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A school in the cloud: Sugata Mitra accepted the TED Prize at TED2013

A school in the cloud: Sugata Mitra accepted the TED Prize at TED2013 | Future of education | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra is named the TED Prize winner at TED2013. He shares his wish—for a school in the cloud that encourages self-learning.
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It’s Here! Get the 2017 NMC Horizon Report

It’s Here! Get the 2017 NMC Horizon Report | Future of education | Scoop.it
Top 10 “Talking Points” About the Report

1. For the first time ever, the Introduction looks back at the trajectory of NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education Edition topics for the past six years. Over time, Blended Learning Designs has been the most pervasive trend, competition from new models of education the most targeted challenge, and learning analytics the most impactful technology development.

2. The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 78 experts. Institutional leaders, educators, instructional designers, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 22 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments.

3. The Executive Summary presents ten highlights capturing the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics. Among the themes are the notions that advancing progressive learning approaches requires cultural transformation and that digital fluency is more than just understanding how to use technology.

4. Icons are placed next to each topic in the report to signify the broader categories they belong to. They are: Expanding Access and Convenience, Spurring Innovation, Fostering Authentic Learning, Tracking and Evaluating Evidence, Improving the Teaching Profession, and Spreading Digital Fluency. The NMC intends to carry through these “meta-categories” from edition to edition as benchmarks.

5. The report illuminates examples of compelling trends, solutions, and technology initiatives already in practice at colleges and universities. Institutions seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment can look to these exemplars from across the world.
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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space | Future of education | Scoop.it

Education as it should be – passion-based.
The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them.

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7 Critical Skills for the Jobs of the Future

7 Critical Skills for the Jobs of the Future | Future of education | Scoop.it
As automation changes the workforce, it's essential to focus on these job skills of the future. Read how to adopt these seven survival skills of the future.
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7 Critical Skills For the Jobs of the Future

7 Critical Skills For the Jobs of the Future | Future of education | Scoop.it

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

We spend so much time teaching students how to answer questions that we often neglect to teach them how to ask them. Asking questions—and asking good ones—is a foundation of critical thinking. Before you can solve a problem, you must be able to critically analyze and question what is causing it. This is why critical thinking and problem solving are coupled together.

Wagner notes the workforce today is organized very differently than it was a few years ago. What we are seeing are diverse teams working on specific problems, as opposed to specific specialties. Your manager doesn’t have all the answers and solutions—you have to work to find them.

Above all, this skill set builds the very foundation of innovation. We have to have the ability to question the status quo and criticize it before we can innovate and prescribe an alternative.

2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
3. Agility and Adaptability
4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship
5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
6. Assessing and Analyzing Information
7. Curiosity and Imagination


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MOOCs for refugees - work in progress

MOOCs for refugees - work in progress | Future of education | Scoop.it
One of the early promises of the MOOC movement was that they would provide access to high quality education to millions who would otherwise never be able to attend a traditional campus course. After a few years of MOOC development, many studies showed that this promise was not being fulfilled (see for example this study from Harvard University) and that the courses attracted mostly digitally literate graduates looking for professional development or exploring interesting new fields. The mass migration from war-torn Syria provided a potential testing ground for the philanthropic visions of many MOOC advocates and a number of innovative projects and initiatives were started to offer a range of open online courses to refugees with the opportunity of turning the certificates into credible credentials.

At present there a wide range of initiatives offering MOOCs to refugees both in Europe and in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, most notably Kiron Open Higher Education, Coursera for refugees, Jamiya Project and Education without borders. I am working in an Erasmus+ project called MOONLITE looking at how MOOCs can be used to foster employability and enhance social inclusion for refugees. Many universities offer courses to help refugees learn the language of their new country or to help them adapt to a new culture and society. There are also numerous examples of grants available to help refugees into higher education, especially those who are already qualified in professions where the host country has a shortage.  A full review of initiatives is available in a European Commission JRC Science for Policy report, Free Digital Learning Opportunities for Migrants and Refugees (2017).
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What are we counting?

What are we counting? | Future of education | Scoop.it
People keep asking me what I think about quality metrics, the audience research system that Arts Council England (ACE) will shortly require its largest National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) to use.

