What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education?

March 29, 2016

What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education?


  • If we want equal opportunity for everyone, if we want a society where each one of us has the same chance to live up to our full potential, then we must create professional, educational, and social institutions that are responsive to individuality.
  • But despite the boom of “personalized learning”, many educational systems are still being designed for the average person. With these standardized experiences, individuals lose out on potential opportunities to excel.
Read more: http://bit.ly/AverageinEducation

Keywords: education, personalized learning

How Can We Elevate Teachers?

Bright / Medium

  • Teachers and education advocates have lobbied for years to elevate the profession and making teaching a more prestigious career. But how exactly does a country go about “elevating” a profession? By helping them learn to teach.
  • The Gates Foundation recently announced a $34 million grant to improve teacher training nationwide. A similar approach has worked in Finland where teacher training programs are nearly as hard to get into — and as prestigious — as the freshman class at Harvard.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ElevateTeachers

Keywords: teachers, professional development, teacher training programs

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education


  • What could AI technologies do for human education? To answer this question, Pearson has just issued a report titled Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education, that predicts software that will bring helpful feedback in an instant about students' progress, their knowledge and even their state of mind.
  • The report also suggest the development of something called a "lifelong learning companion." Like an imaginary friend, learning companions would accompany students — asking questions, providing encouragement, offering suggestions and connections to resources, in their learning process.
Read more: http://bit.ly/AIForEducation

Keywords: artificial intelligence, AI, technology, innovation in education

We Have an Engagement Crisis, not a "Grit" Deficit

Inside Higher Ed

  • "Grit" is the new education buzzword, but students don’t suffer from a grit deficit. Instead, schools and students are being crushed by an engagement crisis. A disengaged and discouraged student cannot be saved by grit or any other education reform magic bullet.
  • We need to stop measuring product and instead engage with process, and we do this by listening to and valuing students as human beings who deserve the chance to practice agency.
Read more: http://bit.ly/GritDeficit

Keywords: education, skills, grit, assessment, Common Core State Standards, education reform

The Value of Using Podcasts in Class

The Atlantic

  • Podcasts offer an opportunity for students to practice their listening comprehension of complex texts that are both conversational and formal, and the corresponding scripts give the student the chance to confirm their comprehension. And podcasts can also aid in teaching the craft of storytelling. Here are a few examples of how can you integrate podcasts in your classroom and why should you do it.
Read more: http://bit.ly/PodcastsinClassroom

Keywords: teaching strategies, student engagement, listening and communication skills, storytelling

Five Ways to Incorporate Video Into Your Classroom and Instruction


  • Video in the classroom is powerful, because it has the ability to make the classroom come alive, and make meaningful learning experiences and connections. Video allows you to reach children with various learning styles. But how do you make sure you’re keeping things fresh? Here are a few ways you can incorporate video projects in your classroom—on a daily basis.
Read more: http://bit.ly/VideoinClass

Keywords: technology, edtech, education technology, flipped classroom, teaching strategies

'Confidence Rating' for On-Time Graduation

Inside Higher Ed

  • Academic advisers at the University of California at San Diego will be able to tell on a scale from zero to 10 if the student sitting in front of them is on track to graduate within four years. Thanks to a new "early warning system" that aims to condense millions of data points into a simple metric showing whether students will graduate on time.
Read more: http://bit.ly/WarningSystemHE

Keywords: higher education, big data, data analytics, predictive models, graduation rates

The Benefits and Challenges of Student-Designed Learning


  • Students at an inquiry-based, project-oriented school were given complete freedom to design their own learning. Now, the teachers and students reflect on the ups and downs to such independence.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ChallengesofSDLearning

Keywords: teaching strategies, self-direct learning, student-designed learning, engagement

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