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David Truss: Personalization and Responsibility

David Truss: Personalization and Responsibility | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

David Truss ponts out that personalization is about the learner taking responsibility for their learning.  He includes that educators are also learners and substitutes "educators" in a paragraph in our report where we explain the chart on "Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization".

 

"Going back to Bray & McClaskey, have a look at the last sentence I quoted above, only switch ‘learners’ to ‘educators’: “When [educators] reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.”

 

We need to personalize the learning for our educators and our students… seeing both first and foremost as learners. We can’t cookie-cutter our professional development to teachers and expect meaningful results. We can’t evaluate students based on tests with easily Googleable answers. We can develop a sense of learner responsibility by personalizing learning, making it meaningful and making it work that matters.

 

Finally, if we decide to look at educators and students as learners first, then we also need to recognize the responsibility that comes with being a learner. So much of what I read about now is about things ‘we need to do’ to support the learner. But be they educators or students, learners need first to understand the importance of their own role in learning. Personalization isn’t just about catering to a learner, it is also about learner autonomy and thus learner responsibility."

 

Thank you David in making the connections and in sharing your Manifesto!


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NRC Report Highlights Importance of Deeper Learning | Education Week

NRC Report Highlights Importance of Deeper Learning | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark and Carri Schneider

 

"Not surprisingly, researchers found that real, transferable career preparation is valuable. Earlier this month the National Research Council released a study, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century , sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett , John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, and Nellie Mae Education foundations.

 

"The paper poses a new definition for deeper learning, "The process through which a person becomes capable of taking what was learned in one situation and applying it to new situations - in other words, learning for 'transfer.'""

 

A very thoughtful and informative post, with rich links. The piece highlights, for me, that we're still trying to figure out the purpose of school. -JL

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Three Teachers Are on a Nationwide Quest to Design (and Open) the Ultimate School - Education - GOOD

Three Teachers Are on a Nationwide Quest to Design (and Open) the Ultimate School - Education - GOOD | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"There are all kinds of good things happening in schools," says Brooklyn's Todd Sutler, a teacher and executive director of the Odyssey Initiative, a nonprofit project he and two other educators—Michelle Healy and Brooke Peters—launched last spring. On September 4 the trio will kick off their tour of the nation's most effective schools with the goal of capturing and sharing best practices. They plan to use what they discover to inspire other educators, the American public, and ultimately start an amazing school back in Brooklyn.

 

"As you can see in the video above, what makes the project especially noteworthy is that unlike top-down policymakers who prescribe solutions for our schools without ever having been in a classroom, Healy, Peters, and Sutler believe that education reform has to start with teachers. That means they'll gather ideas and research "from a teacher's perspective about how to best serve kids" and then share those ideas accordingly."

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in an increasingly complex world | Harold Jarche

in an increasingly complex world | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Jarche reposts a compelling set of thoughts via Robert Warwick. The links on this page take one to some very meaningful material:

 

"Robert Warwick - Following a comprehensive literature review, heavily influenced by complexity sciences, we came up with seven essential criteria that are important to consider in an increasingly complex world, these were:

Go out of your way to make new connections.

Adopt an open, enquiring mind-set, refusing to be constrained by current horizons.

Embrace uncertainty and be positive about change – adopt an entrepreneurial attitude.

Draw on as many different perspectives as possible; diversity is non-optional.

Ensure leadership and decision-making are distributed throughout all levels and functions.

Establish a compelling vision which is shared by all partners in the whole system.

Promote the importance of values – invest as much energy into relationships and behaviours as into delivering tasks."

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Teaching Creativity with TLC | Creativity Post

Teaching Creativity with TLC | Creativity Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein

 

"Can creativity be taught? One New Zealand school shows how."

 

"In December of 2007, we had the incredible opportunity to discover first-hand an amazing school called The Learning Connection (TLC for short) located in Wellington, New Zealand. TLC is an art school that is more than an art school. It is, quite purposefully, a school for creators, no matter what road they take in life.

 

"TLC is the brain child of Jonathan Milne, artist, teacher, writer and institution builder. At his invitation, we spent some time at TLC, talked with teachers and students, checked out an end-of-term exhibition of student work—and got to know Jonathan and his wife, Alice Wilson Milne, who provides the administrative genius for the school."

