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Dumbing Us Down
Bruce Dixon | July 30th, 2013 @ 1:27PM | 3 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 | 2 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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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 | 3 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 | 2 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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