Social Justice and "Fake News"
Conferences such as SXSWedu, CUE, and Redefining Learning 2.0 are just a few examples of spaces in which discussions have been centering on how we can re-imagine and redesign education to meet modern needs. What "old " ideas and practices do you think we should address in education? Share your thoughts here.
Re-imagining the Old
While the goals of education stay the same, the methods by which students and educators experience school is changing with the times. This issue features notable trends that could add more authenticity and interest to each day you spend in and around school.
What really constitutes "fake news" and how should it be addressed in the classroom? Given the complexity of discussions swirling around many of the social issues going on right now, below are some of the formats through which you can explore news literacy and social justice:
Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age (Unit and Lesson Plans)
In partnership with Facing History, an organization aimed at engaging students of all backgrounds in discussions about social issues. The News Literacy Project developed 11 interdisciplinary lesson plans to help guide lessons addressing social issues in a safe environment.
Misinformation About Ferguson (article presented by The News Literacy Project)
This article illustrates some of the ways in which news coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri both informed and mis-informed journalists and citizens alike.
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Educational technology companies regularly offer tools and products geared toward classrooms, however, some of the most interesting technology tools are ones not necessarily geared toward education alone.
Separating Hype from Reality in the realm of AR & VR
The linked page above offers an overview on a session by the same title that took place last week at SXSWedu.
This week's theme: Emerging Trends in Education
The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
Technology Trends (continued)
Though the realm of education may not be portrayed accurately in the general media, within our field, many schools, districts, and organizations are continuing to work to change the narrative. Below are some videos worth watching to inform your practice as an educator:
CUE 2016 National Conference (CUE 2017 is taking place this week) video playlist
SXSWedu 2017 video playlist
Portrayals of Education
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Things to Make You Go "Hmm"
While the old adage says "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," Dr. Carol Dweck has informed us all about the powers of growth mindset. At this year's SXSWedu conference, author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and podcaster Tim Ferris discussed his tips for accelerated learning and mastery.
What do you think?
Are there ways in which these tips can help you, your students, or your colleagues/faculty grow?
Teaching with drones:
"7Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom" via Edutopia
Using drones to teach ELA
"What Drone Technology Can Teach Students" via Edudemic
Using Music (especially Hip Hop) to teach coding:
Rapport- This partnership between educators, Hip Hop artists, and Google yields a tool called "Python MC" through which students can learn how to code through elements of Hip Hop.