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What Happens When Students Own Their Learning?

What Happens When Students Own Their Learning? | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

"What happens when students own their own learning? It turns out that when students take control of their own learning, they gain a whole host of benefits. So what are they?"


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A positive behaviour of students is being engaged with their school work. An efficient way to encourage students to take ownership and engage with the course work, is to give students control. Teachers are in the unique position to give students choices regarding what and how they study the required content. Glasser’s theory of control states that ‘if students do not feel that they have power in their… classes, they will not work in school’ (Glasser, 1991). This process of assuming responsibility for their learning allows students to become competent, independent learners. Choice theory is the idea that in order to get people to cooperate and work together. Instead of the traditional external control psychology which ‘pits individuals against each other in an attempt to make others do what they don't want to do’ (Glasser, 1991). In the classroom this could like designing a history project that is completely student led. Students are given a specific time period, theme or concept and asked to design a project which take an in-depth look into a section that captures their interest. Choice theory encourages students to be responsible for their thinking, behaviour, learning and choices. This aligns with Ragnar’s responsibility behaviour management plan that aims to teach students that they are responsible for their behaviour. ‘The students are informed from the outset that their thinking changes their neurology’ (Ragnar, 2015). It also teaches the strategies that they can employ to stop episodes of inappropriate behaviour. Ragnar (2015) describes how as teachers we want to get students to a point where when we ask, “Who’s got the power?”, each student is able to respond with “I’ve got the power”. The use of choice theory, or giving students control of their unique learning experience, helps students develop confidence in their own ability, and improve self-esteem. This in turn makes the learner feel good about their own abilities, leading to improved learning goals.

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Glasser, W. (1999). Choice theory: A new psychology of personal freedom. HarperPerennial.
Ragnar, P. (2015). Responsibility Theory - A new consideration in personal and classroom behaviour management — EducationHQ Australia. Retrieved from https://au.educationhq.com/news/33437/responsibility-theory-a-new-consideration-in-personal-and-classroom-behaviour-management/
Blake Quinn's curator insight, May 31, 9:36 AM
I found this scoop quite short but very meaningful, as its contents of the different positive outcomes of students when they own their learning, are what I want to achieve and help guide my future students towards. I think the outcomes of students being self-determined, having growth mindsets, resilience and grit, project management skills and wanting to experiment. Are great traits for not only students to have in class but out of school as well. I will defiantly thrive to alter my ways of teaching to encourage students to own their learning while in my classes.
Mitchell Allen Klaer's curator insight, June 3, 3:50 AM
From what I have learnt so far in my pre service teaching experience I am a strong believer in guiding students to develop their own learning. I believe it allows them to think critically and become problem solvers as well as really experience what they enjoy about each subject. If they enjoy the subject then they are more inclined to engage which will enable them to learn the subject and remember what they learn.
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Why Experiential Learning is the future of learning?

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It is a form of learning whereby students are “educated through first-hand experience. They acquire skills, knowledge and experience outside of traditional academic classroom settings. It includes more of internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research and service learning projects.” And with the advent of technological innovation, making use of various educational technologies and Virtual Reality further supports the goals of experiential learning.

To get a glimpse of the experiential/collaborative learning environment in true sense, let’s check out the video below as it provides a glimpse of experiential classroom activity conducted by Disney College Program.


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Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

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All too often in many countries, students do not get the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century, and countries are not finding adequate numbers of the skilled workers they need to compete. But innovative education technologies are beginning to show potential in helping close the twenty-first-century skill gap.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 25, 2017 12:07 AM

Interesting and clear.

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How to transform schools into Learning Organisations?

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Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. Many schools however, look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and too many teachers are not developing the pedagogies and practices required to meet the diverse needs of 21st-century learners.

In response, a growing body of scholars, educators and policy makers around the world is making the case that schools should be re-conceptualised as “learning organisations” that can react more quickly to changing external environments, embrace innovations in internal organisation, and ultimately improve student outcomes. Despite strong support for and the intuitive appeal of the school as a learning organisation, relatively little progress has been made in advancing the concept, either in research or practice. This lack of progress partly stems from a lack of clarity or common understanding of the school as learning organisation.

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schools should be re-conceptualised as “learning organisations” that can react more quickly to changing external environments, embrace innovations in internal organisation, and ultimately improve student outcomes.
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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

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Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.

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One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, tailored to you, and you get a real education, not a degree

One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, tailored to you, and you get a real education, not a degree | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capi­tal­ize on global intelligence?

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Interesting perspective on the future of education 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 20, 2015 7:19 PM

Your thoughts? it's exciting but intense. For educators it's something to think about.

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A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning.

A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River  What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.


