Is Slack the new LMS?

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Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 16, 2015
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Is Slack the new LMS?
  • I’m glad to hear the words Slack and learning in the same sentence. Because I think with a few adjustments Slack could easily become the best LMS available. Or to put it boldly; the first LMS that would support learning by default.
  • Would Slack support an active learning environment? Yes. With Slack as a LMS the teaching will automatically shift from teacher-centred to a student-centred. Because being active is what you do in Slack — and being active is how students learn. So using Slack will give the students the ability to be active, to discuss and collaborate from the moment they login — under the supervision of a teacher.
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Keywords: education, learning management systems, LMS, Slack
If You Can Google It, Why Teach It?
eSchool News
  • Are any of us better than Google as an instructor? “I ask teachers all the time, if you can Google it, why teach it? Because we have so much information today. How do you help kids navigate that? That’s critical thinking and creative problem solving,” said Joshua Starr, former Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent, and current CEO of PDK International
  • One can start by considering that students are both face-to-face and online students at the same time. What may emerge is some as-of-yet unnamed course design that ignores the formal distinction and takes on the real nature of teaching in the time of Google – “Yoda Google.” If you are wondering how to approach your course to ensure value, try our exercise based on this Yoda concept, called “What would Google do?”
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Keywords: learning, instruction, Google, teachers
Restoring Value in the Classroom Experience with Experiential Learning
  • With the arrival of MOOCs, many people—especially the media—began to question the value of a traditional, residential college experience. After all, if a student can take MIT’s engineering MOOC for free, or Stanford’s computer science MOOC for a low cost, why pay (tens of) thousands of dollars a year, over four years?
  • Typical responses centered on the value of credentialing, formalized assessment, and the building of possible lifelong connections. Without a doubt, these are all valuable parts of the traditional college experience. However, they miss the specific value that can be reaped from a physical classroom experience: the opportunity to learn with, through and about others. 
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Keywords: learning, pedagogy, classroom experience, experiential learning
'Ed-Tech': Not an Etymology
Hack Education
  • Ed-tech. Is it short for “education technology” or “educational technology”? Does “ed-tech” mean “instructional technology,” or does it refer to “learning technologies”? What counts as “ed-tech”? When does it become more than “consumer tech”? How has "the consumer" shaped what "the learner" now expects from "ed-tech," even in school?
  • I’m keeping the hyphen in ed-tech. I like that little dash that separates education from technology. Because I don’t think we need to give ourselves over to a future of mechanized education, of teaching or learning machines
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Keywords: ed-tech, edtech, educational technology
Reading, Writing, Required Silence:
How Meditation Is Changing Schools And Students

The Huffington Post
  • 25 students in class 601 at New York City's Brooklyn Urban Garden School closed their eyes. Some put their hands over their faces, others put their heads down, as if to fall asleep. It was Quiet Time, which is exactly what it sounds like. In a city where silence is elusive, these students begin and end the day with it. If they choose to, they can meditate.
  • Quiet Time was developed in the 1990s by a Washington, D.C., school principal. It was initially intended to be a one-off effort, but it took off: In the last seven years especially, it has expanded, and now appears in 18 schools across the country.
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Keywords: education, meditation, David Lynch Foundation, non-academic skills
Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience
Faculty Focus
  • Flipped instruction has become the latest trend in higher education classrooms. And for good reason. What’s been left out of the conversation about flipped classrooms, however, is why and how we might also need to flip our assessment practices.
  • Many instructors see assessment as a separate part of the learning cycle—a part that doesn’t typically involve students—there are ways to shift the focus of assessment from the instructor to the student as well as involve students in the process, thereby flipping assessment by making it a learning strategy. Here are a few suggestions for flipping assessments.
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Keywords: flipped learning, flipped classroom, assessment
Khan Academy's Impact on Education - Insights from Salman Khan
EdTech Review
  • Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, took time to explore current educational challenges and strategies to consider. Khan also shares what it’s like to be “Sal Khan” and how we should all dream big.
  • "I think it’s crucial for students to take control of their own learning. Different students learn different concepts at different paces, and they have different gaps in their foundational knowledge. That’s why personalized learning is so much more powerful than a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Khan. 
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Keywords: education, online education, MOOCs, Salman Khan, Khan Academy, future of education
When Teachers Compete, No One Wins
  • There are no winners when teachers compete. We suffer from lack of support for each other. We lose the respect of our administrators who grapple with much larger issues. Worst of all, our students are deprived of a cohesive learning environment where high expectations are the norm.
  • So how can teachers work together when the love is lost? How can we truly collaborate with people that, on a personal level, we would never speak with or be friends with? Do you have to "feel the love" for a team to work or can you collaborate effectively without it? If you find yourself on a toxic team there are steps that you can take to change the course of the team and maintain professionalism.
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Keywords: academia, school climate, professional development, teachers
If I Were V-C For a Day...
Times Higher Education
  • We asked five academics to set out what they would do if they were made vice-chancellors for the day. From tackling pay to decrees on sleep and email curfews, find out what these five scholars would do to improve the academy in 24 hours. 
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Keywords: higher education, leadership, academia
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