Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again

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Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again. The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? Forget learning should be fun. Place students on the periphery when we design, plan, and respond to their learning. (It’s Plan backwards from standards. personalized learning, inquiry, PBL) that could change everything.

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Change The Conversation–It’s Not About The Thinking

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Content-based academic standards. Mobile learning. For example, I love the idea of mobile learning, so I attach positive feelings to it that can lead me to cognitive distortions downstream, where I oversimplify it’s function, or catastrophize our continued misunderstanding of its potential in education. As an academic or intellectual exercise. Maker education? Learning culture education purpose

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context– 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology. We recently speculated on the what education might look like in the year 2028 (see the link above), when today’s kindergartners have finished K-12 and beginning their work in the world (or college). Personalized learning will disrupt how we think of curriculum.

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

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Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future. Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y. But the truth is, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to educate children in the face of such radical technological and pedagogical progression.

20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what’s available to them. Armed with some kind of answer–even a basic one–parents can then decide which non-superficial actions they can impart to truly support the learning of their child.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

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Consider a few of the key ideas in progressive education. Mobile learning, digital citizenship, design thinking, collaboration, creativity, and on a larger scale, digital literacy (education not yet comfortable enough with these ideas to teach “just citizenship” or “just literacy”),1:1, and more are skills and content bits that every student would benefit from exposure to and mastery of. Most modern academic standards take a body-of-knowledge approach to education.