When I try to answer this complex question, many immediately tell me they were asking confidentially and don’t want their own views known. I hear a lot of reservations and many worries, but everyone seems reluctant to say anything during the current NPO application process.
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32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers

32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers | Future of education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Insert a learning simulation

Insert a learning simulation | Future of education | Scoop.it

OFFICE MIX FOR TEACHERS TEACHERS STUDENTS ADMINISTRATORS HOW-TO Insert a learning simulation Included in the Lab Apps from Office are simulations from PhET Interactive Simulations, a non-profit open educational resource project at the University of Colorado Boulder. Its mission is "to advance science and math literacy and education worldwide through free interactive simulations." The project acronym "PhET" originally stood for "Physics Education Technology" but has since expanded to other disciplines, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Mathematics. More than 125 interactive simulations are available for free in a mix created for educational use.


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Blended Learning 

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Improving the world through disruptive innovation.

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Mindfulness in the Classroom: Does It Work?

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Does It Work? | Future of education | Scoop.it
In most schools across the country, you are likely to find students practicing mindfulness. But what affects are these programs having?
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Coming soon... Linked for DIGITAL Literacy

In 2017, the Linked for Literacy partnership between the Zanesville City Schools and the Muskingum County Library System will be expanded to address.

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Can a First Grader Build a Computer?

Can a First Grader Build a Computer? | Future of education | Scoop.it
In the 21st episode of Beyond The Hour of Code, we are talking with Oliver from Kano computers live from the CUE conference. We talked about the awesomeness of the DIY movement and how to best capture that energy in the classroom, we also chatted about some exciting new kits coming from Kano

It was just a few years ago I got interested in programming and computing for younger students, and I did it at the right time. If this is new to you, don't worry, now is also the right time.

The KANO computer was designed by a team responding to the challenge of a child. “There should be a computer that you can put together like LEGO.”

This would be the perfect tagline for the company if it didn't have another company's name in it. The concept is simple and the kit is great. For the past 2 years, I have run an afterschool “build your own computer club” that used the KANO kits.
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5 Vital Truths About Education Technology | Emerging Education Technologies

5 Vital Truths About Education Technology | Emerging Education Technologies | Future of education | Scoop.it

"Study the Past if you Would Define the Future”  – Confucius 

Following are 5 undeniable realities of education technology, as I see them. What do you think? Feel free to weigh in with a comment and share your perspective. – KW

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13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy | Future of education | Scoop.it

How can educators teach elementary and middle school students to be critical consumers of news and media? We asked media literacy experts—teachers and librarians—for their best tips. Here’s what they had to say.
Give them the vocabulary. “Much of media literacy exists in an abstract space, so I teach my youngest students the nouns of the conversation and take a knowledge-based approach instead of imparting values,” says John Landis, a media and technology teacher at Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia. In pre-K through third grade, Landis teaches them about commercials and the difference between fiction and nonfiction. “Once students are able to recognize that some shows on TV are fiction and some are nonfiction, we can then take the more critical step on how good a job the news does in representing reality in later grades,” he says.
Always save room for discussion. “If I had a dollar for every classroom I visited where there is no time spent asking students to summarize and respond to the information they are expected to interpret, I would be a millionaire,” notes Renee Hobbs, professor of communication studies at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. “Time must be spent having kids actively explain what they’ve seen in their own words, either in high-tech ways with Flipgrid, or old-school, like ‘pair share.’ It cannot be bypassed.”
Brien Jennings, library media specialist at Narragansett (RI) Elementary School, stresses the importance of encouraging questions, even from the youngest students. “In my experience, students are curious about all this stuff, even intellectual property,” he notes. Plus, getting children to create their own works, no matter how simple, is key. “I can connect not only to what’s going on in the professional media world, I can use their own work to illustrate concepts. And nothing engages students like seeing the work they or their peers have done.”

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Explore Over 800 Online Courses/MOOCs Starting in Aug 2017

Explore Over 800 Online Courses/MOOCs Starting in Aug 2017 | Future of education | Scoop.it
Here's a list of over 800 MOOCs and online courses coming up in the month of August 2017 categorized based on your interests for all you online learners.
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Web Literacy

Web Literacy | Future of education | Scoop.it
We want more people to see themselves as citizens of the web. The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.

