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Brian C. Smith

Moment(us) teaching - 0 views

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    She spoke about love, beauty, and respect for children (of all ages) and their learning process. She showed some photos and videos of children learning together and how teachers have the opportunity to make small decisions in this process. To watch or intervene; to ask a question or remain quiet; to suggest an expansion of the complexity of the children's investigation or to help them simplify their ideas.
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Portfolios & Additional Material | MIT Admissions - 13 views

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    College admissions is changing.
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State Tests Will Remain Secret - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com - 4 views

  • “Teachers could predict questions on next year’s test,” Dunn said.
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      Absolutely crazy! 
  • “The State of New York saying, ‘We don’t want to encourage teaching to the test’ would be like somebody setting off a fire and saying ‘I don’t want anything to burn.’ This is ridiculous,” said Urbanski.
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Attention Disorder or Not, Children Prescribed Pills to Help in School - NYTimes.com - 7 views

  • characterized by severe inattention and impulsivity,
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      Anyone asking when they do this?  During note taking? Lectures? When they are subject to increasingly frequent class changes never to focus on something by design of the school bell structure?
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Common Core standards driving wedge in education circles - USATODAY.com - 7 views

  • Barbara Dzwonek, an elementary school English coach in Daly City, Calif., said the standards are "a step in the right direction because they are state-driven and based on the highest-quality research the field of education has to offer."
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      Really?! What research!?
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Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom | Edutopia - 8 views

  • Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device.
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      There is a dire need to consider authentic and meaningful learning BEFORE there even thinking about a device and whatever platform it is on.  Many times, setting aside the technology for deep meaningful learning experiences trumps any device we can slip under student's noses.
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The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek - 15 views

  • The lore of pop psychology is that creativity occurs on the right side of the brain. But we now know that if you tried to be creative using only the right side of your brain, it’d be like living with ideas perpetually at the tip of your tongue, just beyond reach
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      Hello, Mr. Pink. Are you reading?
  • those who diligently practice creative activities learn to recruit their brains’ creative networks quicker and better. A lifetime of consistent habits gradually changes the neurological pattern.
  • The home-game version of this means no longer encouraging kids to spring straight ahead to the right answer
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  • The new view is that creativity is part of normal brain function.
  • “As a child, I never had an identity as a ‘creative person,’ ” Schwarzrock recalls. “But now that I know, it helps explain a lot of what I felt and went through.”
  • In China there has been widespread education reform to extinguish the drill-and-kill teaching style. Instead, Chinese schools are also adopting a problem-based learning approach.
  • fact-finding
  • problem-finding
  • Next, idea-finding
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Many Schools Teach Engineering in Early Grades - NYTimes.com - 6 views

  • “Just giving kids an engineering problem to solve doesn’t mean it will lead to learning,” said Janine Remillard, an associate education professor at the University of Pennsylvania who is not opposed, but believes that good teaching is essential to making any curriculum work well.
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      I think it goes deeper than leading to "learning" in the sense of curriculum. It's more that students are learning to learn. Far too often we assume that students actually know how to learn. We know how to plan learning experiences and disseminate information, but how often do we stop to think whether or not a student has developed the skill to learn?
  • “You’re not really learning what I would call engineering fundamentals,” he said of such programs. “You’re really learning about engineering.”
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Basics - So Young, and So Gadgeted - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • and be withheld as punishment that really works.
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      You don't say!
  • Piaget would probably advise parents that for a young child, everything — whether it has batteries or not — is a discovery waiting to happen. But toys work best when they are matched to a child’s level of development.
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Is Google Making Us Stupid? - 0 views

  • A new e-mail message, for instance, may announce its arrival as we’re glancing over the latest headlines at a newspaper’s site. The result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration.
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      Some might call this multitasking... but "good" multitasking needs to be purposeful. Those who can filter those attention scattering and diffusing interuptions just may be getting smarter.
  • Most of the proprietors of the commercial Internet have a financial stake in collecting the crumbs of data we leave behind as we flit from link to link—the more crumbs, the better. The last thing these companies want is to encourage leisurely reading or slow, concentrated thought. It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction.
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      All the more reason to educate students on social media literacy with a purpose.
  • He couldn’t foresee the many ways that writing and reading would serve to spread information, spur fresh ideas, and expand human knowledge (if not wisdom).
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  • And because they would be able to “receive a quantity of information without proper instruction,” they would “be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant.”
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      Nothing's different here. In fact, I might argue that it is even more important that we have "proper instruction".
  • They would be “filled with the conceit of wisdom instead of real wisdom.”
  • emotionlessness that characterizes the human figures in the film, who go about their business with an almost robotic efficiency. Their thoughts and actions feel scripted, as if they’re following the steps of an algorithm.
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      Is this where education/teaching is headed if it does not embrace technology for the freedom it offers learners?
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Technology Literacy - 0 views

