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The problem with Pearson-designed tests that threatens thousands of scores

The problem with Pearson-designed tests that threatens thousands of scores | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
'It’s testing season in New York, which can mean only one thing: It’s open season on Pearson, the corporation everyone loves to hate.
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Ontario ConnectEd Leaders Consortium - #ONTSM

Ontario ConnectEd Leaders Consortium - #ONTSM | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
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Donna Fry (@fryed) and Brian Harrision (@bharrisonp) collaborate to share their thoughts on the recent #ontsm Ontario Social Media "Symposium" hosted by Pearson Canadaon Saturday, April 27th.

 

Donna begins by sharing her thoughts related to her following and engaging with participants during the event via the #ontsm tag on Twitter, and her response as it became clearer through the day that the event was perhaps more of a focus group than a sypmposium. Donna expresses her concerns regarding openness, exclusivity, clarity of intent, and reflects how we are continuing to learn how to learn as a profession and as a society in our use of social media.

 

Brian begins by briefly sharing the development of his experience in using Twitter over the past four years, and uses that story to frame his response to the #ontsm event. Brian asserts that the controversy that emerged during the conversations did so when folks felt dissonance in the trust that has developed in the Ontario online educational community -- and that the measure of the growth of that community IS that trust -- as well as space for challenge and professional discussion/conflict. That there was push-back and accountable professinal dialogue as a result is a good thing. 

 

 

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Jared Cohen on the future of the digital world | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Jared Cohen on the future of the digital world | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
He's outlining a world of new possibilities and big ideas.
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Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It's Personal (April 2013) 

Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It's Personal (April 2013)  | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Notions of mechanized teaching machines captured the imagination of many in the late 19th and 20th century. Today, yet again, a new generation of technology platforms promise to deliver...
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Should Pearson, a giant multinational, be influencing our education policy?

Should Pearson, a giant multinational, be influencing our education policy? | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Pearson, a business that sells education products and services, seems to be gaining an ever-growing influence on school life. But whose interests is the company promoting – students' or its shareholders'?
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Again, read with a critical eye this piece from July 2012 that has shown up in the #ontsm stream. The question is incredibly valid here in Ontario, where one can mull over the reality of a less-than-visible provincial policy direction in response to social media, mobile devices, and learning in a digital age. 

 

One would presume that the resources for learning are developed in response to the directions and needs of the learners, as shaped by an informed policy. One would hate to think that it was the other way around.

 

Although maybe the horse and cart these days are doing a dance these days? 

 

Where does that leave the passengers? (Beam me up, Scotty!) 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 2013 7:16 PM

This is an increasingly important question for all members of society. Education is not about corporate profit. It is about children and their learning.

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TAGSExplorer: Interactive archive of twitter conversations from a Google Spreadsheet for

TAGSExplorer: Interactive archive of twitter conversations from a Google Spreadsheet for | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Online tool to visualise and explore Twitter converstations stored in a Google Spreadsheet. Developed as another lab expeiment by Martin Hawksey @mhawksey http://hawksey.info
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This is the data visualization of the #ontsm Twitter archive that I setup just prior to the Pearson event. Thanks to @mhawksey for the continuting development of the Google Spreadsheet template and the visualizer code.

 

Check out the tweets and conversations by clicking on a person's node in the diagram. Also dig into the archive using the "Search Archive" feature (fourth tab in the upper left) to search by tweet or user. 

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Reflections on Pearson Canada’s Social Media Summit

Reflections on Pearson Canada’s Social Media Summit | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
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@acambell99 provides his summary of the #ontsm Pearson event, and describes some confusion that occurred online as the tweets emerged. 

He provides his answer to the question "Was the Social Media Summit exclusionary?," he explains why he went, and comments on what Social Media might mean for Pearson Canada.

