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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 26, 12:33 PM

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 28, 7:39 PM

Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

higheredIt's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=mindset

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:12 PM

Growth mindset should be a philosophy in teaching and learning. Does it replace pedagogy? I don't think so, but I think they work together. Max van Manen's work in the area of thoughtful pedagogy fits well with growth mindset.

 

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Tony Meehan's curator insight, September 20, 2014 4:57 PM

Working with learners of low SES and whose environment more often than not ensures they have a fixed mindset, it is important that we help them to redefine what success is. Too often it is fixed around being rich, having a big car, house, jewellery etc. These learners then become preoccupied with looking for the short-cut to success, to the riches they believe will make them happy. It doesn't work out like that of course. How then to help the alter their thinking? 


Dweck's work is essential in this. But as this article states it cannot be seen as "a task to complete".  It requires a shift in thinking of all in an organisation, a movement for a whole-school way of thinking, involving also parents or carers.  This article by Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman provides a solid basis for promoting growth mindsets in educators. 

Anna-Liisa Hayward's curator insight, September 25, 2014 3:08 AM

This article is not specifically related to ICT but it makes some points that all teachers need to consider: how to deal with change, how to grow as a professional, how to collaborate. 

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A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

A shocking statistic about the quality of education research | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A research study about research studies comes up with a cautionary finding.

 

For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research. This is so not only because the samples are too small or because some research projects are funded by specific companies looking for specific results, but because in nearly all cases, it appears that nobody can be certain their results are completely accurate.


“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”



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This article is about the low value placed on replication studies. It does not call into question all education research! I'd like to see how this replication issue compares to other social sciences before dismissing all ed research! 

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Educate Massachusetts's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:49 PM

Data is significant yet can be deceptive.  We are developing human potential and there are aspects where data is not as reliable to success as we portray.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 22, 2014 6:32 PM

The concept of replication has never made sense to me. We should be reproducing and reconstructing. Reproducing and reconstructing are not about identical. They are about checking more data against the original data collected. One can never replicate/duplicate the same situation so it is about similarities rather than exactness.

 

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Dylan-oliver Sinclair's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:48 PM

What information should be taught in schools and universities? This topic is suggesting marketing companies have influence over learning and teaching.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Teachers who work silently, don’t tweet, blog and discuss ideas with people around the world are obsolete. Teachers are no longer working locally but globally and it’s our job to share what we do and see what others are doing. If a teacher is no longer learning then he shouldn’t be teaching other people.

 

We should all be tweeting, blogging and sharing what works and doesn’t work, get and give advice to and from co-workers around the world. We should constantly be improving our craft because professional development isn’t a 3 hour workshop once a month but a lifelong process.

 

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” -John Dewey

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

 


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Great article. Some interesting perspectives. 

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Patricia Forrest's curator insight, May 25, 2014 7:06 AM

A must read!

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, May 27, 2014 2:03 AM

Very interesting, thanks!!!

Enrique Robles's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:59 AM

design thinker is a tecnique very good

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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Worth "Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review


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Worth a read. 

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, May 15, 2014 3:40 AM

Definitely a must read!

Julie Bourguignon's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:37 AM

A bold statement...

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 30, 2014 4:33 AM

aulas expositivas nao sao apenas chatas, sao ineficientes para aprendizagem também...

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Collective Intelligence and practice-based Innovation: An idea evaluation method based on Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence and practice-based Innovation: An idea evaluation method based on Collective Intelligence | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Users and customers are becoming increasingly important sources of knowledge due to changes ininnovation policies and paradigms. Simultaneously innovation is becoming more of a networking activity. New methods are needed for processing information and ideas coming from multiple sources more effectively.


For example, the whole personnel of an organisation are seen as a great potential for innovation. The recent development of communication technologies such as the Internet has increased interest towards the multidisciplinary field of collective intelligence. To investigate the possibilities of collective intelligence, the nest-site selection process of honey bees was used asmodel for an idea evaluation tool, a prototype of which was then tested in a case organisation.


The results were promising; the prototype was able to evaluate ideas effectively, and it was highly accepted in the organisation.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:57 PM


The results were promising; the prototype was able to evaluate ideas effectively, and it was highly accepted in the organisation.

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, April 27, 2014 3:36 PM

Colletive Intelligence

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Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy

Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Suppose you are teaching an introductory biology course and your next lesson deals with genetics. You would like to prepare your students for the upcoming class by asking them to think about the topic...

