This post describes the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they naturally occur when a full cycle of learning, including ideas related to the flipped classroom, are used within the instructional process.
In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn without words.Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND's Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach.
Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education
In his seminal white paper on participatory culture, media education scholar Henry Jenkins explored the capacity of new media technologies to facilitate critical inquiry, active exploration and vibrant dialog online. Wrote Jenkins et al. (2009):
"Participatory culture is emerging as the culture absorbs and responds to the explosion of new media technologies that make it possible for average consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content in powerful new ways. A focus on expanding access to new technologies carries us only so far if we do not also foster the skills and cultural knowledge necessary to deploy those tools toward our own ends" (p8).
Jenkins highlights the type of online activities that participatory spaces enable-archive, annotate, appropriate and recirculate-which occur in real time and in the context of abundant information flow. The habits that participatory technologies facilitate also offer a range of opportunities to facilitate more savvy information navigation, curation and appropriation. Jenkins (2006) identified a core set of key skills that "build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom." (p4). The identified skills- play, performance, simulation, appropriation, multitasking, distributed cognition, collective intelligence, judgment, transmedia navigation, networking, and negotiation - have at their core the ability to engage multimodal inquiry, multimedia platforms, and information abundance through curation.
Curation is a useful tool to teach students how to filter the vast amounts of information they are exposed to each day. It provides curriculum links to media literacy and advances skills necessary to navigate an ever-changing world dictated by various technological elements.
"Google Maps Engine makes it easy for you to create beautiful maps, share them with others, and reach your audience no matter where they are. It's built on the same platform that provides Google services to millions of people worldwide, so your users have a consistent and familiar experience wherever they are."
In the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected.
'The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching' by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
Michele Ivanisevic's insight:
Very interesting and relevant arguments presented in an easy to follow way. Explaining is only one form of education.. I identified with this quote:
"explainers must not only get the matter to fit comfortably into their own worldview, into their own personal frame of reference for understanding the world around them, they also have to figure out how to link their frame of reference to the worldview of the person receiving the explanation, so that the explanation can make sense to that person, too"
It highlights the importance of empathy in communication. Education is about far more than the required content that must be covered.
High school English teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers advice on helping students develop more positive emotions, which he says can enhance their attention and higher-order thinking skills.
Michele Ivanisevic's insight:
This article is written around a common theme - empathetic thinking. Teachers must truly work to understand the needs of their students. A positive environment is crucial to development. We need to seek to inspire students to reach new levels of potential