Schools have become ever more captivated by the idea that students must learn a set of generalised thinking skills, or ‘21st-century learning skills’, to flourish in the contemporary world. Of course, critical thinking is essential, however, it cannot be detached from context. Teaching students generic ‘thinking skills’ separate from the rest of their curriculum is meaningless and ineffective.
Every three years the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tests 15-year-olds around the world on their math, science and reading abilities. Then, countries around the world celebrate, or panic. In the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Finland has fallen from its perch and Singapore trounced the rest of the world on math, reading and science.
It’s common to hear people say, “I’m a visual learner,” but research doesn’t support the idea that learning styles like visual or auditory learning are inherent traits. Many students confuse a learning preference with inherent trait when really most learners benefit when new information is presented in multiple ways.
Teachers around the world have a new resource for connecting, problem-solving, innovating and sharing best practices in flipped learning. The International Flipped Learning Innovation Center (IFLIC) is an online platform designed to support collaboration and innovation among flipped learning practitioners worldwide.
Are we preparing every student for the world they are entering, or are we investing in a factory model of education designed as an assembly line? The old model of education is under question, and we have some hard decisions to make.
Effectively engaging students in the classroom within an age of constant technological distraction can often seem like a battle of the brain. Increasingly, educators are looking for new ways to improve student outcomes, such as gamification. But determining how to use gaming elements and to what extent remains a hurdle to unlocking its full potential for many.
Our students live in an online world. They’re emotionally and physically attached to their devices. As educators, we have had to adapt to this changing landscape of communication within our teaching. However, one area that doesn’t get enough attention is educating students on the digital footprints they leave behind. Footprints that can jeopardize their employment potential.
Reddit has become an important way for scholars to distribute and explain their findings—you just have to know where on the bustling online community to look. A professor at the University of California at Davis plans to send her graduate students into the popular online forum to teach them to bring more-accurate scientific information to the public.
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