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A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges

A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.
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It is really not rocket science everyone! 

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Michelle Rhee, a private school parent?

Michelle Rhee, a private school parent? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The very outspoken Michelle Rhee appears to be uncomfortable talking about where her children go to school in Nashville. Public or private? And why does it matter?
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Does it even matter?  Can you have your own children attend a certain type of school and then work in another sector as a professional? Can someone navigate one environment during the work days while personally involved in another environment as a family member?  For example, can someone work in a public university, advocate for them, and then feel okay sending their own children to a private college?  Is there a difference?  Rhee is quite outspoken. Has she mislead folks? Where is the line in the sand? Should it matter when it doesn't in most other sectors? Why is education different?  

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How to Set Parental Controls on In-App Purchases

How to Set Parental Controls on In-App Purchases | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Here's how to turn on parental controls for in-app purchases on your devices.
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Good instructions.  Good to know.  

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School Leaders: Meet Your New PD Tool | Scholastic.com

See how these administrators are using social media to connect with peers--and improve how they run their schools.
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Individual Learning Plans to Produce College & Career Ready HS Grads

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This policy brief on career readiness goes to the heart of a debate surrounding the purpose and goals of a high school education. While the vocational or job readiness thrust has surfaced numerous times in the course of our history, we are embarking upon it this time with great uncertainity. Overall, the future job market has never been murkier.  What if we prepare students for jobs too early in their life that are dead-ends or overly competitive fields? Can we expect the government or high school teachers and advisors to keep up with the future of the workforce?  Or, is high school the time to teach students how to be critical thinkers, innovators, collaborators, versatile communicators? On the other side, should we invest in any narrow set of skills sets versus teaching students how to be life-long learners and informed citiizens? Are some students better candidates for this type of early training and direction? Overall, what is the purpose of high school and a college education, really? I think this question gets to the heart of everything...

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TEDxTeen 2013 Speaker Highlights w/ Chelsea Clinton

TEDxTeen 2013 Speaker Highlights w/ Chelsea Clinton | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Learn all about the speakers at the 2013 TEDxTeen and see what they had to say.
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Chelsea quotes her grandmother saying, "Life is what you do with what happens to you."  Chelsea gives a talk and then introduces all the speakers for this TEDxTeen 2013 event.  Cool!

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What the Best College Students Do — Ken Bain | Harvard University Press

What the Best College Students Do — Ken Bain | Harvard University Press | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The author of the best-selling What the Best College Teachers Do is back with humane, doable, and inspiring help for students who want to get the most out of their education. The first thing they should do?
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The related links, like Time's blog, at the bottom of the page should be viewed! 

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Leslie Reid's curator insight, August 11, 2013 8:16 PM

This is the best book I've read all summer on teaching and learning. It explores what characteristics and behaviors are embodied by students who flourish college and beyond, despite their backgrounds and experiences prior to college. Reading it as a teacher, I was reminded of how we have the ability to create the conditions in our classroom that allow students to develop the characteristics of successful learners described in the book.

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MOOCs are transforming higher education and providing fodder for scientific research

MOOCs are transforming higher education and providing fodder for scientific research | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"When campus president Wallace Loh walked into Juan Uriagereka's office last August, he got right to the point. “We need courses for this thing — yesterday!” Uriagereka, associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Maryland in College Park, knew exactly what his boss meant. Campus administrators around the world had been buzzing for months about massive open online courses, or MOOCs: Internet-based teaching programmes designed to handle thousands of students simultaneously, in part using the tactics of social-networking websites."


Via EDTC@UTB, juandoming
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Here is a link to the graph MOOCs rising: http://www.nature.com/news/online-learning-campus-2-0-1.12590#/rising

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Jeff VanArnhem's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:57 AM

Will the impact of MOOCs make their way to the high school?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:27 PM

more thoughts about MOOCs

 

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March 11. 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out

March 11. 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Teaching and Learning Weekly, by Adam Atodl: A free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about education, for teachers and students.

 

Read and subscribe free at http://paper.li/f-1328546324


Via Adam Atodl, Stewart-Marshall
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Always great to scan each week...

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Bill Gates' classroom of the future

Bill Gates' classroom of the future | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates believes the technology sector can help save the struggling U.S. education system.
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College Board Should End Rather Than Tinker with SAT | Inside Higher Ed

College Board Should End Rather Than Tinker with SAT | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this essay.  There are so many myths surrounding the SAT.  Firstly, the myth that it predicts or correlates to college success.  Wrong.  The best predictor of college success has always been high school grades. Kudos to Bates College--the institution that initially started the SAT/ACT "optional" movement.  We now have the coming of the Common Core and national curriculum that will likely continue the downward trending of these overly hyped and flawed college success measurements.  Therefore, SAT officals have considered another overhaul of their test. In 2005, the SAT overhaul was suppose to rid it of the socially and economically biased language; a major reason it was never the IQ equivalent test it was marketed to be, but much more of a marker of social and cultural exposure. Today, we have a test prep industry (especially given the heavily coachable writing skills portion added in 2005) that continues the social inequity of these national tests ran their course a very long time ago.   

