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  1. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
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    • Contrary to popular belief, education reform is nothing new. In fact as soon as the first US colonial schools were created, people have been trying to reform education. The first reform act was the Old Deluder Satan act in Massachusetts.
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    • An important element to consider. How do we anticipate the challenges of what is to come when there is so much volatility in the world's economy today.
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    • Should education systems simply be conveyors of the culture? Of the past? Can this meet the needs of the future?
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    • How do we meet youth where they are at?
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    • What do you think about the over use of medications? Is this a problem?
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    • What about this statement? Do you agree or disagree that the rates of ADHD have increased in direct relationship to the increases of standardized testing? Is there a correlation?
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    • How do you engage students?
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    • Why do we continue to educate by age group? By seat time? And not by mastery of learning outcomes?
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    • How do you use "divergent thinking" in your classes? Do you even use it?
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    • Divergent thinking allows students to explore different options for the answers to the questions.
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    • The study finds that the more students become educated the less divergent thinking takes place. Now back to the question at the top, how do we prepare for the economy of the future? The new economy needs flexibility and adaptability. However the s
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    • Collaboration is an essential tool. We need more of it not less of it.
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  2. A Vision of K-12 Students Today
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    • This next video explores the way we might consider engaging our students.
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    • Notice that "collaboration" and "inquiry-based" environments. This "vision" will help to engage divergent thinking in our students.
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    • Transforming knowledge is more essential than just transmitting culture.
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    • What is this student saying? Does the approach we have been using meet his needs?
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    • Create, remix, and share information. Why is this important to the next evolution of the education system?
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    • What power is there in having students use blogs?
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    • Why do you think so many (almost 2/3) never use technology?
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    • Even with all of the talk on raising standards we still have this statistic. Has there been any progress in raising high school graduation rates? Then what implications could there be for college attendance?
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    • What about the statistic on jobs? What do you think about this?
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    • Wow, a novel idea. How can we make sure that we help students learn to think?
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    • Divergent thinking. Develop creativity. Develop flexibility and adaptability.
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    • How can you engage students?
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    • The approaches used in the early 1900's will not work in meeting the current needs of learners today and in the immediate future.
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