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Tero Toivanen

Finnish educator offers suggestions for American schools - Marin Independent Journal - 17 views

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    "Marin County educators gathered this week to imagine a world without standardized tests, one in which teachers would teach less and students would study less - yet score near the top on international tests of math, reading and science.

    Teaching would be a highly regarded profession in this world, and decisions about curriculum and other aspects of education would be made at the school - rather than the state or county level. The "achievement gap" between rich and poor schools would be unknown, as all schools would provide their students with a high level of education, along with free meals, counseling and health care.

    This mythical world of teachers' dreams has a name: Finland."
Paul Beaufait

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National -... - 16 views

  • As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. "There's no word for accountability in Finnish," he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
  • The main driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between schools, but cooperation.
  • Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
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  • Finland -- unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway -- was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.
  •  the number of foreign-born residents in Finland doubled during the decade leading up to 2010, and the country didn't lose its edge in education. Immigrants tended to concentrate in certain areas, causing some schools to become much more mixed than others, yet there has not been much change in the remarkable lack of variation between Finnish schools in the PISA surveys across the same period.
  • Educational policy, Abrams suggests, is probably more important to the success of a country's school system than the nation's size or ethnic makeup.
  • When Finnish policymakers decided to reform the country's education system in the 1970s, they did so because they realized that to be competitive, Finland couldn't rely on manufacturing or its scant natural resources and instead had to invest in a knowledge-based economy. 
  • It is possible to create equality. And perhaps even more important -- as a challenge to the American way of thinking about education reform -- Finland's experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity.
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    Partanen, Anu. (2011). What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Atlantic. Retrieved January 9, 2012, from http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/
Caroline Roche

iPads in Schools - 78 views

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    A livebinder with lots of great resources, updated frequently
Paul Beaufait

Wissahickon School District's eToolBox - home - 41 views

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    "an alphabetical index of Web 2.0 tools, from Blogs to Wikispaces, with evaluations and recommendations for each one." (Carole, Wikispaces Blog, Best Educational Wikis of 2010, 2011.01.17 [retreived 2011.01.28])
Paul Beaufait

The Case For Social Media in Schools - 26 views

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    See also: 7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
Caroline Roche

FILMCLUB - 18 views

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    A site for UK schools where you can set up a film club and have screenings in your school
Caroline Roche

My Reflections on TeachMeet Takeover | edte.ch - 17 views

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    Excellent description of the TeachMeet Takeover at Bett this year and the difference it made to class room practice
Caroline Roche

Radio in Schools - 41 views

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    This is an excellent resource which I saw at BETT 2010. Podcasting directly from any computer with a microphone, lots of educational uses.
Bill Graziadei, Ph.D. (aka Dr. G)

Online Education at its Peek: Innovative Online Learning Network to Bring The Best Teac... - 0 views

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    Brightstorm has taken on to bring students the best of education no matter where they are. For this they have designed a new online education network where students can access college preparatory subjects and choose which teacher they want to study from.
Danny Nicholson

E-safety and Web 2.0 - 0 views

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    Becta commissioned University of Nottingham in conjunction with London Knowledge Lab and Manchester Metropolitan University to research Web 2.0 technologies for learning at Key Stages 3 and 4.
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