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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that's necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown.
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The author really hopes for change in these five areas:
PROJECT BASED LEARNING.

ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT.

SCHEDULING.

CLIMATE OF CARE.

PARENT EDUCATION.

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2014 Horizon Report

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As in other years, the links of resources and stories at the end of each section make these predictions for easy to envision. 

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Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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Howard Rheingold releases "Peerogogy 2.0"  it is a collection of techniques of collaborative work and techniques.  It is about how to help people learn together.

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Via Susan Bainbridge, John Shank
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I feel that we are failing at 4 & 5.  The top three are also a problem. Yet, we seem to be paying more attention at improving those skills.  Especially when teaching creative students, we must help them improve their skills of communicating and 'selling' their ideas.  it is also a great shame that we are not doing a good job of educating our students about trends like SOPA, (etc), Net Neutrality, etc.

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Tracy Shaw's curator insight, January 31, 5:35 AM

This is an important topic - and not just to librarians. Many schools will need to re-evaluate their classes to include more embedded technology & ethics skills. 

Maria João Loureiro's curator insight, February 1, 12:37 PM

Em síntese, as competências a desenvolver (qualquer que seja o nível de ensino em diferentes patamares, diria eu), relacionam-se com a literacia da informação (com e sem recurso as tecnologias mais recentes), ou seja, pesquisa, seleção e tratamento de informação (para a transformar em conhecimento - diferente de copy/paste) e comunicação (oral e escrita) de ideias, de si próprio e do que faz (de forma rigorosa e atraente), tendo em conta as normas de privacidade e ética (que em contextos online são bastas vezes descuidadas) . Parece-me ficar a faltar outras tantas, como a resolução de problemas, a colaboração, o aprender a aprender...

Paula Schwertner's curator insight, February 27, 6:00 AM

I could help teach students these skills in the context of their other coursework.

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“Engaging the Online Learner” with Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson | Online Teaching and Learning Community

“Engaging the Online Learner” with Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson | Online Teaching and Learning Community | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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A short podcast about the challenges and hope faced regarding engagin online learners. With past AECT president Ana Donaldson and Marie Conrad.

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Distance education 2.0 - MOOC Education in China

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A Cheat Code For Helping Education Games Win!

A Cheat Code For Helping Education Games Win! | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
  via EdSurge Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in funding by foundations, government agencies, universities and non-profits eager to harness the power of computer...
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I am very interested in Gamiication of Education.  I don't want to turn my classes into "happy happy fun time", but I do want to know more about the idea of helping students think of their long term project of earning an 'A' in a similar mindset as to how they think of a season on  EA Sports "NBA Live 2005".  I want my students to think on a daily basis about what are the big and small things that they need to do every day of the semester to ensure a successful season.  What feedback is needed?  What incentives are needed?  How can they create strategic alliances with their classmates (like guilds in World of Warcraft)  How can they enjoy the process of failing and making corrections (Tetris)?  

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K8JTechLearn - NCCE 2012-Seattle

K8JTechLearn - NCCE 2012-Seattle | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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I was sure that I had shared this, but I could not find it in my bookmarks, Therefore, here you go....... :)

also, here is another nice link about PBL (Project Based Learning)
http://pennstate.swsd.wikispaces.net/file/view/PBL-Primer-www_techlearning_com.pdf ;

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Where Does Gamification Fit in Higher Education? [#Infographic]

Where Does Gamification Fit in Higher Education? [#Infographic] | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Are points and badges a waste of time, or the key to unlocking hidden motivation in college students?
Ken Morrison's insight:

I found this report and infographic via the 2013 Horizon Report. It was good to see gamification rank so highly in their report. I was also a bit surprised to see them use this infographic as one of their sources for research.  We need to rethink what is 'real' teaching and what is 'real' research.

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40 Ways To Learn Music Online For Free

40 Ways To Learn Music Online For Free | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
40 Ways To Learn Music Online For Free, from Yale to MITx
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I am very uneducated when it comes to music.  Here are 40 ways that I can learn to appreciate music more.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, September 15, 2013 3:39 PM

Appreciate music more.

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Thoughts????? Teacher's Ten-Minute Resignation Video

Thoughts?????  Teacher's Ten-Minute Resignation Video | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A veteran teacher shares her story of... 5/26/13: The outpouring of love and support is overwhelming. I originally intended for this video to be watched by m...
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It is very sad that the average number of years before burnout for teachers in many parts of the world is five years

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:41 AM

When teachers do not feel they have input into what happens, they leave.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 23, 2013 2:06 AM

Why teachers leave what they love to do...

