Creative Destruction in Teaching

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 23, 2015
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Creative Destruction in Teaching (and the Ongoing Relevance of Teachers)
  • Continual innovation is destroying many occupations. This phenomena is called creative destruction, a term coined by German sociologist Werner Sombart, who defined it as: The process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. 
  • For some educators, the fearful question is: "Could technology replace teachers?" The answer lies in how we define teaching. Or learning. Or innovation. We're doomed if the role of a teacher is to solely have students "learn" content.
  • Consuming content can now be done on demand any time, anywhere, and students no longer have to be in school to access it. But by redefining our roles as teachers, asking new questions, and setting new goals, we can use the innovation process to create better solutions.
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Keywords: innovation, education trends, teaching
Highly Trained, Respected and Free: Why Finland's Teachers Are Different
The Guardian
  • Viikki teacher training school in eastern Helsinki describes itself as a laboratory for student teachers. Here, teachers can try out the theories they have learned in college. It’s the equivalent of university teaching hospitals for medical students. “This is one of the ways we show how much we respect teaching. It is as important as training doctors,” says the school’s principal, Kimmo Koskinen.  
  • The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardized testing and government control.
  • "Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way," Krokfors says. "The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves."
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Keywords: teaching, teacher training, professional development
Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space
  • Employers and educators are increasingly placing importance on boundary-crossing competencies such as teamwork, communication, perspective, networks, and critical thinking across many disciplines. Colleges and universities around the world are responding by creating flexible, multimodal, and authentic learning experiences.
  • This model includes many systems and disciplines and requires thorough understanding and communication. Individuals with the abilities to bridge the traditional boundaries between disciplines have been referred to as "T-shaped professionals". A greater focus on competency-based skills in this model has the potential to close the gap between traditional rote education and the needs of the workplace.
  • It's a complex ecosystem of education—and it's evolving right before our eyes. What an amazing time to be in education and to be a part of the transformation of the learning space!
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Keywords: learning environments, active learning, competencies, teamwork, collaboration
A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs
  • For decades, Arthur Levine has tried to imagine a new kind of institution for training teachers. He envisions a combination West Point and Bell Labs, where researchers could study alongside future educators, learning what works and what's effective in the classroom. That idea is now set to become a reality.
  • Levine and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced a $30 million partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of creating a better model for teacher training. 
  • "Instead of focusing on courses and credits students need to take, we're going to focus on the skills and knowledge they need to have to enter the classroom," says Arthur Levine, the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
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Keywords: higher education, teacher training, professional development, Arthur Levine
Bringing the Social Back to MOOCs
  • The major MOOC providers' platforms bear a striking resemblance to the learning management systems popular on most campuses: The primary function is to provide content, with the only tool for learner-to-learner interaction frequently being the discussion board. While many pundits claimed MOOCs would revolutionize education, really they reverted to the most traditional and hierarchical model of online education. 
  • For MOOCs to function as the bridge between open content and collaborative learning, they need to include opportunities for social interaction and collaboration. Failure to do so would relegate MOOCs to little more than content repositories, which, while still valuable, would be used primarily by the highly educated, mature, and motivated independent learners they currently serve. 
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, collaboration, social interaction
What We Cover in Class is Less Important Than What We Discover: Search vs Discovery
EdTech Review
  • Search is great — if you know what you are looking for. As the amount of online content increases exponentially, general search is often struggling to deliver meaningful results. And you will never know what you missed out on. Search is brilliant for quick, specific answers, terrible for discovering and exploring new ideas.
  • The library is the place where discovery and curiosity lives. Discovery reveals worlds you didn’t know existed, powers-up your critical thinking and enriches your understanding in ways the classroom isn’t designed for. Just as there is a fundamental difference between the role of the classroom and the library, there is a fundamental dichotomy between search and discovery.
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Keywords: 21st century learning, teaching, education
The School That's Ditched Homework to Help Teachers Get a Life
  • A "traditionalist" school, founded with the explicit intention of bringing the values of private education to a deprived corner of north-west London, has decided to stop setting pupils homework. 
  • Michaela Community School has decided to “replace…setting, chasing, checking, marking and logging homework with revision, reading and online maths”. But at Michaela, the elimination of homework is not about saving pupils – it is about saving teachers.
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Keywords: teaching, teachers, homework
Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions
  • If your goal is equality in a world where inequality is structural and violent and pervasive, you can at least start with your classroom as a place in which to model a better way.  Rather than feeling overwhelmed and oppressed by the unfairness of the world, be an activist in the realm where you have control. You can change to a pedagogy of liberation today. Here's why. Here's how.
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Keywords: teaching, pedagogy, teachers, education
The Unacknowledged Art of Teaching Graduate Students
Chronicle Vitae
  • Isn’t there something bizarre about the general absence of a pervasive professional discourse focused on graduate pedagogy and on how to train people to teach graduate seminars? Teaching graduate students is different from teaching undergraduates. From the outside it may seem as though such an ideal audience would make graduate teaching more like a vacation than a trial, but the challenges are quite real. 
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Keywords: teaching, pedagogy, teachers, postgraduate education
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