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Marc Patton

Flat Stanley: A Literacy and Community Building Project for Kids - 0 views

    The basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect your child, student or classroom with other children or classrooms participating in the Project by sending out "flat" visitors, created by the children, through the mail
Marc Safran

Flat Classroom Project - 1 views

    The Flat Classroom Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and senior high school students. The Project uses Web 2.0 tools to make communication and interaction between students and teachers from all participating classrooms easier. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman. One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. This is done through the Internet using Web 2.0 tools such as Wikispaces and Ning.
Elizabeth Resnick

Animoto - Flat Classroom Project: Perspective Detectives - 76 views

    very inspiring video from Cynthia Sandler graduate of the flat classroom project.
Kulari Lokuge Dona

Flat Classroom - 2 views

    Flat Classroom an interesting concept where globally connected learning experiences are created
Elizabeth Resnick

When Missoula was Young - Blog - 38 views

    another great flat-classroom project by Cindy schultz.  Collaboration between high schoolers and 3rd graders about the history of famous people in their town from a child's perspective.
Glenn Hervieux

My View of the PISA Scores | Diane Ravitch's blog - 42 views

    "The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are "stagnant," "lagging," "flat," etc. The U.S. Department of Education would have us believe-yet again-that we are in an unprecedented crisis and that we must double down on the test-and-punish strategies of the past dozen years. The myth persists that once our nation led the world on international tests, but we have fallen from that exalted position in recent years." what we're being told really the whole story? This blog post will help you see that our nation's creativity and innovation has NOTHING to do with our place nationally & internationally with test scores. should that influence our approach to education?
Jim Daly

Using Technology as Our Teacher - US News and World Report - 0 views

    But how can we identify a potentially good teacher? How can average teachers become better teachers? The secretary's special funding could make a crucial difference by financing a national program exploiting the electronic miracles of the Internet and video. We could escape geography by using the technology to have the best teachers appear in hundreds of thousands of disparate classrooms. This is a force multiplier. The classrooms would be equipped with a large, flat-screen monitor with whiteboards on either side; the monitor would be connected to a school server that contains virtually all of the lessons for every subject taught in the school, from kindergarten through 12th grade. The contents would use animation, video, dramatization, and presentation options to deliver complete lessons, to convey ideas in unique ways that are now unavailable in conventional classrooms. The classroom teachers would play the role of enhancers, answering questions and helping students better understand the material covered electronically; they'd pause the presentation to ask questions and to prompt critical thinking. The whiteboard would be the platform for student involvement.
Marsha Ratzel

Maybelle the Cockroach Sparks Digital Learning Adventures - 61 views

    Excellent example of how 2nd graders took a traditional lesson of Flat Stanley and turned it into a technology rich project.
Jeff Andersen

Attention, college shoppers. These schools are slashing their prices. - The Washington ... - 15 views

    As soaring tuition scares off many families, a growing number of private colleges have embraced a marketing tactic associated more with selling airline tickets or flat-screen televisions than higher education: a price cut. St. John's College slashed tuition from $52,734 in this school year to $35,000 in the next.
Brianna Crowley

At Risk of Losing Our Creativity - Finding Common Ground - Education Week - 6 views

  • In the World is Flat by Thomas Friedman he said, "Those who are waiting for this recession to end so someone can again hand them work could have a long wait." In the book Out of Our Minds by Sir Ken Robinson, he writes, "Rebuilding the communities that have been left bereft by the recession will depend on imagination, creativity and innovation."
    Essay on how to not lose sight of the importance of creativity in the classroom--in spite of the current emphasis on testing.
Lucas Cittadino

World Class - What is World Class? - 42 views

  • BBC World Class helps UK schools to twin with schools around the globe as part of its educational legacy for the 2012 Olympics. Our mission is to support teachers in developing school-to-school partnerships, encouraging pupils to share creative work inspired by the Olympics. World Class encourages and helps children and schools get their stories on-air and online across the BBC. We provide the inspiration and resources to help teachers bring their projects to life through reports, blogs and features. Schools can also use our wealth of assembly resources - film clips, scripts and discussion ideas - on topics inspired both by the Olympics and international stories. The Schools World Service provides stories every month for schools to share. We work in partnership with the British Council and other organisations outside the BBC which facilitate school twinning. BBC World Class offers support and advice to help schools twin successfully.
Bill Graziadei, Ph.D. (aka Dr. G)

Which Kind of Collaboration Is Right for You? - 1 views

    Free online business articles and news at Harvard Business Review. Read a preview of Which Kind of Collaboration Is Right for You?, by Gary P. Pisano, Roberto Verganti.

Welcome | Flat World Knowledge - 5 views

    Free textbooks on-line
    Books that are customizable using Open Source licensing (if you change it, share the changes back to the community for the good of all.) Books are free if read online along with a wide variety of printed and eBook options for reasonable amounts. Limited library right now but I suspect this area of alternative books will be growing rapidly.
Roland O'Daniel

Kindle Experiment Falls Flat at Princeton | Open Culture - 53 views

  • Last fall, Princeton launched a small experiment, replacing traditional textbooks with the Kindle DX, Amazon’s large e-book reader
  • Last fall, Princeton launched a small experiment, replacing traditional textbooks with the Kindle DX, Amazon’s large e-book reader
    Keep in mind that this experiment was focused on "classroom use" of Kindles, not necessarily "library use." Libraries have never supplied the resources used directly in the classroom for literature study (students don't markup library books!). At Cushing Academy, we are using Kindles to support recreational and personal interest reading rather than directly supporting the curriculum. In that role, they have worked very well.
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    Yes, this seems to be the case. Ebook readers would most definitely work in a library environment, just like plain books.
    Well, maybe not just like plain old books. Ebooks have many nice advantages for libraries, such as 24/7 access, always pristine and readable copies for the user, built-in dictionary (which our students tell us they really like) and, for the library itself, very efficient use of space and staff time.
    "Last fall, Princeton launched a small experiment, replacing traditional textbooks with the Kindle DX, Amazon's large e-book reader. Almost from the beginning, the 50 students participating in the pilot program expressed dissatisfaction with the devices. Yesterday, a university report offered some more definitive findings. On the upside, students using the Kindle DX ended up using far less paper. (Paper consumption was generally reduced by 54%.) On the downside, students complained that the Kindle was fundamentally "ill-suited for class readings.""
Dixie Koenemann

Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century | PBS Video - 103 views

    This is an excellent PBS video describing the needs and strategies for educating children to prepare them to function in the 21st century.
    I have to say, I watched this when it aired, and it was infuriating to me. Like most educators, I get really excited when there is talk of tech in the classroom. This video does not have a counter-argument. What I got from it was, "Hey, look at all of this cool stuff these schools are doing." I am ready for schools to take this approach. I am ready to go for it. However, I would like to see a documentary on the numerous hurdles to having education like this in the other 99.9% of public schools. Some of these schools get to hand-pick students, or are on a lottery system. How about the cost? Or the professional development? Or the inequity in public school funding? With a couple exceptions, all I could see were dollar signs when I watched this. Money that is not there, and won't be for some time. If you want to feel behind the times, inadequate about your teaching/pedagogy, or flat out jealous, this is the video for you.
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