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Steve Ransom

Students Battle School Districts Over First Amendment Rights On Social Media - 11 views

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    Seems more reactionary and controlling.
    Stronger vision, leadership, and willingness to model social media use and engage students in these spaces likely would help a gread deal here. Conversation leads to learning/understanding. Harsh discipline simply leads to compliance much of the time.
Steve Ransom

What Is Innovation Day and Why Should You Care? - 32 views

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    Love it... should be more than a single day, of course.
Maggie Wolfe Riley

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - The Atlantic - 37 views

  • "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."
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      Wow did this ever strike a chord! Give us more responsibility, and let us show what we can do. When you reduce it to "accountability" you've taken away our power.
    • Kim Schmidt
       
      Perfect!
  • The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad
  • 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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  • 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.
  • cooperation
  • Real winners do not compete
  • instrument to even out social inequality
  • Finland offers all pupils free school meals, easy access to health care, psychological counseling, and individualized student guidance
Tero Toivanen

Flipped classrooms: teaching at home and doing homework at school | koaa.com | Colorado... - 33 views

  • The 5th graders in Doug Hinkle's class at the DaVinci Academy in School District 20 are among the first elementary students in the country to be part of a "flipped" classroom.
  • Instead of spending 20 minutes each hour lecturing, Mr. Hinkle pre-records video podcasts to teach his lessons.
  • Removing the lectures from the school day frees up Hinkle to give more attention to individual students or small groups. If you were to drop into his class unannounced, it may seem a bit chaotic, but Hinkle says it's a controlled chaos.
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  • The online community flippedclassroom.com boasts 3,000 teacher members. Sams says he's routinely asked to join conference calls or use Skype to address educators and lawmakers around the world.
  • "I've been to Norway, I've been to Germany, I've been to probably 6 or 7 different states just this year and it's only March."
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    "The 5th graders in Doug Hinkle's class at the DaVinci Academy in School District 20 are among the first elementary students in the country to be part of a "flipped" classroom."
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    It a great idea , today I was attending a high school implimenting location based learning project. I actualy came to the same conclusion. forml knowledge would have better been aquired through reading and recorded information while the class would have been better used for "workshop" activity in which students would have created location based learning objects
Steve Ransom

Students Find Ways to Thwart Facebook Bans - NYTimes.com - 17 views

  • But schools persist. “We know there is no education in social networking,” said Ken Sanders, the principal of a middle school in Michigan that has one of the firmest bans: students can work only on computers provided by the school, and cellphones are banned, too, since smartphones can’t be blocked on schools’ systems. “Kids should be in school to learn, so we have a system that blocks all personal access,” he said.
    • Steve Ransom
       
      A common sentiment for many. Kids need to learn how to resist the urge to get distracted and use Internet services for personal reasons. This is no different for adults! We all need to learn to resist things that distract us from the current task/goal at hand. However, to simply ban this doesn't help anyone learn digital social and coping skills necessary for success beyond the school walls.
Tero Toivanen

The new school | The Ideas Economy - 31 views

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    Ideas from Joel Klein and Sir Ken Robinson
Dimitris Tzouris

How to compete with Generation Z | Penelope Trunk - 20 views

  • 1. When it comes to learning, keep your bar very high.
  • 2. Walk a narrow path so you can keep learning to jump off the path.
  • 3. Learn by way of discovering what you care about, and not the other way around.
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  • 4. Cater to your learning style.
  • 5. Accept that lifelong learning is a huge time investment.
  • 6. Spend as much time unlearning as you do learning.
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    "The question is, how do we get this lifelong learning bug now, as adults, so we can compete with the young people when they enter the workforce."
Steve Ransom

iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Paper Tweeting: Social Media in the Classroom - 27 views

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    Great ideas for schoolwide social media and helping teachers/students understand how it all works.
Professional Learning Board

School Turn-around through Synergy - 8 views

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    Eaton-Johnson Middle School is located in North Carolina, approximately 45 minutes north of Raleigh. The school is considered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a rural school, however, this is also inner city. Eaton-Johnson Middle School is located in a district with a high unemployment rate, high crime rate, and a high gang rate. When the school first implemented Synergy, the school was also suffering from low teacher morale, an unclear mission, and very little parent involvement. We had to do something, because EJMS was also considered a priority school which meant that the state was looking very closely at our instructional programs, teachers, school community, and the administration.
mbarek Akaddar

Vimeo Video School - 32 views

  • how to make better videos
Caroline Roche

Heart of the School - 20 views

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    This website has been developed to showcase the work of school librarians in the UK. It includes examples of good practice and photos.
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