One of the top education systems in the world is undergoing a radical reform. Finland has just announced that they will be dropping subjects in favour of a new method known as "teaching by phenomenon." "We really need a re...
Spotted by insightful reader and educator, Lydia Martin, this line in the article: "When you teach subjects separate from one another -- you teach science, you teach math, you teach reading -- that means that there's a divorce between these contents, when in real life, they're not," affirms the vehement resistance needed against "Fragmentation in Education".
The Finnish pursuit is not new. Older models, like the Hebrew Wisdom Model, often connected content for learning with capacity to live.
But Western education, with its obsession for mastery of content while disregarding meaning and purpose continues to perpetuate a division between competency in content character and competency in character.
One of the many challenges, therefore, for a global movement toward true integrated learning, lies in the preparedness of teachers to think of learning as life and not as pockets of knowledge.
Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.
There is a telling, and probably spine-chilling, awakening created in my soul as a consequence of Haugen's valuable insights. In the wake of xenophobia amongst us in South Africa, this clip could aid us to rethink the way we navigate through the maze of humanity gone bad.
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
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?
New and young companies are the primary source of job creation in the American economy
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?
Threats by telecomms giants to start charging for services like WhatsApp and Skype are the behaviour of schoolyard bullies, says Alistair Fairweather.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Kwavulindlebe Primary School is now the first school in the country that has 100% Mobile Phone saturation after the generous donation of the Mobile devices for learning at the school for deaf in Chatsworth, DURBAN.
The far-reaching possibilities of mobile phones for learning are seen right here and right now - within Deaf Education.
By ascribing a story to your company, you provide an illustrated example of how, why and what you do, while assigning an emotional weight to your company’s journey. The result is the creation of a brand. How can you harness that emotional response to better communicate your company’s mission and overall goals? Let’s examine some of the tenets of storytelling for business and how they can be applied to your organization."
Read the full article to find out more about these elements of a brand story and where companies can typically find them:
Creative problem-solvers have an important skill computers and robots can't easily mimic.
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.
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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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.
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.
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, "
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