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Flash Access to the Sistine Chapel

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This is a remarkable example of how technology can open up learning options for the world. From now on, direct access to one of the finest examples of the world's cultural heretage. I hope we find ways to extend this technology to all the world's museums and historical and cultural sites.

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Derek's Blog » Schools should astonish kids - Case in Point: Gandhian innovation

Just read an article by Tom Friedman that illustrates Stephen's message perfectly. India's Innovation Stimulus: http://nyti.ms/u0U94r  Creative people are inventing innovative solutions that liberate India's poorest people. Farming software to increase crop productivity. A prescreening device to significantly reduce the ravages of eye maladies. Transportation software to efficiently locate the cheapest fares. Astonishing! Imagine what the world would be like twenty years from now if students were all learning to be creative astonishers whose passion in life is to invent a better future. And if that's not enough to motivate schools to change, invite them to imagine what the world will be like if students are not learning to be astonishers.
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Playing with Media: We need to play with media to become more effective communicators.

Playing with Media: We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. This book was written to inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Although written primarily for educators, anyone who is interested in learning more about digital communication will learn something new from this book. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms.

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Telling the Story of the Brain’s Cacophony of Competing Voices

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Michael S. Gazzaniga, after a long career at the top of his field, is spelling out a cautionary tale about the uses of neuroscience in courtrooms.  His new book, “Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain,” will be available November 15, 2011.

 

In recent years lawyers have begun to present brain images as evidence, usually to mitigate responsibility for a crime or to test veracity of testimony, as in a polygraph; increasingly, those images have been admitted. And more are coming: In imaging studies, for instance, neuroscientists have identified cortical areas that are highly active when people suppress impulses or other behaviors.

 

But there are clear shortcomings in the application of each of these methods in courtrooms. Brain images are snapshots, for one thing; they capture a brain state at only one moment in time and say nothing about its function before or after. For another, the images vary widely among people with healthy brains — that is, a “high” level of activity in one person may be normal in another. Can brain science tell exactly where automatic processes end and self-directed “responsible” ones end?

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The Future of Car Sharing

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Car sharing is on the rise! Explore this why access is better than ownership.

A car used to be the ultimate symbol of freedom and independence but increasingly consumers view ownership as an expense and a burden. Often considered the gateway to other forms of Collaborative Consumption, Car Sharing is becoming increasingly popular with its promise of personal convenience and social improvement. It is time to explore this new age where access is better than ownership.
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100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones.

 

Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones. YouTube does provide great resources and content for teachers and students. View the list of the Top 100 Videos for Teachers. This list is provided by SmartTeaching.org, a leading online resource for current teachers, and aspiring education students and student teachers.

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What Can We Learn From Finland?: Diane Ravitch

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Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.

The highlight of my trip was visiting schools in Finland. Of course, Finland is much in the news these days because of its success on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) examinations. For the past decade, 15-year-old Finnish students have consistently been at or near the top of all the nations tested in reading, mathematics, and science. And just as consistently, the variance in quality among Finnish schools is the least of all nations tested, meaning that Finnish students can get a good education in virtually any school in the nation. That's equality of educational opportunity, a good public school in every neighborhood.

What makes the Finnish school system so amazing is that Finnish students never take a standardized test until their last year of high school, when they take a matriculation examination for college admission. Their own teachers design their tests, so teachers know how their students are doing and what they need. There is a national curriculum—broad guidelines to assure that all students have a full education—but it is not prescriptive. Teachers have extensive responsibility for designing curriculum and pedagogy in their school. They have a large degree of autonomy, because they are professionals.
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RSA - Choosing, Consuming & Social Change

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In this new RSAnimate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

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The Innovative Educator: 20 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education

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Excerpt from The Innovative Educator

 

It's rare for education reformers, policymakers, and funders to listen to those at the heart of education reform work: The students. In fact Ann Curry who hosted Education Nation's first *student panel admitted folks at NBC were a little nervous about putting kids on stage. In their "Voices of a Nation" discussion, young people provided insight into their own experiences with education and what they think needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education. After the discussion Curry knew these students didn't disappoint. She told viewers, "Students wanted to say something that made a difference to you (adults) and they did. Now adults need to listen."

 

Below are [five of the twenty] sentiments shared by these current and former students during the segment.

 

1. I have to critically think in college, but your tests don't teach me that.
2. We learn in different ways at different rates.
3. I can't learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.
4. Teaching by the book is not teaching. It's just talking.
5. Caring about each student is more important than teaching the class.

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Teachers Teaching Teachers, on Twitter: Q. and A. on 'Edchats'

Teachers Teaching Teachers, on Twitter: Q. and A. on 'Edchats' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Teachers are taking professional development into their own hands with Twitter "edchats." In this post we explain, and interview four hosts of some popular weekly chats.

 

Like other groups with shared interests, from epidemiologists to James Joyce fans to locked-out N.F.L. players, teachers are turning to Twitter to collaborate, share resources and offer each other support.

 

Many, in fact, are using it to take professional development into their own hands, 140 characters at a time.

