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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


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Learners NOT Students!

Learners NOT Students! | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
The term "student" was defined in the middle ages. It is time to rethink what that implies and redefine the learner.

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This is so very true. People develop a real meaningful reason for learning or the learning will have much less staying power. I love what this article points out. Teacher's function best if they provide guidance for the process and monitor success.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 22, 2013 2:10 PM

All of us are learners. Think about it. We were born curious and open to learning or we wouldn't walk or talk. It's just how each of us were made. Learning is part of us. We were not born students-- we were born learners. Our first experiences of learning was through play and discovery.

 

A learner...

>> develops their own learning goals.

>> monitors their progress in meeting their goals.

>> has a purpose or interest to learn something.

>> asks questions.seeks information.

>> finds ways to collaborate with others.

>> wants to know something because they want to know it -- not for a grade.

>> is curious about life and never stops learning.

 

Rethink what the term "student" implies.

All the references to student that we could find represent someone who studies or is being taught as part of an institution.

 

What are your thoughts about using the term "learner" instead of "student"?

Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:53 PM

I like the debate this could start in my classroom!

Meri Walker's comment, May 1, 2013 3:40 PM
It's been so long since I could call anyone a "student" with a straight face. I call people participants and learners... because the "student" label means I'm a "teacher" and I'm not...I'm a learner, too.
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Tranformative Use of iPads in the Education: Pedagogy, Examples, Activities


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:49 PM

This SlideShare provides a look at how iPads my be used to tranform education. Chock full if examples and activities as well as pedagogy chances are you will find some new ideas and resources in this resources from SilviaTolisano.

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The Innovative Educator: Start the New Year with a new way to look at students who don't seem to care

The Innovative Educator: Start the New Year with a new way to look at students who don't seem to care | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

"My students don't know how to learn.  They don't know how to succeed.  And, it doesn't seem like they care to change any of that. " -Crystal Kirch, My biggest struggle this year.

"High school math teacher Crystal Kirch’s biggest struggle of 2012 was met with both cheers from those who could commiserate as well as jeers from those who were concerned that students were not the culprit, but rather the victims of a system that set them up for failure."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 2, 2013 11:18 PM

What happens when we close ourselves off from hearing a different point of view? In this post Lisa Nielsen takes a look at reactions that occurred in response to the post by Crystal Kirch. She divides the responses into two sections: 

* Reactions from those frustrated by children who don't want to learn

* Reactions from those who provided the alternate perspective (that Kirch referred to as 'an "intense attack") in defense of children

By looking through the lenses of other this post is asking us to "think about and learn from that which may not be so comfortable and look at our students who don't seem to care in a new way."

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 3, 2013 5:33 AM

An interesting and topical article - which camp are you?.  I believe that children are passionate about the things THEY want to learn about and need to know why they are learning a particular topic. There are multiple ways a person learns; which one is the "right" way? Experiment; there are many different styles in one class - get to know each individual and speak on a 1:1 basis regularly.  Design your programme around each student (differentiate and individualise) and offer choice of resources etc.

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The 20 Biggest Education Facts You Should Know - Edudemic

The 20 Biggest Education Facts You Should Know - Edudemic | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Did you know there are more than 1.4 billion students on Earth?

This is just one of the 20 education facts found on this infographic. Learn how many educators there are globally, the number of students in pre-k to high school, the number of jobs expected to require some technology skills in the next decade and much more.


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10 Sites To Download Free Audio Books - Edudemic

10 Sites To Download Free Audio Books - Edudemic | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

There are many places where one may go and download free audtio books. This posts lists 10 locations, providing a brief explanation for each. The sites vary with some geared to to children and others to adults. Audio books are great for students whom may struggle with reading, as well as for long drives and walks. And all these sites are legal. They host books in the public domain.


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Loretta VU's curator insight, October 12, 12:43 AM

My 12 yr old son loves his audio books

Lourdes Oroxom's curator insight, October 31, 9:01 AM

These look like good places to get books. I have been trying to get more into electronic books, so these look like good places to start.

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What Does Learning Look Like?

What Does Learning Look Like? | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
What Does Learning Look Like?...

