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Oct 29, 15

"in most people, the ability to control attention declines significantly as they age. But research suggests that long-term meditation can slow down this decline."

Oct 28, 15

What does redesigning schools and schooling through innovation mean in practice? How might it be brought about? These questions have inspired an influential international reflection on “Innovative Learning Environments” (ILE) led by the OECD. This reflection has already resulted in publications on core design principles and frameworks and on learning leadership. Now the focus extends from exceptional examples towards wider initiatives and system transformation. The report draws as core material on analyses of initiatives specially submitted by some 25 countries, regions and networks. It describes common strengths around a series of Cs: Culture change, Clarifying focus, Capacity creation, Collaboration & Co-operation, Communication technologies & platforms, and Change agents. It suggests that growing innovative learning at scale needs approaches rooted in the complexity of 21st century society and “learning eco-systems”. It argues that a flourishing middle level of change around networks and learning communities provides the platform on which broader transformation can be built.

This report is not a compendium of “best practices” but a succinct analysis presenting original concepts and approaches, illustrated by concrete cases from around the world. It will be especially useful for those designing, researching or engaging in educational change, whether in schools, policy, communities or wider networks.

“The OECD’s ILE work has mobilised and generated profoundly important knowledge about the nature of learning and opened understandings of learning environments within and beyond school. The ILE Framework has already proved to be an invaluable tool for the emerging future of learning leadership and systems development.”

Professor Michael Schratz, Dean, School of Education, University of Innsbruck, Austria; President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)

Oct 22, 15

" Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job is that “through working with technology, we test our comfort zone and explore new territories.” (p93). In a digital age characterized by constantly changing technologies this remains both the challenge and the opportunity."

Oct 13, 15

For the 7th year running Twitter is the No 1 tool on the list, although this year it is very closely followed by YouTube, and once again, the list is dominated by free online tools and services. I can also see some interesting new trends in the tools that are being used for both personal learning and for creating learning content and experiences for others, and I will provide my analysis shortly. In the meantime, beneath the presentation, you will find a summary of the new tools on the list and the big movers up the list.

Oct 13, 15

"Communication: Technology, Distraction & Student Performance
written by Louis Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy
published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
in May 2015
which I will referred to as “the LSE report”.

Students, Computers and Learning—Making the Connection
published by the OECD under the direction of Andreas Schleicher
in September 2015
which I will refer to as “the OECD report”."

...The tech matters and teachers cannot create the tech that we need—but they can define the requirement, make the argument, and ultimately it will be the teachers that select and manage the tech that is produced. If we are ever to see successful education technology, it will be about empowering teachers, not replacing them. And if teachers are to play a role in leading that development, leading in the sense that I have used the word, their first step must be to engage constructively with the findings of what are two robust and helpful reports.

Oct 13, 15

"Innovation in education can look like lots of things, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, partnering with the local community.

It can be a floating school in an impoverished region, like the one in Lagos, Nigeria.

Or it can be a school that's blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Keep scrolling to see what the future of education can, and probably should, look like."

Oct 08, 15

- being educated will take on a much broader definition than it has in the past.
(1) shift from a traditional, formal education, to work-integrated learning.
(2) Second is the emerging trend for employers to move away from using formal credentials as the gold standard.

Oct 08, 15

- scale up digital with an integrated approach
- get the Board involved
- bring a digital rhythm to corporate strategy

Oct 08, 15

- Mind-sets
- System and data architecture. Digital in the context of IT is focused on creating a two-part environment that decouples legacy systems—which support critical functions and run at a slower pace—from those that support fast-moving, often customer-facing interactions. A key feature of digitized IT is the commitment to building networks that connect devices, objects, and people.

Oct 08, 15

- Build a risk-taking culture.
- Put your money (and resources) where your mouth is.
- Dedicate the best people to digital—and then keep them engaged.
- Move quickly.
- Lead from the top.
- Bring a digital rhythm to corporate strategy.

Oct 08, 15

Headlines: Worldwide Study: Students Who Use Computers Frequently in School ‘Do Worse’
But, from OECD Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher:
“while schools lag considerably behind the promise of technology, technology can enhance experiential learning, cooperation and collaboration, inquiry-based pedagogies, project-based learning and formative assessment,” all of which are part of a need to “provide educators with learning environments that support 21st-century pedagogies and provide children with the 21st-century skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s world.”
OECD report concluded that:
“the key elements for success require teachers and school leaders having the vision, and ability to make connections between students, computers and learning, and that the relationship between digital technologies and learning is not a simple, linear comparison…
”tech can amplify great teaching, but great tech cannot replace poor teaching.”

Sep 13, 15

"Trafalgar Castle School introduced Singapore Math to its students three years ago. This innovative method of teaching math is helping students to grasp concepts far in advance to what is expected of them. For example, students in Grade 6 are able to understand algebraic concepts that are normally expected in Grade 8. At Trafalgar, Singapore Math is proving itself year after year and our students’ grades in math prove that point. Singapore Math might not be helpful for everyone, but it has been for us."

Sep 09, 15

1. School Internet Use Policies Are Restrictive
2. The Application Often Doesn't Lead to Anything Fun
3. Teachers Don't Know How to Integrate It
4. Teachers Don't Have Time to Teach It
5. Educational Inequality Is Still A Problem

Sep 05, 15

"1. Which edtech tools will my child be using in your class?"
2. What is the learning purpose for each of the tools?
3. Will I be able to access or monitor my child's work/interactions in these tools?
4. Are the sites/apps/games approved by the school, or is the teacher free to choose the edtech?
5. Does the teacher or school assess the privacy and security of a tool before letting students try it?
6. Does the school or class use a digital citizenship curriculum or any lessons to prepare students for using technology in class?
7. How much time during the day or class period will kids be using media or tech?
8. Will my kid need to have access to these tools at home?
9. What does it mean if my school is using an "adaptive learning system"?
10. Is edtech better than traditional ways of learning?

Aug 31, 15

"What we really want from our connected future isn’t fully automatic, hands-off convenience but hands-on human control."

Jun 09, 15

Digital literacy
Applications of social and digital technologies
Implications of social and digital technologies
Digital transformation
"Digitally savvy leadership style"
• Traits such as flexibility, adaptability, openness to experience, and tolerance for risk, for example, are now more important than ever.

Jun 03, 15

"Since Shorten’s declaration, the teaching of coding in schools has attracted much commentary. It is something many people have an opinion about it seems."

May 28, 15

"Adopt a growth mindset.
Get handouts prior to the lecture.
Forgive yourself for procrastinating.
Test yourself.
Pace yourself.
Don't be lulled into overconfidence by an engaging lecturer.
Time your learning according to the type of material.
Believe in yourself."

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