Sussex Express Rural learning centre goes green Sussex Express A rural centre which connects children, young people and adults with special learning needs, dementia or mental health conditions directly to the countryside is happy to be going even...
Salon Schools don't have to fail: Here's how we fix education Salon A child engaged in self-directed learning is a marvelous sight to behold. Her unrestrained curiosity leads her to discover the things that genuinely interest and matter to her.
Destin Log FAIRWEATHER: No. 1 lesson: Developing a self-directed learner Destin Log The greatest gift you can give your children is developing them into self-directed learners who can solve problems they encounter as adult.
At TeachThought, we’re huge fans of project-based learning.
While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its flexibility. As it is, first and foremost, simply a curriculum planning tool, so much other “good stuff” that can support learning (game-based learning, learning simulations, place-based education, self-directed learning, etc.) can all be “embedded” in project-based learning.
With PBL, there is no “either/or” proposition: anything from open-ended,
play-based learning to data-driven, research-based instructional environments can all use PBL effectively."
"So I'm trying to better understand how people learn--not now they're taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies--only not really strategies...Learning actions, or cognitive actions."
How would teenagers change school if they had the power? Here one teen spells out what reform would look like if he were in charge. His keyword: Choice. (apparently we ANTI public ed reform types are victims of a COMMUNICATION problem!
This past year, fourth and fifth grade students at Independence Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma, have had the opportunity to participate in an after-school Scratch Club led by STEM teacher Chris Simon. Scratch is a free program from the MIT Media Lab, which permits learners of any age to create games, tell stories, make animations, and much more. In its new 2.0 version http://ow.ly/lCBMv ; , Scratch is entirely web-based, so it can even run on a Chromebook! Yesterday was the final day of “Scratch Club” for students at Independence Elementary this year, and several students shared the reasons why they enjoy Scratch and have loved the Scratch Club. In this five minute video compilation of their ideas http://ow.ly/lCBKM ; , pay attention to how several students mention the importance of “agency” and choice. Many report how they love the opportunity to be self-directed in their learning and to have opportunities to use their imaginations to create. Also notice the way one student references the “hard fun” of programming, which is something Gary Stager talks about often in the context of students learning to code. "
So, the problem with education is that young people are not invested in what they're being asked - or "forced" - to learn. If kids could just study what they want to study, then schools would be utopian laboratories of intellectual ...
"Each year I refresh this list, sharing my current perspective on those emerging technologies best suited to help engage students and improve learning outcomes in the coming academic year. The list has evolved quite a bit since last year as increased mobility and evolving resources lead the way to more self-directed learning and empowered teachers and students. I’ve also made a point of including Profession Development in the list, which is essential to the successful implementation of these technologies and can’t be overlooked!"
"For all of the analyses of academics, learning models, curriculum, 21st century thinking, assessment, project-based learning, self-directed learning, social media integration, iPads and related technology, and other emerging trends, how students learn is why we’re all here, yes?"
What new learning actually is depends on who you talk to. Project-based learning infused with educational technology. Game-based learning and learning simulations. Self-directed learning and learning through play. eLearning and mobile learning to promote personalized learning for every child.
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