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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Collaboration — Learning Collectively | Keep Learning

Collaboration — Learning Collectively | Keep Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Collaborative writing is a kind of apex learning activity. The benefits and possibilities surrounding this activity are numerous and multilayered. A collaborative writing exercise, especially that which brings multiple digital technologies into play, creates an environment where reflection, discussion, discernment, and negotiation are vital. Students must write, and they must do so in the space occupied by other students. Their words, not just their thoughts, are in conversation, connected and entwined so that it is the dialogue between them that creates the text, and not any one single author.
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Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
One educator tries a different approach: “It’s a different way of approaching education, with educators not being the controlling force. It’s about breaking down boundaries and seeing yourself as an equal.
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VERY cool teacher in a Brooklyn public school serving a predominantly low-income demographic. His class is opening students' eyes to a whole new way of interacting with the world: as empowered individuals whose opinions and thoughts matter. (This article was written by me.)

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Steve Hargadon: The Future of Work (and Education)

Steve Hargadon: The Future of Work (and Education) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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Nice, concise summary of why the societal transformations stemming from the "long tail" effect will reward traits fostered by self-directed learning while simultaneously expanding the opportunities for learners.

   
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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud | Video on TED.com

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.
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Mitra discusses his remarkable experiments with illiterate children in India, and why he concluded that the only elements essential for learning are: peer-to-peer interaction, access to information, and compelling questions. He envisions "minimally invasive education" environments around the world that will benefit millions of children.

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Steve Hargadon: A "Tail" of Two Ed Tech Agendas

Steve Hargadon: A "Tail" of Two Ed Tech Agendas | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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Very interesting and insightful piece about mass market vs. customization models, and the implications for education. "The head is about scaling and scope, and success is more of the same. The tail is very horizontal, as it is about as breadth and depth, and success in the tail is differentiation, diversity, and choice. The head requires hierarchy, corporate decision-making, and control. The tail requires networking, an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and freedom. The head is about money, by which approval is conferred. The tail is about passion, and approval is less about the financial and often more about relationships and fulfillment. The head and the tail are actually very different economic models, and it turns out they may also be a powerful way to differentiate two different ed tech reform models."

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"Hackschooling Makes Me Happy": Logan LaPlante at TEDxTalks

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

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Brilliant. What if all the kids out there were this engaged? 

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Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, on what he did instead of school ... - Wired.co.uk

Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, on what he did instead of school ... - Wired.co.uk | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"... he was amazed at how little teaching and learning actually went on at the university."

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The new self-directed learning toolkit | Clive on Learning

For practically thirty years now, the default corporate solution for any sort of formal, self-directed learning intervention has been self-study e-learning, specifically some form of interactive tutorial.
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the Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Education!

the Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Education! | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The Edupunks' Guide: Real-life stories and advice for today's students, whether you're going back to school, working, transferring colleges, or pursuing lifelong learning goals.
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From the home page: "An edupunk is someone who doesn't want to play by the old college rules. Maybe you have interests that don't fit the academic mold. Maybe you're in a remote location. Maybe you have a family, a job, or other responsibilities and you can't take on life as a full-time student. Maybe you love new technology and new ways of learning. Or maybe you're just a rebel!"

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Self-Directed Learning | Kenneth L. Owen, D.M.A.

Self-Directed Learning | Kenneth L. Owen, D.M.A. | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The authors of “Primal Leadership” say that “the crux of leadership development that works is self-directed learning [emphasis by author]: intentionally developing or strengthening an aspect of who you are or who you want to ...
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Cool graphic.

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The Benefits of Unstructured Time - Part 1

The Benefits of Unstructured Time - Part 1 | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a 2 part series discussing unschooling and the educational benefits of unstructured time.

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I have put more effort into this than any school essay — What I Learned Today — Medium

I have put more effort into this than any school essay — What I Learned Today — Medium | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Recently, I have found it difficult to pay attention in lectures.
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Heartfelt essay by a student who became a self-directed learner, and what he discovered from the process.

