Hudson: Innovation school planning underway MetroWest Daily News The proposed academy would feature small personalized learning communities that focus on a mastery of a small number of essential math and science skills, which will help elementary...
Connie Davis's insight:
The ability for students to work in dynamic, interdependent groups encourages more than just Critical thinking; it also provides authentic opportunities to self-regulate, find learning strategies that fit personal learning style, allows students to personalize content to fill learning gaps and to change environment based on personal learning needs of the day.
How might efforts to curate benefit from the portability and ubiquity of mobile devices? Tools like Evernote and GoodReads allow for easy and valuable curation. But the harder questions are pedagogical and curricular.
In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model [...]
I consider these trends to be very important. I think provide kids with authentic learning opportunities is very important. Step back and be a facilitator and coach to see where the learning REALLY happens.
Self -Directed Learning and Technology: By Dr. Valerie C. Bryan, for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (... http://t.co/GFXuwxMtOy
Connie Davis's insight:
Self-directed doesn't mean solo. It means using self-regulation skills to know what actions best fit the situation and making decisions about which learning partners are needed throughout the process. Constant assessment and refinement need to happen as a learner progresses (learner encompasses both children and adults) through their field of study in order to make connections to prior knowledge, partner knowledge, and new information. Learners need to be able to set goals, plan, fail, refine, and repeat as many times as it takes to get it right. Adults learn this way - trust your students...they can do it too. Create a structured chaos of learning and watch them bloom.
"Inquiry based learning is a key tenet of the Inquiry Hub. When students get to choose their own topics, with guidance and support from their teachers, peers and community members, these learners will produce thoughtful, rich and compelling answers.
By helping students connect, create and learn together, we will encourage them to look outside of their box and seek a world of potential."
I believe the ultimate power of blended and online learning lies in the potential to transform the education system and enable higher levels of student-centered learning through competency-based approaches.
This article discusses the impacts of technologies and how they have been changing education in ways previously unthought about, mentioning that it is because of technology that readers are able to read this post.