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5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout -- THE Journal

5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By  Bridget McCrea

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"In this article, K-12 teachers and administrators identify five things schools should not do when they are launching iPad initiatives. For example, they suggest educators not begin such programs without first organizing classroom materials or expect students not to be distracted by games and other applications. They also recommend teachers not forget to budget money to purchase apps or assume it will be easy to share information on the devices."

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Former charter school star indicted in alleged $6 million fraud | Philadelphia Daily News

Former charter school star indicted in alleged $6 million fraud | Philadelphia Daily News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Regina Medina

 

"Veteran educator Dorothy June Brown had a penchant for establishing charter schools in the Philadelphia area. And then stealing from them, according to the feds.

 

"Brown, of Haverford, bilked $6 million from 2007 to April 2011 from three charter schools she founded, the U.S. Attorney's Office alleged in a 62-count indictment on Tuesday. The school's are: Agora Cyber Charter School based in Wayne; Planet Abacus Charter School in Tacony; and Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages, with locations in Overbrook, Northern Liberties and Wynnefield."

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Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom -- Mind/Shift

Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom -- Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By  Andrew Miller 

 

"Video game company Valve is going deep into the education world with a new initiative using Steam, their free online game platform where users can download games and communicate and play with other players. The initiative is called Steam for Schools, and a free educational version is now available to teachers to use in the classroom.

 

"What makes it unique for schools is that all functionality unrelated to education is disabled and only certain games are made available for teachers and students.

 

"The first major games used in Steam for Schools are Portal and Portal 2. In the games, the main character solves puzzles and problems in a three-dimensional world. As it’s explained on the site: “Players primarily interact with the world by using a hand-held portal device to place interconnected portals on walls, floors, or ceilings. Once a pair of portals is positioned any object entering through one portal will exit though the other.” In addition to these two versions of thegame, there’s also a Portal Puzzle Maker, whereby teachers can make their own puzzles for students to solve."

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Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? - US News and World Report

Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? - US News and World Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Simon Owens

 

"In the quiet, restrained world of research libraries, any controversies that arise are, for the most part, cordial and largely academic. So some within the industry may have been understandably surprised by the widespread attention paid when, in April, Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council sent a letter to the faculty concerning what it alleged was a crisis with its scholarly journal subscriptions....

 

"Though the letter's short-term impact was to inform the non-academic world of the growing tension between research libraries and journal publishers, many in the industry say its long-term effect lies in its list of recommendations for how to ameliorate the situation. Harvard implores its top researchers to "consider submitting articles to open-access journals" and to "consider resigning" from the editorial boards of journals that don't provide open-access offerings. Because an open-access journal allows anyone to easily and without cost read any of its published material, a large-scale migration to the platform would ease many of the financial burdens posed by subscription journals."

 

While this may seem unimportant to those on the front lines of teaching and learning, it has the potential to be quite momentous in terms of further eroding the position of the hard copy book/journal as the arbiter and foremost vessel of knowledge. -JL

 

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Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed

Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jose Picardo

 

"Students have discovered that learning is no longer bound to the confines of the school building and schools are beginning to realise that teaching students how to use these technologies effectively for academic purposes is essential if they want their students to engage in the use of social networking appropriately, less sporadically and more spectacularly.

 

"The rising importance and availability of online social networks and their popularity among young people are undeniable facts. The use of the internet is becoming an ever more integral part of young people’s lives and, as a result, they are communicating with each other on an unprecedented scale....

 

"Online social networks provide teachers and students with a platform in which they can interact beyond the constraints of the school walls, and with which the teacher can provide personalised feedback, peer review, assessment and support beyond that which is possible with the already existing virtual learning environments, which, in my experience, quickly become repositories of institutionally approved teaching materials and effectively discourage cooperation and interaction among students, fostering instead less meaningful, transactional interaction such as the setting or handing in of student work or the communication of assessment grades."

