Good Read: Forget 21st Century skills – revive 18th Century skills (Donald Clark)

Donald Clark has written a new blog post tackling the omnipresent 21st Century Skills and he wants us to go back to the enlightenment: I’m all for abandoning this ‘21st century’ label – we’re 15% into it already and education has become less interested in these skills, more academic, more test-driven, PISA obsessed and has… Read More Good Read: Forget 21st Century skills – revive 18th Century skills (Donald Clark)

Pearson updates their Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment

Pearson Publishers have just published a follow up to their 2012 Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. This is mainly because of the new PISA-stats, but also updates to  studies such as PIRLS and TIMMS as this Global index is an aggregation of these different comparative studies. PIAAC is now also included. This is the new Programme… Read More Pearson updates their Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment

This Ed-reform Trend Is Supposed To Motivate Students; Instead, It Shames Them (Launa Hall)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Nearly all reform policies have consequences, intended and unintended, regardless of how well-meaning, empathic, and mindful policymakers may be. The following essay of a former elementary school teacher illustrates the unintended consequence of a familiar reform-driven policy. A former teacher, Launa Hall lives in…

Meta-analysis describes positive effect of one-on-one laptop programs

Laptops don’t mean learning by definition (no, Sugata, they don’t), but programs in which every student gets one at school can have a positive effect. Binbin Zheng, assistant professor of education technology at Michigan State University, says schools that provide a laptop to each student as part of a comprehensive program are likely to see measurable benefits.… Read More Meta-analysis describes positive effect of one-on-one laptop programs

Great post by Annie-Murphy Paul on knowledge in a digital age, the tree Octopus problem

I don’t know if you already have a subscription to Annie-Murphy Pauls mailinglist, The Brilliant Report, but you should. The latest is on knowledge in a digital age and the question if you still need it. In a recent interview with Steve Wheeler Sugata Mitra says clearly no, you need access to knowledge. But Annie-Murphy… Read More Great post by Annie-Murphy Paul on knowledge in a digital age, the tree Octopus problem