Monthly Archives: April 2013

Academic-Zone Attends Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking

Two members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking on April 22 & 23, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The symposium gathers post-secondary instructors and educational developers from across Canada to share their experiences and expertise on the assessment of learning outcomes.

The symposium is sponsored by:

  • Council of Ontario Universities
  • Ontario College Quality Assurance Service
  • Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
  • Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance
  • Canadian Publishers’ Council

The event will include numerous interactive and in-depth concurrent workshops and visual poster sessions focused on examining the learning outcomes assessment process.

Click here for more on the Council of Ontario Universities and the event
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Click here for the program schedule

Education, Technology and Game-Based Learning for all Ages

This blog post caught my eye this morning. Engaging a student in the learning experience is more relevant today than ever before. Technology allows students to learn in so many new ways, and the positive impact it has displayed is outstanding. It is great to see that people are realizing the benefits of learning through interactive activities and games.

By Pam Krengel, President of GlobalMagic Corporation

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”– Benjamin Franklin

Back in the 80’s we wanted to engage our daughter in learning. We found one featuring hand puppets, cassettes, books and an interactive game we played reinforcing what she learned. Included was a “high-tech” electronic over-sized pencil buzzing every time she answered correctly. Primitive and not very “high-tech” by today’s standards, but with various in-game stimuli provided hours of learning fun for her and us.educational-apps

So how does this game-based learning translate today for your student K-12? John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. He said “if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”.

Today Educators and the Technology industry have taken notice. It was reported…

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Literacy in Learning Exchange Report

The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) and a coalition of 30 education associations and policy organizations released a report on Wednesday April 3, 2013. The report: Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works is “based on a national survey of educators. Among its key findings are that educators at every level and in every subject embrace responsibility for improving student literacy, but that they need time and support for working together to ensure they can successfully teach the complex literacy skills required by the new state standards.”

The results and findings from the NCLE explain how United States educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward. The key findings are explored in more detail in the report; here is what they found:

  1. Literacy is not just the English teacher’s job anymore.
  2. Working together is working smarter.
  3. But schools aren’t structured to facilitate educators working together.
  4. Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.
  5. Effective collaboration needs systemic support.

Click here for the full report.

Click here for the report inforgraphic

Click here for more information on the National Center for Literacy Education


Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning – By Will Richardson

I read another interesting article this morning on The New York Times Blog: The Learning Network titled, Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning. The article was written by Will Richardson who is an educator, parent, blogger and an “outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer”.
As the title suggests, the article focuses on three starting points for innovative learning practices. Will talks about his experience using technology to improve his teaching practices, and touches on three starting points that helped him develop online relationships to bring new ideas to the classroom.

The three starting points discussed in the article are:

  1. Thin the Walls of Your Classroom.
  2. Talk to Strangers
  3. Be Transparent

For the full article click here!