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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs | Future of education | Scoop.it

Excellent article on MOOCs- including history, the forgotten history and the essential distinction between cMOOCs and xMOOCs. Downes made the distinction between “cMOOCs,” the types he has offered, and “xMOOCs,” those offered by Udacity, Coursera, edX and others. The terminology is very useful to help distinguish between the connectivist origins of MOOCs (and the connectivist principles and practices of open learning and online networks) and the MOOCs that have made headlines this year (with their emphasis on lecture videos and multiple choice tests). While cMOOCs are strongly connectivist and Canadian, xMOOCs, as Mike Caulfield contends, exist “at the intersection of Wall Street and Silicon Valley.”

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Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking | Future of education | Scoop.it

As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Nowhere is this more clear than with note taking, a long-standing and important practice in most classrooms. For this reason, few empirical studies may be more detrimental to encouraging the use of technology in education than Mueller and Oppenheimer’s (2014) “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard” as well as Carter, Greenberg and Walker’s (2016) “Effect of Computer Usage on Academic Performance.”

Both studies claim that students in lecture-style courses perform worse on assessments when allowed to use devices for note taking. When note taking serves as the primary use of technology in the classroom, these studies become a harbinger for technology opposition. University professors have used these data as a rallying cry to ban laptops in their classes, and K-12 teachers have cited these studies in arguments against 1:1 programs in schools. However, none of these studies question the teaching methods used in the classes themselves or whether teachers are recognizing the power of digital devices for students to create, share, connect and discover information

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Thomas Friedman | Globalization of Higher Education - Trending Education

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The Global Search for Education: Poverty – What Would Teachers Do?

The Global Search for Education: Poverty – What Would Teachers Do? | Future of education | Scoop.it

Ending poverty is our choice. All we need is fortitude; the will to say this will not happen in my community on my watch.

The world is making some progress to end extreme poverty but there is still so much more that needs to be done. One of the most stunning statistics you will find on this global epidemic is that children account for nearly half of the world’s extreme poor. Even in the world’s richest countries, 1 in 4 children live in poverty.

The role of education combined with other social sectors in eradicating poverty has been extensively researched, documented and recommended. This month we reach out to the world’s classrooms to talk more about poverty.

Our Global Teacher Bloggers are pioneers and innovators in fields such as technology integration, mathematics coaching, special needs education, science instruction, and gender equity. They have founded schools, written curricula, and led classrooms in 16 different countries that stretch across every populated continent on earth. We asked them to weigh in on this important question: How has poverty affected students in your school experiences? What Can Schools Do to Address Poverty.

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How IoT Can Restructure The Education Sector

How IoT Can Restructure The Education Sector | Future of education | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (IoT), a system of connected objects, besides virtual reality and cloud computing, is steadily but surely revolutionizing the way we live. Though it has its challenges, yet the rewards show immense potential in tackling them.
These IoT-based applications are already being used in customer service and healthcare. And, now the education system is also catching up with the trend.

As of 2015, around 73% of teens had access to a smartphone.
Gartner, a research analysis company, predicts that around 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the web by 2020 alone.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that the education system will eventually become a part of the system.

IoT enhances the volume and value of information by connecting processes, people, devices and data. Further, it provides the management actionable insights to make learning environment safer, smarter and accessible.

But how much impact has it caused until now? And, judging from its applications, can we trust IoTs to make the education system even better than what it already is? The answer lies in the hallmarks of IoT and how they grow and improve the way we educate.

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Critical Pedagogy: How to respond to ‘future-focused’ discourse

Critical Pedagogy: How to respond to ‘future-focused’ discourse | Future of education | Scoop.it

Critical pedagogy is variously described as an approach, a way of being, a moral purpose. It is most strongly associated with Paulo Freire and pivots on the view that education is a vital way to help people self-determine and be empowered as themselves, rather than be oppressed or controlled by the knowledge or hegemonic systems around them, such as those which define privileged views on race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and so on. Freire suggested that traditional models of education are like a ‘banking’ model, in which educators (and school systems) hold all the power and knowledge, and students are passive recipients.

He espoused an alternative view: that learning should be based “on the realities of learners and their life situations. It shows people that they have the right to ask questions…education should make the students critically thinking citizens who can take their place in the conduct of democratic life. So it should occur in an environment connected to everyday life encouraging discussions conducted within the language and knowledge of the students.” (Aliakbari & Faraji, 2011)

Other proponents of critical pedagogy include bell hooks, Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Joe L. Kincheloe, Patti Lather, Antonia Darder, Gloria Ladson-Billings.

