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Taking the Fork in the Road
Bruce Dixon | November 27th, 2012 @ 11:06AM | 0 Comments
How often do you find yourself driving along the same road, and sometimes you get to your destination and not even remember the journey? It comes from habit, or familiarity, and we all feel comfortable taking that journey down the same road. But what if on our journey we come across a fork? What if we see a road, we have not yet travelled, which has signs telling us it will allow us to go even...
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Essential Conditions for Change
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | November 27th, 2012 @ 11:04AM | 1 Comments
So many teachers say they would use technology more often, differently in a more transformative way if only......If only they had more PD, more support, more money, more evidence of its value, more time, more time, and more time. I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive. So, I've been asking educators to let me know what conditions did or should their schools or districts provide that would enable...
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Mathematics Curriculum-It's Time for a Change
Nils Ahbel | November 27th, 2012 @ 10:48AM | 0 Comments
In his recent article in the New York Times, entitled “Is Algebra Necessary?”, Andrew Hacker makes a strong and provocative statement: “There are many defenses of algebra and the virtue of learning it. Most of them sound reasonable on first hearing; many of them I once accepted. But the more I examine them, the clearer it seems that they are largely or wholly wrong — unsupported by...
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What Would Happen If We Let Them Go?
Bruce Dixon | November 27th, 2012 @ 10:46AM | 0 Comments
Interested in hearing your thoughts on a quote from Richard Elmore, the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which is taken from "What Would Happen if We Let Them Go?" "As I read the collected entries in the Futures of School Reform Blog, they seem bright, energetic, combative, and optimistic about the future of the enterprise of...
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The Unintended Effects of Our Technology Choices
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | October 1st, 2012 @ 3:00PM | 0 Comments
I have to thank a friend of mine, Peter Skillen, for recommending the book Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, by Douglas Rushkoff. Anyone who knows me knows that I worked for over two decades at LCSI, the company started by Seymour Papert that developed numerous versions of the Logo computer language. I’m a big supporter of children learning some form of programming - I...
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The Scourge of Low Expectations
Bruce Dixon | September 27th, 2012 @ 12:04PM | 2 Comments
How clearly can you articulate your expectations for what a technology-rich environment makes possible for learners? Do you remember the early days of computers in schools? When the pure novelty of a new software application caused excitement and ‘engagement’ from students? Many of us had little idea of the real implications, but we were all starting to understand that an unprecedented...
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Teacher Performance Frameworks
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | September 15th, 2012 @ 2:35AM | 0 Comments
I have been following with much interest the blogs, news articles and debates about teacher rating occurring in the USA. Part of my interest stems from the discussion that is starting to occur in Australia, driven by our Federal Government, about teacher performance and productivity. I want to say something upfront here … I actually believe measuring teacher performance is critical to the...
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TIGed's Exciting Fall PD Schedule!
Kate Gatto | August 10th, 2012 @ 11:01AM | 0 Comments
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an online international charitable organization which serves youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning community (at www.tigweb.org) and innovative education programs (through www.tiged.org). These education programs are framed by the three pillars of global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice in education. TIGed’s professional...
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What Do We Mean By Success?
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | August 8th, 2012 @ 10:52AM | 0 Comments
We learn a great deal from what others are doing. In this issue, we are focusing on several 1:1 initiatives in Latin America. Each of the initiatives are large and show a commitment at either the provincial/state or federal levels. There are a number of other examples of commitments to 1:1 at these levels – Australia and the state of Maine are two about which we hear frequently. But even this...
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Are you ready for the Australian Curriculum?
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | July 3rd, 2012 @ 9:53PM | 3 Comments
I thought I would provoke some discussion and thinking up front in today's blog. I want to be especially confronting to the status quo that schools are in at the moment because we have a belief ... opinion ... viewpoint ... that most schools are living in lala land about the Australian Curriculum. [Note: Lala Land is that land you go to when you put your hands over your ears and shout loudly...
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