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Arne Duncan: How Technology Will Revolutionize Testing and Learning: Scientific American

Arne Duncan: How Technology Will Revolutionize Testing and Learning: Scientific American | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Greater broadband access will bring the latest digital tools to more teachers and students
Ken Morrison's insight:

I was most interested in the section about how technology will help testing.    The Advance Placement testing is moving away from strictly multiple test format.  Yeah!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 4:28 PM

Technology is a tool and, if a tool is well-chosen and well-used, that would be the key. We cannot force fit it into what we want.

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8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology

8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

Being able to use technology should not be the end goal.  We should be able to use technology to work toward bigger academic and community goals.

 


Via Susan Bainbridge, Linda Alexander
Ken Morrison's insight:

Thank you Susan and Linda. I like this Scoop as long as we know that the 'wrong answers' are not bad...they just are not enough. I feel that all integration of the 'wrong answers' should be framed as potential steps toward reaching outcomes on the right.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:49 AM

nao somente criancas, vejo essas expectativas para aprendizado de adultos tambem.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, July 17, 2013 12:37 AM

Also: create, communicate, think critical

Christie Burke's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:22 PM

Important message for teachers who might not be in this place yet. "Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome."

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Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco

Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
According to the UN agency, countries still lagging behind their goals must spend more on education
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Gamification - Peadar Callaghan

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The President of KOTESOL (Korean Teachers of English as a Second Language) is blogging about gamification.

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FIRE, ACLU of Kansas, and NCAC Send Letter to Kansas Board of Regents; Board Hints at Changes - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - FIRE

FIRE, ACLU of Kansas, and NCAC Send Letter to Kansas Board of Regents; Board Hints at Changes - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - FIRE | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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The Kansas Board of Regents made a policy last week to terminate university employees for social media behavior that they consider to be questionable.   

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facebook, professors, and students

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It's a conversation that begins with propriety and manners, moves into legalese and institutional policy, and ends up with moralizing. What should or shouldn't professors (and other college instruc...
Ken Morrison's insight:

I am sharing this for two reasons. I feel that it is an important discussion about how teachers should and should not be using social media.. Also, I have enjoyed past articles on digital digs.  It is a nice resource.  I found it again today thanks to Shephen Downes

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2256591

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2256591 | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it


Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless

 

Deborah Cohen , BBC World Service

 

It's the time of year where students are poring over their books, trying to ensure they are prepared for their exams.

Revision charts, highlighter pens and sticky notes around the room are some of the methods people use to ensure information stays in their mind.

But now psychologists in the US warn many favourite revision techniques will not lead to exam success.

Universities, schools and colleges offer students a variety of ways to help them remember the content of their courses and get good grades.

These include re-reading notes, summarising them and highlighting the important points.

Others involve testing knowledge and using mnemonics - ways of helping recall facts and lists, or creating visual representations of the knowledge.

But teachers do not know enough about how memory works and therefore which techniques are most effective, according to Prof John Dunlovsky, of Kent State University.

 

Help - or hindrance?

He and his colleagues reviewed 1,000 scientific studies looking at 10 of the most popular revision strategies.

Highlighting may not help

They found that eight out of 10 did not work, or even hindered learning.

For example, many students love to take a highlighter to their notes.

But Prof Dunlovsky's research - published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science - found that picking out individual phrases in florescent yellow, green or pink can hinder revision.

"When students are using a highlighter they often focus on one concept at a time and are less likely to integrate the information they're reading into a larger whole," he says.

"That could undermine their comprehension of that material."

But he's not suggesting that highlighters should be abandoned as he recognises they are "safety blankets" for many students.

 

Plan ahead

Teachers regularly suggest reading through notes and essays from lessons and making summaries.

But Prof Dunlovsky says: "To our surprise it turns out that writing summaries doesn't help at all.

 

HOW THE TECHNIQUES FARED

Elaborativeinterrogation - being able to explain a point or fact - MODERATE

Sels-explanation - how a problem was solved -MODERATE

Summarizing-writing summaries of texts - LOW

Highlighting/underlining - LOW

Keyword mnemonics - choosing a word to associate with information - LOW

Imagery- forming mental pictures while reading or listening - LOW

RE-reading - LOW

Practice testing - Self-testing to check knowledge - especially using flash cards - HIGH

Distributed practice - spreading out study over time - HIGH

Interweaved practice - switching between different kinds of problems - MODERATE

 

"Students who go back and re-read learn as much as students who write a summary as they are reading."Some revision guides advise using memory aids, or mnemonics.Prof Dunlovsky says they can work well for remembering specifics, like Richard of York gave battle in vain, which allows people to remember the colours of the rainbow,

But he warns they are not applicable to other kinds of material. "They won't help you learn long passages or mathematics or physics."

 

So what does work?

Only two of the 10 techniques examined turned out to be really effective - testing yourself and spreading out your revision over time.

"Students who can test themselves or try to retrieve material from their memory are going to learn that material better in the long run", says Prof Dunlovsky.

"Start by reading the text book then make flash cards of the critical concepts and test yourself.

