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A slidedeck created for the ELESIG webinar on 9 May, 2013 hosted by Nottingham University
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Food for thought! Nice presentation with some good ideas on the different learning theories en vogue today.
There are a boatload of online learning platforms out there. Here are the top ones that I think you should check out and learn (get it?) more about.
Learning, whether you’re learning to code, learning to write, learning to cook, or just expanding your knowledge, can become pretty boring when you go over words you don’t understand.
Tools witin Google Chrome to help students with difficult words.
What will Personalized Learning look like in 2013? The main change that will happen in teaching and learning in 2013 will be about empowerment. Teachers and learners will be more empowered to take charge of their learning. We will see this through the evidence they share as they learn.
Interesting, in other ways this could also be seen as framing learning as a constant performance of assessment. Where do you draw the line ?
While neuroscience hasn’t yet radically changed the way we think about teaching and learning, it is helping to shape educational policies and influencing new ways of implementing technology, improving special education, and streamlining day-to-day interactions between teachers and students. While there is still a long way to go before we truly understand the science of learning and how to use those findings in the real world classroom, it’s important to highlight some of the key ways that neuroscience is changing the classroom of today for the better.
I just discovered I am the worse internet researcher on the planet. This last application assignment has set my braincells on fire! Help. In my current masters level course, I'm learning about in...
Teacher Librarians are knowledgeable and qualified to teach web research skills to students.
Issues in preparing K-12 students for research.
"Yesterday during the Vice Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference at Plymouth University, I presented a think piece with Oliver Quinlan. The thrust of our thinking is that students..."
People were born to learn, this makes everyone they're own expert in the topic they love best.
Ah, love of knowledge!
Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10
Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/
(Image credit: Behance.net)
Wonmderful article. Peter's response is deep! Read it!
Brilliant. This is an example of what is known as "flipping" where the student is directed to where information can be found, e.g. Youtube, websites, powerpoint, etc and set critical evaluative questions.
Home School Learning is an ideal example of students as curators of their learning. It is essential for children to learn to be in charge of their learning from pre-school in order to develop essential evaluative and critical analytical skills. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.
Robin Good: Just as much as music is no longer in the hands of record companies and books are no longer in the hands of traditional book publishers, learning is not anymore in the hands of schools and other educational institutions.
Today a person can learn from a myriad of new different sources, at his own pace and time.
"The internet has democratized education and businesses should take notice.
You are in business because you have some area of expertise.
Sharing your expertise is a way to help you build your brand and provide value."
From the original article: "The Education of Millionaires, a book by Michael Ellsberg that proposes that the best investment in education is one that offers lifelong, relevant knowledge that will make you financially successful. He urges people to find mentors and experts to teach the skills they need, rather than investing six figures in a traditional college education that is unlikely to contribute to their ability to earn a living. I have mixed feelings about suggesting that people forgo or drop out of college, but I believe we are seeing a trend worth noting.
People are looking to non-traditional sources to learn from. Education and business are merging. "
The article is full of short, valuable insights, like these:
"As a brand, your expertise in the product you sell — in every way it affects the people who use it — sets you apart. If you sell shoes, you could teach fashion or fitness. If your product is food, teach nutrition."
"Consumers need information to choose when there are too many options."
"Education is a form of curation."
Right on track. Must-read. 8/10
Full article: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/digital-marketing/education-is-the-new-marketing/
Robin Good: Course Hero is a platform which allows the creation and delivery of online video courses curated from the best existing published content on that topic.
There are already ready-made courses to access or you can submit a topic that you would like to video-curate into a course.
"You can learn just about anything from YouTube...if you're willing to dig through millions of videos."
From Techcrunch: "Luckily, Course Hero has done the work for you, offering coherent classes by hosting collections of the best educational YouTube videos and other content.
The newly launched courses section of the eduTech startup’s site now has classes in entrepreneurship, business plan development, and programming in a variety of languages.
By drawing from YouTube and other openly available education, Course Hero plans to set up courses for anything it, or you, can think of.
Each course breaks down into roughly 6 chapters of 6 concept YouTube videos, Justin.tv videos, articles, and more. Unlike Udemy‘s one-teacher-per-class approach, Course Hero courses are compiled from content by many teachers.
Rather than put you at the mercy of long-winded professors, Course Hero trims videos and articles down to their most important teachings.
Along the way you’ll answer quiz questions, take tests to complete chapters, and face a final exam to finish a course and earn proficiency badges..."
Full article: http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/12/course-hero/ ;
Courses: http://www.coursehero.com/courses/ ;
More info: http://www.coursehero.com/ ;