Angry Birds & Fun Learning Education Initiative

Angry Birds & Fun Learning Education Initiative

VentureBeat - Dean Takahashi

Angry Birds mobile game maker Rovio has unveiled details of its Fun Learning education initiative, aimed at remaking education for kids three to six years old.

Rovio has teamed up with fashion designer Ivana Helsinki to create fun outfits for a program dubbed Angry Birds Playground. These outfits are akin to a new kind of school uniform — the kind that encourage fun learning. That’s just one piece of an ambitious project to remake learning as a fun activity.

“It’s no secret that in Finland, boys learn English faster than girls,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle at Rovio, at a press conference. “They play more games than girls, and the games are in English.” Read More

The Future of Education is Learning by Exploring

The Future of Education is Learning by Exploring

EdTechReview - Pardeep Goyal

Creating generation of curious and innovative minds…

Sometime back, I was chatting with my friend about importance of information written in books.

I was arguing about dropping the importance of traditional schooling and start learning by self exploring. But most of times we hear that it’s better to study hard and build strong knowledge base.

She said, “Why to waste time on wondering about concepts when knowledge already exists in books?”. I was advocating the point of sparking curiosity in kids even before their introduction to book chapters, if they feel about learning that concept they will figure out ways to learn. Its more about passion of learning vs. setting syllabus for them. Read More

Watch this video from Sugata Mitra and his new experiments in self-teaching

What is Citizenship in the Digital Age?

What is Citizenship in the Digital Age?

ISTE - Andra Brichacek

By now it’s become clear: For all its wonders, the digital age has also introduced its fair share of challenges. From social media and cyberbullying to cybercrime, internet addiction and online privacy concerns, today’s students face a wide range of difficult issues that previous generations never had to think about.

As a result, teachers, school leaders and parents are called on to add a whole new idea to our curricula: digital citizenship. Read More

Check out this infographic on Citizenship in the Digital Age

The Next Big Thing in Personalization: The Student

The Next Big Thing in Personalization: The Student

Getting Smart

Let me be the first to call it: 2014 marked the “crossing of the chasm” in which a growing majority is joining the innovators and early adopters to incorporate analytics-based personalization into their digital learning solutions. Knewton, CCKF, Smart Sparrow, and New Classrooms, among others, are developing algorithms that dynamically map students’ progressive mastery of a subject domain and recommend optimal pathways and learning modalities for learning. Publishers are using these “personalization services” to add a dynamically adaptive approach to digital learning. Knewton, through its backend personalization infrastructure, boasts over 7 billion “recommendations served.” Read More

Check out this Education Gets Personal infographic from CompassLearning

Leading the Maker Movement

Leading the Maker Movement

Eric Sheninger

Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn. This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement. A recent article in Newsweek sums it up nicely:

THE MAKER MOVEMENT is a global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers—the kind of people who share a quality that Larry Rosenstock says “leads to learning [and]…to innovation,” a perennial curiosity “about how they could do it better the next time.” The design cycle is all about reiteration, trying something again and again until it works, and then, once it works, making it better. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. Over the past few years, so-called “makerspaces” have cropped up in cities and small towns worldwide—often in affiliation with libraries, museums and other community centers, as well as in public and independent schools—giving more people of all ages access to mentorship, programs and tools like 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, microcontrollers and design software. Read More

Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

TechCrunch - Tim Merel

Mobile internet is all about big numbers. Revenue will more than triple to $700 billion by 2017, there was over $19 billion invested and $94 billion exits in the last 12 months, average sector returns were up to 15.6x all of the money invested over the last three years, public stock market returns were up to 78 percent in the last year, and there are 32 billion-dollar mobile Internet companies already.

Understanding what’s driving these big numbers is critical for entrepreneurs, investors and corporates, so let’s dig in. Read More

Parenting 2.0 - Raising Humanity Collaboratively and Consciously

Parenting 2.0

Where every adult is recognized as "raising humanity" and children's Life Skills Averages are as valued as their Grade Point Averages.

Founder “Mama Marlaine” describes Parenting 2.0’s origin and mission at P20 Talks 2012, San Diego, California.

What are Life Skills?

Parenting 2.0 defines Life Skills as “Mandatory, measurable skills human beings learn to survive and commune with others.”

LinkedIn’s Top Ranked Parenting Group

Human development professionals began gathering in the Parenting 2.0 group on LinkedIn in 2009. Today, Parenting 2.0 is LinkedIn’s top ranked parenting group, unifying over 5500 Life Skills Educators in more than seventy countries and growing daily. Read More

Enjoy your complimentary download of the Parenting 2.0 Life Skills Report Card

Digital Citizenship in the Time of “Instant Celebrity”

Digital Citizenship in the Time of “Instant Celebrity”

George Couros

I have to admit it…I could watch Vine videos all day. I didn’t really think much of the “6 Second” service until I met Ray Ligaya. Ray was at a speaking event I had in Waterloo, Ontario, where I was talking about social media, where he was serving. We started talking about Twitter and he asked me if I had heard about Vine.

I had but didn’t really think much of it, until he told me had hundreds of thousands of followers on the service. I started following him, and he has the typical videos that I would have made when I was his age, with a lot of potty humour, yet it appeals to a ton of people. He told me already that time that he had been “recognized” often because of his work through the service, so I was hooked, and started looking more and more at the service. Read More

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Personalize Learning

Are you prepared to make 2015 the year of the “Learner”?

  1. Belief System
  2. Competency-based System
  3. Sustainable PL System
  4. Flexible Learning Spaces
  5. Multi-age Co-teaching
  6. Inquiry-based PBL
  7. Play-based Learning
  8. Teacher and Learner Partnership
  9. Advisors

Read More

Check out this infographic on the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning

Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

TeachThought - Terry Heick

I recently visited Thetford Academy in Vermont (one of the few and interesting public-private academies in New England) where they have a formal and explicit commitment to “experiential learning.” So, the leaders of the school asked me to visit classes that were doing experiential learning and to talk with staff at day’s end about it.

I saw some great examples of such instruction. I visited the design tech course (see photos) and the class on the Connecticut River where students were learning about soil types prior to a wetlands field trip. Read More

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