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Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
Environmental education for most adults used to mean learning a little bit about recycling and planting some trees on Arbor Day. We didn't delve into ecology as much as we skimmed the surface. But things have gotten more complex since then, and the topic of climate change has brought environmental education to the forefront.
For low-income and disenfranchised youth, learning to code might lead to a lucrative career in an industry that’s both booming and lacking in diversity. That’s the idea behind Oakland’s Hidden Genius Project, a two-year program that offers black high school students a variety of tech classes and pairs them with mentors. Kalimah Priforce, a tech entrepreneur and head mentor at the projects wants to see black and Latino kids move from being consumers of technology to being producers — and he wants to see that diversity reflected in high tech products.
Using design thinking to get teenagers to reimagine their learning environment, design firms and educators show kids how the process can help them make a difference in their neighborhoods, all the while giving them control over their own learning. “You need to challenge students because they will rise to the occasion,” says educator and designer […]