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Why Can’t Johnny Write? Don’t Blame Social Media

Why Can’t Johnny Write? Don’t Blame Social Media | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Are Twitter, Facebook and fexting destroying our ability to write? One UK professor says yes. Another says all is not quite as it seems.

Abulafia unloaded on Twitter’s 140-character limit, according to reports. He decried the compressed language and is especially worried that students entering college do not know how to write prose.

Yes, they can sometimes communicate in much the same way they do on social media -– where “pokes and static gestures” are more or less suggestions of a larger thought. Lay admits this can be “infuriating” to her generation. These students simply think differently.
Writing is still their primary form of communication, even if the canvas (texting and Twitter) is smaller. Lay calls Twitter “a beautiful, reductive space,” a sentiment that would warm Jack Dorsey’s heart.

 


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Common Core Missed the Mark: Speaking & Listening Important to All Disciplines

Common Core Missed the Mark: Speaking & Listening Important to All Disciplines | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
If literacy levels are to improve, the aims of the English language arts classroom, especially in the earliest grades, must include oral language in a purposeful, systematic way, in part because it...
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Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Charged in Cheating Scandal

Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Charged in Cheating Scandal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A third-grade teacher’s 2010 choice to aid a state investigator helped lead to the indictment Friday of a former superintendent and 34 others in a vast alleged cheating scheme.
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This article about an overridingly corrupt system and culture of leadership makes one angry, especially given the impact the cheating had on all these small children, but also leaves one feeling  a tad of empathy for a few of the teachers who were overtly pressured every single day to cheat. Yes, these teachers were flat-out wrong to support the lies--the principals and top leadership who pressured everyone to raise scores at all costs, but one can't help but feel some sympathy for single mothers trying to work within this highly flawed system, individuals who are just attempting to support their own families and put food on the table.  This is in an extremely large urban school district, so our negative energy must also be directed at the unjustice of societal pressures coupled with our own government's unrealistic expectations that a single teacher, during the course of a school year, can successfully overcome so many life and socio-economic factors without much more financial and human resources support.  

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Software Engineering School Was Teacher’s Idea, but It’s Been Done City’s Way

Software Engineering School Was Teacher’s Idea, but It’s Been Done City’s Way | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Michael Zamansky, a teacher at Stuyvesant, is credited with coming up with the idea behind the Academy for Software Engineering, but it hasn’t turned out exactly as he had hoped.
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This goes to the heart of what Bill Gates has recently been advocating schools to include within their curricular options--computer programming.  

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Elite Colleges Are as Foreign as Mars

Elite Colleges Are as Foreign as Mars | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
If elite universities are looking for a more comprehensive tutorial in recruiting the talented rural poor, they might take a cue from one institution doing a truly stellar job: the military.
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The rural poor are not really on anyone's recruitment radar. Foremost, as pointed out, the ivies have more than plenty of qualified applicants, so they're not like the military pounding on every single door, showing up at high schools or offering to drive folks to take their admissions tests.  These students live in remote areas where access to SAT/ACT testing sites in larger population centers create more than a driving challenge (aside from thinking about how to pay for these oft required tests). And does anyone test really well when they get up at 4:00 a.m. to drive to the testing center?  Doubtful. Plus, if someone doesn't  like their scores the first time, retesting isn't even an option. The ivies and other universities do a really poor job of recruiting rural poor students (and we all know that most urban poor are in the same rocky boat) and/or removing some of the major roadblocks indicated.  

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Public Schools Need to Promote College Persistance - Huffington Post

Public Schools Need to Promote College Persistance - Huffington Post | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Public Schools Need to Promote College Persistance
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There are often major cultural differences at school that must be overcome as well. Public schools must address these issues.
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Don't think you can go to college? | YouCanGo!™

Don't think you can go to college? | YouCanGo!™ | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Neither did they… hear from real students on how they made it happen!
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A portal that covers all the reasons related to attending college for those who feel they can't go--YOU CAN GO.  Yes, this is produced by the College Board but worth scanning... 

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Coursera

Coursera | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
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We talk about the long term impact and applicability of Coursera, but what's more relevant than actually browsing through their offerings and trying out a course to truly understand what's on the horizon.  I did!  The offerings continue to improve with new institute's of higher learning joining all the time along with their top-rated professors.  A new round of free online course offerings may be viewed here...

