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State business and education leaders to create new tool for teachers

Internet hub for science, math teachers

November 10, 2010|By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun http://ow.ly/3bBrc

Second-year chemistry teacher Mark Wilcox has never had a lot of colleagues at Patterson High School who could help him think up lesson plans or new approaches to a topic.

But he has imagined the benefits of reaching across the city and state to those who might have created a better way to teach a chemistry concept.

State education officials and business leaders put Wilcox and 29 other teachers in a room and asked them to dream up an online network that would help them be better teachers. The result will be STEMnet Teachers Hub, an initiative announced Wednesday, the same day a major new report revealed that the U.S. ranks 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of high school graduates who have advanced math skills.

Motion Math IPhone App helps students learn fractions.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/10/27/app-watch-combining-math-and-movement/?mod=rss_WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_FinancingAndInvesting_BLOGSDIGITALDAILY

How brilliant and yet so simple. Teacher makes video of their class lecture and asks students to watch befor class. In class, talk about lecture, interact, and teacher can provide support to those who need it. http://www.johnniemoore.com/blog/archives/002678.php

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

About Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity… Full bio and more links

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | Video on TED.com http://ow.ly/2XR05

Marian Casey
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Next Generation Learning

http://nextgenlearning.com/the-program

Imagine a future where every student has access to the highest quality materials and instruction that support the way they learn; where the pace and content of learning is based on the time available and can be balanced alongside the demands of work and family; where teachers have quality information about the progress of their students and can dedicate their time and resources to maximizing their success; where analysis of data provides an early warning system to pinpoint the most at-risk students and identify opportunities to help them.

In many ways that future is already here. The tools to transform imagination into reality exist and are being experimented with and refined by educators, institutions, technologists, and entrepreneurs across the globe. Now, the challenge is to bring these innovations into the mainstream.

Today, too few students are ready for college: Only 70% of high school students will graduate, and of those 50% are ill-equipped for success in college. Of those that do attempt college only half will ever earn a degree. For low-income students, graduation rates are even lower, hovering at a mere 25%.

Recognizing the untapped potential of technology to drive dramatic gains in both college readiness and completion, Next Generation Learning Challenges will identify, improve, and scale solutions and will stimulate adoption of the many ways technology can deepen, accelerate, and support learning.

Designed as a collaborative, multi-year initiative, Next Generation Learning Challenges will provide grants, gather evidence about effective practices and create a community around the pressing needs to find affordable, high-quality tools to meet the needs of today’s students within the budgetary confines of today’s education system.

It seems more and more like this recession will further enhance the position of eLearning amongst various training options an organization could choose from for their learning and development initiatives. In March earlier this year I wrote – ‘while the times are tough, they are on our side’ (by ‘our’ I meant all technology enabled learning solution providers). Then In May I’d posted about the growth of eLearning outsourcing as projected by an India-based research agency – Valuenotes and more recently about how training companies are adopting eLearning using us as their training back-office. All of these lead upto what I have always believed in – that this downturn will lead to renewed growth in eLearning industry. Here’s more to support that thought.

In an even broader perspective, I think the workplace learning space is changing in a more fundamental way and this recession accelerating that change. Here’s a insight into what the industry sees as the ‘Future of Workplace Learning’ at the Learning Circuits blog.

http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/12/elearning-on-the-rise/