 


The instructor is now ready to adjust the classroom activities or lesson flow, and improvise if necessary. The flow is pretty much predetermined, but the words used in class will arise from the student responses and, most importantly, will be influenced by the feedback from the live class.


Typically, the live class is shown a representative set of responses, and the authors of the responses are invited to comment and elaborate. The rest of the class is encouraged to challenge and suggest alternatives. Properly handled, this can be a teaching opportunity that goes beyond the course content.


Students have an opportunity to practice critical thinking and communication skills. The course content is enriched because the wording actually comes from the live class, which makes the lesson fresh and interesting to the students.


 


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, March 20, 2014 5:10 AM

I like the way the JiT is presented and arguments listed, I especially appreciate the guidelines to justifying such approach.

tom jackson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 8:07 AM

this method requires instructor time up front to read and evaluate student prior knowledge and understanding, but you'll get it back in less reteaching as you tailor instruction to an appropriate level, Engagement may be higher and improved outcomes

tom jackson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 8:07 AM

this method requires instructor time up front to read and evaluate student prior knowledge and understanding, but you'll get it back in less reteaching as you tailor instruction to an appropriate level, Engagement may be higher and improved outcomes

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Mindset | How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?

Mindset | How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Carol Dwek's Mindset is based on a lot of research she has done over the years. It has applications throughout higher education. 

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Annie M Herbert's curator insight, February 18, 2014 9:07 AM

Want to look closer at this website...

Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:19 AM

nice set of links about Carol Dweck's Mindset Theory.  Every parent needs to know what Carol Dweck discovered in her research.  

Jaimee's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:09 AM

So one who wants to make a change must have a positive outlook on new situations or task that they are not used to?

 

This article is about how one can gain or become a part of the group that is a growth mind set. You gain success or become a better person by following these changes. 

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Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk

Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Traditional methods do not suit modern classrooms, expert says

 

Professor Fullan identifies them as the root of the problem. But he stresses that the new methods of teaching he describes take teachers beyond being “mere facilitators” to becoming “partners” who recognise the “importance of proactively learning alongside students”.

 

“Through such partnering, teachers not only become learners themselves, but also begin to see learning through the eyes of their students,” he writes.

 

“This ‘visibility’ is essential if teachers are to continuously challenge students to reach for the next step.”

 

The report acknowledges that many of the teaching strategies it describes have been “advocated for at least a century by the likes of Dewey, Piaget, Montessori and Vygotsky”.

 

But it says that today’s conditions means they are now being widely embraced: “

 

Through the combination of the ‘push’ of traditional schooling that fails to keep students or teachers engaged, and the ‘pull’ of new pedagogies unleashed through digital access, the transformation of education systems on a broad scale becomes not only possible, but inevitable.”


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 26, 2014 10:25 AM

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:14 PM

This article supports the need to change from a traditional style of teaching to one which is in partnership with the student.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:17 AM

Very interesting article which gives educators much thoughts about the methods they chose to "deliver" their classroom content.

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10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators

10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.


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Profesor Mills's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:59 AM

Great for preparing for language assessments

Training in Business's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:32 PM

10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators

 

Progressive training's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:34 PM

10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators

 

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5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014

5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014 | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014

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Elia Lu's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:08 PM

Excelentes sugerencias de la profesora para nuestras clases del Año Nuevo.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 31, 2013 11:35 PM

Why are we not making this mandatory?

Carol Rine's curator insight, January 3, 2014 11:07 AM

EXCELLENT RESOLUTIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER. :o)

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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 


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Ali Anani's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:52 AM

The emergence of social networks impact is well-explained in this post.

Amanda Feliu's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:55 AM

Un article molt interessant que parla sobre que els estudiants necessiten aprendre des de xarxes socials professionals.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, July 8, 2014 1:27 AM

Collaboration can be both a formal structure for learning activity but also an underpinning framework for engagement and fostering life-long learning.  Learning networks are part the new learning ecosystem and should be recognised and supported.

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Blended Professional Development Just Might Have Some Answers -

Blended Professional Development Just Might Have Some Answers - | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Blended Professional Development Just Might Have Some Answers by Paul Moss, edmerger.com, and Terry Heick Curating new and relevant content and tailoring it to their own, unique needs will become a key skill required by future...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:20 AM

 

Curating new and relevant content and tailoring it to their own, unique needs will become a key skill required by future teachers.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=PLN

 

 

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Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education

Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Armed with a set of criteria drawn from different disciplines, I identified seven separate intelligences. All human beings possess these seven intelligences, but we differ from one another in which are strong; and in any case, strength or weakness in one (say spatial intelligence) does not predict strength or weakness in another (say, interpersonal or musical intelligence).

