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Thieme Hennis

Keen School - 9 views

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    innovatieve school in Bilthoven
Nigel Coutts

Moving past the days of the old school yard - The Learner's Way - 30 views

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    Society confronts educational change in an odd, entirely counter intuitive manner. On one hand we acknowledge that education can and should do a better job of preparing our children for the future while on the other we cling to the models of education that we knew. This led educational writer Will Richardson to state that 'the biggest barrier to rethinking schooling in response to the changing worldscape is our own experience in schools'. Our understandings of what school should be like and our imaginings of what school could be like are so clouded by this experience that even the best evidence for change is overlooked or mistrusted.
Maureen Greenbaum

Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud | Education | The Guardian - 16 views

  • “A generation of children has grown up with continuous connectivity to the internet. A few years ago, nobody had a piece of plastic to which they could ask questions and have it answer back. The Greeks spoke of the oracle of Delphi. We’ve created it. People don’t talk to a machine. They talk to a huge collective of people, a kind of hive. Our generation [Mitra is 64] doesn’t see that. We just see a lot of interlinked web pages
  • “Within five years, you will not be able to tell if somebody is consulting the internet or not. The internet will be inside our heads anywhere and at any time. What then will be the value of knowing things? We shall have acquired a new sense. Knowing will have become collective.”
  • if you imagine me and my phone as a single entity, yes. Very soon, asking somebody to read without their phone will be like telling them to read without their glasses.”
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  • Twenty children are asked a “big question” such as “Why do we learn history?”, “Is the universe infinite?”, “Should children ever go to prison?” or “How do bees make honey?” They are then left to find the answers using five computers. The ratio of four children to one computer is deliberate: Mitra insists that the children must collaborate. “There should be chaos, noise, discussion and running about,” he says.
  • . Year 4 children (aged eight to nine) were given questions from GCSE physics and biology papers. After using their Sole computers for 45 minutes, their average test scores on three sets of questions were 25%, 26% and 13%. Three months later – the school having taught nothing on these subjects in the interim – they were tested again, individually and without warning. The scores rose to 57%, 80% and 16% respectively, suggesting the children continued researching the questions in their own time.
  • he says the main benefit of his methods is that children’s self-confidence increases so that they challenge adult perceptions.
  • the propositions that children can benefit from collaborative learning and that banning internet use from exams will get trickier, to the point where it may prove futile. It’s worth remembering that new technologies nearly always deliver less than we expect at first and far more than we expect later on, often in unexpected ways.
Nigel Coutts

The right conditions for creativity - The Learner's Way - 49 views

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    Understanding and identifying the barriers to creativity and the conditions which are essential for it to thrive is an important step in the process of ensuring our students leave school with a capacity for creativity at least equal to that which they arrive with.
A Mommy

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    Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
Roland Gesthuizen

When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher - The Atlantic - 9 views

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    When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do? The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher is something we need to discuss amongst each other now.
Margaret FalerSweany

More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll - Education Week - 46 views

  • A broad focus on testing and new standards can lead schools to neglect the individualized needs of students,
  • unless U.S. schools can better align learning strategies and objectives with fundamental aspects of human nature, they will always struggle to help students achieve their full potential
  • Researchers classified 31 percent of teachers as “engaged” at work under that index, compared with 30 percent of respondents overall. But, among all occupations tracked in the survey, teachers were the least likely to say that their opinions counted at work.
Thieme Hennis

CodeJam | Apps that Matter. - 57 views

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    Good school in South Africa.
C CC

News: Floating School nominated for Design Award | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdC... - 1 views

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    Innovative floating school designed and created in Nigeria
C CC

Feature: Swedish School Redesigned for Digital Pupils | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #... - 29 views

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    Article featuring a Swedish Free School that has been redesigned for a digital generation
C CC

Session 188 - Are plans to extend the school day feasible? | UKEdChat.com - Supporting ... - 30 views

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    #ukedchat summary and archive discussing the possibilities of a longer school day
Roland Gesthuizen

How do you solve a problem like Maria? The right of children to seek adventure. | newte... - 44 views

  • It seems to me that some where along the line, we as the teaching profession lost the collective and professional will to challenge the stifling constraints of ‘health and safety’ and face-down the ‘nay-sayers whose obsession with ‘risk assessments’  vetoed almost every opportunity for children to experience real adventure.
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    "Adventure activities are every child's birthright. I also think they are every child's educational entitlement. And I think, like Maria Kutschera, we should be speaking truth to power and aver the rights of children to experience adventure even where parents (and politicians) will misguidedly negate them."
Roland Gesthuizen

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future - 67 views

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    "Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it's not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum. "
Thieme Hennis

Home | Scholica - 27 views

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    Dutch edu-startup Scholica lets schools and organizations start their own e-learning platform in just a few clicks. It's easy to use and we host, update and monitor the platform so users can just focus on using it.
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