South Africa will have high speed internet at the levels of or even faster than the likes of South Korea and Japan. It is not a matter of 'if', but 'when'. The 'if'-question is more relevant to readiness - to be precise, our readiness to skillfully manage connectivity for usefulness. I truly believe that there is enough reality around…
“You can’t just hire them and stick them in a corner. You have to learn the language,” Gaylard said
Amidst the dire, the horror and tragedies rolling from the pages on news in South Africa comes a shining little light of the meaningful steps people take to "learn the language". I am sure there are many more stories like these.
Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices. Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential q...
"There are more questions than answers", sang Johnny Nash in reggae hit of the 70's. Such a conclusion demand a skill that more students, and probably rappers, should not only apply, but certainly be taught.
This article is a healthy awakening in that pursuit.
Beijing Royal School will see its 300-plus high school graduates admitted by overseas universities this year.
I had the honour to attend this graduation in May in Beijing this year. In a society where meritocracy trumps individualism, the Beijing Royal School maintains a commitment to excellence, a fearlessness about trying new technologies for learning and a dedication to teacher profession development.
World deemed just right to support life doesn’t exist, researchers say
Not all clues are created equal. Even though you want things to exists or "it would have been nice if they existed", the facts do not change and in this case there was nothing when we thought there was something. "Bittersweet" is only one rather immaterial consequence of this blunder - the utter waste of continuing to try and find other life forms while there always seem to be a huge shortage on funding for improvement of the life forms we know is a bigger travesty.
These priorities, obviously, are the categories within which specific priorities need to be set. Described as "gaps", it would be interesting to see how much of it is focussed on the need for telecommunications infrastructure.
Emily Gustafsson-Wright recaps the Center for Universal Education's recent webinar on the business case for early childhood development, jointly organized with the Global Business Coalition for Education and Ready Nation/America's Edge.
Technology has created new opportunities for educators to tap dynamic learning resources and individualize instruction. In this series, teachers learn to navigate complexities and better understand how instructional technology can be used to deepen student learning.
Time constraints are part of life and although improved communications technology are purposed to save time and add to efficiency, Abraham Tumuti's scoop highlight the dilemma that the very solution could be the problem. Solutions, especially technology-based solutions, do not abscond us from working hard at designing contingencies, some of which may be older and reliable modes of communication. Technology is great - when it works. When it does not, instead of losing our minds, we should be using them.
Dominic Basulto's perceptive piece on the trend to save more and more of what you'd probably not need could be borrowed from an ingrained habit we have to hoard - and, as he shows, it is costly. However, if acknowledged for what it is and the skills exist to delineate, sort, categorize and evaluate, these "hoarded" pieces of data could become useful pieces of information to be used by someone else in the same manner that yard sales have served innovative hoarders.
You are a top performing company. You have started using a couple of mobile apps at work. But what next? How do you turn some inspired use of mobile into a broader strategy? One of the key components of this is creating an internal, corporate ecosystem for mobile.
Mobile Learning strategies within the formal school environment can benefit greatly from Geoff's insight because this niche that Qualcomm identified, combines technology-assisted learning with participant creativity and innovation within a structured learning environment.
The enterprise app store is new and a watchful eye will be a great asset.
That said, Geoff and his team are clearing a forest dense with options that, if we stick around, may help us all find meaningful, custom solutions for the complex problems we face within the formal or informal learning.
While this article attempts to strike a balance between working hard and hardly working, it is based on an archaic and waning paradigm - clocking in and clocking out. It is more important to have healthy life patterns that is good for work than "a working pattern that is good for your health."
Maybe the German/UK comparison reveals just that - some live and work smart.
Western thinking ignores its own prophets in the voices of William Bridges (Jobshift, 1995), Charles Handy (Age of Unreason, 1990) and Jeremy Rifkin (The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force…1996) evidenced through reform recommendations that omits shifts within life and work.
I bet that John Ashton would have had to push plenty of hours to arrive at the conclusions of his research. That said, the connection between stress and work is rather deep insight into the obvious.
The national debate over education standards is getting dragged down by myths about what the Common Core is, where it come from, and the impact it will have. The discussion over academic standards is important for America’s future—so let’s make sure it’s based on the facts.
Any parallels with reform in South Africa? I suspect at least one: That educational reform "limit teachers' creativity and flexibility".
While this article's heading suggests a problem, it is wisest considered as an opportunity - an opportunity to both reflect over the value of off-line for learning and the challenge of finding off-the-grid solutions. Unfortunately, this opportunity is missed as the article simply reports failing to provide meaningful solutions.
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