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A Lot Going On, But How Much Is Changing?
Bruce Dixon | February 11th, 2014 @ 11:27AM | 2 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 | 3 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 | 2 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 | 5 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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Personalized Learning? Let Us Be Clear
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:07AM | 2 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 | 3 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 | 3 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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