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Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era

Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it
Reading has always been an invaluable skill, but in the digital era it will be even more important.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 15, 2017 10:40 AM
The challenge is not to make digital tools the default process of teaching reading. My experience was children who struggled with reading needed continuous adult support even with a digital reading system. I discovered they tended to lack vocabulary and left to their own devices did not benefit.
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Robots, virtual reality and the future of education

Robots, virtual reality and the future of education | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it
One of the greatest challenges for education is that there is an ever-increasing divide between the demand for learning and the supply of schooling. This is seen most obviously in the global shortage of teachers, but it extends to the dearth of school leaders and to the lack of availability of schools themselves.

According to the Unesco Institute of Statistics there are 263 million children not in education and the world will need 3.3 million more primary teachers and 5.1 million more secondary teachers by 2030. There is no easy solution to this problem, but I believe that lessons from how the Middle East is addressing it may provide a solution that will work in other parts of the world.

In the early days of the UAE, schools were founded by the companies working in the country and they were not-for-profit. Today 95 per cent of private schools in Dubai are for-profit.

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Why do schools want all students to look the same?

Why do schools want all students to look the same? | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Why are schools so obsessed with all children looking the same? Since the later part of the 20th century, schools in Australia have opted for strict uniform policies, where students will wear an identical set of clothes. Often that extends to the style of hair that’s allowed; what backpack, shoes, and even, in some instances, what underwear to wear.

But by providing a blanket approach to school uniform policies, schools risk repressing cultural identity and diversity.

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Best Free MOOCs In Business For April

Best Free MOOCs In Business For April | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Differences are certain to seed conflicts, particularly in the workplace. Organizations and markets are global in nature. That means that people are bound to partner with others who are very different from themselves. It is often here when people realize how different that value systems, communication styles, and behaviors can be. Marion Festing, a professor of human resource management and intercultural leadership at ESCP Europe is fond of illustrating this principle with an example: penguins using red balls to play golf in the arctic snow. “They ask each other, “Can you imagine that in other parts of the world, they play with white golf balls,” she jokes.

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Blended Learning: How to Make it Work in Your Classroom

Blended learning is more than just a hot new trend in education—it’s the way classrooms of the future will work. The concept behind blended learning is to take the best elements of in-person classroom instruction and online instruction and combine them. In a blended classroom, students attend classes in person and watch lecture videos or complete online activities.

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Test Prep Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming

Test Prep Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Help your students use technology and build their confidence—and teach them to speak the tests’ language.

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370 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start This Month

370 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start This Month | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Five years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world have created thousands of free online courses.

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Can computers replace teachers?

Can computers replace teachers? | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it
Leaving my school building the other day, I had an unexpected realization: Perhaps a computer was a more effective teacher than I currently was. The thought unnerved me, and still does as I’m writing this. I’m a nearly 13-year veteran educator dedicated to reflecting upon and refining my teaching craft. But I’m now considering the real possibility that, for at least part of a class period or school day, a computer could—and maybe should—replace me.

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Four cautionary lessons about education technology

Four cautionary lessons about education technology | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

There's good failure and there's dumb failure. The dumb failure we see over and over again is just dumping technology into schools and hoping for magic to happen; not having a plan, thinking that things will happen automatically because kids are “digital natives,” a term that obscures as much as it illuminates; thinking that just because technology is there your problem is solved."


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 20, 2017 1:29 AM

A good short read.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 20, 2017 12:49 PM
Digital tools are not a panacea of all things good.
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 20, 2017 5:27 PM
This emphasises the importance of the teacher in any technology education. Some good follow up sections and blogs
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A Reflection on the Success of Public Schools

A Reflection on the Success of Public Schools | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

As we move into a new era of public educational administration, we will all be asked to look at ways to change how public schools are run. That request will come with long lists of all the thing we are doing wrong and all the students we have failed. The lists of our success, however, are far less prevalent. That imbalance suggests a completely broken system rather than one that needs to be improved. The failing aspect of any structure always make the news, there is always more interest and debate over what is failing than over what is working. 

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Here are 250 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

Here are 250 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. 


All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News and World Report 2017 national university rankings. 


These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms. 


So far, they’ve created over 300 courses, of which around 250 are still active. Class Central has made a collection of all these, which you can explore below.

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The Best Free Online Business Courses Starting In February

The Best Free Online Business Courses Starting In February | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

When you think of Coca-Cola, what images comes to mind? Chances are, you picture frolicking polar bears who are “always cool” to “open happiness.” You associate it with a jovial Santa Claus unpacking his gifts underneath a lustrous tree. There is the trademark Coca-Cola font, eye-catching apple red backdrop, and the comforting contours of the bottle. Together, they spell out a message of classic values, community, and refreshment.

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Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Should gifted students go to a separate school? | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Despite two Senate inquiries in 1988 and 2001, it has taken 15 years and a state parliamentary review for the Victorian government to decide to build a specialist high school for students who are gifted, specifically targeting those from rural and regional Victoria.

Research at both the national and international level has long advocated that students who are gifted have specific learning needs that require:

-tailored learning strategies
-education supported by a challenging curriculum
-teachers trained in gifted education
-more exposure to students of similar ability
-opportunities for acceleration

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Teacher To Teacher: My Journey To Personalized Learning

Teacher To Teacher: My Journey To Personalized Learning | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

By Kaeleigh Lawrence - From an initial hesitation to a full rollout, here is one elementary school teacher's personalized learning classroom journey.


