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At the Core of the Apple Store: Images of Next Generation Learning (full-length and abridged article) | Big Picture
"What are the essential features of the Apple Store’s learning culture?

* The learning experience is highly personalized and focused on the interests and needs of the individual customer.

* Customers can make mistakes with little risk of failure or embarrassment. Thinking and tinkering with the help of a staff member provide opportunities for deep learning.

* Challenges are real and embedded in the customer’s learning and work.

* Assessment is built right into the learning, focusing specifically on what needs to be accomplished.

A disruptive innovation? We think so. The Apple Store has created a new type of learning environment that allows individuals to learn anything, at any time, at any level, from experts, expert practitioners, and peers."
apple  applestore  learning  schooldesign  innovation  via:cervus  education  lcproject  technology  williamgibson  geniusbar  retail  studioclassroom  openstudio  thirdplaces  problemsolving  teaching  unschooling  deschooling  personalization  individualized  challenge  disruption  assessment  deeplearning  21stcenturylearning  learningspaces  thirdspaces 
december 2010 by robertogreco
New Learning Institute
"The New Learning Institute is dedicated to bringing next-generation educational experiences to young people wherever they are ready to learn: in schools, community programs, libraries, and museums – even the city streets. We believe that 21st century students need 21st century skills; skills that go beyond competency in core subject matter to include expertise in innovation and problem solving, an understanding of systems, facility with information technology, social skills like team building and collaboration, and, perhaps most important, the ability to pursue lifelong learning.

Students at the Field Museum

Too often today’s classroom lags behind the everyday experience and expertise of students who live in a world of instant, remote access to knowledge with digital media, mobile communications, and online social networking…"
21stcenturylearning  projectbasedlearning  mobile  mlearning  learning  education  edtech  newmedia  socialmedia  pedagogy  technology  elearning  tcsnmy  newlearninginstitute  21stcenturyskills  digital  lcproject  pbl 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Loss | ShelleyWright's Blog
"Normally, in beginning a unit on Civil Rights, I would be the Civil Rights expert, and would have spent several days lecturing and telling stories of the great heroes of the movement. We would have spent time talking, discussing the issues, and laughing. I would be connected with my class. But today, I was not.

Today, instead of teaching them information, I was teaching them how to learn. And yet, I’m not sure what my new role in this is. I’m not sure how to connect to my students and their learning process while doing this. I’m not sure how to laugh and enjoy them. And I was not expecting the profound sense of loss and the pain accompanying it.

With one of my classes, the process feels inefficient. It would be much quicker to do it on my own and present them with a few well-researched options, as I have done in the past…"
21stcenturylearning  learning  pedagogy  ushistory  us  history  teaching  tcsnmy  teacherasmasterlearner  progressive  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  leadership  change  gamechaning  patience  gamechanging 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Stephen Downes: A World to Change
"But more than that: we need, first, to take charge of our own learning, and next, help others take charge of their own learning. We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. It is time, in other words, that we change out attitude toward learning and the educational system in general.

That is not to advocate throwing learners off the bus to fend for themselves. It is hard to be self-reliant, to take charge of one's own learning, and people shouldn't have to do it alone. It is instead to articulate a way we as a society approach education and learning, beginning with an attitude, though the development of supports and a system, through to the techniques and technologies that support that…

it's about a complete redesign of the system, from the ground up, using new technologies and new ideas…change does not come from the system."

[See also: http://weblogg-ed.com/2010/a-turn-of-the-phrases/ ]
stephendownes  education  unschooling  deschooling  policy  reform  schools  schooling  learning  teaching  huffingtonpost  humanities  openeducation  distancelearning  21stcenturylearning  edtech  connectivism  self-directedlearning  autodidacts  lcproject  tcsnmy  change  gamechanging 
october 2010 by robertogreco
YouTube - 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
"This video was produced by the New Brunswick Department of Education to stimulate discussion among educators and other stakeholders in public education in the province of New Brunswick. The 21st Century presents unique challenges for education worldwide. In order to keep pace with global change we must focus on 21st Century Skills and public education must adapt to keep students engaged." [I have some mixed feelings about this one, but it's making the rounds and could be useful as a discussion piece.]
newbrunswick  education  future  21stcenturylearning  21stcenturyskills  tcsnmy  toshare  topost 
august 2010 by robertogreco
A 21st Century Education Film Series
"The twelve first-person films that make up this series explore three related themes, each in its own way at the center of current debate about what works, and what's needed, to help students succeed during school and in life."
21stcenturylearning  21stcenturyskills  film  documentary  tcsnmy  student-centered  education  schools  lcproject  stephenheppell  larryrosenstock  via:cervus  projectbasedlearning  technology  online  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
City Brights: Howard Rheingold : Attention literacy
"Mindfulness and norms, my students helped me see, are essential tools for those who would master the arts of attention.

