Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
January 6th, 2015
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A Look Back at the Top 10 Educational Innovation Stories of 2014
We have selected some of the most popular educational innovation stories from the Weekly Reviews of the past year
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  1. MIT Releases its Plans for the Future of Education: 2020 and Beyond 
  2. Rethinking the Lecture: In the Information Age, It’s Time to Flip the Classroom 
  3. George Siemens: ‘Students Need to Take Ownership of Their Learning’
  4. Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech
  5. 3 Ways to Take Your Students Deeper With Flipped Learning 
  6. This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think 
  7. Investing in Quality Competency-Based Education
  8. 10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs 
  9. Higher Education in 2024: Glimpsing the Future
  10. 15 Facts About the Modern College Student 
The Pedagogical Power of Opening Up
  • Many instructors worry about opening up too much, about compromising their authority in front of students. But talking about yourself can be a real boon to your teaching, a weapon in your rhetorical arsenal that can actually increase your authority. 
  • Telling stories can be a powerful illustrative tool for teachers, and there are few greater sources of stories than your own experience. 
  • You are allowed to be a real person in class. In fact, the more you allow your “real” self to emerge in the classroom, the better a teacher you’ll probably be. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PowerofOpeningUp

Keywords: Pedagogy, pedagogy unbound, teaching
Schools Need Redemption, Not Innovation
  • Are our school systems really in need of innovation? The reformers say so. The most common narrative argues that schools are stuck in an outdated paradigm. 
  • There are many familiar responses to this problem. You’ve probably read articles about blended learning, flipped classrooms, game-based learning, makerspaces, inquiry- and project-based learning. 
  • These trendy teaching methods should certainly be widely adopted. But don’t believe the hype. They are not innovative. And that’s okay, because we don’t need innovation. Instead, schools need redemption.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/EdRedemption

Keywords: Education, innovation
Are You a Good Storyteller?
The New York Times
  • It’s been called a strategic tool with “irresistible power” by Harvard Business Review. And “the major business lesson of 2014” by Entrepreneur magazine. What exciting new 21st-century technology is this? The age-old art of storytelling.
  • You need to be compelling, unforgettable, funny and smart. Magnetic, even. You need to have a good story.
  • Learning — or relearning — how to tell stories requires some skill. And consultants are lining up to teach it — sometimes for a hefty fee.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GoodStoryteller

Keywords: Storytelling
10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015
Personalize Learning
  • 2015 is the year the focus will finally turn the corner by organizations in education and the business world to get it right: it is about the learner.
  • It is not about calling it “Personalized Instruction” or “Personalized Education.” It is not about the technology, the curriculum, or instruction. It is about teacher and learner roles changing. It is about calling students “learners.” 
  • We put together four large concepts that encompass the 10 trends that you will see impacting learning starting this coming year: Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning, and Partners in Learning.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/10trendsPersonalize

Keywords: Personalized learning
Preparing Students for Competency-Based Hiring
  • Transcripts have historically been the official record for what a student has learned in college, but do not provide the details employers need regarding what a student knows and can do on the job.
  • In today’s rapidly changing labor market, employers are emphasizing the importance of a more sophisticated mix of technical and 21st century skills, even for entry-level positions. Foundational skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving are climbing to the top of employers’ wish lists
  • Institutional leaders have a responsibility to all students to create conditions that allow them to showcase their knowledge and applied skills in ways that are meaningful to potential employers.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CBEHiring

Keywords: Competency-Based, CBE
Counting Down the Top Ten S’Cool Tools of 2014
  • Every week we list either popular or up-and-coming edtech tools, or "S'Cool Tools", and as we close this year, we felt it pertinent to bring you the most popular S’Cool Tools of 2014. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ScoolTools2014

Keywords: Education technology, EdTech
These are the 16 Attributes of the Modern Educator
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
  • As teachers and educators, we are constantly required to review, evaluate and renew our teaching strategies to align them with the cultural, technological and pedagogical ethos of the era we are living in. 
  • Engaging in such a life-long learning journey entails that teachers develop a set of robust thinking habits that allow them to fit in the rapidly evolving educational landscape. These habits are, according to Reid Wilson, what make the profile of a modern educator. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ModernEducator

Keywords: Teaching, education
Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science
The New York Times
  • A small but growing number of universities have adopted a more engaging, demanding form of the standard introductory courses, and research suggests the new style works better.
  • Many of the ideas have caught on, to varying degrees, in grade schools and high schools. But higher education has been slower to change, especially in giant courses with hundreds of students.
  • "What drives advancement at universities is publishing research and winning grants,” said Marc T. Facciotti, an associate professor who will teach a revamped biology course here in the winter quarter. “Teaching isn’t a very high priority.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ScienceClassesFailure

Keywords: Science, education, higher ed
A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future
  • The challenges today's students will face as tomorrow's leaders will involve working more closely across geographic borders, and with people who have very different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. In short, diversity and global citizenship are our common future.
  • Based on our work with more than 2,000 U.S. middle and high school educators on building global competence, following are five core strategies that we've seen educators adopt to effectively create the classroom of the future. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LookintoClassFuture

Keywords: Education trends, global education
3 Emerging Technologies Reimagining Higher Ed in 2015 and Beyond
Education Dive
  • From the make-up of student bodies to the way materials are delivered, higher ed is rapidly changing — and largely due to technology.
  • To get an idea of what the future of higher ed might look like in 2015 and beyond, Education Dive examined three emerging technologies that could facilitate some of the space's biggest shifts in years. And the future looks bright, indeed.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/3EmergingEdTech

Keywords: EdTech, Online learning, virtual reality, trends
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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