There are strident disagreements these days over every aspect of American educational policy, except for one. Everyone thinks it would be great if we could better teach students how to innovate.
So shouldn’t we be paying a great deal of attention to the educational method that produced, among others, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Wales, Peter Drucker, Julia Child, David Blaine, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs? They were all students in Montessori schools. According to a Wall Street Journal article by Peter Sims, there’s a “Montessori Mafia” among the creative elite. So maybe there’s something to the method Italian physician Maria Montessori came up with around the turn of the 20th century..
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.'
Two weeks ago, my oldest son taught my youngest son how to perform a corner kick during half time of my middle son’s soccer game. He demonstrated the correct way to swing the leg, angle the foot, and launch the ball toward the goal. When the referee blew his whistle, resuming the game, we moved to a spot of grass nearby. There, my little boy began to explain how to do the corner kick, recounting every detail absorbed during his older brother’s half-time tutorial. I nudged him to practice what he had learned, rather than talking about it—after all, he was at a soccer field, with a mother willing to fetch errant balls. But he preferred to articulate each key point he had just learned and teach me how to do it. I thought we were wasting time, but new research says his approach beats mine.
Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. In “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,” a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina describewhat they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By “reflection,” they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points...
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The United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845. Today it is an
accredited undergraduate institution with a student body of
approximately 4,500 midshipmen. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the
Naval Academy offers a four-year undergraduate curriculum leading to a
Bachelor of Science degree. In so doing, it blends required and elective
courses similar to those offered at leading civilian colleges with
To plan for future mobile learning two military educational schools conducted a study of current mobile device ownership and use by their students.
Survey results show that a majority of students say they would use mobile learning if
it were available, with a higher fraction of students interested in
mobile learning the younger the student body, which suggests demand for mobile learning will continue to grow in the future.
The results seem to align with general higher education institutions, with younger students showing increasing use of mobile devices and interest in accessing online learning materials.
Besides e-mail and web browsing on their mobile devices, students want to be able to access course management systems; sync course calendars across their devices; access course reading materials; and use mobile applications that support class work and provide remote access to class lectures.
Even as most of the nation’s 15,000 public school districts roll out
new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a
central question: What’s the best way to identify an effective educator?
After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers.
The most reliable way to evaluate teachers is to use a three-pronged
approach built on student test scores, classroom observations by
multiple reviewers and teacher evaluations from students themselves, the
Daphne Koller is one of the two leaders of Stanford’s online efforts. She’s a professor in the Stanford artificial intelligence lab and wrote about the Stanford experience in her ownop-ed in the New York Times last month (excerpt: "A 2010 analysis (PDF, 94 pages) from the (US) Department of Education, based on 45 studies, showed that online learning is as effective as face-to-face learning, and that blended learning is considerably more effective than either").
She’s my guest today, by phone from Palo Alto, California.
Daphne, welcome to the podcast.
Daphne Koller: Thank you, Steven.
Steven Cherry: Maybe first you could just describe the format of the Stanford online courses.
Daphne Koller: So the format we’ve chosen to adopt is a format where the primary content, the primary mechanism for conveying the content to students...
It seems that nearly every week we report on groundbreaking news from TED, the global nonprofit known for its “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Today, it announced its latest efforts in the education space: a dynamic TED-Ed site with new teacher tools for customized learning experiences....
“The new website is all about what teachers and students can do with those videos,” explains TED-Ed catalyst Logan Smalley. “The goal of TED-Ed is for each great lesson to reach and motivate as many learners as possible. The new website goes a step further, allowing any teacher to tailor video content, create unique lesson plans, and monitor students’ progress. By putting this new technology to use, we hope to maximize time in class and give teachers an exciting tool for customizing – and encouraging – learning.”
...One of the platform’s major features is the ability for teachers to “Flip” video content — from YouTube or the TED-Ed platform — and create tailored lesson plans. The term “Flip” is a nod to a method of teaching called Flip Teaching...(The role of the classroom teacher is then to tutor/coach the student when they become stuck, rather than to impart the initial lesson)