Friday, 30 December 2011

Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die « Educational Technology and Change Journal

Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die « Educational Technology and Change Journal:

"As we teeter on the brink of the new year, we’re left with more questions than answers. In a way, that’s a good thing, considering the makeshift nature of technology in higher education. As we sidle into 2012, the same old questions will greet us. They’re about a world that’s rapidly changing and about our ability or inability to change with it. Let’s face it. The cat’s out of the bag, but some of us are still trying to lure it back in."


10 education predictions for 2012 - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

10 education predictions for 2012 - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:

"I’m going to take a stab at some prognostication for 2012. I batted close to 50% in last year’s predictions, which can’t be much worse than those made by professional pundits. Feel free to add your own predictions — and don’t hesitate to include “wishful thinking!”"


10 Ways to Enable Student Collaboration | Technology Teacher

10 Ways to Enable Student Collaboration | Technology Teacher:

"Well, another semester has come and gone. As always, I’ve learned so much from my students. One of the things I have started doing in my classes (remember, I teach online) is to make just about every activity and assignment collaborative. That means that students sometimes work together, view each others’ work, and/or are included in all class conversations. There are many ways to share information and enable collaboration than ever before, but you need to use the tools and include instructions for your students. Here are 10 ways I created collaborative learning environments for my students this semester:"


How to Check for Deeper Understanding and Engage All Students | Edutopia

How to Check for Deeper Understanding and Engage All Students | Edutopia:

"Consider the following two scenarios, though fictitious. Two different teachers teaching the same learning objectives using checking for deeper understanding as their main method and strategy."


What makes a brilliant teacher? | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional

What makes a brilliant teacher? | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional:

"While watching a brilliant teacher in action, you too may have wondered: "What is it that makes them excellent?"

Do we, as an educational community actually realise what makes a true teacher? Is it purely down to perfect pedagogy, rigorous planning and assessing, diligent resource making and clever behaviour management; or is there something more?"


FREE Educational Apps for Kids

FREE Educational Apps for Kids:

"Just got a new iPad2 or Android tablet for Christmas but can’t pull it out of your child’s hands long enough to use it yourself?"

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing

TADO Vids Educational Tech 2012 Predictions

Quote of the day

No animals were used in testing this product... only stupid humans.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Quote of the day


I wish I could play little league now. I'd be way better than before.

Mitch Hedberg

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Social Networking Block

social  block

Quote of the day

Oh, so they have internet on computers now!

Homer Simpson

What’s The Best Technology For Flipped Classrooms? | Edudemic

What’s The Best Technology For Flipped Classrooms? | Edudemic:

"Flipped classrooms may just be the future of education. Quite simply, they’re a setup where the teacher acts more like an adviser than a lecturer. It lets the students have a more hands-on approach to education.

Since this is Edudemic and we heart technology, we thought it might be helpful to figure out what some of the best technology is for flipped classrooms. A few teachers who are currently using the flipped classroom method were consulted and here’s what they had to say:
"


The Year in Education: Seven Innovations Changing the Way the World Learns - Education - GOOD

The Year in Education: Seven Innovations Changing the Way the World Learns - Education - GOOD:

"This year's education innovations focused on technology, leadership, and creative thinking. From the expansion of free college courses to teachers becoming entrepreneurially minded leaders, these are the most important educational advancements of the past year—all of which are sure to impact schools well into 2012 and beyond."


Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What's Wrong With Google Telling Me Everything?

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What's Wrong With Google Telling Me Everything?:

"The topic of Critical Thinking and Google Searches seems to poke it's head out via various discussions and conversations every now and then. Even on #edchat last night the topic centered around moving kids away from thinking Google has all the answers to thinking critically."


