Watching someone make a point so eloquently is a thing of beauty! If you’ve known or felt for a while that learning a new language is in no way detrimental to the mastery of your first language, you will love what John McWhorter has to say about texting.
It would be an understatement to say that education researcher Sugata Mitra is inspiring change in education. Though some vehemently critic his philosophy, few could say his ideas and his experiments are not reason enough to stop and think about how we look at education, learning, and motivation. Sugata Mitra is the winner of the [...]
Almost everybody has an opinion on how we could make schools better; educators and non-educators alike (can anyone actually be a non-educator… perhaps it’s like trying to “not” communicate ;o). We can promote one system or another or even come up with a brand new idea, but without data, these ideas are essentially opinions. In [...]
Thinking about flipping your classroom (or your pedagogical consultancy if you’re a teacher trainer)? In this sequel to Flipping Out… and In!, I present some of the things one should try when considering a flip and some advice for those who wish to create their own videos in that context. The first video served as [...]
This is, in my opinion, one of the must-see videos for every educator. Important thinkers on state of education of today, people like Seth Godin, Sugata Mitra, Stephen Heppell and others, share their view of what learning means in the 21st Century. Inspiring, motivating, exciting, beautiful.
Wondering if a flipped classroom is for you? Some praise it, while others warn against it. Some actually think they could lose their job because of it. Opinions on the merits or limitations of this concept often lack nuance. Perhaps there are different ways of looking at this great idea made popular by Aaron Sams, [...]
It is so easy to judge video games as a waste of time. I find it odd that reading a book, even a poorly written one, is often regarded as of higher cognitive value than playing a complex, engaging role playing video game that requires quick thinking as well as deeper strategy, resource management and [...]
The always inspiring Sir Ken Robinson delivers another important message. There are actually two parts of that message that resonate more profoundly with me here: Our education system must do better at developing the very different creative and intellectual gifts of learners, in all their diversity. Technology is offering us the possibility to personalize education, [...]
My friend and colleague Judith Cantin and I were working on this idea that Bloom’s Taxonomy and Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development could be put to concrete use in the classroom. As we worked on this, we came up with an idea we hope you’ll find worth exploring: targeted learning should fall in the ZPD, [...]
Imagine a course given to 100,000 people at the same time… Are learners passively watching videos? Or are they engaging with the content and other learners? Though this conference addresses the problems of access to higher education, the lessons we can take from this very enlightening TED Talk from Daphne Koller is relevant for all [...]