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The 6 C's of Education for the 21st Century by smarterteacher - Infogram

The 6 C's of Education for the 21st Century by smarterteacher - Infogram | Future of education | Scoop.it
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
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Higher Education Does Not Always Equal Higher Pay | Edreach - Education Portal

Higher Education Does Not Always Equal Higher Pay | Edreach - Education Portal | Future of education | Scoop.it
Although most people see higher education as obligatory to get high-paying jobs, research shows this is not always the case

A governmental study of America’s low-wage workers – earning less than $16 an hour – are considerably better educated than they were 20 years ago.

22 percent of Americans who earn between $12 and $16 an hour now possess college degrees, having increased from 16 percent in 1995.

The American workforce began changing dramatically after the theory emerged that possessing a degree of any kind would guarantee higher-paying, better jobs.

The study revealed that although certain fields of study, particularly technology and mathematics, are more likely to lead to higher-paying salaries, a college degree in no way automatically ensures a high paying job.

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Try These 24 Great Education Tools Teachers Love Using

Try These 24 Great Education Tools Teachers Love Using | Future of education | Scoop.it

24 Great Education Tools for Teacher Toolboxes
- A Web Whiteboard—The perfect tool for class brainstorming sessions. This is an online whiteboard app for computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- Articulate—A great tool for creating online learning courses. 19 of 20 top-ranked universities currently employ this platform.
- Artsy—This is a beautiful resource for art collection and education. Lots of tools make it an ideal resource for art classes.
- Coursera—What do you want to learn? Whatever it is, it’s likely on Coursera. They’ve got over 16 million learners taking over 1500 courses right now.
- Marshmallow Coding—A fun unique way for younger students to learn the power of code.
- Unicheck—This is one of the most powerful plagiarism checkers on the Web today. Unplag is a safe secure tool with lots of educator features.
- Edpuzzle—A big booster for flipped learning teachers. Customize regular videos with engaging interactive learning tools. You can even track students’ actions and progress with this tool.
- EdX—Another bank of online courses for personalized learning. This tool features content from many top universities around the world.
- Focus Booster—This is a time tracking and productivity app. It works off the Pomodoro technique. It features instant timesheet recording and visual progress graphs.
- Formative—This is an amazing formative assessment app. Create an assignment and get live results from students. Present them with real-time feedback in an instant, too.

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'Our inequitable education system risks limiting the life chances of many children with SEND'

'Our inequitable education system risks limiting the life chances of many children with SEND' | Future of education | Scoop.it

Simon Knight explains The Difference scheme and its aims for improving a systematic problem for pupils with SEND
During my time working across the SEND sector – in both specialist and mainstream schools – I have seen that schools respond to children with SEND in highly variable ways. As a result, such pupils are under-represented in positive datasets and overrepresented in negative datasets.
They are particularly over-represented in school exclusion data. This was highlighted in “Making The Difference: Breaking the Link Between School Exclusion and Social Exclusion” by Kiran Gill, Harry Quilter-Pinner and Danny Swift:

Nearly eight-in-ten children (77 per cent) in schools for excluded children have recognised special educational needs or disability (SEND) (DfE 2017c). Those with a recognised need are seven times more likely to be excluded than their peers without SEND, suggesting that their needs may be a causal factor in exclusion (DfE 2017a).

'Unable to' treated like 'unwilling to'
This is not a surprise. We have constructed a system that compels children to fit a narrow precondition and often spits them out when they are either unable or unwilling to complye have constructed a system that compels children to fit a narrow precondition and often spits them out when they are either unable or unwilling to comply. Furthermore, too often those who are as yet "unable to" are treated the same as those "unwilling to".

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System compels children to fit a narrow preconditon and often spits them out when they do not coomply.
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Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education

Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education | Future of education | Scoop.it
The idea behind public education is simple: A community pays into a system that aims to create a bright future for the next generation. Years pass, and those kids grow up. They pay into the same system, yielding the same dividends. Repeat.

But things aren’t always that simple. As this week’s episode explains, the policies that shape public education can be subject to influences – ideological and financial.

We begin with a profile of President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. She’s been a staunch advocate for what’s known as “school choice” for decades. Her vision is to give parents more freedom to decide where their kids go to school, and she wants taxpayers to cover it with public money, even when some schools discriminate against gay students or others protected by civil rights laws.

Then we jump to Texas, where an investigation by The Houston Chronicle showed how Texas arbitrarily imposed a cap on special education. It saved a lot of money but it also went against federal laws that support special needs students. We team up with Houston Public Media to tell that story.
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In US also fear for the future of public education.
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Free books no more: Greek students storm education ministry after publishers suspend scheme (VIDEO)

Free books no more: Greek students storm education ministry after publishers suspend scheme (VIDEO) | Future of education | Scoop.it
Students in Athens clashed with police on Friday while attempting to storm the Greek Ministry of Education building, a Ruptly video shows. Publishers suspended the free distribution of books citing payment delays from the ministry.
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The other side of innovation

The other side of innovation | Future of education | Scoop.it
the cultural and material conditions that allow innovation to happen are very important for schools, but innovation itself might not be.
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18 edtech developments set to impact schools

18 edtech developments set to impact schools | Future of education | Scoop.it
Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report.

