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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it

Interview with Tom Ashbrook

 

How education is jeopardizing creativity:

 

"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."

 

“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 


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There is a significant push to move frm STEM to STEAM. The A is the arts. I know my students benefit from inclusion of arts into my science course. Sir. Ken Robinson makes a powerful argument for creativity and exploration in this interview. It is well worth a listen.

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The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.

 

Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

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Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

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Free Online professional learning

Free Online professional learning | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it

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Looking for some PLN materials or a webinar to boost your online skills? This site sends out weekly free webinars that always have some great content and engaging presenters. 

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Digitally savvy Beaverton High School builds its name locally and internationally

Digitally savvy Beaverton High School builds its name locally and internationally | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
As Beaverton High gets the digital word out about itself, volunteers and donations have increased.
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Great use of student social media knowledge to connect parents and supporters to their school. These kids are amazing. You will want your school to have a similar group.

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Common Core in Action Series

Common Core in Action Series | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
This collection of blog posts highlights lesson plans, ideas, and other useful resources to help you bring Common Core-aligned lessons into your classroom. We're actively building this repository o
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Looking for some ideas on the Common Core? This article fron Edutopia has a wealth of reading on just that. I loved the blogs and found lots of corssover ideas for science. The tools and resources also are full of great materials. My acid test for this kind of stuff is that it has to be useful and not just theory. This is useful!

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Report: Teacher Prep Programs Need To Better Prepare Candidates for Online, Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Report: Teacher Prep Programs Need To Better Prepare Candidates for Online, Blended Learning -- THE Journal | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has released a new report, Partnering for Success: A 21st Century Model for Teacher Preparation, that examines collaborations between educator preparation programs and online schools.
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This report highlights some powerful partnerships that will help shape the future of teacher prep in the online world. Is it time for UNI  (or any Iowa university) to join into a partnership that helps train and keep the skills of online teachers current?

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Shanghai's secret weapon

Shanghai's secret weapon | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI -- Whenever I visit China, I am struck by the sharply divergent predictions of its future one hears.
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In online learning here at ILO we benefit from some amazing mentors and a great teachers lounge learning site. We all know the importance of powerful PD. What we often struggle with in the online world is to determine the best tech tools to deliver that instruction and honor the  limited time teachers have. The best solution is to build PD, like Shanghai, into the regular day. Now that is a powerful concept.

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The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around) | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
It's easy to say that students lie to teachers all the time. Frankly, everyone, including teachers, has a lie in them, and these untruths keep the schooling process rolling along. When adults say, fo
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Great blog about why kids succeed and why they tell you "I can't do this". Learning how to determine the underlying reason is key to my helping my online students. • They genuinely don't understand the material. • They've had a long day and just don't have the energy to work any more. • They have a situation at home that currently distracts them.
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Massive open online courses: a first report card - The Guardian

Massive open online courses: a first report card - The Guardian | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
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Massive open online courses: a first report card
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Those of us who are engaged in teaching "massive open online courses", or Moocs, find ourselves answering a lot of questions these days, and that's one we hear a lot.
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Always good to look back at a period of time and see where we need to improve. This short article on MOOC reflections has a few gems to guide all of us online.

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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Student Engagement: Resource Roundup | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
A SPECIAL BLOG SERIES ON STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PRESENTED BY




Resources by Topic:

Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged
Engagement Through Projects
Engagement Through Technolo
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It is that time of the year when the rush of interest from students towards school starts to wane a bit and what to wear for homecoming becomes more important than say...classes. So, how to keep students engaged becomes an issue. This blog series caught my eye because it was written by practicing teachers with input from students. It is well worth a look.

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Do we really need connected educators? | SmartBlogs

Do we really need connected educators? | SmartBlogs | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
To answer this question in the very month that the U.S. Department of Education has set aside to recognize as Connected Educator Month, we need to first ex
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I struggle to select the right PD opportunities that fit into my limited PD time. I started connecting to solve that problem and have found some wonderful human filters who give me such amazing guidance. There are so many good reasons to become a connected educator. This article migh have one or two that fit your needs.

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The Biggest Myths (And Realities) Of Online Learning - Edudemic

The Biggest Myths (And Realities) Of Online Learning - Edudemic | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
If you're debating taking an online course, you should know about the many myths and realities of online learning that are illustrated here.
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Most I agree with. It is good to have a list to give students so that they come in with eyes open. We do have to educate folks to the realities of online learning.

 

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A-Glimpse-into-the-Future-of-Learning-Infographic_0.pdf

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The Knowledge Works folks have done some heavy lifting on this project. This infographic would be a great conversation starter for any PLC. I am using it with mine here at ILO.

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Rita Pierson's Funny and Inspiring TED Talk

Rita Pierson's Funny and Inspiring TED Talk | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson died on June 28, 2013 at the age of 61. The lifelong educator kicked off TED Talks Education with an inspiring talk that has been seen by millions.

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This is an inspiring way to begin your year. If you get bogged down in the crush of startup, take a look. 

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ratzelster's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:38 AM

Recommended by WendyP....this video clip of about 8 minutes will get you started on the right tone for the school year.

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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17 It's for my research project.
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Transformational Change Model

Transformational Change Model | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
The QED Transformational Change Model (or TCM) offers a visual map of pathways to transformational learning environments. We aim to build demand and capacity for learning communities to spend more time in the transformational column.

