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paul reid

Computers for Peace: The $100 Laptop | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Critics of one-to-one laptop programs in the United States say the computers facilitate more in-class distraction (instant messaging, MySpace, and so on) than learning, that they allow children access to inappropriate content, and that the benefits of constant access are so far unproven. Do you share those concerns?

    We do not share those concerns, but that is not to say they are not real issues. Our kids in Cambodia learn English using chat and MySpace. Children are distracted if the teaching is not interesting. One education minister just said to us, about the $100 laptop, "Finally, education will include learning."

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    I like Negroponte's response to critics of one-to-one laptop programs in the United States which say the computers facilitate more in-class distraction. Basically, "children are distracted if the teaching is not interesting".
glen gatin

Concrete examples don't help students learn math, study finds - 0 views

  • However, the true test came later when the researchers asked these students to apply the same principles in a totally different setting
    • glen gatin
       
      Another true test might be how well the teacher could apply the same principles in a totally different setting.
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    Could it be that part of the problem be that the teachers who attempt to teach with "real world" concrete examples have never had any real world concrete experience. 12 years of school followed by 4-5 years of undergrad, now you are a teacher, teach about the real world. hmmm
glen gatin

YouTube University gets failing grade from prof, students - 0 views

    • glen gatin
       
      Now that is a true test I'd say. The world outside of academia doesn't mark on the curve.
  • diluted her role as an expert, reducing her to just another figure with limited video skills. That also limited her ability to act as an authority figure, one that plays an essential role in keeping the discussion from degenerating into chaos.
    • glen gatin
       
      back to issues of authority and control. Interesting how many discussions about higher ed center on these two themes.
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    fantastic experiment not sure if the title of the article is justified in the text. Biggest complaint seems to be loss of control and authority. hmmm
    "Students having their classroom ideas judged not simply by their peers but by a far wider audience" and that is a bad thing because...?
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