Category Archives: Learning

Hybrid Home-Schooling

Source: Education Week, Jan 2014 Baywood Learning Center in Oakland, Calif., a private school for gifted students, has offered hybrid home-schooling programs for the past three years. The school has a la carte classes on individual subjects once a week, as well as a multiage class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to cover core …

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IBM Prediction: The Classroom will Learn You

Source: VentureBeat, Dec 2013  The classroom will learn you. Globally, two out of three adults haven’t gotten the equivalent of a high school education. But IBM believes the classrooms of the future will give educators the tools to learn about every student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school. “Your teacher …

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Developing the Motivation to Learn

Source: KQED Mindshift, Nov 2013 “One of the key elements of helping students develop more intrinsic motivation is developing relationships, knowing what students are genuinely interested in and being able to connect with that,” “Unfortunately, often times in our schools, the standardization of both testing and lessons do not leave time for trying to help …

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1-to-1 Learning

Source: EdSurge, Nov 2013 Teachers College Study Columbia University Teachers College’s Center for Technology and School Change releases its initial findings on the outcomes of the Teach to One program. The study tracked 2,264 students who attended schools participating in the TtO program in Chicago, NYC, or Washington, DC) and analyzed their growth on the …

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GATech’s MS in CS MOOC

Source: WSJ, Oct 2013 In the past three weeks, Georgia Tech received nearly twice as many applications for a new low-cost online master’s program as its comparable residential program receives in a year. The degree—which uses Massive Open Online Course technology—is the first of its kind, and its popularity suggests a growing demand for online …

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Fail early, often and cheaply

Source: Acton Academy website, Oct 2013 One of our mantras at Acton is “fail early, often and cheaply.” This applies to everything from arguments with friends to writing a best-selling book or building a business. The choice to work hard without excuses is a decision made by each learner at Acton Academy. Embracing rigor is …

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Students: Creators, not just Consumers of Information

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 “Our students have been often rendered as consumers of information, rather than collaborators and creators of information,” said Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon. “We want students to create genuine, authentic products for each other.” In …

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Using Technology for the Sweet Spot of Learning

Source: KQED Mindshift, Sep 2013 The first thing to know is that everyone likes to learn. “There is a sense of satisfaction, of fulfillment, in successful thinking,” writes Willingham. But it’s not fun to try to learn something that’s too hard. “Working on a problem with no sense that you’re making progress is not pleasurable,” …

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Uncollege: The Gap Year Program

Source:  EdSurge, Sep 2013 Stephens is coalescing this goal into an official fellowship program, the Gap Year Program, to help other motivated dropouts to embark on their own self-learning journey. A big part of the program is to instill confidence and street smarts in students who may be daunted by the task of taking complete ownership …

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Online Tutoring Options

Source: Mashable, Aug 2013 InstaEDU Kaplan Kids LivePerson WizIQ Sophia e-Tutor Tutor.com Growing Stars eAge

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