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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.
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The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

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Design thinking at Nueva School 

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Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery

Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Modern learning is more about discovery. It’s not so much waiting as doing, says Will Richardson. Learners should be empowered to continue learning and to use their interests to fuel projects that they care about. Richardson had some ideas about how teachers can begin to move away from content delivery and towards a model that is supportive of individual learners.
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In Peru, those with control over education policy are making decisions on the old model of schooling — knowledge held by teachers who deliver information to students — while young learners are clamoring for something different.

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So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ...

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ... | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Should one of the world’s richest men get to dictate the future of how we learn about our past?
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Love it, that´s why he´s a genious. This is how Bill Gates thinks history should be taught in schools.

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Report: English as a medium of instruction | British Council

Report: English as a medium of instruction | British Council | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The increase in English as a medium of instruction (EMI) has important implications for education. This research begins to map the use of EMI in order to understand why and when it is used.
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There is a fast-moving worldwide shift towards using English as a medium of instruction (EMI), not so  long ago known as CLIL, for academic subjects such as science, mathematics, geography and medicine. EMI is increasingly being used in universities, secondary schools and even primary schools.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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Instead of passing paper, digital or otherwise, back and forth between students and teacher, what if we allowed students to do real work for real audiences that can read and interact far beyond the limits of the school walls, schedule, and curriculum? What if we let our students do work that they actually cared about and wanted to create, not for a grade but because of its potential contribution to and effect on the world?

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about the different integrating components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school.
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For all of us that have read, heard, talked, discussed and tried teaching by design or the backwards design, here's the how

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Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
A neat visualization of the verbs associated with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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I have always believed that there has to be more than just, summarize, analyse or critique

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Should I Become a Teacher?

Should I Become a Teacher? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching is not a default profession. Not any more. If you think it's something you can just wander in and do because, well, it's a job, then teaching will eat you up and spit you out faster than a vegetarian with a mouthful of cow tongue....
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But I still feel sad every time I hear about one of my colleagues telling a student, "No, no. Whatever you do, don't become a teacher."

I still believe in teaching. I still believe in public education in this country. But at the same time, I don't think it's for everybody. Here are some warning signs that the profession might not be for you.

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Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal

Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Partnerships between tech companies and publishers are turning an ed tech buzzword into a reality, but, as one expert says, "It's going to take some time to get it right."
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Along with that increasing interest and expanding vendor landscape has come a  fair bit of confusion about exactly what the term "adaptive learning" means. In  conversation, it's almost synonymous with "personalized learning," but in  practice, these are different concepts, and K-12 districts investigating systems  that promise to deliver adaptive learning should understand that difference. Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/05/14/adaptive-learning-are-we-there-yet.aspx#g1fOO7GBz3813mCT.99

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Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement

Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
In order to prepare students to be productive, forward-thinking individuals, districts must offer a range of accessible, high-quality, innovative schooling options, writes Heather Zavadsky.
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I think it’s time to stop arguing over models and who owns or is credited with the solution. We need students to be prepared for the world we live in now and the one they will inhabit in the future.

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Third Grade Reading Guarantee will keep Ohio students in school: Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction

Third Grade Reading Guarantee will keep Ohio students in school: Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, writes in a guest column that Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to save thousands of students who drop out each year because they never learned to read their textbooks.
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This is why I insist on the fact that the new curriculum for Peruvian teachers must contain a full semester on teaching how to read, not just decode, but reading strategies as well.

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Teacher Strategies for Sight Words

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Teacher Strategies for Sight Words
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Once students are familiar with the alphabet, it is time to introduce them to sight words. These are words that students should be able to recognize without having to decode. Sight word acquisition is an important part of a child’s ability to read. Once they are able to read all sight words, then they will have access to the majority of words that are in all children’s literature.

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Tech Projects That Support Big Ideas -- THE Journal

Tech Projects That Support Big Ideas -- THE Journal | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Jennifer Anderson, iPad U teacher at Heritage E-STEM Magnet School, helps her students become content producers whose learning reaches beyond the classroom.
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If we were going to provide students with these tools, they should be encouraged to  go beyond the classroom walls and become connected learners.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an ac
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The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." Divergent thinking refers to the way the mind generates ideas beyond proscribed expectations and rote thinking -- what is usually referred to "thinking outside the box," and is often associated with creativity. Convergent thinking, on the other hand, requires one to restrict ideas to those that might be correct or the best solution to a problem.

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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Research shows that interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. When we're interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.
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So what is interest? Interest is a psychological state of engagement, experienced in the moment, and also a predisposition to engage repeatedly with particular ideas, events, or objects over time. Why do we have it? Interest acts as an “approach urge” that pushes back against the “avoid urges” that would keep us in the realm of the safe and familiar. Interest pulls us toward the new, the edgy, the exotic. Interest “diversifies experience.” But interest also focuses experience. In a world too full of information, interests usefully narrow our choices.

