A Student-Led, Flipped, Inquiry-Based Learning Classroom Doing Authentic Work
A recent popular magazine asked what education will be like for the class of 2025. While the accompanying article mostly rehashed the ongoing debate between content and process, I saw the cover and had a one-word answer: research.
Knowledge is more accessible than ever before, and current technology allows people to tap into information anywhere, anytime. The internet updates that knowledge every moment as we speak.
"Knowledge is more accessible than ever before, and current technology allows people to tap into information anywhere, anytime. The internet updates that knowledge every moment as we speak." Now is the time to ready our students for the future of learning! Bring it on!
What happens when you give students more of the work that is most easily handled on their own (listening, reading, making notes) and devote more class time to guided practice, sharing, discussion, and reflection?
I personally do not play video games, but my children do. I always worry that I am letting them play longer than I should. This article make me feel much better...maybe you will too. Check out the Brain!
For some, video games may have a greater potential for learning than does much of what happens in school.
Shannon Maulding's insight:
I have never stopped to see the insight this article has to offer...."James Paul Gee makes the point, in What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, that many adults are looking at the games from the wrong perspective. We think the games must be a waste of time because they are not teaching content as textbooks do. However, Gee says, in fact, some of them do teach content while at the same time involving players in the kinds of active and critical learning that prepares them for the decision making and the modes of operation that are an increasingly big part of modern life. He organizes his book around over thirty "Learning Principles," a few of which he discusses in each chapter under such titles as Semiotic Domains, Learning and Identity, Situated Meaning and Learning, and The Social Mind." It is a must read.
Three things really fascinate me about the new digital writing toolkit: the possibility of increased immersion in a story, the ability to represent choice, and the way the audience can influence the story. I'll take them one by one.
What a great way to see visually what to expect. Check out this article for in-depth learning process.
"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.
Projects are generally teacher-directed, universal, and tangent to the learning, while project-based learning is student-centered, personal, and the learning pathway itself. Put simply, it is an approach to learning rather than something to complete."
"Guy Hamilton heads the biotechnology program at Shoreline community college. A snowstorm a couple years ago prompted him to try some new software that would let him record his lectures and post them online. Students loved it and as he graded the next set of final exams he gave, he discovered that students performed about 15 to 20% better than the norm. That was all it took – Hamilton now records all his lectures and spends class time having group discussions and solving problems."
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