 

I would now add a few more intelligences to the list, and others, most famously Daniel Goleman, have proposed yet other intelligences like emotional intelligence. I am no longer invested in my particular set of intelligences. For me, the important advance is that a multiplicity of intelligences has been acknowledged—wits, rather than wit.

 

In this era of succinct messaging, I’ve created a twitter-short formula: Multiple Wits and Good Grits Lead to a Success Beyond Selfies.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Howard-GARDNER


 


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Antonio Gerardo Gutiérrez Sánchez's curator insight, October 4, 2014 10:31 PM

agregar su visión ...

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 5, 2014 10:07 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, October 8, 2014 5:26 PM

So what is your mind like?

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

useI am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behavio...


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A useful tool to encourage student self reflection. 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 14, 2014 6:44 PM

Accountability is one side of the coin. Appreciation is the other. Be accountable today and show appreciation to others being accountable and today and every day in every way will be better

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, September 14, 2014 11:33 PM

This graphic looks ideal for prompting student reflection and self evaluation.

 

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 16, 2014 3:50 PM

Great tips to see if you are using a growth mindset!

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How to Run a Google+ Hangouts Series

How to Run a Google+ Hangouts Series | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Many businesses have held Google Hangouts on Air to engage their audience and offer a unique opportunity to hear insights from the business firsthand.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Hangouts

 


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Here is a method for adding a panel discussion to your online course. 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 25, 2014 4:19 PM
Many businesses have held Google Hangouts on Air to engage their audience and offer a unique opportunity to hear insights from the business firsthand.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Hangouts

Design Experts's curator insight, July 26, 2014 2:27 AM

At +DesignExperts we use #GoogleHangouts all day everyday. Just sharing the #ThinkDigital love.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 26, 2014 7:50 AM

How to Run a Google+Hangouts Series

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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As education grows and changes educators have the opportunity to change the way they envision their roles and their classrooms.

 

Jobs in education, Pink said in a recent interview, are all about moving other people, changing their behavior, like getting kids to pay attention in class; getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and to therefore study harder.


At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas.


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The author of Drive talks about how to use these theories in education! 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 21, 2014 9:43 AM

I am not sure sell is the right word. That suggests commodification. Having said this, teacher play a role in exciting students in their learning. When we do it well, the students engage rather than simply buy in and comply.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:04 PM

'One of the big topics Pink tackles in his current book is the idea of moving from transactions to transcendence — to making something personal. That’s the best way to “sell” students on what they’re learning, Pink maintains. This has been a recurring theme in education: connecting what’s taught in classrooms to students’ personal lives. But, as evidenced by current school dynamics, that’s not the way the tide is moving.

“Most of our education is heavily, heavily, heavily standardized,” Pink said. ... The idea that you treat everybody the same way is foolish, and yet the headwinds in education are very much toward routines, right answer, standardization.”

Why is it moving this way? One of the reasons, Pink said, is the “appalling” absence of leadership on this issue. “One of the things that I see as an outsider is that so much of education policy seems designed for the convenience of adults rather than the education of children,” he said.... "Why do we have standardized testing? Because it’s unbelievably cheap. If you want to give real evaluations to kids, they have to be personalized, tailored to the kids, at the unit of one. Standardized testing: totally easy, totally cheap, and scales. Convenient for politicians and taxpayers.”

cioccas's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:07 PM

Think a lot of this is relevant to teaching language to adults too - supporting autonomy, etc.

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Rise of the Professional Educator

Rise of the Professional Educator | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Are you a teacher? Why did you become a principal? Why would you want to be a superintendent? The above questions are asked of educators every single day by people outside of the educational field....

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/how-to-prepare-for-giving-a-good-course/https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=quality

 


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cioccas's curator insight, May 23, 2014 6:31 PM

So true, so necessary for all to read and follow!

Mónica Silakowicz's curator insight, May 25, 2014 2:48 PM

El artículo lista 5 aspectos que los docentes deben afianzar para ser vistos como profesionales: estar actualizados, ser activos participantes, aspirar a altos standards y ser apasionados de la educación.

mindy kim's curator insight, July 11, 2014 6:08 PM

... Change and innovation start with the individuals... development, growth, leaders==> building the future.

