"I have a personal challenge for you. Take two hours in the next few weeks, and watch both Part 1 (“The Program”) and Part 2 (“Privacy Lost”) of the PBS Frontline special, “United States of Secrets.” The best option is to watch these programs with at least one other person with whom you can discuss the issues they raise. You can watch them online with a web browser or on AppleTV (as I did) within the PBS station app. You won’t regret it. The Twitter hashtag for the series is #USofSecrets.
"Harvard, a university deeply involved in exploring and explaining the world and changing it for the better, is on the cutting edge in myriad fields. Harvard is making a difference now, and planning to lead the way in the next decade. • Here’s a look at where the University and the world that it embraces are likely to be 10 years down the road, in five areas: health, science, education, the arts, and globalization. • In many cases, as the examples below indicate, the future is now, and the road ahead already well-marked."
The class of 2014 hits the job market. We look at where the jobs are – and aren’t – and get a little advice from Peyton Manning.
These are graduation days all over – college, community college, high school – and, for most, the very next agenda item is a job. The years of the Great Recession were brutal for new grads. And long. What about now? The Class of 2014 is reported to be the most optimistic in years about its job prospects. Are they right about that? We hope so. But it’s still a challenge out there. So where and what are the jobs now? Who’s getting them, and how? What are the hot fields? Hot cities? Regions? Countries? This hour On Point: jobs, and the Class of 2014.
"Some college students are demanding professors put warning labels on courses and books that might offend. And many profs are offended by that.
This Feb. 5, 2014 file photo shows a statue of a man sleepwalking in his underpants, called 'Sleepwalker,' which was part of an exhibit by sculptor Tony Matelli, surrounded by snow on the campus of Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass. A student started an online petition to have it moved indoors because it had become 'a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault.' (AP)
Should college student assigned “The Great Gatsby” be forewarned that it contains scenes of “gory, abusive, misogynistic violence”? Should undergrads reading “Huckleberry Finn” get a boldprint warning label of racism – and permission to duck it? A new push on college campuses is calling for “trigger warnings” up front on potentially disturbing readings and more. Advocates say it’s to protect the vulnerable. Critics say it’s hypersensitivity run amuck and a veiled attack on free speech, robust scholarship. This hour On Point: Trigger warnings, and what American college kids can handle."
"Being good at mathematics has never been more important, with strong numerical skills in demand by employers across the worlds of business and finance and beyond. But countries like the U.S. and U.K are falling behind, and experts say it could have more to do with culture than teaching.
'The main difference between the West and East come(s) down to culture, rather than strictly what happens in the classroom,' said Alex Bellos, author of an introduction to mathematical ideas called 'The Grapes of Math'.
'Also, in England especially, and in the U.S. too, there is this feeling that math is uncool. Math is difficult, it's boring, and it's not relevant.'"
"I think every Twitter user has some kind of formula for their Tweets. For me, (and this SO not scientific though I did have to get my calculator out!) I Tweet 82% ed tech & library, lesson ideas, curation and content building, being a shameless sharer and giving back to my community. I want to give more than I take. I try not to Tweet in an echo chamber. 8% pop culture - Doctor Who, Real Housewives, Sherlock, etc, 4% personal - the random and oft times inarticulate sophomoric thoughts going through me heid, my travels, Oh and weird dreams.
"One cohort at a time, I am doing my bit to erase the misleading, poorly defined, and often destructive term ‘basic skills’ from educational discourse. • I ask my second year student teachers in their first assignment in English Curriculum Studies to explain their philosophy on English teaching and tell me which teaching methods they think are important in 2014. • I warn them • If you tell me that you advocate a ‘basic skills’ approach to teaching I will fail your paper. • I won’t. (I only tell them this afterwards.)"
"I was fortunate to teach in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years. In my classes, students took daily notes on computers, did research, wrote essays, created various multimedia publications, and worked on collaborative projects."
"If you've been supporting and/or evaluating teachers all year long, don't let that work just fade out as summer approaches. Make sure that you and your teachers get the most out of the year by having a formal close-out conversation. If you're a teacher and not an instructional leader, you can initiate this important conversation, too. Following are five steps that can help guide you through this critical exchange of information."
"In Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is a scene in which a tribe of early hominids, having encountered an extraterrestrial Monolith for the first time, are suddenly evolved to the next stage of human consciousness, and are capable of using tools for the first time.
This video of children from the ages of 6 to 13 trying to figure out how to work a vintage Apple II is like the opposite of that. And it shows just how inexplicable computing was to pretty much everyone before Steve Jobs released the original Mac in 1984."
In the following video, you get to see a student and me modeling the roles of “Driver” and “Navigator.” This is how 3rd and 4th grade students work in partnerships while learning how to program at Code.org. You also get to witness a student help the teacher get “unstuck!”
"Why would a man in Morocco who doesn’t have enough to eat buy a television? • Why is it so hard for children in poor areas to learn even when they attend school? • Why do the poorest people in the Indian state of Maharashtra spend 7 percent of their food budget on sugar? • Does having lots of children actually make you poorer? • For more than fifteen years Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked with the poor in dozens of countries spanning five continents, trying to understand the specific problems that come with poverty and to find proven solutions. Their book is radical in its rethinking of the economics of poverty, but also entirely practical in the suggestions it offers. Through a careful analysis of a very rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo’s lab has pioneered, they show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives."
An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i before e" literary dilemma.
"'In my classroom, I can already see the negative effects,' said the English Department chair at Clay-Chalkville High School and a participant in the UAB For Teachers By Teachers grant program. 'Many high school students have become dependent on electronic spell-checkers. As a result, I spend a significant amount of time circling misspelled words on assignments.'
This begs the question: Could text language and autocorrect technologies have an effect on writing skills? UAB experts offer thoughts and tips.
Embrace the change: 'New technologies will, as they always have, influence how we gain and use knowledge,' said Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., associate professor of English. 'This kind of shift can be frightening to those of us who learned to use language through a different approach, or who value some aspects of English that are currently being dismissed as less important. The fact is that what constitutes literacy changes over time.'
'For any of us to be effective communicators, we have to be able to adhere to conventions that others share," Ryan said.'"
Langchatters worked to come up with a definition of the flipped classroom and cleared up some ‘misconceptions’ (@MmeFarab). @SraSpanglish provided a helpful definition: “Flipped lessons are those where the ‘instruction’ takes place mostly online/at home, [and students] practice in class.” @CoLeeSensei added, “it’s [when] prep work [is] done outside class [so that students are ready] to use the language in class.” @trescolumnae wrote, “I think lots of folks have decided that flipping = watching videos at home. That’s one possibility among many!” @CoLeeSensei agreed, saying, “I think of flipping as an ‘activity’ outside class – [listening] to a song can be one [example].” It became clear that there is no one fixed definition for the ‘flipped classroom,’ and instructors can adjust flipping to meet their classroom needs.
Advantages of Flipping
Langchatters shared a variety of advantages of flipping the language classroom, which are summarized below. They highlighted additional class time, more use of the target language (TL) in class, the possibility for increased repetition at home before coming to class, and more productive review sessions."