The Institute for the Future has what I think is some of the best thinking on the future of education. Their pdf, From educational institutions to learning flows, is worth printing up and posting on the wall. Below is a summary of the big ideas from IFTF. It could be used to shape both strategic planning and unit/lesson planning in a school.
MISC is a terrific magazine–lots of great ideas in short, typically 1-2 page stories. Here’s how I read it, with my red felt-tip pen. This issue is all about the
I take attendance by having my Theory of Knowledge students draw a picture of themselves at the start of class. They have three minutes to do this and if after that time I have no picture it means they were late or absent. (Hat tip to Linda Barry – this has turned out to be a terrific threshold activity.)
One of my students, Danielle, had to be away at a hockey game so she sent this via Twitter–and made the deadline:
I call that being present.
MISC is a terrific magazine–lots of great ideas in short, typically 1-2 page stories. Here’s how I read it, with my red felt-tip pen
Linda Barry. Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor
This book is making me rethink all my teaching.
Inspirations reading Cohen, Jonathan. “Branding in the Age of Smart TV and the Second Screen” MISC Magazine. Fall 2014: 32-33. Print.
The potential of the second screen in education is largely unexplored. Students have them–smart phones and laptops–but phones are ignored as learning tools and laptops are used simply as personal productivity tools or mirrors of what the teacher is presenting on the first screen (e.g. the white board or projector.)
There’s an echo here of the a16z Tech Summit I attended in the fall of 2013: digital is bridging itself (in business) and I wondered then how it might augment the in-class experience. I wonder, what in education are the equivalents of rapid market testing, post-purchase loyalty and driving to local shopping (as opposed to buying online.): rapid lesson testing? a desire to dive deeper in classes? connecting the learning across subject domains for a richer experience…?
My students and I have been using Twitter as a go-to tool in classes and though it’s been quite successful it’s still an artifact of the first screen experience. but I think there may be something even richer here…going give the “second screen experience creation” some serious though over the winter break.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports a US study showing 90% of US teens don’t get the 9-10hours of sleep they need each night. Too-early school start times are a major contributor to the sleep loss. The simple economics of (home)work suggests students might do better if we let them sleep more and work a little less.
What obligation do we have to mitigate this? What steps do we take if we think we have some part to play?
Some quick sketchnote captures at the the Apple Education Leadership Institute last week.
My favourite line of the event, for the way it drops the full weight of what we do on our shoulders: “…the way we design our classrooms today will ultimately define our future…”
More sketchnotes on my Pinterest page.