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Educator as Model Learner

Educator as Model Learner | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The educator's role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.  The educator's role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but  somewhere ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 14, 2014 5:34 AM

The world is changing at an ever growing pace and in todays world students need to learn "how to learn." How do we as teachers help our students learn "how to learn"? By modeling it in our daily work with our students we can instill the skills and help them understand that we too are in the process of learning. 

Jackie Gerstein provides a post that explores how our roles are changing and how the roles of our learners are chaning because of Education 2.0-3.0 (with a link to a post that describes this).  

What does "teaching the process of learning" mean? A few of her points are below:

  • Modeling of learning processes needs to be intentional, strategic, and overt.
  • The educator should be familiar with and able to demonstrate metacognitive processe.
There are two additional points (well worth reading) as well as three points on shifts that need to be made for this to occur. As always Gerstein brings up an issue, provides insight into the issue as well as links to additional resources, and make you sit back and think about your teaching and your classroom.
LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 14, 2014 9:25 AM

I especially like the idea of modeling by explaining what thought processes one is going through when demonstrating or learning a task. It could be helpful to apply this when demonstrating how to do research or how to search a database.

Fadilah's curator insight, September 5, 2014 12:49 AM

Interesting.

 

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Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?

Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning? | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I was reading the book The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley and couldn't help wondering what our schools would be like today if we were forced to teach without the technology (including co...

 

 

For example, we have all experienced the "app" mania and are sick of hearing, "Is there an app for that?"

 

Here is a new distraction: why don't we encourage students to use valuable time for "learning" through social media?

 

After all, they already spend hours of their time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and myriads of other social media sites.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 18, 2014 12:00 PM


A MUST READ!!!


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/often-asked-questions-are-there-cyber-security-dangers-with-apps-and-whats-about-privacy/


Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:43 AM

¿Demasiada tecnología para tan poco aprendizaje ...?

Sue Alexander's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:38 AM

Comment section is as interesting (and perhaps even more enlightening) than the article. A good read.

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How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own--rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.

 

Critical thinking doesn't end. The more knowledge you cultivate, the better you'll become at thinking about it. It's navel gazing in that you're constantly thinking about thinking, but the end result is a brain that automatically forms better arguments, focused ideas, and creative solutions to problems.



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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:18 AM

A very practical description with examples of ways to become better in your critical thinking. A good primer for sense making as part of the PKM framework.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:00 PM

"Navel gazing." I haven't heard that term in ages ... and don't do it near enough.

 

Todd Bratcher's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:46 PM

Critical thinking means to ask questions that need to be asked. it involves finding the significance in every piece of information you come across and formulating opinions and plans of action. You have to ask the tough questions and the best one to start with is "Why?" Critical thinking is about being curious and allowing your sense of curiosity to follow the "why".Often times following the why will lead to finding the truths and finding lies. Critical thinking is also about honing in ones BS detector. Take time to analyze information before accepting it's credibility.

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Important article. Well worth reading. 

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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The Biggest "Game-Changer" in Education

The Biggest "Game-Changer" in Education | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

 "What do you see as the big 'game changer' in education?"

 

The biggest game changer in education is not out there (as I point all around me).  It is in here (as I point to my head, but symbolizing all of our brains, not just mine) and has ALWAYS been in here (pointing to my chest, around the heart area).  

 

The “game changer” is, and always will be, being open to new learning opportunities, doing something with them, and making that human connection to our learners.

 

The best teachers have always done this, and will continue to do so.

 

 

 

 


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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 1, 2014 5:31 AM

Always. Some teachers are themselves "life-long leaners" open to the rules changing, and developing their skills in the process.

Anne van der Graaf's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:21 PM

May 2014 see more teachers trusting their experience, hearts and heads to be game changers in 2014

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We need pedagogy, not just cool tools

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:08 AM

agreed

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:08 PM

Technology should be a tool to assist with learning, rather than a big checkmark when it is used!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:21 PM

This is a great article and needs to be read by every teacher.

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Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology

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Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology - The Huffington Post

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:51 PM

 

A MUST read!!!

 

Sridevi Parthasarathy's curator insight, November 20, 2013 11:43 PM

The most powerful thought this article provokes, is the need to empower children to feel independent and take pride in their ideas. Education is no longer about a tedious transfer of information but facilitating innovation in learning and debating differences. This will call for  a radical change in the way we view our education system, especially in India. We claim to mimic the traditional Gurukul system  which called for experiencing life while learning from it; but we go against every construct of experience and believe that recall of knowledge is way to suceed. The Social Media could contribute greatly in this process of debate, as long as we put in regulators to help people focus.