16 mars 2018

One in every five children, adolescents and youth is out of school worldwide

New figures on the number of children out of school worldwide reveal that despite decades of efforts to get every child into the classroom, progress has come to a standstill. According to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), about 263 million children, adolescents and youth worldwide - one in every five - are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years. More...

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International Mother Language Day

A language is far more than a means of communication; it is the very condition of our humanity. Our values, our beliefs and our identity are embedded within it. It is through language that we transmit our experiences, our traditions and our knowledge. The diversity of languages reflects the incontestable wealth of our imaginations and ways of life. More...

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Former UIL Scholar celebrates progress on improving national book policies in Africa

The Global Book Alliance (GBA), which promotes the development of mother-tongue reading materials, held its first regional workshop in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 22 to 25 January 2018. Representatives from one lusophone, 10 francophone and 10 anglophone countries in Africa gathered to learn more about the GBA and the importance of improving national book policies. More...

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ALADIN Members Receive Free IRE Subscriptions

Eleven members of the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network (ALADIN) have been granted free one-year online subscription to the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) starting January 2018. More...

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Gearing up for the fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) regularly publishes a Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) in order to monitor developments in adult learning and education (ALE) in UNESCO Member States. GRALE 4, due in 2019, will continue to shed light on participation in ALE and provide possible ways to address any shortcomings. More...

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Google’s Philosopher

Google’s Philosopher
Robert Herritt, Pacific Stamndard, 2015/01/02
This argument from "Google's philosopher" (actually Oxford ethics professor Luciano Floridi) has been flagged as "novel", but they're actually in line with a lot of contemporary thinking. According to Floridi, 'you are your information, which comprises everything from data about the relations between particles in your body, to your life story, to your memories, beliefs, and genetic code." This reminds me immediately of McLuhan's argument that our tools and devices are extensions of ourselves, and George Siemens's suggestion that our thoughts and ideas are contained in the network beyond our physical brain. More...

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How to learn efficiently

How to learn efficiently
Daniel Lemire, Weblog, 2015/01/02
What's interesting about this post is the suggestion that efficient learning is the opposite of what we might think it is. Lemire first outlines three reasonable principles (quoted):

  • Seek the most difficult problems
  • Reflect on what you have supposedly learned
  • Avoid learning from a single source

This is in fact exactly what I have done most of my life (even in public school, where I frequently went well beyond the curriculum to create 'projects' devoted to any of a variety of topics). More...

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Are rich media better than single media in online learning?

Are rich media better than single media in online learning?
Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, 2015/01/02
Tony Bates suggests, "In general, it is usually a useful guideline always to look for the simplest medium first then only opt for a more complex or richer medium if the simple medium can’t deliver the learning goals as adequately." One reason for this is "there may be too many distractions in a rich medium for students to grasp the essential point of the teaching." But if what Daniel Lemire says below is true, then this is fals. More...

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Harmonizing Learning and Education

Harmonizing Learning and Education
Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, 2015/01/02
Definitely read this long post from Michael Feldstein in response to Dave Cormier's recent set of articles about engagement (I find it fascinating that the truly heady thinking takes place in blog posts, not Twitter, and not academic journals). More...

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When it comes to Education and Technology, “Efficiency” is not the point

When it comes to Education and Technology, “Efficiency” is not the point
Steve Krause, stevendkrause.com, 2015/01/02
From The Hechinger Report, which Steve Krause states"'is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University' that apparently generates a lot of articles about education that get poured right into a lot of mainstream publications," we read that "the assumed purpose of technology (e.g., computer stuff, basically) in this article is efficiency, and some version of that word/theme appears at least a dozen times in this 1,000 or word so piece." This, he writes, misrepresents the purpose of technology in education. More...

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