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Dangerously Irrelevant: It's not 'the tests.' It's us. - 0 views

  • It's not ‘the tests.’ It's our unwillingness and/or inability to do something different, something better. It's not ‘the tests.’ It's us.
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  • In my state, students don't take standardized tests until third grade, but test preparation was a major focus in K-2. Students did little but complete worksheet after worksheet in kindergarten. The block corner was gone, there was no snack time, the dress-up box was taken away, and recess was reduced to just a few minutes. My son and his classmates sat at their little tables and silently filled out worksheets for the majority of the day. Talking, laughing or getting out of your seat was frowned upon. In first grade, the timed math tests began. Shortly after students learned how to add and subtract, they were given daily math facts timed tests in order to "prepare" them for the ITBS math computation tests in third grade. Those lucky enough to pass the tests had their names posted on the winners wall in the classroom. Those who couldn't pass, were sent to the hallway to do flashcards with parent volunteers. In second grade, the timed oral reading tests began. Each week, all students were required to read aloud as fast as they could while they were timed with a stop watch. Those that could spit the words out quickly enough to meet the benchmark number were rewarded with free reading time. Those that were deemed too slow, were given practice pages to read aloud, over and over again. In third grade, they started timed writing tests. His classroom held a weekly contest to see who could write a paragraph the fastest using that week's vocabulary words. The vocabulary words were test prep for ITBS. The fastest child's paragraph was posted on the wall for all to admire. Kids learned very early on that faster meant smarter and that slower meant stupid. NCLB plays a part in the way school has been reduced to test preparation, but teachers chose to use all of these truly awful methods in the classroom. Teachers could have chosen different, more engaging, and more developmentally appropriate teaching methods, but they didn't.
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    We must take ownership of our own culpability... It's not 'the tests.' It's our unwillingness and/or inability to do something different, something better. It's not 'the tests.' It's us.
Dave Truss

IDEO's Ten Tips For Creating a 21st-Century Classroom Experience - 0 views

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    Good conversation starter for those new to these ideas In recent years, IDEO has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about education. The firm's work with Ormondale Elementary School, in Portola Valley, California, helped pioneer a special "investigative-learning" curriculum that inspires students to be seekers of knowledge. We spoke to Sandy Speicher, who heads the Design for Learning efforts at IDEO. Her insights provide powerful lessons for architects and designers creating the schools of tomorrow:
Dave Truss

open thinking » Visualizing Open/Networked Teaching - 0 views

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    Open teaching is described as the facilitation of learning experiences that are open, transparent, collaborative, and social. Open teachers are advocates of a free and open knowledge society, and support their students in the critical consumption, production, connection, and synthesis of knowledge through the shared development of learning networks.
Dave Truss

Remote Access: I'm Done with Edtech - 0 views

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    Not about the tech or the tools, it's about the learning!
Dave Truss

Stumbling Blocks: Playing It Too Safe Will Make You Sorry | Edutopia - 0 views

  • "We need to create places where teachers can take chances," Honeycutt says. “Every district needs to anoint some teachers to play with Web 2.0 tools in a safe, hypothetical environment. I call it taming the tool. Teachers need time to consider, 'Under what conditions would we allow this tool into the classroom?'"
  • “We realized that students don't see these as impediments, but rather as challenges,” Canuel says. "Students find ingenious ways to go around them." Rather than fighting to stay a step ahead of tech-savvy pupils, the district emphasizes online safety and digital citizenship.
  • Instruction in digital citizenship needs to start early,
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  • In the still-evolving Web 2.0 era, anyone with Internet access has the power to create and publish content online and interact with content others have created.
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    Content filters and firewalls are great for keeping kids away from pornography, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, or preventing them from updating their Facebook status during class. But the same filters can stop teachers from accessing cutting-edge widgets and digital materials that have enormous potential for expanding learning.
Dave Truss

Education Innovation: The Belief and Faith Equation For School Change - 0 views

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    "It is merely about developing faith that it'll work." "Faith is critical to all innovation." "Faith, as we've seen is the cornerstone that keeps our organizations together. Faith is the cornerstone of our humanity; we can't live without it."
Dave Truss

Remote Access: What Business are we In? - 0 views

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    Great question: what is our core mission?
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    So if we view our resource in education and schools as being information, we will find ourselves more and more as one option among many. So I think that we need to ask the question: what is our core mission? What can we offer in classrooms and schools that can be gained nowhere else? What makes our spaces different?
Dave Truss

The Schools We Need Presentation at Ignite Philly 2 - Uploaded by tdlifestyle - 0 views

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    A must see!
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    Chris Lehmann is brilliant in this video!
Dave Truss

