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Quirky kids, Frisbee, and dead fish [SLIDES]

Quirky kids, Frisbee, and dead fish [SLIDES]

I appreciate the point of these slides and that they have valid relevance. On the other hand, I think that many schools have made substantial changes in the way they interact with learning and to make broad generalizations about schools and education that imply that they are useless or harming is de-energizing for those of...

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Fear is a prison

Fear is a prison

As Howard Rheingold notes, The technology affords an environment in which students [can] take on more of the power and responsibility for their own learning. But we don’t see that. Instead, we see a hype-and-bust cycle that goes back to the personal computer. Look at all the marvelous things technology is going to do! And...

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12 education guidelines from Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn says: Learning should be organized around problems, projects, and (students’) questions – not around lists of facts or skills, or separate disciplines. Thinking is messy; deep thinking is really messy. Therefore beware prescriptive standards and outcomes that are too specific and orderly. The primary criterion for what we do in schools: How will...

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Newell-Fonda students decide to ‘be the change’ [VIDEO]

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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‘World-class’ teacher preparation

‘World-class’ teacher preparation

When I work with educators, I get asked on a regular basis, “What about the universities? What are they doing to prepare educators who can facilitate technology-infused learning environments that emphasize deeper cognitive complexity and greater student agency?” Unfortunately, I don’t have much to offer them. I’m not up on all of the thousands of preparation...

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The educative effect is greater when students do something than when something is done to them

The educative effect is greater when students do something than when something is done to them

Ron Byrnes said: There should be a corollary to the admonition [to students], “Bring energy for learning; be interested and engaged,” such as “Faculty will resist talking at you. Instead they will capitalize on your energy for learning by developing personalized learning environments characterized by meaningful interaction.” … Deborah Meier argues in The Power of...