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The Plot Against Public Education - Bob Herbert - POLITICO Magazine - 57 views

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    More on how the money of billionaires is changing American education.
A Gardner

Yong Zhao: How PISA Misleads the World | Diane Ravitch's blog - 48 views

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    Yong Zhao: How PISA Misleads the World http://t.co/6DpRO4UxZ4
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    Yong Zhao: How PISA Misleads the World http://t.co/6DpRO4UxZ4
Steve Ransom

Principal: 'I was naïve about Common Core' - 4 views

  • The promise of the Common Core is dying and teaching and learning are being distorted.  The well that should sustain the Core has been poisoned.
  • Whether or not learning the word ‘commission’ is appropriate for second graders could be debated—I personally think it is a bit over the top.  What is of deeper concern, however, is that during a time when 7 year olds should be listening to and making music, they are instead taking a vocabulary quiz.
  • Real learning occurs in the mind of the learner when she makes connections with prior learning, makes meaning, and retains that knowledge in order to create additional meaning from new information.  In short, with tests we see traces of learning, not learning itself.
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  • Teachers are engaged in practices like these because they are pressured and afraid, not because they think the assessments are educationally sound. Their principals are pressured and nervous about their own scores and the school’s scores. Guaranteed, every child in the class feels that pressure and trepidation as well.
  • I am troubled that a company that has a multi-million dollar contract to create tests for the state should also be able to profit from producing test prep materials. I am even more deeply troubled that this wonderful little girl, whom I have known since she was born, is being subject to this distortion of what her primary education should be.
  • The Common Core places an extraordinary emphasis on vocabulary development
  • Parents can expect that the other three will be neglected as teachers frantically try to prepare students for the difficult and high-stakes tests.
  • They see data, not children. 
  • Data should be used as a strategy for improvement, not for accountability
  • A fool with a tool is still a fool.  A fool with a powerful tool is a dangerous fool.
Trevor Cunningham

Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction - 21 views

  • It has nothing to do with videos, or homework, or the latest fad in education. It has everything to do with who owns the learning.
  • No. The thing that I didn’t expect was that my students created flexible groups, depending on what they were working on. They found peers who were working on the same concept they were, so that they could help each other. Sometimes they realized who they couldn’t work with on a particular day, and found a different group of peers to work with instead. And to solidify what my students were learning, we engaged in hands-on activities and labs that actually used the Chemistry concepts they were studying.
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    Great post by Shelly Wright. It's not about the videos.
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    When I recently re-read the post, I didn't disagree with anything I'd said. Yet my brief love affair with the flip has ended. It simply didn't produce the tranformative learning experience I knew I wanted for my students .
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    Direct instruction is direct instruction no matter how you spin or flip it. While it does have its place, as all things do, we're reminded that the paradigm shift is not simply a matter of shifting an order of events. This is a solid post on the power of personalized learning.
Steve Ransom

Is Khan Academy a real 'education solution'? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 89 views

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    Great conclusions here!!
Steve Ransom

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests - The Answer Sheet - ... - 7 views

  • focus so narrowly
  • measure only “low level” thinking processes
  • they put the wrong people — test manufacturers — in charge of American education
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  • allow pass-fail rates to be manipulated by officials for political purposes
  • simplify and trivialize learning
  • they provide minimal to no useful feedback
  • keyed to a deeply flawed curriculum
  • lead to neglect of physical conditioning, music, art, and other, non-verbal ways of learning
  • unfairly advantage those who can afford test prep
  • penalize test-takers who think in non-standard ways
  • radically limit their ability to adapt to learner differences
  • encourage use of threats, bribes, and other extrinsic motivators
John Trampush

UnBoxed: online - 54 views

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    The author shares findings from her action research, focusing on the question, "How can I use critique to improve the quality of student feedback, student work and create a culture of collaboration?"
Steve Ransom

Schools Matter: Resolution: NCTE will oppose common core standards and national tests - 102 views

  • The way to improve education is to have national standards and national tests to reveal whether standards are being met.
  • Our schools are not broken. The problem is poverty.
  • No educator is opposed to assessments that help students to improve their learning. We are, however, opposed to excessive and inappropriate assessments.
anonymous

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value - NYTimes.com - 70 views