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What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company

What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tim Brady

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The writer of this article describes a vision for the education-technology revolution over the next 15 years. In the first five years, Tim Brady envisions that teachers will be asked to do more, use more Web-based tools each day and utilize more software to create efficiencies. In the next five to 10 years, Brady predicts there will be changes to the way schools purchase technology, and in the long-term there is likely to be a change in the model of public education."

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Berkeley to Join the Free Online Learning Partnership EdX - NY Times

Berkeley to Join the Free Online Learning Partnership EdX - NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"In the scramble to stake out a leadership role in the world of online education, the University of California, Berkeley, announced that it is joining EdX, the free nonprofit online learning venture founded by Harvard and MIT."

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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

 

"Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform. Colleges that usually move at a glacial pace are rushing into deals with the upstart company. But what exactly have they signed up for? And if the courses are free, how will the company—and the universities involved—make money to sustain them?

 

"Some clues can be found in the contract the institutions signed. The Chronicle obtained the agreement between Coursera and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the first public university to make such a deal, under a Freedom of Information Act request, and Coursera officials say that the arrangement is similar to those with the other partners."

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21st Century PLNs for School Leaders | Connected Principals

21st Century PLNs for School Leaders | Connected Principals | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By George Couros

 

"...I have spent the last few years focusing a great deal on my work as an instructional leader within my role as school-based principal, and now as division principal. Although building relationships is the most important thing that we can do in our schools, in my opinion being an instructional leader is a close second.

 

"With all of the new technologies that are surrounding us, and to the many school administrators that are not feeling comfortable with Twitter, Facebook, etc., I would like to suggest three ways (as opposed to the typical round number of 10) that you can focus on your own professional development over the summer. Less is oftentimes more in the digital world as we move from simply being “literate” to “fluent” in this language.

 

"So for the administrator new to the world of social media and all of the possibilities that it holds for developing instructional leadership, here are three ways that I would suggest starting to learn this summer."

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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

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By Maria Popova

 

"In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, ideas that we may later transform into new combinations with applications both practical and metaphysical.

 

"This concern, it turns out, is hardly new. In The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (PDF), originally published in the October 1939 issue of Harper’s, American educator Abraham Flexner explores this dangerous tendency to forgo pure curiosity in favor of pragmatism — in science, in education, and in human thought at large — to deliver a poignant critique of the motives encouraged in young minds, contrasting those with the drivers that motivated some of history’s most landmark discoveries."

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Dwell in Possibility #txtia12

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Dwell in Possibility #txtia12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Miguel Guhlin is one of my go-to people to see what's happening with tech in schools. This is his keynote slidedeck and links to resources from the LoneStar TIA 2012 conference held the 3rd week of July, 2012. It deals with where we are now with tech capablilites and what this means to schools in terms of learner-centered mobile learning. -JL

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The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience | Creativity Post

The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience | Creativity Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Andrea Kuszewski

 

"In this age of innovation, even more important than being an effective problem solver, is being a problem finder. It’s one thing to look at a problem and be able to generate a solution; it is another thing to be able to look at an ambiguous situation, and decide if there is a problem that needs to be solved. That’s a skill that isn’t really targeted by traditional teaching methods, and in fact, it is often discouraged. Rule-breaking , to an extent, should be tolerated and encouraged, and yes—even taught. To reach this end, we should be teaching and encouraging creative disobedience."

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NYT GroupThink Rebuttal: Effective Brainstorming Works | ideas to Go

NYT GroupThink Rebuttal: Effective Brainstorming Works | ideas to Go | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Susan Robertson

 

"If you happened to read the opinion piece published on Sunday, January 13, in The New York Times entitled “The Rise of the New Groupthink” by Susan Cain, you may be wondering about the value of brainstorming. If it’s as useless as the author claims, why is it so popular? Should we continue doing it? The short answer is that the article is ill-informed and misleading. Brainstorming is quite useful when done well.

 

"Is it true that both individual and group efforts are required for success? Yes, of course. And the author acknowledges it early in the article. Then she spends the bulk of the article essentially negating her own statement, and concluding that group brainstorming is useless.

 

"Is group brainstorming effective for generating creative, unique ideas? Yes, very. If it’s done correctly. Cain makes no differentiation between sessions run well and sessions run poorly.