Connected Superintendent | Just another WordPress.com site

Connected Superintendent | Just another WordPress.com site:

"A little more than a year ago, Dr. Donna Peters, former superintendent of North Carolina’s Montgomery County Schools and the 2010 State Superintendent of the Year, reflected on her efforts to lead digital change in her school district:"


Another Tarnished Silver Bullet « My Island View

Another Tarnished Silver Bullet « My Island View:

"The latest trend in education may be to shift teaching and learning from the classroom to the internet. We are seeing more and more states tuning to this as an answer to their education woes. Colleges have been transitioning in that direction for years. Online course have exploded over the years. I served on a committee for the New York State United Teachers examining those online possibilities for the secondary level back in the turn of the century, about the year 2000.
"


Infographic: How Has the Internet Changed Education? | Getting Smart

Infographic: How Has the Internet Changed Education? | Getting Smart:

"At Getting Smart, we discuss often how the Internet, personal digital learning, social media and other technology tools are changing the face of education. Today, students have access to an abundance of information, knowledge and resources over the Web. Today’s infographic, “How has the Internet Changed Education?” explores this"


Is the iPad the Correct Tool to Aid Learning in Education? - iPads in Education

Is the iPad the Correct Tool to Aid Learning in Education? - iPads in Education:

"Many educators have asked – “Are iPads the correct tool to aid learning in education?” Having read several articles and well as witnessing first hand the implementation of iPad programs in several K12 educational establishments. I still don’t have a definitive answer, but I suppose it depends on the goals of your educational establishment and the age group of learners and what they need to achieve by using the iPad.
"


Daytona State reins in its push toward e-textbooks | Inside Higher Ed

Daytona State reins in its push toward e-textbooks | Inside Higher Ed:

"It would be tempting to blame the Jonas Brothers for the stalling of Daytona State College’s effort to nudge its students and faculty toward e-textbooks.
Kent Sharples, the president of the Florida community college, resigned last year after allegedly loaning $1.4 million to a local arts group to bring the fraternal pop stars (among others) to Daytona Beach for a concert without first seeking approval from the Board of Trustees."


Tado Vids Virtual School Administrator

TGIF

TGIF

Quote of the day

I like dogs too. Let's exchange recipes.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Quote of the day


But Marge, what if we chose the wrong religion? Each week we just make God madder and madder.

Homer Simpson

Dog indoor bathroom


The Web is a student’s primary source as universities adopt the digital age (infographic) | VentureBeat

The Web is a student’s primary source as universities adopt the digital age (infographic) | VentureBeat:

"Education must evolve as curriculum changes, and new subject information becomes available. But it also must change to adopt the Web and accept that students are using it for just about everything."


Stressed and Dessert


Why we should look east for lessons in education - Education News - Education - The Independent

Why we should look east for lessons in education - Education News - Education - The Independent:

"Michael Gove's review of school standards contrasts the English system with those of successful countries such as Singapore and China, writes Richard Garner"


Christmas Group Therapy


Seven black swans for education in 2012 » Dave's Educational Blog

Seven black swans for education in 2012 » Dave's Educational Blog:

"For the past 6 years i’ve done a top ten list to finish off the year. As my interests have evolved and as my writing has changed, i’ve found it more difficult each year to try and pull together the list. This year I saw HackEducations http://www.hackeducation.com/2011/12/15/top-ed-tech-trends-of-2011-open/ post and thought… huh… that’s pretty much what i would have said. I’m sure I would have come at it slightly differently, maybe not spelled as well, but I don’t think i have significantly more to offer to that discussion. The only thing I would have added was Learning Analytics. So… check Hack Education’s list."


Teachers call it cheating


2011 in Education: The Year of the Awakening - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

2011 in Education: The Year of the Awakening - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

"This was the year of the billionaire in education. And teachers, parents and students are wondering what we need to do to make 2011 turn out a bit differently."


Change


The Role of Design in Digital Education - Design Thinking Network

The Role of Design in Digital Education - Design Thinking Network:

"Brands like Target and Apple have successfully used design to set themselves apart. Mainstream magazines like BusinessWeek and Fast Company now devote complete issues to design. College design programs are experiencing unprecedented demand. Highly ranked institutions like Stanford now teach MBA students about the role of design and design thinking."


