Archive for May, 2012

What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps

What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps

| May 18, 2012 | 16 Comments

When the pressure is off grades and performance, kids focus on learning for the sake of learning, not to show off what they know, writes Annie Murphy Paul in this interesting post about a study examining the lasting effects of summer camp.

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

| May 17, 2012 | 50 Comments

One educator rethinks Bloom’s Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.

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Learning that Happens Online and Off, In and Out of School

Learning that Happens Online and Off, In and Out of School

| May 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

Could this be a model for the future school? Students spend time doing projects at off-site organizations, listening to lectures at home, collaborating with other students and teachers at school.

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Why We Should Never Fear Failure

Why We Should Never Fear Failure

| May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Failure is a part of creating new and amazing new things. We can’t both fear failure and make amazing new things,” says inventor Regina Dugan in this inspiring TED Talk. Scientists and engineers defy the impossible and have pushed beyond expectations because they were given the freedom to fail, she says. How can this ideology […]

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Teachers Transform Minecraft for Class Use

Teachers Transform Minecraft for Class Use

| May 16, 2012 | 17 Comments

Seeing its massive potential as a learning tool, 2 teachers — one in Finland, one in the U.S. — took it upon themselves to create a version for educators.

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High-tech vs. No-Tech: Schools Take Opposite Approaches to Education

High-tech vs. No-Tech: Schools Take Opposite Approaches to Education

| May 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

The article tells the tale of two students, one who goes to a tech-rich private school, and another who goes to a no-tech Waldorf school. From what the writer portrays, it seems as though both are flourishing, but questions about the long-term effects remain: Will the tech-using student suffer from short attention span and shallow […]

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Websites in Different Languages Offer More Global Perspective

Websites in Different Languages Offer More Global Perspective

The wired world has made it possible for people from all across the globe to connect and learn from each other. In a few days, New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof will host a Hangout and interview United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice during school hours. In classes across the country, students are hearing about the […]

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Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

| May 14, 2012 | 11 Comments

More and more Ivy League universities are offering free online courses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s available to enterprising students.

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Quick Look: Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education””

Quick Look: Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education””

| May 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

The writer of the article praises two Stanford professors who are proposing to “ditch the lecture.” Read why. Source: Techcrunch Lectures are often the least educational aspect of college; I know, I’ve taught college seniors and witnessed how little students learn during their four years in higher education. So, while it’s noble that MIT and […]

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What’s the Best Way to Encourage Kids?

What’s the Best Way to Encourage Kids?

| May 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

What we need is “a shift in emphasis from ‘raising aspirations’ to ‘keeping aspirations on track.’”

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