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Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For?

Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
A new study makes it clear what growth in standardized test performance doesn’t buy us: cognitive ability.

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 I am concerned about the massive growth of standardized test as a tool to motivate learning and improvement in education. These also even seem to be an intimidation tool used against staff and school systems these days far more than an formative evaluation tool. The best evaluations for both formative and summative are by far real life performance based and the real process is always iterative and ongoing. That is everything in learning is iterative with exception of life and death training that must be passed by a 100% success standard and then maintained at that.

 

Are standardized test a distraction from the sometimes messy nature of real learning and curiosity which causes people to want to learn something? Are we taking the valuable lessons of trial and error corrections totally out of the learning equation for fear of failure when everything hangs on a standardized test passing score?

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 17, 9:53 PM

Today we have students taking more and more standardized tests. This post shares information on "standardized test scores (Math and English language arts) and cognitive ability (working memory, processing speed, and abstract reasoning)" from ~1400 students 8th grade students in Boston (schools include traditional, exam and charter). 

The question I would ask is why are we focused on standardized tests? Is this the primary way we should assess our students? Do standardized tests become critical thinkers, creative thinkers? This list could go on.

The information in this post may surprise you and there are links to the original paper and supplement.

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The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers

The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

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Tibshirani's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:04 PM

Very important to reflect and evaluate own learning.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, August 6, 2013 12:06 PM

Move your Ss towards self-directed learning. #mschat #21stedchat

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Can You Measure an Education? Can You Define Life’s Meaning?

Can You Measure an Education? Can You Define Life’s Meaning? | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
It's time to step back and think deeply about the purpose of education.

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Fine article from Dr. Peter Grey that ask us to think about what education is truly about and rethink the current trend toward teaching for testing success. Wasn't sure if this didn't better fit under my austerity topic rather than education..

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 4, 2013 11:10 PM

Today our schools are "obsessed with measurement." We take many hours of each school year testing our students. This post questions the value of this "obsession" noting that "children have become pawns in contests that pit parent against parent, teacher against teacher, school against school, and nation against nation in the struggle to see who can squeeze the highest test scores out of their kids."

It explores the questions "What is education? What is its purpose" and "Is it quantifiable?" by looking at the roots of education and how education has changed. If you want some food for thought on these issues this is a great post to read.

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The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts!

The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it

This post begins with a quote from President Obama:

"“The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” From this point it veers  in a different direction, noting that the issue is that teachers "are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs."

If we look to our past (and our present) we will find that we are not listening to the advice that "our nation's historic inventors, scientists, and physicists (whom have shared) their advice and experiences." 

Read the article to learn the experiences of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Richard Feyman, Michio Kaku (which includes a video where he explains "that exams are crushing curiousity out of the next generation..."), as well as individuals around today such as Aaron Iba and Jack Andraka (the student who at the age of 15 created a test for pancreatic cancer).

Perhaps the question we need to ask is how do we change the system to support the necessary learning? 


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Seriously Amazing - Questions Come Alive at the Smithsonian!

Seriously Amazing - Questions Come Alive at the Smithsonian! | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian asks and answers questions about science, art, history and culture, exciting the learning in everyone, every day.

The Smithsonian has recently launched a new website seriouslyamazing.com which “poses questions and answers to show people how it can be an exciting resource for discovery and learning.”

They have created " seven quirky characthers to symbolize the questions the Smithsonian asks and answers every day:

* The Wild represents the diversity of the animal kingdom
* The Mash-Up stands for the ways people share culture
* The Green reflects the wonder of the natural landscape
* The New is where technology and creativity collide
* The Masterpiece embodies artistic expression
* The Storyteller is about America, its people and the tales they tell
* The Discoverer explores our world and the universe

Take some time to explore this site. You may discover many new resources available at the Smithonian!


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What Does Learning Look Like?

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What Does Learning Look Like?...

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Give your students the freedom to learn

Give your students the freedom to learn | Technology in Art And Education | Scoop.it
Google and 3M give their employees sizeable chunks of time to work on their own projects with intriguing results... could the same idea work in schools?

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