We recently spoke with Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft Corporation, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2013. Salcito works with education institutions to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement.
What challenges does fomenting innovation in schools currently face?
At the moment, youth unemployment in some European Union member states exceeds 50%. The preparation of young people for the labor market has to be improved, especially since companies hire their workforce primarily on the basis of skills. Collaboration, communication, and leadership skills should be at the center of schools’ education.
21st-century learning should be competency based, because becoming prepared for life and work is crucial, more important than content knowledge alone. The problem is that pupils today are awarded grades based on content knowledge. They often progress to the next level despite low grades in certain subject areas, which actually signals a lack of foundational knowledge they’ll need in the future.
Proper assessment should therefore not be bound to specific timing, but to understanding—that’s the true measure of achievement. Furthermore, it should take into account the learning of concepts and overall progress, instead of focusing solely on content results.
The research project Assessment and Teaching of 21st-Century Skills (ATC21S) proposes ways of assessing 21st-century skills and encourages teaching and adopting those skills in the classroom. Ultimately, the best results are achieved when learning is personalized.
What role should teachers play in this transformation?
The role of teachers is essential, but they need training and support in order to move toward increasingly teaching skills and competencies. Teachers should listen more, and provide individual assessment and mentoring to their pupils. To this end, various different resources are available, such as “Education Competencies”, designed to help educators and administrators.
Coming back to the topic of assessment, we are not welcoming educators and curriculum developers to innovate if we do not change the way we assess what learners know and what they are supposed to know. Global assessment models such as PISA should be improved in such a way that they incorporate new trends currently taking place in formal and especially informal learning.
Who would you say are the innovators in the education field?
Innovators in the education field are mainly individuals. Innovative teachers who have created their own educational resources often do not want to share their content; they don’t think about scalability and believe that this content only works for them. It’s crucial to show them how they can be examples for others. Microsoft has therefore created a network of innovative teachers and a network of innovative schools.
I would also like to briefly mention our entrepreneurship program for young people. The Youth Spark Hub is an online space to explore and access all the Microsoft programs and resources to help youth imagine and realize their full potential.
How do we transform innovative teaching with scalability?
I recommend the scalability toolkit developed by Christopher J. Dede, Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Innovation in education is a global matter, and everything teachers do has a directly global dimension.
Organised by: the TELMAP, VISIR, ODS projects
With the support of: the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG EAC) and the Committee of Regions With the participation of the following projects: HOTEL, Inspiring Science Education, we.learn.it, GALA, NEXT-TEL.
This is a two day event, aiming at:
- Mainstreaming existing e-learning grassroots innovation practices, increasing awareness about opportunities for community building and roadmapping.
- Discussing and sharing e-learning perspectives and visions to foster innovation management, scalability and mainstreaming.
- Providing intelligence in order to alert and inform e-learning stakeholders about developments, and trends that can affect their future plans. The event will be organised through a first day of Unconference-type discussion and dissemination and a second day of sector-based strategy and innovation workshops.
The success of HANNOVER MESSE 2012 confirms once again that the world’s most important technology show is a powerful driver of investment in new technology and automation. Global megatrends such as dwindling resources, sustainability, mobility and urbanization are forcing industry to embrace change and invest for the future. In 2013 our line-up of 11 leading trade fairs will focus on recent developments in each of the featured sectors.
The chair, Mr Anton Rombouts, invites you to attend the commission's 17th meeting, to be held at the Committee building, 101 rue Belliard/Belliardstraat, 1040 Bruxelles/Brussel (room JDE 52) on Monday 25 February 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
La educación a cualquier hora, y en cualquier sitio. Ese es el lema detrás de este libro, que recoge perspectivas sobre la educación no formal por parte de profesores, activistas, y también desde el ámbito del arte y la innovación social.
Este libro de ensayos se basa en talleres que se realizaron durante el seminario internacional Educación Expandida, que se celebró en el 2009 en el Festival ZEMOS98. Se trata de un compendio de las mejores aportaciones sobre los lugares, metodologías y procesos que representan cauces de conocimiento al margen de la educación formal.
La publicación también incluye fichas de proyectos de Educación Expandida y crónicas de los talleres del seminario, además de “La escuela expandida”, un documental que relata la experiencia vivida en el IES Antonio Domínguez Ortiz (situado en el barrio de las Tres Mil Viviendas de Sevilla) durante el desarrollo del taller de Banco Común de Conocimientos de Platoniq.
How does new technology make the personalisation and contextualisation of learning materials possible? eXact Learning Solutions, an award-winning learning-content-management-solutions provider, shared its perspective at this year's Learning Technologies exhibition. eXact also showcased the latest version of its learning-content-management system (LCMS).
Version 10 of eXact learning LCMS, the latest one to be released, includes new additions like dynamic publishing, responsive XML, and template-based HTML 5 authoring and DITA support. All these features are an improvement on the previous model, a unique product that was awarded at the Best of Elearning! 2012.
This article was originally published by Rivens Mompean & Guichon on the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, volume 9, issue 1.
Sharing resources questions the capacity of different institutions to collaborate in a meaningful way. Different steps in the sharing process are to be taken into account as we contend that teaching resources, despite
their intrinsic qualities, can remain unexploited otherwise. The present contribution proposes to study both the development of online resources, the challenges that are posed once the created resources are meant to be used by partner institutions, and the ways they can be integrated into the local contexts. It aims at understanding the process involved in an online learning environment designed for the learning of English, originally created for a specific local audience, and ultimately replicated in several universities. We
will distinguish phases to be respected for a successful sharing experience, during the development and appropriation phases, in order to favour the dissemination of innovation in a university context.