At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California,…
With the American economy finally seeming to show some signs of life, many groups are now lobbying for a crash program to renovate public schools.At a time when many needed school reforms suggest a radical departure from the traditional means of delivery, a crash program to rehabilitate infrastructure is, to say the least, misguided.
This article is a continuation of The Connected Student Series It’s a crisp fall Monday morning, and freshly dressed school children are being dropped off by their parents – who by this time have gotten used to the current homework load and the personality of the new teacher. But this year, there is something different …
Leerling 2020 | Gedifferentieerd en gepersonaliseerd leren in 2020 Schoolinfo voert in opdracht van de VO-raad het project ‘Leerling 2020’ uit. Dit project heeft als doel de verdere ontwikkeling van verschillende vormen van differentiëren in het voortgezet onderwijs te faciliteren. U vindt hier meer informatie over het project en een link naar een onderzoek …
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.
“A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.”
Right shift learning in the project based history classroom. I've been using iterations of Scrum, Agile and am now honing in on Right Shift Learning since the 2011-2012 school year. I love what iterations offer, the opportunity for me to fess up to how poorly I utilized theses processes early on, and continue to learn how to be better. I get to say that was an earlier iteration.
Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.
Libraries are logical destinations for makerspace activity. They have how-to guides; Internet access; community trust; an existing infrastructure for planning, promoting, and presenting programs; and big tables for workspaces! But what might a makerspace look like in a secondary school library, which also has responsibilities for developing students as readers and researchers?
I asked Leslie Preddy, veteran school librarian and author of many books about student learning, to share her perspective and insights about makerspace learning in school libraries. Leslie is the author of the recently released School Library Makerspaces, Grades 6-12 (ABC-CLIO, October 2013). Enjoy!
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
When many of my students entered my third-grade classroom this year, they told me they didn’t like to read, and they definitely didn’t like to write. I made them a promise that by the end of third grade, I would change their minds. Before the winter’s end, many of my...
My talk at the conference is about sweet spots and it is also about hacking.
Dave Lankes tells us, “The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. Serve, lead, innovate.” [My emphasis!]
Right now, I see sweet spots. I see so many innovative opportunities to hack old notions in order to better serve and lead. Technologies for curation, communication, creation, and collaboration, are widely available and largely free. They allow us to leverage and scale our talents to facilitate knowledge creation–to be even more responsive to the needs of our communities. I see this as the very moment, the sweet spot, for hacking library.
We need to hack walls and hours. Our virtual libraries must be embedded into classrooms during the school day, available for those learners who opt out of the traditional classroom environment, and ever-ready for those who choose to do their learning after 3 PM.
We have the capacity to be open 24/7. We have the capacity to be just-in-time, just-for-me. It is so easy for us to be an app. I’ve had kids help me make library apps. I want to see every kid in America flexing bigger and more powerful apps than the ones they currently carry on their phones and tablets. Everything we buy for them, every instructional resource we create and curate for them, ought to be where they need it most, whenever they need it. Every kid ought to be able to carry a library in his or her pocket.
We need to hack collection. Collections do not serve communities if they are not accessible and responsive. Collection is no longer merely what we buy and own. Collection is what we point to, curate, make discoverable, create context around. Tools like the Web2MARC generator make grabbing free web content easy.
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
I've been thinking a lot about the school library this week and I've come to a conclusion that might just be half-baked and is definitely going to rile more than a few book lovers up: The cash that schools spend stocking nonfiction titles in the library is wasted and would be better spent on classroom devices that can be used to access the web.
Source: Edutopia Suppose you are teaching an introductory biology course and your next lesson deals with genetics. You would like to prepare your students for the upcoming class by asking them to think about the topic.
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students’ intellectual and cognitive development. Too often individual learner’s needs do not enter into the equation of their educations. Maslow’s...
Securing education futures Times Higher Education Second, I can assure Ainley that, whatever its form, the IoE will continue to explore the nature of learning and the future of education at all levels from primary to postgraduate.
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...