Learning is not the same as Education (Unfortunately)

What is the point of education reform?  I feel like many people have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years, with myself included.  I have begun to rethink my interest in this “reform”.  I’ve been asking myself questions like, “Can education be reformed at all within the current system?” and “SHOULD education even be reformed?”.…

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When Mastery Meets Passion and Curiosity

​You learn to code by doing.  Just another example of building a skill.

Competency based education has been going on for years; just not in the disciplines that the majority of us deem “practical”.  Art and design students do not sit around and read theory, they are tasked with creating portfolios of their work.…

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Breaking the Vocational School Stigma

It seems that something is compelling me to write this post.
 I recently read an article by C.M. Rubin in The
Huffington Post
 titled “The Global Search for
Education:  What will Finland do Next?
“.
 I enjoy reading case studies where educational systems have been
successfully designed, implemented, and culturally accepted.…

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What are we doing?! We will all pay for these broken strategies — for generations to come! Time for some new goals!

From DSC:
Some very frustrated reflections after reading:

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Interesting… “Defiance: The first video-game television show” [spectrum.ieee.org]

Defiance-FirstVideoGameTVShow-Feb2013

 

Excerpt:

It’s not unusual for a science fiction television show to spin off a video game. What is unusual is linking the show and the game together on an ongoing basis, with plot elements and characters from each crossing over to the other.…

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The blurring of the lines of where middle school ends, high school ends, college ends…etc.

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Excerpt: (emphasis DSC)
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Building on the success of the Stanford Online High School (OHS), OHSx will allow middle- and high-school students everywhere to engage in real-time, seminar-based online courses without being formally enrolled in the OHS.

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We Must Give Students Permission to Fail

What is failure?  Many of us are taught, from a very young age, that failure is the opposite of success.  Whether it be when we struggled on an algebra test, or lost a city championship game in baseball.  Or maybe you don’t like the career you chose, and you want to do something else but everybody tells you that its too late and you’ll have to start over.…

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Could this be a new purpose/goal within K-12, higher ed, and the training departments out there? [Christian]


From DSC:
First, what prompted the questions and reflections that are listed below?  For that, I turn to some recent items that I ran across involving the use of robotics and whether that may or may not be affecting employment:


 

The work of Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee; for example their book Race Against the Machine

Excerpt of description:

But digital innovation has also changed how the economic pie is distributed, and here the news is not good for the median worker.…

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Extremely powerful ideas for new types of face-to-face & web-based collaboration [Tidebreak; Christian]

From DSC:
As a team of us have been charged with putting together a new collaborative workspace/conference room, I’ve been thinking about some ideas for a new type of interface as well as some new types of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) to be used in group collaboration/web-based collaboration. 

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The Purpose of Learning

As part of the ongoing content of the #etmooc, I participated in an interactive presentation led by Dave Cormier, a progressive instructor and overall presence in the open education movement.  Dave is also a prime evangelist of the Rhizomatic Learning Model, which was the primary topic of discussion yesterday afternoon.…

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