"A century of research has shown that repeated testing works."

This is because the student is more engaged and it is harder for the mind to wander.

 

He adds: "Testing itself when you get the correct answers appears to produce a more elaborative memory trace connected with your prior knowledge, so you're building on what you know".

 

Starting late

However the best strategy is to plan ahead and not do all your revision on one subject in a block before moving on to the next - a technique called "distributed practice".

Prof Dunlovsky says it is the "most powerful" of all the strategies.

Students who cram may pass the exam but they don't retain the material. ”

 

Prof John Dunlovsky,Kent State University

"In any other context, students use this technique. If you were doing a dance recital you wouldn't start practising an hour before, yet students like to cram for an exam."

Some students will always start late on their revision.

But Prof Dunlovsky says: "Students who cram may pass the exam but they don't retain the material.

"When they're going to be taking advanced classes in the subject, they are going to build on the knowledge they're developing, so I highly recommend distributed practice.

"A good dose of cramming that follows up on lots of distributive practice is the best way to go."

So do different techniques work for different individuals? Prof Dunlovsky says "no" - the top techniques work for everyone.

And experts think this paper could help teachers and lecturers help their students.

 

Dr Andrew Butler, of the department of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University in the US, says: "This paper is hugely important for the field and educational practice - it's about getting best practices into hands of educators."

But it is likely that students will still rely on what works for them, no matter what the science says.

Lea Corinth, who is studying international business and Spanish at the University of Westminster uses the re-reading technique - rated by the researchers as being of little use.

But she says: "I read over everything until I memorise it. It doesn't take too long.

"I make summary notes of everything important, put it in a folder and memorise everything."

But Abdul Harmetz, who is studying history at the same university, says: "I'm a crammer - I started revising yesterday and stayed up all night for my exam today, using old school techniques like copying everything out over and over again.

"The exam went all right actually."

  


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New Benefits to Using Video in the Classroom – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Benefits to Using Video in the Classroom – Stephen's Lighthouse | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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I hate it when I find great resources like this the day after I give a big presentation.  Oh well.  I am glad that I have this for the next time.

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What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology

What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

“ What's In & Out: Trends In Learning Technology”


Via Grant Montgomery, Jim Lerman, Jenn Alevy
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I don't find this to be overly scientific or reliabe, but it can be a good conversation starter.....

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 21, 2013 9:24 PM
Thanks for this!
Joe Boutte's comment, September 24, 2013 3:40 AM
Very interesting infographic. I'm optimistic about the "trending up" issues but dissappointed in the "trending down" issues, especially to see academics, transparency, and infographics going down. However, if elearning is trending down and blending learning is trending up, I think this is a positive overall trend for holistic, life-long learning. Thanks for the post!
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Internet in the Classroom (vintage, circa 1993)

This is a vintage Internet video. In 1993, the new-fangled Internet was starting to attract regular people, not just the geeks. In the United States, under the High…
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A fun video from 20 years ago. A nice man teaches us how to use this new thing called 'the internet'.  It is fun to see the hope and awe of teachers and students in the classroom in the very early days.

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Mark Bauerlein: The Adolescent Instinct & 'The Dumbest Generation'

Andy Nash speaks with Dr. Mark Bauerlein on how modern social technology and targeted media isolate and absorb young people as often, if not more, than those...
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I am giving Bauerlein a new ear. I agree with his idea of a prisoner who is released into the modern age after years of being in jail.  We live in a different world!  In a library, all students are huddled around computers, none are in 'the stacks'.

 

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15 Free Social Media Tools for Teachers and Students | Online Free Tools

15 Free Social Media Tools for Teachers and Students | Online Free Tools | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Social Media tools can greatly enhance students creativity. It also facilitates teachers to easily engage students in interaction environment. Here're the free online tools that can be used for educators.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:41 AM

Internet can be used as the best classroom for students and teachers, where we've tons of facilities to take the advantages from, to enhance the students capabilities and to facilitate the teachers, There're social media tools to use and get educators into interaction environment.
Social Media tools for teachers and students are the online learning tools that enhance students creativities, facilitate the teachers, and to work collaboratively.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 9, 2013 1:55 AM

Gracias por compartir.

María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:29 AM

Una guía muy interesante!

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In South Korea, 47% of eighth graders are ranked 'advanced.' In U.S.: 7%

In South Korea, 47% of eighth graders are ranked 'advanced.' In U.S.: 7% | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
South Korea's students rank among the best in the world, and its top teachers can make a fortune. Can the U.S. learn from this academic superpower?
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Kim Ki Hoon uses technology, solid instructional design and his country's love of learning to become a millionaire. His educational empire is named "Megastudy"

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OPEN EDUCATION - Why it is hard and how far we have come.

Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He is also the Chief Openness Officer of Flat ...
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This is a nice stroll through the history of closed education and how we can change.

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