The fact that Chris Lehmann at Science Leadership Academy has moved away from full-fledged Apple laptops to a “90% solution” using new Dell Chromebooks certainly can be debated in terms of whether or not Chromebooks fulfill the true vision of 1-1 computing in schools. As with any decision like this, there are many layers involved, primarily budgetary in this case. Because of his track record as someone who not only understands the opportunities to learn with technology but who has one of the most compelling visions around for teaching and learning in a traditional setting, I’ll trust Chris’s process in this.
But here’s the the biggest concern, for me at least. The $300 (or so) price point will make (and in many cases, already has made) many districts think that Chromebooks are the answer to their 1-1 dilemma, but that only depends on the vision for their use. As Chris states in the article: ....."
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"Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what most people think it is or should be to be fair or at least acceptable."
"Today [December 4, 2013], researchers announced they have obtained DNA sequences from the earliest human skeletal remains yet, a Spanish fossil from a site known as Sima de los Huesos, or pit of bones. Although the study is undoubtedly a triumph of technology and technique, the results themselves have researchers scratching their heads, since the most closely related DNA has only been found on the opposite side of Eurasia.
The sequencing of DNA from fossil humans has already shaken up our view of the past. The completion of the genome of Neanderthals indicated that they had interbred with modern humans enough to introduce a small bit of their DNA into genomes of any population that left Africa. But sequencing other bones revealed that there was a second group of pre-modern humans in Siberia that also interbred with our ancestors. This group, called the Denisovans, also contributed DNA to our ancestors, but it only appears in groups that migrated into the Pacific.
To confuse matters further, although we have many Neanderthal skeletal remains and a good idea of how they differed from modern humans, so far, all we have of the Denisovans is a couple of teeth. These tell us that their teeth were very large, but little else. Still, the only real question seemed to be how the Denisovans, whom we only know from Siberian remains, ended up getting their DNA carried out into the Pacific."
Science Leadership Academy Principal Christopher Lehmann argues that new Chromebooks are a cost-effective solution to going 1-to-1 and supporting project-based learning.
"...Christopher Lehmann, SLA's principal and the recipient of a new grant from Dell to fund the adoption of Chromebooks, argues that the $300-dollar devices are a potential game-changer for schools, providing 90 percent of the functionality of traditional laptops at one-fourth the price.
'I really think Chromebooks have the potential to revolutionize the way schools are thinking about technology,' Lehmann said. 'There is no more financial argument to be made about why a district can't go 1-to-1.'
Similarly heady projections have accompanied any number of other ed-tech product releases in recent years—many of which have been accompanied by troubled rollouts. But people in the ed-tech world are likely to pay close attention to such proclamations from Lehmann, who was recently named the nation's 'outstanding leader' by the International Society for Technology in Education."
Time to admit that learning is what you are doing no matter where and how that occurs. "Offline" and "online" are simply words that designate available learning spaces. Each has unique protocols and potential. Hopefully, students are now using all available resources to the maximum extent possible. If not, why not?
"Whether renting is better than buying depends on many factors, particularly how fast prices and rents rise and how long you stay in your home. Compare the costs of buying and renting a home in the calculator below. Click the ADVANCED SETTINGS button to change inputs such as your rate of return on investments, condo/common fees and your tax bracket."
Dennis Richards's insight:
I hope this aligns with your curriculum. Opens the door to "a make-a-living reality show" episode students need to experience and understand before graduating from high school. How else can they navigate their future without such wisdom?
English: Death of a Salesman?
Social Studies: Ecomomics? Current Events? Current Events? Wealth Distribution in America? Politics?
"Ontario is banking on better teacher training to improve its math results, even as the Manitoba government is going back to basics this fall to battle poor test scores.
Students across the country are struggling with numeracy. Results this week from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment – a sweeping measure of scholastic abilities in 65 countries – showed that increasing percentages of 15-year-olds are failing the math test in nearly all provinces.
The numbers have got Ontario worried, and Education Minister Liz Sandals is vowing to tackle the problem."
"The OECD results suggest that jurisdictions that teach math in a more traditional way had more success than those such as Ontario that use “discovery learning,” a method that allows for open-ended student investigations and problem-solving.
Critics of this method say it ignores the basics, such as having students memorize multiplication tables. In Ontario, for instance, students are required to be able to multiply by 9 in grade 4, but there is no requirement they do so through rote memorization.
This fall, Manitoba returned to some traditional teaching methods in its kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum, in hopes of giving students better foundational math skills.
The changes in Manitoba mean that students are now taught all four standard methods for arithmetic – addition with a carry, subtraction with a borrow, long multiplication and long division. The curriculum stresses that students do math in their heads and not rely on calculators."
"Sometimes, peculiar routines are the key to sanity… and productivity.
For years, I wrote from 11pm-4am or so, fueled by carefully timed yerba mate tea, Malbec, and Casino Royale left on repeat in my peripheral vision.
But who am I? Let’s explore the odd and effective routines of several creative icons: Maya Angelou (author), Francis Bacon (painter), W.H. Auden (poet), and Ludwig van Beethoven (composer).
Here’s an appetizer, before we get to the full routines:
- Maya Angelou rented a 'tiny, mean' hotel or motel room to do her writing; - Francis Bacon preferred to work with a hangover; - W.H. Auden took Benzedrine the way many people take a multivitamin; and - Beethoven counted out 60 coffee beans (exactly!) each morning, and developed his compositions through walking and obsessive bathing.