Select Readings on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
Here are four curated articles about education, technology, and evolutions in teaching.
The Latest School Reform in Finland Introduces a New Way to Look at Subjects – Big Think – Teodora Zareva (2 minute read)
Finland gets a lot of press for being a successful and progressive educational system, most often for pretty good reason. There resistance to the forces of the market-based global edreform agenda that typically undermines public education systems is inspired. The next stage in their evolution to best serve students is a pretty interesting one, abandoning traditional subjects for a multi-disciplinary approach. It is not that they are the first ones to consider this or anything but it is pretty remarkable that it will operate on a national level.
Less Tech, More Talk: Moving To A Discussion-Based Classroom – TeachThought – Emily Long (4 minute read)
Having a deep experience with The Great Books program, I have a strong appreciation for discussion-based pedagogy. Socratic Seminar, Shared Inquiry, Harkness Method are all variations on a theme and one that has a long history of effectiveness. While Long frames this piece as a counterpoint to new technology in the classroom, they need not be entirely in opposition. In fact, one fo the most critical aspects of blended learning for example is determining how to best use face-to-face time with a class. Discussion-based learning can be a pretty valuable method, with or without a Harkness table.
A Podcast Finds a Home, Delving Into Met History – New York Times – Joshua Barone (6 minute read)
If you teach or even like history or just plain appreciate good storytelling, you need to give Nate DiMeo’s podcast The Memory Palace a try. It is simply one of the best things out there in the world of podcasts. The episodes are relatively short and impeccably crafted windows into the past. DiMeo has been so good that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made him artist in residence, as this article details. Also, DiMeo’s work is fertile inspiration any number of student project ideas, especially using narrative to bring a place or set of facts to life.
This Is What Every Element Is Used For – Discover Magazine’s D-brief – Nathaniel Scharping (3 minute read)
This is a little something extra. It is a short write-up, which is how I found it, about a resource that is just plain cool, an interactive periodic table that includes the relevant uses of the actual elements. The actual site referenced in this is such a great alternative gateway into studying chemistry, even highlighting just how important certain some of these elemental resources are to how we live in the modern world. I doubt many people could click around this table without learning something.