Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
February 10th, 2015
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How Professors Can Bolster Inquiry in College Using K-12 Tech Tricks
Mind Shift
  • Coverage of technology in higher education often stops at whether MOOCs can be an effective way to educate hundreds of thousands of students cheaply, or focuses on the newest app to help students track their classes and homework. Furthermore, much of the technology marketed to universities only targets administrative tasks. 
  • But some professors are using technology in ways that mirror some of the forward-thinking practices of K-12 teachers who are known for applying inquiry-based methods, accessing low-cost technology that’s easy to use and making the subject relevant to students’ lives.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/K12Tricks

Keywords: Inquiry learning, Flipped learning, Higher Education
Why Students Resist Active Learning
  • More and more instructors are moving away from strict adherence to the lecture model and toward a pedagogy that is much more student-centered. But if you mention to your colleagues that you are thinking of integrating more of these strategies into your classroom, you'll probably hear dire warnings of student resistance, particularly in the form of poor student evaluations.
  • It makes sense: active learning forces students to break from the passive role of merely listening to a lecture and taking notes. So how can we integrate these strategies into our classrooms with a minimum of student resistance? 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ResistingActiveLearning

Keywords: Active learning, Pedagogy
Coursera Sets Sights on Universities
Financial Review
  • Coursera is shifting its strategy to allow universities to use its courses for everyday teaching in place of conventional lectures allowing them to teach in areas where they don’t have enough in-house expertise.
  • The company’s move is very significant for universities because it opens the way to large scale “flipped learning”. If the plan succeeds, Coursera will become an indispensable part of the global higher education system, ­providing courses at low cost to a large number of universities. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CourseraUniversities

Keywords: Coursera, MOOCs, Flipped learning
A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays
Mind Shift
  • Learning in the Hospital Room: While maker-based approaches are no longer new inside educational settings, an unexpected maker space is now being piloted at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • "Many patients who have chronic illnesses are not allowed to leave their room, that’s why we bring the mobile maker space into the patient’s room," says a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education who created the mobile maker space project to help patients learn STEM skills.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MakersatHospital

Keywords: Makers, Creativity Design Thinking, STEM
Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning?
  • Always on their phones. Lightening fast thumbs sharing content on Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, Twitter and more. While teens, teachers, and parents are familiar with cell phone's use as a social tool, more and more are discovering they are a great learning resource as well. There's even evidence and research to prove it.
  • When we don't allow students to tap into the power of their tiny machines with huge information access, we do them a disservice, and hobble their future opportunities. What kids learn is important; allowing kids to choose how they learn can open doors as well.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CellPhonesLearning

Keywords: Mobile learning, Cell phones in education, Smartphones, Teaching, 
Is Your First Grader College Ready?
The New York Times
  • Mock applications at age 6, campus tours at 10. More and more elementary schools are introducing college awareness. Is it ever too early to plan for the future?
  • You always ask kids ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Ms. Kelli Rigo said. But “we need to ask them, ‘How will you get there?’ Even if I am teaching preschool, the word ‘college’ has to be in there."
  • Rice University last year led 91 elementary and middle school tours and sent out 357 classroom packets with activities. The University of Maryland has been deluged with requests after leading 8,000 children on guided tours in 2012-13. But a number of colleges refuse to host tours for children expressing their “desire not to contribute to the college admissions frenzy.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/1stGraderCollege

Keywords: Higher Education, College applications
Know Students Who Are Struggling in School? Catalyst Learning Network Can Help
The Innovative Educator
  • I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. 
  • Brendan Heidenreich and Lisa Cooley are forming a community called Catalyst Learning Network (CLN). This network will provide guides and articles to help students and their parents make sense of their struggles and learn about options. And most importantly, it will work to help teens who are unhappy in school find a path to success.  
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StudentStruggling

Keywords: Teaching
These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Teachers
  • You probably have that one teacher who stands out — who pushed you, or loved you or just taught you a heck of a lot. We do. Teachers who shaped our lives: Let's take a look. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FavsTeachers

Keywords: Teaching, Education, Stories, Inspiration
Why School Libraries Are Transforming Into Learning Commons
eSchool News
  • There is no “shushing” in the International School at Dundee’s library. Students can talk; they can even get a little noisy while peppering a guest speaker with questions, or giving a presentation to classmates. Head over to the Makerspace and you will hear the rumbling and beeping of 3D printers churning out their latest creations.
  • This is the soundtrack of ISD’s new, transformed library. Here, students do not stop by just to check out and read books. They visit more often, come for a wider range of activities and stay longer. It’s not even called a library anymore. It is now the “learning commons,” a hub for students and teachers. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LibrariesChanging

Keywords: Learning commons, Libraries
This is How We'll Be Using the Internet in 2019
Business Insider
  • We can't even imagine an hour with having access to the internet in our pockets, much less imagine our lives before the mobile internet existed. And we haven't seen anything yet. Data scientists at Cisco have examined how we used our mobile devices in 2014 and come up with a five-year trajectory of where this is all heading.
  • In 2014, the world sent 30 billion gigabytes of data across the internet. Five years from now, in 2019, we'll send nearly 300 000 000 000 gigabytes over the internet. That's 65 trillion photos, or 23 images per person, or 6 trillion YouTube clips, two per day for everyone.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheInternet2019

Keywords: Internet, Data
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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