The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry.

Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

In addition to coding and STEAM, the four other trends set to impact K-12 teaching and learning include a growing focus on measuring learning, redesigning learning spaces (both driving technology adoption for the next 3-5 years), along with advancing cultures of innovation and deeper learning approaching (driving technology adoption for 5 or more years).
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Supercharging the Classroom: Using Technology to Support Personalized Learning - Trending Education

Supercharging the Classroom: Using Technology to Support Personalized Learning - Trending Education | Future of education | Scoop.it
Sal Khan founded a school on the same principles of personalization that drove the success of his YouTube tutorials. Learn more: https://www.edutopia.org/article/school-built-personalization Learn more about Khan Lab School: http://khanlabschool.org/ Learn more about Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ Video Rating: / 5 A teacher and student from Winton Woods Academy of Global Studies are testifying in Columbus about …
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News and Media Literacy

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If digital literacy hasn't been a burning issue to focus on in classrooms, it certainly has become one now. In particular, the skill to reflect critically on news and media.  Here are some resources for educators to use in classrooms. 

Games for Change  offers a wide selection of games, ranging from human rights to fitness. For this post though, it is Fake It to Make It,

that called my attention. Why? With "fake news" being dealt with on a regular daily basis, Fake It To Make It  is an appealing simulation to raise awareness of how misinformation can so easily be taken for reality. 

"Fake It To Make It is a simulation-style game where players take on the role of someone creating and distributing fake news for profit. Players learn how misinformation is created, spread, and emotionally targeted, and leave better prepared to be skeptical of misinformation that they encounter in the future.

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AI Boosts Personalized Learning in Higher Education

AI Boosts Personalized Learning in Higher Education | Future of education | Scoop.it


Artifical intelligence can aid educators in providing support to individual students in large classes.By David Hutchins.


Personalized learning, which tailors educational content to the unique needs of individual students, has become a huge component of K–12 education. A growing number of college educators are embracing the trend, taking advantage of data analytics and artificial intelligence to deliver just-right, just-in-time learning to their students.

Data-driven insights are becoming integral to business and financial decision-making by institutional leaders, and educators are quickly finding ways to leverage analytics to increase student retention. Applying data analytics to adaptive learning programs is proving to be another smart application. In adaptive learning, educators collect data on various aspects of student performance — from engagement with course content to exam performance — and tailor material to each student’s knowledge level and ideal learning style.

Oregon State University is using data to personalize the delivery of eight courses with historically high attrition rates. The goal? Be proactive in giving students the help they need before they fall behind. The courses, in disciplines such as algebra, psychology and chemistry, typically have large enrollments that make it difficult for an instructor to provide one-on-one help in the classroom. But data-powered insights from adaptive courseware can show faculty where most students are struggling, so they can dedicate more instructional time to those areas.


David Hutchins is vice president of higher education and K–12 education for CDW•G, a leading technology provider to government and education.

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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking | Future of education | Scoop.it
As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?

As you set, up or evaluate, the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about how you are bringing this movement to the entire school and curriculum. I call it creating a Maker Culture. After-all the concept behind making is not a space… but instead a way of thinking.

For this reason, I think it is important to discuss one of the thinking processes often involved in making. It is the idea of computational thinking. This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education.  The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.

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Fullan’s Six Cs | Educhatter

Fullan’s Six Cs | Educhatter | Future of education | Scoop.it

Back to School Euphoria: What’s New about the “New Pedagogies of Deep Learning”?
Posted in 21st Century Learning, Deep Learning, Digital Revolution, E-Learning, Educational Change, Future Trends, New Pedagogies, Teaching Profession, tagged Alive in the Swamp, Deep Learning, Digital learning, Fullan's Six Cs, Leadership from the Middle, Michael Barber, Michael Fullan, Nesta, New Pedagogies, Pearson Education on September 5, 2016| 27 Comments »
Grade 1 teacher Tammy Doyle is positively euphoric about the return of school.  After 25 years in the elementary classroom, the Ottawa Catholic School Board teacher featured in a recent Canadian Press story no longer considers herself a “teacher” of children. She now calls herself a “learning partner.”

Play learning is making a comeback in the Digital Age. “We want to stop having education delivered and make (the children) creators of their education,” Doyle says of the efforts to “build a more collaborative classroom” with the help of technology. “I think it’s incredible if we can empower our kids for tomorrow– not looking back to yesterday or even today…That’s the definition of empowerment and innovation and it begins with that simple shifting mindset. ”

What has come over Tammy and some of her elementary school confreres?  It’s called “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning” or NPDL for short.

