Teaching for Life Success: Why Resourcefulness Matters

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Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
July 14, 2015
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Teaching for Life Success: Why Resourcefulness Matters
  • Children learn to use and apply knowledge as they gain skills in planning, organizing, decision making, and problem solving. Together, these skills are the building blocks of resourcefulness -- the ability to find and use available resources to achieve goals.
  • When students imagine multiple outcomes, set objectives, experiment with new approaches, and negotiate challenges, they make important connections between knowledge and goal achievement. They become conscientious creators of their own futures.
  • High grades and test scores are not reliable indicators of resourcefulness. Being resourceful takes more than cognitive skill. Resourcefulness is part of The Compass Advantage (a model designed for engaging families, schools, and communities in the principles of positive youth development) because the ability to determine and shape our futures contributes to lifelong happiness and success.
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Keywords: character education, resourcefulness, teaching strategies
How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives
  • Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking. That's the finding from a study released by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • They found that if every adult high school dropout in the 2010 population had a GED or a regular diploma, 145,243 deaths could be averted. Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college finished their bachelor's degrees. And if everyone in the population got a bachelor's degree, the total untimely deaths would be reduced by 554,525. 
  • Education enhances cognitive skills. Even if your degree doesn't earn you 1 cent more, it may give you "more knowledge about health, more access to get that knowledge, more of a sense of agency, more self-efficacy, better peer connections."
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Keywords: education, health
What’s next: Blended Learning 2.0
The Hechinger Report
  • Blended learning combines traditional face-to-face teaching with technology, in ways that allow students to accelerate their learning at a pace that is right for them. To be successful, experts agree, a blended learning program needs to have a clearly articulated vision from its educational leadership, the right technological tools and an in-depth professional development program for teachers.
  • Shawn Rubin, director of blended learning for the nonprofit Highlander Institute, sees a growing need for more and better “curation” of the best ed-tech tools, programs and approaches. That way, teachers wouldn’t have to spend hours experimenting and trying to keep up with the exploding marketplace for blended learning, and could focus more on their students. 
  • A smart use of technology and ed-tech tools can help teachers figure out how their students are doing day to day, hour to hour, even minute to minute. Blended learning can provide teachers with crucial feedback.
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Keywords: blended learning, ed-tech tools, learning trends
Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL
  • At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years: Case-based learning, Challenge-based learning, Inquiry-based learning, Passion-based learning, and Problem-based learning to name a few. 
  • At BIE, we see project-based learning as a broad category which, as long as there is an extended "project" at the heart of it, could take several forms. So according to our "big tent" model of PBL, some of the newer "X-BLs" -- problem-, challenge- and design-based -- are basically modern versions of the same concept. So the semantics aren't worth worrying about, the bottom line is the same: both PBLs can powerfully engage and effectively teach your students!
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Keywords: project-based learning, problem-based learning, x-bl, learning strategies
Study: Teacher Collaboration Improves Performance, Learning
Education News
  • A massive study has found that teachers get better at what they do when they work together with other teachers. A team of University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University professors surveyed 9,000 teachers at 336 schools in the Miami-Dade County Public School System. About 90% said working in instructional teams was helpful in improving student learning. 
  • Teachers were asked to explain how the collaboration impacted certain parts of their professional endeavors, such as assessments, instruction, and student behavior. A majority of the teachers said collaboration in every aspect of their teaching was helpful and added that it had the greatest results in dealing with assessment. 
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Keywords: collaborative learning, teacher training, professional development
Women at Universities File Patents at Higher Rate
  • Around the world, the number of women filing patents with the US Patent and Trade Office over the last 40 years has risen fastest within universities, a new study shows. The analysis, which examined 4.6 million utility patents issued from 1976 to 2013, appears in PLOS ONE
  • The analysis also reveals that patents from women frequently included contributors from a wider variety of fields, suggesting women inventors were more collaborative and multidisciplinary. 
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Keywords: research, science, technology, patents, academia, women
Metrics: how to handle them responsibly
Times Higher Education
  • Metrics have become increasingly important in the management and assessment of research. Within universities, too, metrics have been widely adopted for managing the performance of academics. 
  • Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, one concern is that metrics distort scientific priorities, especially among early career researchers. James Wilsdon, professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, fears that young researchers are pushed to “publish certain sorts of things [only] in certain sorts of places” in pursuit of “the right numbers rather than the right questions."
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Keywords: higher education, research, metrics
Universities Are Trying To Teach Faculty How To Spot Microaggressions
The Huffington Post
  • Earlier this year, University of California President Janet Napolitano invited deans and department heads to a seminar on inclusivity on campus. A large theme was how the university could better address microaggressions, the subtle comments, "slights" or "snubs" that signal bias against someone's race, background or identity.
  • The reason schools are doing this, according to University of Illinois urban planning professor Stacy Anne Harwood, is because students are demanding it. Students in recent years have engaged in activism around campus climate issues tied to race and treatment of minorities. 
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Keywords: microaggressions, campus life, campus climate, faculty
Should Medical Education Be More Virtual?
The Evolllution
  • The recent announcement of the iMBA program by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with Coursera, highlights the rising availability of an affordable online professional education. With the cost of a private medical education now $280,000, could a virtual medical school be far behind?
  • Despite their traditional reputation, medical schools often serve as early adopters of new pedagogies. Problem-based learning, team-based learning, flipped classrooms and competency-based education have found early footholds in medical education and continue to evolve rapidly. 

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Keywords: medical schools, medical education, online education
9 ed tech developments to note from ISTE 2015
Education Dive
  • The show floor during last week's International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia was a veritable who's who of K-12 ed tech's best and brightest. 
  • To highlight a few products you may have missed at this year's show, we've compiled the following list. From Google's virtual reality goggles to knowledge-mapping tech, these are 9 tools you'll want to keep an eye on.
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Keywords: educational technology, edtech, ISTE
New Microsoft Tool Takes the Pulse of Higher Education
  • A new student response tool designed by a team at Microsoft will soon be giving teachers instant feedback on how their lessons are going. Bing Pulse in the Classroom, a free online tool designed to make higher education lectures more dynamic, was released last week. The technology lets teachers ask students questions to get a real-time "pulse" of the lesson to ensure a teacher isn't getting too far ahead of the class.
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Keywords: higher education, technology, edtech, Microsoft
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