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Storytelling Apps
Test Test | Justina Spencer | April 2nd, 2013 @ 5:24PM | 4 Comments
We are currently compiling a list of Storytelling Apps for our upcoming May newsletter. Are there any apps of this kind that you use in your classroom? If so, please share them with us here and we will be sure to spread the word in our next newsletter! Many thanks!
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Why Do We Need Innovation in Education?
Bruce Dixon | April 2nd, 2013 @ 5:20PM | 4 Comments
We are indeed living in interesting times. Never before have we seen such widespread agreement across countries around the globe that the key lever for their economic futures is education; just not the type of education we currently have. Such a paradox must surely challenge our long held beliefs in upholding the status quo. Indeed it would seem the question is no longer should we change the...
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Do We Really Want Change?
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | April 2nd, 2013 @ 5:20PM | 3 Comments
Economics and economic well-being constantly see-saw – one day you’re on the top of the world and then some bubble bursts or there’s a market ‘correction’ and suddenly, whoosh - everything begins to plunge. Technology changes so rapidly that the minute you buy the latest and greatest something, it’s out-of-date and the next, newest, best thing is already on the market. Our sense of...
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Creative Software Tools for iPads
Test Test | Justina Spencer | April 2nd, 2013 @ 4:43PM | 2 Comments
What constructivist, creative software tools have you been using for iPads or other tablets? To get the discussion started, I recommend Evernote. I find it indispensable for capturing thoughts, information, and images. What would you recommend?
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Upcoming e-courses with TakingITGlobal
Kate Gatto | January 16th, 2013 @ 11:45AM | 2 Comments
Hello AALF Community Members! Happy 2013! I hope that all of you are enjoying the new year so far. I'm posting today to let you know about professional development e-courses that TakingITGlobal has on offer. We're planning to offer three cycles of each of our three courses, with the first ones starting in just over a week. Keep reading for more information, or visit tigurl.org/ecourses. If you...
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Taking the Fork in the Road
Bruce Dixon | November 27th, 2012 @ 11:06AM | 2 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 2 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 | 2 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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