 

Each week, thousands of teachers participate in scheduled Twitter “chats” around a particular subject area or type of student. Math teachers meet on Mondays, for instance, while science discussions happen on Tuesdays, new teachers gather on Wednesdays and teachers working with sixth graders meet Thursdays. (Jerry Blumengarten, Twitter’s @cybraryman1, posts this helpful list [http://tinyurl.com/2dc7eoo] of educational chats.)

 

By using hashtags — that is, words or phrases preceded by the # symbol, like “#Scichat” for science educators — users can organize, search and find messages on a particular topic all in one place.


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Positive mindsets - David Perkins - Video search - Journey To Excellence

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Listen as David Perkins explores the impact of limited mindsets on educational achievement and contrasts this with fostering growth mindsets that can increase personal capability.
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Glossary of Instructional Strategies

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Here is an alphabetized directory of instructional strategies.

Click on the title to access the directory.
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India’s Innovation Stimulus

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Native sons have gone from working for Western companies to running Indian companies that are offering solutions to India’s problems.

"All these schools, plus 600 million cellphones, plus 1.2 billion people, half of whom are under 25, are India’s hope — because only by leveraging technology and brains can India deliver a truly better life for its masses. There are a million reasons why it won’t happen, but there is one big reason it might. The predicted really is happening: India’s young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India’s problems. The late C.K. Prahalad called it “Gandhian innovation,” and I encountered many examples around New Delhi."
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Seedlings @ Bit By Bit ~ Podcast: Show 122 — Wes Fryer: Playing with Media

Seedlings @ Bit By Bit ~ Podcast: Show 122 — Wes Fryer: Playing with Media | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Alice Barr, Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes are joined by Wes Fryer as he talks about his new book, Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing!

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Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips

We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools, growing into interconnected systems that remember less by knowing information than by knowing where the information can be found. This gives us the advantage of access to a vast range of information—although the disadvantages of being constantly “wired” are still being debated. It may be no more that nostalgia at this point, however, to wish we were less dependent on our gadgets. We have become dependent on them to the same degree we are dependent on all the knowledge we gain from our friends and coworkers—and lose if they are out of touch. The experience of losing our Internet connection becomes more and more like losing a friend. We must remain plugged in to know what Google knows.

 

A PDF of the article can be found here >> http://tinyurl.com/6zfygpo

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A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

At a memorial service for her brother, Mona Simpson recalled his love of beauty and his family, and his final moments.

I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve, during three distinct periods, over the 27 years I knew him. They’re not periods of years, but of states of being.
His full life.
His illness.
His dying.
Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day.
That’s incredibly simple, but true.
He was the opposite of absent-minded.
He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be.
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Excerpts from "Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: How Building Instructional Capacity Can Help Close the Achievement Gap," an article by Linda Darling-Hammond

Here are some quotes from Linda Darling-Hammond's article. You can read the whole article by clicking here: http://goo.gl/Gn6TA

"...teacher knowledge and skills are closely related to teachers’ and schools’ capacity to support stu- dent learning..."

"...I believe a capacity-building approach is critically important to promote effective teach- ing in all communities, particularly those where it is currently most lacking."

"...it is important to consider both teacher quality – so that the system recruits the right people and prepares them effectively – and teaching quality – so that the most effective practices are encouraged and the most supportive conditions are provided."

"Research has found that more-effective teachers gen- erally possess high verbal ability; strong content and pedagogical knowledge; an understanding of learners and learning; an ability to design useful curriculum, engaging learning tasks, and informa- tive assessments; and an ability and willingness to reflect on and improve their own practice.1"

"Substantial evidence also points to the importance of class size, specific curriculum supports, the avail- ability of instructional supports such as tutoring, and the use of time as strong predictors of student achievement, along with factors like student attendance.2"

"In one study, economists found that most value- added gains were attributable to teachers who were more experienced and better qualified, and who stay together as teams within their schools. The researchers found that peer learn- ing among small groups of teachers was the most powerful predictor of improved student achievement over time (Jackson & Bruegmann 2009)."

"Dramatic inequalities in access to certified teachers have been docu- mented in lawsuits challenging school funding in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and Texas, among other states (Darling- Hammond 2010b)."

"In reading, for example, the negative effect on upper elementary students taught by underprepared novices has been estimated as the loss of about one-third of a grade level each year (Laczko-Kerr & Berliner 2002; Darling-Hammond
et al. 2005)"

"Focusing only on evaluating poor teachers out of the profession is unlikely to produce a highly effective teaching force if there are not equally strong efforts to develop a steady supply of effective teachers entering and staying in the profession and becoming more effective over the course of their careers."

"Pre-service teacher preparation and mentoring enhance teacher effective- ness both by transmitting important knowledge and skills and by enabling teachers to stay in the profession and become more effective with experience."

"Providing expert mentors to coach beginners also reduces beginning teacher attrition, with rates of leaving reduced from more than 30 percent of begin- ners to as low as 5 percent in some dis- tricts that have introduced high-quality programs."

"There are, of course, substantial differences in the relative effectiveness of teacher education programs."

