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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.
Matt Renwick

Determining What is Lifeworthy Learning in School | Reading By Example - 34 views

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    ""You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." -Yogi Berra"
Thieme Hennis

CodeJam | Apps that Matter. - 57 views

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    Good school in South Africa.
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. "
anabelb

Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments - 37 views

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    Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments
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    From Talis
smilex3md

Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post - 54 views

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    A history of teaching/learning initiatives from a retiring teacher. "I saw countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo. Some that were touted as "best practices" couldn't work, given Alexandria's demographics. Others were nothing but common-sense bromides hyped as revolutionary epiphanies. All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they're studying and understand how it's relevant to their lives."
Thieme Hennis

Knowmad Society - 22 views

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    very good book and initiative
Deborah Baillesderr

Net Texts | The App for Replacing or Supplementing Textbooks - 43 views

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    "Net Texts: The App for Replacing or Supplementing Textbooks Net Texts helps schools replace or supplement textbooks with customized multimedia courses delivered to students' iPads, Android tablets, and laptops!"
Jon Tanner

If students designed their own school… it would look like this - 113 views

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    "It's crazy that in a system that is meant to teach and help the youth there is no voice from the youth at all."
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Show Kids the Fun - Great Alternatives to TV and Video Games - 2 views

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    Nice collection of activities, crafts, and games for parents and teachers.
Thieme Hennis

Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention | National Dropout Prevention Center/Network - 0 views

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    several strategies for dropout prevention
Alex Galland

Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides - 163 views

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    "stores, manages and shares online resources"
anonymous

ideasLAB - exploring new possibilities - 43 views

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    The Virtual Pedagogies model is a really accessible instructional model for leaders and teachers to think about their current practice and what they need to rethink for the digital classroom
Paul McKean

Teachers, students should be Facebook friends, officer says - Parentcentral.ca - 58 views

    • Paul McKean
       
      I agree with this, providing the teacher uses a school account, not their own personal account, as this would open up lots of other issues.
    • nimmog
       
      I don't know how much I agree with this. I reckon that I would rather deploy statusnet on a server, as it is free, takes only a little amount of technical ability (or you could perhaps recruit the help of a computing teacher if you have access to one) and it then gives you, or some other trusted individual/group control and ownership of the data.
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