5 Shocking Things Your Students Will do in 2015

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Last year, we made these predictions about education in 2015. Today, we rehash them and hope you’ll take your education pulse.

Check out our 5 shocking things and let us know which ones, if any, are correct in your world. Please comment below and/or share your thoughts on Twitter at hashtag #HackLearning.
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Fifteen years ago, people thought the world might end, when the new millennium arrived. We’re still here and evolving faster than reality TV. And, believe it or not, education is facing major changes, too. In fact, you’ll be amazed at the shocking things students will do this year.

5 shocking things students will do in 2015

1-Read more than ever

Faced with a steady stream of news about how far behind some other country we are in reading test scores, it’s hard to believe that your students will read more than ever in 2015. Still, there are several contributing factors to a likely increase in reading. One, the Common Core calls for increased reading in all subjects. Two, some states are going to reading guarantees–another testing program that mandates more reading. While bureaucratic programs like these may not be the answer to improving reading comprehension, the race to help students pass reading tests is certain to increase the amount of reading that teachers assign.

While piles of so-called complex texts on ancient civilizations and invertebrates may not make students love reading, an increase in digital texts like blogs, social networks, and online books just might. Whether they are loving it or hating it, your students will likely be reading more than ever this year.

2-Become digital citizens

Corwin’s Connected Educators Series is a world leader in connecting teachers and students to social networks, web tools and, ultimately, to digital citizenship. As one of Corwin’s authors, I’m especially excited about this. With billions of teachers in the palms of students’ hands, education is more exciting than ever. What your students will do with mobile devices and social networks this year will make them remarkable digital citizens and, even better, global learners.

3-Curate amazing content

As digital citizens, empowered with social media and mobile devices, your students will learn to curate content. That is, they will create, receive, maintain, organize and share articles, graphics, and video, using a variety of cloud-based systems and social networks. Sure, they do some of this already, but with the evolution and immediacy of social learning, content curation is rapidly becoming the go-to source of information, and being an expert curator isn’t just amazing, it is now a necessity.

4-Build Personal Learning Networks

Your students have networks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks. They discuss their weekends and the parties they attended. In 2015, one of the most shocking things your students will do is turn their Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections (yes, they’re on LinkedIn) into a go-to PLN. When teachers model the power of the PLN for students, inviting them to participate in educational Twitter chats and Facebook groups, students will understand that without a Personal Learning Network of global teachers, they are on a lonely island.

5-Talk about learning

The no-grades classroom is more than just a trendy Twitter chat. With thousands of educators and parents from around the world sharing new assessment practices, an abundance of books on the assessment without grades, and students explaining the value of feedback over numbers, 2015 is sure to see less grading and more conversations about learning. Mobile devices and PLNs are shocking things, for sure, but nothing is more unseemly and exciting as students talking about what they have or haven’t learned and where they are going next. This year, more teachers will remove the grades, and more students will being to talk about learning.

The teaching profession seems to be rooted to outdated traditions.

Seeing students do any of these shocking things might signal the kind of change educators have wanted for a very long time.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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