Empathy: one of the most important life lessons

February 14, 2017

Empathy: one of the most important life lessons


  • Children have opportunities to learn empathy from their parents, but also from their teachers and peers. Empathy is not found in many official school standards, but it could be one of the most important qualities to develop in young citizens who will go on to be successful actors in a complicated world.


DeVos and higher education

The Washington Post

  • As Betsy DeVos takes office as Education Secretary, college leaders and analysts are watching for signs of where the Trump administration stands on higher education issues. DeVos will take the helm at a time when the department is contending with high student loan defaults and mounting complaints about for-profit colleges. The department manages nearly $2 trillion in loans and grants, the largest student aid portfolio in its 37-year history.


Six steps for a successful place-based learning program

Getting Smart

  • A changing world requires changing the education paradigm to one where “place” is once again relevant. A Place-Based Education approach can engage, challenge and offer opportunities for students to thrive in a 21st-century education system. This transition will take re-learning on the part of teachers and thoughtful implementation to ensure success.


Mindfulness reduces student stress and even improves academic outcomes


  • Are your students stressed out, tired, and unable to focus? They’re not alone. The average eighth-grade student spends over 25 hours a year taking standardized tests, the average high school student reports feeling stressed 80 percent of the time, and even kindergartners are feeling more academic pressure. Can mindfulness help students learn? Many schools are betting on it, integrating simple mindfulness techniques into the school day.


Can we flip faculty development?

Faculty Focus

  • Faculty everywhere are flipping their classes, but can we flip faculty development? Teachers can practice what they teach and design faculty-centered learning experiences much the same way we design student-centered learning experiences. Here are a few recommendations for flipping a faculty development workshop.


The advantages of turning your curriculum into a story


  • Everyone loves a good story. To achieve engaged students some teachers are using curriculum-based narratives and project-based learning. PBL really attracts students because it generally hits on meaningful, real-world-based lessons and because in PBL, students are the protagonists of a learning story—a narrative where the conflict is the concept and the setting is the classroom.


Google or the library catalog?


  • To Google or not to Google? Google took over the market for search engines. But how different are results from Google and say a library catalog? Google's algorithm use the information it knows about you and your search to give a response that is relevant. The library catalog uses the search, seemingly without other information about you and gives back whatever is directly relevant to the search phrase or word.


M&L Webinar: Effective assessment practices for video-based learning (Feb. 16) 
How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning  (Feb. 16) 
NMC Beyond the Horizon > Digital Literacy (Part 2) (Feb. 22) 
Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning (Part 3) (Feb. 22) 
Creating a Culture of Acceptance for Online Education (Feb. 22) 

ELI Annual Meeting 2017  (Feb. 13-15)
Chief Learning Officer Exchange of 2017  (Feb. 26-28)
National Conference on Education (AASA)  (Mar. 2-4)
SITE 2017  (Mar. 5-9)
INTED 2017 The 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (Mar. 6-8)
SXSWedu (Mar. 6-10)
WTS 2017 Wearable Technology Show  (Mar. 7-8)
21CLK 2017 - 9th Annual 21st Century Learning International  (Mar. 10-11)
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