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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology. There are a few trends on the cusp of explosive growth in the coming year, including flipped learning, mobilization, personalization and gamification. This infographic from TalentLMS projects the top 10 E-Learning Trends to Follow in 2015.

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What Universities Have In Common With Record Labels

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Reposted from Quartz:

“The internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry, which today generates just over half of the $14 billion it did in 2000—and it’s doing the same thing to higher education.

Choice is expanding at every level, from pre-k to graduate school. The individual course, rather than the degree, is becoming the unit of content. And universities, the record labels of education, are facing increased pressure to unbundle their services.

A cohort of new entrepreneurs and existing institutions will greatly increase personal choice for all of us. Amidst this creative destruction, we must now ensure that in the pursuit of freedom of choice, we don’t risk hegemony of thought.”

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Teaching and Facilitating Entrepreneurship in the School Setting

“As an educator of at-risk youth for over thirty years, I’ve seen only one thing consistently bring children raised in poverty into the middle class: entrepreneurship education. Owner-entrepreneurship education empowers young people to make well-informed decisions about their future, whether they choose to become entrepreneurs or not. Our students discover that, like every individual, they already own five powerful assets: time, talent, attitude, energy and unique knowledge of one’s local market. They learn to use these assets to create businesses and jobs, and build wealth in their communities. I’ve seen apathetic kids whose families have been on welfare for generations get excited about school and their futures. They discover that they can participate in our economy and earn money. They quickly realize that to do so, they must to learn to read, write and do math. “

User Generated Education

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I grew up in a family where my grandfathers and father were entrepreneurs – they started and ran their own businesses.  My paternal grandfather, as a young man, bought a small vacuum cleaner sales store and later, changed it to selling entertainment electronics.  Later, with my father, they moved to a larger space with increased inventory.  A smaller store was opened in a a town nearby where I was a sales clerk during my teenage years.  Their small business was a financial success as it supported our families with a strong middle class lifestyle for close to fifty years.  I rejected this entrepreneurship spirit.  Making money never interested me (I am a teacher, for gosh sake).

Fast forward to last year – I had the privilege of visiting Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy (BKBA) in Detroit and spending some time with its superintendent, Blair Evans.  Mr. Evans demonstrated the school’s digital…

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Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education?

Today’s students seamlessly incorporate technology into their daily lives. Robinson sees this as the dynamic that is forcing education to completely transform itself starting now. It’s not about the technology itself; it’s about the new ways learners can be immersed in authentic learning experiences.

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How Personalized Learning Will Transform Education [VIDEO 5:33]

Knewton founder Jose Ferriera explains how technology bandwidth and devices are creating the context for personalizing education. Student work online can be tracked, he explains, so that an incredible amount of data can be collected on each child’s progress, strengths and needs. As a result, they can be accommodated very specifically in what and how they are taught. “The combination of data and access will completely change how instruction is delivered and how children will learn.”

The Missing Piece of Personalization: Passion and Engagement

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Reposted from the Whole Child Blog:

“I think one of the most overlooked pieces for personalization currently is that the learner “connects learning with interests, talents, passions, and aspirations. As we move forward with personalization, we need to make sure not to forget student engagement and its implications for truly personalizing learning, where student passion and interest are not only allowed, but a critical component of the model.”  -Andrew K. Miller

Note: be sure to check out version three of Barbara Bray’s “Personalization v Differentiation v Individualization chart” embedded in this post.

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Agents and Advocates

“Learning to Change – Changing to Learn” was released some 5 years ago. How far have we come? What can we say we have accomplished since celebrating these statements back then? The fact that technology can provide the means to personalize education is not enough. As educators, we are key in changing the learning landscape on which children work and learn. You’re either an agent of change or an advocate for the status quo. On which side will you take your stand?