The point of this story isn't to get everyone to pay attention to me or professors in general - it's that I want my students to learn that attention is a skill that must be learned, shaped, practiced; this skill must evolve if we are to evolve. The technological extension of our minds and brains by chips and nets has granted great power to billions of people, but even in the early years of always-on, it is clear to even technology enthusiasts like me that this power will certainly mislead, mesmerize and distract those who haven't learned - were never taught - how to exert some degree of mental control over our use of laptop, handheld, earbudded media."
education  howardrheingold  pedagogy  multitasking  laptops  learning  attention  1to1  1:1  21stcenturylearning  21stcenturyskills  literacy  learning2.0  classroom  tcsnmy  mobile  phones  media  socialmedia  lindastone  continuouspartialattention  productivity  mindfulness  listening  conversation  focus  classrooms 
may 2010 by robertogreco
The 21st Century Classroom – Alfie Kohn — Open Education
"It is interesting to note that for many children, middle & high school becomes the place where school is no longer enjoyable. It is, of course, at that time that students traditionally have been subject to a shift from student-centered classroom to teacher-centered, content-driven academic approach. The result is that school, instead of being a place where students look forward to going each day because it features an exciting atmosphere where learning new things is enjoyable, becomes a chore at best, a problem at worst. At the very age when students most resist compliance & teacher-centered approaches, too many teachers, &, by default, too many schools insist on employing such a format. Because of the sophistication needed educationally, there is no doubt that 21st century classrooms demand shift from ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’ approach. That move is a requirement to produce the type of student that will excel in creative, technologically-rich world we face."
21stcenturylearning  professionaldevelopment  administration  pedagogy  learning  education  leadership  teaching  tcsnmy  lcproject  middleschool  progressive  student-centered  teacherasmasterlearner  schools  schooling  highschool  traditional  alfiekohn 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Synopsis (1st draft) « Kaoru Tozaki Wang [see also: http://kaoruwang.com/?page_id=15]
"Logline: When society is educated for a world that no longer exists, can a young college grad find the rebirth of education within “The Killer App?”
education  documentary  tcsnmy  learning  us  future  21stcenturylearning  kaorutozakiwang 
april 2010 by robertogreco
A Is for App: How Smartphones, Handheld Computers Sparked an Educational Revolution
"What's at issue is a deep cultural shift, a fundamental rethinking not only of how education is delivered but also of what "education" means. The very word comes from the Latin duco, meaning "to lead or command" -- putting the learner in the passive position. Rabi Kamacharya is an MIT engineering grad who returned to his native Kathmandu from Silicon Valley to found a software company and started OLE Nepal, the network's most established branch, in 2007. Kamacharya talks about technology putting "children in the driver's seat" -- to overcome the limited skills of teachers: "Even in urban areas, teachers who teach English, for example, do not know English very well. Children are at the mercy of the teachers, who may not be motivated or have sufficient materials to work with. We want to enable them to go forward with self-learning and assessment.""
iphone  handhelds  children  learning  unschooling  deschooling  teaching  education  schools  technology  smartphones  opencontent  mobile  socialmedia  software  devices  tcsnmy  gamechanging  self-directedlearning  autodidacts  21stcenturylearning  handheld  ipodtouch  edtech  anyakamenetz 
march 2010 by robertogreco
ideaslab - finding out what is possible
"The ideaslab aims to challenge the way we think about learning and teaching, and find new ways to take technology into the classroom."
21stcenturylearning  creativity  ict  future  education  videoconferencing  innovation  learning2.0  ideaslab  learninglab  tcsnmy  lcproject  learning 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
"The goal of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF) is to ensure that all children have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere and that they have the tools that make this possible. To achieve this, AALF helps schools develop visionary leadership and knowledgeable, innovative educators.

