The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 8: Globespeak

Language and culture is closely related. In the globalised culture of the web especially younger people is using universal chat and sms-codes to communicate. The effects of this linguistic boom and the speed in the development of communication lead to changes in the English language. Globespeak and language gap Learning by doing is one of the most effective methods for learning, but at the same time the shortened cyber-language often does not work outside the… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 4: Motivation

Decrease the amount of distractions, individually adapt the course’s content and pedagogical method, and stimulate curiosity and problem solving skills. This is some of the building-blocs to a motivating brain-adapted learning environment according to seven brain-scientists that was interviewed in the daily paper Dagens Nyheter May 15, 2011. They also agree that the result of the brain research should be more commonly used as a basis for pedagogy in practice. To use Daniel Ansaris words,… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 2: Learning

Our senses like sight and hearing, skills like motor skills and memory functions is managed by different parts of the brain. Therefore different forms of training are needed to develop different skills. From this prerequisite Torkel Klingberg, Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm says that “I want to see an improved understanding of where individual differences come from, and how different problems connect to each other.” He hopes that a new field… Continue reading

From Starwars to Edutopia – George Lucas on Education

The visionary that puts eLearning on the top of the agenda Abstract concepts and isolation is education’s worst enemy, says George Lucas, the producer of the Starwars-movies, one the movie-history’s greatest successes. Lucas profound commitment for educational issues is not that commonly known. We work with computers; we work with film, Lucas said in 1991, let us combine this and create a multimedia tool for learning. From this starting point Lucas founded the non-commercial foundation Edutopia.… Continue reading

Interactive Learning in a Group

Research from Lund University leads the way The opposite of interactive learning is passive learning, which involves observing a learning process or just listens to information. With this background the Lund University researchers Daniel Hellström and Ola Johansson, examine methods to make passive learning more interactive. They identify that one significant problem with interactive learning is that it works poorly in larger groups since there is only one channel in a classroom for response. With… Continue reading

Lifelong learning challenges and solutions Part 3

Teaching with new prerequisites and collaborative learning In part 2 in this article-series PLE or web-library method and self-studies with technical support were described. In this part we dig into the changes within traditional education according to the teaching by telling method as well as the renaissance for collaborative learning. This helps to improve the prerequisites for lifelong learning.   Teaching with new prerequisites Traditional pedagogy according to teaching by telling method can be refined… Continue reading

Lifelong learning challenges and solutions Part 2

Four pedagogical methods with technological support The progressing knowledge society’s demands a new educational map. In this spirit the technology development has become a springboard to improved and refined pedagogical methods. The basic perspective is dislocated from system responsibility to individual responsibility for learning where the form is not essential but the aim. The focus changes from education to learning where educational organisations develop from a course distributor to a competence development partner. This demands… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 3

Flexible and creative learning environments in practice The Web can be described as a learning organization that has grown with the six criteria in the article “Creative environments: Six fundamental principles” as the driving force. In this article these drivers are used in the school environment based on an authentic case study of a successful Comenius Project: Efelcren1. This case also is an inspiring example of introducing an entrepreneurial spirit in schools with EU-funding. Participants… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 2

Global Education Initiative leads the way There are several barriers that must be destroyed before the entrepreneurial ecosystem can flourish. Basically, these are based on the fact that in all cultures there is a sceptical and sometimes even hostile attitude towards entrepreneurship. Media, especially television, during the recent years has begun to deal with this through various competitions and other shows with entrepreneurship at the centre. For instance British “Dragons Den” and its American counterpart… Continue reading

Entrepreneurial spirit into the school system Part 1

Global Education Initiative leads the way Entrepreneurship involves individual’s ability to convert ideas to functional services and products, and further to market success. These characteristics demand high-level of creativity and self-esteem. This is also the starting-point of the study Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs: Unlocking Entrepreneurial Capabilities to Meet the Global Challenges of the 21st Century presented at World Economic Forum 2010. Entrepreneurship should be according to the study permeated in all aspects of… Continue reading