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Steve Ransom

Turning the Classroom Upside Down - WSJ.com - 37 views

  • Still more encouraging, our data show that when students work at their own pace, the need for traditional tracking and labeling goes away. Given the time and personal instruction needed to master core topics, supposedly "slower" students are often able to speed ahead. Within weeks, they look "advanced."
    • Steve Ransom
       
      Sure... but to extend this model further than mere "support", it removes the highly skilled teacher who can/should make the learning meaningful, relevant, interesting,... Simply completing skill-based tutorials does nothing for the child who needs something different or does not enjoy mathematics. Teachers are questioners, connectors, inspirers, relationship-builders,... not just traffic directors making sure everyone gets plugged in to the skill-based lessons that they need.
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    Why not have lectures at home and 'homework' at school-and let students learn at their own pace?
Christie Sidwell

School Tech: 6 Important Lessons From Maine's Student Laptop Program - 10 views

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  • never ran a pilot program for the initiative
  • Decide to Do It, Not Pilot It
Dimitris Tzouris

BBC News - Is multi-tasking a myth? - 14 views

  • What that suggests, the researchers say, is that multi-task are more easily distracted by irrelevant information. The more we multi-task, the less we are able to focus properly on just one thing.
  • A raft of studies has found that, actually, multi-tasking is a good way to do several things badly.
  • We're not really multi-tasking. We're switching between tasks in an unfocused or clumsy way."
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  • Amazing, but as it turns out, quite logical. "The brain has very specialised modules for different tasks, like language processing and spatial recognition. It stands to reason that two similar tasks are much harder to do simultaneously, because they're using similar bits of tissue."
  • Driving and talking doesn't use the same bits of brain. Answering an e-mail while chatting on the phone does. In effect, we are creating information bottlenecks.
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