Since opening our new makerspace this fall, we’ve hit it hard to continue incorporating more STEM and tinkering throughout our school, especially in the primary grades. We’re framing tinkering as a genuinely lifelong and lifewide (if that’s a word) skill. We’ve been busy developing projects across all subjects from science to world languages and across varying levels of PBL-ness from relative similarity between students to an amazingly wide variety according to each student’s passion. I’m very proud to say that we’ve been named finalists for the FETC STEM Excellence Awards for our efforts and outcomes!
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
"The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects."
"Having a vision for the future is an natural extension of Hope and Optimism, another 21st century skill I proposed. A vision for the future enhances hope and optimism. To clarify, having a vision for the future is identifying and taking steps toward fulfilling one’s dream. It goes beyond and is qualitatively different than identifying what one wants to be when one grows up or thinking about college. It is about dreams."
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An #edtech conference #downunder! Excellent news. With the assistance of The Learning Revolution the Australia E-series team are organising a free webinar conference in an Australian timezone. They are looking for presenters and participants interested in educational technology in the classroom... primary, secondary, VET and adult education. Check it out!
I've not given much thought to coding as a tool in the classroom but it becoming more common. I need to start investgating this more. A good article for me to introduce the idea of coding in the classroom.
One need not look to superstars such as Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to justify reasons for using code and programming logic in the classroom. There's plenty of literature that illustrates its positive learning outcomes. Coding in the classroom is linked to improved problem solving and analytical reasoning, and students who develop a mastery of coding have a "natural ability and drive to construct, hypothesize, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions."
But there are other compelling reasons for integrating code in the classroom.
European higher education remains too conservative to adapt to technological innovations, said a Commission High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education in its report published last week (22 October).
The group, which was launched in 2012 to examine such challenges, makes 15 recommendations to EU member states about how to integrate digital teaching and learning methods in their educational curricula.
Current learning systems are reluctant to leave behind conventional classroom methods and restructure the way universities and schools operate. Teachers do not have the necessary professional training to cope with new ways of schooling. The institutions themselves are poorly equipped with new technologies in order to deliver high quality, online education.
“Although Europe is starting to make progress, it is still lagging behind the US in using new technologies in our universities and colleges,” said Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland, and chair of the High Level Group. “We should capitalise on the strengths we have, such as the wide use of ECTS [European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System] credits to ensure that digital learning in Europe is recognised, accredited and quality assured.”
Students are also reluctant to enroll in online degree programs, as an alternative to traditional, classroom-based ones, because many online courses do not offer credits towards obtaining a diploma. In fact, one of the group's recommendations to EU countries is that they recognise e-learning as a legitimate part of the educational system, and formalise it.
We’re sort of led to believe that the ‘best’ search results are the ones on the first page. Companies pay tons of money to be featured on the top of the search results for this reason! Don’t be fooled – it is worth the time you spend sifting through the search results.
Slidedocs help you spread your smart thinking by combining visual communications with short chunks of written copy. Their scannable nature makes them great pre-read, reference, and leave-behind materials. Their modularity makes it easy for people to incorporate your ideas into their own communications. And these features together make slidedocs the perfect companion to both written documents and presentations.
al The first session of day two that I am attending is "Student Digital Portfolios: Redefining Assessment with iPads and Google Apps" by Holly Clark. You can view the slides from her presentation here...
Digital portfolios are the way of the future when it comes to students reflecting on their learning. This article gives a great deal of information about introducing, managing and collecting information. The sections that deal with digital citizenship and digital footprint are very good at showing the responsibilities teachers and students have.
Rigor in the classroom. Are your lessons fun? Can you make parts of speech lessons fun? Interesting video but gets the point across. How do we get students to care about what they are learning. This little video, though amusing, has a point to make.
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