 

"Is the way you’re doing it in your organization effective? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on how you’re doing it, who’s leading it and how, and whether the group is trained in, and following the rules of, brainstorming."

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Register Now: Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 - 8/31) FREE

Register Now: Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 - 8/31) FREE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"As educators, we are designing every single day -- whether it’s finding new ways to teach content more effectively, using our classroom space differently, or developing new approaches to connecting with parents.

 

"At Edutopia, we are inspired by some of the change we've seen using Design Thinking. That's why we're teaming up with IDEO and Riverdale Country Day School -- two organizations that live and breathe this innovative process each day -- to produce the Design Thinking for Educators Workshop."

 

I just signed up. This should be good. -JL

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Tell the Truth about American Education (Math)

Tell the Truth about American Education (Math) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Diane Ravitch

 

"So-called reformers say again and again that the U.S. education system is a failure and that academic performance is declining.

 

"What they never tell you is that the test scores of American students are at their highest point in history, as recorded on the only longitudinal measure of performance, the federal test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

 

"Maybe the reformers don’t know that. You can educate them."

 

(graph from http://bit.ly/MMxZqm - not from Ravitch's post)

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First Days of School - Alan November

First Days of School - Alan November | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

November has followed up the theme of his BLC12 conference with a collection of 5 postings from various authors on approaches to the beginning of school. These are all valuable and thoughtful pieces, sure to help teachers get a better handle on how to open the year.

 

I want to take some issue with the first post by Garth Holman. I've always said that a teacher's best two days should be the first one and the last one -- that something extradordinary should be done to engage the students deeply and memorably, To that extent both Holman and I pretty much see things in the same way.

 

Where I depart from Holman is in the selection of his title and point of view regarding Harry Wong. I think Holman has forgotten that Wong's approach is aimed at new teachers. It is indeed the rare new teacher who can approach the first day of school with the confidence and knowledge of classroom dynamics and content that Holman demonstrates. I think Wong is correct to emphasize procedures for new teachers; not because effective procedures limmediately lead to great teaching and learning, but because they are prerequisites to great teaching and learning. It is difficult, at best, to teach an effective and memorable lesson if one cannot manage one's students.

 

A basketball team does not start its first practice doing a fast break, there are too many fundamentals to be learned, practiced, and turned into second nature. The team starts with fundamentals and builds its approach to complexity.

 

So it is too, in the classroom for new teachers. They need to master a repertoire of many moves  and refine their pedagogical content knowledge in order to become dextrous with sophistication.

 

Teachers who are confident and skilled will likely take Holman's suggestions and find in them inspiration for creating their own "best first day". Holman is to be commended for being sufficiently self-aware and self-confident to develop such an engaging experience for his students. and for writing about it so well. But he should be a bit more careful in urging newbies to run before they can walk. -JL

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10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture | Edudemic

10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Online Universities

From the website

 

"Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it? Read on to find out about 10 different ways."

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Can Technology Fix Education? | PC magazine

Can Technology Fix Education? | PC magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael J. Miller

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Technology can excite students but can it fix education, technology strategist Michael Miller asks in this blog post. Education innovators on the panel -- including Coursera founder Daphne Koller, DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best, Inkling founder Matt MacInnis, plus U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller -- discussed education innovation at a recent Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference. While they all had compelling ideas, Miller writes, quality teachers and involved parents are most important to education reform."

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Survey provides insight into who enrolls in fully online programs and why | Inside Higher Ed

Survey provides insight into who enrolls in fully online programs and why | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The average student pursuing a postsecondary credential completely online is a white, 33-year-old woman with a full-time job that pays around $65,000 per year, according to a new survey sponsored by two companies involved in online consulting.."

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Former Chancellor to Begin Tech Venture – SchoolBook (NY Times)

Former Chancellor to Begin Tech Venture – SchoolBook (NY Times) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Beth Fertig

 

"Joel I. Klein, the former New York City schools chancellor hired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to oversee its fledgling education technology division, now has a brand name of his own.

 

"The company announced that its education division would be called Amplify, and that it’s teaming up with AT&T to deliver digital learning products through 4G tablets for schools."

 

Will schools be willing to do business with Rupert Murdoch? -JL

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