A Few Thoughts on Educational Websites

In looking around at Education Websites, I’ve found some cool websites and twitter accounts to follow, but also just some interesting articles about innovation in Education.

Here are just a few findings:

Education for All

Education for All is movement led by UNESCO. It has branched out into the GPE (Global Partnership for Education) which is pushing to get primary education UNIVERSALLY by 2015. This means working with international organizations and governments, non-for profits and all of the alike, to get primary education for all children.

On their website you can find out a ton of cool – and unfortunately, a lot of sad – things about the Education in the world both close and far.

For example, even though UNESCO and EFA launched GPE, there are still a growing number of children NOT in school. These groups are trying to rally more support from policy makers and even more so, from additional funds from major governments, but funding can only go so far. They need the help of Major players in governments where education is not already considered a priority:

To get involved check out the statistics here:

UNESCO World Report on the growing number of children out of school: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/growing-number-children-and-adolescents-are-out-school-aid-fails-meet-mark#sthash.YiNpD9PS.LJ6rqMRm.dpbs

And the Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/globalpartnership/

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD is all about promoting social and economic policies internationally to help of the future of the world. They hold conferences for government leaders to come and discuss the future of their countries and how they can work with other international organizations and governments to make a better world.

These conferences are a great outlet for governments to find a way to work together and use shared experiences to figure out ways to solve problems they’re having individually.

They are also the organisation behind The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is an assessment that measures scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. Students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment so far.(1)

Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI)

CERI is an organisation that completes research on education, and they have a strong focus on innovation and the future of schools. This is most likely why I used their website and suggested sites from them in my search for information on Brain Based Learning, as this is a “newer” strategy that is being implemented in the classroom.

CERI tries to inform policy makers of innovation in teaching from all different angles. They conduct studies and share results of what innovative skills will be needed in a country’s society in the future, they have completed studies on what skills should be addressed in the classroom and how we address those skills, and they have recommended ways to assess if these skills are being taught (as well as a multitude of other studies).

For interesting articles of what they have found, check it out here: http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/

One study that I think is interesting is a progression of creativity in schools and what we need to do to get there. The article talks about the five elements of creative skills that need to be fostered to develop and creative and critical thinker, which the article argues are important skills in the 21st century. The five elements include being inquisitive, persistent, imaginative, collaborative, and disciplined.(2) I couldn’t agree more.

Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

The AAIE is an international community that offers professional development for educators and administrators working in International Schools. They have a large range of classes on everything.

From what I’m gathering, it’s a good way to better get to know the International Community, learn how policy makers and leaders in the International Education Community effect the everyday environment in an International School, and also take classes to help better understand how to work with others within the community.

Plus, there are also classes for educators to continue their professional development.

Sources: 

(1) About PISA – OECD. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.oecd.org/pisa/aboutpisa/

(2) Lucas, B., G. Claxton and E. Spencer (2013), “Progression in Student Creativity in School: First Steps Towards New Forms of Formative Assessments”, OECD Education Working Papers, No. 86, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5k4dp59msdwk-en

(3) Association for the Advancement of International Education. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aaie.org/page.cfm?p=1

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