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Martin Burrett

Book: Dare to be different by @WillRyan3 - 13 views

    "Let me introduce you to Brian. Brian is a (fictional) primary school head teacher in England, UK. Well, maybe not fictional, as many working in schools will relate to the story created by Will Ryan in his 'Dare to be Different' book. Following the internal dialogues, reflections and incidents that Brian is faced with on a daily basis, the story unfolds telling how an individual can strive to take back ownership of what happens in the classroom and build vibrant curriculum with which to hook the imaginations of pupils. How? Will has cleverly inserted over 100 tips based on exciting primary practice, along with nearly fifty significant ideas to strengthen leadership, and accompanied a similar number of inspiring quotations throughout the story that encourages head-teachers to be brave and follow their own rules for what is best for that school community."
Steve Ransom

Brian Jones: What I Learned at NBC's Education Nation Summit - 31 views

    Excellent perspectives here! Love this concluding line:  "Beware CEOs who say teachers are the problem. And beware CEO solutions. You might find yourself in a room without windows."
Chris Sloan

Measuring Classroom Progress: 21st Century Assessment Project Wants Your Input » Spotlight - 51 views

    Guest authors Daniel Hickey and Brian Nelson argue that the opportunity to institute true reform in assessment practices is now, and the Race to the Top Assessment Initiative should think more broadly about how we measure progress in the classroom. They welcome comments on findings from the MacArthur 21st Century Assessment Project.
Kate Tabor

Alfie Kohn Rejects National Standards : Constructing Modern Knowledge - 36 views

    Brian Silverman says, "It should be required reading for anyone concerned with democracy and long-term viability of public education. I've often said that national standards, even those thinly disguised under mischievous pseudonyms like "common core standards" are not only a destructive force, but a solution in search of a problem. Alfie Kohn makes the case quite effectively. Mr. Kohn once again demonstrates his courage, tenacity and chutzpah by publishing his new article in Education Week's special "Quality Counts" issue. "Quality Counts" is the annual issue sponsored by standardized testing companies who rank each state's educational quality as a function of their reliance on high-stakes testing, teacher-bashing, punitive and anti-democratic education policies. The more draconian the state, the higher their "quality," according to Education Week."
Nichel Smith

Blogging Process - Find Your Flow - 35 views

    Brian Grenier wrote a blog post back in 2007 that I think I missed where he asks the question how do you write a blog post?Miguel Guhlin just wrote a great post in response to Brian's thoughts. In my COETAIL course yesterday we had a great discussion around how blogging was going for those in the cl
Liz Peters

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick - 62 views

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
Andrew McCluskey

What Should We Be Worried About In 2013? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR - 48 views

    "Every year poses an Annual Question to dozens of scholars, scientists, writers, artists and thinkers. The respondents this year include the reasonably famous, such as Arianna Huffington, Steven Pinker, Brian Eno, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris and 13.7's own Stuart Kauffman, as well as the not so famous (like me). "The 2013 question is: "What should we be worried about?" Respondents were urged to raise worries that aren't already on the public radar, or to dispel those that are" (Lombardo, NPR)
battistellij - 11 views

    BIOL152 Syllabus equivalent

Grading Classroom Participation Rhetorically - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 64 views

  • Propose what grade they deserve for class participation thus far, and Defend their proposed grade with evidence from the classroom.
  • Last May Brian shared how he grades students' class participation.
    • anonymous
      This is the model I've been using.
  • The assignment sheet for these classes is simple: on it I've printed the class participation policy from the syllabus. I ask students to write a one-page essay in which they:
cwozniak Wozniak

Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis - 2 views

  • What makes professional development even more frustrating to practitioners is that most of the programs we are exposed to are drawn directly from the latest craze sweeping the business world. In the past 10 years, countless schools have read Who Moved My Cheese?, studied The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, learned to have "Crucial Conversations," and tried to move "from Good to Great."
  • With the investment of a bit of time and effort, I've found a group of writers to follow who expose me to more interesting ideas in one day than I've been exposed to in the past 10 years of costly professional development. Professional growth for me starts with 20 minutes of blog browsing each morning, sifting through the thoughts of practitioners whom I might never have been able to learn from otherwise and considering how their work translates into what I do with students.
  • This learning has been uniquely authentic, driven by personal interests and connected to classroom realities. Blogs have introduced a measure of differentiation and challenge to my professional learning plan that had long been missing. I wrestle over the characteristics of effective professional development with Patrick Higgins ( and the elements of high-quality instruction for middle grades students with Dina Strasser ( Scott McLeod ( forces me to think about driving school change from the system level; and Nancy Flanagan ( helps me understand the connections between education policy and classroom practice. John Holland ( and Larry Ferlazzo, Brian Crosby, and Alice Mercer ( open my eyes to the challenges of working in high-needs communities.
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  • That's when I introduce them to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed readers.
  • If you're not sure where to begin, explore the blogs that I've organized in my professional Pageflake at I read these blogs all the time. Some leave me challenged. Some leave me angry. Some leave me jazzed. All leave me energized and ready to learn more. School leaders may be interested in the collection of blogs at
  • A power shift is underway and a tough new business rule is emerging: Harness the new collaboration or perish. Those who fail to grasp this will find themselves ever more isolated—cut off from the networks that are sharing, adapting, and updating knowledge to create value. (Kindle location 268–271)
  • The few moments
  • Technology has made it easy for educators to embrace continual professional development.
  • knowledge is readily available for free
    Learning with blogs and wikis.
Liz Dodds

