Did someone say Oscar winners? As far as we know, our Top 12 haven't won any Oscars - yet - but they did win our hearts and our votes as the Best Global Teacher Blogs of 2014. We liked their innovative ideas so much, we decided to invite these talented 12 back each month to answer one big picture question related to 21st century education.
The February question?
What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years?
We suggested our Top 12 think about the perspectives shared by The Global Search for Education thought leaders.
For example, in October 2013, we asked Michael Horn (co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns), "In the future, will students attend 'schools' or will they be called 'blended learning schools' that combine brick-and-mortar buildings with online learning?"
So... back to that homework assignment, which was once again: What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years? Our top 12 global teachers have spoken:
Adam Steiner thinks that in the next ten years, new gadgets won't be as important as transforming students into creators of knowledge. Read all about it.
Todd Finley advocates for mindfulness training and strenuous individualized exercise, believing that they will become widespread in the next ten years. Read all about it.
Richard Wells thinks teaching students to teach themselves will be the next key innovation in education. Read all about it.
Tom Bennett praises the burgeoning collective communication of teachers across the world, and says increasing teacher independence will be the biggest forthcoming innovation. Read all about it.
Vicki Davis thinks the technology that gave Stephen Hawking a voice needs to become more accessible to our students in the coming years. Read all about it.
Lisa Currie suggests we listen to Andy Mead, who thinks the biggest innovation of the future won't be in technology but in teachers themselves, who will grow to develop a more personal, individual-oriented education. Read all about it.
Silvia Tolisano says learning how to learn will be the future goal for education. Read all about it.
Craig Kemp thinks wearable technology will be the next big innovation in education but notes that local Governments need to play the game and start funding technology in schools. Read all about it.
Joe Bower warns that technology can be either a blessing or a curse depending on how it's used e.g. for the interest of the student or the corporation. Read all about it.
Karen Lirenman thinks personalized learning and critical thinking will be the future of education. Read all about it.
Pauline Hawkins thinks the individualized student-run education that the Internet and a school newspaper provide need to be integrated into the classroom for education to see innovative change in the next ten years. Read all about it.
Be sure to join us next month for the next big picture question our Top 12 teachers have the answer for.
Tom Bennett, Joe Bower, Susan Bowles, Lisa Currie, Vicki Davis, Todd Finley, Pauline Hawkins, Craig Kemp, Karen Lirenman, Adam Steiner, Silvia Tolisano, and Richard Wells are The Global Search for Education 2014 Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers.
Left to right top row: Adam Steiner, Susan Bowles, Richard Wells, Todd Finley
Middle row: Vicki Davis, Lisa Currie, C. M. Rubin, Pauline Hawkins, Joe Bower
Bottom row: Craig Kemp, Silvia Tolisano, Tom Bennett, Karen Lirenman
(Lead photo is courtesy of Education Services Australia)
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C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, "The Global Search for Education" and "How Will We Read?" She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld, and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.