Randall Fielding to Speak at the CEFPI Symposium in Hawaii, January 2012
Topic: Design for a Global Learning Network
This interactive presentation will link best practices in teaching, learning and design from around the world. The session will be divided into three sections: Part 1: design from the learner’s perspective, focusing on personalized, inquiry-based, student-directed, collaborative and interdisciplinary learning; Part 2: design to strengthen professional learning communities and great teaching; and Part 3: design for the local and global community, exploring blended, innovative pedagogies, such as “world as school,” “community as school,” and “nature as school”.
Link to symposium details.
Are iPads Creating a New Instructional Ecosystem?
An article by Joanne Hopper and Kit Hard
Premise: The iPad’s combination of simplicity and versatility gives teachers the ability to meet the diverse learning needs of students and distinguishes the iPad as a disruptive force within education. What do you think?Read and comment here.
British Department of Education Opening 12 New Studio Schools
These new schools, which are set up with the backing of local businesses and employers, are part of the Government's drive to ensure the education system responds to demands from employers for the skills they need to grow and prosper. Employers say that ensuring young people have these important skills should be a top education priority for the Government. Studio Schools offer academic and vocational qualifications, but teach them in a practical and project-based way. Study is combined with paid work placements with local and national employers that are involved in the school, like Glaxo, Sony, and the BBC.Link to details.
Tour a "Beyond Net Zero School"
By John Sole of Guerilla Educators
The Lady Bird Johnson NetZero Middle School, in Irving, Texas now creates more energy than it uses; every aspect of the physical facility is used as a five dimensional (including real-time and cyberspace) teaching and learning tool. Here’s a short video of a student guide, Alejandro, as he explains all of the ways LBJ is not only special, but beyond sustainable.
Watch the video here.
Guerilla Educators is dedicated to realtime educational best practices in action. Check out their web site here.
Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2012)
Come to Dublin in April
The Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE) will be held from 16th to 18th of April 2012 in Dublin. The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.
The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE-2012 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation.
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