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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
April 14, 2015
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Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out
Edutopia
  • When devising strategies to make education work for the 21st century, it's natural to think first about students. Tempting as it is to put children at the center of all our education decisions, we must not start there.
  • Instead, we must begin with their teachers. Schools that enable teachers to build their own empathy skills, think creatively, and work collaboratively will be best equipped to build these same skills in students.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/InnovatingfromInside

Keywords: Innovation, Creativity, Design Thinking, Professional Development
Looking to Personalize Learning? Yes! Now What??
EdSurge
  • Personalized learning isn't a project to be grafted onto the traditional-school-model side of the road. It’s a fundamental shift away from a curriculum- and teaching-centered orientation toward one that instead is learning- and student-centered. So, how can education leaders pursue such a massive shift deliberately and thoughtfully?
  • Here are five suggestions and tools to get you started. They are based on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant recipients who have designed or redesigned whole schools to be personalized through student-centered, competency-based, blended, and other next gen learning strategies. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/YesNowWhat

Keywords: Personalized Learning, Teaching
Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age
Singularity Hub
  • In the future, the role of the human teacher is that of guru: to teach values such as integrity, teamwork, respect, caring and commitment; to be a guide and mentor. And students take ownership of their education. This future isn’t as far away as you think. I’ve already seen early signs of it in Silicon Valley.
  • The digital tutor of the future will do knowledge transfer better than a human can. If the student likes reading and lectures, it will teach in a traditional way — through eBooks and videos. If not, it will teach through games, puzzles, and holographic simulations. What better way to learn history, culture, and geography than by being there virtually and experiencing it?
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ReinvntDigitalAge

Keywords: Digital Tutor, Future of Education, Innovation, Virtual Reality
iPads < Teachers
Why technology-assisted learning will never solve our education crisis
Medium
  • Teaching kids, especially those who lag behind, is hard. It requires focus, energy, deep knowledge and resources. Technology changes the equation — but perhaps not as dramatically as blended learning evangelists want us to believe.
  • Here are four observations that ground the conversation about personalized learning in the messy realities of educating young people — and especially our vulnerable learners.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/iPadsTeachers

Keywords: Personalized learning, Blended learning, Ed Tech, K12
Are Colleges Invading Their Students' Privacy?
The Atlantic
  • From ID-card swipes to online discussion forums, administrations are increasingly tracking digital footprints. Colleges are analyzing all kinds of student data to figure out who needs extra support.
  • What's happening now with the university's interaction with them is not that different from what's been happening on Facebook. As technology advances, data analytics—particularly, predictive analytics—may raise more ethical questions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StudentDataPr

Keywords: Privacy, Data analytics
Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century
NPR
  • Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.
  • "We haven't taught people how to be specific about working in teams, how to communicate with peers and colleagues and how to communicate to the general public about what's going on in health care and medicine." - Dr. Erin McKean, surgeon and teacher, University of Michigan Medical School
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MedicalReboot

Keywords: Medical education, Medical school
For the Humanities, Some Good News Is Mixed With the Bad
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • In an otherwise grim picture of the field of humanities, there are still a few bright spots: Financial support for academic research in the humanities, has increased in recent years. Those are some of the findings in a report released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
  • The report takes the temperature of the humanities in higher education and provides a more-complete picture of the humanities at a time when they are often portrayed as "beleaguered and declining".
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/HumanitiesReport

Keywords: Humanities, Higher Education
Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare
The New York Times
  • As universities and colleges around the country expand their online course offerings, many administrators are introducing new technologies to deter cheating. School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. 
  • Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities. But the rise of Proctortrack and other automated student analysis services like it have raised questions about where to draw the line, and whether the new systems are fair and accurate.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Onlinetesttakers

Keywords: Online Education
New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected
NPR
  • Remember the MOOC? Just a few years ago, the MOOC was expected to reinvent higher education. Today, much of that hype has subside
  • A new study says that growth fell short of early expectations, as well as a pattern among users: mostly college-educated, including a surprising number of teachers.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RememberMOOCs

Keywords: MOOCs, Online Education
Why We Should Flip Education Conferences
Edudemic
  • If your students get more out of direct interaction with you than they would from a lecture, doesn’t it just make sense that the same would apply to how you learn at a conference? The particulars could change a bit from conference to conference but the gist of a flipped conference is this: lectures are replaced by more interactive discussions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FlippedConferences

Keywords: Flipped Learning, Education, Conferences
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Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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