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A collection of articles I find useful as I reconsider the best path forward for "education" in today's world.

I expect the biggest change to eventually come from those who have been historically most marginalized and excluded from discussions of education: the students.
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Students and Teachers Create Their Own Print-On-Demand Books -- THE Journal

Students and Teachers Create Their Own Print-On-Demand Books -- THE Journal | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
THE Journal: K-12 Education Technology
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Facilitating teachers and students to /produce/ rather than consume educational materials that may not fit their situation seems like a good step :)
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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

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Pola Panagiotou's comment, May 7, 2013 10:10 AM
what is the comment about Cyprus?
Hector Ariceaga's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:01 PM

From the basic to the more advanced, these tips will help get the most out of Google's tools.

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You'll Never Guess What Americans Consider the Least Concerning U.S. Problem (^DJI, ^GSPC, PETM, SHLD, UNH)

You'll Never Guess What Americans Consider the Least Concerning U.S. Problem (^DJI, ^GSPC, PETM, SHLD, UNH) | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
The Motley Fool - American worried least about this problem in a recent Gallup poll, yet addressing this problem could correct half of all concerns in this study.
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conflict of interest (public poll rates Economy most important, Education least prioritized) brings a disappointing sense of clarity to the USA's problems these days.
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Oregon’s ‘Pay It Forward’ Program: Imagine College with No Tuition, No Loans, No Debt | TIME.com

Oregon’s ‘Pay It Forward’ Program: Imagine College with No Tuition, No Loans, No Debt | TIME.com | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
In Oregon, a proposed pilot program would allow students to attend state college tuition-free. The catch?
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Like anything, education needs funding. Where should funding for higher education come from?  The Oregon "Pay it Forward" is the latest idea in the USA (something similar already being used in the UK and Australia).  The benefit of an educated populace is beneficial to a country's economy (and necessary for a democracy...) so making education available and accessible for all is clearly in state interest. 

 

In "The World is Flat", Thomas Friedman discusses the necessessity of state-invested upward mobility: "[Lower-wage workers] will have to upgrade their education and upgrade their knowledge skills so that they can occupy one of the new jobs sure to be created in the much expanded [global] market.  (In the coming chapters, I will discuss our society's need and obligation to ensure that everyone gets a chance to acquire those skills.)"

 

I wonder though... if taking a flat rate on students' future incomes is a good idea.  I think perhaps it, like the students, should be graduated (pun totally intended), according to how much their education actually helped them get a higher-paying job.

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eduventurist

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Telling the stories of creative pathways for learning, working, and living in the 21st century!
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This seems interesting :) I'd like to keep up.

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A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change | Brain Pickings

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change | Brain Pickings | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Interestingness, curated – picking culture's collective brain for innovation, inspiration & brilliant ideas


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What is the purpose of education?  If the purpose is to adapt the individual to navigate well through a rapidly changing world, then we might have to rethink a few things.

 

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Marshall McLuhan's Four Innovation Fundamentals | Big Think Edge | Big Think

Marshall McLuhan's Four Innovation Fundamentals | Big Think Edge | Big Think | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
Marshall McLuhan, the outlandish visionary of 60s and 70s who predicted the World Wide Web, created a blueprint for innovation in the digital age. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:55 AM

Some interesting points to reflect on in this article.

Larchmont Films's comment, July 11, 2013 5:15 AM
He definitely foresaw Twitter with his household "the medium is the message" It's changed the way many people write.
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:35 AM

These points from the article are soothing in a way.


1. Innovation has to enhance something

 

2. Innovation needs to destroy something old

 

3. An innovation returns us to something that we feel we’ve lost

 

4. Innovation over time becomes anti-innovation

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

 


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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s insight:

I think that sometimes we get too carried away with explaining a topic or with 'ramping up' the content that we forget to just let students be challenged, confused, inquisitive, and find their own joy in learning the process of working through all of that :)

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:21 PM

A very worthy observation.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

and the pendulum swings

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).

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What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need?

What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need? | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Digital literacy has become one of the major issues facing educators in this early part of the 21st century. The need to develop students and teachers digital literacies has become increasingly accepted as fact and yet most teachers' and students' understanding of what exactly constitutes a digital literacy still seems to remain quite vague. Even more vague seems to be teachers' understanding of how precisely we go about developing those literacies.


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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s insight:

I see all subject areas as a form of literacy - a way of interacting with the world and with other people through the subject matter.  One unavoidable trend is the increase and ubiquity of digital media - digital literacy will be just as important for people to function in mainstream society and with each other as .. analog literacy.  It's best to anticipate and prepare :)

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 9, 2013 1:04 PM
That's my impression too. Thanks.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 9, 2013 1:04 PM
That's my impression too. Thanks.
David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 10:35 PM

The exposure to this 'social quizzing' app was alone worth the read.  You won't be surprised to find out what is the #1 response, and the final response is unintentionally funny to me - it received 0 votes.  

