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In Course 1, you'll explore (a) aspects of effective teaching (b) educational theories (c) approaches to learning (d) contemporary issues in education, all for the purpose of applying what you learn to your classroom.


Learning with joy

Learning objective

In Course 1, teachers explore (a) aspects of effective teaching (b) educational theories and approaches to learning and (c) contemporary issues in education. The focus is on applying what has been learned directly to your classroom.


Course material and conversations with global colleagues.

List of Assignments

Assignment 1 : Your Assessment of Aspects of Good Teaching

Assignment 2 : The Power of Questions

Assignment 3 : Towards an Imagined Dialogue

Assignment 4 : Applying Theory

Assignment 5 : Critical Questions

Assignment 6 : One Day of Multiple Intelligences

Assignment 7 : Applying Multiple Intelligences

Assignment 8 : Towards a New Intelligence

Assignment 9 : Active Reading and Creating Dialogue

Assignment 10 : Starting with Your Classroom

Assignment 11 : Professional Reflections

Assignment 12 : Effectiveness of Course One


4 - 6 weeks

Required Reading : Education 2050 by Dee Dickinson.

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Education 2050

A different perspective

The 21st century marks the beginning of some key changes in education. A shift from:

  • regional views to global views
  • covering the material to uncovering the material
  • passive receipt of information to active inquiry
  • product orientation to process orientation
  • compliance and competition to collaboration and inquiry .

Here is what we mean: Education has often focused on one's own regional views. In a society with no interaction with the outsideworld, this might suffice. However, in our global society requiring different kinds of skills - an awareness of cultures, and collaborationacross borders - a regional view may not be enough. In fact, those regional views may be pushed by the current power in charge.

It used to be, too, that if one mastered a body of material and memorized facts, one would be considered a master as well. Thisview has held that there is a finite amount to know, and the one who accumulates the most - succeeds.

An educated person, however, is more than the sum of facts; s/he is able to think, to solve problems, to collaborate on newapproaches. An educated person relies on research and experience to uncover new questions, rather than simply cover the material. This requires an active and imaginative mind, an appreciation for risk and inquiry, and an ability to learn from one'smistakes.

We tend to think of these views by remembering the name of a person: Dr. CROSS . Each letter stands for education that meets the needs of children and inspires learning:

D iscovery : learning to uncover information and use it

R isk : taking a chance and learning from mistakes

C amaraderie : using the value of the group to enhance learning and pool resources

R eal Tasks with Real Consequences: providing opportunities to take on and be held accountable to challenges

O ut of the ordinary : moving beyond passive seat time to active learning in the community, out of doors, through one's ownexploration of interests

S kills : connecting all curriculum to national standards and educated competencies

S ervice : using education in a way that meets the needs of one's society

Defining terms

Global Education vs. Education that is Global

Teachers Without Borders is not about global education as the accumulation of facts about the world or geographylessons. While these are, indeed, important, we are focused on education that is global in the encompassing of methodologies that treat the wholechild, the subject as whole exploration, the integration of subjects with learning as a whole.

Traditional vs. Tradition

Another highlight is the difference between traditional and tradition. Alfred North Whitehead made this distinctionclear: He defines traditional as the "dead ideas of the living." He defines tradition as the "living ideas of the dead" - a nice distinction and a guide.No one wants to eliminate the masterpieces of bygone eras or dismiss one's history for the sake of the newest trend.

An educated person for the 21st century remembers and appreciates history, while simultaneously embracing the present. Infact, anything sustainable protects the future by grounding it in the past. Our courses reflect wisdom, whether that comes from the villager relying onoral tradition, or the scholar relying upon the written tradition of text and context.

Teachers Without Borders respects tradition and learning that stems from local communities, wherever they may be. In fact, we depend upon indigenous knowledge. We consider the cultural aspects of a society as one ofits pillars. We want to emphasize, therefore, the importance of the contributions that come from societies that may not have a written languageor contemporary technological devices. A 21st-century education, therefore, should not be substituted for "modern," "better," or"western." It follows that a 21st-century education celebrates and enhances wisdom wherever and whenever it takes place.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
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