3 Thought Provoking Reads for Your Holiday Weekend

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

3 Thought Provoking Reads for Your Holiday Weekend

Posted in Schoology | November 20, 2015

There are few things better on a holiday weekend than finding an empty couch after a big meal and nestling in for a good read. Those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving know exactly what I'm talking about.

This weekend, after you've had your fair share of tryptophan and are looking to get those synapses firing again, consider reading one (or all) of the following articles. They should take the perfect amount of time to bridge the gap between turkey and pumpkin pie.

Slate, Can Online Exchange Programs Really Help Kids Learn About the World?

Chris Berdik’s article covers global learning initiatives that are using video conferencing and collaborative LMS platforms to drive academic engagement between students across the globe. Why is this so important? Well, as Berdik quotes one education consultant, “kids will be global with or without us.”

The article provides inspiring examples of students creating solar powered lights and water filters through video and live text collaboration all while millions of miles away.

T.H.E Journal, Blended Learning Is the Future of K-12 Educational Technology

Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway evaluate the efficacy of their own article written just last month on the lack of promise blended learning brings to education. The two authors found new research which redefined the concept for them as blended learning being conducted “at least in part through online delivery,” as opposed to more extreme definitions they’d heard previously. 

The authors make three predictions of how blended learning will impact school curriculum in the future. Taking time to read both October’s article and the follow-up will provide a balance of perspective, and a great example of how opinions change through new research and experiences.

Fortune, Why Ed Tech is Currently ‘The Wild Wild West’

For those of us who didn’t attend, Jennifer Reingold gives an insider’s look into the Fortune Global Forum’s session on Ed Tech. One of the more drastic conclusions reached was that 500 to 1,000 colleges across the country will no longer exist in the coming years due to MOOC’s and the increased amount of content made accessible through these extended learning initiatives.

While we don’t necessarily think it’s heading towards “Jurassic Park” territory as one panelist put it, the disruption caused by innovative learning platforms is drastically changing the education landscape.

 What will you be reading this week?

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