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Jim Brinling

Obama: 'I screwed up' on Daschle appointment - - 0 views

  • Daschle, the former Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, withdrew earlier Tuesday as news that he failed to pay some taxes in the past continued to stir opposition on Capitol Hill.
  • "I think I screwed up," Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And I take responsibility for it and we're going to make sure we fix it so it doesn't happen again."
  • "Look, the only measure of my success as president when people look back five years from now or nine years from now is going to be, did I get this economy fixed.
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  • President Barack Obama on Tuesday admitted he made a mistake in handling the nomination of Tom Daschle as his health and human services secretary, saying Daschle's tax problems sent a message that the politically powerful are treated differently from average people.
    In the Headlines, 2/4. Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle must resign due to concern over not paying taxes. Obama apologizes.

Il presidente degli Stati Uniti Obama svelerà tutti i retroscena riguardo agli UFO - 0 views

    Alcune fonti governative hanno lasciato trapelare la notizia che Obama il 27 novembre prossimo farà una conferenza dove comunicherà la sua propensione al voler dimostrare l'esistenza o meno sugli...
Jamie Camp

Obama bashes his own education policies - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 0 views

    EXCELLENT post--rt by diane ravitch today This is so true. Why is there such a disconnect b/t President Obama's own words and his admin's policies? It is seriously scary, and as Cody remarks, unacceptable.
Shine Classifieds

Obama News of the Week - 0 views

    Obama News of the Week
Shane Freeman

21st Century Presentation Literacy: President Obama's Education Address - 0 views

    Presidents, like everyone else change and adapt over time.  Use the Wordles of last years speech and this years to compare the to speeches and make connections to your own life after you have viewed the speech.  
PA Educator

Education Week's Digital Directions: Obama Links Ed Tech to Economic Growth - 0 views

    let's hope this plan makes it. hope he puts his money where his mouth is.
Josh Paluch

Commentary: Don't prop up failing schools - - 0 views

  • Story HighlightsChristensen, Horn: Federal spending on schools is set to jumpThey say it would be a big mistake to use money to let failing schools resist changeCo-authors: Federal money should go to innovators challenging traditional waysThey say technology should be used to create new forms of schooling
  • The most likely result of this stimulus will be to give our schools the luxury of affording not to change.
  • Fourth, direct more funds for research and development to create student-centric learning software. Just a fraction of 1 percent of the $600 billion in K-12 spending from all levels currently goes toward R&D. The federal government should reallocate funds so we can begin to understand not just what learning opportunities work best on average but also what works for whom and under what circumstance. It is vital to fund learning software that captures data about the student and the efficacy of different approaches so we can connect these dots.
    Christensen joins a growing list of education commentators who are opposed to Obama policies
Dennis Richards

'We're Going to the Moon:' Part 2 | innovation3 - 0 views

    This morning President Obama gave what I would call his 'We're-Going-to-the-Moon' speech at the 146th Annual Meeting of National Academy of the Sciences. Earlier today I wrote a post, Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Our Children, on a comment by Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan about the need to challenge the educational status quo. After listening to President Obama's speech, I realized it was a Part 2 to my earlier post so I retitled the post 'We're-Going-to-the-Moon:' Part 1 and titled this post Part 2. Please listen to the entire speech and read the full text, but here I quote the President's comments on STEM education.
J Black

FETC - 0 views

    FREE 100 PERCENT ONLINE EVENT! APRIL 23, 2009 11:00am-7:00pm EST Registration Required PARTICIPATE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR OFFICE! The award-winning producers of FETC and T.H.E. Journal invite you to participate in a FREEvirtual conference for K-12 educators and technology staff exploring the most pressing issues related to 21st Century Skills. Join your peers and industry experts as they investigate a range of compelling topics including: * Career and technical education * The Obama administration's global workforce development agenda * Digital teaching methods and tools
Paul Beaufait - 23 views

    "The Obama Administration's Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement" (cover)
irshad ali

Republican candidates gear up for crunch debate in Iowa ~ Daily World News - 0 views

    Republican presidential candidates are in Iowa for the final TV debate before the state's keenly anticipated nominating contest next month. With seven candidates remaining, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is surging in many opinion polls in Iowa. But he is under attack from close rival, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The eventual Republican nominee will challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in next November's elections.
Brian Beierle

Bush, Obama focus on standardized testing leads to 'opt-out' parent movement - The Washington Post - 0 views

  • “Over the last couple of years, they’ve turned this one test into the all and everything,”
  • They argue that the exams cause stress for young children, narrow classroom curricula, and, in the worst scenarios, have led to cheating because of the stakes involved — teacher compensation and job security.
  • In some states, as much as half of a teacher’s job evaluation is now determined by student scores on standardized tests.
Kate Klingensmith

The Obameter: Tracking Barack Obama's Campaign Promises - 0 views

    maybe relevant for political science classes, definitely interesting for all!!
Ebey Soman

Reactions to Israel's Gaza Offensive (Dec 2008) - 0 views

    On December 27th 2008, Israeli Defense forces launched major air strikes into Gaza strip to cripple and to damage Hamas infastructure. The operations are set to continue "for weeks to come" according to the Israeli defense minister.
Tero Toivanen

