21st Century Skills

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece – Education Article

March 11, 2019 “A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece Vassilis EconomouHead of the Department of Informatics and Digital EducationDoukas SchoolAthens, Greece@VassilisEconomu For 27 years, Vassilis Economou, a Daily Edventures alum and MIE Expert, has had many moments that helped define his career. One of the most… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Bridget Russell Read Full Article

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“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada – Education Article

March 26, 2019 “Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada Colleen HorzelenbergGrade 2 Teacher, Principal InternHamilton Wentworth Catholic District School BoardHamilton, Ontario@Chorzele  Even as a young teacher, Colleen Horzelenberg leaned toward a student-centered approach to teaching and found great enjoyment… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Bridget Russell Read Full Article

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STEAM UP Your Curriculum – Education Article

Defining STEAM and Developing the Philosophy STEAM in the district is not about adding additional lessons or activities to the already full curriculum. STEAM is about creating authentic problem solving experiences focused on an authentic audience that require research. Thus, they are not additional activities but a redesigned curriculum focused on problems that have been aligned to the PA Core Standards with a larger purpose for students to be able to productively and meaningfully become socially empowered. Along with the…

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The Relational Bank Account – Education Article

Sara Mangat is the manager of training and operations for the Center for Supportive Relationships, on-site in Upper Darby, PA. In addition to working with teachers in the classroom to develop positive relationships with their students through real-time relational coaching, she leads the relational coach training program in the Upper Darby School District. Sara received her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and BA in English from Vassar College. Her passion for the power of relationships in education began while teaching…

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“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia – Education Article

April 9, 2019 “My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia Margaret SimkinHead of LibraryThe Hamilton and Alexandra CollegeVictoria, Australia@margaretsimkin  An education veteran, Margaret Simkin has experienced many changes in her teaching career. She began as a Geography and History teacher many years ago, and her… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Bridget Russell Read Full…

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“As educators, it’s our job to make sure that we make ALL of [our students] feel loved, valued and appreciated.” – Natasha Rachell, USA – Education Article

April 2, 2019 “As educators, it’s our job to make sure that we make ALL of [our students] feel loved, valued and appreciated.” – Natasha Rachell, USA Natasha RachellDigital Learning SpecialistAtlanta Public SchoolsAtlanta, Georgia, USA@apsitnatasha  When you ask Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natasha Rachell what she believes is the biggest challenge facing educators today, she gets straight to the point. “Teacher burnout… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Bridget Russell Read Full Article

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How To Choose A Meaningful Career – Education Article

  It’s something most of us consider as we complete our education and prepare for the job market: how do we choose a career that imbues our life with a sense of meaning and purpose? What does meaning look like to different people, and how difficult is it really to achieve? Is it becoming easier to find a meaningful career in a world where, thanks to technology, there are more job options now than ever before? In a recent interview…

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Here’s What Happened When Students Solved Social Media Problems With Design Thinking – Education Article

A few weeks ago, Aaron, a student in my high school elective class, mentioned he didn’t use social media very often. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first. When I followed up, he told the class he found the ads distracting—and said he ended up buying things he didn’t need. “But how do you hang out with people?” asked another student, Holly, somewhat incredulously. “Well, I Snapchat,” Aaron clarified. “I just don’t use Instagram or Facebook.” From behind…

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Teaching faculty to think like innovators – Education Article

The rapid pace of technological change has forever transformed the face of the global workplace. In fact, its future is unimagined; 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be created. As all brave explorers on any frontier know, survival in an uncertain world requires adaptability, resilience, and resourcefulness. Today’s educators must nurture these traits in students to prepare them to meet whatever challenges await and to succeed in a new order. Schools are thus charged with…

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10 Keys To Cognitive Flexibility – Education Article

How do we become more efficient at harnessing our experience, knowledge, and imagination to respond most effectively to the situation at hand? Originally coined by psychologists in the 1960s, cognitive flexibility has emerged from the literature and been rebranded as a popular concept in edpsych circles. It is traditionally defined in terms of how well an individual can adopt another perspective, change one’s thinking, or mentally adapt to one’s environment. Common strategies for enhancing cognitive flexibility resemble strategies for boosting…

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