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Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers

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"This is the first episode in a Bits video series that examines how robots are poised to change the way we do business and conduct our daily lives."
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Report Finds Low Number Of English Majors Have To Take Shakespeare Classes

Report Finds Low Number Of English Majors Have To Take Shakespeare Classes | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As Shakespeare would say, 'We have seen better days.' • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.
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In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

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"Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities."
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11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space

"It's not just the size of objects in space that boggles the mind — it's the vastness of the timescales on which events in space occur. Pluto takes 248 Earth years to orbit the sun. To put it another way, the entirety of US history has occurred during a single Plutonian orbit. When Pluto was last in its current location, we hadn't invented aviation, let alone spaceflight. This map was released by NASA's New Horizons team in anticipation of the probe becoming the first spacecraft to visit Pluto in July.
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Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Given the ubiquity of mobile devices being used by students in their university, a group of lecturers formed an action-learning group to learn collaboratively about enhancing their teaching with mobile pedagogies."
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How to Be Emotionally Intelligent

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"What makes a leader? Knowledge, smarts and vision, but also the ability to identify and monitor emotions and manage relationships."
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Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders

Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Click on an organisation to jump to description The generation of children born in the 2000s has had unprecedented access to digital means of communication. In the developed world at least, where t...

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Learning Through Tinkering

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"If we want children to be independent thinkers, we should give them the tools — and the challenges — to figure stuff out for themselves."
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Text to Text | ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names’

Text to Text | ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names’ | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"On Feb. 3, 2015, a Times News Alert announced the stunning headline: “Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel.” • Fifty-five years after “Mockingbird” first appeared, this surprise announcement created a literary sensation. The new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” already tops pre-order bestseller lists and has spurred its own share of controversy. • Whether you’ve responded to this news with delighted anticipation, concerned skepticism or something in between, the recent attention to Ms. Lee and her work reminds us of the central place “Mockingbird” has in our literary culture. It’s a perennial favorite in schools and, according to one study, the most-recommended book among American readers. • Although the themes, setting and characters of “Mockingbird” could be paired with any number of pieces from The Times’s vast archive, our guest writer, Laura Tavares from Facing History and Ourselves, has chosen a recent article that situates the novel in its historical context and also raises important questions about race, justice and memory in our society today. • Below, she pairs Chapter 15 of the novel with a recent Times article on the Equal Justice Initiative report documenting the history of racial lynching in the United States."
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7 Questions About the Meaning of the Germanwings Crash

7 Questions About the Meaning of the Germanwings Crash | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"One of the plane's pilots appears to have downed the aircraft deliberately. What are the consequences?"
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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom."
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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson."
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Teacher prize winner gives away $1m

Teacher prize winner gives away $1m | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from [Maine,] US, wins an inaugural competition for the world's best teacher, but pledges to give the prize money to her school."
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Love and Merit

"Parenting in America is experiencing a silent epidemic of conditional love."
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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome."
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Serving All Your Heroin Needs - NYTimes.com

"FATAL heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities. • If these deaths are the measure, we are arguably in the middle of our worst drug plague ever, apart from cigarettes and alcohol. • And yet this is also our quietest drug plague. Strikingly little public violence accompanies it. This has muted public outrage. Meanwhile, the victims — mostly white, well-off and often young — are mourned in silence, because their parents are loath to talk publicly about how a cheerleader daughter hooked for dope, or their once-star athlete son overdosed in a fast-food restaurant bathroom."
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Educator Larry Ferlazzo details how to make reading and writing relevant to students lives in order to motivate them."
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This Will Be the Top Business Skill of the Next 5 Years

This Will Be the Top Business Skill of the Next 5 Years | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing."
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New Vision for Education_Report2015


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David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 7:22 PM

This is a lengthy article detailing the relationship between 21st century skills and the adoption of technology as a way to promote growth in those skill areas. If you are here, you might find this very much "preaching to the choir," but the article provides a solid basis for understanding the need to integrate technology into education.