Digital Citizenship | the human network - 0 views

  • The change is already well underway, but this change is not being led by teachers, administrators, parents or politicians. Coming from the ground up, the true agents of change are the students within the educational system.
  • While some may be content to sit on the sidelines and wait until this cultural reorganization plays itself out, as educators you have no such luxury. Everything hits you first, and with full force. You are embedded within this change, as much so as this generation of students.
  • We make much of the difference between “digital immigrants”, such as ourselves, and “digital natives”, such as these children. These kids are entirely comfortable within the digital world, having never known anything else. We casually assume that this difference is merely a quantitative facility. In fact, the difference is almost entirely qualitative. The schema upon which their world-views are based, the literal ‘rules of their world’, are completely different.
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  • The Earth becomes a chalkboard, a spreadsheet, a presentation medium, where the thorny problems of global civilization and its discontents can be explored out in exquisite detail. In this sense, no problem, no matter how vast, no matter how global, will be seen as being beyond the reach of these children. They’ll learn this – not because of what teacher says, or what homework assignments they complete – through interaction with the technology itself.
  • We and our technological-materialist culture have fostered an environment of such tremendous novelty and variety that we have changed the equations of childhood.
  • As it turns out (and there are numerous examples to support this) a mobile handset is probably the most important tool someone can employ to improve their economic well-being. A farmer can call ahead to markets to find out which is paying the best price for his crop; the same goes for fishermen. Tradesmen can close deals without the hassle and lost time involved in travel; craftswomen can coordinate their creative resources with a few text messages. Each of these examples can be found in any Bangladeshi city or Africa village.
  • The sharing of information is an innate human behavior: since we learned to speak we’ve been talking to each other, warning each other of dangers, informing each other of opportunities, positing possibilities, and just generally reassuring each other with the sound of our voices. We’ve now extended that four-billion-fold, so that half of humanity is directly connected, one to another.
  • Everything we do, both within and outside the classroom, must be seen through this prism of sharing. Teenagers log onto video chat services such as Skype, and do their homework together, at a distance, sharing and comparing their results. Parents offer up their kindergartener’s presentations to other parents through Twitter – and those parents respond to the offer. All of this both amplifies and undermines the classroom. The classroom has not dealt with the phenomenal transformation in the connectivity of the broader culture, and is in danger of becoming obsolesced by it.
  • We already live in a time of disconnect, where the classroom has stopped reflecting the world outside its walls. The classroom is born of an industrial mode of thinking, where hierarchy and reproducibility were the order of the day. The world outside those walls is networked and highly heterogeneous. And where the classroom touches the world outside, sparks fly; the classroom can’t handle the currents generated by the culture of connectivity and sharing. This can not go on.
  • We must accept the reality of the 21st century, that, more than anything else, this is the networked era, and that this network has gifted us with new capabilities even as it presents us with new dangers. Both gifts and dangers are issues of potency; the network has made us incredibly powerful. The network is smarter, faster and more agile than the hierarchy; when the two collide – as they’re bound to, with increasing frequency – the network always wins.
  • A text message can unleash revolution, or land a teenager in jail on charges of peddling child pornography, or spark a riot on a Sydney beach; Wikipedia can drive Britannica, a quarter millennium-old reference text out of business; a outsider candidate can get himself elected president of the United States because his team masters the logic of the network. In truth, we already live in the age of digital citizenship, but so many of us don’t know the rules, and hence, are poor citizens.
  • before a child is given a computer – either at home or in school – it must be accompanied by instruction in the power of the network. A child may have a natural facility with the network without having any sense of the power of the network as an amplifier of capability. It’s that disconnect which digital citizenship must bridge.
  • Let us instead focus on how we will use technology in fifty years’ time. We can already see the shape of the future in one outstanding example – a website known as Here, in a database of nine million reviews of one million teachers, lecturers and professors, students can learn which instructors bore, which grade easily, which excite the mind, and so forth. This simple site – which grew out of the power of sharing – has radically changed the balance of power on university campuses throughout the US and the UK.
  • Alongside the rise of, there has been an exponential increase in the amount of lecture material you can find online, whether on YouTube, or iTunes University, or any number of dedicated websites. Those lectures also have ratings, so it is already possible for a student to get to the best and most popular lectures on any subject, be it calculus or Mandarin or the medieval history of Europe.
  • As the university dissolves in the universal solvent of the network, the capacity to use the network for education increases geometrically; education will be available everywhere the network reaches. It already reaches half of humanity; in a few years it will cover three-quarters of the population of the planet. Certainly by 2060 network access will be thought of as a human right, much like food and clean water.
  • Educators will continue to collaborate, but without much of the physical infrastructure we currently associate with educational institutions. Classrooms will self-organize and disperse organically, driven by need, proximity, or interest, and the best instructors will find themselves constantly in demand. Life-long learning will no longer be a catch-phrase, but a reality for the billions of individuals all focusing on improving their effectiveness within an ever-more-competitive global market for talent.
    Mark Pesce: Digital Citizenship and the future of Education.
Ruth Howard

56obama-vs-all.png (PNG Image, 1135x840 pixels) - Scaled (56%) - 0 views

    Creator of Wordle compares all USA presidency inaugeration speeches. Here he compares Obamas speech (left) with all other president speeches combined (right).
Alfonso Canady

TN Department of Education Home Page - 0 views

  • President Barack Obama recently signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is an unprecedented effort to improve education and the economy, and create or save millions of jobs. Included in the package is some $115 billion in education aid for states across the country. The Tennessee Department of Education will serve as a clearing house for information regarding how these dollars will impact our state and school systems.
    State regulations and information
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