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Let's Be Honest: We Don't Know How to Make Great Teachers

Let's Be Honest: We Don't Know How to Make Great Teachers | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching.
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Preparing a teacher is in a certain sense far more challenging than preparing other professionals. For all its variations, the physician’s focus on the human body is limited. So is the building studied by the architect and the court of law facing the lawyer.

The classroom awaiting the teacher, on the other hand, is almost infinite in its variations. We mentioned the hundred or so language groups. Now consider categories such as race, religion, sex, economic background, and age. Keep in mind variations in ability, in social problems—interests, physical and mental changes—the list is unending. In a word, there is no professional preparatory program that can encompass every population, let alone every eventuality.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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In this school, as in the majority of schools around the world, students were learning plenty of information, but not much about how to gather or create their own data, until a student came up with a project, students were going to chose what to learn, when to learn it and how to do it. The selected gorup explored math, science, social science and literature topics that interested them, choosing one question each week, researching it, and presenting their findings to the group. They also chose books to read, discuss and write about in some form; worked on a semester-long individual project on a subject that excited them (the only requirement was that the project require effort, learning and mastery); and collaborated on a three-week-long group endeavor (they decided to make a video about education and their project). They were responsible for giving a final presentation about their project, which helped to give them a specific goal to work toward.

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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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Education needs to radically shift away from current models. The new model should strive to create powerful learning experiences and hold that technology as a crucial factor in future learning.

We need to begin to think about schools in a fundamentally different way, we should focus on creating an education system that supports inquiry-based, student-centered learning, where students are encouraged to find entry points into the mandated curriculum in ways that are meaningful to them. Technology, of course is an integral part of this vision because it allows students to create and demonstrate their knowledge.

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Hacking School: One Teenager’s Path to Happiness

Hacking School: One Teenager’s Path to Happiness | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Teenager Logan LaPlante explains why he's committed to making his education about learning how to live a healthy and happy life, not just how to make a living.
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Just listen to this kid, we need to learn so much from him

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How Flipped Classrooms Are Growing and Changing

How Flipped Classrooms Are Growing and Changing | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The teaching method is approaching “mainstream” status, according to the report.
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The flipped classroom concept, pioneered by teacher and author Jon Bergmann, swaps homework time with lecture time, meaning students first listen to or watch a lecture about a topic outside of school before learning more about it in class.

The concept has been around for years, but it's now coming close to "mainstream" status. Pero en Perú ni la sombra.

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The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful

The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Making kindergarten intellectually stimulating does not preclude making it fun and play-based, as well, write Daphna Bassok, Amy Claessens, and Mimi Engel.
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Kindergarten classrooms are also far more academically oriented.  Research shows that most kindergarten teachers now think academic instruction should begin in preschool and indicate that it's important for incoming kindergartners to already know their letters and numbers. Today's kindergarten teachers are spending much more time on literacy and expect their students to learn to read before 1st grade. The implications of these changes are not clear.

Recent accounts of these new norms have been decidedly negative, describing a "crisis in the kindergarten," with anecdotes about experienced kindergarten teachers opting to resign rather than adapt to what they see as highly inappropriate expectations.

Engaging and challenging academic instruction should (and can) be developmentally appropriate, and it does not have to be overwhelming, stressful, or boring. It does not have to supplant play or child-initiated activities. And it certainly does not have to involve worksheets, one-size-fits-all lessons, or an overemphasis on assessment.

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Four Steps for Jumpstarting Global-Collaboration Projects

Four Steps for Jumpstarting Global-Collaboration Projects | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
A globally connected workplace will be the norm for this generation of students, writes instructional coach Ben Curran, requiring a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop.
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When students graduate, they will be expected to work across great distances and collaborate with colleagues via complex technologies. A globally connected workplace will be the norm for them, not the exception. This shift requires a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop.

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Keeping the Curriculum Context in Connected Classrooms

Keeping the Curriculum Context in Connected Classrooms | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Primary teacher Kathy Cassidy shares a year's worth of ideas about how to keep global learning activities in sync with curriculum goals and objectives.
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Connecting just for the sake of connecting is a valuable activity as it exposes children to other places and cultures, helps to teach online safety and etiquette and helps to prepare them for the hyper-connected world they will eventually be living and working in.

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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
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A coherent approach to inquiry begins with knowing that skills, not content, underlie the inquiry process. Think of projects as the time when students really practice those skills at a high level for public consumption.

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Thought provoking and helpful insight for teachers that are, already, imolementig PBL in their classrooms. Not to be missed....

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
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Great for kids, do try them.

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.
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There’s often a myth that students need to learn English before they can participate in more interesting work, but what we need to do is to engage students in learning through work that interests them, giving them a compelling reason to learn English.

 

The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful.

 

The one context that’s not particularly useful is trying to teach language by itself as isolated words. Mothers don’t put babies in a row and ask them to repeat. Language is learned by using it to describe things that you are experiencing; so if kids are engaged in a project they have a real reason to learn a language.

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