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The Trouble With Online Education

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"Internet courses are monologues. True learning is a dialogue."

"'AH, you’re a professor. You must learn so much from your students.'

This line, which I’ve heard in various forms, always makes me cringe. Do people think that lawyers learn a lot about the law from their clients? That patients teach doctors much of what they know about medicine?

Yet latent in the sentiment that our students are our teachers is an important truth. We do in fact need to learn from them, but not about the history of the Roman Empire or the politics of 'Paradise Lost.' Understanding what it is that students have to teach teachers can help us to deal with one of the most vexing issues now facing colleges and universities: online education. At my school, the University of Virginia, that issue did more than vex us; it came close to tearing the university apart.

A few weeks ago our president, Teresa A. Sullivan, was summarily dismissed and then summarily reinstated by the university’s board of visitors. One reason for her dismissal was the perception that she was not moving forward fast enough on Internet learning. Stanford was doing it, Harvard, Yale and M.I.T. too. But Virginia, it seemed, was lagging. Just this week, in fact, it was announced that Virginia, along with a number of other universities, signed on with a company called Coursera to develop and offer online classes.

But can online education ever be education of the very best sort?"
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Reversing the Decline in Big Ideas

Reversing the Decline in Big Ideas | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Many venture capitalists are up in the arms because their returns are down, their funds are drying up, and there appear to be a declining number of entrepreneurs pursuing big ideas."
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First 5 Days

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At BLC12, Alan November posed a challenge to all attendees, asking that they create an amazing first five days at their schools.
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What’s the Best Way to Practice Project Based Learning?

What’s the Best Way to Practice Project Based Learning? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Project Based Learning - there are many views on this subject. This post provides a great diagram that helps to see the continua that one may consider when designing PBL. It looks at six issues: Trust (locus of control), Questioning, Collaboration, Content, Knowledge and Purpose. 

For example, with Trust the continua moves from teacher directed to student directed. Based on the project you may find that the location varies. 

A short description is provided for each of the six issues that you may want to consider as are additional resources.


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52 Autism News Articles, Videos and Blog Posts you need to read

52 Autism News Articles, Videos and Blog Posts you need to read | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

In case you missed it, here are 52 of the best news stories, videos and blog posts from Autism Awareness Month.


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21st Century Learning?!?!

Summarising ideas around the 21st Century Learner.


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Welcome to the App Academy! - Searchable Database and Training on ASD Apps

Welcome to the App Academy! - Searchable Database and Training on ASD Apps | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The purpose of The App Academy is to provide training on apps that have been evaluated and have the ability to be individualized based on evidence-based evaluation criteria which has shown positive outcomes for families of individulas with autism spectrum disorder in past research studies."

 

A searchable database in 6 categories of ASD apps is included.

 

"Each app listed has been evaluated and meets the following criteria

1. App can be manipulated to adhere to foundational principals of evidence-based intervention practices

2. App has the ability to be individualized to meet each families’ specific needs

3. App treats symptom-specific behaviors within the triad of impairments

4. App runs locally with or without an internet connection"


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Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%: May 2011

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%: May 2011 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret."

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The Price of Inequality: Interview With Joseph E. Stiglitz

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"Joe Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate economist, is uniquely qualified to explain how the economy really works, or more precisely, how and why it’s working far better for the top 1 percent than the bottom 99 percent. That’s the topic of his new book The Price of Inequality.

The book is a model of clarity, but that's just one of its virtues.

 

Another is how Stiglitz frames the problem; he doesn’t start from a place of "vast inequality is a fact of life in our free-market system, and that's as it should be." He starts from a much more interesting, and frankly, humane place: "This is happening. Why? Is it a good thing? Is it the market functioning smoothly or is someone taking advantage of their power? Above all: Is society better or worse off?"

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Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Draw Fierce Fire

"Accusations by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that an Islamist group has infiltrated the U.S. government are drawing fierce criticism from fellow lawmakers and religious groups.

Bachmann and four other GOP legislators have sent letters to five government agencies citing 'serious security concerns' about what Bachmann has called a 'deep penetration in the halls of our United States government' by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bachmann also accused Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife, of having family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended Abedin. 'These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit, and they need to stop now,' he said in a Senate speech on Wednesday (July 18).

Bachmann’s letters cite a report by Frank Gaffney, a conservative who has accused President Obama of 'embracing the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood.'"
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4 Online Infographics Generators

4 Online Infographics Generators | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Let's face it, the infographics industry is exploding and now we’re seeing some new tools to help us easily create or generate simple infographics.  Creating and interpreting infographics can form a basis for a wide variety of lessons, in any subject at any grade level,


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The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Online education platform Coursera wants to drag elite education into the 21st century. And yesterday, the academy jumped on board.
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10 TED Talks That Could Be Used As Course Titles

10 TED Talks That Could Be Used As Course Titles | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In this day and age of short attention spans, flipping of classrooms, and rethinking of education… it’s time to rethink course titles. While some schools admittedly are starting to do a better job of making course titles a bit more attractive, most are not up to par.

In an effort to give school administrators and teachers a guidepost with which they can rethink current course titles (what better time than in July, right?), I offer up the idea being shared on Twitter this morning: that we take a page from TED and offer courses using their naming schema.

In other words, make the course titles sexier, the descriptions more attractive, and get students excited to attend a class before they even step foot in the classroom for the first time."

