Current education is all about helping to facilitate critical thinking for our students. It is not so much about our students getting the answer as opposed to HOW they got the answer. Nevertheless, this does create some frustration with some parents and members of the public. Are we doing enough to explain the importance of inquiry based learning?
Deeper learning has some specific requirements, not the least of which is collaboration. Ben Johnson shares some tips to establish cross-curricular collaboration even in the most isolated of environments.
The Illinois Online Network (ION) is a collaboration of all community colleges in Illinois and the University of Illinois working together to advance utilization of technology enhanced and Internet-based instruction and service.
Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.
Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.