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I would love to hear your reactions to these educational ideas and approaches. Like innovation, excellent education is always the product of rich interactions rather than singular visions.
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The League of Regions: A Game for Cross-Curricular Thinking

Teachers Doug Vallance and Matt Henderson describe The League of Regions, a year-long simulation, role-playing game which they designed to promote cross-curricular thinking.

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Doug and Matt demonstrate what's possible when teachers treat the curriculum as raw material to sculpt, rather than instructions to recite.

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How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning

How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Most educators, policymakers, and parents agree that today's students need a mix of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare them to be successful and engaged citizens. Given that students need

Via Ilana Ben-Ari
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It's great to see the artificial division between learning and assessment start to be chipped away!

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Field Trips Too Expensive? Try Hosting a Mobile Learning Program

Field Trips Too Expensive? Try Hosting a Mobile Learning Program | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Host one of these top 4 mobile learning programs at your school and give your students an experience they'll never forget!
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It turns out that mobile learning can be more than just smart phone apps!

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Studio H - Harnessing the Power of Design in School

Studio H - Harnessing the Power of Design in School | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
A design and building high school public education program by Project H Design in Bertie County, North Carolina
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Putting a mark on the community through a meaningful building project is much more significant than any mark on an essay. 

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Summer Is Over - But So Is Schooling as Usual

Summer Is Over - But So Is Schooling as Usual | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Our entire education system from primary to university level needs to leapfrog into the 21st century so that we accompany and support young people to become conscious stewards of a global community whose future depends on collaboration.
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"Don't let schooling interfere with your education."

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Clarity - A more efficient form of mentorship?

Clarity - A more efficient form of mentorship? | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Make faster & better decisions to grow your business. Clarity is your lifeline that instantly connects you with battle-tested advice from entrepreneurs. Find and schedule a call in minutes.
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A very interesting mentorship approach. This site allows users to search a community of experts, then schedule a call with the expert with the most relevant experience. A rating system allows users to identify the experts who provide the most useful advice, who in turn can charge a higher per minute rate. This system provides the flexibility of "a la carte" mentorship and incentivizes efficient communication between mentees and the people they go to for advice.   

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How Overly Academic Learning Is Killing Education

How Overly Academic Learning Is Killing Education | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it

"In creating this highly academic world, we’ve moved the content, the instruction, and the notions of success beyond the grasp of learners, into institutionally-centered constructs that ultimately erode learner and social capacity."


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Assigning education to a single, centralized institution limits what and how we are able to learn. Innovation in education will involve bringing together competencies and insights from a constellation of sources rather than trying to fix how existing schools and boards teach.  

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The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it

"1. Coursera: For simultaneously scaring and wooing brick and mortar universities into the future by helping get their courses online at no cost to students..."

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These companies share many of the same virtues: they strive to make education accessible and students accountable.   

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The Problems with the Common Core

The Problems with the Common Core | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
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As Karp astutely points out, raising the bar and yelling at people to jump higher is no way to innovate.

 

Common core state standards spend so much effort narrowly defining high measures of success, they fail to provide insight into the process of education. 

 

     

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8 New 21st Century Classroom Resources for 2014

8 New 21st Century Classroom Resources for 2014 | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
A list of 8 new educational products and experiences to get excited about in 2014, ranging from toys like GoldieBlox to computer games like Minecraft!
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A wonderful mix of both high and low tech approaches. 

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Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. About TE...
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The prospect of “hacking education” tends to excite students. 13 year old Logan LaPlante received a lot of attention for this amazing TEDx talk in which he describes how he created the ultimate Individual Education Plan by applying a hacker’s mindset to his studies. Logan is clearly an exceptional young man, yet the core lesson he presents in his talk can be applied well beyond his own situation. When he talks about “hack schooling”, he is pointing to the many opportunities which are becoming available for students to take ownership of their education – to become active agents rather than passive consumers of knowledge.

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SLÖJD - Designing Solutions to Foster Creativity in Education

No Right Brain Left Behind and verynice invited nine multidisciplinary designers to work together for 6 days on developing a prototype to enhance creativity in schools.…
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It's a powerful educational formula: collaboration across disciplines + rapid prototyping + embracing failure as a learning experience. 

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What it Takes to be a Teacherpreneur (EdSurge News)

What it Takes to be a Teacherpreneur (EdSurge News) | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurial guru Eric Reis put it something like this: Centuries
from now people will laugh about entrepreneurship today, the way we laugh at
other industries and processes that were getting their start a century ago.
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I totally agree that entrepreneurship is a mindset - a mindset that isn't limited to those who start businesses.    

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Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions

Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
The 11 students in the room were nervous. They were about to present their ideas for an Anti-Violence Week to the school principal, Mr. Muhammad. Their journey began with a simple question: What change do you want to see in your community?
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Check out the "Collective Action Toolkit" put together by Frog Design.  

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ClassDojo: For innovative student feedback?

ClassDojo: For innovative student feedback? | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it

In its first year of beta testing, ClassDojo attracted 3.5 million users, and raised $1.6 million in seed funding. It allows teachers to easily record student behaviour in a simple, adorable interface.

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ClassDojo certainly has the advantages of a very simple UX, and fun avatars that encourage greater student investment. The data collection is also very well laid out - I can see why it is popular with teachers and parents.

 

However, the problem lies with where this data comes from. This is simply a more efficient and adorable version of how data is already being collected in the class. In this system, students respond to simple teacher cues, rather than becoming more autonomous in their behaviour and decision making.

 

This system is just one more way of conditioning students to react to numbers, rather than teaching them the value of intrinsic motivation.  

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The Power of Networks (RSA Animate)

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex moder...
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Manuel Lima beautifully sums up the power of network thinking by contrasting it with the tree-based thinking of the past. 

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