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Tarmo Toikkanen

What is the Future of Teaching? - 0 views

  • According to the New York Times Bits blog, a recent study funded by the US Department of Education (PDF) found that on the whole, online learning environments actually led to higher tested performance than face-to-face learning environments.
  • “In many of the studies showing an advantage for online learning, the online and classroom conditions differed in terms of time spent, curriculum and pedagogy. It was the combination of elements in the treatment conditions (which was likely to have included additional learning time and materials as well as additional opportunities for collaboration) that produced the observed learning advantages,” writes the authors of the report (emphasis theirs). “At the same time, one should note that online learning is much more conducive to the expansion of learning time than is face-to-face instruction.”
  • We can conclude that those in online learning environments tested better, but not necessarily why.
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  • Researchers warned that “various online learning implementation practices may have differing effectiveness for K–12 learners than they do for older students,” which seems plausible.
  • The word education, after all, comes from the Latin educare, which means, “to lead out.” I.e., think Socrates. Anyone can absorb information from a book or video, but good teachers will always be necessary to draw out that knowledge and help students develop the skills needed to think critically about the information they consume. In other words, online learning tools are just like any other tools in a teacher’s bag of tricks: what matters is how they’re applied. The instruction of good teachers will be made better by the proper application of web tools, while bad teachers won’t necessarily be made better by utilizing online education methods.
  • It comes down to knowing how to best use the tools at your disposal to maximize the impact of education for students, which has always been what separates good teachers from bad ones. The major difference between teachers of today and teachers of the future is that in the future educators will have better online tools and will require better specialized training to learn how to utilize them properly.
    • Tarmo Toikkanen
      Exactly. The tools are not the point, it's the learning results that matter. And they stem from the learning activities, which in turn are supported by the tools that are employed.
  • Teachers will certainly need to adapt in order to use new tools and methods, but that’s nothing new. Online education may never completely replace face-to-face learning, though as the Department of Education study shows, with enough time and under the guidance of a good teacher, online learning environments can produce results that are just as good or better than classroom learning. Online learning is likely to be used more often to enhance face-to-face learning in the future, however, and in communities where classroom learning is infeasible due to lack of funds, online learning is an adequate stand-in.
    Hyvin tiivistettyä ajatusta opetuksen tulevaisuudesta.
    Good analysis on the impact of new tools, and the need for great teachers.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - November agenda: Boundless conversations - 0 views

  • Finally, I head to Helsinki on November 20 for a visit with a seminar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science on Boundless Learning. With both virtual and in-person components, the seminar is developing into a real treat to participate in. For a sample of the ideas we will explore, view the videos posted on the Boundless Learning blog.
    John Moravec will come to Helsinki on November 20 for a visit with a seminar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science on Boundless Learning. With both virtual and in-person components, the seminar is developing into a real treat to participate in. For a sample of the ideas we will explore, view the videos posted on the Boundless Learning blog.
Tero Toivanen

Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world | Video on - 1 views

    This is so beautiful and gives hope for the future.
Tarmo Toikkanen

K-12 Web Archiving - 1 views

    "If you were a K12 student which websites would you want to save for future generations? What would you want people to look at 50 or even 500 years from now?"
    USAssa kysytään oppilailta, mitä pitäisi webistä arkistoida tuleville sukupolville ja miksi.
Tero Toivanen

An expanding ecology of learning options: Visible and Invisible Learning - 0 views

