Google for Education is a technology trend to watch!
There is a tidal wave called Google focused on the education market like I've never seen before.
Developers at Google are not only giving Google Apps to K12 schools they are supporting schools with its new Google Console that anyone, even the PE teacher, can serve as the IT Director.
Google for Education has just partnered with Synnex Global, a super-giant, Fortune 500 Company who support IT procurement through valued added resellers. The goal at Google is not just sales, they are making IT deployment easy and affordable in schools so that all education professionals can focus on what matters most, student learning.
Three critical requirements to transform virtual schools
Full-time, online public schools originated as alternatives to traditional education approaches and were even bandied about as ways to revolutionize the learning paradigm. Now, they too are in need of transformation because the results so far are mixed at best.
The question now is "Can they correct their course and fulfill their promise?"
I believe the answer is "yes" but it will take a re-imagining of the model. And, I am not talking about a progression toward blended schools -- they too have their own problems.
Instead, while there are many issues that would need addressing, I want to center in on three of the key, critical elements required for virtual schools to be transformed.
Groundbreaking: We can predict cognitive styles, and here’s how
While the education field’s acceptance of learning styles is helping students receive more options for learning, students are often lumped into one category without any explanation of why they prefer to learn a certain way. However, a new cognitive matrix is about to change education’s perspective once again.
According to a work-in-progress cognitive matrix developed by noted psychologists and neuroscientists, a student’s learning style occurs for a reason—and can be predicted for the future.
Using a wide range of available evidence on cognitive styles, researchers were able to synthesize cognitive styles as proposed by different theories in one comprehensive and accessible framework.
“This new taxonomy of cognitive styles offers a clear categorization of different types of styles from basic and applied fields and thus eliminates the confusing labeling of styles, making it possible to integrate the findings on individual differences in cognition across different disciplines,” says researcher Maria Kozhevnikov, associate professor in psychology at the National University of Singapore; associate in Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital; and lead author of the new report.
“Just like the chemical periodic table of elements, which allows scientists to predict the existence of elements and their compounds, the cognitive style matrix allows us to predict the properties of styles, predict unknown styles, and derive rules by which ‘compound’ styles form,” said the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in a statement.
Robert Sternberg, Department of Human Development, Cornell University noted that one of the main reasons why the matrix is so important is because educators tend to focus heavily only on student ability, without much thought or evidence as to why students learn certain ways or respond to different classroom practices.
“Part of the reason that so much variance has been unaccounted for in…behavior may be the lack of meaningful consideration of cognitive styles,” he said.
(Next page: How the cognitive style matrix works)
Researchers Kozhevnikov and co-authors Carol Evans of the University of Exeter (UK) and Stephen Kosslyn of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute draw on findings from psychological science and neuroscience to define cognitive style as: “Environmentally sensitive individual differences in cognition that help an individual to adapt to his or her environment.”
Here’s how youth can connect with education, job opps
Microsoft's updated YouthSpark Hub gives students a personalized experience as they search for educational opportunities.
Five new ed-tech innovations for schools
Products that make it easier for teachers to control students’ tablet computers and leave notes within the margins of online lessons are among the latest ed-tech innovations we’re highlighting this week.