  • When it comes to showing results, he said, “We better put up or shut up.”
  • Critics counter that, absent clear proof, schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an overemphasis on digital skills — like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools — at the expense of math, reading and writing fundamentals. They say the technology advocates have it backward when they press to upgrade first and ask questions later.
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  • district was innovating
  • there is no good way to quantify those achievements — putting them in a tough spot with voters deciding whether to bankroll this approach again
  • “We’ve jumped on bandwagons for different eras without knowing fully what we’re doing. This might just be the new bandwagon,” he said. “I hope not.”
  • $46.3 million for laptops, classroom projectors, networking gear and other technology for teachers and administrators.
  • If we know something works
  • it is hard to separate the effect of the laptops from the effect of the teacher training
  • The high-level analyses that sum up these various studies, not surprisingly, give researchers pause about whether big investments in technology make sense.
  • Good teachers, he said, can make good use of computers, while bad teachers won’t, and they and their students could wind up becoming distracted by the technology.
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      yep - so where does leadership come in?
  • “Test scores are the same, but look at all the other things students are doing: learning to use the Internet to research, learning to organize their work, learning to use professional writing tools, learning to collaborate with others.”
  • “It’s not the stuff that counts — it’s what you do with it that matters.”
  • “There is a connection between the physical hand on the paper and the words on the page,” she said. “It’s intimate.”
  • “They’re inundated with 24/7 media, so they expect it,”
  • The 30 students in the classroom held wireless clickers into which they punched their answers. Seconds later, a pie chart appeared on the screen: 23 percent answered “True,” 70 percent “False,” and 6 percent didn’t know.
  • rofessor Cuban at Stanford argues that keeping children engaged requires an environment of constant novelty, which cannot be sustained.
  • engagement is a “fluffy
  • term” that can slide past critical analysis.
  • creating an impetus to rethink education entirely
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      Like teaching powerpoint is "rethinking education". Right.
  • guide on the side.
  • Professor Cuban at Stanford
  • But she loves the fact that her two children, a fourth-grader and first-grader, are learning technology, including PowerPoint
  • that computers can distract and not instruct.
  • Mr. Share bases his buying decisions on two main factors: what his teachers tell him they need, and his experience. For instance, he said he resisted getting the interactive whiteboards sold as Smart Boards until, one day in 2008, he saw a teacher trying to mimic the product with a jury-rigged projector setup. “It was an ‘Aha!’ moment,” he said, leading him to buy Smart Boards, made by a company called Smart Technologies.
  • This is big business.
  • “Do we really need technology to learn?” she said. “It’s a very valid time to ask the question, right before this goes on the ballot.”
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    Shallow (still important) analysis of the major issues regarding technology integration in schools.
Steve Ransom

Tech Learning TL Advisor Blog and Ed Tech Ticker Blogs from TL Blog Staff - TechLearnin... - 19 views

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    Be sure to read all of the comments and arrive at your own opinion!
Steve Ransom

Khan Academy: My Final Remarks | Action-Reaction - 86 views

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    This post nails the foundational problems with the way Gates, Khan, and others are promoting Khan Academy as "the answer".
Steve Ransom

Kindergartners and iPads-Part 2 | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice - 36 views

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    With parent perspectives like this, 1:1 initiatives had better do things right and ensure that powerful learning is going on in conjunction with powerful tools. Such perceptions must be challenged and teachers must be ready for the challenge
Bill Genereux

TED Blog: TED and Reddit asked Sir Ken Robinson anything -- and he answered - 38 views

  • we've come to associate standardizing with raising standards
  • It's not there to identify what individuals can do. It's there to look at things to which they conform.
  • contributed to a lowering of morale
Steve Ransom

The Innovative Educator: Erase Unnecessary Costs by Getting Smart about Interactive Whi... - 48 views

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    A nice dispelling of common myths of IWB adoption
James Davis

Education and computers - 47 views

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    Links to articles by Steve Talbott (_The Future Does Not Compute_, _Devices of the Soul_, NetFuture online newsletter) going back more than 10 years, generally critical of the rush to technology in schools, but always thoughtful and thought-provoking.
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    Provocative.
Steve Ransom

On interactive whiteboards (again!) | Teaching English | British Council | BBC - 1 views

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    Great post and ensuing discussion on the value of interactive white boards in education.
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