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Coding camps for kids rise in popularity

Coding camps for kids rise in popularity | Future of education | Scoop.it
So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology.
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Great list of Top Education Blogs

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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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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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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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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

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 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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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

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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.