Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning | Edutopia


Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below. These strategies — and the educators who implement them — are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact. Discover the resources, research, experts, and fellow Edutopia members who are changing our schools. Join us in reinventing the learning process!

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Comprehensive Assessment

Effective assessment should measure the full range of student ability — social, emotional, and academic achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, multiple learning styles are supported.

Integrated Studies

To increase engagement and retention, academic subjects are presented in an interdisciplinary fashion that reflects modern knowledge and society. For instance history, literature, and art can be interwoven and taught through text, images, and sound.

Project-Based Learning

Long term and student centered, project learning is a rigorous hands-on approach to learning core subject matter and basic skills with meaningful activities that examine complex, real-world issues. Project learning helps students develop and retain useful, working knowledge of subjects that are often taught in isolation and abstraction.

Social and Emotional Learning

When students work together on project teams, they learn to collaborate, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Cooperative learning and character development supports the social and emotional development of students and prepares them for success in the modern workplace.

Teacher Development

The human touch is the most valuable element in education. Teachers, administrators, and parents play critical roles in coaching and guiding students through the learning process, nurturing students’ interests and confidence as learners.

Technology Integration

Through the intelligent use of technology, combined with new approaches to education, a more personalized style of learning can be realized.

Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning | Edutopia.

How To Use Augmented Reality In Education – Edudemic – Edudemic

Το παρακάτω άρθρο μας δίνει μια εικόνα του επιπέδου της εκπαίδευσης που βρίσκονται άλλοι λαοί. Πολλά από αυτά βρίσκονται σε πειραματικό στάδιο ακόμη, το παραδέχομαι. Όμως εμείς δεν τα έχουμε καν υπό σκέψη. Εμείς είμαστε κολλημένοι στις σελίδες του βιβλίου, που και αυτό δεν υφίσταται κάποια βελτίωση μέσω ανταγωνισμού, αφού είναι ένα και μοναδικό.

When you were a kid, did you watch RoboCop and totally love the heads-up display? What about the fascinating visuals in Minority Report or Iron Man? They’re basically a form of augmented reality (AR for short). Augmented reality is not something limited to just Hollywood blockbusters though. There are a bunch of ways people are using augmented reality in education, believe it or not.

Before you get your feathers all ruffled, though, let’s clear something up. Augmented reality is not exactly stuff like Google Glass or Iron Man. Instead, it’s an array of apps, web tools, and games designed to enhance learning through interactive experiences. That’s my definition at least.

In an effort to shed some light on the current tools and teachers using AR, I thought it might be useful to assemble a list of what we’re seeing these days. Since Edudemic is based in Cambridge, MA we see a lot of innovative startups and other AR-related organizations coming out of MIT and Harvard on a regular basis. It’s pretty crazy.

In any case, here are just a handful of interesting AR use cases that you should check out. Know of another one? Feel free to mention it down in the comments!

Project Glass

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The most famous AR project is being, of course, led by the folks at Google. We’ve been seeing a lot of new ways to integrate Google Glass into the classroom over the past few months. We’ve even showcased a few of them. One of the biggest ways that we’re seeing, however, is the idea that students can use Glass whilst on field trips and outside the classroom. They can do digital scavenger hunts, find classmates, or simply learn more about their surroundings using their handy pair of AR glasses.


mit dome

The MIT Teacher Education Program, in conjunction with The Education Arcade, has been working on creating “Augmented Reality” simulations to engage people in simulation games that combine real world experiences with additional information supplied to them by handheld computers. The first of these games, Environmental Detectives (ED), is an outdoor game in which players using GPS guided handheld computers try to uncover the source of a toxic spill by interviewing virtual characters and conducting large scale simulated environmental measurements and analyzing data. This game has been run at three sites, including MIT, a nearby nature center, and a local high school. Early research has shown that this mode of learning is successful in engaging university and secondary school students in large scale environmental engineering studies, and providing an authentic mode of scientific investigation.

