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Bonnie Sutton

Kohn: Why we have to save our schools - 1 views

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/29/2011 Kohn: Why we have to save our schools By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/kohn-why-we-have-to-save-our-schools/2011/07/29...

Dark ages of American History reform Answer sheet Alfie Kohn Anrhony Cody DOE corporate Lousy tests high stakes approach

started by Bonnie Sutton on 01 Aug 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

National Education Association goes after Arnie Duncan - 3 views

NEA goes after Education Secretary Arne Duncan By Valerie Strauss The Answer Sheet http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-Sheet/post/nea-goes-after-education-secretary-arne-duncan/2011/07/...

Arnie Duncan School Reform standardized test failed education Policies. Nea Represenative Assembly

started by Bonnie Sutton on 03 Jul 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Education and the income gap: Darling-Hammond - 1 views

Education and the income gap: Darling-Hammond http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/education-and-the-income-gap-darling-hammond/2012/04/26/gIQAHn0LkT_blog.html By Valerie Strau...

answer sheet inequality :; Education the income gap: Darling-Hammond

started by Bonnie Sutton on 27 Apr 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

What teachers don't need (but are getting anyway) - 1 views

What teachers don't need (but are getting anyway) By Valerie Strauss This was written by Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. A version of th...

answer sheet teachers common core teaching and learning Michelle Rhee collaborative thinking indoctrination

started by Bonnie Sutton on 18 May 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

The facts that school reformers ignore - 1 views

By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-facts-that-school-reformers-ignore/2012/01/23/gIQABWQRMQ_blog.html This was written by Richard Rothstein, a research...

The Answer Sheet Ed Reform

started by Bonnie Sutton on 24 Jan 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

How real school reform should look (or explaining water to a fish) - 1 views

How real school reform should look (or explaining water to a fish) By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-real-school-reform-should-look-or-explaining-wat...

school reform not a standard body of knowledge political paralysis education change

started by Bonnie Sutton on 06 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Why school reform can't ignore poverty's toll - 1 views

Why school reform can't ignore poverty's toll http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/why-school-reform-cant-ignore-povertys-toll/2011/10/07/gIQAYPHMUL_blog.html By Valerie Strauss...

started by Bonnie Sutton on 10 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Pearson and how 2012 standardized tests were designed - 2 views

Pearson and how 2012 standardized tests were designed http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/pearson-and-how-2012-standardized-tests-were-designed/2012/04/27/gIQAjQ0MkT_blog.html B...

testing Pearson design of test. 2012 vendora

started by Bonnie Sutton on 27 Apr 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Ravitch: Pearson's expanding role in education - 1 views

Ravitch: Pearson's expanding role in education By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/ravitch-pearsons-expanding-role-in-education/2012/05/07/gIQApr4H8T_blog....

started by Bonnie Sutton on 07 May 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

the whole child - 1 views

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." -- Einstein Learn what's really happening in the world of education with veteran education writer Valerie Strauss and her guest ...

whole child school reform

started by Bonnie Sutton on 09 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Why education inequality persists - and how to fix it - 1 views

By Valerie Strauss This was written by John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew professor of education at New York University. ...

Inequality education achievement trap high poverty minority . staffing of low income schools

started by Bonnie Sutton on 17 May 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Michelle Rhee's empty claims about her D.C. schools record - 1 views

Michelle Rhee's empty claims about her D.C. schools record http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/michelle-rhees-empty-claims-about-her-dc-schools-record/2012/01/30/gIQAATFjdQ_blo...

Rhee false test data reporting Shanker Institute

started by Bonnie Sutton on 31 Jan 12 no follow-up yet
Claude Almansi

President Obama's unusual education roundtable - 1 views

Permalink to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/president-obamas-unusual-education-roundtable/2011/07/18/gIQAf3UJMI_blog.html (odd that the Diigo software didn't inc...