"These reforms depend centrally on creating new models of clinical practice that are tightly integrated with coursework. Many successful schools of education have done this by creating professional development relationships with local schools, working with these sites to train novices in the classrooms of expert teachers. Highly developed models have been found to increase teacher effectiveness and retention, foster instructional improvement, and raise student achievement."

"It is not surprising, then, that research shows that the same teacher typically looks more effective on value- added measures when she is teaching more advantaged students – and less effective when she is assigned more students who are low-income, new English learners, or who have special education needs (Newton et al., forth- coming). "

"...two major U.S. studies have recently found that schemes pay- ing teachers based on their students’ test score gains do not raise student achieve- ment overall – a sign that this strategy does not build teachers’ capacity and effectiveness furthermore (Springer
et al. 2010; Fryer 2011)"

"Initiatives to measure and recognize teacher effectiveness have emerged as the press for improved student achievement has been joined to an awareness of the importance of teach- ers in contributing to student learning. Such initiatives will have the greatest pay-off if they reflect and stimulate the practices known to support student learning and are embedded in systems that also develop greater teacher com- petence through strong preparation and mentoring, coaching in relation to standards, and opportunities for teach- ers to help their colleagues and their schools improve. Policies that create increasingly valid measures of teacher effectiveness and develop innovative systems for recognizing, developing, and using expert teachers, while provid- ing incentives for them to work with the neediest students, can ultimately help create a more effective teaching profession that serves the nation’s chil- dren more equitably."
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Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World?

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Arendt’s biggest lessons about hope are that we all gain most when we are honest about the challenges we face and open to the unexpectedness of life. What can give us hope, then, are the concrete relationships with our students, our willingness to be there for them and to not be defined by the accountability culture that now saturates schools. If we believe our own claims to know the limits of what is possible, then we all will be constrained by those limits. The unexpected occurrences of our teaching can be merely annoying interruptions to our plans, or they can be surprises that, in our responses, take us where we might never have predicted. Our responses to the unexpected can either further entrench our own sense of powerlessness, or they can open up the unpredictability and possibility of our interactive lives for us and for our students.

 

Arendt shows us how three common narratives of hope upon which teachers depend—hope through progress, hope through goal-directed action, and hope through rebirth—can be a source of frustration and hopelessness because they all misunderstand the unpredictable nature of the interactive lives we lead. Yet she also shows us that if, on the other hand, we affirm the unpredictability of our lives, we can find a renewed sense of possibility and hope in our teaching, and our students can reap the benefits of this hope as much as we can. As I spoke with my former student about his teaching in Alaska, he was just starting to come to this realization.

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Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: Linda Darling-Hammond

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Despite growing evidence that expert teachers are critical to educational achievement, well-prepared and effective teachers are the most unequally distributed educational resource in the United States. Since federal supports for urban school funding and teacher training were dramatically reduced in the 1980s, teacher shortages in schools serving low-income students have increased. Since then, it has been increasingly common for students in poor rural and urban schools to experience a revolving door of inexperienced and underprepared teachers.
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QUIZ: Tech Savvy Teaching: How Do You Rank? | Edutopia

QUIZ: Tech Savvy Teaching: How Do You Rank? | Edutopia | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Are tech tools improving your teaching or are they just a distraction?

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North Carolina Turns Its Best Students Into Good Teachers

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John Williams III of Durham, N.C., is an example of the state’s success in taking its best students and turning them into public school teachers.

 

It is a pretty good bet that any program that treats teachers like star athletes is not going to last. A few months ago, as part of hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to phase out the fellows program — which has a $13 million annual budget — over the next few years. (There have been reports that the House speaker, Thom Tillis, a Republican, is reconsidering; his office did not respond to several calls and e-mails.)

 

It may not matter. Budget cuts have been so severe, pretty soon no one is going to be able to afford to teach. Anthony White, 26, another fellow, has been a math teacher for five years at Southern High Schoolhere. Like Mr. Williams, he had his choice of jobs but chose a school that serves a poor black neighborhood, a place where he felt that his work would stand for more. “Coming up,” Mr. White said, “I never had a black male math teacher.”

 

When Mr. White started, he was making $35,000, and five years later he is still making $35,000.

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Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement | Edutopia

Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement | Edutopia | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Project-learning teaching strategies can also improve your everyday classroom experience.

 

Create an Emotionally Safe Classroom

Create an Intellectually Safe Classroom

Cultivate Your Engagement Meter

Create Appropriate Intermediate Steps

Practice Journal or Blog Writing to Communicate with Students

Create a Culture of Explanation Instead of a Culture of the Right Answer

Teach Self-Awareness About Knowledge

Use Questioning Strategies That Make All Students Think and Answer

Practice Using the Design Process to Increase the Quality of Work

Market Your Projects

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Creativity - Dylan Wiliam - Video search - Journey To Excellence

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Dylan Wiliam reviews the changing nature of literacy in our society and the importance of developing creative thinking skills in young people.
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How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

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Salman Khan's educational website of 2,400 video lessons could be the solution to middle-of-the-class mediocrity.
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