NPR and 2015 Predictions for Education


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Predictions for the next year, especially in the education sector, have always held a fascination for me and I love to go back and see how on target those that did the predicting are the following year. This year instead of looking back I am looking ahead and have found a plethora of different views on what to expect in the future for education.  I am particularly interested in watching where school reform takes us in 2015. We all know that technology is transforming virtually every aspect of world society and effecting changes in the way kids think. It is the time that tech is incorporated into every school day in some way or another. My hope would be that teacher preparation and continuing professional development will improve drastically and all teachers will feel comfortable with integrating tech into every school day. NPR had this list of 15 Predictions for Education and I was really intrigued by #7 and #15, note that they are two entirely different authors. 6) Customizable, Game-Like Platforms In terms of game-based learning, I think we'll start to see more customizable game-like platforms that allow teachers to customize the content. A simple example would be a game like Jeopardy [where teachers can write their own answers and questions] — but a smarter version of that. That's where the adoption is going to happen because teachers want to control the content so that students are really learning. Jordan Shapiro Professor at Temple University and an expert on game-based learning 7) Transition For The Online Education Space "Snackable" learning will become a large part of the online education menu. The industry will start to figure out how learning best fits into the small spaces and snippets of time in people's lives. Online courses will allow users to dive deep OR get information in bite-size pieces. Mobile will be front and center in the morsel movement. Andrew Wait President of imgres-6This year we need to focus on new strategies to help public schools operate effectively to foster meaningful authentic learning and prepare our students for the new world. As Daniel Pink states in his book, A Whole New Mind, we need to change what and how we are teaching to get kids ready for the skill set needed in a 21st-century workplace. This workplace will be global even if one is working remotely.
As Diane Ravitich so succinctly stated in her New Year Blog, Common Core testing–with its unrealistic passing marks– is in big trouble. The anti-high-stakes testing movement continues to grow in every state. Parents send their children to school to be educated, not to be sorted, rated, and labeled.
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