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Teaching with Technology (report from Evergreen Education)

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Our education system continues to favour privilege

Our education system continues to favour privilege | Future of education | Scoop.it
The Sutton Trust’s optimistic slogan on its masthead proclaims that it has been “Improving social mobility for 20 years”. Sadly, its own site includes a disturbing study, commissioned from the LSE, revealing “that social mobility in Britain — the way in which someone’s adult outcomes are related to their circumstances as a child — is lower than in Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland”. Moreover, unlike in America, social mobility is actually declining here rather than improving, mainly because graduation rates for the richest fifth have risen so much. 
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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Tech Education Platform

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Tech Education Platform | Future of education | Scoop.it


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has announced the launch of an online tech education platform called Woz U. The idea behind this project is to revamp higher education for the technology industry. Wozniak wants to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the United States.

Based in Arizona, Woz U has been launched with online programs but that’s not going to be where the buck stops. There are plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the United States and even internationally. “Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak

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Good news - the announcement of a Tech Education Platform, amidst dystopian signals for the future of education and the future of internet.
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Secret Teacher: I don’t feel I’m making a difference any more

Secret Teacher: I don’t feel I’m making a difference any more | Future of education | Scoop.it
Having worked out I was good at dealing with special educational needs (SEN) and behaviourally challenging classes, SEN advisers used to praise the way I created a calm environment by using pastel papers and consistent tones while also maintaining an exciting classroom. Depending on the topic, ivy, saris or tinsel could be dangling from the ceiling, with carefully chosen models and images placed around the room to inspire.

Now, I follow instructions about how my displays must look, what paper is allowed and how soon I can celebrate Christmas (last week of term only, or else).

Gone are the days when children who need help and support are allowed to receive it without permission from an outside agency. Now, not even a fidget toy can be handed to a child without a letter from an occupational therapist giving the OK. It’s frustrating to know that you have a tool that could calm a child who is a possible ADHD diagnosis and can’t use it. Even more frustrating is that in order to enforce the no-fiddling rule I end up feeling like I’m punishing the child for something they can’t control.
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Another reason why the future of education is in danger: overregulation.
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School class sizes increase as teacher numbers fall

School class sizes increase as teacher numbers fall | Future of education | Scoop.it

Labour has raised concerns about a 40% increase in the number of primary pupils being taught in classes of 30 or more.
In 2016, the pupil census showed that 44,667 (11%) of Scotland's 396,697 primary pupils were in a class of more than 30.
That compares to 31,842 (9%) of the 366, 429 pupils in 2011.
Labour said the figures underlined the need to use the Scottish Parliament's income tax powers to invest more in education.

Education spokesman Iain Gray MSP said: "The SNP came to power promising to cut classroom sizes - instead it has just cut the number of teachers in our schools.

"Promises, pledges and PR stunts on education cannot hide the SNP's dismal record on our schools - 4,000 fewer teachers, 1.5 billion cut from local budgets, super-sized school classes and a stubborn attainment gap between the richest and the rest."

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Digital skills for life and work

Digital skills for life and work | Future of education | Scoop.it

The report, released today, highlights the emergence of a new global skills gap where gender, class, geography and age can have a huge impact on whether a person is able to harness new technologies or not. It also presents strategies for ensuring all groups of people can develop these skills.


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Alejandro Rodríguez's curator insight, October 10, 2:27 PM
Certainly, all the world around, everybody relies on technology more than they imagine or want. This is an interesting report to explore the challenges of this new reality.
Ralph Springett's curator insight, October 10, 2:36 PM
Supporting the development of digital skills is complex. Initiatives are often context specific and reliant on partnerships. In addition, the environment must be fertile for initiatives to flourish. Policy makers, education leaders, industry and the individual all have a role in equitable digital skills development.
How is it that you will contribute?
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 10, 4:15 PM
Quelques exemples de l'apprentissage à l'aide du numérique partout dans le monde.
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Great list of Top Education Blogs

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Great list of Top Education Blogs
Posted by Jacqui on September 15, 2017
10Greatest.com has a comprehensive list of the top education blogs. It covers everything from grade-level resources to topic-specific. I’m proud to say that Ask a Tech Teacher is the first blog on the list–but we have a lot of august company, everything from Richard Byrne to Alice Keeler.

Here are a few:

ASK A TEACHER

LEARN LEAD GROW

COOL CAT

PBS PARENTS

LARRY FERLAZZO’S ENGAGING PARENTS IN SCHOOL

ED TECH FOR BEGINNERS

CAITLIN TUCKER

TEACHER TECH WITH ALICE KEELER

SCHOLASTIC

FREETECH4TEACHERS

PARENT CUE

THE EDUCATOR

If you’re wondering who to follow to be sure you are up to date on the latest in education, definitely check this list.
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