The truth about the more successful countries, such as Finland, Singapore, and Canada, is that they develop the whole profession to the point where students encounter good teachers one after another. They attract and develop the professional capital of all their teachers, in all schools, day after day, year after year.
When I was recruiting people to help build Undrip, I could have just dazzled people with designs. For many folks, that’s all you need to help inspire. But I wanted to take things up a notch. I wanted to personally build something that potential teammates could see, feel, touch and play with. So I had to learn to code.
From USA Today: “ Love it or hate it, Khan Academy is part of a looming tech-education iceberg, says Victor Hu, head of education technology and services for Goldman Sachs. He says that from 2002 to...
We battle the summer slide with pep talks, with promises of learning to come and inspirational speeches. We battle it with threats of how much they will lose, how much harder the next year will be, how much they will have to ...
Great speech by Neil Gaiman about writing, creativity, and fun. So much great advice in these 19 minutes. Plus Neil just always seems like such a decent guy, he makes me smile every time I hear him speak.
Without room for implication, without some assembly required, your education is an unread poem, prefab furniture without personality. If your offerings don’t require anything of the learners, then it’s all too easy for the learners to “put on their dunce hats of dependency” (as Knowles puts it) and tune out.
Organising learners into age groups, sticking them in classrooms, and subjecting them to imposed, diversified, daily curricula is clearly a recipe for disaster. Predictably, most of the learners, for most of the time, are sitting there waiting for something to happen that is of relevance to their particular learning agenda. It is a bit like roulette – with very few winners and lots of losers!
Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.
Within this 21st-century parade of change, the notion ofpersonalization in education is moving to the forefront. It’s an ambiguous and often broadly defined notion. It’s a movement that could be as influential to how public education is conceived as privatization was in the 1980s.
Creativity and Free Culture. This morning started out in such a great way. I'm on a mailing list at the Media Lab called “awesome”, and this morning Kasia Hayden sent around a link to this incredible piece of creative work: ...
There may still be thousands of people employed today with the job title of "teacher" or "educator", but it is misleading to suggests that all, or even most, aspects of providing an education should, or could, be placed into the hands of these...
Clay Shirky, one of the best thinkers, writers, and presenters on living in a digital world, recently posted a wonderfully engaging talk about his work with the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of ...
I can’t help but feel that the toughest job in higher education is that of president. LPerhaps the most active sinkhole on college campuses is technology, where presidents are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Thus, I take little pleasure in spotlighting Adam F. Falk, president of Williams, for a presentation* at a recent conference, defending the traditional practices that have defined liberal arts colleges against the onslaught of the latest technology. However, I feel that the issues are important and that discussing them openly, even if it’s in the context of an outstanding educational leader, is necessary.
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