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'Learning Follows a Spiral'

'Learning Follows a Spiral' | Education | Scoop.it
John Hattie, author of "Visible Learning" and co-author of "Visible Learning For Literacy," defined learning as the process of developing sufficient surface knowledge to then move to deeper understanding such that one can appropriately transfer this learning to new tasks and situations. (2014 Vernon Wall Lecture)

Clearly, learning is a process and one that should result in students' ability to apply what they have learned in unfamiliar situations.  We believe that learning follows a spiral as students move from surface understanding of a skill or concept toward an ever-deepening exploration of what lies beneath.  Over time, and with practice, students should be able to use the skills, concepts, and knowlege they have gained in new ways.  As Wiggins and McTighe (2011) note, "The ability to transfer is arguably the long-term aim of all education. You truly understand and excel when you can take what you have learned in one way or context and use it in another, on your own" (p. 14). 

Via Mel Riddile
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If you're a fan of  UBD then you know what we want to do is create a generation of students who will be able to transfer their knowledge and solve problems that don't even exist yet.It's always been and continues to be about the application to the real world.
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Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves :: Christopher Dede

Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves :: Christopher Dede | Education | Scoop.it

"...today's curriculum standards, industrial-era teaching practices, and drive-by summative assessments emphasize content acquisition and recipe-like procedural skills. These are exactly the aspects of work machines are taking over. Similarly, today's education system focuses on individual accomplishment; yet, collaboration, communication, and conflict resolution are central skills for a future dominated by complex situations that will require multidisciplinary contributions. As my Harvard colleague John Richards and I discuss in our 2012 book Digital Teaching Platforms, today's industrial-era classrooms too often use one-size-fits-all, presentation-based instruction to prepare students for the past rather than the future. We are modeling how to turn the crank on a player piano when students must learn to improvise in a jazz band."


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There is a quote that references the fact that schools beautifully prepare students for a world that no longer exists.  I used it as my tag line for many years.  Most of us have read the statistics that cites today's students will change careers multiple times.  This calls for a very different approach to learning, from fact regurgitation to using what you know to create new ideas.  Many charter schools , like Big Picture schools, PBL schools and High Tech High have been attempting to change the paradigm for the last couple of decades, and have done so successfully.  What will it take for us to approach education differently?  As long as one shot tests determine the fate of students, we cannot possibly move forward.  It's been time to change for a very long time.  How do we let go of bureaucracy and free our administrators and teachers to make the classroom exciting and meaningful. As Chris Dede says "We are modeling how to turn the crank on a player piano when students must learn to improvise in a jazz band."  What steps can you take right now?
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5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks :: Richard Byrne

5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks :: Richard Byrne | Education | Scoop.it
Writing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories that they develop. Multimedia publishing tools that include a collaboration component can further help students as they work together with each other or with you to improve their work.

The following five platforms make it possible for students to create and publish multimedia ebooks in their web browsers.

Via Jim Lerman
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Good list.  I sometimes think that digital storytelling is over sold, but the case for writing can always be made.
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The Fear of Disruption Can Be More Damaging than Actual Disruption

The Fear of Disruption Can Be More Damaging than Actual Disruption | Education | Scoop.it
Resist the urge to react too hastily to major change – or to use it as an excuse not to take action. Focus instead on making the fundamental strategic choices necessary to strengthen your business.
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This covers a  lot of different businesses and has some great insights.  We in education tend to be slower than others to change and I have always believed it has been the fear of change, not the change.
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Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey - EdSurge News


Personalized learning is still in its infancy—as are the curricular tools and resources available to support teachers in implementin
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You need to look at the way he structured them and then try to do it for your class.
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cognitive_load_theory_report_AA1.pdf

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It's dry reading but it worth a go especially if you are constructivist..  What I do wonder and is not covered in this article, is if this need for explicit instruction changes as the brain evolves to accept more abstract input as children enter their teens. 
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Seize the Moment When Leadership Says: We Need to Change

Seize the Moment When Leadership Says: We Need to Change | Education | Scoop.it
Your initial instinct to change is defensive. In reality, your response to change is a critical ingredient to your career success
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Change in education comes slowly.  If we are honest, we haven't changed all that much in a century.  Yes we have technology, mostly to automate what we have been doing, rather tan changing WHAT we're doing.  There are great new models, but public schools seem to be change resistant.  I thought this as a nice treatment on how to accept change, not blindly, but critically and thoughfully.
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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class | Education | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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I think the 4 scaffolded steps are sound.  This is very brief but it is a nice intro to those dipping their toes into the water.
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Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine? - EdSurge News

Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine? - EdSurge News | Education | Scoop.it
Education innovators love to talk about adoption curves. It’s a fancy way of looking at a pretty basic concept: the rate at which a given tool, mode
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It addresses how tool differ in the speeds at which they are adopted and why.  I thought it was a great analogy.
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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap

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I haven't seen this particular analysis of style and its antithesis and it strikes me as being very accurate.  I would be interested to know from my colleagues where they lie on the continuum from good trait to gap trait.and in which direction they travel.  This seems to indicate the negative is the pull and I would posit that perhaps the opposite might be true.
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Education Week : Not found

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This is the most multidimensional approach I've seen and is the one the really starts to get to the heart of learning versus personalized instruction which use to be called differentiation and which I believe are two totally different things.
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3 Shifts in the Use of Ed Tech: Exploring, Personalizing, Closing Equity Gaps

