An examination of the final paper required for Senator John Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates he appropriated at least one-quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works.
"Our support team gets a lot of questions regarding images -- where to find them, how to work with them, and the rules about which images educators and students can use for free. • This week's email features a collection of posts from The Edublogger that try to answer all of those questions for you."
"The class looked exactly like his own memories of school. 'I thought, Well, that’s only this class,' Takahashi said. But the next class looked like the first, and so did the next and the one after that. The Americans might have invented the world’s best methods for teaching math to children, but it was difficult to find anyone actually using them. • It wasn’t the first time that Americans had dreamed up a better way to teach math and then failed to implement it. The same pattern played out in the 1960s, when schools gripped by a post-Sputnik inferiority complex unveiled an ambitious 'new math,' only to find, a few years later, that nothing actually changed. In fact, efforts to introduce a better way of teaching math stretch back to the 1800s. The story is the same every time: a big, excited push, followed by mass confusion and then a return to conventional practices. • The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them. One 1965 Peanuts cartoon depicts the young blond-haired Sally struggling to understand her new-math assignment: 'Sets . . . one to one matching . . . equivalent sets . . . sets of one . . . sets of two . . . renaming two. . . .' After persisting for three valiant frames, she throws back her head and bursts into tears: 'All I want to know is, how much is two and two?' • Today the frustrating descent from good intentions to tears is playing out once again, as states across the country carry out the latest wave of math reforms: the Common Core. A new set of academic standards developed to replace states’ individually designed learning goals, the Common Core math standards are like earlier math reforms, only further refined and more ambitious. Whereas previous movements found teachers haphazardly, through organizations like Takahashi’s beloved N.C.T.M. math-teacher group, the Common Core has a broader reach. A group of governors and education chiefs from 48 states initiated the writing of the standards, for both math and language arts, in 2009. The same year, the Obama administration encouraged the idea, making the adoption of rigorous 'common standards' a criterion for receiving a portion of the more than $4 billion in Race to the Top grants. Forty-three states have adopted the standards."
Every parent knows their kids are more than just their grades. Still, they also tell kids grades matter. No wonder an English elementary school headmaster set off a social media storm when she helped write a letter to students telling them not worry so much about their scores, since "there are many ways of being smart."
The Future of Museums Conference is a social network
The New Media Consortium and Learning Revolution announce twin events about the future of museums on July 23rd & 24th. Both events are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition:
Bring Your Own DeviceLocation-Based ServicesCrowdsourcingMakerspaces
July 23rd - The NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums is an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, engage with panels on these topics and help shape the conversation – get your burning questions answered!
More information atgo.nmc.org/future-museums
July 24th - The Learning Revolution is hosting the free, online Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event will be held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present.
"We regularly update the entire Edublogger’s class blog list to ensure the list remains current, contains helpful resources and see what else we can do to help you to find class blogs for the grades and subjects you teach. • We’ve just completed the latest update! • You can view the list on our Class blog list page."
"Learning how to use image editing software can be difficult and time consuming. And, teaching students how to use it can be even more challenging. Luckily, there are several free, online alternatives..."
"For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor 'stations' — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to 'what did you do in school today?' was, 'I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire'? • That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name. They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play."
"'What I presented to children was simple rhythm, for instance, [Andrade imitates the sound of his guitar] ti-tum-tum-chi. I counted the meter one, two, three, four, and then they start to write.'
What Andrade saw was that the kids who had severe difficulty with the task were also struggling with reading and writing. He knew he had good data, but he needed help from a scientist to analyze his data and methodology, and to write up the findings for publication.
'I read some papers by Nadine Gaab, and I searched for the page on the Internet and found Harvard and emailed her,' he says.
Recently, Andrade was in Boston on a Harvard fellowship, working on a follow-up to his research at the Gaab lab.
'We have found that this task, given to second-graders, can predict their literacy ability in the fifth grade,' Andrade says.
About her collaboration with the Brazilian music teacher, Gaab says, 'I think that’s a really nice example of neuroeducation, bridging neuroscience and education.'
And she adds that Andrade’s musical test is particularly useful, in that it can be administered cheaply and easily to whole classrooms, regardless of the students’ native language."
"In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, AltEdFilmFest showcases the films listed below during the month of August, 2014, with live broadcast interviews with the film directors at specific times. The schedule and links to the director interviews are in the conference calendar here. "