The 3rd Narrative of School Reform with Will Richardson

will richardson“It’s no longer about what WE want students to do. We need to ask ourselves ‘How do we support kids in what THEY want to do?'”

Will Richardson is a parent of two teen-agers, and has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. Will has authored four books, most recently Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single)
– which was published by TED books and based on his most recent TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia.

“We need to do inquiry based, student centered, technology rich learning in an effort to prepare kids to go out into the real world so they can continually learn, connect and create with other people.”

WATCH HERE:

Noteworthy moments you should pay attention to:

4:05 – A teacher’s role will be more difficult in the short term due to limitations from the idea of “Doing school better”. However, this is a very exciting moment for learning. It’s a time to use technology for both teachers and students to develop new learning patterns.

6:40 – We’re looking at the wrong measures in school!

7:20 – Teachers need to become more connected learners. 2 big questions that should be addressed: “How do you connect to other people?” and “How do you create with computer?”. There’s a lot of emphasis here on learning how to join the right communities, and provide value to these learning communities.

9:45 – Twitter is your launching pad for this movement towards connected learning.

10:05 – Jackie discusses her point of view on teacher agency. There are a lot of choices out there, but also a lot of restrictions. What can teachers do? Stand up for your freedom as an educator, and become a connected learner!

10:50 – According to Will these are some good, hard questions that you should ask of your communities so you can make your own classroom better.

14:03 – The third narrative of school reform: Focus on “How do we support kids in what they want to do? We learn by doing things that we care about, and that we want to learn more about… We need to do inquiry based, student centered, technology rich learning in an effort to prepare kids to go out into the real world so they can continually learn and continually connect and create with other people.”

Mentions of Technology

– Twitter 

– Worpress.com and Tumblr.com

You can reach Will Richardson on Twitter @willrich45 and on his website.
Here is Will’s TedX Talk in Australia
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Education Quote of the Day – Maria Montessori

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“Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference.” – Maria Montessori

Read more here

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What’s working and not working in the technology classroom with Harry DiFrancesco – Educators & Influencers

Is technology part of your teaching strategy? Are you just dipping your toe in the water, or diving in head first and pioneering change at your school? We’ll hear from our guest, Harry DiFrancesco about his experience with technology in the classroom.

1646Harry Difrancesco graduated from Cornell in 2012 and is in the 2nd year of his Teach For America program. He teaches 9-11th grade Social Studies and Foreign Language at the High Tech Early College in Denver, Colorado.

Watch the interview to see how a fellow teacher is using technology to Augment his classroom.

WATCH HERE.

Noteworthy moments you should pay attention to:

6:43 – We hear about the future role of the teacher in education.

10:35 – Harry brings up a slightly different model of running a school, where both administrators and teachers play the role of educators.  The goal of this seems to be to flatten some of the vertical structure that has been built into schools over time.

14:09 – Don’t you worry! The future is not a student drone, receiving content from a machine. Engagement, interaction and more are only augmented by technology in the classroom and teachers play a key role in this model.

Mentions of Technology

– Chrome Books – 1-to-1 in the case of Harry’s school

Apex Learning for foreign languages

Poll Everywhere – Great way to do mini quizzes, to do Do Nows, etc.  Easy to use, kids love it, valuable data can come of it.

Google Fusion Tables – Tip here is, when building them, use data from the CIA factbook as that is where google took most of its data from.
Newsela –  It offers texts on different non-fiction topics at the level of each reader and will even embed some comprehension quizzes within it.
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Closing out 2013 – Ten Most Popular Education Videos This Year

As we wave goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014 with open arms, let’s take a look at the top educational videos on YouTube this year.

How did we judge “Top Videos? By views of course!

This video “Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg” by AsapSCIENCE has seen over 13 million views.

What have we learned from these?

First of all, video is an extremely powerful medium that can educate millions of people for free!
And, video is most powerful when kept short. 70% of the videos listed here are less than 6 minutes long! Let that be a lesson to us all.

Have a Happy New Year and enjoy the other 9 most popular videos this year: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/12/ten-most-popular-educational-youtube-videos-in-2013/

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The Flipped Classroom Model on StudySoup (Infographic)

In a world where education is being turned on it’s head, StudySoup strives to keep you ahead of the curve with awesome functionality for your students. We’re excited to inform you that teachers around the US are now using StudySoup to provide the Flipped Classroom for their students. What does that even mean? Allow us to explain here:

Think about this – giving lectures in class isn’t the best use of your time, right? Some students are taking notes, some are playing games, and others are chatting. What if you could record your lecture, and send students home to watch the lecture? Now students can watch your lecture on their own time, rewind if they missed something or play games without distracting peers. Better yet, you won’t have to repeat your exact lecture semester after semester. Instead, you can use classroom time assign work, answer questions and engage your students at a much higher and personal level.

Where does StudySoup come in? You need a delivery vehicle for you lectures, readings and homework. We provide the complete delivery platform for your materials, and you can even make some money selling your course! Just take 2 minutes to upload your videos, text and powerpoint presentation, set a price (or make it free) – and Enjoy 🙂

Here is an awesome infographic about the Flipped Classroom from our friends at Knewton Learning.

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

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