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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice list, but I think the word 'should' is missing from the title. This is the 21st century and most of the things mentioned are still happening.

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StephAlex's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:46 PM

As a teacher working in a school where we are wanting to introduce BYOD as the norm, we do have a lot of barriers to building that culture in the school environment.  Food for thought going forward.

Valeria Guerra's curator insight, April 1, 2014 5:05 AM

Very interesting insight! I agree completely, unfortunately most school directors don't. I would argue only with the case of traditional libraries.

Jorge Edgar's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:57 AM

Its important to think about this!

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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

n the past, teachers gave life to learning for generations of students — no different than today. But they were operating in an environment of scarcity that would make today’s teachers cringe (and they do, every time the Internet is down for more than just
a short while). As the information available and our ability to access it increases, this new economy of information is transforming the practice of teaching and the roles of both teacher and student.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice article, but doesn't do much to suggest what teachers should do about it or how they should change.

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Julia Beck's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:39 PM

And now for the strategies!

Paz Barceló's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:18 AM

En una Economía de la Información, el profesor que todavía insiste en la distribución de información a través de conferencias o clases tradicionales, está compitiendo con la diversidad de información que se presenta en múltiples medios y formatos.  Está impidiendo, o no fomenta el que  los estudiantes a participen activamente en maneras mucho más profundas que la simple escucha.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:10 PM

We live in an age of infowhelm. How do we cope and teach our students to wade through this information?

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Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Children need real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from available technologies. Technologies should be used to enhance curriculum and experiences for children. Children have to have an integrated and well-balanced set of experiences to help them grow into capable adults that can handle social-emotional interactions as well as develop their intellectual abilities.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A really interesting interview with a much more balanced view of how technology can impact early learning.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:46 AM
Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom
Monty Bell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:27 AM

I like the approach which is about creating a shared experience with technology not an all or nothing. 

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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
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Useful article with some good suggestions.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 19, 2014 3:17 AM

Worth reading... we need to bridge that gap for good!!

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:06 AM

Interesting insights, American-based, but applicable worldwide. 

Serge Dielens * Phygital Marketing Communication expert @ EdgeCommunication.be *'s curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:20 AM

L'école est-elle (loin-très loin-trop loin) à la traîne en Belgique?

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Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom

Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When you ask people to define ‘Critical Thinking’, there is no shortage of definitions. In a recent online webinar for English Language Teachers, the lecturer started the webinar by asking participants to share their own definition of the term, Critical Thinking. With around 100 teachers from various backgrounds, there was a wide range of ideas and suggestions.


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You can download the complete book in exchange for registering. Seems like a good enough deal.

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John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:49 PM

Critical thinking skills are something all teachers need to present to students and here are some realistic activities for class.  John Hughes has very kindly offered this PDF free. You do have to register to open it.

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

That we have evolved our favorite forms of communication is obvious without more than simply watching our students walk through the hallways. It would be easy to demonize social media and each medium that it provides for human interaction. But it would be educationally valuable to embrace it, turning it into an opportunity for our students to develop an appreciation for the advanced cognitive skills they employ on a daily basis. Why not study the highly visual communication models connecting the thoughts that mean the most to them with the social networks where they live their lives?

Nik Peachey's insight:

I really like that last paragraph. Nice article with some valuable points about visual communication.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 8, 2014 3:15 PM

Visual literacy matters


Visual literacy is the ability to:

  1. Process and make meaning of information presented in an image.
  2. Communicate our own ideas through principles of design.
  3. Create our own messages that capture our visual thinking in a way that conceptualizes problems to given solutions.
Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 9:00 PM

Visual Literacy has a new emphasis in the Australian Curriculum. This is certainly a good article to give ideas for embedding some good quality practice in digital learning. 

Rebekah Crouch's curator insight, August 4, 2015 10:15 PM

Visual Literacy has a new emphasis in the Australian Curriculum. This is certainly a good article to give ideas for embedding some good quality practice in digital learning. 

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Learning through technology: Inspiring workplace success - Report

Learning through technology: Inspiring workplace success - Report | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
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Interesting report into the use of and training for technology in the workplace.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 2014 12:32 PM

Learning through technology: Inspiring workplace success - Report

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Why You Shouldn’t Stalk Your Kid Online

Why You Shouldn’t Stalk Your Kid Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A teacher should create a profile that is herself or himself as a teacher, on Facebook or wherever your cohort of kids are. Never go and friend a student on your own, but if a student friends you, accept. And if a student reaches out to you online, respond. If you see something concerning about a student on a social media account, approach him or her in school. Give your password to the principal, so it’s all transparent, and then be present.

