Daily Bookmarks 01/19/2010
Computers are dumb – make smarter e-Learning « The Usable Learning Blog
Strategies for designing e-learning that lets learning be messy, more like the real world
Basically, the revelation that I had was — I like right answers. I really like tidy right answers. I usually don’t ask learners questions that I don’t have a “right” answer or answers for. Even when the task is “authentic” and “embedded in context” I want there to be a right answer. And this is wrong.
Because what Dan Myer is teaching his students is how to approach problems that don’t have right answers, which is the way that most of the problems in the real world work. His students are learning to be okay with that, and how to ask good questions, and how approach those problems.
Overcoming the Technology Resistance Movement — Inside the School
Strategies to deal with resistance to technology within education
eLearning Certifications : eLearning Technology
List of online certificate and degree programs in e-learning
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It is refreshing to hear someone who prefers “right” answers acknowledge the benefits of an indefinate correct response. As a language arts teacher, I have found that many of my students struggle in the area of literary analysis, because they have been taught there must be a “right” answer. As a result I have found it difficult to encourage students to contribute their alternative or opposing viewpoints to class discussions, because they fear their different point of view will be considered “wrong”.
Although right answers are a key element to so many aspects of education and life in general, there are many instances when an opposing view is necessary for developing the appropriate response to a problem. Dan Myer’s instructional program for teaching students how to approach problems without a “right” answer is so appropriate for today’s student. It not only will prepare young people to be okay with such problems, but it also teaches them to embrace opposing views, which is a key component for collaboration.
Nearly every education and professional institution has added some form os a collaborative effort to its program, so this is a skill that is essential for learners to have as they prepare for their desired profession or professional advancement.