Ancestor's Tails


The Nerdy Teacher: Social Media in Schools #EdChat

The Nerdy Teacher: Social Media in Schools #EdChat:

""Nicholas Provenzano, 32, who has been teaching English for 10 years at Grosse Point High School in Michigan, acknowledged that “all of us using social media in a positive way with kids have to take 15 steps back whenever there is an incident.” But he said the benefits were many and that he communicated regularly with his students in an open forum, mostly through Twitter, responding to their questions about assignments. He has even shared a photo of his 6-month-old son. On occasion, he said, he will exchange private messages about an assignment or school-related task. He said that in addition to modeling best practices on social media use, he has been able to engage some students on Twitter who would not raise their hand in class. "


Strawberry pop-tart


Curing fake testing with education | trishkhoo.com

Curing fake testing with education | trishkhoo.com:

"I believe fake testing is generally practiced by testers who just don’t know any better. We can’t really blame them. Most testers “fall in” to the profession. There’s a widely held belief that testing is an unskilled profession that can be done by anyone. So when it comes to adding testers to a project, often “anyone” is hired.
"


Canadian Bullfight


Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down | TechCrunch

Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down | TechCrunch:

"Computer technology has penetrated the classroom for thirty years with little impact. After hundreds of “disruptive” education startups, the best innovation in education is still the chalkboard. This isn’t the fault of the entrepreneurs, but the fault of an education system which resists innovation at every turn."


Bwainz


Andrew Hargadon: Teaching failure

Andrew Hargadon: Teaching failure:

"Seth Godin has a thought! Joking—he's got plenty of thoughts. This one was particularly interesting because it poked a sore spot in me about teaching innovation and entrepreneurship: The difference between a failure and a mistake. He makes a useful distinction that, even if it's not going to change Webster's definitions, should change how we talk about and teach innovation. "


I Broke


Virtual schools booming as states mull warnings | eSchool News

Virtual schools booming as states mull warnings | eSchool News:

"More schoolchildren than ever are taking their classes online, using technology to avoid long commutes to school, add courses they wouldn’t otherwise be able to take—and save their school districts money."


Reading Backwards


User-Generated Learning: Engaged, Connected, Student-Centric

User-Generated Learning: Engaged, Connected, Student-Centric:

"As we grapple with educational reform and what “school” should look like in the future, we need to keep some key learning principles in mind to support the aquisition of critical skills (mastery of core subjects and 21st cnetury interdisciplinary skills, learning and innovation skills, information, media, and technology skills, and life and careeer skills - Framework for 21st Century Learning) and learning dispositions our children will need to successfully navigate their future. The following learning principles are an integral part of the instruction and learning environment teachers create:"


Look Back


Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year

Official Google Blog: Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year:

"Today we’re pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays. Some of these were on nearly everyone’s wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises. These features will be rolling out over the next couple of days, and we hope you’ll find them useful this holiday season and beyond."


Bad Antler Day


7 Simple Tools For Email Sanity

7 Simple Tools For Email Sanity:

"The term “email overload” wasn’t always a cliche. Bouncing messages between inboxes didn’t always consume about 10% of the time we spend online, and we didn’t always spend our holidays tethered to our professional email accounts."


TADO Vids Internet TV Sub

Adopted


Google Playing Hoaxes and Practical Jokes – Vectorash « Vectorash

Google Playing Hoaxes and Practical Jokes – Vectorash « Vectorash:

"Interesting to see the technology giant that is Google managing to take itself less seriously and even playful at times by making fun of their more “gullible” users!

Who said their taking over the world master plan can’t be done with a smile on your face!

Over time there were a series of hoaxes, April fool’s pranks and practical jokes that Google played on the world showing most of all a human side of the company.

It’s sort of a geeky humor, of course, and that’s what makes it honest. There’s no PR campaign behind it, it’s just your average Google geek having fun at work!

