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Peter Shanks

21st Century Skills are so last century! - 64 views

  • Young people communicate and collaborate every few minutes – it’s an obsession. They text, MSN, BBM, Myspace, Facebook, Facebook message, Facebook chat and Skype. Note the absence of email and Twitter. Then there’s Spotify, Soundcloud, Flickr, YouTube and Bitorrent to share, tag, upload and download experiences, comments, photographs, video and media. They also collaborate closely in parties when playing games. Never have the young shared so much, so often in so many different ways. Then along comes someone who wants to teach them this so called 21st C skill, usually in a classroom, where all of this is banned.
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    "I'm always amused at this conceit, that we adults, especially in education, think we even have the skills we claim we want to teach. There is no area of human endeavour that is less collaborative than education."
James Herbert

The State of Digital Education [Infographic] - 20 views

  • Its point is that the old one-size-fits-all education model is not as well suited to growing up in the Web age as the custom fit that new technology allows.
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    "Its point is that the old one-size-fits-all education model is not as well suited to growing up in the Web age as the custom fit that new technology allows"
James Herbert

McGraw-Hill formally launches ebook library for libraries - 37 views

  • Responding to librarians’ and patrons’ evolving digital information needs, McGraw-Hill has taken the revolutionary step of providing unlimited concurrent usage to the digital library so patrons can access high-quality curated content from world-renowned authorities.
    • James Herbert
       
      Really? Have librarians really cried out about their "evolving digital information needs" in such a way that they demand responding to?
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    Responding to librarians' and patrons' evolving digital information needs, McGraw-Hill has taken the revolutionary step of providing unlimited concurrent usage to the digital library so patrons can access high-quality curated content from world-renowned authorities.
Vahid Masrour

Project Fun Way: When Project Learning and Technology Meet | Edutopia - 43 views

  • But the Web is different; it's everyman's encyclopedia. "I gave them specific questions to look up," says MacLean, noting that she had already searched to make sure the answers were there and were understandable and accurate. "They could open their laptops and get it right then, and I would move on to the next activity."
    • Vahid Masrour
       
      keys to a methodology of web exploration for elementary and middle school (at least)?
  • When coupled with professional development, the one-to-one laptop program demonstrably improves student learning. But the amount of instruction that teachers receive is also lopsidedlopsided. The state offers webinars and a training staff, but not all schools make use of them.
Tom March

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up | Edutopia - 15 views

  • what it all boils down to is, get the current system out of your head.
  • You're advocating for fundamental radical changes. Are you an optimist when it comes to public education? I just feel it's inevitable that there will have to be change. The only question is whether we're going to do it starting now, or whether we're going to wait for catastrophe.
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    Outstandingly clear statement of the problems and first steps in improving education.
Russell D. Jones

Brave New Classroom 2.0 (New Blog Forum) | Britannica Blog - 0 views

  • The new classroom is about information, but not just information. It’s also about collaboration, about changing roles of student and teacher, and about challenges to the very idea of traditional authority. It may also be about a new cognitive model for learning that relies heavily on what has come to be called “multitasking.”
Thomas Galvez

Flexr Flexbook - 0 views

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    Create a textbook with customized content.
Thomas Galvez

Becoming Screen Literate - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    Very important article from the NY Times about the need for visual literacy.
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