 

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the Roddwiki

the Roddwiki | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Video recorded with Socialcam on April 27, 2013 | Your friend watched this video on Socialcam
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Rodd and Jim share their 12 minutes worth of advice for publishers ("Pearson, you get first crack at this") in describing a dynamic, HTML5-based, platform-agnostic, teacher-and-student editable Wikipedia-like collaborative framework of attributed learning resources, strategies, exemplars and hyperlinked cross-curricular references that would be organic and customizeable by site/learner and provide educators and learners with the ability to transition back and forth between different organizations of the content/ teacher/strategy/theme/discipline/resource via hypertext-like links that would be made available free to contributors but that could be sold to other jurisdictions (until they started to contribute) and for which Pearson could play a role by providing their editing and production expertise.

 

In many ways, this sounds like the original vision of the Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner project -- something I spent 5 years working on as lead developer from 1998-2003 -- back before the Internet was as robust as it is now. Not all the challenges were technical -- the technical potential for collaboration and customization extended beyond the social/political comfort that existed at the time to support collaboration and customization. I wonder if things have changed. 

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Jane Mitchinson's comment, May 1, 2013 5:21 PM
Great ideas. That's probably why Pearson has already done it. View this video on Equella http://www.pearsonlearningsolutions.com/equella/
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Nicholas Carr on whether social media can help .. or hinder .. social change | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio

Nicholas Carr on whether social media can help .. or hinder .. social change | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Whether or not the revolution will be televised, a lot of people today are convinced it will be tweeted. Or texted. Or perhaps just conveyed in half a billion status updates on Facebook.
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CBC radio host Michael Enright talks with author Nicholas Carr (author of the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains) who suggests that social media may inhibit democratic change, rather than encourage it -- (podcast, 25 minutes) 

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"Design thinkin...

"Design thinkin... | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
"Design thinking is generally considered the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solu...
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Karen asks us to ponder whether our discussions about social media, are, in fact, an acknowledgement of the importance of Design Thinking and having a "mind frame" that embraces and participates from the position of a learner ... (references John Hattie, 2012)

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Let's Look Behind the Cloud of the #ontsm Tag

Let's Look Behind the Cloud of the #ontsm Tag | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
There is a wonderful opportunity for Learners and Learning lingering behind this visual representation of participants who used the #ontsm Twitter tag over the past 60 hours or so. Dig into the con...
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Trying to provide a larger context here for the gathering of 50 Ontario educators active in social media by a publishing company for a day of discussions. Education is entwined with economies -- but how learning and social media and technology interact with our society as we move forward can be influenced by all -- as long as they are interested in participating and make their voice heard. 

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#ontsm

#ontsm | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Yesterday I attended #ontsm which was a gathering of educators from Ontario with a focus on discussing social media in education. It was a really interesting day full of rich discussion with some o...
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Jamie reflects on the question of whether we really have a culture of learning in our schools and in our profession, and raises the question of relevance of curriculum to students. She reflects on what she wants education to bring to her daughters (newborn baby Calista was in quiet attendance at the event) and provides 11 wonderful hopes ... 

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#Ontsm

#Ontsm | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
I started teaching directly to digital citizenship this year in conjunction with the Flat Class Project one of my colleagues was running in her leadership class. I also ran the same lessons, more or...
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pearsoncanadaschool.com: 2/5/2013 - Pearson Canada School Division Hosts f2f Social Media Symposium

pearsoncanadaschool.com: 2/5/2013 - Pearson Canada School Division Hosts f2f Social Media Symposium | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Comprehensive textbooks, digital products, teaching materials and services for Elementary, High School and Professional Education for Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, FSL, AP and IB, Music, Art, Career & Technology, and...
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Thoughts From a Newbie

The truth is I'm actually not new, just hibernating. Before I jump into anything public there's always, and has always been, a sense of caution that arises. The public realm can be intimidating, of...
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Always Learning? | Shannon in Ottawa

Always Learning? | Shannon in Ottawa | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
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Shannon captures a few key tweets and blog quotes to summarize the confusion surrounding Pearson Canada's "summit"/focus group, and then references some of the "red flag" posts that have arisen regarding Pearson in education. 

 

Hooray for Bowie for seeing the writing on the wall, and making some good choices.  Can we, as learners, educators, parents, and members of society, do the same?

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Real People Hatch Out Of Eggs

I wanted to wait a little before writing anything about my time at #ontsm. So much happened, and I needed a little time to put some perspective on my weekend.
I think what I kept realizing during the...
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Stepan reminds us all that behind the Twitter avatar, and behind the printed blog text on the screen, is a live human being. And, as educators, they are invariably nice, and want the best for learners.

 

He recommends that education companies like Person get "in" the conversations online by getting to know the educators as people. Establish a relationship with the person. 

 

And students? They need to see their online peers as people, too. How can we help them to do that?

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mrjarbenne

mrjarbenne | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
'cause jbennett was taken
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Jared comments on participating in the #ontsm event from outside of the Pearson building -- he had been invited, but had other committments. He raises valuable questions about the dangers of tying education too closely to corporations, be they Google, Microsoft, Apple, or Pearson, and discusses the potential of Open Source organizations versus corporate-driven institutions. 

 

Jared asks about the values of contribution, sharing, and community that learners can practice if they are given the opportunity to work within such frameworks -- and outlines several contributions his students and board have been able to make because they have been using the open source WordPress framework. 

 

Rather than relying on for-profit companies, and developing more corporate-dependent workers, Jared advocates that, collectively, we can do this for ourselves, and that the learners resulting from such a system will make better digital citizens as members of an open (source) community. 

 

Me likey. 

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Social Media In Education

Social Media In Education | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
This weekend, I was invited to attend a focus group initiated by a publishing company to gain insight into the role of social media in education. Initially, I was excited to connect with tweeps I h...
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Lisa reflects on her initial feelings of comfort in joining the conversation at the #ontsm event at Pearson in a "reunion with friends who had never met" and the synergy and power of being "in one space with such innovators and thinkers." 

 

Lisa then comments on the dynamic that emerged online as the voices of educators who were not part of the focus group started to appear -- and the issues of exclusivity and exclusion began to emerge. 

 

Lisa suggests that the learning for Pearson may have exceeded their expectations, and that the event was only part of the learning experience.

 

I would suggest that Pearson is not the only benefactor from the day, and that educators in Ontario (and beyond) can learn from the experience.  

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Gavriel Salomon | The Construction Zone

Gavriel Salomon | The Construction Zone | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
Posts about Gavriel Salomon written by peter skillen
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Peter Skillen referenced Gavriel Salomon during the #ontsm get-together, and these posts here (so tagged) reflect Peter's deep engagement with questions related to learning with technology. 

Technology + Students does not just give us students using tools, but rather learners thinking differently as a result of the technology. 

 

The last impacts of technologies (social media, say) may very well be those not envisioned or intended at the outset:

"“it is quite likely that in the long run education will be affected by the unintended, drip-like effects of computing, particularly the Internet and computer mediated communication“. 


Peter also emphasizes the differences between "effects with" changes and "effects of" changes when working in partnership with peers or technologies ... 

 

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doug --- off the record

doug --- off the record | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
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Doug reflects on the notion of a walled garden, the growth evident in writing over time (be it Twitter or blogging), and the importance of realizing the benefit that a technology actually brings to a learning event -- not just complicating a task by adding in technology for the sake of it.

 

"Social Media isn't a think or an event -- it's a mindset and a culture and will get better with time as your skills mature." 

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Pearson 'Education' -- Who Are These People?

Pearson 'Education' -- Who Are These People? | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
The Pearson footprint appears to be everywhere and taints academic research as well as government policy.
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Read this critically for a sense of the depth of concern that exists today regarding the potential commodicization/commercialization of education and institutions of learning, and specifically the fears that exist surrounding Pearson. 

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Dusty World: Corporate Shills

Dusty World: Corporate Shills | The Pearson #ontsm Event | Scoop.it
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Tim reflects on some confusion and responses to the use of the #ontsm tag in conjunction with the Pearson event, and comments again on the danger of becoming too closely allied (or appearing to be too closely allied) with a corporation. Tim encourages folks to enjoy the range of professional discourse that takes place on Twitter -- agreeing to disagree with colleagues is okay! But keep the conversations in the open, so all can participate.

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