MOOCs: A report from faculty on their experience as students in MOOCs
Adan QuanDepartment of Anthropology, MSUPosted on: January 11, 2013
MOOCs: A report from faculty on their experience as stud...
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by Stacey Goodman
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"Community-service projects can help educators develop a curriculum that engages students in visionary thinking -- "helping our students see themselves as agents of imagination and members of communities larger than themselves," educator Stacey Goodman writes. In this blog post, Goodman writes about Affinity Projects, in which students examine their societal identities; Ally Projects, in which students work on a project for a group they are not part of; and Visionary Projects, which are intended to unite a community based on an idea."
by Nick Bilton
"Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. And get ready for this: It is not only the hardest material in the world, but also one of the most pliable.
"Only a single atom thick, it has been called the wonder material.
"Graphene could change the electronics industry, ushering in flexible devices, supercharged quantum computers, electronic clothing and computers that can interface with the cells in your body."
by Roger Cook
"Imagine, if you can, a school where students do not have specific teachers assigned to them, nor do teachers have specific students on their roster.
"Imagine a school where students come each day with a list of standards to work on and accomplish--right when they walk in the door. They can go to the teacher of their choice in order to accomplish the completion of these standards. Or, they can do them on their own in any setting they wish, as long as they maintain accomplishing the minimum amount of standards in a minimum amount of time. Some students, for example, may work individually in the media center not having to go to any classroom.
"And last but not least, imagine a district at large where the dropout rate is at zero percent.
"In this type of environment, students would come and go as they please, but would be required to prove the successful completion of work and pass assessments to demonstrate understanding.
Sound crazy? Not to educators in the Taylor County School District in Campbellsville, Kentucky. In fact, that is our district’s ten-year plan."
"As an experiment, I immersed myself in social media for the past three months. I started this blog, joined Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, bought a domain name, and posted on Facebook for the first time in years.
Even within this short period of time, I reaped tangible benefits: I interacted with top physicians from across the world, kept up with the medical literature, participated in discussions with patients about how how rheumatic diseases affect their lives, joined webinars about improving the patient experience, and provided educational information to physicians and patients about autoinflammatory diseases, my clinical interest.
Social media has changed the way that I think about and practice medicine, and it’s only been a few months"
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"Since the 1995 introduction of the TIMSS studies (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and the 2000 start of the PISA assessments (Program for International Student Assessment), much ink has been spilled on the subject of where American schools and American students stand vis-à-vis their international counterparts. While the TIMSS and PISA rankings themselves are straightforward, there is considerable disagreement, often contentious, over what those international comparisons tell us about the state of American education. Both market critics of American public education and critics of the market-based reforms of the last decade and a half point to American education’s international standing as evidence that supports their respective policy agendas, while others dispute the very suggestion that meaningful causal
"An Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Tuesday showed that black, Latino and Native American children in nearly all regions of the U.S. had lower scores on measures predictive of future success than their white and Asian counterparts. Black children faced the greatest barriers to success, particularly those who lived in Michigan, Wisconsin and across southern states, and this "should be considered a national crisis," according to the report. "
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by Sean Blanda
"Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U we’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Below are some of our favorites."
"After successfully unveiling the latest iteration of the hacked notebook—which employs low-cost circuitry that allows for self-directed creativity—at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, David Cole and Jen Dick of NEXMAP talk with educators who are either beginning to implement or have already tried out this work with youth."