Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
May 5, 2015
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Kids Teaching Robots: Is This the Future of Education?
The Hechinger Report
  • Decades of studies have shown that students learn a subject better when asked to help another learner. Traditionally, this meant taking the time to pair off students into peer-tutoring arrangements. Now, education researchers are trying to supercharge the idea with technology.
  • They’re creating virtual learners that need a human student to teach them everything from history to earth science. Having students teach pushes them to think about a topic’s underlying concepts and connections in order to gauge what another student knows and to build on that understanding.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeachingRobots

Keywords: Blended Learning, Digital Education, Learning-by-Teaching
Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education
  • AltSchools are more than schools. They’re mini-research and development labs, where teachers and engineers are developing the formula for 21st-century education. AltSchool is a experiment with an educational philosophy known as student-centered learning. The approach holds that kids should pursue their own interests, at their own pace. 
  • In order to make a true dent in education, Max Ventilla (founder) believes the gap between the students and teachers using technology and the people building it needs to be as narrow as possible. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AltSchoolSilicon

Keywords: Education, Innovation, EdTech, Student-Centered Learning
Book: Teaching in a Digital Age 
The Open Textbook Project
  • The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success.
Download the book: http://bit.ly/BookTeachingDigitalAge

Keywords: Teaching, Learning, Digital Learning, Books
The Professor Who Failed His Entire Class is Everything Wrong With Higher Education
The Daily Dot
  • "Look out college students. Education just got a whole lot harder." While this may sound like the tagline of a cheesy ‘80s movie, it’s also the message that Texas A&M University at Galveston professor Irwin Horwitz was trying to send recently, when he literally failed an entire class. In an email to his unruly group of students, which has since gone viral. 
Visit the Website: http://bit.ly/FailsClass

Keywords: Higher Education, Teaching, Learning
An Exam Board Chief Wants British Students to Use Google to Find Answers in Their Tests
Business Insider
  • OCR exam board chief executive Mark Dawe is facing criticism for proposing that pupils in the UK be allowed to use Google to search for answers during A-Level and GCSE exams.
  • Dawe argues that using Google would better reflect the way pupils learn now, and how they will work in the future. For the OCR chief, it’s getting to the point where searching for answers on Google during exams wouldn't be that much different from using a calculator to work out a difficult mathematical problem.
Visit the Website: http://bit.ly/UsingGoogleinExams

Keywords: Education, Technology, Learning, Google
Faculty Mentoring Faculty: Relationships that Work
Faculty Focus
  • Mentoring is one of those higher education topics that was trendy for a while, but not anymore. That omission doesn't diminish its potential to greatly enhance both teaching and learning. 
  • Collegial mentoring is about more than sharing good instructional strategies. Mentoring isn't about answering questions, it’s about asking questions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MentoringFaculty

Keywords: Mentoring, Faculty Mentors
Empowering Student Relationships With Media
  • Debates over children and media use are nothing new, but the technologies by which children primarily interact with media have changed significantly. It is therefore incumbent on individual educators to help students interact with media in ways that are critical and empowering.
  • By looking at elements from both the Encoding/Decoding model in communications theory and the New Bloom's Taxonomy, we can create our own taxonomy of media skills. The goal is to help students become aware and empowered decoders of the media they engage with, creating their own meanings and uses from the media. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NewTaxonomyMedia

Keywords: Media Literacy, Bloom's Taxonomy, Design Thinking, Teaching and Learning, Trends
A Year without One-to-One
Education Week
  • Shawn McCusker, a teacher and innovator in 1:1 classroom implementation and online learning communities, moved from a 1:1 laptop environment to a new school with fewer technology resources and describes what he learned with this experience. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/aYear1to1

Keywords: EdTech, 1:1 Classroom, Teaching
Performance-Based Assessment
Inside Higher Ed
  • If there's a domain where college faculty could most stand to learn from K-12 educators, it is assessment. As higher education moves toward a more outcome-driven approach that emphasizes mastery rather than seat time, assessment become more and more intrinsic to teaching and learning. The challenge is to embed assessments in every stage of the learning process in ways that empower students and their instructors. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PBAssessment

Keywords: Teaching, Assesment, Learning
Why Can’t Students Just Pay Attention?
Faculty Focus
  • Looking directly at us, and knowing, just knowing, that they are not paying the least bit of attention to what we are talking about or what the topic of the day is. How do we help our students develop the skills necessary to focus their attention on our classes?
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StudentsAttention

Keywords: Teaching Strategies, Active Learning, Engaged Learning
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Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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