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Challenge of focusing education reform

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AUSTRALIA ranks high in the world
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Insightful and timely don't you think?
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Teaching and E-learning: A beginner's guide to Hobsonville Point Secondary School

Teaching and E-learning: A beginner's guide to Hobsonville Point Secondary School | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
“ The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.” “ Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products. ”Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work. After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.
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Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
As summer reflections on the past school year turn into aspirations for the next year, it's important to keep in mind the big picture of change in education. Five shifts in how we think about schools
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The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers

The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it

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Have you found a model that suits your setting yet?

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The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence

The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
When people say, "I'm just not the creative type," IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their
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Ken Robinson: Being in Your Element - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Ken Robinson: Being in Your Element - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.
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Intelligence is multifaceted - "We don't live in a state of academic detachment - we should have an intellectually restlessness!" - How does sit with your education colleagues before we commence the academic year?

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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill that has been overlooked by many as information becomes more accessible and superfluous.
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The commencement of a new school year is a strategic time to reassess our cognitive biases in order to be true "thought leaders"!

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What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning? | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
“ Author David Price writes: "If schools are coming into direct competition with the learning opportunities available in the informal social space, it has to be said that this is a pressure, which barely registers within the political discourse.” In the following pages, Price describes three cases across the globe — in London, Sydney, San Diego — that have mapped a vision that answers the questions above. Here’s what they have in common: - By insisting that their teachers and mentors share their learning, all three have de-privatized teaching and learning. - By opening up the commons, and by designing workspaces without walls, they have brought Edison’s ‘machine-shop culture’ into education. - By bringing into the commons, experts, parents and investors, they have given an authenticity to the work of their students that is impossible to simulate in an enclosed classroom. - By modelling collaborative working to their students they have fostered the peer learning which is at the heart of ‘open’. - By emphasizing adult and real-world connections, they ensure that students are preparing for the world beyond school by being in that world. - By making their expertise and intellectual property freely available, they have created high demand from their peers and ensured that knowledge travels fast. - By seeing technology not simply as an aide to learning but as the imperative for change, they ensure that their programs are relevant to societal needs and societal shifts. - By trusting in their staff and students, and by giving them freedom and responsibility in equal measure, they have fostered a culture of learning that rewards respectful challenge, shuns unnecessary deference, and therefore constantly stays in motion.
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The topic is timely as we develop school plans for 2014 and beyond.
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What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic

What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
At first I thought personalized learning was simply 'good teaching' but then I framed it in the context of modern teachers with huge classrooms.
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How Do Learners Experience Open Online Learning? | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

How Do Learners Experience Open Online Learning? | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it

Learner Experiences with MOOCs and Open Online Learning is an e-book in which student authors describe and reflect upon their open online learning experiences. Current conversations around educational innovations in general, and MOOCs in particular, lack student voices. This book enables learners to share their stories, thus contributing to our understanding of open online learning. A number of questions guided the development of this book. These included: What are learner experiences with open online courses, MOOCs, and other forms of open online learning? What is it like to participate in open online learning? What are learners’ perspectives on open education? Answers to these questions clarify the nature of open online learning, help us focus innovations on learners, and aid us in improving digital learning initiatives. Learner experiences arise from the ways learners interact with and respond to content, activities, instructional methods, instructors, and the context within which learning and instruction happen (Parrish, 2005). At a time when researchers and online learning providers are embracing the use of learning analytics and big data to examine learner behaviors, activities, and actions, very few researchers have sought to gain a deep, qualitative, and multidimensional understanding of learner experiences with open forms of learning. Yet, understanding learner experiences is vital. A nuanced appreciation of how users experience open learning, including the successes and obstacles they face, will assist learning designers, researchers, and providers in refining and improving open online learning. - See more at: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/Learners_Experience_in_MOOCs.html#sthash.gDM7bagq.dpuf


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Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning. (Great read via @Lilylauren: Is School Enough?
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http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/elearningsfc/sfcbookletreap.pdf

REAP: Re-engineering Assessment Practices in Scottish Higher Education
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1-Defining-21st-Century-Skills.pdf

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The White Paper 2010 - Supports the imperative that we should ensure our students learn how to learn! Preparation for a turbid environment is essential.

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'Flexible' Classrooms: Blended Learning 2.0?

'Flexible' Classrooms: Blended Learning 2.0? | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
Rocketship Education's new approach to blended learning seeks to increase teacher collaboration and further individualize instruction, but the model poses new challenges for classroom educators.
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Q. What implications might this approach have in your school? Changing where & how learning occurs in a traditional school setting requires not only the education of students about change strategies but that of parents attitudes & understanding as well. Why not try an incremental approach this academic year?
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6 Blended Learning Models & Platforms

6 Blended Learning Models & Platforms | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
“ 6 Blended Learning Models & Platforms”
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The 22 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Must Have

The 22 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Must Have | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it

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Would you add or remove anything here?

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If you don't have any digital skills, you can learn. Weteach-it offers courses in Computer Literacy. Visit weteach-it.net for details.

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PERFECT SUMMARY

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22 competencias digitales y herramientas para llevarlas a cabo.
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Ten Tips for Personalised Learning via Technology

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At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, the student population grows more diverse by the day.
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Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning.
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Does this sit with your schools definition of personalised learning approach?

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How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations

How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
A framework for using Curation in a learning organisationGuillaume Decugis's insight:This excellent and very comprehensive article looks stall the aspects in which content curation is transforming organizations - from individual professional...
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Question for your learning community - "How could this serve our school's needs in 2014?"

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The Best Free Education Web Tools Of 2013 - Edudemic

The Best Free Education Web Tools Of 2013 - Edudemic | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
“ There's a wealth of education related web tools out there that can make your life easier and turn your computer, phone, and/or tablet into a teaching and learning powerhouse.”
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Here's a handy collection to bookmark.
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Personalize Learning: 8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners

Personalize Learning: 8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
Kathleen Cushman writes a guest post for Personalize Learning on what is critical to motivate learners.
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Personalising learning for students provides a context for learning that fundamentally supports increased student engagement. High quality teachers desire this outcome. The opportunity schools take in sharing these elements with parents is also a critical factor in establishing the partnership so that the benefits can be fully realised for students.
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Personalized Learning System

Personalized Learning System | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
Build a human infrastructure based on the train-the-trainer model to create a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:35 PM
A Personalized Learning System is a culture shift and a change in process that impacts the entire school community. Moving to learner-centered environments is more than just handing over the keys to the learner so they drive their own learning right away. This process is about developing a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System with your staff. This is about building a human infrastructure based on a train-the-trainer model where lead coaches support site coaches who support your teachers. Teachers become partners in learning with their learners as learners take ownership of their learning. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/09/personalized-learning-system.html#sthash.mk9RGeTD.dpuf
Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:18 AM

There isn't much text to accompany this graphic, but the graphic does a great job of helping us see the need for creating an ecosystem for personalization: it can't be achieved through a 1:1 relationship between a teacher and a student, let alone through a 1:25 relationship of a teacher in a class with 25 students. It requires a complete reconceptualization of roles and relationships. 

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer | Network Cogitation | Scoop.it
The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, September 30, 2013 12:09 AM

Perhaps we should be doing more assessment for learning and less assessment of learning?

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Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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The Elements Schools Need to Practice to Be Student-Centred table enables a good conversation in examining practices that support personalised student learning.
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