Introducing #Edchat Weekly Roundup
While the week’s #edchat moderators sometimes vary, they almost always center around the following people:
- Steven Anderson (@web20classroom)
- Jerry Blumgarten (@cybraryman1)
- Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell)
- Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
Follow any (or all!) of these educators for updates #edchat, including how to vote for the week’s topics, as well as their inspired ideas on the issues at hand.
Starting this week, Teach.com will post a summary or “round up” of the previous day’s #edchat conversations, providing readers with a general understanding of the main points of each discussions and highlighting thought-provoking tweets from some of the day’s “key players.” We encourage you to join the conversation, too! Check in on tweets from @teachdotcom, as well as the #edchat moderators, to find out about the day’s topics of conversation.
Yesterday’s topics were as follows:
- 12pm EST: “With less than one-third of our population completing college degrees, should college continue to be a main goal of education?”
- 7pm EST: “What is Authentic Learning and what role should it play in education?”
College as the Main Goal of Education (12pm EST)
We're tailoring K-12 ed to meet student's unique needs, but why not in higher ed? Post-secondary success is diff for every student. #edchat— Teach.com (@Teachdotcom) January 28, 2014
College helps to bring different thinkers from different backgrounds together… might be hard to get this from other experiences #edchat— USC Rossier Online (@USCTeacher) January 28, 2014
Main goal of education should be to prepare students to be good citizens & successful in whatever career path they choose. #edchat— Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) January 28, 2014
#edchat school should provide personal plan and path for a student's either by new courses or connecting to outside source, not just college— Keith Stendebach (@keithstendebach) January 28, 2014
Keeping Learning Authentic (7pm EST)
Authentic means “genuine” or “real.” Why should we provide students with learning that’s anything but that? #edchat— Teach.com (@Teachdotcom) January 29, 2014
@ShellTerrell I think incredible teachers can achieve authentic learning while still preparing students for standardized tests.— Talia Arbit (@TaliaArbit) January 29, 2014
Learners have to be empowered to authentically learn. Teachers have to be empowered to authentically teach. #edchat— Erica Speaks【ツ】 (@rickylynne76) January 29, 2014
Authentic learning is learning that is real. learning that matters to students NOW! #edchat— Timothy Scholze (@scholzet) January 29, 2014
Keep the Conversation Going!
Comment below, or tweet at us to voice your opinion about the role of college in education and the importance of authentic learning in the classroom!
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12pm EST: How do teachers as education experts regain the leadership of the discussion on education reform?
7pm EST: What would be the effect of building collaboration and reflection time into your word schedule?
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