President Obama educators Roundtable Foundations

Bonnie Sutton

A test for politicians on education (with cheat sheet) - 1 views

By Valerie Strauss Here are questions that education historian Diane Ravitch posed to politicans who make education policy. Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is the author of nu...

schools test scores vouchers research on charter international

started by Bonnie Sutton on 26 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
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Rupert Murdoch uses eG8 to talk up net's power to transform education | Media | guardian.co.uk - 6 views

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    "Rupert Murdoch uses eG8 to talk up net's power to transform education News Corp chairman claims 'Victorian' schools are 'last holdout from digital revolution' Kim Willsher in Paris guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 May 2011 18.10 BST Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation founder and chairman, used his address to the eG8 Forum in Paris on Tuesday to call for more investment in education and "unlocking the potential" of the world's children. Murdoch said it was not a question of putting a computer in every school, but concentrating on opening up opportunities for youngsters to flourish by using targeted and tailored software. News Corp moved into the $500bn (£310bn) US education sector in late 2010, paying about $360m in cash for 90% of technology company Wireless Generation, which provides mobile and web software to enable teachers to use data to assess student progress and deliver personalised learning."
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    From Harry Keller
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    Interesting contrast with Murdoch's attitude in 2009 - see http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/09/murdoch-google - but is it really a contrast?
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    We've had Ely Broad, Bill Gates, and a host of other billionaires (even George Lucas) attempting to "fix" our education system. They're not doing so well. What is so interesting to me about Murdoch, despite his pirate-like business practices, is that he sees what I think is the real direction for the future of education. Oddly unlike his right-wing colleagues, he's not pushing for vouchers or more school privatization. Unlike the technocrats, he's not pushing for more and more computers in schools. He sees the solution to our schooling problems as "targeted and tailored software." Many (maybe most) countries, including the U.S., lack the political will as societies to fix education the way that Finland did. Software is the other path. Much discussion today centers around the platform. Will we use smart phones or e-tablets or netbooks? Will we see $1 apiece apps as the learning modules or cloud-based solutions? Will our new learning software run on iOS or Android? All of that is window dressing and barely worthy of discussion. For me, Murdoch hit the nail on the head. We have too little software "targeted and tailored" to education or, at least, too little highly professional quality software.
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    Errh yes about Murdoch pushing "targeted and tailored software" , Harry. But see also: "News Corp moved into the $500bn (£310bn) US education sector in late 2010, paying about $360m in cash for 90% of technology company Wireless Generation, which provides mobile and web software to enable teachers to use data to assess student progress and deliver personalised learning." So he is doing at software level what Microsoft etc were doing at hardware - and at times software - level: promoting his wares in a very juicy market. We've had "targeted and tailored to education" software for decades, now: LMSs, addons to office suites, etc. Some good, some bad. The problem with software that is targeted and tailored to education is that it is a) often boring; b) perforce based on an abstract general idea of education; c) often remote from what gets used outside school. Would it not be better to train teachers in adapting whatever software is generally available, be it desktop or on the cloud, to fit their and their specific students' needs?
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    My point is simply that Murdoch gets it. His motives don't have to be pure for us all to benefit from the light he's shining on educational technology. Regarding the software, your points are well-taken. However, one extra qualification must be added. The software must be "good." That means it must avoid the problems you list.
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    "Would it not be better to train teachers in adapting whatever software is generally available, be it desktop or on the cloud, to fit their and their specific students' needs?' I disagree with this analysis. Software not created for educational purposes will only adapt so far. It is, for example, word processing substituting for paper and pencil. That's worthy of doing but really makes no difference in instruction. When software is created specifically for learning, it can reach much more deeply into the learning processes. It's not just peripheral but central to learning. You can adapt lots of software to education in lots of ways, and I've read of many very clever adaptations. Almost all could be done without the use of a computer, albeit somewhat less efficiently but nonetheless effectively. I read Murdoch's call, which echoes something I've been saying for many years, as meaning that we have to build software that answers the necessities of learning. We don't have much today.
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    Taking up your example of word processing as substitute for pen and pencil , Harry: true, and that's what I retorted in the late 1990's to a digitalophobe academic, when we met about the Italian translation of one of his books, and he boasted of having got a letter from a publisher saying he was their last author to deliver typescripts on paper and not as a digital file. I pointed out that cut and paste, copy and paste (the things he particularly hated the ease of in digital media) existed in the real world looooooong before computers, let alone PCs, let alone the Web. And yet... in 2007 I was asked to set up at very short notice an intensive preliminary French workshop for participants in a master course in intercultural studies: though in Lugano, the course was to be in French and English. I asked for access to the Moodle for the course, to store course materials there etc. The organizers refused: "The Moodle will only be explained to the students in the first week of the course proper". The idea that graduate students needed to have a Moodle explained to them in 2007 seemed peregrine, but rather than arguing, I set up a for-free wiki instead. At our first meeting, the students asked why we weren't using the Moodle, I repeated the official explanation, they laughed and got the hang of the wiki immediately. Then, for reading comprehension, they chose one of the assigned texts for the course: a longish book chapter they had received by e-mail as a grayish PDF based on a low-resolution scan, based on a reduced photocopy to make 2 pages fit on an A4 sheet: i.e. with no margin to take notes on. So we printed the PDF, separated the pages with scissors, pasted the separate pages with glue sticks on new A4 sheets, to get wider margins to write in. And then we made a wiki page for it, copied in it the subheadings, between which the students, added the notes they were taking, working in groups on the new paper version. Result: http://micusif.wikispaces.com/Vinsonneau
Bonnie Sutton

Teachers Appeal to President Obama- Answer Sheet - 1 views

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/teachers-appeal-to-president-obama/2011/06/19/AG2MHVbH_blog.html

educational change testing teachers Dept of Education

started by Bonnie Sutton on 19 Jun 11 no follow-up yet
Claude Almansi

Retreat of Reno's Commnand - C. Szwedzicki: The North American Indian Works - 1 views

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    "Collection: C. Szwedzicki: The North American Indian Works Work Record ID: 219 Reproduction Record ID: 219 Work Class: depictions Work Type: print Title: Retreat of Reno's Commnand Title Type: constructed title Title: Sioux Indian painting Title Type: collective title Measurements: 11.40 x 19.05 in (28.96 x 48.39 cm) on sheet 15.30 x 19.50 in (38.86 x 49.53 cm) Measurement Type: dimensions Material: paper (fiber product) Material Type: support Inscription: Image Top Center: Custer Battle Field / June 25 and 26 1876 / Crazy Horse Inscription: Above Image Right: 8 [Plate Number] Creator: Bad Heart Bull, Amos, 1869-1913 Creator Dates: 1869-1913 Creator Nationality: Oglala Lakota Creator Name Variant: Bad Heart Buffalo (Tatanka Cante Sice) Creator Type: personal name Creator Role: painter Date: 1938 Location: Little Bighorn Battlefield (Mont.) Repository: Archives and Rare Books Library, University Libraries, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio Repository Type: current repository ID Number: 8 ID Number Type: plate number ID Number: ARB RB Oversize E98.A7 S568 1938 Vol. 2 ID Number Type: call number Style Period: Plains Indian Style Period: Indian art--North America Culture: Native American Culture: Oglala Lakota Subject: Belts (Clothing) Subject: Breechcloths Subject: Face painting Subject: Feathers Subject: Fringe Subject: Leggings Subject: Moccasins Subject: Beadwork Subject: Body painting Subject: Shirts, Men's Subject: Breastplates Subject: Hair pipes Subject: Bridles Subject: Horseback riding Subject: Horses Subject: Chokers Subject: Arrows Subject: Metalwork Subject: Picture-writing Subject: Saddle blankets Subject: Indian warfare Subject: Rifles Subject: Military uniforms Subject: Sabers Subject: Bow lances Subject: Crazy Horse (Tashunca-Uitco), ca. 1842-1877 Subject: Fixed-stone-head clubs Subject: Hats Subject: Saddles Subject: Saddlebags Subject: War shirts Subject: Reno, Marcus A. (Marcus Albert), 1835-1889 Subject: Indians of North America--Wars Subj
Bonnie Sutton

Internet Essentials Fact Sheet - 1 views

http://www.internetessentialspartner.com/downloads/Internet_Essentials_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Internet essentials Fact sheet and information for schools community

started by Bonnie Sutton on 04 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Claude Almansi

The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base - 0 views

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    "The Kentucky Virtual Library presents: How to do research! Step 1: Plan your project Plan your project tutorial Define your subject Brainstorm What do you already know? Group similar ideas Identify key words and phrases Make a quest strategy Gather your tools Step 2: Search for information Search for information tutorial The Kentucky Virtual Library The library catalog Encyclopedia Reference books: table of contents and index Magazines and newspaper articles Dictionary Search the World Wide Web What if you can't find anything? Step 3: Take Notes Take notes tutorial The KWL method Fact finder method Data sheets Clustering method (also called mapping or webbing) Venn diagram method Note cards Prints and photocopies Bibliography page Step 4: Use the information Use the information tutorial Scan the page first The five finger test Is the information true or bogus? Put it in your own words Organize the information Compare and contrast Put the information in order Add your own conclusions Step 5: Report Share what you've learned tutorial Step 6: Evaluate Ask yourself, "How did I do?" Glossary Back to the introduction page Portal | Home Base (Site Map) | Plan | Search | The Web | Take Notes | Use | Report | Glossary Teacher's Toolbox | Flash Version | Text Only Version Kentucky Virtual Library"
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