Kids just aren’t smart enough

Kids just aren’t smart enough

In an earlier post on 21st century curricula, I noted the following quote by Dr. Lauren Resnick, one of our nation’s most eminent cognitive researchers, writing at the time for the National Academy of Sciences: The goals of increasing thinking and reasoning ability are old ones for educators. . . . But these goals were part of the high literacy tradition; they did not, by and large, apply to the more recent schools for the masses. Although it is not new to include thinking, problem solving, and reasoning in someone’s school curriculum, it is new to include it in everyone’s curriculum....

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Okay, I think I’ve got this figured out, at least for now… I use five primary tools to post content and resources to the Web: Dangerously Irrelevant – where I put my longer, hopefully more thoughtful writing and have extended conversations with readers Twitter – where I share resources and converse with others in shorter snippets Delicious – where I bookmark sites that I want to use or revisit later (although I don’t use this as much as I should) Mind Dump – where I put things that I want to capture (e.g., quotes, videos, images) for posterity; my personal archive for stuff that is too short...

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Not so irrelevant 021

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 Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

7,000 Twitter followers

Three months ago I posted about my 6,000th Twitter follower. Apparently I’m already up to 7,000. I’m not sure what to make of that rapid growth, but thank you, Mrs. Abbott (@teacherabbott) for being one of my tweeps! Now I owe TWO people a CASTLE mug!

Video – 21st century education in New Brunswick, Canada

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 Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

The complicity of teacher education programs

The complicity of teacher education programs

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 Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

Should we be paying ‘invisible’ education professors?

Should we be paying ‘invisible’ education professors?

The latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review has a number of excellent articles on openness. One that particularly resonated with me was Maria Andersen’s To Share or Not To Share: Is That the Question? (also available in PDF), which addresses the issue of how ‘open’ faculty are with their work and their ideas. Here’s a quote: Two factors delineate a faculty member’s attitude toward openness: a nature influence and a nurture influence. The first factor is the strength of a person’s inclination toward sharing. This characteristic is something that is innate to personality, similar to the Myers-Briggs scale of introversion/extroversion. To move...

Video – Teacher movie. Administrator movie.

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 Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

Video – Spirit Lake Community Schools launches its 1:1 laptop initiative

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 Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

Don’t give too much weight to student test scores for teacher evaluation [Report]

Don’t give too much weight to student test scores for teacher evaluation [Report]

The Economic Policy Institute’s new report, Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers, cautions against heavy reliance on the use of test scores in teacher evaluation. Authors of the report include four former presidents of the American Educational Research Association; two former presidents of the National Council on Measurement in Education; the current and two former chairs of the Board of Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the president-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; the former director of the Educational Testing Service’s Policy Information...