PM

Design thinking continues to light fires in schools...

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Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014

Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014 | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
The beginning of a new year always prompts list-making -- resolutions, what went right last year, what can be done better in the next. How will 2013's trends shape the year ahead?
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Both of these predictions are characteristics of a heutagogical  approach to learning: learner centered and self-determined (as supported by technology) and authentic, personal assessment approaches (not teaching to the test). Is this the year for heutagogy?

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A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning.

A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River  What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.


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So much wisdom  in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different."  And all children want to learn.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 3:51 AM

Rather a long read, but makes a valuable point about autonomous learning.

harloff's curator insight, August 14, 10:38 AM

It is not up to our children to accept a disability label in order to “qualify” for an appropriate learning environment; it is up to adults to provide learning environments which are flexible enough to accommodate the natural variations in our children.

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edutopia: Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning

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Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.

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Student-designed learning? Sounds like heutagogy!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 16, 7:08 PM

Author Andrew Miller poses a what if question that resonates with me:

Moving Past "Course-Based" PBL

Due to the antiquated restraints of the education system, most educators are forced to implement PBL in a "course-based" manner. This means that the project occurs within the traditional discipline structures, where there may be integration, but learning is framed within grades and competencies. In addition, start and stop times, driven by the Carnegie unit, force teachers to start and stop a project for all of their students around the same time. What if PBL wasn't held to antiquated rules of time, space, and discipline constructs? In that ideal situation, students could be engaged in personalized projects.

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, July 25, 7:38 AM

As a homeschooler I have seen how well this approach works as O have has the flexibility to create projects to suit each individual child oF mIne. Many of the things they dihst aught them skills they have used at college and on the real world AND helped them figure out what they wanted to pursue after high school.

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Organizational Learning in the Network Era

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Some excellent lessons here on the future of networked learning at work: Employees take control of learning, and "Learning is everywhere."

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Blended Learning: 10 Trends

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There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.


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Great info graphic on the blended learning movement and how blended learning is positioned to support more  learner-centered learning. 

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 5, 10:56 AM

As I was looking through my Scoop.it listings I came across this blended learning option shared by Dennis T OConner.  I like how the infographic addresses learning styles, student centered approaches and newer education trends like gamification. 

Janet Shivell's curator insight, May 6, 11:40 AM

Great info graphic on blended learning.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, May 19, 1:45 PM

This blended/hybrid & flipped classroom movement intrigues me. Add badging and we will have the trifecta of all elearning.

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.


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Anyone with children today can see the lessening attention spans firsthand, although I find that if kids are motivated and engaged their attention spans may even be longer. The studies on laptop light causing sleeplessness also seem to align with current thinking about the impacts of using nightlights in children's rooms. Perhaps the lessen  is that the brain has an ability to profoundly adapt to its environment, and we need to consider to what degree we allow technology to influence that adaptability. For example, there are studies that indicate that reading books can help increase empathy. If children are reading fewer books because of shorter attention spans due to technology use, does this decrease their ability to empathize with others, and, if so, what actions can we take to ensure that this skill is learned in another way (e.g., using technology)? Lots of food for thought here...

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Mathilde Chr's curator insight, March 27, 7:37 AM

Less memory!

Kelly Roach's curator insight, May 3, 1:05 AM

Some interesting research and anecdotal evidence is summarised in this article. #mustread

Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, May 5, 2:29 PM

I'm not sure I buy all of it for all of us. But, distract? FOMO? Create more? Yes, yes and yes.

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

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Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz

Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true?



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Is social media relevant? Yes...very much so! Contains some great examples of how social media can be used in the classroom -- and also in helping learners become more self-directed.

 

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Swedish School Redesigned for Digital Pupils

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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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An interesting approach to early education, with a focus on creativity and innovation. Too early to tell, but initial results (in maths) seem to indicate positive results -- that is, above the Swedish national average. The title is a bit misleading, as pupils are not "digital"; however, the actual learning activities are supported by technology.

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neil huggan's curator insight, February 14, 4:22 AM

Swedes redesign thinking about architecture, technology, schools and learning...

Paul's curator insight, February 14, 4:38 PM

I agree, we want furniture that will make collaboration more natural, but very expensive!

Paul Harrington's curator insight, February 15, 6:19 AM

This appears to be a first world solution. We shouldn't forget that there is another way - http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/Beginnings.html

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Why Pedagogy Is No Longer Enough - Engaged Learning

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Although andragogy is a term open to many interpretations, let's use it here to denote 'self-directed learning. In heutagogy, there is not necessarily a defined destination, nor a prescribed route – it is 'self-determined learning'.
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Heutagogy Community of Practice

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Advancing the Theory and Practice of Self-Determined Learning
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The heutagogy community of practice for researchers, practitioners, and learners who want to learn more about the practice of heutagogy, a learner-centered approach to education that involves self-determined learning, personalized and authentic assessment, reflective practice, and group learning and collaboration.

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

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Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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Lisa Marie Blaschke's insight:

Motivation has always been a foundational element to learning. To instill a love learning, we need to motivate our learners to want to learn. What better way than to let them decide their path, while using technology and teachers to guide them?

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Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.