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After several weeks of trying out a variety of web tools and games, principal Matt Renwick and his teaching partner decide the afterschool enrichment club may need a little more focus. They propose that students learn screencasting by developing short presentations with the general theme "How to Do One Thing Really Well." Matt highlights three students' experiences.
Inspired by the flipped classroom model, school-based coach Jennifer Carey is flipping her tech-related professional development to provide faculty more flexible learning opportunities and just-in-time support.
In Camden, NJ an effort to privatize the local schools finds little resistance among local elites A recent *community meeting* at Camden’s Catto Elementary School exemplified the vast chasm that divides my city these days, between well-connected elites and the … Continue reading →
Can a scrappy little army bring down #edreform inc.? Reader: I have a confession to make. My path has not been a righteous one. In fact the last time I attended a church service was in the 5th grade, when, … Continue reading →
Originally published by Johnny Bevacqua on Figuring It Out I have a style issue. No, I’m not walking around wearing my 1980′s acid washed jeans or rugby pants…(oh the good old days…) The “style” issue I am referring to…Read more →
Innovative thinkers and powerful problem-solvers are the linchpin of the 21st century workforce. To prepare students to be self-directed and engaged contributors to the workforce, more and more educators are introducing students to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This involves rethinking the way teaching and learning […]
Reflections on the first national conference of the Network for Public Education, Austin, March 1-2, 2014
An #EducationSpring in Our Step:
Reflections on the First National #NPEconference
I‘m back! I’m back! I’m back!…Get up offa that thingAnd try to release that pressure..Ha! Good God! So Good!
- James Brown
Sisters and brothers,Don’t settle for the okey-doke.
- Karen Lewis
At some point I began to realize it might be nuts to take this on: I presented with a panel last Friday afternoon in Orlando at the NAIS annual conference, was presenting with another panel the following Monday morning in L.A. at the CAIS Southern Regional Meeting, and on a gut feeling several weeks beforehand, I’d made the out-of-pocket decision (or, rather, the out-of-my-family’s-pocket decision) to spend the Friday night through Sunday afternoon in between at the first national conference of the Network for Public Education.…
The benefit of a big conference like SXSWEdu is a sort of ambient exposure to trends. Here are five concepts that everyone (or at least key, smart people) were talking about at last week’s conference, and that bear keeping an eye on for the future. 1) ConnectED . Companies including Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Autodesk, Adobe, […]The post The top 5 #EdInnovations to watch appeared first on Digital.
SXSWedu brings together some of the leading voices in (US) education: politicians and policy wonks (at the state and federal level), industry folks (from startups and corporations), the money people (from foundations and investment firms), educators (teachers and administrators), students, PR people, and journalists. And yet these groups mostly keep to themselves, only really mingling for pitches and press bonanzas. When they do talk to one another, it's often talking *at* one another via panels lasting 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. (The exception, I suppose: the parties.)
Over at TELUS – where my day job as Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office keeps me equal parts flourishing and busy – I have the luxury of being a mobile worker. Being a mobile worker means I can work from the road, a TELUS office, hotels, the odd coffee shop … and yes even […]Dan's Related Posts:Flexible Working WorksGoing Forward to the Past: Management Yahooliganism & No Longer Working From HomeI Am A Corporate FloaterFriday Fun: You Don’t Have an Office?Should Employees Schedule Time To Be Social?
Note: This post was originally written for teachers, but applies to parents of middle school kids as well. I have an amazing talent for stating an obvious fact, one that everyone already knows, way after everyone has already talked about it. What’s worse is that I somehow fool myself into believing that this universal well-known […]
I was talking to an assistant principal friend from a neighboring district who was telling me some funny stories from her middle school experience. She said her own mom and dad like to ask her to tell stories from school.…Read more →
Last spring I was nominated to be an Interdisciplinary Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. Much to my pleasant surprise I got it. The result is that I’m currently in Hong Kong. I’ll be here for a month, and then return for a month at a time for the next two years. The goal […]
So one of the reasons that I love spending all day with Middle School kids is because they are constantly reminding me about what really matters in life. A day doesn’t go by without me being inspired by their openness,…Read more →
Woohoo! SXSWedu! Wheeeee! News released in time with the event: new curriculum from Amplify! A revised SAT! Chromebooks! Analytics! Hype! And stuff. There was lots of other news too: Obama's budget for 2015; the acquisition of a couple of startups and funding for a bunch more; SRI's report on the usage of Khan Academy (note, it said "usage" not "effectiveness"); more edX consortium members; a decision in the Kansas state supreme court on school funding; and an epic spelling bee battle.
I started this school year by participating in Educator’s Innovation Day. The day was dedicated for educators to work individually or in groups on anything they wanted to work on around the theme of improving education. I spent the day…Read more →
On March 1, 2014 I became an aunt twice over with the birth of my niece Italy Mercy Iloh. A wave of Joy came over me as I was flooded with phone calls, pictures, texts, and Instagram tags regarding this special moment for my family. Some hours later correspondence became less frequent while my anticipation […]
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How much do you think about the traces of you, that you leave behind as you engage more and more with technology? There has been a not so subtle intrusion into what used to be our private lives where a lot of what we do and say is now recorded. Notice how apps on our smartphones want access to our photos, contacts, and location. Sure you can deny such access but then the value of the apps diminishes significantly, often to zero. Do you remember which apps you have given the go ahead to track your movements, your buying habits, your interactions with others, etc.? We use our digital tools in very trusting ways not really thinking about what the companies behind them might do with all that data about us. Google makes something like 97% ($32M) of their revenue from advertising – actually from us. Our use of their tools generates tremendously valuable data about human behavior including purchasing habits. They really should be paying us for our use of their tools! Google probably knows more about people, in recent years individuals like you and I, than any other company. Perhaps more than the government. Now with their push into wearable technology like Google Glasses and then other companies like FitBit, people are beginning to give over an enormous amount of data about themselves including every interaction with every person, all their location information, video recordings, phone calls, text messages, photos, heart rate, sleep patterns, and who knows what else. Where does this lead us to? Switching gears for a moment… there are some significant benefits to education systems in the ‘Internet of things’ movement. Imagine that students, wearing various data logging technologies, including Google Glasses, interacting with each other, with ‘text books’, human teachers, each other, and other learning resources, along with a host of educational apps, are continuously digitally documented. Imagine that there are ‘intelligent’ algorithms (think IBM’s Watson but even more advanced) that look for patterns, provide real-time recommendations and coaching that adjust the student’s personalized learning plan, directly interacting with and advising the students like a personal learning coach.
I got my PhD in 1984. During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators. I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything someone […]
I had two administrators approach me yesterday and start a conversation. One told me about how their IT department had closed all social media in their school and about how their fear that if they were to open it. The fear shared was that their would be so many more issues of cyberbullying, inappropriate content […]
Short answer: learning management systems.
The above title was something I tweeted out last night when I finsihed the presentation I delivered yesterday at the Digital Media Learning 2014 conference.
Maybe title of 15 minute presentation tomorrow should be “How did the … Continue reading →
Two years ago, I adopted EasyBib as my primary citation subscription service for a multitude of reasons, but the driving factor was to spend less time on the mechanics of citation and more time helping students and teachers dwell in research projects from an inquiry oriented stance. Although we had always had high database usage […]