The Teacher Is Not The Most Important Factor When It Comes To Learning

December 1, 2015

The Teacher Is Not The Most Important Factor When It Comes To Learning

The Innovative Educator

  • A familiar refrain I hear among educators is this: “When it comes to learning, we can all agree that the most important factor is the teacher.” Parents often believe it. Politicians say it. Ed Reformers buy it. But it’s not factual.
  • The reality is that when it comes to learning the teacher is not the most important factor... The student is. If we were honest about the reality -- that the student is the most important factor when it comes to learning -- we could actually improve student learning. Here’s how.
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Keywords: education, teaching and learning, teachers

Students Need Teacher Relationships Not Just Adaptive Software and Videos

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • The “delivery based instructional model” has predominated in schools for decades, but it’s patently false to claim that all classrooms are still stuck in the 1890s. It’s also false to claim video technologies and adaptive platforms alone are all students need.
  • Blended learning can be powerful and even “transformative.” Videos and adaptive technologies can play vital roles in these learning experiences. At the center of all transformative learning in schools, however, is an experienced, skilled, dedicated, and caring educator.
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Keywords: teaching and learning, adaptive learning, adaptive software, edtech

What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?

The Atlantic

  • Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working. One of them is the South Burlington High School's Big Picture, a program that bucks the traditional model of high-school learning.
  • The program is centered around the concept and execution of self-directed learning. With input from advisors, working professionals, parents, and peers, each teen creates his or her own curriculum, tailored to fit personal interests. The goal is for students to stay motivated and learn while gaining real-world experiences.
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Keywords: innovation in education, secondary education, high school

Problem-Based Learning: Six Steps to Design, Implement, and Assess

Faculty Focus

  • Twenty-first century skills necessitate the implementation of instruction that allows students to apply course content, take ownership of their learning, use technology meaningfully, and collaborate.
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered, inquiry-based instructional model in which learners engage with an authentic, ill-structured problem that requires further research. By breaking down the PBL cycle into six steps, you can begin to design, implement, and assess PBL in your own courses.
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Keywords: problem-based learning, PBL, active learning, student-centered learning

Udemy Faces Criticism For Profiting From Pirated Online Courses

The Verge

  • Udemy has come under criticism for selling pirated courses. Last week, security specialist Troy Hunt discovered that one of his courses was available on Udemy under another author's name.
  • A company representative explained that Udemy tries to police its marketplace for pirated content, though it's a difficult task because anyone can post videos for sale on its platform. But apparently, Hunt's case isn't isolated. After Hunt's complaint, there have been similar reports of piracy.
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, Udemy

A New Twist on End-of-Semester Evaluations

Faculty Focus

  • A teaching persona (the slice of our identities that constitutes the “public teaching self”) is communicated in formal (the learning environment—choices we make) and informal (the learning experience—choices we make) ways. Students experience learning through the interaction of both of these ways.
  • At the end of a semester, we have an opportunity to learn from students about the factors that influences their course experience, and with that knowledge we can continue to make the choices about who we are when we teach so as to enhance their learning.
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Keywords: evaluation, student feedback, teaching persona

30 Innovative Ways To Use Google In Education


  • On one side we have a billion students chomping at the bit for the very information Google provides the pathway to, and on the other side we have a heaving, chaotic digital mass teaming with digital media, social media, and 10,000 new blogs per day.
  • To provide students with unchecked access to the internet creates a sink-or-swim scenario that no longer works in education. The secret, then, is to let them play with digital media. So here are 30 innovative ways to use Google search in the classroom.
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Keywords: digital literacy, 21st century learners, edtech, Google

Teaching and Learning: 2015 in Retrospect, 2016 in Prospect (Dec 7)

Conferences and Events
OEB - Shaping the Future of Learning (Dec 2-4)
Learning Forward 2015 (Dec 5-9)
TransformingEDU CES 2016 (Jan 6-9)
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
All events... 

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