  • workplace
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      Will all students work in a "global workplace"?
  • NY State Basic Education Data System (BEDS) requires information on computer literacy for federal reporting.
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Technology Literacy - 0 views

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      What is is "technology related foundation"?
  • At the high school level, there are a variety of technology application courses and some career and technology applications courses that can fulfill the requirement for one credit in technology applications required for graduation.
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      Who wrote this?
  • reveled
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      revealed?
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eSchoolNews - Students want more use of gaming technology - 0 views

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      Is it only the test scores? I worry about the actual translation of math skills to real world problems rather than having students do well on a test or beat their friends for bragging rights.
  • Nearly two-thirds of middle and high school students said “let me use my own laptop, cell phone, or other mobile device at school.”
  • While 53 percent of middle and high school students are excited about using mobile devices to help them learn, only 15 percent of school leaders support this idea. Also, fewer than half as many parents as students see a place for online learning in the 21st century school.
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      With a gap of 38% between students and admins you'd think the administrators might actually approach students, the most untapped resource in the school community, about how they might see the use of mobile devices to help or enhance thier learning and communication.
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  • And even fewer teachers, parents, and school leaders want students to have access to eMail and instant-messaging accounts from school.
  • Keeping school leaders well informed is the first step toward helping to bridge this disconnect
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      There are many, many timely and effective ways for school leaders to stay informed themselves. Why are they not taking advantage of these? Let's teach them to fish.
  • Hopefully, the results of this survey will reach them. If school leaders become more familiar with student views,
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      Suggestion: Listen and talk (sparingly) to the students in your schools, get to know them. One of the best strategies for learning I ever learned was to "know your students well". Listen to the students in your schools and you will learn a lot.
  • his vision for the ultimate school is one where the teachers and the principal actively seek and regularly include the ideas of students in discussions and planning for all aspects of education—not just technology.
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      Exactly.
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Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows - 0 views

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    Install Ubuntu linux within your Windows install. Great for folks not ready to give up on Windows or that don't want to deal with dual boot.
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Education Week's Digital Directions: Building Gaming Into Science Education - 0 views

  • "I've had teachers tell me,” says Eklund, “that after they introduced the game to their students, the classroom went completely silent because all of the kids were just reading." "You just don't get that kind of engagement and involvement with the story" with a textbook, he says.
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      Is this because of the visual appeal or the storyline? I can see this happening, but does silence mean high levels of engagement?
  • A report written by researchers about The River City Project for a 2006 conference concluded "that students learned biology content, that students and teachers were highly engaged, that student attendance improved, that disruptive behavior dropped, that students were building 21st-century skills in virtual communication and expression, and importantly, that using this type of technology in the classroom can facilitate good inquiry learning."
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      Is this limited to only the River City Project alone though? How does it promote more inquiry, problem and project-based learning in other content?
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  • "I'm in a unique situation where there's a computer at every lab table," he says, pointing out that many teachers do not have that ratio of students to computers.
  • when the games don't work properly, but most teachers don’t have that level of technical skill, she points out.
  • "There are little things you need to know," she says, to keep the games running smoothly. "[Otherwise], it's not going to work in the classroom, and teachers aren't going to use it."
  • "If [the game] doesn't have a focus or clear reason for what they're doing, it really doesn't work," says Pokrzywinski. Adapting games to the curriculum is possible, she says, but it takes time—something many teachers don't have.
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    Science and gaming
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The Games Teachers Play - Education Articles - 0 views

  • Perhaps there are many more distractions facing children today, but great teachers continue to create environments where their students want to be and to learn.
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      Designing for levels of engagement that grabs the attention of students is absolutely necessary. Levels of engagement need not, and won't, reach the level of video games, but enough to interest students in what they are going to learn.
  • Rather than take the steps necessary to make school more social, teachers more engaging, and curriculum more relevant, we either shift blame to parents, TV and hip hop, or seek salvation in the lessons of Grand Theft Auto.
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DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms - 0 views

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    Article written by NYS educator Jim McDermott
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The Strength of Weak Ties » Tragedy of the Commons - 0 views

  • Those people that have lived off twitter at the expense of their aggregator, have in my opinion, traded in full meals for snack food.
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      A great analogy for how Twitter falls into the menu of networked learning tools.
  • “God kills a kitten each time you count your Twitter followers. Please, think of the kittens.”
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Thomas Friedman Gets A Pie In The Face During Speech At Brown - Media on The Huffington... - 0 views

  • Friedman ducked, and was left with only minor streams of the sugary green goo on his black pants and turtleneck.
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      Quote of the Year thus far.
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School 2.0 - Home - 0 views

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    New School 2.0 site - etoolkit.org/etoolkit
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    This is a new School 2.0 site with interactivity, not complete as of 4/10/08. Includes the Learning Ecosystem Map, Leadership Resources, a Reflection Tool (questions to consider), a Bandwidth Planner, and a Transformation Toolkit.
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