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So much wisdom  in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different."  And all children want to learn.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 2014 3:51 AM

Rather a long read, but makes a valuable point about autonomous learning.

harloff's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:38 AM

It is not up to our children to accept a disability label in order to “qualify” for an appropriate learning environment; it is up to adults to provide learning environments which are flexible enough to accommodate the natural variations in our children.

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edutopia: Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning

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Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:08 PM

Author Andrew Miller poses a what if question that resonates with me:

Moving Past "Course-Based" PBL

Due to the antiquated restraints of the education system, most educators are forced to implement PBL in a "course-based" manner. This means that the project occurs within the traditional discipline structures, where there may be integration, but learning is framed within grades and competencies. In addition, start and stop times, driven by the Carnegie unit, force teachers to start and stop a project for all of their students around the same time. What if PBL wasn't held to antiquated rules of time, space, and discipline constructs? In that ideal situation, students could be engaged in personalized projects.

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, July 25, 2014 7:38 AM

As a homeschooler I have seen how well this approach works as O have has the flexibility to create projects to suit each individual child oF mIne. Many of the things they dihst aught them skills they have used at college and on the real world AND helped them figure out what they wanted to pursue after high school.

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Organizational Learning in the Network Era

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Some excellent lessons here on the future of networked learning at work: Employees take control of learning, and "Learning is everywhere."

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Blended Learning: 10 Trends

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There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.


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Great info graphic on the blended learning movement and how blended learning is positioned to support more  learner-centered learning. 

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:56 AM

As I was looking through my Scoop.it listings I came across this blended learning option shared by Dennis T OConner.  I like how the infographic addresses learning styles, student centered approaches and newer education trends like gamification. 

Janet Shivell's curator insight, May 6, 2014 11:40 AM

Great info graphic on blended learning.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, May 19, 2014 1:45 PM

This blended/hybrid & flipped classroom movement intrigues me. Add badging and we will have the trifecta of all elearning.

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.


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Anyone with children today can see the lessening attention spans firsthand, although I find that if kids are motivated and engaged their attention spans may even be longer. The studies on laptop light causing sleeplessness also seem to align with current thinking about the impacts of using nightlights in children's rooms. Perhaps the lessen  is that the brain has an ability to profoundly adapt to its environment, and we need to consider to what degree we allow technology to influence that adaptability. For example, there are studies that indicate that reading books can help increase empathy. If children are reading fewer books because of shorter attention spans due to technology use, does this decrease their ability to empathize with others, and, if so, what actions can we take to ensure that this skill is learned in another way (e.g., using technology)? Lots of food for thought here...

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Mathilde Chr's curator insight, March 27, 2014 7:37 AM

Less memory!

Curatorially Yours's curator insight, May 3, 2014 1:05 AM

Some interesting research and anecdotal evidence is summarised in this article. #mustread

Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:29 PM

I'm not sure I buy all of it for all of us. But, distract? FOMO? Create more? Yes, yes and yes.

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

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Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz

Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true?



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Is social media relevant? Yes...very much so! Contains some great examples of how social media can be used in the classroom -- and also in helping learners become more self-directed.

 

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Neuroeducation Will Lead to Big Breakthroughs in Learning

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As neuroscience brings greater understanding of the human brain, experts are applying those findings in the classroom to improve how we teach and learn.

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Lot of lots of good insights and emerging ideas here: role of neuroeducation, importance of passion-based learning, and learner-controlled learning. Also: “teaching young minds about neuroscience and neuroplasticity alone can have a positive impact on their learning” #heutagogy
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 20, 2017 3:23 AM

Great reading

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 20, 2017 5:10 PM

"The National Academy of Science suggests it might be unethical to continue to use the traditional lecture approach when we have growing robust evidence from many different studies that other methods are far more effective.

As student loan debt surpasses credit card debt to leave many graduates unhappy, educational institutions have a moral obligation to provide students with a learning experience that gives them their money’s worth. Applying the latest findings from neuroscience into their classrooms is one way to do so." (By Raya Bidshahri - Oct 24, 2017)

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Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain

Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones. You have a “use it or lose it” brain. It’s almost as easy to drive changes that impair memory and physical and mental abilities as it is to improve these things. Merzenich says that older people are absolute masters at encouraging plastic brain change in the wrong direction.

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You can go negative or positive in influencing brain neuroplasticity. What road do we as educators and institutions take? Article gives some insights on how to do it right.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 28, 2017 2:56 AM

Well worth reading for anyone involved in education.

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Learning - always stay tuned - use it or lose it
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The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why | #ModernEDUcation #ModernLEARNing

The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why | #ModernEDUcation #ModernLEARNing | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher. Step back and look at that picture from a broad perspective. What are the critical 21st-century skills every learner needs to survive and succeed in our world? What abilities and traits will serve them in a time that’s changing and developing so rapidly?


They want to be challenged and inspired in their learning. They want to collaborate and work with their peers. They want to incorporate the technology they love into their classroom experiences as much as they can. In short, they have just as high a set of expectations of their educators as their educators have of them.


