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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Tech Education Platform

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Tech Education Platform | Future of education | Scoop.it


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has announced the launch of an online tech education platform called Woz U. The idea behind this project is to revamp higher education for the technology industry. Wozniak wants to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the United States.

Based in Arizona, Woz U has been launched with online programs but that’s not going to be where the buck stops. There are plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the United States and even internationally. “Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak

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Good news - the announcement of a Tech Education Platform, amidst dystopian signals for the future of education and the future of internet.
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Secret Teacher: I don’t feel I’m making a difference any more

Secret Teacher: I don’t feel I’m making a difference any more | Future of education | Scoop.it
Having worked out I was good at dealing with special educational needs (SEN) and behaviourally challenging classes, SEN advisers used to praise the way I created a calm environment by using pastel papers and consistent tones while also maintaining an exciting classroom. Depending on the topic, ivy, saris or tinsel could be dangling from the ceiling, with carefully chosen models and images placed around the room to inspire.

Now, I follow instructions about how my displays must look, what paper is allowed and how soon I can celebrate Christmas (last week of term only, or else).

Gone are the days when children who need help and support are allowed to receive it without permission from an outside agency. Now, not even a fidget toy can be handed to a child without a letter from an occupational therapist giving the OK. It’s frustrating to know that you have a tool that could calm a child who is a possible ADHD diagnosis and can’t use it. Even more frustrating is that in order to enforce the no-fiddling rule I end up feeling like I’m punishing the child for something they can’t control.
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Another reason why the future of education is in danger: overregulation.
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School class sizes increase as teacher numbers fall

School class sizes increase as teacher numbers fall | Future of education | Scoop.it

Labour has raised concerns about a 40% increase in the number of primary pupils being taught in classes of 30 or more.
In 2016, the pupil census showed that 44,667 (11%) of Scotland's 396,697 primary pupils were in a class of more than 30.
That compares to 31,842 (9%) of the 366, 429 pupils in 2011.
Labour said the figures underlined the need to use the Scottish Parliament's income tax powers to invest more in education.

Education spokesman Iain Gray MSP said: "The SNP came to power promising to cut classroom sizes - instead it has just cut the number of teachers in our schools.

"Promises, pledges and PR stunts on education cannot hide the SNP's dismal record on our schools - 4,000 fewer teachers, 1.5 billion cut from local budgets, super-sized school classes and a stubborn attainment gap between the richest and the rest."

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Many dystopian signals for the future of education.
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Digital skills for life and work

Digital skills for life and work | Future of education | Scoop.it

The report, released today, highlights the emergence of a new global skills gap where gender, class, geography and age can have a huge impact on whether a person is able to harness new technologies or not. It also presents strategies for ensuring all groups of people can develop these skills.


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Alejandro Rodríguez's curator insight, October 10, 2:27 PM
Certainly, all the world around, everybody relies on technology more than they imagine or want. This is an interesting report to explore the challenges of this new reality.
Ralph Springett's curator insight, October 10, 2:36 PM
Supporting the development of digital skills is complex. Initiatives are often context specific and reliant on partnerships. In addition, the environment must be fertile for initiatives to flourish. Policy makers, education leaders, industry and the individual all have a role in equitable digital skills development.
How is it that you will contribute?
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 10, 4:15 PM
Quelques exemples de l'apprentissage à l'aide du numérique partout dans le monde.
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Great list of Top Education Blogs

Great list of Top Education Blogs | Future of education | Scoop.it
Great list of Top Education Blogs
Posted by Jacqui on September 15, 2017
10Greatest.com has a comprehensive list of the top education blogs. It covers everything from grade-level resources to topic-specific. I’m proud to say that Ask a Tech Teacher is the first blog on the list–but we have a lot of august company, everything from Richard Byrne to Alice Keeler.

Here are a few:

ASK A TEACHER

LEARN LEAD GROW

COOL CAT

PBS PARENTS

LARRY FERLAZZO’S ENGAGING PARENTS IN SCHOOL

ED TECH FOR BEGINNERS

CAITLIN TUCKER

TEACHER TECH WITH ALICE KEELER

SCHOLASTIC

FREETECH4TEACHERS

PARENT CUE

THE EDUCATOR

If you’re wondering who to follow to be sure you are up to date on the latest in education, definitely check this list.
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The wisdom of pedagogy and the perpetual newness of teaching

The wisdom of pedagogy and the perpetual newness of teaching | Future of education | Scoop.it

There is a whole teacher management literature based around the premise that teachers need to be pushed to change. 
While I’d rather not become a reprobate in my later career, I also don’t feel in need of someone to challenge or stretch me.
Let me explain my essential disagreement with Hargreaves and Fullan: drawing on business management models translates into constructing unhelpful teacher management models. As one of the caring professions, teaching involves coming to know and care about the people we serve, and there is a perpetual newness there. We constantly need to adjust to the particular individuals in our care, and as we form relationships, we have a strong internal motivation to improve our practice. We don’t want to ‘do better’ in the abstract, but to do better by those that we care about and educate. In other words, there’s no need to get us to identify with a company brand and mantra so that we internalize targets for growth.

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How to Fulfill the Promise of Online Education

How to Fulfill the Promise of Online Education | Future of education | Scoop.it
Many colleges and universities have hired private companies to build and operate their online education programs. Firms such as Academic Programs, 2U, Coursera, the College Network, and Pearson work quietly behind the scenes to convert traditional courses to online formats, recruit students, follow up with students, and even supply courses. They are known as online program managers (OPMs).

The Century Foundation, an explicitly progressive organization, recently expressed concern about these relationships. Its report, authored by Margaret Mattes, was based on reviews of 117 contracts between nonprofit schools (mostly public universities) and private OPMs. She concluded the companies provide “services so intertwined with the actual teaching and learning” that they may undermine the independence of the universities. Mattes worries the companies may be cutting quality, raising prices, and bringing in unqualified students.

“Driven by the desire and need to make money for investors or owners… these companies may prioritize profit over the interests of online students, to whom they owe no loyalty, financial or otherwise,” Mattes wrote.

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Enrollment drops at schools known for ‘social justice warfare’

Enrollment drops at schools known for ‘social justice warfare’ | Future of education | Scoop.it
Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that's no coincidence.
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Where do we stand when it comes to literacy skills?

Where do we stand when it comes to literacy skills? | Future of education | Scoop.it

Rawshon Ara Akter teaches at a government primary school in Saturia Upazila of Manikganj. According to her, many third-grade students in her school struggle while reading a simple passage in Bangla. And yet those students are getting good grades. Mahmuda Akhter, a teacher from another school, has a similar observation: “Once, while teaching an eighth-grade class, I asked a student to read a passage from her Bangla textbook. Sadly, she started crying silently in shame instead of reading out loud.”

These beg the question: where do we stand when it comes to literacy skills? A question that comes with a troubling answer. Even though Bangladesh has made praiseworthy strides in improving access to basic education, there are many children who are left behind in the development expedition of Bangladesh just because they lack Bangla literacy skills. Now on the threshold of becoming a middle-income country, Bangladesh must consider setting new targets to improve its education status, especially in terms of primary education. It has become crucial to think beyond the high enrolment rate and take a critical look at the sector to generate more effective solutions.

Each year, we see students passing their Primary School Certificate (PSC) exams with flying colours. But underneath the rosy picture is a reality that's quite troubling. According to the National Student Assessment 2013, 25 percent of students in grade III cannot read simple texts, interpret clearly stated information, identify the meaning and correct spelling of high-frequency words, and recognise correct use of punctuation. The Education Watch 2016 report states that “…from 2002 to 2016, literacy skills improved somewhat at different grade levels, but it still remains unsatisfactory for primary grade completers.”

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Graphic: How parents around the world spend on a child's education

Graphic: How parents around the world spend on a child's education | Future of education | Scoop.it
The amount parents can expect to spend on educating a child in different countries around the world can vary. While parents in Hong Kong can spendupto $132,161, those in India spend $18,909  for educating their child up to the undergrad level. Here is a glimpse of how parents plan to educate their child:  






 
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Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science? | Future of education | Scoop.it
As many education tools go digital, some people have feared that libraries may go the way of the dinosaur. However, the skills that students need to thrive in a modern world continue to adapt, and they need places where they can learn such skills. Libraries have the opportunity to become havens of future-ready skills lessons to meet that need.

