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Bring Your Own Laptop To School | 1 Laptop per child, many educators sharing their reso... - 16 views

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    Educators helping educators initiate and improve "Bring Your Own Laptop" initiatives in schools. Sharing resources, links and engaging in thoughtful conversations about what works, what doesn't, and what needs to be in place for a successful BYOLaptop program in schools.
Dave Truss

SpeEdChange: When rethinking the school itself... - 17 views

  • He talked about wide hallways where students could gather. He talked about attendance policies which allowed students to sign into classes from elsewhere in the building if that made them more comfortable. He talked about multiple projection screens in every classroom to break "single focus learning." He talked about dropping text books for authentic materials and the acceptance of multiple - and student chosen - ways of demonstrating knowledge. He even talked about having big windows in classrooms both to the outside and the school corridors - "We're not hiding from the world or hiding the world from our students" he told us.
  • And then we listened to teachers and students, we wandered the building, and we saw. In newly built additions classroom doors were centered on one wall, projectors, aimed from the middle of the ceiling, pointed to two corners. Window walls opened outside, big windows allowed views to/from the halls. In most rooms the two projectors were in use, showing different things. In most rooms, students gathered in clusters, often passing tablet boards around.
  • All in all what I saw was a 1:1 initiative that had been shaped by a commitment to rethinking school, and centering the form of school on what students need now - collaboration, access to and effective use of global information, trust in students, belief in leveraging the world of today rather than avoiding it, and universal design.
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  • This was no cost-be-damned private school experience. It was reasonable, it was logical, and it was technology chosen for education, not technology chosen for technology.
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    What happens if you really begin to rethink what your school looks like? No, I'm not talking about rethink from a wildly radical viewpoint - like mine or say, Neil Postman's - but just if a dedicated set of educators stops "tinkering" with little changes and wonders what school might be like...
Dave Truss

Connect! Calgary Science School - 5 views

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    WELCOME TO CONNECT! As we start up our new initiative, this blog will serve a number of purposes: 1. As a place to share the classroom projects, assignments and assessment practices of the Calgary Science School 2. As a place where CSS teachers and administrators can publicly reflect and engage in dialogue on their practice 3. As a place where CSS can build a learning network outside the walls of our school. We want to collaborate with and learn from other teaching professionals, around the city, province, country and around the world. Come join us on our new journey!
Dave Truss

Don't teach your kids this stuff. Please? - Dangerously Irrelevant - 38 views

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    A cheeky, but effective look at why 'this stuff' is what we should be teaching our students.
Dave Truss

Langwitches Blog » Globally…Connect…Communicate…21st Century Skills - 13 views

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    This is an excellent example of how a globally connected classroom can provide students with an experience unparalleled to classroom not using tech!
Dave Truss

Miniature Earth and World on Fire Videos for Download/Viewing - 11 views

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    Caring Across the Curriculim : The videos you find in this drop.io were put here to accompany this blog post. Not all schools can access YouTube. http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/caring-across-the-curriculum/
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