"five major discoveries that define requirements for achieving authentic understanding (see the companion article published in this month’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks for additional detail):
Authentic understanding depends on hierarchically organized knowledge.
Authentic understanding is grounded in direct experience.
Authentic understanding is stabilized by practice (generally at every level within the hierarchy).
Authentic understanding requires formative feedback.
Authentic understanding is context-sensitive."
"In the past few years, there has been an exponential growth in social and emotional learning in Australian schools. What has been a major educational trend in the US for more than a decade is starting to take off here as emerging research shows aggression, anxiety and stress can be reduced through emotional literacy programs"
"For the first time, the Department of Education and Communities has a formal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy after schools held trials last year in preparation for the end of the federally funded free laptop program"
"why we disconnect matters: We can continue in today’s mode of treating disconnection as a way to recharge and regain productivity, or we can view it as a way to sabotage the addiction tactics of the acceleration-distraction complex that is Silicon Valley"
"Despite increasing disruption and crumbling paradigms, many organizations remain trapped in out-dated management practices left-over from the industrial revolution."
"Testing is good for the intellectual health of students."
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"BET ON CONNECTORS In our multidevice world, Amazon’s media store functions as what I like to call a “connector” — it bridges the chasm between otherwise foreign technologies."
"''I've been teaching for over 40 years,'' says the executive director of schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Greg Whitby. ''And there's always been a problem with things being brought to school that shouldn't be.''
Schools are unlikely to entirely do away with paper in the near future, especially while formal exams still require handwritten essays. But they are increasingly using platforms like LearningField, which enable the electronic delivery of textbooks."
"Decline in our ability to filter out distraction and focus attention, unfortunately, begins not in middle age but rather in our 20s. Ongoing research on memory over the past five years in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Gazzaley at the University of California-San Francisco identified underlying neural mechanisms that characterize this process of decline. The connections between paying attention, filtering out interference, and remembering are critical because it’s obviously far more difficult to retrieve something never properly imprinted in the first place. "
"The shift toward applying more executive function (EF) within learning and assessment will cause some discomfort in teachers and students. The transition will not eliminate the need for memorization, as automatic use of foundational knowledge is the toolkit for the executive functions. Memorization, however, will not be adequate as meaningful learning becomes more about applying, communicating and supporting what one knows.
1. Supporting Opinions
3. Evaluation of Motive or Intent
4. Organizing Time, Thought and Actions
5. Cognitive Flexibility and Supporting Opinions
6. Interpreting Source Bias or Accuracy
"Don’t mention the words “digital jungle” to social media expert Dr Bex Lewis. In her new book, Raising Children in a Digital Age, she encourages parents to stop regarding the Internet as a terrifying wilderness rife with predators. "
2. High-velocity feedback.
3. Observation and coaching
4. Team learning.
5. Organizational learning.
6. Recognition and rewards.
"Messaging Services Offer Anonymity and a Web With Fewer Consequences"
"Children in nurseries will soon be learning through Moocs (Massive Open Online Courses) as the internet revolution changes the face of learning, according to the man who first pioneered their use in higher education. Today's two- and three-year-olds have been born with keyboards "pinned to their fingers", Dr Anant Agarwal, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, insists. As a result, it makes sense to utilise the skills they had acquired and give them a basic start to literacy and numeracy through computer games in the kindergarten or nursery schools."
"But there may be another explanation, as research by Kelvin Lui and Alan Wong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong seems to show. Their study indicated that people who use different types of media simultaneously appear to be better than others at merging information from senses like sight and sound"
"1) The Halo Effect
2) The Power of Social Cues
3) Research Closes the Perception Gap
4) Experts Simplify the Complicated
5) Speak the Language