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A Critique of Sugata Mitra's TED...A Hole in the Wall

A Critique of Sugata Mitra's TED...A Hole in the Wall | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra's talk on education, edtech and empire (at the 2013 TED prize) - a critique of the pedagogy from the view of the Indian slums

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Aki Puustinen
Linda Alexander's insight:

There are lessons gleaned from Mitra's TED Talk this particular critique (see below) seems to ignore. Yes, it's silly to believe we can educate the masses in slums across India simply by placing a computer in a hole in a wall here and there.  On the contrary, Mitra's experiment speaks to the ability of children to learn a second language, science curriculum, etc. on their own given internal, self-motivation, to navigate technology and work well in small groups.  I feel some of the lessons from his experiment may be applied to pedagogy elsewhere--and that's a good thing.  Here's a sample of the critique:

 

"It would be nice to just ignore Mitra’s cukooland in the cloud view of history, but his idea of, for instance, a self-organising learning environment (SOLE) where children educate themselves online with as little intervention from the teacher as possible gets all its persuasive force from the perception that we are only a few steps away from a perpetually peaceful self-organising society – a society in which all the children of the slums will be equal participants once they figure out how to code and once they save up enough money for a laptop."     

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:23 AM

Mitra’s radicalism keeps our opposition focused on the fate of those privileged children: “The students must be identical to each other…They must be so identical that you could pick one up from New Zealand and ship them to Canada and he would be instantly functional.” This way of telling the story not only conceals the greater injustice perpetrated beyond the ranks of the privileged, but it also empties the modern principle of identity – of equality – of all its political radicalism. Is there not an identity that deserves to be recognised? Every voice raised against imperial exclusion is a voice that claims a more fundamental equality – an equality that challenges empire.

But the most questionable remark that Mitra makes about empire is the one he makes next:

“The empire is gone.”

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The iPads in Education Conference That's Not About iPads -- THE Journal

The iPads in Education Conference That's Not About iPads -- THE Journal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
App laundry lists and fly-by-night teaching fads are some of the things you won't find at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit. Instead, the focus is on deeper learning.

Via John Evans
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This is a great piece to review when you consider attending a conference on technology.  This line says it all, "We take a holistic, comprehensive approach to iPad integration," Daccord said. "Our approach is the antithesis of 'there's an app for that.'"

 

 

 
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stevecarter's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:47 PM

Focus on deeper learner

Marc Wannenmacher's comment, March 21, 2013 2:55 AM
No matter what it is that we need to teach our children, Someone is creating an "app for that"
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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school | Video on TED.com

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school.
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A beautiful, almost poetic TED talk by Kakenya Ntaiya about the importance of being bold and trying to change our own world in order to change the entire world...

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Big Thinkers on Education

Big Thinkers on Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. Get inspired by their big ideas.
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A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy (A Success & Failure)

A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy (A Success & Failure) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The Web as a classroom is transforming how people learn, is driving the need for new pedagogy; two recently launched courses at Cousera highlight what happens when pedagogical methods fail to adapt...
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What made one e-learning class fail and the other succeed? It is often the difference between what makes any learning endeavor succeed or fail.  This excellent analysis describes the four pathways (or view points) to how people learn--behaviorism, cognitivism, social constructivism and connectivism in relation to these two MOOC classes.  

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Hacking at Education: TED, Technology Entrepreneurship, Uncollege, and the Hole in the Wall

Hacking at Education: TED, Technology Entrepreneurship, Uncollege, and the Hole in the Wall | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
(change is hard) great commentary! Hacking at Education: TED, Technology Entrepreneurship, Uncollege... http://t.co/ds4oXvJTQR

Via Susan Bainbridge
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Hacking Your Education: Escaping Lectures, Save Thousands and Hustle Your Way to a Brighter Future.....a critical commentary about the book, TEDs, and self-organizing learning via technology.  Worth reading!

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Ken Morrison's comment, March 4, 2013 3:50 AM
Susan, I'm not happy with you. (JOKING!) I am frustrated that such an interesting book is shared with me on the FIRST day of my new semester. With new classes and my current 'to read' list, I really wish that I would have read this one over break. it looks great. Thanks for sharing :) !!!
Linda Alexander's comment, March 4, 2013 7:46 AM
The commentary is thought-provoking. It is not a TED or endorsement of this book. It is a critical look at both. Consider: "Hacking Your Education advances the notion that education is a personal (financial) investment rather than a public good. The School in the Cloud project posits that education is a corporate (financial) investment rather than a public good. Why fund public schools when we can put a kiosk in a tech company’s annex? Why fund public schools when you can learn anything online?" And his real bottom-line is who stands to benefit in the changes?

The future that TED Talks paint doesn’t want us to think too deeply as we ask these questions. "