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Très jolie carte pour découvrir les compétences nécessaires au 21e siècle.
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Massive List of #MOOC Providers Around The World

Massive List of #MOOC Providers Around The World | Future of education | Scoop.it
Where to find MOOCs: The definitive guide to MOOC providers.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, June 20, 3:01 AM
It’s been more than five years since online education got a massive boost when three free online courses, all taught by Stanford professors, launched in October 2011. Each of these courses has had over 100,000 students. Soon after that, Coursera, edX, and Udacity were launched and the media started calling the courses provided by these websites “MOOCs”: Massive Open Online Courses. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched free online courses. By the end of 2016, around 58 million students had signed up for at least one MOOC. Many countries around the world (e.g. India, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, and more) have launched their own country-specific MOOC platform.
 
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The 43 best websites for learning something new

The 43 best websites for learning something new | Future of education | Scoop.it
A hand-picked list of the best sites, blogs, tools, course platforms and communities that will help you discover fresh ideas or master new skills.
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Synced brainwaves reveal if students like class

To see if students actually enjoy a class—and get along with their classmates—check their brainwaves, a new study suggests.
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The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation - Quartz

The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation - Quartz | Future of education | Scoop.it
We’re all getting used to the thought that in a not-so-distant future, competition for jobs won’t just be other humans, it will also be an intelligent robot, self-driving car, or other artificial agent. But in our gut, we know this can’t be the full truth, that there’s a more nuanced story. We at least believe that elite human skills will remain valuable even as automation eats the world. The hard part is figuring out which ones will be the most valuable and where they will be the most prized.

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Unpredictability and dealing the physical world are keys to the future
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30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians

30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians | Future of education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Future Ready Schools

Future Ready Schools | Future of education | Scoop.it
Future Ready Schools is a free, bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. This effort comes at a critical time as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for each student. While less than 30 percent of U.S. schools have the bandwidth they need to teach using today’s technology, federal and state efforts are expanding this capacity to ensure that at least 99 percent of the nation’s students have access to high-speed internet in their schools within the next five years. Such connectivity, along with strategic planning by districts to maximize its availability, has the potential to transform the educational experiences of all students, regardless of their background. 
District leaders must respond to these changes with thoughtful planning to align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities. The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort alongside a vast coalition of national organizations. Future Ready Schools can be found at www.futurereadyschools.org. Districts can download the Future Ready Schools fact sheet here.
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Institutional Learning Analytics: How Can Academic Libraries Connect?

seInstitutional Learning Analytics: How Can Academic Libraries Connect? Megan Oakleaf Associate Professor Syracuse University Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE,

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When (Virtual) Reality Meets the Classroom -- Campus Technology

When (Virtual) Reality Meets the Classroom -- Campus Technology | Future of education | Scoop.it

Indiana University (IU) has enjoyed a long and successful history of using virtual reality for research and creative endeavors. Over the past two decades, hundreds of university faculty and students have immersed themselves in 3D environments and virtual simulations. Unfortunately, this work was limited to a handful of spaces, required costly hardware and depended on a small set of shared software resources. Large-format projection systems (taking up hundreds of square feet and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars) and custom applications were common.

Over the past couple of years, virtual reality (VR) has experienced a renaissance. Quality VR display technology is affordable and backed by big tech corporations. Software distribution platforms, such as Steam, allow VR applications to be easily downloaded and installed

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Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges ~ Stephen Downes

Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges ~ Stephen Downes | Future of education | Scoop.it
Slowly but surely, in spite of the issues, cloud tools are coming to the classroom," according to this report. But infrastructure challenges remain. "One of our biggest challenges is providing technology solutions that require bandwidth and some computer." As well, there is the complexity of adding new tools to a classroom environment. No single set of tools provides a perfect fit. " In order to decide which tools are best from the universe of choices on the Internet, teachers communicate with one another, participate with other teachers on social networks to find what's working for them.
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