How Are Educators Responding?


The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, (ACARA), have identified the following as the General Capabilities they see as essential for learners:


Critical and creative thinking


Personal and social capability


Ethical understanding


Intercultural understanding


Information and communication technology capability


Literacy


Numeracy

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 13, 2017 10:21 AM
Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher. Step back and look at that picture from a broad perspective. What are the critical 21st-century skills every learner needs to survive and succeed in our world? What abilities and traits will serve them in a time that’s changing and developing so rapidly?


They want to be challenged and inspired in their learning. They want to collaborate and work with their peers. They want to incorporate the technology they love into their classroom experiences as much as they can. In short, they have just as high a set of expectations of their educators as their educators have of them.


How Are Educators Responding?


The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, (ACARA), have identified the following as the General Capabilities they see as essential for learners:


Critical and creative thinking


Personal and social capability


Ethical understanding


Intercultural understanding


Information and communication technology capability


Literacy


Numeracy

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren.

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 

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21st Century skills that every teacher should have
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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it
Teaching students good learning strategies would ensure that they know how to acquire new knowledge, which leads to improved learning outcomes, writes lead author Helen Askell-Williams of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. And studies bear this out. Askell-Williams cites as one example a recent finding by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, which administers academic proficiency tests to students around the globe, and place American students in the mediocre middle. “Students who use appropriate strategies to understand and remember what they read, such as underlining important parts of the texts or discussing what they read with other people, perform at least 73 points higher in the PISA assessment—that is, one full proficiency level or nearly two full school years—than students who use these strategies the least,” the PISA report reads.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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Edumorfosis's curator insight, December 30, 2016 5:00 PM

En vez de enseñar cosas que ya están accesibles en las redes, las escuelas y universidades deberían practicar la diversidad de formatos de aprendicaje posibles. Ya no es tan importante formar personas intelectuales que sepan de memoria datos declarativos, sino profesionales que tengan capacidades para el aprendizaje autónomo. Hoy día es más importante tener la capacidad de desaprender lo innecesario y reaprender lo que es verdaderamente esencial en el siglo 21.

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, January 5, 2017 9:01 AM
Leren over leren. Het loont. 
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21st Century Education: Preparing Today's School for Tomorrow's Future

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The world is changing in exponential ways due to technology. Education is not an exception. Consumers are turning into producers. Kindergarteners are turning into authors with a worldwide audience....

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Heutagogy, the study of self-determined learning, is definitely a pedagogy that can be applied here...

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Angela Ribo's curator insight, July 29, 2015 10:33 AM

Yes, it is an exciting time, but also a time with a lot to learn about how to do it well.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, July 29, 2015 11:16 AM

This article, while emphasizing on K12 sector, shares some insights from recent workshops and conferences about what today's schools need to be considering to be ready for tomorrow's learners.

Paul's curator insight, July 30, 2015 9:20 AM

I like the idea of social media being about story-telling - would like to see more of this at our school

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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Practical examples of how we cam move toward more learner-centered learning within the classroom. Heutagogy, (self-determined learning) in action!

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Embracing Messy Learning

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I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 2014 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

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There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 2014 7:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 15, 2014 7:54 AM

Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:22 PM

Thx to Gust Mees

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What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action | TED Blog | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

While textbooks are clearly not obsolete, schools like Lawrence Intermediate School are learning to adapt to the impact the Internet is having on students — and figuring out how to take advantage of what it has to offer. In the end, there is no single right way to get kids engaged in learning, but it’s clear that these kids, at least, who are working in a SOLE environment feel a sense of empowerment, confidence and maturity.


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Empowering kids and giving them confidence. What leaning should be about.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 16, 2014 4:55 AM

A nice read if you are interested in SOLE.

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The actual title of this blog post is: "And on the sixth day..." The examples of heutagogy (also referred to as self-determined learning) in practice referred to in this post are impressive. Many teachers have told me that it isn't possible for young children to be self-determined learners. Others have said they are interested in using a heutagogical approach, but do not know how to start. This article provides a few answers. I am not a school teacher by profession, but I do volunteer work at the grade school in my town, teaching English to first and second-grade German children. Yes, it's challenging to use heutagogy in the classroom. But when you do, I find learners to be more engaged and excited about what you are trying to teach them.
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The Network Singularity: Heutagogy

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“Heutagogy. Sahana Chattopadhyay has thoughtfully modulated the well-known Cynefin Framework for heutagogy or self-determined learning. ...”
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Heutagogy (self-determined learning) moving forward into knowledge management and training sectors...becoming recognized as a teaching and learning framework for our times.
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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Future of Learning: Self-determined Supported By Technology | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
Lisa Marie Blaschke's insight:

A great example of empowering students to become self-directed learners within the classroom.

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills