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BYOD the Next Big Thing? I Do Not Think So!
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | June 17th, 2014 @ 11:30AM | 3 Comments
When I went to school way, way back in the previous millennium, I would find there pencils, paper, crayons, and everything I needed to do my work. As I got older, sure, I had to bring a binder as well as pens and pencils, but everything else was there for me to use. Flash forward to when my kids first went to school. Someone had figured out a great way for schools to save money – have each...
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A Short Test of Vision
Bruce Dixon | April 15th, 2014 @ 12:52PM | 3 Comments
Last time I said I would share some of the experiences of my recent travels. It seems only right to start with vision; right because, well, that’s where all good personal technology initiatives should start…but rarely do. No matter how often you run workshops for educational leaders emphasizing the importance of developing a well articulated shared vision, the importance too often escapes...
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What Students Do
Test Test | Justina Spencer | April 15th, 2014 @ 12:50PM | 4 Comments
Get the conversation started with this month\'s quote from Neil Postman in Teaching as a Subversive Activity: \"In order to understand what kind of behaviors classrooms promote, one must become accustomed to observing what, in fact, students actually do in them. What students do in a classroom is what they learn (as Dewey would say), and what they learn to do is the classroom\'s message (as...
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One-to-One or Anytime Anywhere Learning-- What is the Difference?
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | February 11th, 2014 @ 12:24PM | 2 Comments
You may not have realized, but a few issues ago we changed the name of the AALF newsletter from One-to-One to the Anytime Anywhere Learning Report. This may not seem like such a huge change to you, but to us, it’s significant. First and foremost, as an organization, AALF has always been focused on rethinking where, when, what, and how our young people are learning and the role of school...
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A Lot Going On, But How Much Is Changing?
Bruce Dixon | February 11th, 2014 @ 11:27AM | 4 Comments
January is best known as BETT month, in most countries with the ironical exception of the US. First run in 1985 as the British Education Training and Teaching exhibition, this year it attracted more than 40,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. I actually attended the first three in the early 80’s and since then it has grown from a simple education technology show to what has become a...
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Flipping a Boring Classroom
Test Test | Justina Spencer | February 11th, 2014 @ 11:25AM | 2 Comments
Get the conversation started with this month\'s quote from Ramsey Musallam, Chemistry teacher and TED talk presenter: \"Flipping a boring lecture from the classroom to the screen of a mobile device [is] the same dehumanizing chatter, just wrapped up in fancy clothing.\" - Ramsey Musallam Do you agree? Is flipping a classroom a step forward or not a step anywhere at all? We\'d love to hear...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Bruce Dixon | December 11th, 2013 @ 1:20PM | 4 Comments
As I fly back home from Brazil, after working in nine countries over the past eight weeks, life is frankly a bit of a blur. Just when you thought it was safe to chill back for a while, it can all catch up with you. I’ll make sure I take time over the next few issues to share my thoughts about what I am seeing, but for this time I thought the old Western film title summed it up. As we come...
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Rethinking Math Basics in a Digital Age
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | December 11th, 2013 @ 1:14PM | 4 Comments
I just returned from the Computer-based Math conference led by Conrad Wolfram. If you haven’t seen his TED talk, you really should check it out. It presents a new way to think about how we teach mathematics in this digital age. One idea that led the conference was that we need to help young people learn mathematics using the tools and learning environments of their time, not those from...
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Doris Lessing quote on education
Test Test | Justina Spencer | December 11th, 2013 @ 11:03AM | 5 Comments
Get the conversation started with this month\'s quote from The Golden Notebook, by the late Noble Prize winning South African author Doris Lessing, who passed away last month: \"Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: \'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is...
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The Tabletization of Learning
Bruce Dixon | October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:09AM | 6 Comments
Sometimes when I read articles about ubiquitous access these days, I find myself feeling a little tentative. You know, you want to believe it’s all good, and everyone is embracing the sorts of things we have all worked so hard to achieve…but sadly, there is no Santa Claus..and they are not all what you hope they might be. Such was the stunning realization I had from a very recent New York...
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