19 Open Resources For High School By Category
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19 Open Resources For High School By Category

“14 Open Resources For High School” by Tom Vander Ark and Sarah Cargill originally appeared on gettingsmart.com Last week Secretary Duncan said it was time to dump the heavy, expensive books students lug around in their backpacks. We agree, it’s time to shift to digital. High-quality open educational resources (OER) help make the case. Digital learning…

“Education Dislocates People From Their Natural Talents”
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“Education Dislocates People From Their Natural Talents”

In our well-intended insistence to bring everyone up to “proficiency” via academic “standards,” there is also an automatic reductionism that occurs, whereby all of the known universe is distilled into a script of need to know. While the logic seems sounds–how can we know we’re educating students if we don’t know where the learning should begin or…

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network
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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network

Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and…

10 Surprising Things Banned in Schools Today
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10 Surprising Things Banned in Schools Today

contributed by OnlineUniversities While there are many things banned in schools worldwide that should rightly be restricted, many feel that schools are taking regulations too far these days and banning things that can help kids build relationships, have fun, learn, and understand how to function in the real world. They may just have a point….

5 Cutting Edge Trends For Teaching A Foreign Language
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5 Cutting Edge Trends For Teaching A Foreign Language

One of the hottest parenting trends today is giving children language instruction beyond that of their primary, native tongue. Because speaking more than one language can be beneficial academically, can affect the college admissions process, and can help determine a child’s career trajectory upon reaching adulthood, parents are more determined than ever to help their…

Ken Robinson: There’s A Difference Between Cars & Kids
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Ken Robinson: There’s A Difference Between Cars & Kids

Ken Robinson probably doesn’t need an introduction for most of you. Eloquent and inspirational speaker obsessed with creativity, school improvement, and the concept of each person finding their “element” in life. Of course, industrialized forms of learning, while trying extremely hard to uncover the gifts in every learner, just aren’t designed to support that kind…

A Quick Primer On Charter Schools
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A Quick Primer On Charter Schools

A one-size-fits-all approach has never worked in education, and the variety of school options available today attests to that fact. While a number of private schools specialize in specific content or teaching approaches, the costs can be prohibitive to most parents. Charter schools have been rapidly multiplying throughout the country, offering students and families private-school-quality…

A Brief History Of Gamification In Education
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A Brief History Of Gamification In Education

At TeachThought, we’re big fans of gamification. Through the application of game-like mechanics (XP, turns, leaderboards) to non-game entities (discussions, exams, project-based learning), learning nuance can be exposed (an idea we recently explored), results communicated, and various learner profiles and abilities honored. It sounds incredible, but schools can learn a thing or two from such…

This Is What A 2,000 Year-Old Lecture Hall Looks Like
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This Is What A 2,000 Year-Old Lecture Hall Looks Like

Kom el Dikka, a 2nd century AD Roman amphitheater in Alexendria, Egypt, allowed for an audience of up to 800 people, and hosted lecture theater performances, and even wrestling events. There is also speculation that it might’ve been a full-fledged university. Its excavation began in the 1960s, and has since been explored for its design,…

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