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How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

| February 14, 2013 | 17 Comments

For David Preston, the term “open source learning” — a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning —  is about helping students choose their own learning path, an approach that already has some well-known champions among educators. “When I think of ‘open source,’ it isn’t about software, but thermodynamic systems,” said Preston, who currently teaches […]

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What’s It Like to Be a Molecule? Science Meets Embodied Learning

What’s It Like to Be a Molecule? Science Meets Embodied Learning

| November 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Andrew Miller “Embodied learning” is a new initiative in the field of interactive and game-based learning, in which learning content is combined with physical movement. Among one of the leading organizations in bringing this movement to the classroom is SMALLab, based in Los Angeles. The company has created activities — check out their different […]

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Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

| September 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, […]

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Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

| May 14, 2012 | 19 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: MIT and Harvard announce edX

Quick Look: MIT and Harvard announce edX

| May 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Another huge disruption in higher education: MIT and Harvard launch edX. From the announcement: “The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating […]

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Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

| April 20, 2012 | 5 Comments

A new augmented reality platform is connecting students to their community and putting them in the driver’s seat of their learning experience.

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Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible

| March 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

Bao Tri Photography By Anne Collier Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated. Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of Quest to Learn, the first public school based on […]

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Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning

| December 28, 2011 | 11 Comments

This week, we feature the most popular posts of the year on MindShift. In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at current trends in teaching and learning, their implications, and changes to watch for. […]

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Slowing Down Time With Time-Lapse Photography

Slowing Down Time With Time-Lapse Photography

| November 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

By Ken Murphy Watching how the passage of time changing the landscape around us offers a fascinating glimpse into all kinds of natural phenomenon: the change in weather, time, and nature. Time-lapse is a photographic technique that allows us to tune into events that normally unfold at a pace too slowly to observe directly: the […]

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Quick Look: DOE Launches Learning Registry; Microsoft Takes Over TEACH.GOV

Quick Look: DOE Launches Learning Registry; Microsoft Takes Over TEACH.GOV

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Two big announcements from the Department of Education 1) A new open-source site for “existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public” — meaning parents and teachers. 2) The DOE is handing over control of its TEACH campaign—including website teach.gov—to Microsoft. […]

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