Inside the Schools that Dare to Break With Traditional Teaching The Guardian
There are schools that are breaking the mould and daring to free teachers from the shackles of curriculum dictates. They are giving students and educators the power to become masters of their own learning.
From Quest to Learn in New York to the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia, Matthew Jenkin explores schools that use innovative teaching methods and curriculums
How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles Mind Shift
Some teachers are skeptical about “student-driven learning,” they often wonder how students can all be working on different projects but acquiring the same skills. It may seem challenging to keep track of 30 kids investigating 30 different issues, but when inquiry-based teaching is done well, that chaotic swirl of ideas and needs is based on a strong foundation of planning.
Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia is known for its dedication to inquiry, practiced through project-based learning with public school students. Here is how they are doing it.
Keywords: Inquiry Learning, Project Based Learning, PBL
Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students? Edutopia
Without empathy, you're teaching content instead of students. The concept of teachers as primarily responsible for content distribution is a dated one, but even seeking to "engage" students misses the calling of teaching.
So where to start doing something different? How should you “teach it”? Is empathy a skill that can even be taught, a "competency" that you should bullet-point in your lesson plan, something that requires pre-assessment? Or is it something fuller, something more persistent and whole?
Keywords: Social Learning, Emotional Learning, Teaching
Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them The Chronicle of Higher Education
Innovation is sweeping the world of higher education, but not all faculty members are embracing it in their classrooms.
A new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found that 40 percent of the professors surveyed are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies but only half have actually used them. One of the most-adopted new approaches, according to the sample, is the flipped classroom.
Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems Mind Shift
Most online learning in higher education and in K-12 takes place in Learning Management Systems (LMS) where student contributions are usually limited to discussion forums and assignment submissions. While LMS offer certain advantages for scaling standard experiences, these spaces are homogenized, transient and disempowering.
A new collaborative network of faculty in higher education is developing online, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web. In Connected Courseshow students learn is as important as what students learn.
With more than18 million downloads to date, Minecraft is thebest-selling computer game of all time. But little by little, teachers, parents, and students have discovered that the game can be used for educational purposes, too.
Former teacher Joel Levin and his colleagues founded a startup called TeacherGaming that aims to bring Minecraft into classrooms everywhere, helping students and teachers use their creativity to design projects, free from the kinds of limitations they would face using traditional methods.
How to Get Your Class Online & Maintain Student Privacy Edudemic
Protecting your student’s privacy online is a big deal. Students have the right to use the Internet for educational purposes without worrying that their personal information will be collected and sold to the highest bidder. As a teacher, you’ve been tasked with keeping your students safe, but you’ve also been tasked with keeping the learning experience relevant and engaging. With these tips in hand, you’ll be sure to do just that.