Teaching for the 21st Century We offer technology integration workshops each summer in Boston, and we travel to schools around the country and abroad. Our 'T21' program provides cohorts of teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills over a one year period.
"Specifically, today, I am directing the Federal Communications Commission, which is the FCC, to begin a process that will connect 99 percent of America’s students to high-speed broadband Internet within five years."
"In the days that followed I reflected upon what happened and I decided that my students primarily had procedural skill and fluency but very limited conceptual understanding or the ability to apply mathematics. I realized that for my students to “understand mathematics” they would have to have a more balanced understanding that included all three. This experience provided the foundation for why I value using real-world applications whenever possible. "
"The basic mission and values of Blue Man Group have transferred remarkably well to an educational setting. At Blue School in New York, we have created a pre-primary and primary educational program where creativity is cherished and encouraged and children fall in love with the joy of learning. Our approach is to weigh creativity, innovation, self and social learning and collaboration as heavily as all the academic subjects in order to be responsive to the whole child. In short, we absolutely believe that we can create the conditions in which innovation flourishes by giving our young inquirers the tools to navigate and integrate the skills of scientists and artists, heroes and innocents, group members and “tricksters.”"
"Today, the 48-year-old helps teachers around the world “flip” their classrooms. Last week, he was at Harvard Law School talking about the virtues of flipping. A book he and Sams wrote, “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day,” is coming out in June, and Bergmann is planning the fifth annual conference on Flipped Learning this summer. "
"A few weeks ago, the Education page published a Q&A with veteran high school chemistry teacher Jonathan Bergmann about the “flipped classroom,” where students learn lessons at home and do “homework” in class with a teacher’s help. Here is a closer look at local experiments with “the flip.”"
"The METAA-CoSN CTO Clinic theme, "Digital Leadership: Impressive, Innovative, Inspiring," builds on this year's CoSN Annual Conference theme of "Audacious Leadership." The event will include sessions on five leading-edge initiatives: Blended Learning, Learning Spaces, 1 to 1, Nurturing STEM Partnerships and The new face of Security in Schools. "
"What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate? That's the focus of TEDTalks Education, the first ever TED/PBS television special, hosted by John Legend, the award-winning musician. The program looks not only at what's going wrong in high schools, but how to put it right."
"So why bother measuring creativity? James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the simple answer is that if society, business and education demands it, then we need to know when it's happening; otherwise, we're just guessing when it's there."
"As a result of the CCSS, the terms project-based learning and problem-based learning, which have been around for a while, are starting to get a lot of buzz. Educators believe those learning experiences are a perfect way to meet the CCSS. Project- and problem-based learning teach students the learning process, and they also meet other CCSS requirements. For example, they help teach students to "value evidence"; to "respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline"; and to "use technology and digital media strategically and capably""
"Because social class inequality is greater in the United States than in any of the countries with which we can reasonably be compared, the relative performance of U.S. adolescents is better than it appears when countries’ national average performance is conventionally compared."
"nstructivism is definitely more teacher and institutionally centered, where policy-makers and “power-holders” create processes, resource-pools, and conditions for success.
Constructivism sees the teacher step aside to a new role as facilitator, pairing students with peers, learning processes, and another another at key moments based on data and observation while the students create their own knowledge and even early learning pathways.
Connectivism is similar to constructivism–in fact, a learner participating in connectivism would likely do so at times with an constructivist approach. The difference here lies in the central role of relationships and networks in connectivism. Rather than supplemental, they are primary sources."
"His notion was to hop in his Prius and set of across the nation to find out how schools are bringing 21st century skills through to their students. 21 states, over 60 schools, and more than 500 educator interviews later, this is what he discovered.”"
"MOOCs may prove to be another “bubble” like the online for-profit universities are proving to be, but their widespread adoption could be a much bigger threat to higher education than the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University ever were or will be."
"reading Richard Byrne’s post Life on Minimum Wage – A Hands-on Economics Lesson. He shared an economics lesson called Life on Minimum Wage. Great lesson! I love that it is in game form. The lesson reminded me of a site called Spent. I used it for both an economics/financial literacy lesson and a lesson on empathy. "
"For decades this has been a national scandal: the states have vastly different – and often low – standards for proficient performance, and in the weak states their students are being consistently misled on where they really stand."
"But this week South Korea faced an academic scandal that put it in the global spotlight, as the SAT exams for the entire country were cancelled after allegations of widespread cheating came to light. The exams were scheduled for May 4, and about 1,500 students had signed up for them. Many were hopeful that their scores would help them gain admission to top-flight American universities. (According to the Institute of International Education, over 70,000 South Korean students are currently studying in the US, more than any other countries except China and India.)"
"they and their students–most of whom are beginners to working with Web design–decided to marry their usual weekly writing prompts with extension activities that use Mozilla’s Webmaker, a tool that, they say, makes coding easy. "
"Researchers also found that foundation money is moving away from traditional public schools and toward "challengers to the system"—primarily charter schools—and that the funders in general are becoming much more active in shaping how those challengers develop."
"ReadWriteThink's Word Mover mobile app is used to supplement classroom instruction, reinforce concepts taught in class, and offer increased student engagement through the use of tablet devices and their associated functionality."
"I am haunted by the title of your post:
"The Testing Obsession Widens the Gap" Could this possibly be true? Is test-based school reform reducing opportunity for America's neediest children? Is everything for which we school reformers fight actually making things worse? Am I a part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?"
" If we are not teaching students how to use social media, who are they learning from? Perhaps a few from parents who are knowledgeable, techy, & responsible (quite the hat-trick), but most are simply learning from each other. Would we let 15 year olds teach each other how to drive? Shoot, they will figure it out, don't worry, what's the worse that could happen? Do I have you attention?"
"This year’s conference on the Future of Education – L’avenir de l’éducation from August 19 through August 21 at Lower Canada College will feature important voices in the conversation about how technology is changing education. Innovators and thinkers such as Ron Canuel, Regalena Melrose, Thomas Daccord and Martin Lessard will kick off or end each one of these exciting three days. This conference is a unique opportunity for both francophone and anglophone teachers of Montreal’s private and independent school educational community to meet one another, exchange ideas and build bridges that will benefit and nourish both linguistic communities."
"Webmaker Mentors teach digital literacy and webmaking to the world. We're a global community of techies, educators, instructors and friendly humans like you. Sign up for our free and open online course for mentors, running May 2 to June 30."
"The teacher librarian uses professional expertise to identify a range of print and digital curriculum resources that the students can use in the information gathering and a note-taking process. Following the delivery of the planned lessons, the teacher librarian and her colleagues formally evaluate the unit."
"The Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit is designed to be used in both group-facilitated sessions and by individuals in self-directed learning. Customized instructions are provided for each type of professional development."
"Fairfax County, which is headed by one of the nation’s finest superintendents, Jack Dale, has recently posted up a comprehensive website about PISA/OECD testing in their district, and it is fascinating and impressive in many ways.
The video above, produced by America Achieves, which is active in the OECD testing initiative in the US, offers a nice overview of the Fairfax program, and demonstrates the seriousness of the way in which they in the district intend to use and apply the results to improve learning."