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New Site Offers a Whole New Approach to Online Safety| The Committed Sardine

New Site Offers a Whole New Approach to Online Safety| The Committed Sardine | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Child predators, cyber bullying, and untrustworthy teachers are just some of the internet scandals often discussed on the news concerning youth and online safety. And while programs in schools are right in teaching students about the dangers that exist online, a new website aims to promote the benefits of internet use—as well as bridge the generational gap in online use and knowledge between youth and their teachers and parents.

'Research shows that the vast majority of youth are making good choices online,' said Nancy Gifford, special projects coordinator for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), in an interview with eSchool News. 'In fact, the dangers we often hear about on the nightly news, such as sexting, cyber bullying, and predatory behavior, are not engaged in by the majority of kids.'

The site, called A Platform for Good (PfG), will launch in September with a mission to help shift the conversation away from the negative focus that so often appears in the media about youth online experience to a conversation that highlights the positive opportunities the internet has to offer. Through this approach, FOSI aims to bridge the generational digital divide by increasing adult comfort with technology and understanding of the opportunities it offers."
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National Geographic FieldScope

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"National Geographic FieldScope is a web-based platform to support our Community Geography Initiative. FieldScope is a mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool designed to support geographic investigations and engage citizen scientists in investigations of real-world issues—both in the classroom and in outdoor education settings. National Geographic FieldScope enhances scientific investigations by providing rich geographic context—through maps, mapping activities, and a rich community where fieldwork and data are integrated with that of peers and professionals, adding analysis opportunities and meaning to student investigations.

National Geographic FieldScope

- uses cutting-edge technology to make interactive mapping and geospatial data analysis tools accessible to students via the web in an intuitive package that is free and does not require software installation.

- enables students and classrooms to upload their own field data—including quantitative measurements, field notes, and media, such as photos—and to see it in relation to data from peers and professional scientists.

- fosters collaborative sharing and analysis of data among the FieldScope community and beyond.

National Geographic is partnering with groups—across a range of scientific disciplines—that are interested in exploring how FieldScope can better support student geographic learning and outdoor investigations."
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The Certainty of More Shootings

"An American tragedy, that tragically will recur."

"The Brady Campaign's list of mass shootings in America just since 2005 is 62 pages long."

"There will be more of these; we absolutely know it; we also know that we will not change the circumstances that allow such episodes to recur. I am an optimist about most things, but not about this. Everyone around the world understands this reality too. It is the kind of thing that makes them consider America dangerous, and mad."
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Engagement is not a goal it's an outcome

Engagement is not a goal it's an outcome | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

You often hear people talk about how technology is so “engaging” for kids. But that misses the point. It’s not the technology that’s engaging, it’s the opportunity to use technology to create something that is valued by the community and by yourself. Yes, a new device can be entertaining for a while, but when the novelty value wears off, what are you left with?


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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:14 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access any social media, but rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we could start thinking about what is possible and lobbying for change.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:18 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. Using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing. But they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any age, and any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access social media. But rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we should start thinking about what is possible, and lobbying for change. Could you use a Scoop.it collection as an assessment task?

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Online Art Games - LiveBinder

Online Art Games - LiveBinder | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
This binder contains lots of interactive art games for kids!

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Play Online Games FREEEEE... http://www.gaminghunks.com/
Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:03 PM

Interesting idea that art is an "interactive game."

 

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Semicolons; So Tricky

Semicolons; So Tricky | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"One of the pleasures of a recent piece on semicolons by Ben Dolnick, in the Times (“Semicolons: A Love Story”), was his reference to William James, whose deft use of the semicolon to pile on clauses, Dolnick writes, is “a way of saying to the reader, who is already holding one bag of groceries, here, I know it’s a lot, but can you take another?” I like this because it reminds me that I have always meant to read “The Varieties of Religious Experience”; also because it makes the point that we learn how to punctuate by reading. Finally, the image of the grocery bags reinforces the idea that semicolons are all about balance."
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Stiglitz Speaks Video: The Price of Inequality, June 14, 2012

"Nobel Prize winning economis, author and lecturer, Joseph Stiglitz, talks about his latest book, THE PRICE OF INEQUALITY: HOW TODAY'S DIVIDED SOCIETY ENDANGERS OUR FUTURE. Joseph Stiglitz spoke at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powell's Bookstore in Beaverton, Oregon, on June 14th, 2012. To find out more about the author, please visit his website at josephstiglitz.com. This program was produced by pdxjustice Media Productions of Portland, Oregon."

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld has a new show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
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15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development

15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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With the advance of mobile technology into our life, the notion of professional development has been radically reshaped.To grow professionally is no longer limited to a certain geographic setting with a predefined set of resources, we can now learn wherever we are and on the go. No more boundaries and this is certainly one of the biggest advantages in embracing this kind of technology.

 

To expand this professional development notion to your iPad , I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps that you as a teacher and educator, can install on your iOS device. The list is not exhaustive and there might be other important apps not mentioned here but the ones below are a great stepping stone into the world of self learning. Check them out.


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An Illustration of Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

The Flipped Classroom: The Full picture is not about watching videos as homework.


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Ra's curator insight, November 10, 2015 3:46 PM

Jackie G quick and useful explanation to share with teachers' thinking about how to develop their curriculum development and student engagement methods. 

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LizJardim's curator insight, May 22, 4:08 PM
The flipped classroom looks like a great way to teach, engage learners & allow students to self-pace their learning.
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Student Voice

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We work to unite and centralize the increasingly powerful student voice. We are a movement connecting the leaders of tomorrow and giving them a voice today.
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