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Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its ed... - 45 views

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    "We really need a rethinking of education and a redesigning of our system, so it prepares our children for the future with the skills that are needed for today and tomorrow"
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Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | MindShift - 49 views

  • “We tell a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we practice in traditional models of school
  • If we really want children to grow up to become self-reliant and reach their full potential, “we would be doing something very different in schools. We live in a state of cognitive dissonance.”
  • “What are most kids getting out of 12 years of school?” he asks. “The honest answer is they’re learning how to follow
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  • The reason so many adults find the situation tolerable, he says, may stem from the fact that they experience little control over their own lives. Additionally, they themselves are products of the system
  • For models of healthier ways to frame education, Hargadon suggests looking to food and libraries. “No one says that from age six to 17, we will give you all the same food, at the same time, regardless of your individual circumstances or needs,”
  • “In some ways, traditional schools have co-opted a lot of traditional parental responsibilities,” he says. “That’s really unhealthy,
  • Recognizing the different needs of every student, and the desire to help each one become personally competent as a learner and find productive things to do in life—that won’t happen online.”
  • Technology can support a transformation, but it’s not a silver bullet
  • one way change agents get tripped up is by promoting a particular model, rather than a process by which people can develop (or adopt) models
  • “Living in a democracy means involving people in decision making,” Hargadon says. “You can’t just create a new system to implement top down; you have to provide the opportunity to talk about it and build it constructively.”
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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Education News - 73 views

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    A well-written article that provides some food for thought.  It is time to rethink our practice.
thebda

The New Digital Citizens - 64 views

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    ME Magazine article - thanks Linda
thebda

From Plantation Thinking to Rainforest Thinking | headguruteacher - 12 views

  • School culture is dominated by the notion that, in all areas, there is a right way to do things and that, consequently, schools or teachers should be doing things in a certain way; this requires controls and accountability measures.
  • Rainforest Thinking is a powerful concept. 
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Pedagogy should inform learning space design | Connected Principals - 19 views

  • The key issue for me is the notion of a class being one teacher working in isolation with around 30 students in a confined room with little ability to do much other than sit in formed rows or groups.
  • Could the learning experience itself be vastly improved in a model where a class was viewed as a far larger cohort shared among multiple lead-learners (teachers)?
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