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Let's teach kids to code

Let's teach kids to code | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
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I really appreciate the skills set that Mitch identifies in the last quarter of this video. This skill set, he argues, that is sharpened through teaching code, is a transferable "bucket" of abilities that are relevant in both the world of work and the world of life - if you have such a dichotomy.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
All the clichés you might expect about Sweden's capital are true. In the summer, ships glide around Stockholm's archipelago, which makes up just a handful of its 30,000 islands. At this time of year, it's the perfect winter wonderland. The people are beautiful, everything is perfectly designed, and pickled herring is everywhere. But these aren't the only things that define the city. In the last few years, Stockholm has become one of the most talked-about places in the world thanks to its apps, g
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There is a key line for me in this article - "excellent and free education". Touted as an ingredient for success (obviously) it is one of the reasons why 2% of Europe's population now receive's 15% of the continent's total tech investment. What, I ask you, will it take for South Africa to play that role on the African continent?

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The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
New and young companies are the primary source of job creation in the American economy
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While one wonders if there are any data available on the source of jobs in South Africa, more data is needed on the kind of jobs. Jeremy Rifkin, William Bridges and Charles Handy cautioned, almost two decades ago, that the the kind of job is as important as the amount of jobs. We must talk about the difference between drudgery and purposeful work. What's the use of new dull jobs?

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Trying to stop a whining paradigm in South African

Trying to stop a whining paradigm in South African | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Threats by telecomms giants to start charging for services like WhatsApp and Skype are the behaviour of schoolyard bullies, says Alistair Fairweather.
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Although Alistair Fairweather warns that "Some kid in a garage somewhere is already working on the technology that will make her a billionaire and kill the current paradigm stone dead," I am not confident that another billionaire is the solution.

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Report: Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Report: Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Stanford Graduate School of Education | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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I do appreciate the connection between implementation of reform initiatives in the classroom and student outcome. At the same time, the report does make a case that seems rather obvious.


At the same time, it is commendable that it is once again underscored that the human factor in educational reform is key.

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Professor suggests Swedish TV coverage of election likens reporting on a Football match - the key is entertainment.

Professor suggests Swedish TV coverage of election likens reporting on a Football match - the key is entertainment. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Journalisternas bör inte göra politik till en slags frågesport, där sakfrågorna hamnar i bakgrunden. Det ytliga har blommat ut med full kraft i årets valrörelse, skriver docent Kjell Magnusson.
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Consult Google Translate or call your Swedish buddy to navigate through this very insightful piece on the complexities within Media, Truth, Democracy and Choice as Sweden prepares for its national elections.

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Less is more, as data shows, Is it the same for Apps for Education?- IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

Less is more, as data shows, Is it the same for Apps for Education?- IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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Frugal innovator and Mobile Edupreneur, Lucy Haagen insists that simple solutions in learning are strangely avoided in technology-assisted learning solutions in learning. Why, if the data, like in this report suggests people want simplicity?

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The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See — And You Really Should See It

The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See — And You Really Should See It | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The ALS ice bucket challenge is usually funny. This one rips your heart out for an important reason.
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"If I just dumped ice on my head, I don't think you'd get the point."

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Be mentally alert when some says, "you only have to know ONE thing"

Be mentally alert when some says, "you only have to know ONE thing" | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything!
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The "one thing" alluded to in this video is not as easy as it seams. The title could be misleading. Thankfully, mental struggling, or as another sage put it, "mental spadework" helps us to not only identify that one thing, but also enables us to remain inspired and committed as a result of it.

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Business Connexion: Shareholders approve buyout by Telkom - Companies | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Business Connexion: Shareholders approve buyout by Telkom - Companies | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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What impact would this acquisition have on the nature of Telecommunications in South Africa?

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I wonder… | Bloggar för Pedagog Stockholm

I wonder… | Bloggar för Pedagog Stockholm | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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One of my favourite blogposts come from the insights off the pages of Pedagogstockholm. I appreciate the inspiration provided to encourage inquisitive minds.

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Opportunity to find answer to an important question: What is the Future of M&E and ICT in Development?

Opportunity to find answer to an important question: What is the Future of M&E and ICT in Development? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
M&E Tech is a special event series with Rockafeller Foundation, GSMA, and FHI 360 in Washington, DC and New York, NY
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This dialogue, scheduled for September in DC, is important. The list of probes show that Wayne and his team are serious about the entirety of the question about monitoring and evaluating impact.


One additional question I'd probably add is: What new M&E pressures are NGOs dealing with as a consequence of the notions of scale and impact within ICT integration?

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African Youth Forum 2014

African Youth Forum 2014 | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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An absolute MUST for South Africa to listen in, learn and apply.


