collaborative learning

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 10 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

| April 12, 2013 | 23 Comments

Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?

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Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

| April 4, 2013 | 11 Comments

By Barbara Ray At the beginning, people thought she was nuts. Sue Mellon, gifted support coordinator for Springdale Junior and Senior High/Colfax School in the Allegheny Valley School District, thought 7th and 8thgraders could develop a deeper understanding of poetry by playing around with robotics. “Originally, people looked at me like I was crazy,” Mellon said. Now, two […]

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Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

| March 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November’s new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age compiles lessons learned over 30 years of educational experience. Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and […]

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

| March 20, 2013 | 23 Comments

Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of […]

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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control

| February 21, 2013 | 16 Comments

For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral […]

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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

| February 1, 2013 | 30 Comments

Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try. Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to […]

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

| December 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to […]

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Telling Tales Together: 4 Great Collaborative Writing Tools

Telling Tales Together: 4 Great Collaborative Writing Tools

| October 18, 2010 | 3 Comments

By Sara Bernard Storytelling is taking on all kinds of new forms in the Web 2.0 era. Now, thanks to a range of new software, students can not only flex their writing wings, but do it together,  by creating group-led e-books, fictional stories, blogs, op-eds, and petitions, and, in some cases, see their edits and […]

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