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Unlocking Learning Mastery | Edutopia - 8 views

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    Gamification is one response. By embedding diverse achievements into activities and assessments, learning progress can be refracted infinitely. These systems would be able to more flexibly respond to unique learner pathways and abilities, and would further serve as encouragement mechanics -- instead of one carrot stick, there are hundreds. And not just carrots, but every fruit and vegetable imaginable.
Suzie Nestico

Kids Programming Website - 19 views

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    Small Basic is a lighter version of Visual basic. Interesting site to start kids out programming from a problem solving perspective. Demo'ed at #140ed conference to show how programming is not boring for kids.
Ruth Howard

Teacher Reboot Camp - 16 views

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    A long list of short n juicy professional development online courses to jump into next few months
Ruth Howard

tiltfactor » THE LAB - 6 views

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    Games lab focussed on socially responsible game design for social change.
Ruth Howard

Donald Clark Plan B - 5 views

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    The Extraordinary and the ordinary- the projected trajectories of current computer technologies and their application for sustained mind controlling outcomes. It's already here- we will be interacting with computers with our minds. Incredible applications for learning.
Barry Peterson

The Best Live Education Tool Available - 32 views

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    Dear Educators,

    With this webcasting tool, you can connect live face to face with anyone, anywhere, anytime.....family, friends, students, teachers, colleagues, administrative groups, principals meetings, etc. without having to travel.

    You can even promote world peace by connecting with teachers and students in their classrooms worldwide and learning more about each other's country and culture

    The tools for your use include the ability to have live video chat, make PowerPoint presentations, stream video, share your desktop, record and share your presentation, and much more.

    Guests do not have to download any software. They simply click on the link to your conference that you send them, no cost, no travel and better yet, no wasted time.

    This tool is affordable and easily fits into a classroom, school or administartive office budget.

    As a former superintendent in the education system with more than 50 schools spread out 400 miles along a major highway, the ability to communicate with everyone in an efficient, effective and economical manner was essential.

    Hope you find this helpful.

    Best wishes,

    Barry
Barry Peterson

Connect Classrooms From Around The World - 17 views

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    Connect classrooms, teachers, administrators...online collaboration - all features are included.
Barry Peterson

Communication - The Key To Understanding Others - Communicate Face to Face With Anyone,... - 10 views

Connect live face to face with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.....family, friends, students, teachers, Promote world peace by connecting teachers and students in their classrooms worldwide. http://tinyu...

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started by Barry Peterson on 30 Apr 11 no follow-up yet
Barry Peterson

Connect Administrators, Teachers and Classrooms, Anywhere, Anytime - 23 views

GVO Conference has no limits or restrictions. This system will take whatever you throw at it! GVO Conference requires absolutely no download and works on all operating systems. This highjly secure ...

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started by Barry Peterson on 21 Apr 11 no follow-up yet
Suzie Nestico

http://www.nais.org/files/PDFs/NAISCOASchools.pdf - 3 views

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    How to move toward being a school of the future
Suzie Nestico

Father: Why I didn't let my son take standardized tests - The Answer Sheet - The Washin... - 0 views

  • My wife and I had Luke “opt out” of No Child Left Behind standardized testing (here in Pennsylvania known as the Pennsylvania System of School Achievement, or PSSAs).
  • Last week I did just that. I looked at the test and determined that it violated my religion. How, you might ask? That’s an entirely different blog, but I can quickly say that my religion does not allow for or tolerate the act of torture and I determined that making Luke sit for over 10 hours filling in bubble sheets would have been a form of mental and physical torture, given that we could give him no good reason as to why he needs to take this test.
  • ch a reason for opting out of the PSSA testing will negatively affect the school’s participation rate and could POTENTIALLY have a negative impact on the school’s Adequate Yearly Progress under the rules of No Child Left Behind.
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  • I asked Luke what he thought about it all. He just smiled. I also asked him what some of his friends were saying.

    According to Luke, they did not believe that NCLB and PSSAs were going to be used to evaluate the school. They didn’t know about AYP and the sanctions that came with it. Luke’s friends just thought the tests, “were used to make sure our teachers are teaching us the right stuff.” My guess is that is what most parents believe. Why wouldn’t they believe it? They’ve been told for nine years that we are raising standards, holding teachers accountable, and leaving no children behind. Who wouldn’t support that?

  • This time, instead of having Luke sit through another meeting, he researched the Japanese earthquake and tsunami as a current events project.
  • The point was to give Luke some experience in how to conduct planned civil disobedience in a lawful manner.
  • That, of course, is the real problem. NCLB and the standards movement is a political bait and switch. Sold as one thing (positive) to the public and then in practice, something radically different (punitive). This is probably one of the biggest reasons I decided to do the boycott—to make my community aware and to try and enlighten them of the real issues.
  • My answer is that the government is not listening. Teachers, principals, teacher educators, child development specialists, and educational researchers have been trying to get this message out for years. No one will listen.
  • Civil disobedience is the only option left. It’s my scream in a dark cave for light. I want teachers to teach again. I want principals to lead again. I want my school to be a place of deep learning and a deeper love of teaching. I want children exposed to history, science, art, music, physical education, and current events—the same experience President Obama is providing his own children.
  • Maybe civil disobedience will be contagious. Maybe parents will join us in reclaiming our schools and demand that teachers and administrators hands be untied and allow them to do their jobs—engage students in a rich curriculum designed to promote deep learning and critical thinking.
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    Another PA parent opts his child out of PSSA standardized testing as a measure of civil disobedience.  Word of caution:  This can very much hurt a school's Adequate Yearly Progress and ultimately the school may suffer.  But, what if this movement spread amongst parents?  What then?  Would the government take over the school?  
Suzie Nestico

TEDActive 2011: Projects: Education - 5 views

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    #TEDActiveEDU How can we empower kids to reshape the education system?  Fantastic idea worth spreading started by Steve Hargadon on March 3, 2011 calling students to action in speaking up about their education.

    Our Flat Classroom Keynote from Mount Carmel Area High School "Student Perspective ~ Change Matters" was one of the top 10 videos.
David Hilton

The MET Research Paper: Achievement of What? « The Core Knowledge Blog - 8 views

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    A research paper commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that finds that students know when they are being taught well and when they are not. 
Joseph Alvarado

b9667271ee6c154195_t9m6iij8k.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 1 views

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    Great research paper on why student test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers.
Carl Bogardu

Careers and Career Information - CareerOneStop - 4 views

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    Great resource for educators, counselors, or anyone working with students who are beginning to look at career choices.
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