Category Archives: Education

What the best education systems are doing right?

In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school.

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Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? Here’s an overview of what South Korea and Finland are doing right.

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Can a toy robot teach kids computer programming?

Veterans from Apple and Google launch a crowdfunding campaign to find out

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In late 2012, Vikas Gupta left his job as head of the consumer payments division at Google and set out to discover what he would do with the rest of his life. He’d recently had a daughter, and he knew his next venture would involve helping kids. Then he chanced across an article about Estonia, and how that country begins teaching programming to all children in first grade. He did a little research into the state of computer science education in America and was shocked to find how rare it was. So he set out to create a compelling way for children as young as four or five to start learning basic coding concepts.

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Code School

Learn by doing!!
No setup. No hassle. Just learning.

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Learn to code in the comfort of your browser with video tutorials, programming challenges, and screencasts.

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Killing Lincoln Conspiracy – Web Documentary

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The Killing Lincoln companion site immerses viewers in the world of 1865. As the Civil War draws to a close and tensions mount between the Union and the Confederacy, we follow John Wilkes Booth as he conspires to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Through historical photography, newspaper archives and personal quotes and writings, viewers can explore the motivations behind the murder and the clues leading to Booth’s arrest. The site also highlights the ramifications of Booth’s actions, noting how they changed history and showing modern-day locations live on Google Street View. It approaches a moment in history as something alive and relevant, with parallels to our current time.

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Growing Up with Gadgets – Web Documentary

Where are you going!? What’s going to be the consequences?!

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Modern technology is often blamed for a wide range of learning problems in today’s children. But are modern gadgets themselves at fault, or is it simply the way they are being used that needs to be addressed?

Teacher Meggen calls out, “you want to move on to the iPods?”. A chorus of young voices respond: “Yeah!” Meggen runs a thoroughly modern classroom, integrating technology with tradition. According to professor Nick Lux, “it provides a rich learning experience, that’s more accessible for all the students in a classroom”. It may also be the only way to reach the distracted minds of modern youth.

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Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning

Applying what you learned at home in the classroom

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How students are learning is changing, just ask Aaron Sams, a Flipped Learning Pioneer. In Flipped Learning, students watch podcasts of their teacher’s lectures on their own time and then spend their time in the classroom applying what they learned at home. This allows students to learn at their own pace with the ability to pause, rewind, or watch the lecture and instructions as many times as they want.

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What is flipped learning?

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Interactive documentary & education: a field to explore (I)

1. Viewing (observer) 2. Learning (student) 3. Playing (player) 4. Sharing (interactor)

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One of the essential premises of the traditional documentary is the desire to organise a story that is both informative and entertaining. And, in this sense, the interactive format should continue with the tradition to try to offer similar experiences that mix a recreational (entertainment) proposal with an educational one (knowledge), in the most efficient, original and attractive possible way. And this is mainly possible thanks to the combination of different navigational and interactive modalities, which enable a multiple exchange between the work and the interactor.

Firstly, navigating and visiting different proposals and structuring the content (information and knowledge) means the use of strategies and resources of the games. This way, from the structure of the interactive, and through the navigation modalities, the user, in a certain sense, “plays” with the possibilities offered by the work and can satisfy their first necessity: amusement and entertainment.

Secondly, this strategy close to the game experience usually gives the user a sensation of deep immersion and stops their learning from being boring and that their need of being informed or need or learning ends up fading. Therefore, the didactic proposal offered is attractive and dynamic, beyond that present in most classical hypertexts.

Already at this stage, the interactor “learns through playing” and once they have “learnt the lesson” in a fun, original and light-hearted way, they can share it with other interactors, in real time or whenever they deem it appropriate.

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Part II – Interactive documentary & education: a field to explore (II)
Part III – Interactive documentary & education: a field to explore (III)

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The Future of Learning…

Students are the future, but what’s the future for students?

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To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these eduvators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student?

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