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Jen Balk-Singerhouse's curator insight, July 14, 2017 3:16 PM
I find myself in lock-step with this teacher.  
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Kindergarten Readiness: Is Your Child Prepared for School? - Learning Liftoff

Kindergarten Readiness: Is Your Child Prepared for School? - Learning Liftoff | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

There comes a day when every child must leave the nest, so to speak, and take a monumental first step toward independence. For many children, part of taking that first step involves crossing the threshold of their kindergarten classroom for the first time.

The countdown to kindergarten is an emotional time for parents and children. Feelings of anxiety, fear, trepidation, and sadness compete with feelings of excitement, curiosity, pride, and enthusiasm. To ensure that positive emotions win out in the long run, it’s essential that your child be kindergarten-ready when he steps into that classroom.

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What does Personalized Learning mean for teachers?

What does Personalized Learning mean for teachers? | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

As families, communities, parents, teachers and students around the country have deep conversations around how to transform schools to better prepare each student for future success, many schools are implementing personalized learning models to best meet the unique needs of each student and prepare all students for a lifetime of success (simultaneously).

Good teachers have always sought to match their teaching to the unique needs of each student – by offering options to dig deeper into an assignment for advanced learners or by offering additional support or a modified assignment to struggling learners.

Yet, doing so for a class of 20 to 30 students has been simply impossible for every student, in every lesson, every day with a single teacher and a single textbook.


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How New Tech Will Influence eLearning -

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eLearning has created the opportunity for people around the world to access courses and content from anywhere for any numbers of reasons.

From children to a seasoned professional, new education technologies are allowing them to take courses online from anywhere in the world and learn in new and unique ways. What are these new and exciting technologies? Both the Consumer Technology Association’s annual show (CES) and even the 2017 Toy Fair featured technology innovations that will influence the way we learn in coming years.

Here are three of the top technologies that promise to influence eLearning.

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How to Use Technology to Help Your Generation Z Student Learn - Learning Liftoff

How to Use Technology to Help Your Generation Z Student Learn - Learning Liftoff | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Generation Z is the latest generation of students to go through the education system. This tech-savvy generation is keen to use technology, but they need guidance to help them make the most of its benefits.

Here are some tips for using technology to improve Gen Z student learning.

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AI's rise requires schools to prepare students for drastically different workforce

AI's rise requires schools to prepare students for drastically different workforce | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

With the rise of artificial intelligence, schools must now prepare students for an entirely different future workforce than the one that currently exists.
While signs point to a significant number of jobs being automated by AI in the future, some experts have suggested that it would be better suited as a complement to human workers rather than a replacement.

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Trends Redefining Higher Education in 2017

Trends Redefining Higher Education in 2017 | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

This post is about the technology trends that are going to redefine higher education for the year 2017.


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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 4, 2017 4:59 AM

Tendencias Educación Superior!

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Ten easy ways to integrate technology in your classroom

Ten easy ways to integrate technology in your classroom | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Using technology in class should always be motivated by a real need to optimize students' learning and to enhance your teaching. Every time you want to digitize a teaching task ask yourself the following questions: what are the added advantages of integrating technology in this task? And what are the alternative plans if things did not go as planned? The purpose is to make sure your use of technology is pedagogically sound and that it aligns with your own teaching goals. There are actually several ways to integrate technology in your classroom from collecting students feedback to grading paperlessly. In today's post, we are sharing with you this handy visual that features10 good examples of how you can put technology to serve your teaching.


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Business Schools With The Best MBA Cultures

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Sharon Oster was in for a rude awakening when she walked into her first Master’s class. Back then, over 30 years ago, she was a highly-touted faculty member at the Yale School of Management — beloved by undergrad and Ph.D. students alike. Quickly enough, the school’s future dean encountered the same rite of passage as many of her colleagues soon would.

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Is there a crisis in public education?

Is there a crisis in public education? | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

It is widely claimed that there is a crisis in public schooling, or at the very least, that there is something profoundly wrong with it.

This is, unsurprisingly, a common reform and lobbying tactic. Talk of “crises” in schooling can provide important “reform windows” in which government, lobbying groups, unions and pundits push their reform agendas.

However, the exact nature of the crisis is hotly contested.

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) version 4

We updated the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) to version 4 from information we learned from our new book, the How to Personalize Learning …

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Do Quizzes Improve Student Learning? A Look at the Evidence

Do Quizzes Improve Student Learning? A Look at the Evidence | Culture: Education, Arts | Scoop.it

Recently I’ve been trying to locate the evidence that supports quizzing, wondering if it merits the evidence-based label. Tracking down this evidence in our discipline-based research is challenging because although quizzing has been studied across our disciplines, it’s not easily searchable. My collection of studies is good, but I know it’s not complete. As you might suspect, the results are mixed; they are more positive than negative, but still, a significant number of researchers don’t find that quizzes affect learning outcomes.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 1, 2017 1:34 PM

It's easy to create time saving quizzes in the online teaching environment.  Quizzes may help you check for understanding.  Quizzes may provide a 'guide' to the reading that keeps students accountable.

 

However,  do quizzes really improve student learning?

 

This article from Maryellen Weimer, PhD will help you understand the question.