Friday, November 30, 2012

What’s hot for innovative educators around the globe

When it comes to education, it seems no matter where in the world you are from, the same innovative practices bring us together. This week at Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum hundreds of educators from more than 80 countries came together to showcase, learn, discuss and think about innovative teaching, learning, and leading practices.

Take a look below to see what was hot around the globe and think about how you might tackle one or some of these where you work in the New Year. When you find a topic of interest, click the link to read, watch, discuss and learn more.

Personalized Learning
How can we help ensure student voice and choice are top priorities; education is responsive to students’ needs, interests and aspirations; and that they’re given the skills and experiences vital to success in the 21st Century?

Student Voice
How can we help to ensure students have a say in what, when, where, how and why they learn? What are ways we can listen to students’ needs, interests and concerns? How can we empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges?

Physical Learning Environments
How can we design change to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of 21st century students?
Virtual Learning Environments
How can we use virtual learning environments to support the development of 21st Century skills, such as collaboration, team work, decision making and planning, as well as enhancing cross disciplinary knowledge, connections and understanding?

Games Based Learning
How can we use games to test students’ understanding, reactions and knowledge as they navigate through real world situations in a risk-free gaming environment?

1:1 Learning
How can we support students in developing creativity and independence by putting learning in their hands so they can access the vast array of resources wherever and whenever they like?

Building Teacher Capacity
How can teachers best be supported in building the capacity to enhance teaching practices and enable students to get more active in their own learning.
Leadership and Strategic Innovation
How can students, teachers, and leaders work together to ensure everyone has a voice, understand everyone’s needs and develop a shared vision that will improve our schools?
Change Management & Culture of Innovation
What measures can we put in place to develop a culture of innovation in our schools that is likely to ensure the changes vital to success are embraced?

How might we do more to make learning environments, online spaces, resources and devices accessible to all students? What accessibility features are built in to the technology we use with students?
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
With virtual and face to face options, how can participating in a personal learning community help innovative educators take their practice into the 21st century and enable us to support others as well?
Project Based Learning
What is the best way for students to learn via applying their thinking to a real world problem or challenge?

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