It's Not About the Technology :: I was thinking… - Learning to be me. - 0 views

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    computers can support learners, open doors to a world of possibilities and learning opportunities and global thinking. They can provide a chance for every child to learn their own way and construct their own knowledge. They can facilitate conversations with other people and other children around the world. They can knock down the isolation of a classroom's four walls and invite in the voices, experience and passion of the entire planet.
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    Great post!
Dave Truss

Dangerously Irrelevant: Slide - The people in charge - 0 views

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    "The people in charge of leading school organizations into the 21st century... often are the least knowledgeable about the 21st century.
Dave Truss

The Power of Educational Technology: Advice for Web 2.0 Newbies - 0 views

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    Excellent post on advice to Web2.0 Newbies
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    Angela Maiers, in her latest blog post, asked for some suggestions for people starting their Web 2.0 journeys. Here are a just a few: 1. Start with the pedagogy -
Dave Truss

Share More! Wiki » Work/Build Your Own Personal Learning Network? - 0 views

  • If you fail to connect to the network of learners, you miss out on a global conversation about what you are passionate about. And missing out is a darn shame because it can save you time, energy, and increase your reach, no matter how brilliant (or not) you are. That’s a powerful idea. Smart people get smarter because they have access to the network of learners. People who are just starting out are able to learn as fast as they can to accomplish what they need to do. When I meet folks who are just becoming aware of the global conversation — usually because I push them over the edge in a workshop — I like to share several tools with them.
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    If you fail to connect to the network of learners, you miss out on a global conversation about what you are passionate about.
Dave Truss

injenuity » Fire in the Kitchen! - 0 views

  • If we go back to my cooking analogy, the implications are that providing teachers with a recipe, or a general overview of Web 2.0 tools, is not going to lead to success in the classroom or with administration.  Teachers need to understand the basic foundations of these tools, what they can do, why they are important, and how to locate the appropriate tool for individual learning scenarios.  I believe this basic premise is true regardless of the technological or pedagogical proficiency of the instructor.
  • Most importantly, I want to emphasize as much as I can, that we need to not promote Web 2.0 as the future of education or learning.  In fact, it is highly likely Web 2.0 will not even exist when today’s junior high students enter college or the work force.  There are many many web-based tools that can greatly enhance learning today, but need to be used with consideration of how that application affects learning.  When I see people state learners need to use these tools because they will experience them in the work place, I just cringe. They may use them in the work place, or they may not.  If they do, employers typically want to train them on their own systems.  An employer is much more interested in an employee able to communicate proficiently, locate and critically evaluate information, and build strong internal and external customer relationships.  Employers and universities don’t care if a student knows how to use a wiki or make a youtube video.  General literacy is much more important than knowledge of specific web platforms.  Some of the skills we promote as 21st century literacies will not exist five years from now.  There are some excellent frameworks for promoting literacy and I’m excited to see them promoted more fully.
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    a general overview of Web 2.0 tools, is not going to lead to success in the classroom or with administration.
Dave Truss

Think Different at Students 2.0 - 0 views

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    Think of the wealth of talent that is being and has been squandered due to this system. How many people would have become the next great composer if they had been given just that little bit more leeway?
Dave Truss

Kelly Christohperson - School-Wide Integration of tech- notes from presentation - 0 views

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    Kelly Christohperson - School-Wide Integration of Technology - May 16/08 -10:45am Administrators need to be on board with technology. It needs to be something that they are willing to do in their schools. Principals need to be technology leaders.
Dave Truss

The Three "E's" « Ed Tech Journeys - 0 views

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    Educators don't need to feel threatened by this because we still maintain our own ownership and accountability; but to educate the disaffected, angry, and powerless students in many of our traditional classrooms, we must open the circle of power to include the learners themselves.
Dave Truss

YouTube - 21st century pedagogy - 0 views

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    Need to develop a new pedagogical dna for schooling in todays world in order to break from the past
Dave Truss

What I Want to Talk About - Practical Theory - 0 views

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    Chris Lehmann writes a Brilliant post: "I want to tell them..." about the things he would really like to say for a presentation. Fantastic
Dave Truss

Raising expectations « Educational Discourse - 0 views

  • Oh, one more thing. We need to expand our options for students who aren’t ready to be in school. There are a number of students who, for whatever reason, just are not ready to be in school, at least, school as it is now conceived. If there isn’t going to be changes to school structures, then there needs to be some type of option for those students who don’t want to be in school. They find it stupid, a waste of time, irrelevant….. making the life of those around them much more miserable than it needs to be, especially during the teenage years when things aren’t always that hot to begin with. In some way, these students need our most creative thinking and problem solving.
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    Now, I'm not going to give a list of "standards". We all know we've enough of those! Instead, I'm going to look at what students might need to do well as they leave school. From here, you can decide the expectations you have for these.
Maggie Tsai

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