The New Era of Learning
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The New Era of Learning
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc. It taps into people's instincts and desires for play, creativity and meaning. I'm hoping to eventually incorporate this content into a robust web site that will serve as a compendium on this topic.
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KnowledgeWorks Foundation's Future Forecast

KnowledgeWorks Foundation's Future Forecast | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The Future Forecast, The World of Learning and Futures Thinking describe the way KnowledgeWorks approaches educational reform.
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Interesting set of reports showing how the convergence of various trends will radically transform the learning ecosystem and put learners in the drivers seat. (And will we soon start hearing more about things such as cognitive prosthetics and social bots?) 

 

Excerpts:

"And in the future, we can expect that technology’s role will increase as new distance learning models enable innovation at the very heart of the teaching and learning relationship. In a 24/7, Internet-enabled world of learning, the nature of that relationship will undoubtedly evolve. What happens when kids are engaged in geographically-distributed learning cohorts with other students who happen to share their interests, learning styles and/or challenges?"

 

"Over the next decade, the most vibrant innovations in education are likely to take place outside traditional institutions. These institutions face a critical dilemma: how to reconcile bottom-up developments in educational with the traditional top-down hierarchy that is currently in place."

 

"This 2020 Forecast illuminates how we are shifting toward a culture of creation in which each of us has the opportunity—and the responsibility—to make our collective future. We are seeing “educitizens” define their rights as learners and re-create the civic sphere."

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Project Wild Thing – Reconnecting kids with nature – Project Wild Thing

Project Wild Thing – Reconnecting kids with nature – Project Wild Thing | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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Kids learning from nature and from free-ranging out of doors in general (even in urban areas). Quote from the site: "There is no Wi-fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection."

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Imagination Playground - Playgrounds for Schools, Museums & Parks - Homepage

Imagination Playground - Playgrounds for Schools, Museums & Parks - Homepage | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Imagination Playground are an innovative playground play system for children. Our playgrounds are perfect for schools, children museums, parks, daycare centers, hospitals, churches, whether indoors or outdoors.
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Cool, though I can't help but think it would be even nicer with more natural-looking props.

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The onrushing wave (the future of jobs, and implications for skill acquisition)

The onrushing wave (the future of jobs, and implications for skill acquisition) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic...
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There are many implicit assumptions in this article; good to take it all with a grain of salt. But this jumps out: "A 2013 paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, of the University of Oxford, argued that jobs are at high risk of being automated in 47% of the occupational categories into which work is customarily sorted. That includes accountancy, legal work, technical writing and a lot of other white-collar occupations." 


Meanwhile, there may be a growth in demand for jobs that are emotional and relational, i.e., that computers can't (yet) replace.

 

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Rebellion (and why it's almost absent at democratic schools)

Rebellion (and why it's almost absent at democratic schools) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
This week's post was written by Isabella O’Connell, who is currently a student at SVS. When I went to traditional high school, the place reeked of rebellion. Contempt for the establishment was a ba...
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Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules?

Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules? | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
This school claims to take the angst out of education. The results make it look that way—among other things.
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Good appraisal of a "democratic school." Interestingly, even the youngest kids have as much say as the adults, and the school's principal (though they don't use that term), elected by the community of teachers and students, is just 18 years old!

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OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning

OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
OPAL is a programme of mentored support to help schools create the conditions for play . It is the only   independently proven programme of its kind in the UK.   The OPAL programme starts with a...
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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less

Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had.
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Makes a great case for why play matters.

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Giving Children Choice and Voice: Hart’s Ladder of Participation | Cornell Garden-Based Learning

Do you engage children and youth in planning and decision-making in your program?  Let’s use Hart’s Ladder of Participation to find out! Dr. Roger Hart
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How much power do children really have in a project? Here's a handy scale that reveals their true power -- or lack thereof. 

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KuKuk Playground - alternative and natural designed playground for kids - YouTube

KuKuk philosophy The influence and effect that space can have on humans are often underestimated. Their shape and design largely affects our feelings and act...
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What a glorious space. Another way it differs from most playgrounds I've seen lately: Adults are almost out of sight, even in the case of younger kids.

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Self-Organized and Super Focused: Higher Education Redefined

Self-Organized and Super Focused: Higher Education Redefined | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
By Luba Vangelova When helicopter search-and-rescue specialist David Dobias decided to switch careers, he read up on entrepreneurship and found a mentor,
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An experiment in self-organized higher education, designed to emphasize initiative and learning-by-doing. It's marketing itself as a more useful and affordable alternative to standard colleges and universities, for people who are more interested in fields in which information is less codified (e.g., business, arts, communications).

