The classroom of the future may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants. This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn.
Algorithms choose which students sit together, measure what the children know and how well they know it and they choose what problems the children should work on and provide teachers with the next lesson to teach. When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more?
Learners, Teachers, and Technology: Personalization in 2015 and Beyond Wired
Many key questions about learning in the classroom can be boiled down to, “What should I do next?” and since 2012, the term “personalized learning” has changed the conversation.
The promise of personalization is that learning and instruction can be varied based on the individual. Despite the hype, two big questions remain: who makes the decisions and how are they made? In discussions of personalization there are three candidates to make the decision: teachers, students, and technology.
Six Things to Know About Obama’s Plan for Free Community College The Washington Post
On Friday President Obama rolled out a plan to pay for two years of tuition at community college, which could affect some 9 million students.
"The notion that we’re extending universal education to the first two years of college is really kind of a moonshot idea. We know high school isn’t enough anymore.” says Josh Wyner, director of the College Excellence program at the Aspen Institute.
Keywords: Higher Education, Obama, community college
Forbes '30 Under 30': Education Forbes
Presenting the 30 Under 30 2015 in Education who are rethinking learning with the three Cs: code, college readiness and community impact.
"You don't have to be an expert to do something cool. You don't have to have letters after your name or lines under it on the resume to go out there and explore the world and start reshaping it" - Alex Klein, 24, Cofounder, Kano
When a Flipped-Classroom Pioneer Hands Off His Video Lectures, This Is What Happens The Chronicle of Higher Education
There are two Norman Nemrows. There’s the real-life professor who spent much of his career teaching accounting students at Brigham Young University. And there’s the one I'll call Video Norm, the instructor immortalized in lectures on accounting that he began recording nearly 15 years ago.
Back when it started, in 2000, this method of reducing in-person classes and replacing them with videos and tutorials was an innovation, but today it is a buzzword: the flipped classroom.
Keywords: Flipped classroom, technology, EdTech, video
How to Maintain Your Digital Identity As An Academic Vitae
How might academics avoid having their digital identities taken over by the negative or the uncharacteristic?
Take control. If you do not have a clear online presence, you are allowing Google, Yahoo, and Bing to create your identity for you. As an academic or would-be academic, you need to take control of your public persona and then take steps to build and maintain it.
Keywords: Social media, digital identity, technology
The Future is Learning, But What About Schooling? Inside Higher Ed
Learning is the conversion of information into knowledge; information, in the digital age has become a vast sea of ones and zeros; information becomes knowledge by passing through some medium that transforms the ones and zeros into a conceptually organized form.
In the past, we have thought of this transformation as a single authoritative portal, called schooling. The advent of digital culture means that this portal is now one among many possible places, virtual and physical, where information can become knowledge.
The Power of Storytelling in the College Classroom Faculty Focus
Our students love stories. A brief, well-told narrative can catch their attention and can set the mood for learning. We like stories because our brains operate in the same fashion. Stories allow our brain to use information in the most effective way.
It’s always interesting to me when, at the beginning of class, I start with the words, “I’d like to share a story with you,” how the attention in the class changes. It’s almost magical in some ways. It may be one of those few times where technology cannot replace the power of one person telling a story to another person.