Cloud Trip / Cloud Computing / Web Applications - 4 views

shared by Liz Dodds on 05 Jul 09 - Cached
    This website was created by Brian Dvorak. He is always updating it and looking for feedback.
Steve C

WNYC - The Brian Lehrer Show: Making a List (January 05, 2010) - 19 views

    Briah Lehrer show on WNYC. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind looks at what businesses can learn from science when it comes to motivation in his new book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Dimitris Tzouris

Diagnosing the Tablet Fever in Higher Education - 17 views

  • So it's worth taking a careful look at whether the company will once again create a new category of device that make waves in education -- as it did with personal computers, digital music players, and smartphones -- or whether the iPad and other tabletss might be doomed to remain a niche offering.
  • Mr. Jobs did mention iTunesU twice when listing the kinds of content that could be viewed on the iPad, referring to the company's partnership with many colleges to offer them free space for multimedia content like lecture recordings. But he otherwise focused on consumer uses -- watching movies, viewing photos, sending e-mail messages, and reading novels published by five trade publishers mentioned at the event. That does not mean that the company won't later promote the iPad's use on campuses, though, since it waited until after iPods and iPhones were established before beginning to work more heavily with colleges to promote those in education.
  • the biggest impact of the iPad would be in the textbook market.
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  • only 2 percent of students said they bought an e-textbook this past fall semester.
  • The City University of New York, for instance, is looking closely at encouraging e-textbooks as part of an effort to lower student costs. "At end of the day, it's how do you drive savings for our students, who are feeling a great economic impact," said Brian Cohen, CUNY's chief information officer.
  • If students do buy them and begin to carry them around campus, they could be a more powerful educational tool than laptop computers.
  • Jim Groom, an instructional technologist at the University of Mary Washington, expressed weariness with all the hype around the Apple announcement. He said he is concerned about Apple's policies of requiring all applications to be approved by the company before being allowed in its store, just as it does with the iPhone. And he said that Apple's strategy is to make the Web more commercial, rather than an open frontier. "It offers a real threat to the Web," he said.
  • He also pointed out that several PC manufacturers have sold tablet computers before, which have been tried enthusiastically in classrooms. Their promise is that they make it easy for professors to walk around classrooms while holding the computer, while allowing them to wirelessly project information to a screen at the front of the room. But despite initial hype, very few PC tablets are being used in college classrooms, he said. Now that Apple's long-awaited secret is out, the harder questions might be whether the iPad is the long-awaited education computer.
Michele Brown

Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity - 41 views

shared by Michele Brown on 07 Feb 10 - Cached
    A place to train your brian through various games.
Brian Mull

Education Week's Digital Directions: Educators Move Beyond the Hype Over Skype - 52 views

    • Brian Mull
      This isn't just for Skype. Anything we do in the classroom should be targeting specific educational goals.
    • Brian Mull
      ...or connecting with university professors or experts in the field.
    • Brian Mull
      Some, such as brian Crosby have done this.
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  • In Virginia’s Albemarle County district, Fisher encourages her teachers to use Skype and other collaboration tools because she believes there is no equivalent for giving students an audience for their work. She compares it to a team sport, in which the Skype activity is game day, and other days of class spent in preparation are like after-school practices. “The fact that there’s a game on Friday night ramps up practice on Monday afternoon,” says Fisher. “When you look at what the Web allows us to do, every kid in your classroom can have a worldwide audience. That’s true for writing, and that’s true for some of these oral-presentation types of things,” such as videoconferencing.
  • But according to research funded by Skype Technologies, finding other teachers to connect with remains more frustrating for educators interested in using Skype than gaining permission from administrators and school technology personnel to use the software.
    • Brian Mull
      But make no mistake - the latter is still a frustrating sticking point in many schools and districts.

National Geographic Events - NG Live Videos - NG Live Interview: Brian Skerry - 84 views

    national geographic live site, lots of amazing videos on lots of different events from national geographic
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