Via delle Scuole 1 | My new project

I have just published a new blog - Via delle Scuole 1 - which is dedicated to all the education-related news/websites/apps I think are a must for those Italian parents who are interested in "adding further contents" to what is in my opinion the obsolete Italian school program. Many of the resources I am going [...]

Jackie is always sharing very interesting and smart examples on how to use technology in classrooms. In this article she is illustrating what Learner Agency is – a great post for both educators and parents, these last playing – my opinion – the most important role in educating the citizens of tomorrow.

User Generated Education

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http://www.visualsforchange.com/blog/2012/12/11/david-preston-on-open-learning/

Preface

Early in my training as an educator, I was exposed to William Glasser’s conceptualization of basic human needs and their importance in creating a healthy educational setting.  They are:

  • Belonging – Fulfilled by loving, sharing, and cooperating with others
  • Power – Fulfilled by achieving, accomplishing, and being recognized and respected
  • Freedom – Fulfilled by making choices
  • Fun – Fulfilled by laughing and playing

They resonated deeply and made sense to me.  Instructional strategies and learning activities should build in ways for learners to get these needs met.

The needs of freedom and power are of special note to this essay/topic:

  • Freedom – This is the need to choose how we live our lives, to express ourselves freely, and to be free from the control of others. Helping students, especially younger ones, satisfy this need does not mean giving them the freedom to do whatever they want to do…

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Sugata Mitra: A Model of User-Generated Education | VIDEO

If you watch the TED video you will get amazed by what Sugata Mitra discovered. I was quite touched and I am going to use Prof. Mitra’ suggestion in my new project.

User Generated Education

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 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tedtalks/sugata-mitra-the-child-dr_b_708043.html).

“If the world belongs to our children then why don’t we just give it to them” was the title of Sugata Mitra’s talk at the Big Ideas Fest during the opening of the conference.

According to Dr. Mitra,  Of the 1 billion children on Earth.

  • 50 million have ample resources
  • 200 million have adequate resources
  • 750 million have inadequate resources.

To this Dr. Mitra added, “There are places in every country where, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go.”  His solution was…

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Is text interactivity going to kill human brain creativity and critical thinking? | VIDEO

I have just finished reading this FastCoDesign article and a sense of  "discomfort" rose inside of me. The article is about a new concept, Tangle,  by a former Apple designer, Bret Victor.  Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. Readers can interactively explore possibilities, play with parameters, and see the document update immediately - [...]