Nik Peachey's insight:

An interesting interview with some sound advice about teens and cyber privacy.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, March 4, 2014 10:50 PM

Author of "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" by dana boyd, Microsoft Researcher and NYU Media and Culture professor. Good place to start if you want to know what your kids are doing online and how to go about it.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:55 AM

Some great ideas about how to manage your support networks online and how parents/teachers can interact with young people online 

Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:30 AM

Emily Bazelon on danah boyd's book, "It's Complicated."

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Chaos to school in the cloud

Chaos to school in the cloud | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
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Interesting article about how the school in the cloud is becoming a reality.

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James Jandebeur's curator insight, March 4, 2014 9:15 AM

I'm generally a bit reticent about the idea of completely replacing teachers with machinery, but there are still teachers here, setting up the machines. Of course, they aren't being just replaced by machines in this model: the machines are just the repositories of information, like books are in traditional schools. The teachers are really being replaced by the groups of students helping each other learn.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 4, 2014 9:59 PM

Great article on Sugata Mitra - the educator who put the computer in the wall in Calcutta. 

John Rudkin's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:51 AM

Wonderful story of persistence and vision.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report is new this year, providing these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice.

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You can download the complete report as PDF.

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Alexandro Lebron's curator insight, March 8, 2014 9:22 PM

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elearn Magazine: Augmented Reality: A new way of augmented learning

elearn Magazine: Augmented Reality: A new way of augmented learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With AR, there would be no need to define the learning contexts and environments, as the real-world circumstances we are grounded define them. A comprehensive one-suit-all learning materials would no longer be useful as each individuals can be the teacher and learner for themselves.

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Interesting article on AR with some links to research which show improved learning results.

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 3, 2014 4:08 PM

Augmented Reality and Gamification could help to support teachers in what they already do in the classroom: - engage, differentiate and educate.

Hongsheng Li's curator insight, March 3, 2014 10:21 PM

是否可以发展为:AR for augmented spatial learning or spatial thinking

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...In with the new

...In with the new | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Or: Some newer ELT blogs to check out in 2014 In my last post, I looked at some blog posts I wished I'd commented on in 2013. In this post, I'd like to share some newer blogs that have caught my at...
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Nice article about academic writing.

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ELT Podcast Episode 4 Developing pronunciation

Phil Keegan talks to pronunciation expert Jonathan Marks about why teaching pronunciation is important. There are also a few practical tips on how to incorporate pronunciation work into your everyday teaching

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A 20 minute podcast on pronunciation with some useful tips and links.

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Educating and innovating - 25 years of the World Wide Web - Innovate My School

Educating and innovating - 25 years of the World Wide Web - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The internet offers us the biggest single opportunity, since the founding of the Library of Alexandria in 288 BC when papyrus replaced tablet, to advance the publication of all of man’s knowledge across the globe for the benefit of all and many have seized on it.

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Nice feel good article.

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5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices

5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis. Often, people believe that managing a classroom that has employed technology requires a whole new approach and skill set. However, I have found that many traditional methods of classroom management readily translate to the technological rich schoolroom – with some slight modification.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Some nice tips and links that are well work following up.

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Character Minutes's curator insight, March 13, 2014 1:30 PM

Like the idea of 2 eyes, 2 feet...so important!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 3:16 AM
5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices
Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 10:02 PM

Classroom management is a fundamental skill regardless whether we are using high tech, low tech or no tech

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you're going to ignore social media in the classroom, then [..] stop pretending that you're helping low-income children overcome the digital divide if you aren't going to teach them how to communicate online.
Social media is here. It's just another resource and doesn't have to be a distraction from learning objectives. Social media is another tool that you can use to make your classroom more engaging, relevant and culturally diverse.

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Some good ideas and tips.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 12, 2014 6:29 AM

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Cédric's curator insight, March 12, 2014 5:33 PM

Toujours dans la même ligne de notre précédent atelier des TICE en cours de FLE mais on peut apprécier certaines indications qui peuvent être bien utiles!

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:55 AM

Bridging the divide...

