How Google Glass Can Be Used In Education

Click here for a larger version. Click here for a larger version. View the full image here Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or…

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Aug
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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use Them Right

Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.  That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world. Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site,…

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Aug
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50 Reasons Why Online Learning Deserves Respect

Online learning is on the rise. According to a 2013 report by the Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.7 million postsecondary students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2011, compared to only 1.6 million in 2002, and 62 percent of the schools surveyed now award degrees entirely…

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Aug
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Educating Innovators: 25 Ways to Prepare Students for a Changing Job Landscape

In a world where knowledge is readily available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. As Thomas L. Friedman highlighted in his recent Op-Ed column for The New York Times, the high-wage, middle-skill jobs that have sustained multiple…

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Jul
31

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We Can Only Guarantee Success If We Have Low Expectations. Anything Else Demands Risking Failure: Interview with David Didau from the Learning Spy

David Didau is the man behind The Learning spy, a blog dedicated to all things learning, from practical tips and advice for teachers to insightful posts on topics like literacy and student motivation. He is also a teacher, speaker, author and soon-to-be Associate Principal. Didau is passionate about the English…

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Jul
29

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive…

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Jul
22

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Teacher Preparation: Who’s Doing it Right, and What Can We Learn from Them?

Illustration by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch “Teaching is the only profession where a first-time practitioner is expected to have the same skill set as a 10-year veteran.” –April Stout, New Teacher Center mentor, Oakland, CA In March, the New South Wales Government released what Minister of Education Adrian Piccoli calls “the most…

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Classroom Startups To Create and Learn: 50 Ideas To Bring Entrepreneurship Into The Classroom

Tell anyone, let alone a student, to imagine being the owner of a business and that person sits up a little straighter, a knowing smile embarking on a journey to their own special world of ideas. Everyone travels there sometimes, that point in time where we own our own business,…

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Are Today’s Graduates Work Ready? Employers Don’t Think So

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The cost of higher education has been climbing steadily over the past ten years, and ideally this would translate into highly skilled, work-ready graduates hitting the job market. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and according to a recent report by Chegg, just 50% of students feel prepared for the…

We’re About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A new Stanford study has revealed that people are 60 percent more creative when walking than when sitting, regardless of whether their environment is indoors or outdoors. The research, led by Marily Oppezzo, a Stanford doctoral graduate in educational psychology, and Daniel Schwartz, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of…

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