Libraries Ready to Code, a program from the American Library Association and Google, aims to do just that by making sure “libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking and computer science among our nation’s youth.”

With the initiative now in its third phase, School Library Journal reports that ALA and Google will select up to 50 libraries to receive resources and support to develop coding programs, and participating libraries will assist with creating a toolkit for all libraries to use. The competitive application process — open to both school and public libraries — will run until the end of August.

“You don’t need to write code,” said Google engineer Jessie Chavez at the announcement of the program. “We don’t need everyone to be an expert programmer to teach and motivate kids to seek programming as a career.”

Chavez explains in the SLJ article that libraries can reach out to all types of students in all age groups and backgrounds and really “change perceptions of who can code.”
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A Model of Personal Learning

What does personal learning look like? Stephen Downes demonstrates the model he has developed over fifteen years of research on education technology and learning design. Based on gRSShopper – the software developed to run his newsletter and a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - Downes looks at the day-to-day routine of a personal learner with examples from his practice and a live demonstration of learning activities. Through the presentation Downes will explain the philosophy of Connectivism, a learning approach based on developing and growing personal learning networks, and will describe the ARRFF (Aggregate Remodel Repurpose Feed Forward) model of learning activities. Finally, he will offer insights regarding some key technologies on the horizon, such as server virtualization and augmented reality, and offer thoughts on the future of online 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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'Our inequitable education system risks limiting the life chances of many children with SEND'

'Our inequitable education system risks limiting the life chances of many children with SEND' | Future of education | Scoop.it

Simon Knight explains The Difference scheme and its aims for improving a systematic problem for pupils with SEND
During my time working across the SEND sector – in both specialist and mainstream schools – I have seen that schools respond to children with SEND in highly variable ways. As a result, such pupils are under-represented in positive datasets and overrepresented in negative datasets.
They are particularly over-represented in school exclusion data. This was highlighted in “Making The Difference: Breaking the Link Between School Exclusion and Social Exclusion” by Kiran Gill, Harry Quilter-Pinner and Danny Swift:

Nearly eight-in-ten children (77 per cent) in schools for excluded children have recognised special educational needs or disability (SEND) (DfE 2017c). Those with a recognised need are seven times more likely to be excluded than their peers without SEND, suggesting that their needs may be a causal factor in exclusion (DfE 2017a).

'Unable to' treated like 'unwilling to'
This is not a surprise. We have constructed a system that compels children to fit a narrow precondition and often spits them out when they are either unable or unwilling to complye have constructed a system that compels children to fit a narrow precondition and often spits them out when they are either unable or unwilling to comply. Furthermore, too often those who are as yet "unable to" are treated the same as those "unwilling to".

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Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education

Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education | Future of education | Scoop.it
The idea behind public education is simple: A community pays into a system that aims to create a bright future for the next generation. Years pass, and those kids grow up. They pay into the same system, yielding the same dividends. Repeat.

But things aren’t always that simple. As this week’s episode explains, the policies that shape public education can be subject to influences – ideological and financial.

We begin with a profile of President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. She’s been a staunch advocate for what’s known as “school choice” for decades. Her vision is to give parents more freedom to decide where their kids go to school, and she wants taxpayers to cover it with public money, even when some schools discriminate against gay students or others protected by civil rights laws.

Then we jump to Texas, where an investigation by The Houston Chronicle showed how Texas arbitrarily imposed a cap on special education. It saved a lot of money but it also went against federal laws that support special needs students. We team up with Houston Public Media to tell that story.
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Free books no more: Greek students storm education ministry after publishers suspend scheme (VIDEO)

Free books no more: Greek students storm education ministry after publishers suspend scheme (VIDEO) | Future of education | Scoop.it
Students in Athens clashed with police on Friday while attempting to storm the Greek Ministry of Education building, a Ruptly video shows. Publishers suspended the free distribution of books citing payment delays from the ministry.
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The other side of innovation

The other side of innovation | Future of education | Scoop.it
the cultural and material conditions that allow innovation to happen are very important for schools, but innovation itself might not be.
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18 edtech developments set to impact schools

18 edtech developments set to impact schools | Future of education | Scoop.it
Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report.

