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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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? | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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 | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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 | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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 | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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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Marzano Levels of School Effectiveness

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The Levels of School Effectiveness provide our schools with another lens of in which we can analyse and engage in conversation about perception, systems, data and culture.

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Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:Students First, Not Stuff

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Students First, Not Stuff by Will Richardson Putting technology first—simply adding a layer of expensive tools on top of the traditional curriculum—does nothing to address the new needs of modern learners.
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Paths to Personalised Learning: A Teacher's Perspective -- Mylor Primary School 1

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What Personalised Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic

What Personalised Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic | Tuggeranong Schools Network | Scoop.it
At first I thought personalised learning was simply 'good teaching' but then I framed it in the context of modern teachers with huge classrooms.
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Challenge: Does your staff agree on what personalised learning looks like in your school?
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Jason Borton's comment, August 29, 2013 5:01 PM
I think it's important to have the conversation as I'm sure it looks different for people teaching different age groups. We've begun to have this conversation and record them at Richardson.
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UnderstAnding LeArning: Lessons for LeArning, teACHing And reseArCH

The ‘Big Five’ findings that follow from ‘Know thy Impact’! Great article on "What is learning?"
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Charles : Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles : Building a Culture of Continuous Learning | Tuggeranong Schools Network | Scoop.it

...As we move beyond content-rich learning to exploit experience-rich learning in the workplace we need solid models and approaches that will help, and we need tools that will help us support a culture of continuous learning. This is where many organisations are finding the 70:20:10 model useful.

My experience is that the 70:20:10 framework provides a holistic strategic model that helps build a culture of continuous learning. It does this by helping learning professionals and their organisations focus on viable alternatives for development to the ‘10’ – structured, directed, ‘formal’ learning through courses, classes and eLearning.

By supporting learning within the workflow, and through and with others, the culture of learning will evolve – I’ve seen it happen.


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Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray

Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray | Tuggeranong Schools Network | Scoop.it
Personalizing learning starts with the learner. It is not personalized instruction. Students drive their learning. The teacher guides students to reach their learning goals.
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The Best Free Education Web Tools Of 2013 - Edudemic

The Best Free Education Web Tools Of 2013 - Edudemic | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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 | Tuggeranong Schools Network | 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

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Build a human infrastructure based on the train-the-trainer model to create a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System.

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

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, September 29, 2013 9:09 PM

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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Understanding Learning: Lessons for Learning, teaching and research

"This presentation starts with the five major messages from Visible Learning, outlines a notion of ‘learning’, then develops seven fundamental principles of learning: learning involves time, energy, deliberate teaching, and effort; the structure and relations of learning; there are major limitations of the mind; the student as social animal; confidence as a multiplier; the need for maintenance and feedback; and identifying the major learning strategies. The new Science of Learning Research Centre is promoted as an opportunity for developing a ‘heat map’ of learning, for assessing, developing and enhancing learning – and for creating a powerful new narrative relating brain research to learning and teaching."
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Marzano's Art & Science of Teaching Framework - Learning Map

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Instructivism versus Constructivism

Sometimes it feels like we hear conflicting messages regarding the teacher's role. There seem to be fads and pendulum swings about the nature of teachers' wo...
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Creating own meaning without being left alone to do it!  We need to know our learners better.  When do we nudge is a critical questions.  Being explicit about quality and prompting for learning. #TSNet formative assessment in our schools is on track. A repertoire of approaches is needed.

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John Hattie and Helen Timperley’s “The Power of Feedback”

Three overlapping questions worth asking: Where am I going? (goals), How am I going? (performance as measured against goals), and What next? (future goals).
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Feedback is oftne used to describe interactions between students and teachers. The power of peer assessment is also worth considering.
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The Systems Thinker Newsletter

What is Systems Thinking? Systems thinking offers you a powerful new perspective, a specialized language, and a set of tools that you can use to address the most stubborn problems in your everyday life and work. Systems thinking is a way of understanding reality that emphasizes the relationships among a system's parts, rather than the parts themselves. Based on a field of study known as system dynamics, systems thinking has a practical value that rests on a solid theoretical foundation.
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"Systems have several defining characteristics: • Every system has a purpose within a larger system. • All of a system's parts must be present for the system to carry out its purpose optimally. • A system's parts must be arranged in a specific way for the system to carry out its purpose. • Systems change in response to feedback."
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Ed Tech Coaching: Authentic, Personalized Learning: Pre- and Post-Technology (A Case Study)

Ed Tech Coaching: Authentic, Personalized Learning: Pre- and Post-Technology (A Case Study) | Tuggeranong Schools Network | Scoop.it
I think " Student engagement isn't reliant on an iPad app- it is reliant on a teachers' ability to create authentic, personalised learning experiences" states it best.
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3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology

3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology | Tuggeranong Schools Network | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I relish the days of summer because I am given the opportunity to learn, rethink, design, and fine tune my teaching with the hope of being able to inspire students and teachers in the...

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:42 AM

This is a technology-based CT learning


meera vaidyanathan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 9:16 AM

How can we incorporate the tools mentioned here into tenmarks? That is, create a toolkit, allow teachers to create their own content or curate/organize the the content to their liking, and add a exploratory aspect for student users....

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Straight Forward, Simple Steps to Implement Technology - Under Tab EdTech