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It is always helpful to have some sort of check point or road map. This one is good but could be modified to match the goals and specifics of any online group/school. Nice to have a place to start then check back every so often to see how it is going.

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ratzelster's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:07 AM

I think the distinction between traditional, transitional and transformative is useful.  I would imagine taking stock of where your organization is every 6-12 months....and comparing it where you were before.  It could be an easy way to track where you're making progress and also where you're dragging.

ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2013 7:44 AM
That was my thought....it more of something a person could use to track how far they've come in a transformational journey.
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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think.

When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, includin
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This is something I have been trying to quantify for a long time. Teaching persistence shoul be possible...right? This article clarifies how important it is. This would be a great link for a parent newsletter.

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NMNH - Virtual Tour

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Just in time for a break from the mundane is a virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History. There could be an entire course built around this site.
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Who's Serving Online Learning's Forgotten Students? -- THE Journal

Who's Serving Online Learning's Forgotten Students? -- THE Journal | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
As online learning explodes in K-12 education, technology for students with physical differences is playing catch-up.
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This article highlights the challenges and opportunities of designing our courses to help all students. Dr. Greg Steffanich at UNI has been working in the students with physical differences research for decades. He is a great resource to help with making the playing field level and online available to all.

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U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network

U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
The classes, offered in partnership with the California company Coursera, will include weekly sessions in which students will meet in person.
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The disruptive forces are at work in good ways here. Coursera and edX are getting some friends in high places and figuring out what we at ILO learned a long time ago: " students do better if they can discuss course materials, and meet at least occasionally with a teacher or facilitator." My students need that friendly face on the ICN, SKYPE or Adobe Connect to  give them a human connection. Just the active process of listening to the students and asking focus questions makes the learning so much deeper. This could get interesting!

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$4M facility dubbed 'classroom of the future'

$4M facility dubbed 'classroom of the future' | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
Students like David Emenuga are primarily self-motivated and use an online curriculum called Moodle.

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I like the design but in the story it speaks of 5 teacher/facilitators. Here at ILO we like to have LOTS of contact with the students and many adult guides and instructors involved in that daily contact. The design may be stellar but it is the RELATIONSHIP with the teachers that facilitated learning.

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Bigback 's curator insight, November 10, 2013 1:35 AM

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Estralita Williams's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:25 PM

This is amazing! I would think that the students who stick with this are very disaplined. What would be the motivation to stick with this type of education???, Socializing???

Malu Moraes's curator insight, January 18, 7:37 PM

Education

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The Unofficial Dalai Lama Guide To Online Teaching

The Unofficial Dalai Lama Guide To Online Teaching | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
The teachings of the Dalai Lama are as important as ever when it comes to online learning and online teaching.

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Had to add this as it speaks on several levels and it made me smile.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 5, 2013 8:54 PM

This post discusses how big data is impacting education. In the discussion on big data the following question is raised: "How can we make our students (especially those online students) more successful? (In other words, retention, retention, retention.)" As she learned more about big data she wondered what happened to the human side of the equation, "the caring."

Although this article looks at online learning the words of the Dalai Lama ring true for all of us as educators. Read through them and see what you think. All words used in the image above were said by the Dalai Lama. My thanks to her for putting together some of his words and bringing them to our attention.

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9 amazing ways to learn online

9 amazing ways to learn online | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
There is no need to buy a massive set of encyclopedias anymore, as you can learn most things online these days. The trouble is that the internet is filled with terrible amounts of misinformation.
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OK, there are really good curators out there and this is one from Scoopit. TED and YouTube we know and love, Discovery is not all that new either but Wibit.Net and Roosetta Project are well worth a look.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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OK, two scoops for Wednesday. This site simply was too rich with geography resources to pass up. The filters are amazing and will help your search more than you know. My chemistry students are using it now as they communicate with a couple of classes in the Mid East.

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 28, 6:30 PM

Use updates to filter through and be collated in your most frequented tools.

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Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

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Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
CEM Calendar The initial CEM Calendar has been unveiled-- 120+ events on it already, with many, many more to come--organizations are adding events to it every day! CEM Countdown
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In a few days Connected Educator month will launch. There are all sorts of community events online. You can check out EdConnectr for some even more focused events. This is a good opportunity to get involved in a powerful PLN.

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A Glimpse into the Future of Learning: An Infographic | KnowledgeWorks | College and Career Readiness

A Glimpse into the Future of Learning: An Infographic | KnowledgeWorks | College and Career Readiness | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it
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This one comes with a graphic. You can download this infographic from Knowledge works on the future of teaching from this site. I am using this to start a rich conversation with my PLC.

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8 Great Ideas to MAKE Back to School 2013 Memorable


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Just the site for those trying to make some meaningful changes to this years start.

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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | Iowa Learning Online | Scoop.it

Interview with Tom Ashbrook

 

How education is jeopardizing creativity:

 

"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."

 

“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 


Via Jim Lerman, Dennis T OConnor
Shannon CdeBaca's insight:

There is a significant push to move frm STEM to STEAM. The A is the arts. I know my students benefit from inclusion of arts into my science course. Sir. Ken Robinson makes a powerful argument for creativity and exploration in this interview. It is well worth a listen.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.

 

Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

Sally McKittrick's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

Ken Morrison's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:52 PM


"If we design a life, you can redesign it"  Here is another inspiring conversation with Sir Ken Robinson