That the forum will be screened live is a helpful service for those of us who cannot attend in person.

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Why plenty of teacher interaction with students matter - Edudemic

Why plenty of teacher interaction with students matter - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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My colleague in meaningful learning from across the pond, Susan Loftus shared an article from the Washington Post that contrasts significantly with what is happening elsewhere in the world.


I am surprised at the placidity of the outcry in the US over this experiment.

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Nothing new with the "uberskill"

Nothing new with the "uberskill" | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Creative problem-solvers have an important skill computers and robots can't easily mimic.
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Way back in the early 70s Mortimer Jerome Adler's How to Read a Book identified "syntopical reading" as the highest form of reading as it demanded a skill similar to "conceptualization" identified in this article.


The point is, reading syntopically is key to an individual's meaningful impact in this world - not just making it in the middle-class as this article suggests.

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▶ Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it - YouTube

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A powerful ray of hope for Africa - Fred Swaniker oozes with an explosive enthusiasm and sound knowledge that provide some systematic practical solutions for developing leaders.

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Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic

Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
All 13-year-old students must now take a manadatory Minecraft course at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Rocking our views of learning...

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When Assessment loses its true value, the doors for short-sighted solutions for learning needs are opened wide

When Assessment loses its true value, the doors for short-sighted solutions for learning needs are opened wide | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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The true reasons for testing a student's knowledge, skills and understanding are often lost in the mire of mixed-up priorities.


Not unique to South Africa, but damaging nevertheless, this story illustrates not only the confusion around assessment,, but it points toward another reason why true reform in South African education will be unnecessarily delayed.


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Experience the power of a bookbook™ - YouTube

At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas. Join the revolution...
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Complete with a wardrobe of an overt and subliminal Swedish-designed set of carefully crafted slaps in the face of a media-rich world gone mad, the presentation of IKEA's new catalogue scoffs at technology's limitations and challenges the world yet again to, Take a Chance on Me.

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Improvement of Speed within the 'Internet of Things' suggests a burden that Africa cannot carry. Really???

Improvement of Speed within the 'Internet of Things' suggests a burden that Africa cannot carry. Really??? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
With the average ten-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation. First commercialisation of so-called fifth- generation (5G) technology is only expected from 2020. But 5G is expected to be a simultaneous outcome, and driver, of the ‘Internet of Things’, which many see as the future of connectivity and economic activity.
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On the surface, this verdict does not sound good for South Africa and Africa's place in the "Internet of Things".


Yet, speed is no guarantee that, in the case of education, for example, everyone will finally learn something meaningful. If there is no commitment to developing knowledgeable citizens whose lifelong pursuit is wisdom, then we risk educating novices - only this time, we are doing it faster.


In the words of Dr Peck Cho,  Distinguished Professor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Dongguk University in Korea, "


"What good is smart media if…

all it does is do the bad education

more and faster?"

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An inspiring wake-up call

An inspiring wake-up call | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Truly inspirational. 
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I appreciate the line,  around 1:45 into the video, "It is impossible to live without failing at something"

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Staggering numbers in Chinese telecommunications companies' surge | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Staggering numbers in Chinese telecommunications companies' surge | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university

University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
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Disruptive solution for higher education. Only two programs offered, so it still needs some accompanying initiatives that will deal with some deficiencies that student bring with them as a result of the same and more reasons for the start of the University of the People.


Do not overlook the two basic requirements: English proficiency and an internet connection. There is an interesting variance to the internet connection requirement at around 8:48 into the video.

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Dirk van Damme confronts an imposing stunner: Are teachers really resistant to change?

Dirk van Damme confronts an imposing stunner: Are teachers really resistant to change? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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This is one of the most powerful confirmations of the complexities of reform within schooling and it debunks long-held notions of teacher response to reform. It is true, "reforms... (that)...are often imposed from the top down," is a legitimate cause for teacher resistance.

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Schools as a safe place for learning under vicious attack.

Schools as a safe place for learning under vicious attack. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Washington, August 5, 2014 –.Schools must be safe places for the world's children. Schools should not be attacked in conflicts nor used to hide weapons. The attacks on several UN-run schools in Gaza, killing innocent school children and teachers, are deplorable. It is also wrong for children in Israel to have to live with the threat of missiles indiscriminately targeting their schools, homes and communities.
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What I really appreciate about Ms Gillard's insight is the sobering caution that "...Attacks on schools occur not only in Gaza or Nigeria, but globally on an ongoing basis. They don’t always make it into the headlines of international news. But we must listen and act every single time."

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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This is especially for those teachers who are serious about putting into practice what they learn.

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