And people that are happy and feeling comfortable at work will always give a higher performance and generate better ideas! I guess this has aways been one of the secrets of Google.

But let’s get back to the fun and games part."


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Type "Let It Snow" on Google for a Pleasant Surprise

Type "Let It Snow" on Google for a Pleasant Surprise:

"In the spirit of the Google “barrel roll,” the company has another tricky search result today: Search the words “let it snow” and watch what happens.

Of course, your Google search results will contain videos of that old favorite song, but what’s that? Snowflakes falling in your browser? Frost on the Google bar? Could this be some mistake?
"


Saturday, 17 December 2011

Quote of the Day


I'm no theologian. I don't know who or what God is. All I know is he's more powerful than Mom and Dad put together.

Lisa Simpson

Friday, 16 December 2011

People


The Bamboo Project : What Are the "Big" Career and Professional Development Questions We Need to Be Asking?

The Bamboo Project : What Are the "Big" Career and Professional Development Questions We Need to Be Asking?:

"I think that every profession has it's "important questions"--the big questions that start to drive us in new directions, that ask us to reflect on what we are doing and why we are doing it. What are the questions that keep us up at night?

For me, I'm thinking about the "big" questions when it comes to career and professional development. What do we need to be talking about? What are the ideas, trends, etc. that seem most pressing to work on and work out?

Here are some that I think are important:"


Truth


New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class | MindShift

New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class | MindShift:

"If you want to see a teacher fume, just bring up the topic of cell phones in class.

Technology, especially social media and text messaging, competes for students’ attention as never before. When half of social media users say they check messages from bed, and 11 percent of those 25 or younger are willing to interrupt sex for a Twitter or Facebook message, what chance do teachers have of keeping students’ attention in class?"


Smoking in Russia


Investing in Education in Every State and District | ED.gov Blog

rInvesting in Education in Every State and District | ED.gov Blog:

"In September, President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act, which among other key investments to create jobs would invest $30 billion to repair and modernize public schools and community colleges and $30 billion to keep hundreds of thousands of teachers from facing layoffs."


School Starts


TeachPaperless: Flipped: Why It Has to Be A Conversation

TeachPaperless: Flipped: Why It Has to Be A Conversation:

"I know that "flipped" is a trendy idea right now. While I am intrigued by the idea of video tutorials to help guide students in learning, it is absurd to suggest that a video can replace a human in creating the ultimate customized learning experience. What this concept misses is the nature of human learning."


Go Left


Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12? | MindShift

Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12? | MindShift:

"Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. While most schools do recognize the importance of helping students learn how to use new technologies, you’ll still find scant opportunities in K-12 classes for students to learn how to actually build those very technologies."


Dear Santa


How Has The Internet Changed Education? [Infographic] | SEO.com

How Has The Internet Changed Education? [Infographic] | SEO.com:

"If you want evidence of the way the internet is pervading every aspect of our lives, you need look no further than its effect on education. The internet and social media have dramatically changed both teaching and learning.
In fact, most students’ (an incredible 93 percent) first instinct when confronted with a research problem is to turn to Google or Bing to get information rather than going to the library, and despite the best efforts of faculty to discourage its use, Wikipedia is the research resource that is used most often. It’s not only students that are turning to the web, however. A whopping 90 percent of faculty uses social media in the courses they’re teaching, and 8 in 10 have used online video in class. In addition, colleges and universities are reaching out to students in a way they never could before—85 percent of admissions offices use some sort of social media, from video blogging to social networking."