Star Walk

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This was one of the earlier iPhone apps that really caught the attention of the world. Along with hits like Angry Birds and Starbucks, Star Walk was one of those must-try apps. It’s only gotten better since then. Basically, you can hold your phone up to the sky at night and see more than 200,000 celestial bodies. You can then view detailed information about those stars, constellations, and more. Definitely worth a try!

Second Life


Second Life is actually a pretty old school AR game nowadays. They do, however, have a fabulous education area that will answer all the questions you, as a teacher, will have. Essentially, you get an avatar that you use to walk / fly around the Second Life world. It was far more popular a few years ago but there is still quite a large group of folks using the tool. I have taken a graduate-level course that relied on Second Life for group meetups, believe it or not. It wasn’t the most elegant solution but it was quite fun. I didn’t actually hate having group meetups!

AR Development Lab


The ARDL is a revolutionary concept that makes virtual, 3D objects appear in the real world, attached to real objects. Users look through a Virtual Reality POV Viewing Device or at a monitor to see virtual objects like planets, volcanoes, the human heart or dinosaurs. These can be attached to cards, the pages of a book, interactive white board or even on the floor or wall to provide a 3D animated replica that fills the room. Virtual objects excel at conveying spatial, temporal and contextual concepts-especially when the real objects (or real replicas) are too expensive, dangerous, or fragile. They can also be highly interactive, letting users erupt a volcano, build a human heart or pull planets out of the solar system for closer inspection.

How To Use Augmented Reality In Education – Edudemic – Edudemic.

10 Things I wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching


My first year of teaching was a blur.

At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships.

But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can see a few simple tweaks would’ve gone a long way.

1. Prioritize—and then prioritize again.

You can’t do it all. You can’t save everyone. You can’t change the world, your school, department, or even (the entirety of) your classroom in one year.

If I’d have known that, I’d have started with what I absolutely had to get done, and worked backwards from there.

2. It’s not your classroom.

It felt like my classroom.

Name on the doorway, students coming to my room, my name on the rotation for bus duty, district walkthroughs holding me accountable.

Philosophically, it was really more the classroom for the students, but even that isn’t entirely correct. It’s really the state or district’s classroom. At the end of the day, in lieu of all of your training, development, and instincts, your job—or my job, rather—was to implement the school and district’s policies to the best of my ability while leading the students to mastery of the national standards.

That doesn’t mean you can’t–or aren’t expected to–do all that you can to provide a compelling and progressive learning experience for your students, but if pursuit of that started to collide with school and district “non-negotiables,” that perspective would’ve helped.

It wouldn’t have dismissed me from personal or professional accountability, but it’d have helped me internalize that friction much more fluidly.

3. Students won’t always remember the content, but many will never forget how you made them feel.

One day, you’ll just be the blurry face in an adult’s memory. They’ll likely not remember how a poet used symbolism to establish a harsh tone in a poem, and they may not remember you, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel about themselves.

4. Get cozy with the school custodians, secretary, librarian.

You’ll need them.

5. Longer hours isn’t sustainable.

Change your habits and workflow instead.

But you couldn’t have convinced me. All the teachers I saw lugged papers and gradebooks with them everywhere, so I thought I had to as well. Silly me.

6. Student behavior is a product

Classroom management is more about the design of learning experiences than it is behavior.

I was given several trainings in the school “classroom management system,” but didn’t understand that “behavior” was almost always a product of the way I designed learning experiences mixed with my relationship with the students. That’d have been nice to know.

7. Don’t get sucked into doing too much outside of your class.

But if you feel the need to be involved, do so with both feet.

I did the best I could with Academic Team my first year of teaching, but in reality, the students deserved ten times the support I gave them.

8. Help other teachers.

Because you’re going to need them.

So much is beyond your control, and it is your relationship with your colleagues that will sustain you when you’re behind or confused. I focused so much on curriculum, instruction, and the students themselves that I neglected this part.

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.

9. Reaching students emotionally matters. A lot.

Relationships start with being authentic to students and helping them to feel understood, not respect, clear rules, and seating arrangements.

Yay for having things completely backwards!

10. Literacy is everything for academic performance.

If students struggle reading and writing, everything else is a challenge.

10 Things I wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching.