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Author Archive | Joan Rooney

Do we need humans in education?

Students now have many ways to access information – digitized textbooks, YouTube videos, free online asynchronous content such as Khan Academy and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and adaptive learning software.  Educational companies are constantly developing online content to serve to students – it is less costly than paying for a teacher or tutor.  These […]

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Motivation

Any teacher at the elementary, secondary or even post-secondary level, as well as many parents, would undoubtedly agree that motivation is one of the thorniest issues in both education and child-rearing. Like so many aspects of learning and teaching, it’s complicated. Motivation arises out of the totality of our individual experiences including our emotions, belief […]

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Ice Cream in the Jungle: How Do We Personalize Learning?

Educational buzz words come and go. Remember “the new math,” “whole language vs phonics,” and “emotional intelligence”? What exactly is “personalized” or “individualized” learning, and is this just another educational fad? “Learning is about biology,” to quote James Zull, Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and […]

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