"Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment for years, but some have attracted a new clientele by offering services normally found in expensive private schools."
"If the neighborhood has welcomed a nurturing school that comes without sticker shock — tuition at St. Stephen starts under $8,000, less than a quarter of what some Manhattan schools charge — school leaders acknowledge that there has been a cost. Three years ago, 46 percent of the students received free or reduced lunch, in keeping with the Catholic Church’s mission of tending to the poorest; this year the number is down to 17 percent.
Enrollment of African-American students has dropped 15 percent; for Hispanic students, it has dropped 33 percent. And the school, which runs through the eighth grade, is noticeably whiter in its lower grades."
"Kuramo Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Basic 7 / Junior Secondary Level 1, Mathematics. June 22nd, 2009."
"This ongoing series by English photographer Julian Germain, entitled Classroom Portraits, began in schools in North East England in 2004. Since then, Germain has taken large-scale portraits of classrooms from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East and has amassed an impressive 450+ portraits of schoolchildren in over 20 countries.
'Considering the importance of school, it seemed strange to me that the subject was so rarely dealt with as a theme in visual art. Accordingly, I began making these large format portraits of classes of schoolchildren in their classrooms. The aim was to make a straightforward record of the space and the pupils (of all ages, in all lessons) in the finest possible detail.'"
"NASA's Mars Curiosity rover team member Jessica Samuels updates you on developments and status of the mission now that it's preparing to explore Gale Crater. Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools, such as a laser-firing instrument for checking rocks' elemental composition from a distance, are the first of their kind on Mars. Curiosity will use a drill and scoop, which are located at the end of its robotic arm, to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieve and parcel out these samples into the rover's analytical laboratory instruments."
"Science journalist Michael Lemonick doesn't want to be a doomsday prophet, but he does want to be realistic about the threat of climate change. 'Since I started writing about climate change all the way back in 1987, we've known what the cause is, we've known what the likely outcome is, and we've had time to act — and essentially we haven't acted,' he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.
Lemonick is the co-author of a new book, Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future. The book, published by the nonprofit research organization Climate Central, details the effects of climate change and greenhouse gases in ocean acidity, existing ecosystems, disruptions to food supply and rising sea levels. Lemonick says sea level has risen by about eight inches overall worldwide since around 1900, and the waters are expected to rise an estimated three feet by 2100."
Where did time-telling come from? What are time zones and why are there so many of them? Get the answers to these questions and more in this journey through the history of time -- from sundials to hourglasses to modern clocks. Lesson by Karen Mensing, animation by Avi Ofer.
Science can be a struggle for many students, especially those who do not have logical/mathematical brains. Start off the school year by directing your students toward apps that will make science a little easier.
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
" Challenge-based learning (CBL) is similar to problem-based learning, but with CBL, students formulate the challenges they will address. Through a process of discussion and research, students identify a selection of questions that might be workable for their project, work on solutions, and publish those solutions online. In this way, CBL provides the satisfaction that comes from figuring out both the issue to be tackled and the solution to it, even though CBL requires a heavier time commitment than more traditional academic activities. Students gain meaningful skills through these projects, including how to share work, collaborate, organize, and express themselves more effectively."
The articles in this special issue of Teachers College Record address listening—a topic that has been largely neglected in the literature on teaching and learning. The neglect of student and teacher listening as a topic of sustained research is in some ways surprising. Listening is purportedly what students spend most of their school time doing—listening and very little else. John Dewey (1900/1961) noted more than a century ago that he was unable to find good movable furniture for elementary school classrooms because the available chairs had all been designed “for listening.”1 He might find movable furniture today, but he would still find classrooms dominated by teacher talk. Although it is widely acknowledged that teachers do too much talking and not enough listening, very little attention has been paid to the challenges teachers face when they set out to listen. And although much has recently been written about dialogue in schooling (Burbules, 2000; Burbules & Bruce, 2001; Haroutunian-Gordon, 1991), the focus has continued to be on speaking, not listening.
1. Perhaps he was being ironic and had in mind the so-called listening of children sitting with their hands clasped and their mouths shut tight. 2. A few notable exceptions include Gadamer (1985), Garrison (1996), Fiumara (1990), McCaslin & Good (1996), and Schultz (2003)."
As a parent, it’s important to be a part of the discussion about education. Informed parents can make a difference, not just in the lives of their own children, but in schools, policy, and more.
You can stay in the loop and contribute your opinion by taking part in these Twitter chats and using these hashtags. Check out our list, and you’ll find more than 30 of the most relevant and useful hashtags for parents interested in education today.
Much of what we hear when people talk about games for learning may be behind the potential of video games to teach traditional content, but there's also a very exciting, and increasingly popular trend in education of kids as game designers.
