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Bonnie Sutton

Are You Ready for Common Core Math? 2014 will be here sooner than you think. - 0 views

http://www.districtadministration.com/article/are-you-ready-common-core-math By: Alan Dessoff District Administration, March 2012 An elementary student in the San Francisco Unified School District ...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 16 Mar 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

What Do We Need to Power Next Generation Assessment Systems? - 2 views

Press Releases Contact: Geoffrey Fletcher Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications 206-408-7125 gfletcher@setda.org http://www.setda.org/ ...

Assessmen Systems technology in American schools Next Generation assessment

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

Twitter Hashtags for Educators http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/... - 2 views

Electronic Teaming for Singletons in a PLC One of the questions that I'm asked all the time as an advocate for both professional learning communities and teaching with technology is, "How can ...

Twitter Hastags for Educators professional development using social networking

started by Bonnie Sutton on 22 Jun 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Jamming the System: Standardized Tests, Automated Grading and the Future of Writing - 2 views

View slide show on original site. | View on Flickr on original site. Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning http://spotlight.macfound.org/blog/entry/jamming-the-system-standardized-t...

Ja the System: Standardized Tests Automated Grading Future of Writing robotic evaluation

started by Bonnie Sutton on 29 Apr 12 no follow-up yet
Jim Shimabukuro

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

Call for Chapters Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementation of Digital Techn... - 0 views

http://www.igi-global.com/authorseditoCommon Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies 9 Editors: Drew Polly, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA Call f...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 20 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Effective questioning and feedback using Web 2.0 technologies and Social Networking - 2 views

I have recently been researching the use of Web 2.0 technologies and Social Networking as a tool for Assessment for Learning. Thanks to all who responded via Twitter especially @nick_chater @57maso...

web 2.0 technology questioning and feedback socialnetworking

started by Bonnie Sutton on 21 Dec 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Techno... - 1 views

Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media pdf http://www.cosn.org/Default.aspx?TabId=12543 BACKGROUND It is...

Making Progre Rethinking State and School District POLICIES COSN Mobile Technologies Social Media

started by Bonnie Sutton on 15 Apr 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

New Resources for NAEP Researchers Now Available - 0 views

New resources are now available to help researchers use data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). * The NAEP Primer on CD-ROM guides new researchers through the technical h...

Naep

started by Bonnie Sutton on 22 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Using Tech Tools for Tools - 1 views

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/using-technology-to-check-understanding-mary-beth-hertz?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=techtoolstimelyfeedback

tools technology for assessment understanding edutopIA Blog

started by Bonnie Sutton on 25 Sep 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Cell Phones - Time to Lift the Ban on Mobiles in the School Setting? by Thomas - 5 views

Cell Phones - Time to Lift the Ban on Mobiles in the School Setting? by Thomas Needless to say, the general consensus regarding cell phones and schools is that the two simply do not mix. However, ...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 25 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

The Broadband Imperative - 2 views

The Broadband Imperative provides an up-to-date assessment of access to broadband by students and teachers (in and out of schools); current trends driving the need for more broadband in teaching, l...

up-to-date assessment of access to broadband by students and teachers (in out schools state initiatives Bandwidth

started by Bonnie Sutton on 22 May 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Technology Cannot Disrupt Education from the Top Down - 2 views

Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down Patrick Gibbon Education http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/18/education-technology-disrupt/ Editor's note: Guest contributor Patrick Gibbo...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 19 Dec 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Overhauling Computer Science Education - 1 views

Overhauling Computer Science Education http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/12/05/Overhauling-Computer-Science-Education.aspx?Page=1 Students from elementary school through college are learnin...

problem solving computational thinking and abstract reasoning computer science education

started by Bonnie Sutton on 22 Dec 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner - 0 views

12/13/11 Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG'd vocabu...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 02 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Keeping Special Ed in Proportion - 1 views

Keeping Special Ed in Proportion Experts say improvements in school instructional cultures can keep some struggling minority kids out of special education. http://www.edweek.org/tsb/article...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 12 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Maximizing the Impact: "The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century Education System" - 2 views

http://www.setda.org/web/guest/maximizingimpactreport In the report, Maximizing the Impact: "The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century Education System", the State Educational Technology Di...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 26 Oct 11 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

A state that just says 'no' to charters, other reforms - 1 views

A state that just says 'no' to charters, other reforms By Valerie Strauss This was written by Melissa Westbrook, a public education activist and co-writer of the Seattle Schools Community Forum...

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 04 May 12 no follow-up yet
Bonnie Sutton

Guest post: An 'Arab Spring' of free online higher education By Daniel de Vise - 2 views

Guest post: An 'Arab Spring' of free online higher education By Daniel de Vise http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/college-inc/post/guest-post-an-arab-spring-of-free-online-higher-education/201...

Free Higher Education online college courses Udacity Startup

started by Bonnie Sutton on 03 Feb 12 no follow-up yet
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