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The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

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This is an important read.  Great Ken Robinson quote about dangerously irrelevant.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 3:07 PM

According to John Dewey, the objective of education is to connect learning to life. Alfred North Whitehead suggested the only subject needed was Life in all its manifestations.

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Thank you, Grant. The philosophical shift must follow the experience on the ground.
Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 13, 9:46 PM

Resources are not only becoming more available, but more applicable as well! Maybe the way of the future is not sitting in a classroom, but that would require more self-directed learners... and there is a lack of such in my experience, at least in the commonly recognized academic fields. Everyone has their own interests, whether inside or outside the classic realm of academia, but maybe that's a distinction worth respecting.

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism | Hybrid Pedagogy.com

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism | Hybrid Pedagogy.com | Leading Learning | Scoop.it

Educational theory and practice have begun to appear more frequently in the popular press. Terms such as collaborative learning, project-based learning, metacognition, inquiry-based learning, and so on, might be new to some audiences, but they have a relatively long and well-documented history for many educators. The most widely-known and promising pedagogical approach is constructivism grounded on the work of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner. Given how it has transformed my own understanding of pedagogy, teaching, and learning, constructionism seems ripe for a similar resurgence — like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Taylorization and standardized testing. Constructionism brings creativity, tinkering, exploring, building, and presentation to the forefront of the learning process.

 

 

Over the last decade my teaching has undergone a dramatic transformation as I played with many methods for getting my students to learn not only through doing, but also through creating. Initially this interest was sparked by a belief that targeting the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) would lead to mastery in all the other cognitive domains. Later it was bolstered by an interest in creating more collaborative learning opportunities for my students.

 

 

I also felt passionately that anything my students create should have an authentic audience. I realized, after reading the works of influential writing theorist Peter Elbow, that when they wrote essays for me, they were writing to be judged, not writing to inform. Elbow argued that:

 

"When students write for teachers, they are writing ‘uphill’ in the authority dimension: instead of having the normal language-using experience of trying to communicate ‘across’ to others in order to tell them what’s on their mind, they are having the experience of trying to communicate ‘up’ to someone whose only reason for reading is to judge the acceptability of what they wrote and how they wrote it."

 

My first experiment was in having them write essays for their classmates, and although it was a vast improvement, still the audience seemed less than authentic.

 

Fortunately, my efforts to transform the way I teach came at the same time we were experiencing the societal shift from information consumerism to a production and remix culture. Now my students could write for a truly authentic audience through blogs, wikis, and websites.

 

As I strove to facilitate learning through creating, I realized that text-based creations were only the surface and started to build learning experiences in which my students explored and leveraged the wealth of creativity tools which were freely available online, including podcasting, screencasting, online presentation, mindmapping, animation, and infographic tools.

 

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Will Gourley's curator insight, January 25, 6:46 PM

Another amazing reason to follow Hybrid Pedagogy

Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, January 27, 6:14 AM

I prefer the Connectivist approach, but if we can move the masses out of the 19th century education model and into the early 20th model that is a ste in the right direction.

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9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Leading Learning | Scoop.it

"Is our education system broken? Answers to this question differ depending on the perspective from which each one of us looks at it and also in terms of what we mean by broken. This question has also been the theme that several scholars and educators from all around the world covered in their TED talks."


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Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 7:17 PM

I enjoy TED Talks and wanted to save this for future reference in case I find that I needed some motivation along the journey of becoming an elementary educator. 

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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
As education grows and changes educators have the opportunity to change the way they envision their roles and their classrooms.
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Seven Elements of Leadership Style by Jim Collins

Seven Elements of Leadership Style by Jim Collins | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
The elements of leadership style taught by Jim Collins deliver great value to aspiring leaders. These elements will enhance your leadership effectiveness.
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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success - Edutopia

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success - Edutopia | Leading Learning | Scoop.it

"How can you get the best out of your teachers and improve student learning? Edutopia's research analyst explains some of the best practices found by researchers to help ensure educator growth and success"

 


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High Achiever, Gifted Learner, CreativeThinker

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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? - | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
Are You Teaching Content, Or Teaching Thought? by Terry Heick Thinking is troublesome. For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts...
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Connecting

The 18 minute "Connecting" documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry's thought leaders. As…
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Connecting involves more than just people.

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11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic

11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
The current trend of education technology is nothing to sneeze at. There are iPads and Android devices popping up in classrooms around the world.
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At what point in the 21C does *not* using technology in the classroom become malpractice?
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Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC

Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
Connecting to Learn
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ASCD Express 9.10 - A Multiplier Environment

ASCD Express 9.10 - A Multiplier Environment | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Leading for 21C.

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Connected Educators, Leaders and Schools

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Connected students need connected teachers. Connected teachers need backing from connected administrators. Connected administrators create and support connected schools! What do I mean by connected...
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Absolutely the best page outlining why leaders need to connect.

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Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.
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Daniel Pink's ASCD keynote: why being persuasive in the classroom is more important than ever & how to sharpen your skills -

Daniel Pink's ASCD keynote: why being persuasive in the classroom is more important than ever & how to sharpen your skills - | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
What percentage of your time is spent convincing people to give up something they value (like time, energy, attention, or money) in exchange for something you offer? This was the question posed by Daniel Pink, the first keynote speaker at this year’s ASCD conference in Los Angeles. He shared a study where 7,000 Americans participated, and …

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 18, 6:25 AM

This key point is about having more "why" conversations.....

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Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would
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#CTW Change the World

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My Manifesto To Learning

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I read this whenever I forget the importance of changing the trajectory of a child's life every single day by making 'school' a place where they can thrive, and wonder, and learn what they need to reach their best imagined future.

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Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
I often hear language learning is much easier when you are younger, and that we must teach our young students another language when they are young so that they can be ‘more competitive’ in an increasingly globalized, connected world. While I don’t argue with that at all, there are many other benefits that come from being …

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, March 4, 12:10 AM

Especially for Carolyn Seager

Drora Arussy's curator insight, March 4, 4:46 AM

Really states clearly and understandably so many of the benefits of speaking a second language - how much more does the culture of Hebrew bring into the mix?

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 4, 7:40 AM

It might be easier when you are young, but that should not stop you from learning a new language. It isn't too late.

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10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal

10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.
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Starting Points for Learning and Discussion

Starting Points for Learning and Discussion | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
1. How do we integrate technology into daily practice? 2. How can we become more reflective leaders? Life is NOT a Multiple Choice Test 3. What is Connected Learning and Why is it Important? True S...
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Collecting resources here on the topics #Ontario #Education #Leaders have asked to learn about.  Check it out!

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Connections Connections | Tokyo Pineapple

Connections Connections | Tokyo Pineapple | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
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An excellent overview of the theories of connected learning.

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Knowing what we know | Harold Jarche

Knowing what we know | Harold Jarche | Leading Learning | Scoop.it

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Thinking deeply about teaching and learning.

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Promoting a Culture of Learning

Promoting a Culture of Learning | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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How do we create a culture of learning?

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The Facts on Education: What is the Value of Standardized Testing? | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

The Facts on Education: What is the Value of Standardized Testing? | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Leading Learning | Scoop.it
CEA and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) have teamed up to provide you with relevant and timely information based on current empirical educational research. The primary goal of this project is to get relevant and needed research into the hands of parents and other interested people.
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What does the research tell us about standardized tests?

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