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, "
UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 …
This is especially for those teachers who are serious about putting into practice what they learn.
The Chairman of Kenya Primary Head teachers Association (KEPSHA), Meru Central Branch, Simon Mwiti has advised against holding too many examinations within a school term saying it undermined effective teaching and learning.
Abraham Tumuti's scoop of this article from Kenya bring an encouraging caution from Simon Mwiti, the chairman of Kenya Primary Head Teachers Association.
Simon addresses a difficulty felt in more education systems in the world than governments are prepared to admit.
"Teaching first and ... (then) ... testing the understanding of learners", as he puts it, shows that Mwiti is not against testing. He is simply asking for the results of the test to modify the way you teach and what you teach instead of it simply providing a set of indicators for purposes other than fostering true learning.
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?
You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything!
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.
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 …
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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