3 Dopey Chimps


Ipad Apps for Teachers | Educational Ipad Apps | Teach.com

Ipad Apps for Teachers | Educational Ipad Apps | Teach.com:

"As the T in STEM, Technology in the classroom is becoming more relevant and teachers are increasingly becoming more tech-savvy. So it’s no surprise to find that more and more high tech tools are being used in the classroom. Schools all across the country are already being outfitted with SMART Boards, but you can also take the initiative and enhance your own teaching methods with these fun, interactive and organizational apps for your iPad:
"


What If Schools Didn’t Use Any Technology? | Edudemic

What If Schools Didn’t Use Any Technology? | Edudemic:

"I’m obviously a fan of technology in education. This entire blog and community of 200,000+ teachers and education administrators talks about it every single day. That’s why I was surprised and extremely interested to learn about the Waldorf School of the Peninusla in Los Altos, CA, aka Silicon Valley.

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula doesn’t use technology in the classroom. It’s not that it’s run by technophobes or that they can’t afford some education technology… it’s simply their teaching philosophy."


Before You


Top 5 Resolutions for School Principals in 2012 | EdReach

Top 5 Resolutions for School Principals in 2012 | EdReach:

"Need a New Year’s resolution at work? Here are 5 things every school principal should do during 2012."


Amazing


Online education: A viable alternative? « The TEFL Times

Online education: A viable alternative? « The TEFL Times:

"In these challenging and unpredictable times, the internet has developed into an out-and-out goldmine of information for potential university students. The whole range of activities involved in the tertiary education experience, from applying for monetary support right the way through to actually participating in a course of study, may all now be accomplished in the online environment."


TADO Vids Using Google Apps for back up

Quote of the day

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Quote of the Day

Exercise can help you save money. Today I walked home behind the bus and saved $2.00; tomorrow I'm gonna jog home behind a taxi and save $10.00.

Ormie the Pig

Doing it right.


for the love of learning: Thomas Lukaszuk on Standardized Testing

for the love of learning: Thomas Lukaszuk on Standardized Testing:

"Here is an interview on CBC with Alberta's Minister of Education Thomas Lukaszuk on standardized testing.

Here are some key points made by Thomas Lukaszuk:"


Resources


Larry Sanger Blog » An example of educational anti-intellectualism

Larry Sanger Blog » An example of educational anti-intellectualism:

"I’ve got to stop blogging quite so much, but I couldn’t let this pass without comment.

One would expect Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of learning technology at Plymouth University in England, to be plugged into and more or less represent the latest academic trends in education technology. If so, I’m a bit scared."


Pabst Beer


Can We Really Learn Online? Response to NYTimes on Wall Street's Digital Learning Enterprises | HASTAC

Can We Really Learn Online? Response to NYTimes on Wall Street's Digital Learning Enterprises | HASTAC:

"Anyone who thinks I'm a knee-jerk proponent of substituting online learning for face-to-face interactive learning hasn't read Now You See It, where my heroes are inspiring, passionate, engaged teachers, many of whom augment their classroom lessons with online assignments or, conversely, who amplify all the kinds of learning their students accomplish on line with real-time, face-to-face dialogue and interaction about the importance, meaning, and implications of digital learning. I thought about all of these issues today as I read what seems to be an excellent expose of the contrast between the dismal performance of online schools for the students versus the quite remarkable financial performance, on Wall Street, of these same schools. As one researcher notes: “The kids enroll. You get the money, the kids disappear." Apppalling. The only one who profits there is the investor, not the students. And certainly not the former teachers!"


Pick yourself Up


Role of the Teacher in Online Education | Jason Rhode

Role of the Teacher in Online Education | Jason Rhode:

"Stephen Downes, respected thought-leader in online education, recently gave a talk titled, We don’t need no educator: The role of the teacher in today’s online education at the Norwegian Association for Distance Education (NADE) in which he discussed the rapidly changing role of the educator in online learning and made the case for why instead of the traditional “expert” role, online educators serve in a host of roles, including:
"


To-do List


YouTube Looks To Educate With YouTube For Schools

YouTube Looks To Educate With YouTube For Schools:

"YouTube, in its never-ending quest to be everything to everyone, announced YouTube For Schools on Sunday. The idea is to get YouTube into the classroom without all the distractions of the other, non-educational videos that can be found on the site, narrowing it down to just the educational. It's a setting that allows only the content from YouTube EDU. They have quite the roster of educational partners such as the Smithsonian and TED, over 600 in all. So, YouTube solved the problem of getting banned completely from schools by aggregating their educational videos into one place."