We want to hear from you! Is your school conducting research around your 1-to-1 initiative? What type of research is it? Please share your experience with us here. We would love to hear from you! What Blogs and Twitterers do you follow? Check out our list here, and send us your favorites! In the next few months we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of 1-to-1, and will be devoting an issue to this important benchmark. If you have any stories you'd like to share about the early years of 1-to-1, please let us know."
1:1  elearning  1to1  laptops  21stcenturyskills  education  learning  21stcenturylearning  aalf  edtech  tcsnmy 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Teaching in Social and Technological Networks « Connectivism
"social & technological networks subvert the classroom-based role of the teacher. Networks thin classroom walls. Experts are no longer “out there” or “over there”. Skype brings anyone, from anywhere, into a classroom. Students are not confined to interacting with only the ideas of a researcher or theorist...The largely unitary voice of the traditional teacher is fragmented by the limitless conversation opportunities available in networks. When learners have control of the tools of conversation, they also control the conversations in which they choose to engage. Course content is similarly fragmented. The textbook is now augmented with YouTube videos, online articles, simulations, Second Life builds, virtual museums, Diigo content trails, StumpleUpon reflections, and so on...The following are roles teacher play in networked learning environments: 1. Amplifying 2. Curating 3. Wayfinding and socially-driven sensemaking 4. Aggregating 5. Filtering 6. Modelling 7. Persistent presence"
connectivism  teaching  learning  technology  education  networking  socialmedia  georgesiemens  wayfinding  unschooling  deschooling  networkedlearning  tcsnmy  lcproject  curation  filtering  modeling  sensemaking  cv  amplifying  content  textbooks  pedagogy  21stcenturylearning  openeducation  highereducation  networks  e-learning  elearning  apprenticeships  teacherasmasterlearner 
february 2010 by robertogreco
TeachPaperless: 21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020
1. Desks 2. Language Labs 3. Computers 4. Homework 5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions 6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher 7. Fear of Wikipedia 8. Paperbacks 9. Attendance Offices 10. Lockers. 11. IT Departments 12. Centralized Institutions 13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade 14. Education School Classes that Fail to Integrate Social Technology 15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development 16. Current Curricular Norms 17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night 18. Typical Cafeteria Food 19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Webmastering 20. High School Algebra I 21. Paper [At TCSNMY we've done a lot of this, but still need to work on: 4-slowly, 5-kinda, but need more parent ed, 8-need better screens, 12-slowly, 13-need lots of parent ed, 15-getting there, 17-not sure I agree (we do student-parent-teacher conferences), 20, 21-slowly making progress]"

[Update: http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/2010/06/get-real.html ]
education  21stcenturylearning  leadership  learning  technology  future  teaching  change  innovation  2009  elearning  edtech  predictions  knowledge  ideas  2020  trends  tcsnmy  shellyblake-pock  21stcentury  21stcenturyskills  paperless  twitter 
december 2009 by robertogreco
On Using Technology without Understanding It at Beyond School
"Surely s/he knew that the 21st Century writer learns as much from the 21st Century reader as the reader does from the writer. (Because 21st Century readers — the best ones, anyway — write with the writer. Just look at Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman’s blog, all the references he makes in his writing to what his readers are saying in comments. Look at Rolling Stones’ Matt Taibbi having conversations with his readers in the space beneath his articles — you know, those silly “forum”-like things. Just look.)

So yeah, I wanted to respond to it, and share to the world here on my (real) blog. I thought the writing and the critique of the rush to laptop use in the classroom were that good.

