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5 great slides about technology, learning, and change

5 great slides about technology, learning, and change

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...

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Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’

Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’

Annie Murphy Paul said: according to the [American Association of School Librarians], schools’ top three filtered content areas are social networking sites, instant messaging and online chatting, and games. Such activities aren’t (necessarily) inappropriate or illegal, but they are big honking distractions, and if we want our young people to learn anything during the school...

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Romanticizing the blackboard

Lewis Buzbee said: It’s true that in the pods-and-pinwheel design students can more easily work in smaller groups, but such pods, of course, also offer more opportunity for subterfuge and mutiny. The blackboard-centered classroom offers more than pedagogical efficiency; it also offers an effective set of teaching possibilities. In such a classroom students are focused...

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Avoiding worst-case technology scenarios through mindfulness

Mike Crowley said: There can be no question but that technology can provide the potential for isolation, for synthetic relationships, for a sedentary lifestyle, an anxiety-ridden social existence, a failure to focus, concentrate, and engage. But surely this is a worst-case scenario conception of technology without balance, without thoughtful schools, informed, engaged parents? An education...

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Cuneiform, anyone?

Cuneiform, anyone?

Cursive. Really?! (For what it’s worth, I have considered paying a calligrapher friend to give my daughter handwriting lessons, because she has no interest in writing neatly–but neither did I in third/fourth grade.) There was one time when cursive was useful to me: taking the bar exam (I was in the last sitting exam in...

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Headwinds or tailwinds?

David Brooks said over at the New York Times: The crucial social divide today is between those who feel the core trends of the global, information-age economy as tailwinds at their backs and those who feel them as headwinds in their face. And that’s really it, isn’t it? We have a majority of schools and...