3 Shifts in the Use of Ed Tech: Exploring, Personalizing, Closing Equity Gaps | Education | Scoop.it
New ISTE CEO Richard Culatta identifies the biggest changes in how technology is affecting teaching and learning as roughly 20,000 educators and ed-tech enthusiasts gather in San Antonio.
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Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments (EdSurge News)

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments (EdSurge News) | Education | Scoop.it

The term “grades” has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as
NG2. The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based
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My standards answer for what would I change in education has always been to get rid of grades, both kinds. I will be following this closely.
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Inviting Controversy Into Our Classrooms

Inviting Controversy Into Our Classrooms | Education | Scoop.it
At first, these topics intimidated me. Now I see discussing them as an academic and social necessity.
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I think this is one of the best articles I have seen about reviving the fine art of discussion, not formal debate, within the classroom by tackling controversial issues and modeling how to approach intimidating topics. 
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Mindfulness Isn’t the Answer to Everything. Here’s When It Helps

Mindfulness Isn’t the Answer to Everything. Here’s When It Helps | Education | Scoop.it
It won’t solve every problem.
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There is absolutely an upside to this.  I've found that starting your morning right sets the tone for the whole day in terms of both focus and attitude.
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No more excuses

No more excuses | Education | Scoop.it
We all make excuses. Whether they cover up for why we were late (“There was no parking”), provide a reason as to why we didn’t do that errand that our spouse requested (“It didn’t get into my to-do list”), seek to justify why we broke our diet (“There we SO many sweets on the table”), or attempt to explain why we didn’t get the business deal (“My competition swept in and undercut me”), we use excuses throughout our day to justify our errors and explain away our failings.
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Nothing new that was earth shaking but it was validating.
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A New Grading System Meets a Critic's Empty Words

A New Grading System Meets a Critic's Empty Words | Education | Scoop.it
When schools step up to consider new ways to engage and motivate students they should be lauded.
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I'm not nor have ever been a fan of traditional grading  so this article speaks to me.
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Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It

Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It | Education | Scoop.it
Learning isn’t just about relaying information.
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There's a lot here we can carry over to K12 if you agree that the most valuable part of learning today is knowledge creation, versus what standardized tests measure.
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You need to take the time to read this.  It's not new and it reflects what many of us have been talking about for most of this century, if not before then. It bears repeating.  Change School is providing people a forum to talk about this, Transcend is a non profit that tries to help schools shift to a new paradigm and TrueStudio is providing PD to help teachers come up with innovative solutions at the building level. The time IS now  to to embrace change.
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A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry | Education | Scoop.it
Mastery-based learning allows students to learn at their own pace.
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Those of you who know me, know the two things I would get rid of are grades and grades. This article talks about a successful mastery middle school level.
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The Future of Education Part 4: Transcending the Status Quo | edCircuit

The Future of Education Part 4: Transcending the Status Quo | edCircuit | Education | Scoop.it
Frameworks help us make sense of the medium in which we’re swimming.
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If you get a chance go and read this entire series.  I liked this one because it was talking about frameworks.  The one that they miss is Loti (https://www.loticonnection.com/loti-framework)  which I have used extensively and like.
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The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

Neuroscience research shows how to become a better leader.
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I don't often read articles on neuroscience unless they are specifically related to teaching and learning but this was a first for me as I'd never seen an article specifically talking about leadership and neuroscience.  I thought that the analogy of the High Road and the Low Road in the discussion was off; we've been taught to think that the high road is a place of moral superiority.  That was not at all the meaning to be taken in this article. I do feel that a rebranding of those terms might help.  Anyway, I found it interesting and in synch with a lot of literature that's out there on mindfulness. 
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Disruptive teaching in the 21st century*

Presentation at the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS), University of South Africa (Unisa) Leadership Summit 21 -22 November 2016, Manhattan …

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Total serendipity to find this slide show.  I was talking about the overuse of words until they are devoid of meaning on my website and here this is.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners | Education | Scoop.it
Author and engagement expert Barbara Blackburn looks at five keys that can help teachers build motivation and persistence while also setting high expectations.
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Key 1, Key 1, Key 1.  Relationships are the key.  Without that, not much else matters.
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15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns

15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns | Education | Scoop.it
I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite resources for virtual reality in education. Here are tools for teachers looking for new educational VR apps.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Fantastic may be an overstatement, mostly visual field trips, but cool nonetheless.
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 29, 2017 8:51 AM
This week I had the chance to lead a virtual reality lesson with a group of second graders. It was absolutely amazing to see the students spinning around and looking side-to-side as they explored the top of a mountain and the bottom of the ocean. On this 360 Thursday I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite resources for virtual reality in education. Whether you’re totally new to this concept or looking for new educational VR apps to add to your toolkit, there are lots to choose from! Don’t worry, I’ll tell the whole story of my second grade virtual reality exploration in a June post (sign up here to get it in your inbox). And if you want an e-Book for summer reading you can grab my free getting started guide for virtual reality in education by clicking here.
The list below includes virtual reality apps for mobile devices and websites that give you quick access to virtual reality videos for your classroom. Of course, having a headset like the low-cost Google Cardboard is great but most of these virtual reality in the classroom resources work on web-browsers too. If you have a favorite you think I should add to the list, make sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
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Tea Vella's curator insight, May 31, 2017 7:27 PM
Virtual reality - a great way to get kids excited about learning!
elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, June 1, 2017 3:46 AM
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