    Is this the Future of Learning?
Tero Toivanen

Open isn't so open anymore « Connectivism - 1 views

  • We need some good ol’ radicals in open education. You know, the types that have a vision and an ideological orientation that defies the pragmatics of reality. Stubborn, irritating, aggravating visionaries.
  • People are trying to make a living off of being open – i.e. openness as a utility to advance a career, gain recognition from peers, or make money.
  • Ideological purity in open education had a very short existence. Instead of building a future foundation, we see instead a foundation to serve for career advancement.
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  • Let me start by stating that “open” is a term that is now essentially meaningless. Apparently Twitter is open. So is Blackboard. And Facebook.
  • Richard Stallman has been somewhat replaced by, or even written out of, the open source movement. Stallman was (and still is) an uncompromising radical. Or at least that is how the well established proprietary software field sees him. The open source movement developed in response to what others perceived as Stallman’s unpalatable views for mainstreaming openness.
  • (If you’re interested, I explored this in a bit more detail in Free and Open Source Movements, part 1 and part 2 (somewhat related: Why we should share learning resources).)
  • But we first need a Stallman in open education before we can even begin to marginalize him. We need an idealist that sets the stage for thinking and debate around openness.
  • By not criticizing gradient views of openness, by failing to establish a solid foundation on which to discuss openness, we are providing an ideology for our generation, not one that serves as a future-focused movement. Openness is a hard topic to discuss ideologically because it’s important. Yes, pragmatics are easier. But pragmatics have a short life span.
  • Openness is an ideology along the lines of democracy. It is worthy of theoretical discussion. And various modes of implementation should be subject to debate and criticism.
  • Just like the “green movement”. I’m sick of commercials with new cars driving through lush forests, suggesting that if only I buy their vehicle the world will be greener. Green is treated as a utility to sell vehicles. For many companies in the educational field, open is the new green: use it to sell your product.
    Onko avoimuus vaarassa tai muuttumassa?
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - The Bank of Common Knowledge: A mutual education network - 0 views

    Mahtava idea: Yhteisen Tiedon Pankki.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - A video invitation to join the Invisible Learning project - 0 views

    John Moravecin kutsu Invisible Learning -projektiin.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - 2009: The year of educating in Society 3.0 - 0 views

    The Society 3.0 series proved to be very popular, accounting for the majority of visits. In this blog post are the top five articles of 2009.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - Timeline - 2 views

    John Moravecin näkemys kasvatuksen ja opetuksen kehityksestä menneisyydestä tulevaisuuteen 1657-2045. Vaikka Yhdysvallat on näkemyksen pohjalla, liittyy se myös koko maailman kehitykseen.
Tero Toivanen

Future Education Tech: Schools, like newspapers must adapt or die - 1 views

  • What's the goal, the one unifying everything that we need from technology? It's really quite simple... One device with ubiquitous access to information via the internet.
  • That's all we need. Paper, gone. Books, gone.
  • Assessment is one of the key components of technology in education.
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  • If you look at how radically technology is changing the face of the newspaper industry, who can say it won't have the same effect on our school system?
  • with M.I.T. and Yale and Harvard offering free online content of a wide variety of courses, how can small schools distinguish themselves
    Koulun on muuttuttava tai sille käy kuten sanomalehdille uhkaa käydä.
Tarmo Toikkanen

TimeGlider: Web-based Timeline Software - 0 views

    Web-palvelu, jolla voi laatia ja esittää aikajanoja. Soveltunee opetustilanteisiinkin varsin mainiosti.
    There is a time traveler in each of us. Whether you are a litigator or an 8th grader, TimeGlider can quickly enhance your experience of the past, present, and future.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - Curriki: Open source education materials - 0 views

    Curriki, an online community of over 100,000 educators, learners and experts collectively developing curriculum resources freely available to anyone who wants them, seems to be meeting the challenge.
Minna Koskinen

Live Minutes - Free Webinar Hosting - 4 views

    Live Minutes offers audio tools, a collaborative whiteboard for drawing, uploading images and documents for others to see and comment on is also an option. In the future sharing videos.
Child Therapy

Coaching Both Parent And Child - 1 views

I want to see my kid happy and grow to his full potential. That is why, when I see him having trouble opening up to me or to other people, I feel bad as a parent. I feel that I am not doing a good ...

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Tero Toivanen

WikiEducator's Wayne Mackintosh: Open Education and Policy - Creative Commons - 0 views

