"A scenario such as this is why some clever folks in Houston have developed an art-gear mecca called Houston Makerspace, which opens this Saturday, April 12, with much fanfare, after which time “Houstonians will have access to an unparalleled arena of workspace offerings including a wood shop, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab (read: laser cutters and 3D printers!), screen printing studio, letterpress shop, jewelry studio, and sewing and textiles lab.” They’ve also got the fittings for ceramics, glassblowing, and blacksmithing, and are beginning to build-out a 10,000 square foot community garden. Also, classrooms and studio space will be available, because seriously, you may just want to be there always, chatting at the coffeemaker with all the other types like you who need coffee a lot, pretending you’re in school again."
One Twitter conversation after another… one “in-the-hallway-at-a-conference chat” after another… For too long the same topics have been discussed again and again as a problem in the ed tech community...
In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, [...]
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
Regardless of what kind of technology is available to you, the Digital Age that we teach and learn in requires principals and teachers to stop asking why they should be using technology in the classroom and start asking how they can maximize the tools they have available to them to enhance student achievement.
Writers in the Schools (WITS) engages children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing. WITS revolutionizes the way reading and writing are taught, nurturing the growth of the imagination and awakening students to the adventures of language.
Stephanie Sandifer's insight:
“I have a voice. My voice is powerful. My voice can change the world.”
Teachers who host rich conversations in their classrooms (whether in kindergarten or high school civics class) do so by asking juicy questions, and not presuming they have the one right answer. Lots and lots of questions. Provocative and probing questions that make students uneasy or curious. And they practice, practice, practice. Discussion--taking turns, sharing viewpoints, deconstruction of ideas, asking questions--is a learned skill.
’m not up on all of the thousands of preparation programs that are out there but, as I think about the shifts that we need to see in schools (and the new building blocks that we need to put in place), at a minimum any teacher preparation program that wanted to label itself ‘world-class’ would be able to affirmatively say the following…
Stephanie Sandifer's insight:
Scott makes some excellent points here and touches on an issue that I've had many discussions about over the past couple of years. As we continue to push for the shifts that we need to see in schools, we also need shifts in teacher preparation programs...
After reading Scott's draft of the essential knowledge and skills that should be the focus of a teacher prep program, I am left with another question...
How many professors in those teacher prep programs possess this knowledge and these skills at the level that would allow them to effectively create a teacher prep program that embodies this shift?
I also have a secondary question related to that one...
If a teacher prep program were lacking in a sufficient number of faculty who possess this knowledge and these skills, how willing would they be to hiring on adjuncts who can help grow this shift by coaching the existing faculty and helping to redesign courses and/or develop new courses to facilitate this shift within their teacher prep program?
There are many reasons why InVITE was founded, and one of the motivating factors was the persistent gender imbalance evident in the lists of featured speakers and keynotes at local, state, and national ed tech conferences...
A new generation of embeddable tech implants could soon change the way we live
Stephanie Sandifer's insight:
This is fascinating... we have finally accepted the use of mobile devices in learning (at least most educators have... ) while we explore/debate the use of wearable tech in learning... but how many educators are even aware of what is coming next?
Those "5 Things You Need to Know About EdTech" posts seem to crop up on Twitter every couple weeks -- Tech isn't the Point of EdTech, EdTech is about Learning, EdTech is Exciting. But for those who've heard and read it all before, here's a completely different take on that headline.
Education is about communication, but few educators are willing to hand out their personal mobile number. With Google Voice you don’t have to. When you go to Google.com/voice you can set up a new number with Google. It will ask you for a forwarding number. This must be an actual landline or mobile number in …
What does learning look like? Is it a classroom? Is there a teacher? Are students working by themselves or collaborating with others? Are they listening or constructing? Can all of these answers be correct?