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Early Childhood and Primary Education Courses at Swinburne Online

Early Childhood and Primary Education Courses at Swinburne Online | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

Swinburne Online - a joint venture of Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK Limited - has launched two new online programs in education: a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Master of Teaching (Primary).  SOL’s education courses are some of the first in Australia to be accredited under the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s standards. Entry requirements for the courses are rigorous. All SOL’s education courses address the agreed reform areas of the Australian Government including:

• education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;

• literacy and numeracy;

• the Australian Curriculum;

• the Digital Education Revolution

and promote the demand for excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. http://www.online.swinburne.edu.au/

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist? | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

Beyond the core literacies of reading, writing, computation, and research, the world-wide culture of innovation, discovery, multi-polarity, interdisciplinary thinking, and rapid change depends on the explosive potential of the human mind, not entombed truths from the past. Increasingly, any standards-based curriculum is at odds with the outside world.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 21, 2013 2:37 PM

Lots of good stuff here. Nice article.

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Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons - The Guardian (blog)

Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons - The Guardian (blog) | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons The Guardian (blog) When I first started teaching languages in primary, pupils were reluctant to talk about their home languages but when other languages were celebrated in class,...
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Primary schools 'need PE specialists'

Primary schools 'need PE specialists' | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
School Reporters Jasmina and Aswini from Plashet School in east London report from Westminster on a key Education Select Committee hearing into school sport and 2012 legacy, as experts call for specialist PE teachers in every primary school.
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Ideas, Inventions And Innovations: Twitter Is Reinventing The College Lecture

Ideas, Inventions And Innovations: Twitter Is Reinventing The College Lecture | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it? Read on...


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NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning

NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

The most effective school systems in the world design their schools so that teachers spendsubstantial portions of their day working alongside other educators to think through challengestogether. Teachers, librarians, literacy coaches, principals, school leaders, families, communitymembers, and policymakers all can help address the challenges in literacy education today.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 13, 2013 4:51 AM

Useful report, particularly the recommendation for more collaboration between educators.

Laina McDonald, Ed.D's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:06 PM

Collaboration should be coveted in schools

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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Cyd Madsen's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:57 AM

Hmmmmm.......

Lou Salza's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:53 AM

I have been using text to speech almost exclusively for reading articles on the web, newspapers, and courese reading for a course in Leadership I am taking at Case Western Reserve University. I love the e-readers ( Read and Write Gold; Kindle, and Audio books)  because I can jack up the speed and read with my ears as fast as non dyslexics who are fluent readers read with their eyes. We need to understand the 'cost' of eye reading to dyslexic students even when they "graduate" from OG or Wilson: the burden of phonological processing is too high in terms of fatigue. If we don't make the technology more available and acceptable in schools we will deny intelligent students with print challenges the opportunity to study in college, graduate or professional schools. 

I still read paper books.  Right now I am reading  A light in August by Faulkner. It is on my night stand and it is a wonderful if slow experience for me. For some, print will never 'fall away' and allow for effortless decoding and pholonological recoding.--Lou  

 

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"Understanding how reading on paper is different from reading on screens requires some explanation of how the brain interprets written language. We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned with the abstract—with thoughts and ideas, tone and themes, metaphors and motifs. As far as our brains are concerned, however, text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. In fact, the brain essentially regards letters as physical objects because it does not really have another way of understanding them. As Wolf explains in her book Proust and the Squid, we are not born with brain circuits dedicated to reading. After all, we did not invent writing until relatively recently in our evolutionary history, around the fourth millennium B.C. So the human brain improvises a brand-new circuit for reading by weaving together various regions of neural tissue devoted to other abilities, such as spoken language, motor coordination and vision..."

AnnC's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:57 PM

Check out the debate.

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Dyslexia's Role in Forcing Creativity

Dyslexia's Role in Forcing Creativity | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Mounting evidence shows that many people with dyslexia are highly creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, and neuroimaging studies demonstrate that their brains really do think differently.

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NAPLAN tests are part of a big delusion

NAPLAN tests are part of a big delusion | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
THE latest round of National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy testing will take place in just 10 days. There will be schools suspending their curriculums as preparation for the NAPLAN takes over.
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NAPLAN is fine but the way we use it is broken

NAPLAN is fine but the way we use it is broken | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Parents have cottoned on to the idea that their child will be categorised permanently by their National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) scores.
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How times change | History teaching in the prim...

How times change | History teaching in the prim... | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Catherine Smyth's insight: An interactive online resource supporting the Australian curriculum:history F-2 topic "Personal and family history" (Online resource F-2 ACH topic 'Personal/Family History' How times change | @scoopit
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Inclusive Early Childhood Education: A Collaborative Approach (9780130423351) $8.36

Inclusive Early Childhood Education: A Collaborative Approach (9780130423351) $8.36 | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
(9780130423351) …education perspectives and present strategies for creating a classroom where all children can learn.
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More than one-half of staff in pre-primary schools with pedagogical education - News of Iceland

More than one-half of staff in pre-primary schools with pedagogical education - News of Iceland | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
News of Iceland More than one-half of staff in pre-primary schools with pedagogical education News of Iceland Educational personnel who have completed some pedagogical education was more than one-half (54%) of all educational personnel in...
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Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons

Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

Sure, some kids will ignore the video. “The same kids who don’t currently do their homework will not watch the lecture,” says McCammon. “But as you start making your class more engaging, kids who don’t usually do their homework will start doing it because they want to participate in the class.” Kids write questions down while they’re watching the video, and then the first 10 minutes of class is for discussion of what they’ve seen. Then kids spend the remaining 50 minutes working in teams of four to solve problems.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:38 AM

A good in-depth article about flipping the classroom.

Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:38 AM

Jusst like some of my earlier scoops this model "flips" the classroom. But this classroom is "flipped" with a twist. Technology is integrated at every step. So does this still make the "flipped classroom" a good model? Or does the integration of technology take away from the experience? Technology- Help or Hinderance? 

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Great Critical Thinking Map for your Learners - This can be their guide

Great Critical Thinking Map for your Learners - This can be their guide | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

If a teacher turns the learning over to their learners so they become critical thinkers, this map can be a guide for them. Give this map to the kids as they take on a problem or concept. 


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Lisa Treml Welch's comment, April 16, 2013 7:11 AM
This graphic is wonderful. My wheels are already turning as to how I can impart this information to our younger (K-2) students and relate it to the acronym that we currently use in our room: B(elieve)U(understand)D(discover)S(share). I will let you know what ensues. As always...thank you!!
Christiane Brossi's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:41 AM

Essential for 21st century educators.

Monty Bell's curator insight, April 26, 2013 7:15 PM

I like the graphic representation.  Students can relate - easy to connect to real  problems.  

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Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom

Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it

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Mary Cunningham's curator insight, April 27, 2013 11:10 AM

These would make great look fors .....

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Digital Humanities Made Me a Better Pedagogue: a Crowdsourced Article | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Digital Humanities Made Me a Better Pedagogue: a Crowdsourced Article | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

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Stephen Parker has seen the future - The Australian

Stephen Parker has seen the future - The Australian | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Stephen Parker has seen the future The Australian The meeting also approved for publication a report on initial teacher education data from the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership.
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Parents turn NAPLAN into bestseller

Parents turn NAPLAN into bestseller | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Parents' desire to prepare their primary aged children for upcoming national literacy and numeracy tests has driven a sales spike in exam primers and practice tests, and propelled one educational handbook onto the bestseller list.
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On solid ground

On solid ground | News and information on primary and early childhood education | Scoop.it
Australia leads the world in setting national professional standards for educators.
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