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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

Three Things to Unlearn About Learning | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
How we will learn
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"Inquiry Learning" seems to be the name for what I think I see as the future's primary instructional method.  Here are some articles about "Inquiry Learning" which I currently assume to be short for "Inquiry-based Learning" from Mind/Shift

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Gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser launches new learning and teaching initiative | Harvard Magazine

Gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser launches new learning and teaching initiative | Harvard Magazine | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
The Hausers invest $40 million to launch the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.
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The beginning of HILT: Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.  I like that the Learning comes first, before the Teaching.  Besides making the acronym much more convenient (and much less potentially evil-sounding), I think it's the correct order of concepts to reconsider in Educaiton today :)

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Physics Education

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Peer Instruction, a manual by Eric Mazur, Harvard prof who started using this system of instruction in 1991

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# 1 for Math E-Learning | HeyMath! | Because every student counts

# 1 for Math E-Learning | HeyMath! | Because every student counts | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
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Indian startup seeks to dispel fear of math, side-effects may include eliminating useless textbooks in favor of better teaching materials :) thanks to Tom Friedman's "The World is Flat" for mentioning this resource

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Creating an ePub Book Using Pages - How to Make the eBook Cover Look Good | iPad Academy

Creating an ePub Book Using Pages - How to Make the eBook Cover Look Good | iPad Academy | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
A cover page with a white background using the handy ePub template Apple offers is easy.Generating a full-color cover page is more challenging. Here's some help.
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eBook resources for teachers who use Apple products

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How Online Translation Tools Are Now Being Used -Infographic

How Online Translation Tools Are Now Being Used -Infographic | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
Any language teacher knows that online translation tools can be a double edged sword. This visual should shed some light on current trends to know about.

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NASA responds to a seven-year-old's request to go to Mars

NASA responds to a seven-year-old's request to go to Mars | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
A seven-year-old boy recently asked NASA for advice on how to become an astronaut. And because they're cool that way, the space agency responded in kind.

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Josué Cardona's curator insight, July 24, 2013 5:05 PM

What would the world be like if we encouraged all our kids this way when they demonstrated interest in something they love?

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Entrepreneurial Learning 2.0 Navigating the Coming Disruption in How We Learn To Innovate

Google Tech TalkDecember 15, 2010ABSTRACTPresented by Dr. Alex Bruton.Imagine graduating from college or university today. Sure, youd have free access to use...


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Art Education and the Innovation Economy - Huffington Post (blog)

Art Education and the Innovation Economy - Huffington Post (blog) | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Art Education and the Innovation EconomyHuffington Post (blog)The effort to create Innovative products and services as ...


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Finally!  Some well-deserved support for the arts from an economics standpoint!  Meaningful discussion of what it means that while Shanghai is #1 on PISA tests and the US is far behind, the US is still a global leader in innovation.  Maybe we should reconsider what test scores mean and what we really want to test...

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The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral

The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Learning research consistently shows that an emphasis on test scores does not necessarily lead to gains in academic performance. Perhaps learning, with its long-term gains and diffuse experiences does not lend itself well to an economic model. Instead of focusing on test scores at the elementary and secondary levels, why not take a longer-term view? Why public education? What are our true goals for teaching and learning? When pressed, most politicians will state that the long-term goals of education are to develop a citizenry that maximizes contributions to society and economy; yet, our standard test measures typically seem unrelated to the higher-order qualities that lead to such engaged citizens.


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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s insight:

This article makes some good and concise points against standardized testing, but it doesn't really say anything we don't think already.  What we really need now are new evaluation and assessment tools based on updated goals for education.

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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:04 AM
It's easy to agree that there's a problem with standardized testing, but assessments and evaluations are also necessary for having objective and measurable data. Any suggestions on how to create BETTER assessment tools? We would have to find ways to measure our progress towards what the goal of education is, which is a separate, and very important question.
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:56 AM
I appreciated the mention that despite ranking in the middle on PISA tests, the USA continues to rank highly in global innovation. What exactly are we trying to measure again ;P ?
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:57 AM
see also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/art-education-and-the-inn_b_825486.html
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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it

To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.


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Douglas Allen Lawslo's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:43 PM

This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 AM

Thanks! Worth a try.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:27 AM

#edtech #edchat

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the ro
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HOORAY!  A list of what I'll call in-class 'attitudes' that teachers can adopt to become great role models for young learners and encourage students to discover and own their learning process. 

 

With information available from so many easy-to-access sources, it's time for teachers to turn their focus from delivering information and stepping into a mentor role, a guru for students on the path to discovering how to navigate all the information available around them, how to learn to learn well.

 

:) reconsidering the role of the teacher based on reconceptualizing the role of the student.

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13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring.
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13 free web tools for students and teachers

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MindShift

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How we will learn
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I'll have to try keeping up with this blog - seems to be about current trends in Education Innovation :)

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
At the star-studded Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) event earlier this month, where professors gathered to discuss innovative str
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Rethinking how we learn, and how we, therefore, should teach.   It astounds me that it's taken us so long start considering education from the learniers' point of view rather than the teachers'.

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Grassroots Education and Education Innovation | Scoop.it
Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.
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Lectures have their uses, but what's the best use of time and resources in a world where content is so easily searchable online or via peer-to-peer learning?

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