Ignorance


all i want for Christmas is a nice fresh myth: on class and education reform | theory.cribchronicles.com

all i want for Christmas is a nice fresh myth: on class and education reform | theory.cribchronicles.com:

"The New York Times yesterday featured an op-ed on education entitled “Class Matters: Why Won’t We Admit It?”

The authors, Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske, noted “New research by Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University traces the achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families over the last 50 years and finds that it now far exceeds the gap between white and black students.”

That statement covers most of the problems with education. And it reinforces at least half of them, including the persistent notion that complex societal outcomes fall pretty much squarely under the purview – and responsibility – of the educational system."


Dammit I'm Mad


YouTube Offers All Schools Education-Only Link, Beefs Up K-12 Content | MindShift

YouTube Offers All Schools Education-Only Link, Beefs Up K-12 Content | MindShift:

"All schools can now use the YouTube educational video site, youtube.com/education, without having to jump over Internet filtering hurdles.

For schools that choose to opt in to the YouTube for Schools Program, YouTube will redirect Web users who go to the site straight over to youtube.com/education. On this portion of the site, all comments are disabled and the only related videos are those that can be found in the Education portal of the site. The option has been created for parents, teachers, and administrators who fear children will be exposed to inappropriate materials on the site."


Kids Exchange


Can Online Socializing Replace In-Person Interaction? | Disrupt Education | Big Think

Can Online Socializing Replace In-Person Interaction? | Disrupt Education | Big Think:

"One of the fastest growing verticals amongst edtech startups these days is definitely the social layer added on top of existing educational content.

One of the first startups in that space was OpenStudy. The startup teamed up with MIT OpenCourseWare back in September 2010 to enable students who work with the free courses to interact and learn together in a discussion forum-like environment with real-time chat functionalities. The aim is that OpenStudy members answer each otherrs questions, work collaboratively on problem sets and connect with other learners who share the same interests. "


Christmas Reindeer history


5 Disruptive Technologies Happening Now - Technology Review

5 Disruptive Technologies Happening Now - Technology Review:

"Killer read: The slow death of the printed book is claiming more and more victims. First, big chain stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders wiped out the independent corner bookshop. Now the megastores face their own adapt-or-die agenda with the arrival of e-books. Initially rejected as an inferior way to read, consumer e-books are suddenly soaring in sales, which are expected to hit $2 billion next year. Booksellers including Amazon have launched e-readers like the Kindle Fire shown above, but the damage isn’t over. Borders recently declared bankruptcy, and Barnes & Noble, despite winning 26 percent of the e-book market with its Nook e-reader, is losing money too."


TADO Vids Internet playing and Learning

Stupid

Stupid

Quote of the Day

English: Dave Barry Русский: Дэйв Барри
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Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.

Dave Barry

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Problems


In America, Education Is Still the Great Equalizer | ED.gov Blog

In America, Education Is Still the Great Equalizer | ED.gov Blog:

"“In America, education is still the great equalizer,” Secretary Duncan told a group of graduates at Fayetteville State University’s Winter Commencement on Saturday. Duncan described the importance of education in today’s economy, and that education is, in the long run, one of the best investments one can make for the future.

On average, Americans who have earned a bachelor degree will earn roughly one million dollars more over their lifetime than students with only a high school diploma, Duncan explained."


