Archive for January, 2011

The Role of Teachers and Textbooks in a Democracy

For full article go to http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/teachers_democracy_sudan/ “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” — James Madison, 1788 This month’s historic referendum will determine southern Sudan’s future, either as an independent country of part of a unified Sudan. Voting ends on […]

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12 Technologies On The Verge of Extinction?

http://gizmodo.com/5731594/12-technologies-on-the-verge-of-extinction Gizmodo is suggesting that the following technologies are on the verge of distinction 1) Pre-recorded Physical Media 2) Stereoscopic (with glasses) 3D TVs 3) eBook Readers 4) Consumer-Level Hard Drives. 5) Keys 6) Handheld Gaming consoles Those that will SURVIVE 1) Digital music/media players 2) Landline phones 3) Internal combustion engines 4)5)6) The PC, […]

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Students Using Technology Effectively

This is what Australian Education used to be about – students as co-developers of their own learning. What’s happened in the past decade here is shameful. http://www.nmsa.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/August2008/Article1/tabid/1704/Default.aspx In his article “The Digital Learning Farm” Alan November describes six jobs that outline creative ways that your students can make valuable contributions to their learning community.Tutorial Designers […]

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iPad Generation

The iPad generation. Is this a great example of a child being ‘trained’? One posted comment ” it makes me pause and think…what is she learning?…when she grows up, will she feel more comfortable using machines, or relating with people? Just askin’.” http://thechrisvossshow.com/the-tablet-generation-no-im-not-talking-about-the-60s-the-future/ Question – is this ‘responsible use of technology?’ Just askin! How is technology […]

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Student test data in assessing teacher quality.

A study released last month by the Gates Foundation supposedly offered up “some of the strongest evidence to date of the validity of ‘value-added’ analysis.” VAA makes the claim that teachers’ effectiveness can be reliably estimated by gauging their students’ progress on standardized tests.  But Jesse Rothstein, an economist at UC Berkeley, argues that the analyses in the […]

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Testing turning kids off of learning

Comments from Blog ‘for the love of learning’ http://www.joebower.org/2011/01/our-system-tests-and-grades-young.html “It’s impossible to discuss education without being hit upside the head umpteen times by the word accountability. At the root of this word is a demonizing fear that there is this horde of pension-sucking, union-loving teachers who are laughing their lazy asses to the bank. This […]

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Mixing Mind and Metaphor

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Math is is not linear

http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf&nbsp; Math is not linear on Prezi

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While you read this, watch the world change

For and amazing collection of data click on   While you read this… watch the world change.

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Putting Social Networking in it’s place

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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100 Things To Watch In 2011

Interesting summary of things to take note of in the upcoming year  

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If you think you have challenges, check this out

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Global Change Makers. Youth Economic Forum

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