... discussed in the report are interactive whiteboards, projectors, document cameras, desktop computers, laptop/netbook computers, tablet computers/iPads, ereaders, MP3 players/iPods, smartphones and student response systems/clickers.
Via Gary Morrison
Part of the reason curation is such a popular term right now is that the definition of curation has been changed by technology. Years ago 'curation' was a specialized field that was found only in places like museums, performed by individuals who have studied their field and the techniques of curation for years.
The definition of curator has expanded in recent years, largely in line with the expansion of social media technologies. The fact is, if you're reading this post on the Learning Circuits Blog, chances are you already are a curator, whether your realize it or not....."
"If you aren't already enhancing your learning and performance strategies via curation, you should be enhancing your awareness and skill sets in this area. It isn't so much a matter of 'If' your learning and performance programs will be impacted by curation; it's a matter of 'When'."
Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator.
"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.
Key takeaways from this video:
Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way. Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe. Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject. Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made. Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.
The following is excerpted from The Edupunks' Guide, a free ebook by Fast Company senior writer Anya Kamenetz. You can download the PDF here and a plain-text ereader version here. For more on edupunk, watch the DIY U video here.
Via Sue Beckingham
The Commercial DispatchFrom at-risk to high-performing, West Lowndes Elementary beats the oddsThe Commercial Dispatch... then made sure the library was well-stocked with what their young readers wanted.
Via Dr. Laura Sheneman
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that students whose teachers hold master's degrees score higher on the NAEP math and reading exams than those whose teachers have only bachelor's degrees.
Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated.
Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of Quest to Learn, the first public school based on the principles of game design in the U.S., explained how failure can be a motivating agent for learning in her presentation at SXSW....
"The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews AM, commissioned a review of digital classroom teaching in September 2011. He set up an external task and finish group to lead the review. The aim was to identify 'which digital classroom delivery aspects should be adopted to transform learning and teaching' for those aged 3 to 19."
Includes a link to the report:
Find it, make it, use it, share it: learning in digital Wales
which has many references to the importance of Information Literacy in education
Late on a Friday afternoon, I stood in front of 30 exhausted graduate students in a social science course I teach at Teachers College, Columbia University. Knowing that I had the perfect thing to p...
Via Gary Morrison
Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli have a hit with their most recent book, Personal Learning Networks - Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education. Here is a link to the resources and examples in the book.
Via Sue Beckingham