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Deborah Baillesderr

2013 Conference Recordings - The Global Education Conference Network - 3 views

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    You can also find a lot of these on YouTube
Duncan Carlsmith

System Overview - 13 views

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Adrienne Schroeder

Project Zero: Current Projects - 49 views

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    Harvard team of educational thinkers and innovators whose principal inventories include researching beliefs, attitudes, policy, and how to make change
Christen Bouffard

Interactive Map . The Abolitionists: American Experience . WGBH | PBS - 103 views

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    PBS is using HistoryPin to compliment their Abolitionists series. Explore the story of the abolitionist movement in America through our interactive map. Dozens of museums, institutions and PBS stations have partnered with American Experience to bring you archival images, documents and videos related to abolitionism.
Tracy Tuten

How to Fix the Schools - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Teachers — many of them — will continue to resent efforts to use standardized tests to measure their ability to teach.
  • Tucker, 72, a former senior education official in Washington, is the president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, which he founded in 1988. Since then he has focused much of his research on comparing public education in the United States with that of places that have far better results than we do — places like Finland, Japan, Shanghai and Ontario, Canada. His essential conclusion is that the best education systems share common traits — almost none of which are embodied in either the current American system or in the reform ideas that have gained sway over the last decade or so.
  • His starting point is not the public schools themselves but the universities that educate teachers. Teacher education in America is vastly inferior to many other countries; we neither emphasize pedagogy — i.e., how to teach — nor demand mastery of the subject matter. Both are a given in the top-performing countries. (Indeed, it is striking how many nonprofit education programs in the U.S. are aimed at helping working teachers do a better job — because they’ve never learned the right techniques.)
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  • Tucker believes that teachers should be paid more — though not exorbitantly. But making teacher education more rigorous — and imbuing the profession with more status — is just as important. “Other countries have raised their standards for getting into teachers’ colleges,” he told me. “We need to do the same.”
  • High-performing countries don’t abandon teacher standards. On the contrary. Teachers who feel part of a collaborative effort are far more willing to be evaluated for their job performance — just like any other professional. It should also be noted that none of the best-performing countries rely as heavily as the U.S. does on the blunt instrument of standardized tests. That is yet another lesson we have failed to learn.
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    On what's wrong with our education system 
Erin Crisp

Study: It's not teacher, but method that matters | detnews.com | The Detroit News - 81 views

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    Interactive methods of instruction more valuable than subject matter expertise on the part of the instructor. Study shows that clicker use in a highly interactive instructional setting works better than an experienced lecturer.
Meggin Ball

TTS Online : Free Text to Speech Voices : Read The Words - 74 views

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    Reads text to students. 15 different speaking voices to choose from.
Uche Amaechi

The Internet has not transformed civic engagement... yet - Ars Technica - 0 views

  • If there is any subject that optimists and pessimists love to bang heads over, it's the Internet. To follow the experts, we're either on the cyber-road to utopia or going to alt-hell in an iPhone app handbasket, depending on what day of the week it is.
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    Ars Technica's take on the grand question of our time
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