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Trevor Cunningham

Students Find Ways To Hack School-Issued iPads Within A Week : All Tech Considered : NPR - 67 views

  • "Children are growing up today [with] the iPad used as a device for entertainment. So when the iPad comes into the classroom, then there's a shift in everybody's thinking."

    And sometimes that shift is hard for everybody. Hobbs says this isn't the first time educators have tried to co-opt things that lots of people use for fun.

    "Back in the 1930s, there was a big initiative to use radio in education," says Hobbs. "It was the original distance education." But, Hobbs says, that all fizzled out.

    "Within a decade, we discovered that the commercial use of radio, for soap operas and music shows and game shows, actually eclipsed the educational use of radio. And the entertainment function is just so [dominant]. You can't compete," Hobbs says.

    • Trevor Cunningham
       
      This is so very true! Trying to engage students with what adults think are their trends bears terrible potential for perceptual error. A European study recently reported a decline in teen use of Facebook as parents and schools were beginning to get more and more involved.




      Engagement in learning is accomplished through meaningful experience. The context for which is unique to the learning outcomes and not necessarily what's trending.
Jim Aird

California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes - NYTimes.com - 13 views

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    Being in this world I was happy to see our innovations being shared. When I read the comments (unfortunately closed ATM) I became aware of the largely unfavorable reactions to solutions that we are a part of. I was shocked. So many people willing to throw stones and to assign conspiratorial motivations to the "improvements" being introduced.
Lena Darnay

I'm a Teacher and After Tuesday, I Could Be Fired - 135 views

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    This is an interesting perspective blog post from Huffington Post sharing the view of education reform from a High School English teacher in California.
Nanette Blank

Free Digital Textbook Initiative - 4 views

shared by Nanette Blank on 22 Aug 09 - Cached
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    List of textbooks from CA online learning resources.
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