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Personalized Learning? Let Us Be Clear
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:07AM | 3 Comments
We hear so much about personalized learning – I even use the term myself, hoping that what I mean is what others understand, but knowing full well it isn’t. Once again, here’s a term that loses all meaning as it’s appropriated by every reform group to describe all types of learning, from providing students with a choice of book to read from a limited selection to letting a student...
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Unacceptable: L.A.s iPad Troubles
Bruce Dixon | October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:07AM | 4 Comments
Ok. Enough is Enough. I want to qualify what I am about to say, because I frankly think now something needs to be said. Firstly I do not normally, publically at least, comment on individual 1 to 1 rollouts. Anywhere. Our role at the Foundation has been to provide support, thought leadership and advocacy in whatever form that takes. No matter how often we have seen hiccups, or mistakes or...
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How Crucial is Cognitive Diversity?
Test Test | Justina Spencer | October 3rd, 2013 @ 10:54AM | 10 Comments
In Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the better Clive Thompson writes: \"The truth is that old and new modes of thinking aren\'t mutually exclusive. Knowing when to shift between public and private thinking--when to blast an idea online, when to let it slow bake--is a crucial new skill: cognitive diversity.\" Do you agree that cognitive diversity is a crucial...
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I Used to Think - School and Our Assumptions
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | July 30th, 2013 @ 1:54PM | 2 Comments
I used to think that once a child turned 4 or 5 years old, she automatically started school. This wasn’t a point of discussion or an option – not only was it compulsory, it was customary, as normal to our culture as breathing is to our bodies. I never questioned it. That was where learning occurred - at least the only learning that counted. As a child, I went off to school every year,...
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Dumbing Us Down
Bruce Dixon | July 30th, 2013 @ 1:27PM | 4 Comments
“Just when we thought it was safe to go….” Funny isn’t it, but in 2010, AALF and the State of Maine hosted a Summit at Point Lookout in that state, which in many ways was a celebration for how far we had all come. No longer did we have to spend endless workshop days or keynotes building the compelling case for ubiquitous access; no longer did we need to be wary of the detractors and...
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How Could They Have Let This Happen?
Test Test | Justina Spencer | July 30th, 2013 @ 1:24PM | 2 Comments
We\'d love to hear your thoughts on this quote from Alfie Kohn: \"We are living through what future historians will surely describe as one of the darkest eras in American education -- a time when teachers, as well as the very idea of democratic public education, came under attack; when carrots and sticks tied to results on terrible tests were sold to the public as bold \"reform\"; when...
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Be Bold. Make Noise. Ask Questions.
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | May 29th, 2013 @ 3:06PM | 2 Comments
Here in Canada, it’s graduation time. This year my youngest child graduates from high school. Although no one is asking, especially not my daughter, I am going to take this opportunity to give her some advice as this phase of her life ends and a new one begins. Dear Madison, I know this is an important day for you, one that you are eagerly awaiting. Although the world isn’t going to...
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Leapfrogging or Headbutting. Which access strategy do emerging countries deserve?
Bruce Dixon | May 29th, 2013 @ 2:10PM | 3 Comments
With all the energy that many of us have focused on a child’s right to be able to reach their full potential through access to their own personal portable computer, our biggest challenge has surely been providing access to those in the most extreme learning environments. These are the young people in extremely poor circumstances in developed countries and the vast numbers in emerging...
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Looking for US Primary School/s to host 121C planning team of teachers from Singapore
Rose A | May 29th, 2013 @ 2:10PM | 2 Comments | AALF members
Hi everyone! I am Mdm Roselina Abdullah, Subject Head of ICT at Innova Primary School (http://www.innovapri.moe.edu.sg/). I represent a group of teachers (about 6 people) who are journeying on our school’s One-to-One Computing program. We are looking for an opportunity to embark on a learning journey in a few U.S. schools this year, hopefully in late November. In order for our hosting schools...
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How do schools manage student behavior issues effectively?
Brenda Fayerman | April 11th, 2013 @ 4:13PM | 2 Comments | AALF members
As IT Director in a private coed high school of about 500 students, I was unable to find a perfect solution for automating the tracking of student behavior. In recent years, this was a growing concern: students were presenting with more issues that required the attention of the educators (e.g. poor work habits, disrespectful behavior both online and in school, bullying); teachers were trying to...
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