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Why schools should be more like organic farms

Why schools should be more like organic farms | Quality school management | Scoop.it
The problem with schools isn't that they work poorly. It's that they work too well at doing the wrong thing.

Nine years after Ken Robinson delivered the most-watched TED talk of all time, the education expert is back with a book that answers the talk's titular question, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"

Spoiler: Most schools, but not all.

In "Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education," Robinson highlights the schools that have embraced the challenge of treating students as individuals, not as factory-made widgets.

Still, there is much work to be done.

Education uses uniform curricula with identical textbooks to prepare kids for the same tests at the end of the year. Too busy with formalities, kids miss out on actual learning.

If we want to transform the failing model, we need a new analogy for how that model is supposed to work, Robinson argues. We treat education like industrial manufacturing when, in reality, it's closer to organic farming.

In farming, crop has different needs at different times in order to produce the greatest yield. Why not apply the process to education?

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The Frustrating Search for Good Common-Core Instructional Materials

The Frustrating Search for Good Common-Core Instructional Materials | Quality school management | Scoop.it
The Denver school district looked fruitlessly for good common-core materials, reflecting widespread unhappiness with the quality of instructional resources in the marketplace.

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10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools

10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools | Quality school management | Scoop.it
Whether you are a teacher who wants to check students’ work for copied material or you are a writer who want to make sure that your content is plagiarism free, these free online plagiarism detection tools will be extremely handy for you. Below, we have presented a list of top 10 free plagiarism detection tools that will help you detect that the content is copied and not original.

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s idea or work and passing it off as your own, and with the growth of digital technology plagiarism has become a serious concern, not only for the academic professionals but also for the writers as well. Feel free to share your opinions and comments with us via comment section below.

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IoT could be a Pandora's box - Kaspersky - Business News Americas

IoT could be a Pandora's box - Kaspersky - Business News Americas | Quality school management | Scoop.it
Despite the promised production and efficiency benefits of the much-hyped Internet of Things (IoT), the technology industry could be opening a can of worms by...

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edutopia sur Twitter

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Useful chart. MT @WeiSin2: Tools for Backchanneling & Informal Assessment: pic.twitter.com/ORe8eIG5WH
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Meyer Elementary — a 'School That Works' - sanilaccountynews.mihomepaper.com (subscription)

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A film crew spent four days at Meyer Elementary in Lexington last week, interviewing teachers, administrators and parents.
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Making School About Connection

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To create meaningful experiences and possibilities for students, let's begin by recognizing them as people and remaking schools and classrooms to value the human experience.

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British schools in Dubai combine tradition with modern outlook

DUBAI - Quality education is imperative to building a child’s future and, it all starts early when the child is exposed to different forms of learning. Foremarke School, one of the noted British curriculum schools in Dubai stands by this notion in its quest to give every child the best that it has to offer. The school is a small co-educational junior school in the city which is known for its philosophy of inspiring excellence and respect.

 

The school has a dedicated team of educators whose focus is to provide children with intuitive learning aids to help them adopt a creative outlook while developing compassion and consideration for their friends at school.

Just like its UK partner school, Foremarke Hall, this school keeps its class sizes small so that teachers as well as kids get an opportunity to engage in ‘one on one’ learning which happens to be the most effective form of learning especially so, when young children are beginning to explore their surroundings and finding new ways to express themselves.

 

Foremarke School is considered among the best schools in Dubai and, parents who send their children here have grown to trust the school for its approach in encouraging kids to be unique and recognize the same in others.

 

About Foremarke School:

 

Known to be a cut above the rest, Foremarke School in Dubai caters to the learning needs of students of Foundation Stage 1(Nursery) to Year 6. The school follows the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and the ‘National Curriculum for England’. For more information on the school and, regarding inquiries on admission and schedule, please visit http://www.foremarkedubai.org/

 

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FOREMARKE School
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P.O.Box: 391984
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 (0) 4 818 8600
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At Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, MBA startup fever takes hold - Fortune

At Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, MBA startup fever takes hold - Fortune | Quality school management | Scoop.it

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Across the U.S., business schools are ramping up entrepreneurship programming, as students pursue dreams of lucrative innovation, and startup glory.

The Graduate Management Admission Council’s recently released 2014 Alumni Perspectives Report reveals a significant rise in the number of business school graduates launching new businesses. From a survey of self-employed alumni who graduated from 1959 to 2013, GMAC has found that 45% of 2010-2013 grads started businesses directly after finishing B-school, while 80% of self-employed alumni from years past worked several years for an employer before embarking on entrepreneurial ventures. Read more at:http://snip.ly/eLfg

 

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The 'culture' of entrepreneurship and creating startups is benefitting the business schools.

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Why is choosing the right technology such a challenge for education?

Why is choosing the right technology such a challenge for education? | Quality school management | Scoop.it
I’m now starting on my next chapter for my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’, and this chapter, called ‘Understanding Technology in Education’, is one of the most crucial and yet most challenging. I’m going to need all the help I can get, dear blog readers!

Here’s what I’m planning to cover:

8.1 Choosing technologies for teaching and learning: the challenge
8.2 A short history of educational technology
8.3 Media or technology?
8.4 Main characteristics of media and technology in education:
Broadcast vs communicative technologies
Synchronous vs asynchronous
Transient vs recorded
8.5 Pedagogical roles for text, audio and video
8.6 Computers and learning
8.7 The pedagogical significance of the Internet, the World Wide Web and social media
8.8 A model for choosing media and technologies

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17 Lead Generation- Demand Generation 2015 New Year’s Resolutions | CustomerThink

17 Lead Generation- Demand Generation 2015 New Year’s Resolutions | CustomerThink | Quality school management | Scoop.it

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56 Examples of Formative Assessment

56 Examples of Formative Assessment | Quality school management | Scoop.it
Hi all,

I've created a presentation (with some help from my colleagues) on different examples of formative assessment. You can view it here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/pub?id=1nzhdnyMQmio5lNT75ITB45rHyLI...

Note the definition I'm using at the beginning of the presentation: A formative assessment or assignment is a tool teachers use to give feedback to students and/or guide their instruction. It is not included in a student grade, nor should it be used to judge a teacher's performance. Both of these would be considered summative assessments.

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Author, Activist José Luis Vilson Shares His Thoughts on Public School System - Latin Post

Author, Activist José Luis Vilson Shares His Thoughts on Public School System - Latin Post | Quality school management | Scoop.it
José Luis Vilson, author of "This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education," and an applauded math educator for middle school children in Inwood / Washington Heights, New York City, spoke with Latin Post about his narrative...
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