  • The act of teaching is fundamentally about sharing knowledge. OER embodies the purpose of teaching and is today’s most compelling manifestation of the core values of education in a digital world, that is, to share knowledge freely.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Opettaminen on tiedon jakamista. Siksi avoimet oppimisen resurssit edustavat opettamisen puhtainta arvomaailmaa digitaalisessa maailmassa.
  • WikiEducator is a flagship project of the OER Foundation
    • Tero Toivanen
      WikiEducator on avoimien oppimisen resurssien liikkeen lippulaivaprojekti.
  • Cape Town Open Education Declaration
    • Tero Toivanen
      Allekirjoitin jo tämän julistuksen.
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  • Creative Commons is the air that the OER movement breathes.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Creative Commons:in merkitys avoimien oppimisen resurssien liikkeelle.
  • Creative Commons could, for instance, leverage its networks to establish a global network of pro bono legal counseling services, or develop an array of draft intellectual property policies published as OER that can be reused and remixed by education institutions around the world. In this way, all projects benefit from the core expertise and tacit knowledge of our respective organisations.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Mitä CC voisi tehdä tulevaisuudessa OER:ia tukeakseen.
  • In responding to these needs, the OER Foundation has launched the CollabOERate project. CollabOERate is the OER equivalent of research and development (R & D) for new “product” design in open content and open education. CollabOERate is an “OER remix” of industry’s “co-opetition” model where individual OER projects agree to collaborate on areas that allow them to “compete” better for their own sustainability and attainment of their own strategic objectives.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Mikä on CollabOERate -projekti.
  • The uncharted territory, and arguably the biggest point of difference for OER lies in the remix.
  • At the OER Foundation we subscribe to free cultural works licensing.
  • . At the OER Foundation we believe in radical transparency and all our planning documents, projects and funding proposals are developed openly in WikiEducator, using Creative Commons licences.
  • WikiEducator believes learning materials should be free (read “libre”) for all students of the world.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Oppimateriaalien pitäisi olla ilmaisia kaikille maailman opiskelijoille!
  • By free digital resources, we mean educational materials which meet the requirements of the free cultural works definition that I mentioned before. That is, the freedom to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute education materials without restriction. This includes the freedom to use free software, and the freedom to earn a living. Consequently, we do not consider OER using the Non Commercial (NC) or No Derivatives (ND) restrictions to be free in all material aspects.
  • Sadly, in education circles the non-commercial restriction is widely used.
  • We believe that the restriction of commercial activity around OER is a material restriction of the freedom to earn a living, especially when the ShareAlike provision, if used in conjunction with free file formats, is sufficiently adequate to protect the future freedoms of digital materials against commercial exploitation.
  • Most national education systems are predominantly funded through taxpayer dollars. Why should taxpayers have to pay “twice” for education materials?
    • Tero Toivanen
      Miksi oppimateriaaleista pitää maksaa kahdesti?
  • Capability and community development using WikiEducator’s Learning4Content training model.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, 76% of the children of the school-going age for the last 3-years of the K-12 system will NOT have the privilege of attending school. The conventional education system that has evolved in the industrial world is unaffordable to the majority of our planet. Consider for example, that in many African countries, the cost of sending a child to secondary school is typically more than 20% of the per capita income.
  • “Access to learning and acquisition of knowledge should be freely available to all humanity. Any and every effort to realise this vision must be welcomed and enthusiastically supported by all.”
    • Tero Toivanen
      Tämän eteen kannattaa tehdä töitä!
  • We can make a difference in widening access to learning. While the skeptics and educational purists may argue that such systems may not meet the “quality” requirements of teaching provision compared with traditional face-to-face provision, these approaches have got to be better than no education at all. Our industrialised nations can help if they release materials as OER.
  • To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: “We can be the change we want to see in the OER world!” This is what we are doing and I hope that your readers can help us.
  • Many education institutions perceive that the sharing of education materials will potentially erode their student base, or even worse, their “competitive advantage.”
  • Any researcher worth their salt knows that a thorough literature review of existing knowledge is the natural starting point in resolving a research question.
  • “to have reached the stage where we are technically able to share knowledge and enhance education right across the world is a wonderful thing.”
  • OER is not a binary question of whether or not it is going to happen, it’s simply a question of how long it will take to have free digital resources in support of all national curricula in the world.
  • We only need a small minority of contributors to achieve the goal where learning materials will be free for all students of the world.
  • Good teaching is good teaching, irrespective of whether we are using open or closed resources.
Tarmo Toikkanen

Gartner Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years | Tomor... - 5 views

    "The world of today is dramatically different from 20 years ago and with the lines between work and non-work already badly frayed, Gartner, Inc. predicts that the nature of work will witness 10 key changes through 2020. Organizations will need to plan for increasingly chaotic environments that are out of their direct control, and adaptation must involve adjusting to all 10 of the trends."
    10 muutosta työelämään seuraavan 10 vuoden aikana.
Tarmo Toikkanen

eLearn: Feature Article - Predictions for 2010 - 0 views

    "At the start of each year, eLearn Magazine's contributors predict what changes are afoot for the coming 12 months. Here are our predictions for 2010."
    Some-gurujen ennustuksia vuodelle 2010.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - Ken Robinson on standardized testing - 2 views

    Sir Ken Robinson puhuu viisaasti koe- ja arvostelujärjestelmän ongelmista. 
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