"Dear Professor Sandel, San Jose State University recently announced a contract with edX (a company associated with MIT and Harvard) to expand the use of online blended courses. The SJSU Philosophy Department was asked to pilot your JusticeX course, and we refused. We decided to express to you our reasons for refusing to be involved with this course, and, because we believe that other departments and universities will sooner or later face the same predicament, we have decided to share our reasons with you publicly. There is no pedagogical problem in our department that JusticeX solves, nor do we have a shortage of faculty capable of teaching our equivalent course. We believe that long-term financial considerations motivate the call for massively open online courses (MOOCs) at public universities such as ours. Unfortunately, the move to MOOCs comes at great peril to our university. We regard such courses as a serious compromise of quality of education and, ironically for a social justice course, a case of social injustice...."
Journey to 2030: What Happens When Teachers Imagine the Future of Education?
" 1. We dream of new teaching and learning ecologies that combine teaching expertise with new discoveries in brain research and cutting-edge technology. Teachers will develop a fine-tuned, personal education plan for each student.
2. We dream that schools become community hubs with seamless connections in and out of cyberspace. Teachers, students, and families join local and distant professionals, volunteers, and businesses to work on activities that benefit the entire community.
3. We dream that innovative teachers can choose different career paths. Teachers will be able to combine a half-time teaching job with another half-time role that benefits students.
4. We dream that teaching will be an esteemed profession, sought after by top graduates. Some of the highest paid professionals in school districts will be teacher leaders who develop the most innovative programs, resources and community relationships. No one will remember when it was otherwise.
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
The idea of "learning by doing" stretches back to education legends Maria Montessori and John Dewey, both of whom felt teachers should act more as guides to students' independent discoveries than as founts of information.
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A client of mine is closing in on his 61st birthday - He's a baby boomer. He’s also embarking on an amazing career journey, leaving a sort-of safe corporate job to jump back into the start-up pool. Risky?
Years ago you'd come into the school to teach and you'd stay in your office working- prepping, marking and seeing students. You would have only in-person office hours...Management knew where you were...
Has anybody seen my life..I'm thinking of putting up a Wanted Poster!
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
If we want to prepare students for the real world, schools need to operate in it. If we are concerned about educators’ ability to manage social media in the classroom, we need to provide them with professional learning and support.
I don't know what I'd do it I worked at places like that
So, we face a moment where technology dramatically widens the scope of educational feasibility while policy dramatically narrows the scope of classroom possibility. One might hope, in the best and worst of times, that the good would cancel out the bad.
"A professional learning community or PLC is an opportunity for a group of colleagues within a specific field to participate in collaborative learning. Typically PLCs are used in schools as a way to organize teachers, students and/or community personnel into specific working groups where they can help enhance curriculum, share visions, contribute and encourage each other with the ultimate purpose of improving education. Professional learning communities are the joining of Professionalism and Community. It brings the specialized knowledge and focus of professionalism to the caring, responsibility and support within a group or a community. ..
"...Engaging in Twitter will work for one person, and will not work for another depending upon their use of it. But if I am engaged more in my learning than I ever have been, while also sharing what I am learning with others, doesn’t that say that “Twitter” works? It does to (and for) me. Do we really need more data? If more teachers focused on being true lifelong learners while sharing that learning openly, don’t you think education would improve? I know what I would put my money on. "
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