Learning

The world we live in is constantly changing. Our economies, the way we search for information, the way we communicate. The information technologies we are exposed to are proliferating rapidly. In Education, it is our primary concern to cultivate the skills and abilities that will allow our children to live successfully in this 21st century world.  In education, we help children and young people acquire the skills to enable them to gather and assess information, and to process and compose it into knowledge, while making the most of the modern technological tools available to them

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Active classroom learning

Active class room learning is a teaching concept where teachers use their class room time to discuss and apply instead of lecture. Students view the lectures at home and spend class room time on the application of knowledge like open ended projects. The basic idea is that students watch, rewind and pause the lectures as many time as they need, post questions on line to the teacher or class mates, look at basic concepts if needed or just go ahead and listen to additional lectures. One of the main advantages is that students work in the class room at their own pace and ask for assistance when they need help applying the concepts they have learned.

Flipping classrooms is a new concept where students view their lectures at home and spend class room time on the application of knowledge like open ended projects. You may want to call this a flip, because the basic idea is that students listen to the lectures before getting into the classroom.
Flipping Classrooms empowers teachers to be more interactive and focus on the application of knowledge, mentor them directly and it frees up class time for more open ended creative things. This is where the teachers can be at their best; guide students to solve open ended, more creative projects. Read more about it here .

The Kahn Academy (4 million users) offer lectures, so students watch, rewind and pause the lectures as many time as they need, post questions on line to the teacher or class mates, look at basic concepts if needed or just go ahead and listen to additional lectures. One of the main advantages is that students work in the class room at their own pace and ask for assistance when they need help applying the concepts they have learned. Read more about Kahn here.

21st Century Skills

The world we live in is constantly changing. Our economies, the way we search for information, the way we communicate. The information technologies we are exposed to are proliferating rapidly. In Education, it is our primary concern to cultivate the skills and abilities that will allow our children to live successfully in this 21st century world.  In education, we help children and young people acquire the skills to enable them to gather and assess information, and to process and compose it into knowledge, while making the most of the modern technological tools available to them.   Schools must adapt and innovate so they can support the acquisition of these  21st century skills.

Divergent thinking may be the most important challenge school leaders and teachers face. The video on the left shows our challenge in a unique way.

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Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation

Innovations arise from creative entrepreneurs and become a success by followers who add value and dissemination. Schools should encourage creative young people with entrepreneurial spirit. Most of these young people do not follow the beaten path, they think differently, they learn differently. Entrepreneurial people are challenged if they work together on self-chosen challenges and utilize technological applications.

The Dutch Entreprenasium program helps schools to create a breeding ground for creative young people.

Basic Skills

Since the PISA research ranks the results of most of the OECD countries, in almost every county there is a focus on investment in reading, writing and math’s. Though no one would deny the importance of reading, writing and math’s, in many countries the influence on the curriculum forced by the governance can be a treat for the overall quality of education. In many countries we can see an increasing pressure of the government using standardised tests to measure the quality of the educational process and quality. It’s a challenge for most schools to find a balance between the demands of the government and the need of children.

Technology in education

It is said that mathematics is the gate and key of the Science. According to the famous Philosopher Kant, “A Science is exact only in so far as it employs mathematics”. So, all scientific education which does not commence with mathematics is said to be defective at its foundation. Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge. In this modern age of science and technology, emphasis is given on science such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering. Mathematics, which is a science by any criterion, also is an efficient and necessary tool being employed by all these sciences. “Mathematics is a science of all sciences”. The Dutch Technasium initiative offers technical education for general secondary schools (age 12-16). Read about the initiative here.

Adult education

Several research studies show that literacy has a strong effect on earnings. People with low literacy are three times more likely to be living in a low income households. From a macro economic perspective, Literacy is highly correlated with labour market outcomes of individuals and economic growth of countries. Basic skills education is therefore a basis to ensure economic growth; with higher salaries and government income through taxes

ICT in education

Our world has changed significantly during the past few decades. In the 20st century, teachers, news papers and books were regarded as the primary sources for information. Today, the internet is the primary source of information for most young people. With the rise of the internet, the roles of teachers have changed considerable. Smartboards, computers, Ipads and internet have changed how students learn in and out side the class room. ICT enables teachers to personalize education. This video of Sugata Mitra show how children learn: by being creative. Please view the following video  Sugata_Mitra_about child_driven_education.

Interesting initiatives

http://www.schoolleadership20.com/ is a professional networking site for those interested in advancing their learning of the impact of social media on learners.

Bill_Gates discusses mosquitos, malaria and education.

ICT in classrooms:

The internet has changed the way we communicate, work, purchase and sell articles, search for information and much more. Internet has changed our lives. However, in many schools, we still teach like 20 years before. ESHA supports initiatives that enable school sto embrace internet technology in every class room.

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ICT in Education View Open University UK.pdf

Social Media and learning.pdf