Special kind of idiot


Teachers Don’t Like Creative Students — Marginal Revolution

Teachers Don’t Like Creative Students — Marginal Revolution:

"One of the most consistent findings in educational studies of creativity has been that teachers dislike personality traits associated with creativity. Research has indicated that teachers prefer traits that seem to run counter to creativity, such as conformity and unquestioning acceptance of authority (e.g., Bachtold, 1974; Cropley, 1992; Dettmer, 1981; Getzels & Jackson, 1962; Torrance, 1963). The reason for teachers’ preferences is quite clear creative people tend to have traits that some have referred to as obnoxious (Torrance, 1963). Torrance (1963) described creative people as not having the time to be courteous, as refusing to take no for an answer, and as being negativistic and critical of others. Other characteristics, although not deserving the label obnoxious, nonetheless may not be those most highly valued in the classroom."


Evolution explained


From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model - NYTimes.com

From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model - NYTimes.com: "Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and author, had a simple question for the high school seniors he was speaking to one morning last week in Manhattan: “Who here wants to be a teacher?”

Out of a class of 15, two hands went up — one a little reluctantly.

“In my country, that would be 25 percent of people,” Dr. Sahlberg said. “And,” he added, thrusting his hand in the air with enthusiasm, “it would be more like this.”

"

Exam coping


10 ways school has changed… « What Ed Said

10 ways school has changed… « What Ed Said:

"It’s less than a year since I wrote lamenting the empty space in our new building, while teachers kept their doors shut and the learning inside their own rooms. Walking through ‘the space’ these days, as we approach the end of the school year, I’m struck by how much has changed.

There are groups of kids everywhere, sprawled on the floor, huddled on the steps, sitting around tables, even standing on chairs so that they can film from above! They are collaborating on inquiries, creating presentations, making movies and expressing their learning in all kinds of creative ways. It’s active and social, noisy and messy… as learning should be. "


A complete different level of cute


Postgraduation in Canada - Get an Edge over others - jessicablox's posterous

Postgraduation in Canada - Get an Edge over others - jessicablox's posterous:

"The quality education and value based systems of learning in the Canada is highly appreciated by ambitious students, learned faculties and aspiring individuals across the globe. Pursuing Study in Canada is inspired by several inquisitive learners all over the world. Besides, the excellent quality learning, education in Canada is known for the remarkable number of opportunities that add to the personal and professional growth of an individual. Study in Canada is indeed the right choice for students who wish to acquire the best quality education and enhance future prospects and employment opportunities to get an edge over the others."


Arguing


60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Online Universities

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Online Universities:

"Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool, and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom."


Fostering a Culture of Inquiry | Edutopia

Fostering a Culture of Inquiry | Edutopia:

"Visit the Calgary Science School in Alberta, Canada, and you'll hear students in grades 4-9 investigating intriguing questions in every subject. For example: How can we use augmented reality to improve product designs? How can we apply literary elements and work with local experts to create high-quality graphic novels? How do cycles of revision improve our artwork? How might we impact voter turnout for a local municipal election? How do we deep our students' mathematical thinking?"


What should teachers unions do to remain effective and relevant? | Thoughts on Public Education

What should teachers unions do to remain effective and relevant? | Thoughts on Public Education:

"Today we launch “Yes, but…”, an engaging conversation among California’s leading thinkers in education. We’ll feature a new topic regularly, if not weekly, and bring together policymakers, teachers, scholars, and advocates for a spirited dialogue.

We begin with thoughts on the future of teachers unions. Our sages are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel; consultant and researcher Julia Koppich; special education teacher KC Walsh, who’s a board member of the CTA and the National Education Association; Stephen McMahon, president of the San José Teachers Association; and Los Angeles high school English teacher Lisa Alva Wood. We’re asking our contributors to check comments during the week to continue the discussion."

Quote of the Day


Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

Henny Youngman

Lists

Lists

Globe & Mail – Future Of Education (Canada) « Virtual School Meanderings

Globe & Mail – Future Of Education (Canada) « Virtual School Meanderings:

"The Globe & Mail generally have an interesting Primary to Secondary section to their Education coverage, but for the past few days (or weeks), they’ve been having this “Future of Education” series. This past Saturday, they posted the last item in their five part series. The articles were:"