Learning 2.0 Conference, a worldwide virtual event, August 20 - 24, 2012 - free and online!
Keynote Sessions: Julie Evans, Gina Bianchini, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Lee Rainie, Sugata Mitra, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Marc Prensky, Audrey Watters, Yong Zhao.
Keynote Panel on Technology and Librarians: Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza.
Pre- and Post-Conference Special Interviews: David Deubelbeiss, Lee Rainie, Alfie Kohn, Gary Stager, Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Rudy Crew, Roger Schank, Paulo Blikstein, Rob Fried, Gordon Dryden, Tony Wagner, and Michael Strong.
"Over 9000 educators have joined the 'The 30 Goals Challenge' since January 2010. You have the opportunity to join our community of educators throughout the next 12 months as we aim to accomplish 30 short-term goals related to education. These are short-term goals we reflect on and see how they help us aim towards long-term goals to make us better educators. We support each other through various social networks, Facebook, Youtube, GooglePlus, Twitter, and blogs.
Throughout 2012, I will share in this blog the new set of 30 goals with you through very short blog posts and videos here in this blog and also on this LiveBinder that is embedded below. If you choose, you can accomplish the same 1 to 2 goals a week with many members of our community. We hope that you will post your reflections in a blog but you can always leave a comment instead or an update on Facebook, GooglePlus, or Twitter.
Cycle 3 Changes
Each year, we try to find better ways to accomplish the goals. This year we will focus on accomplishing 1 to 2 goals a week. This way we can focus more on our community and supporting each other through comments and community building activities. We hope that this will also give you time to read other participants’ thoughts, reflections, problems, and achievements.
We also adopted the theme, 'Dare to Believe.' Each goal will focus on getting educators to believe their plans of action will lead to positive change in their environments."
"Once you start looking for a problem, someone’s going to find one, and attention deficit has become the go-to diagnosis for energetic children."
"Like the teachers, we didn’t want Will to “fall through the cracks.” But what I’ve found is that once you start looking for a problem, someone’s going to find one, and attention deficit has become the go-to diagnosis, increasing by an average of 5.5 percent a year between 2003 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey, 8.4 percent, or 5.2 million children, between the ages of 3 and 17 had been given diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."
Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language--by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible. Lesson by Victor Wooten, produced by TED-Ed.
This summer Google provided a two week course called Power Seraching with Google. Each class included videos and assignments and the course is now available to anyone who would like to improve their search technique. The six classes are:
Class 1 - Introduction
Class 2 - Interpreting Results
Class 3 - Advanced Techniques
Class 4 - Find Facts Faster
Class 5 - Checking Your Facts
Class 6 - Putting It All Together
As a bonus you may also watch a Power Watching with Search Experts Video and a Hang Out with Search Experts Video.
Take your time to explore the courses and enjoy learning how to be a power searcher!
"For Leadership Day 2012, I thought I would gather in one place many of the talking points that I use with principals and superintendents about Internet safety…
Even though they may use fancy terms and know more than you do about their domain, you never would allow your business manager or special education coordinator to operate without oversight. So stop doing so with your technology coordinator. The technology function of your school organization exists to serve the educational function, not the other way around. Corollary: your technology coordinator works for you, not vice versa. Mobile phones, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, blogs, Wikispaces, Google, and whatever other technologies you’re blocking are not inherently evil. Stop demonizing them and focus on people’s behavior, not the tools, particularly when it comes to making policy. You don’t need special policies for specific tools. Just check that the policies you have are inclusive of electronic communication channels and then enforce the policies you already have on bullying, cheating, sexual harassment, inappropriate communication, illicit behavior, etc. ....."
"Conclusions/Recommendations: Curriculum, defined not simply as subject matter content and instructional procedures, but as a tool of acculturation and a depository of (U.S.) national and cultural values, has the power to emancipate or colonize. Each of the three curricular contexts in the United States—the major reforms of the No Child Left Behind Act, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the “model minority” mythology—exemplify the role Curriculum plays in defining, silencing, and/or marginalizing APIs. Imagined sites of resistance against Curriculum as colonizer include this very page, where one voice deliberately pushes back against the obfuscation of fixed realities layered onto people of Asian descent in the United States, the reexamination and revision(ing) of teacher preparation curricula, and the larger policy arena."
Have you wondered what is going on with social networks? This article and infographic show the "newest statistics" Ignite Social Media has been looking at social networks since 2008 and this updates their previous reports. Learn which social networks are doing well, which ones have the most educated users, the networks with the youngest and oldest users demographic and much more. To see the original reports check out http://bit.ly/2012-social-analysis.
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