The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry.

Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

In addition to coding and STEAM, the four other trends set to impact K-12 teaching and learning include a growing focus on measuring learning, redesigning learning spaces (both driving technology adoption for the next 3-5 years), along with advancing cultures of innovation and deeper learning approaching (driving technology adoption for 5 or more years).
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Ghana Launches Free High School Education

Ghana Launches Free High School Education | Future of education | Scoop.it


Education at the secondary high school level is now free in Ghana.
President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the launch of the program Tuesday, calling it a necessary investment in the nation's future workforce.

The response was enthusiastic, with parents and students forming long lines at public schools around Accra this week to register before classes open September 18.

The West Africa Secondary School expects to admit close to 700 new students this year.

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Education reform: Why role of regulator, service provider and policy maker must be separated

Education reform: Why role of regulator, service provider and policy maker must be separated | Future of education | Scoop.it

By: Manish Sabharwal | Updated: September 16, 2017 4:55 AM Government regulations are justified in the name of creating public goods (assets where private sector animal spirits alone are not enough), controlling externalities (reducing costs imposed by somebody on everybody), reducing information asymmetry (protecting uninformed consumers) and ending monopolies (giving consumers choice).

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54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students -

54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students - | Future of education | Scoop.it
54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students by TeachThought Staff The flipped classroom has continued to enjoy momentum years after its introduction, speaking to its flexible nature, and to the need for a real change in thinking in how we think of time and space in education.

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6 Awesome Financial Literacy Activities From the Earn Your FutureTM Digital Lab

6 Awesome Financial Literacy Activities From the Earn Your FutureTM Digital Lab | Future of education | Scoop.it
Looking for a fun, interactive way to introduce financial literacy concepts to your students? The Earn Your Future™ Digital Lab is an amazing website designed especially for kids in elementary through high school.

We love the engaging self-paced activities, each of which can be completed in about 30 minutes. Every activity features interactive video segments with time for independent reading and short quizzes. The videos are colorful, easy to follow, and nicely paced.

And the site is super easy to access and use. Just set up a free account with a simple log-in process, then go to “Launch Earn Your FutureTM Digital Lab.”
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No socioeconomic progress sans education: Shahbaz

No socioeconomic progress sans education: Shahbaz | Future of education | Scoop.it
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said education was the only key to unlock the dark areas of human faculties and no human being could attain socioeconomic progress without that. In his message on International Literacy Day, the chief minister said the role of an educated person helped in moulding the overall character of a society.

No nation could attain development and prosperity without education which was the foremost right of every child, he added. Shahbaz said the PML-N government had been striving hard to give a bright future to the children by promoting education which was the only mean to deal with the modern-day challenges like poverty and unemployment.

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A Model of Personal Learning - Take Two

Keynote, Learning Tech Day, Ghent, Belgium, . In his talk, I look at the daily routine of a personal learner, filled with examples and demonstrations. Tagline during the whole talk will be Connectivism, the importance of a Personal Learning Network and the ARRFF model of learning activities (Aggregate Remodel Repurpose Feed Forward) . To top this off, he’ll also offer insights on some newer technologies and his personal thoughts on the future of learning. For video please see http://www.downes.ca/presentation/470
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The Technology Integration Matrix

The Technology Integration Matrix | Future of education | Scoop.it
 Ana Cristina Pratas's insight: "The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) provides a framework for describing and targeting the use of technology to enhance learning. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-directed. These characteristics are associated with five levels of technology integration: entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation. Together, the the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments and five levels of technology integration create a matrix of 25 cells, as illustrated below" 

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TIM provides a framework for the use of tech to enhance learning - a nice approach - try it!
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