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Implementation in Advocacy/Guidanace/Post-Secondary Preparation (Articles) - 1 views

  • An environment without risk fails to prepare students for life outside the classroom, a world of risk taking. Allowing students to experience measured risks, in a supportive community, models the real-world paradigm where choices naturally entail risk.
    • lisa noe
      I agree.  Many students struggle to make the transition to college or the workforce after high school because they are not prepared.  Taking risks in a supportive environment and learning how to adapt to change will increase a student's potential for success.
  • At the same time, these teachers are often pressured by school administrators, policymakers, and politicians to raise graduation rates. Too often, the pressure to “do something” conflicts with the need to actually arm students with the real skills they need to achieve success in post-secondary education or work. Instead of challenging students to raise their performance to the level they must reach to be successful, too often credit recovery “solutions” have lowered the bar for passing.
    • lisa noe
      If we think we should pat ourselves on the back for "helping" a student graduate, we are seriously mistaken.  We all know that even though they possess a diploma life will still be difficult for them.  Their choices will be limit.  We need to look for ways to create career pathways, such as those we have discussed in this course, to provide students the skills (trade/vocation) they will need to be marketable and employable if they choose to enter the workforce instead of continuing with postsecondary schooling.  
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Adaptive Learning System Articles - 2 views

  • Don’t be content to merely argue that you can’t be replaced by a machine. That’s a losing strategy. The winning strategy is to prove it.
    • lisa noe
      I don't believe that a machine will every take the place of a teacher.  Building relationships with students is crucial to their success.  No significant amount of learning occurs, when a student's needs are not met.  Student-teacher relationships are fundamental to a student's academic success.
  • Many students in the United States fail to complete school. 7% of high school students drop out before graduation and nearly half of the students who start college don’t finish within six years. Many of those students who don’t make it to graduation day are the kind of non-traditional students attracted to online learning.
    • lisa noe
      Many of my students have indicated that they prefer online learning over the traditional classroom.  Sometimes I worry they aren't getting the same education but at the same time I am thankful they have the opportunity to learn.  I imagine that many of them would have dropped out, if this option was not available.
  • A big part of what appeals to students about the possibility of online learning is being able to approach the material on their own time, at their own pace.
    • lisa noe
      As much as this sounds good, students must have the self-discipline to do their work in a timely manner.  Unfortunately, many do not.  
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  • Important to note, of course, is that in-person instruction does not fall out of the picture in most cases; in fact, it many strengthen instruction as faculty take on a more supporting, coaching role, with less time devoted to delivery of content, which students may or may not already have mastered, and more time focused on one-to-one student engagement and self-paced guidance through a curriculum.
    • lisa noe
      I like the idea of being more of a guide on the side than a sage on the stage.  That is the role I prefer to have with my students.  I think it is definitely an important component in a PLE. 
lisa noe

"Personalized" vs. "Personal" Learning - 36 views

  • the industrialized form of education that pumps out cookie-cutter students with the same knowledge and skills.
    • lisa noe
      I agree that many students have difficultly thinking outside of the box.  I believe that is because we have quashed individuality.  We ask everyone to conform to our standards.  Our society has a habit of criticizing those that go against the norm.  We expect all students to follow the same path and to want the same things.  Students don't want to be embarrassed for thinking or looking differently.  I see this happen frequently during group work.  There always seems to be a strong-minded individual who takes charge.  Many times other members' voices are never heard even though they may have equally as good of ideas, if not better.  Many students have zero confidence in themselves so they never stand up and let their voice be heard.  Hence, cookie cutters. 
  • Three words seem to be dancing around in my head of late when it comes to current thinking about education: “personalization,” “engagement” and “flip.” All three were on display on the vendor floor and in session rooms at last week’s International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego, one of the largest ed tech conferences in the world attended by upward of 18,000 people.
  • ‘We often say we want creativity and innovation – personalization – but every mechanism we use to measure it is through control and compliance.’
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