But the editorial was on that precious resource and traditional tool called — what was it? It’s been so long since I’ve written on it–oh yeah, paper, so no luck there (for me, or the forests, or the atmosphere, or the students’ future environmental situation)."
21stcenturyskills  students  digitalnatives  clayburell  publishing  tcsnmy  technology  luddism  teaching  learning  edtech  education  schools  writing  newmedia  21stcentury  21stcenturylearning  pedagogy  future 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Top News - Can gaming change education?
"New research on gaming design and brain plasticity offers more perspectives on educational gaming"
gaming  education  learning  seriousgames  technology  21stcenturylearning  games  videogames 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Power of Educational Technology: 9 Common Principles for 21st Century Schools
"1. Build Community
2. Encourage Critical Thinking
3. Reward Risk Taking
4. Focus on all Learners
5. Value Diversity
6. Nurture all learners
7. Pursue Innovation
8. Teach Empathy
9. Break down the walls"
schools  education  tcsnmy  learning  technology  criticalthinking  21stcenturyskills  21stcentury  teaching  21stcenturylearning  edtech  empathy  diversity  innovation 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Half an Hour: An Operating System for the Mind [Stephen Downes on the Core Knowledge "Challenge to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills"]
Two quotes (not the whole story): "When you teach children facts as facts, & do it through a process of study & drill, it doesn't occur to children to question whether or not those facts are true, appropriate, moral, egal, or anything else. Rote learning is a short circuit into the brain. It's direct programming. People who study & learn, that 2+2=4, know that 2+2=4, not because they understand the theory of mathematics, not because they have read Hilbert & understand formalism, or can refute Brouwer & reject intuitionism, but because they know (full stop) 2+2=4." ... "We are in a period of transition. We still to a great degree treat facts as things & of education as the acquisition of those things. But more and more, as our work, homes and lives become increasingly complex, we see this understanding becoming not only increasingly obsolete, but increasingly an impediment...if you simply follow the rules, do what you're told, do your job & stay out of trouble, you will be led to ruin."

[summary here: http://www.daveswhiteboard.com/archives/2818 ]
knowledge  literacy  criticalthinking  skills  connectivism  education  stephendownes  programming  brainwashing  cognition  automatons  directinstruction  cv  tcsnmy  history  future  agency  activism  learning2.0  change  gamechanging  information  learning  truth  relevance  infooverload  filtering  unschooling  deschooling  psychology  brain  attention  mind  diversity  ict  pedagogy  e-learning  theory  elearning  21stcenturyskills  21stcenturylearning 
september 2009 by robertogreco
City Brights: Howard Rheingold : Crap Detection 101
"To me, the issue of information literacy could be even more important than the health or education of some individuals. Fundamental aspects of democracy, economic production, the discovery and use of knowledge might be at stake. Some of the biggest problems facing the world today seem to be far beyond the ability of any individual or community, or even the whole human race, to tackle. But the noise death of the Internet is something we can take on and win. Although large forces are at work, when it comes to the shape of online media, I believe that what people know - and how many people know - matters."
howardrheingold  informationliteracy  infooverload  learning  literacy  epidemiology  tcsnmy  attention  google  web  information  search  crapdetection  criticalthinking  medialiteracy  technology  education  21stcenturylearning 
july 2009 by robertogreco
2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning
"A Radically Different World: If you think our future will require better schools, you're wrong. The future of education calls for entirely new kinds of learning environments. If you think we will need better teachers, you're wrong. Tomorrow’s learners will need guides who take on fundamentally different roles. As every dimension of our world evolves so rapidly, the education challenges of tomorrow will require solutions that go far beyond today’s answers. Join us in exploring the forces shaping our world."

[via: http://www.iftf.org/node/2724 ]
education  society  learning  future  pedagogy  futurism  21stcentury  21stcenturyskills  schooling  schools  unschooling  deschooling  reform  change  tcsnmy  knowledge  libraries  elearning  trends  creativity  research  gamechanging  knowledgeworks  iftf  lcproject  21stcenturylearning  2020  technology  teaching  forecast 
april 2009 by robertogreco
IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience
"1. Pull, don’t push. 2. Create from relevance. 3. Stop calling them “soft” skills. 4. Allow for variation. 5. No more sage onstage. 6. Teachers are designers. 7. Build a learning community. 8. Be an anthropologist, not an archaeologist. 9. Incubate the future. 10. Change the discourse. "
education  curriculum  teaching  tips  design  ideo  pedagogy  tcsnmy  projectbasedlearning  anthropology  engagement  21stcenturylearning  21stcentury  innovation  learning  technology  experience  classroom  creativity  21stcenturyskills  pbl  classrooms 
february 2009 by robertogreco

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