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'In order to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, it’s essential to engage them in discussions of authority, bias, reliability and validity so that they can approach any topic in any subject in a way that is challenging and academically critical.'
After a great couple of weeks immersed in different learning experiences and conversations, I’m taking a step back. I’m left with thoughts and remnants of moments rolling around in my head. People who are asking for help. They’re leading a charge at their schools for a makerspace, and some of them got that role without asking. It’s clear, schools are clambering to get a space in their school where creativity is the focus.
A space where kids can go do stuff.
A space where they put a 3d printer.
A space that looks fun and different.
A space where this “thing” called making can happen.
But how is this space going to change learning across curriculums? A colorful room stocked with stuff is just that… stuff. We’d never expect a smoother ride from a car that was freshly painted. Internally, inside that car, we’d need to open it up and make improvements.
Our world is getting increasingly complex; so how do we know what is worth teaching and learning?
David Perkins, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is interested in how to adapt our curriculums in an ever-changing world. He believes that what is conventionally taught in our schools is not designed to produce the kinds of community members we want and need.
Perkins believes that only by reimagining what we teach our children can we lead students down the road to a more prosperous life.
Here, in a piece that first appreared on the Global Search for Education website, Professor Perkins, whose latest book is Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World, discusses what is worth learning.
A growth mindset is the idea that, whatever level of talent you have, you can always develop further through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship from others. In a growth mindset, the main goal is to get smarter, to challenge your brain, make those new connections, and grow your abilities over time.
We recently told you about Canada’s blossoming tech scene. Now, some of the world’s biggest education influencers are gathering in Toronto to shape our schools of the future. Andreas Schleicher, a Director at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is just one acclaimed speaker who’ll be tackling themes of big data, gamification, social media, coding and digital culture at …
'The transference of the teaching role to facilitator, the designed personalised learning structures will overcome the traditional units, credit hours, and seat time and the limitations of walls in buildings.'
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more.
Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad." But what if we took the opportunity to develop young, skilled learners a step further, and asked those student leaders to support, collaborate with, and mentor teachers and their peers with in-class technology projects? What if we asked those student learners to create informative, instructional digital content that is accessible to all? After all, many of us would agree that the students are the ones who are usually the most knowledgeable, up-to-date resources for what is the latest and greatest with technology, so why not tap into their large knowledge base and cultivate their leadership potential?
Our school here in Wisconsin did just that, and the results have been astounding. Here’s how it happened.
BROOKLYN, New York – I’m sitting on the floor at The Academy of Talented Scholars (PS 682) in Bensonhurst, watching kindergarteners create robots on an iPad.
It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I don’t even like children.
The exercise is part of the curriculum led by co-teachers Stacy Butsikares and Allison Bookbinder, focused on helping the 5- and 6-year-old students come up with ways to solve problems.
The first step is to identify a problem happening in the school. The kindergarteners come up with ideas like kids horsing around in the lunch line, or not throwing trash away properly, or making too much noise at recess. Students are instructed to create a robot that could solve the problem, and draw the robot on a piece of paper.
Once the robot is sketched out, the real fun begins. Using the app The Robot Factory, these pint-sized problem-solvers bring their robot ideas to life.
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