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K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC - Findings

K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC - Findings | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With support from partners around the United States as well as co-facilitators from various institutions and organizations, the MOOC was developed and implemented from a connectivist pedagogy. Participants were encouraged to act as both participants and leaders in a conversation about connected learning, personalization, collaboration, and reflection. The course was unique in the sense that its intended audience included K-12 students interested in teaching, preservice teachers, and inservice teachers. The goal of inviting such an audience was to facilitate a conversation that supported learning through collaborative professional development.

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Interesting research findings from a trial MOOC course for teachers.

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Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. On her website she writes, “I didn’t write this book to make money. I wrote this book to reach as wide of an audience as I possibly could.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Good chance to download a very interesting free book.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, March 10, 2014 7:06 AM

Social history and reflection on today's connected youth - looks interesting

gawlab's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:01 PM

a téléchargé la copie libre  du livre de danah boyd. 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 22, 2014 2:58 AM

Free Download

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Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

All in, this is not sensationalist, but shows how educational technology will shape the future of education in the next ten years. The prognostications made above show what a challenging, exciting and cutting edge place education can be, with teachers, students and schools at the forefront of creative innovation.

Nik Peachey's insight:

I like the sound of this. A nice optimistic read which talks about technology without really talking too much about technology.

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eBook: How Gamification Reshapes Learning

eBook: How Gamification Reshapes Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Dedicated Learning Professionals and Educators across the globe were, until recently, desperately seeking for ways, methods, and techniques to engage employees and students in the learning process. Surprisingly enough, no one would think that games was the answer. After all, games tend to increase learners’ natural desire for competition, goal achievement, and genuine self-expression, while they also promote interactivity, have rules, a quantifiable outcome, and can be colorful, appealing, and extremely realistic.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Not exactly a book, but a 25 page collection of interviews with various education professionals.

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Wayan Eka Budiartha's curator insight, March 6, 2014 5:05 AM

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eBook: How Gamification Reshapes Learning
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How to Incorporate Popular Video Games into a Lesson Plan

How to Incorporate Popular Video Games into a Lesson Plan | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Educators are always looking for new ways to make learning fun for their students. For that reason, many teachers have begun incorporating popular video games into their classroom curriculum. Because video games require problem-solving and strategy, it is only natural to assume they would fit nicely in the modern day classroom. Nearly 51 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade play video games, so their inclusion into the educational process makes perfect sense.

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This article includes links to 5 different video games with suggestions for using them as a tool for learning.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Technology-based assessment: Challenges and solutions

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Technology-based assessment: Challenges and solutions | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In response to the need in international large-scale assessments, concepts and tools for complex multi-media-type assessments have been developed, continuously improved and validated in multiple national and international studies. The tools are open-source and/or free of charge for non-commercial educational and research purposes, and tangible for use in school and classroom settings outside the international studies.

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If you are interested in computer based assessment them you may well enjoy this.

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Data Changes Everything: Delivering on the Promise of Learning Analytics in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Data Changes Everything: Delivering on the Promise of Learning Analytics in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Although effective practices leveraging learning analytics are still in their early stages, the number of stakeholder groups interested in discovering more about how learning analytics can support effective decision making in higher education institutions continues to grow. By using learning analytics and working together to make accountable, informed decisions based on carefully mined data, all contributors to the educational enterprise—students, staff, faculty, administrators, and members of the broader higher education community—can help deliver on the promise to enable student success.

 

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There are lies, damned lies and then there are statistics! Interesting article though.

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Personal Learning Environments in Smart Cities: Current Approaches and Future Scenarios

Personal Learning Environments in Smart Cities:  Current Approaches and Future Scenarios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this paper, we discuss smart cities as spaces for constructing Personal Learning Environments. Our special focus is on mobile and locative media, which open new possibilities of interaction with the surrounding environment. In technology-rich infrastructures such as smart cities, physical objects, including buildings, works of art or points of interest, can become part of the learning environment.

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Very interesting reading.

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niftyjock's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:57 PM

This then highlights the question why wifi isn't free in cities?

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Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Although students are generally well informed about protecting content about them that is posted online, there is a need for more education when it comes to corporate uses of their personal information. What students know – compared to what they think they know – about protecting their data, is fraught with contradictions.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting report on Canadian teens. Stats and issues probably carry through internationally. Have a look at the executive summary for a quick read.

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