Melina Dayana Calizaya Torres's curator insight, April 6, 10:19 PM

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2:19 PM

The World Economic Forum has published a new white paper called New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology; the link for the full report is included at the end of this article.  The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit international institution headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Although the focus of this report is worldwide, the gaps in identified twenty-first century skills are very applicable to schools in the USA.  In a powerful statement, the report says: “By the time students enter college and the labour market, deficiencies that have not been addressed earlier can be far more difficult and costly to remedy.” (p 8-9).

The report differentiates 21st century skills among foundational literacies, competencies, and character qualities. It sees foundational skills as what schools and systems traditionally teach and measure: literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, instructional-communication technology literacy, financial literacy, and cultural and civic literacy.  Competencies sited include critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. While curiosity, initiative, persistence/grit, adaptability, leadership, and social and cultural awareness are included in a category called character qualities.  Appendix 1 includes definitions of 21st century skills.

The instructional cycle is referred to as a “closed loop” in this report. Beginning with clear learning objectives through the development of curriculum and instructional strategies to instructional delivery, ongoing assessment, interventions and the tracking of learning outcomes in a repeating complex system.  The report looks at ways that technology can be embedded into each step of the instructional loop to improve student learning outcomes and eliminate the skill gap, providing some resources that might be used at different phases of the cycle.

The report cites differences in the use of technology tools to close the skill gap, looking at different income levels among countries which create different contexts and stating that there are fundamental social and economic problems, such as poverty, that impede learning and underlie the skills gap. Although the deficiencies in many undeveloped countries far surpass those found in the United States, it is my perspective that there are different contexts within the United States itself that must be acknowledged and addressed.

The importance of creativity, problem solving and innovation to the economic well-being of our nation and therefore, the employability of our workforce cannot be stressed enough. The pressure of standardized testing can lead to a standardized curriculum and instruction model that does not allow  the classroom time for these skills to develop. Teachers caught in this dilemma are often driven to insure success on state tests at the cost of providing time for experimentation, reflection, and collaborative feedback. The report does suggest using technology for some of the foundational skills in order to free teacher time to provide instruction on competency and character skills.

In two of the examples from low income countries, technology was used to provide scripted lessons that were created centrally  to under-trained teachers. My preference would be to  more fully train teachers or provide a mentor/coach rather than a “turn the page” curriculum model.

One of the tenants of the article is the need to define and find a metric to assess each of these 21st century skills in order to compare countries skill level. Although I agree with the need to define the skills needed and provide training and resources to teachers so these skills can be embedded into the curriculum and instruction, the idea of an assessment to measure creativity or persistence fills me with dread. Paul Torrance developed a well-used test for creativity used to screen students for school gifted and talented programs.  It is not a test that can be administered and interpreted without training. The idea of administering a standardized test which by definition is convergent in thinking to measure a thinking skill that is divergent by definition seems inappropriate and a major shortcoming of this report.

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Student Crossword | Women’s Suffrage

"Test your knowledge of the history of the women’s suffrage movement by playing our crossword (PDF).You can find the answers here. • When you’re done, you might explore these related Times and Learning Network resources: • Collection | Celebrate Women’s History Month Collection | Using The New York Times for Teaching and Learning About Women Historic Headlines | Aug. 26, 1920 | 19th Amendment Takes Effect, Giving Women the Vote Times Topic | Women and Girls Times Topic | Women’s Rights Times Topic | National Organization for Women • Visit our Student Crossword Archive to find more than 200 additional puzzles on topics across the curriculum."
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Turns Out, Snow Days Don't Impact Students' Test Scores

Turns Out, Snow Days Don't Impact Students' Test Scores | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new study." School closings for snow "have no effect at all on student achievement for the sample...
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Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge

Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The bad news? We won’t be judging the challenge this year, or declaring winners. The good news? The Learning Network is hopefully getting an upgraded commenting system soon."
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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond."
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Maine teacher wins first-ever Global Teacher Prize, $1 million

"Nancie Atwell, who founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, was picked from a field of 10 teachers."
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