Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
The sharing and commenting features in Google Documents are fantastic for giving students feedback about their work. Likewise, those features are great for students to use for peer editing. But if you want to really add your voice to then you'll want to add the Voice Comments application from Learn.ly to your Google Drive account.
A substantive shift to digital content will also change the requirements for the school library's physical space. Library research can occur anywhere: in the classroom, at home, in quiet study areas throughout campus, and the library itself. This opens the physical library up to new uses, such as a vibrant space for collaboration, group study, and even an occasional latte. It can be a space for face-to-face meetings with library staff and teaching information literacy skills to classes.
Counterpoint: Libraries' mission is learning, not just books Minneapolis Star Tribune As the Partnership for 21st Century Skills predicts, the education model is changing from institution-centered and degree-focused to self-directed and...
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Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces. The idea that students must be seated at desks working in rows is quickly becoming archaic. Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces. Experts hope that the emerging paradigm will translate into improved learning spaces and influence future architectural design. Stephen Heppell and expert panelists recently spoke in Australia about physical spaces in The changing face of Education. Heppell, an international expert in the fields of learning, new media and technology, is known for his “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground philosophy”. He has moved countless organizations into the digital age. One such project, Ingenium, created a learning space that adapted to the needs of different types of learners. Kinaesthetic learners who might not benefit from traditional classrooms, for example, had ample space that allowed movement. The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces…
For today’s Favorite Things post, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite libraries that showed up in rather unexpected places. From book bikes to pop-up literary scenes in vacant lots, libraries were cropping up in a variety of interesting venues this year.
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Eighth-graders design and build a school library for the 21st century Killeen Daily Herald A new library at Berkeley's REALM Charter School will be carved out of an existing room in a commercial building.