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Messy Kids Learn More

Messy Kids Learn More | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Toddlers are more likely to remember what a food is called when they play with it, a new study shows.
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The EduPunks' Atlas of Lifelong Learning

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Fab resource for lifelong learning.

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"The Secret Ingredient is Freedom"

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The title is an answer to the following question: "Why do kids love Lego and Minecraft so much?" (Unfortunately, the full presentation is not available on this page, but it's worth posting just for that question and answer.)

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World: Tony Wagner

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

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I was recently told that this is one of the best books out there about the value of play. Not having read it yet, I will just include an excerpt from the top-rated review:

"But perhaps Wagner's greater contribution is to the broader dialogue of what it means to an educated adult in the 21st century. Building on his outstanding work in The Global Achievement Gap, Wagner goes beyond the now common calls for so-called 21st century skills (a term he never used) to explain how every young person must develop the capacities to solve problems creatively--to innovate. His profiles offer insights into what parents, teachers, mentors can do to nurture and develop these capacities in young people. Finally, Wagner contributes an invaluable perspective to the raging debate about the value of a college education. His description of the contradiction between the culture of schooling versus the culture of learning that develops the dispositions of an innovator is a unique insight--which is made all the richer by his exploration of some radically new approaches to teaching and learning in college."

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A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications

A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
ABOUT 540M YEARS ago something amazing happened on planet Earth: life forms began to multiply, leading to what is known as the “Cambrian explosion”. Until then...
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There's been an explosion of people around the world using software building blocks to create innovative start-ups -- essentially just an extension of childhood play. Also notes that two-thirds of millenials are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

 

From the article: "Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, calls this “combinatorial innovation”. In a way, these startups are doing what humans have always done: apply known techniques to new problems. The late Claude Lévi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, described the process as bricolage(tinkering)." (Reminiscent of Einstein referring to his work as "combinatorial play.")

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Lifelong Kindergarten :: Projects :: Computer Clubhouse

Lifelong Kindergarten :: Projects :: Computer Clubhouse | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A worldwide network of after-school centers where young people (ages 10-18) from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies.
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Education 2022: A 360 Degree View

Education 2022:  A 360 Degree View | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
“The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed.” - William Gibson What will education look like in ten years?  In  Education 2022:  A 360 Degree View, we look at both the...
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Excellent report showing what's in store. 

Learning will be: Learner-Driven, Openly Accessible, Personalized, Social, Ubiquitous, Holistic, Teaching Redefined, Policy Redefined, Industry Engaged, Achievement Redefined. The report then explains the why's and wherefore's behind these key predictions.

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'From now on I'll connect the dots my own way'

'From now on I'll connect the dots my own way' | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Calvin: This connect-the-dots book really make me mad! Look at this.
Hobbes: It's a duck.
Calvin: I know! Who wants to draw a duck?! I sure didn't! They made me! — I've been manipulated!
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Calvin was always a good (and amusing) spokesperson for self-directed learning.

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Jared Diamond: Self Direction from an Anthropological Lens. ‘New Guinean Kids Are Not Brats’ - NYTimes.com

Jared Diamond: Self Direction from an Anthropological Lens. ‘New Guinean Kids Are Not Brats’ - NYTimes.com | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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Self direction traditionally started early. "In traditional societies, children are allowed to make their own decisions ... I think you get brats when you raise children who are told what to do for seven hours a day and in the remaining one or two hours they express their will, which has been frustrated all day."

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Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
“People are almost in this Matrix-like existence,” says education thought-leader Steve Hargadon. “They don’t question schooling. How do you tell a story that opens the door to rethinking what people have believed for decades?
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What Steve Hargadon has gleaned from his interviews with more than 400 education thought leaders, as well as his conferences and national tours.

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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in
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The Future of Hiring and Recruiting, Circa 2020-2025

The Future of Hiring and Recruiting, Circa 2020-2025 | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"Maximizing personal growth and job satisfaction in the short term will maximize compensation in the long term."

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Two of his predictions in particular have implications for the type of education that will offer the most value: Assessment accuracy emerges from the dark ages, and The elimination of skills-infested job descriptions ("Skills, academics and job experiences don't predict on-the-job performance. By proving that candidates are competent and motivated to do the actual work required under the actual circumstance, you’ll discover they have the exact level of skills, experiences and academics required.")

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