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John Lennon's answer to: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

John Lennon's answer to: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew...
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Is the American School System Damaging Our Kids? | Reader's Digest

Is the American School System Damaging Our Kids? | Reader's Digest | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Education has become an American institution—of the worst kind.
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Lays out the case for self-directed learning over the standard teach-and-test method.

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.
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Boston College developmental psychologist and author Peter Gray explains how exactly children learn when they are in the driver's seat and can decide how to spend their time. (This article was written by me.)

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Black Mountain SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment)

Black Mountain SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
What is Black Mountain SOLE? Black Mountain SOLE is the world’s first “self-organized learning environment” (SOLE) for higher education and beyond.
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Based on Sugata Mitra's SOLE concept. The participants are called SOLEmates. Another cool factoid: Their beautiful campus in North Carolina was previously home to Black Mountain College, a novel "higher learning" establishment that existed from the 1930s to the 1950s. It had a similar philosophy (providing learners with a great deal of freedom) and attracted many great artists and visionaries, such as Buckminster Fuller and Merce Cunningham.

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Education 2.0 Vs Education 3.0- Awesome Chart ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Education 2.0 Vs Education 3.0- Awesome Chart ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
We have been educated in a 1.0 education model, we are teaching in a 2.0 model but our students are living in a 3.0 model. These three models chronicle the major paradigmatic shifts that education ...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

"We spend the first year teaching children to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down."

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The crux: Children are natural scientists.

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Drop Out Now: The Economics of Unschooling ~ Sparks & Honey

"We live in a time of great abundance and unparalleled possibilities fueled by exponential growth from the impact of technology. Our job at sparks & honey is to understand the accelerators, balancers and patterns that are driving exponential cultural change in the near term and foreseeable future.  Our team of cultural strategists and curators works with leading brands and thought leaders to apply these trends and use them as a catalyst for disruptive innovation. 

"We eat culture for breakfast in order to understand the value of emerging fringe signals, cultural shifts and explosive doubling patterns. While monitoring thousands of inputs and mapping and scoring them, we have identified 8 rapidly accelerating trends that will shape institutions, governments, businesses and everyday consumers. 

"We have consolidated these trends into short vignettes in order to share a curated snapshot of what will create either great opportunities or unexpected challenges. We will cover these trends over the next two months. This report covers The Future of Education. We hope you engage us in the debate and exploration on how these exponential trends will shape your business and the World. "

 


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What Motivates Employees (and Learners)

What Motivates Employees (and Learners) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A Harvard Business School professors says employee motivation comes from "Opportunity for Positive Impact" more than money.
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Another way the worlds of work and learning align. The most powerful motivators for employees (and students) are not external rewards (money or grades), but mastery, membership and meaning. (Regarding membership: ""Create community by honoring individuality," she says.)

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We need to show our students what Self-Directed learning looks like – Redefining my role: Teacher as student

We need to show our students what Self-Directed learning looks like – Redefining my role: Teacher as student | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

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IFTF: Future Work Skills 2020

Predicting jobs in the future is tricky, but we can foresee broad trends in the types of skills that will be needed.

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"To be successful in the next decade, individuals will need to demonstrate foresight in navigating a rapidly shifting landscape of organizational forms and skill requirements. They will increasingly be called upon to continually reassess the skills they need, and quickly put together the right resources to develop and update these. Workers in the future will need to be adaptable lifelong learners. ... The landscape has changed and educational institutions should consider how to adapt quickly in response."

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Signs Of Change: American Alliance of Museums' Digital Badges - Associations Now

Signs Of Change: American Alliance of Museums' Digital Badges - Associations Now | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

“One of the most important trends is how self-directed people are about their own learning."

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Not sold on digital badges, at least as they've been conceived so far. A lot of trouble, and to what end?

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Hierarchy Is Overrated

Hierarchy Is Overrated | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Flat structures work, and work better.
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How self-direction can extend to work situations.

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