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New Report Shares Global Practices for Competency-Based Ed

New Report Shares Global Practices for Competency-Based Ed

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/14/new-report-shares-global-practices-for-competency-based-ed.aspx

“Finland chooses its teachers from the top 10 percent of high school graduates and requires them to attain a research-based master’s degree at state expense.

Swedish students learn according to clearly articulated national standards, and can break down and express the standards for each week, such as, “During this week my goal will be to understand and be able to…” Assessments are structured as presentations.

Teachers in New Zealand, who have a great deal of autonomy, participate in curriculum co-development, establishing student assessment methods and ensuring fairness in grading.

Those are a few of the international aspects of delivering competency-based education around the world as outlined in a new report published byCompetencyWorks. CompetencyWorks is a collaborative project that pulls together multiple organizations, including the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to advance competency education as a replacement for “seat-time” schooling. A competency education is personalized, can take place anytime and anywhere and gives students ownership over their learning.

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad” offers “snapshot” summaries of competency education as it’s practiced in Finland, British Columbia, New Zealand and Scotland, with references to activities in other countries as well.

Authors Sara Frank Bristow, founder of Salient Research, and Susan Patrick, president and CEO of iNACOL, identified six characteristics of competency-based education that tend to surface among all practitioners around the world:

  • A transition towards learner-centered, personalized learning pathways;
  • A shift towards national core curricula with clearly identified learning standards;
  • The use of teacher-led, classroom-based assessment; (a particular favorite is the internationally benchmarked Cambridge Assessment, offered by a not-for-profit organization);
  • A concern for student well-being, both physical and emotional;
  • Redesigned learning spaces that place students face to face; and
  • A global outlook to identify pockets of innovation.

“Almost without exception, education leaders across major world economies share the same goals: to improve student performance and increase equitable outcomes,” said Patrick. “As the economy becomes increasingly globalized, nations are increasingly interconnected. Other countries are studying our innovations. We must also study theirs to ensure we aim to provide a world-class education for each and every student.”

The free 36-page report in PDF form is available for download from the CompetencyWorks site.”

Stephen

Posted on: October 25, 2014, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/2014-social-media-demographics-update-2014-9#ixzz3G8RJoX8h

Facebook Users Pew

Here are a few of the key takeaways from the BI Intelligence report:

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/2014-social-media-demographics-update-2014-9#ixzz3G8RVQ15S

Stephen

Posted on: October 25, 2014, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2014/10/10/5-great-online-tools-for-creating-infographics.html

1) Visme (visme.co)

2) Canva (canva.com)

3) Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)

4) Piktochart (piktochart.com)

5) Infogr.am (infogr.am)

More details by following the link.

Stephen

Posted on: October 25, 2014, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

Infographic: Unusual Work Habits of Great Writers

Infographic: Unusual Work Habits of Great Writers

http://www.ninjaessays.com/blog/unusual-work-habits-of-great-writers/

Unusual Work Habits of Great Writers

Stephen

Posted on: October 24, 2014, 7:07 am Category: Uncategorized

Friday Fun: Little-Known Punctuation Marks

Little-Known Punctuation Marks

http://mentalfloss.com/article/59071/little-known-punctuation-marks-national-punctuation-day

Stephen

Posted on: October 24, 2014, 7:03 am Category: Uncategorized

The Aroma of Books: INFOGRAPHIC

The Aroma of Books: INFOGRAPHIC

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/the-aroma-of-books-infographic_b92001

Aroma of Books

Stephen

Posted on: October 24, 2014, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized

Atteneo Keynote: Manila Philippines

Here are my slides from this morning’s (at least here!) Rizal Library Conference keynote at Atteneo University in Manila, Philippines:

Stephen

Posted on: October 23, 2014, 8:30 pm Category: Uncategorized