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Jenni Swanson Voorhees

Collaborative Corner: Themes and Thoughts from the NAIS 2011 Annual Conference - 0 views

    Themes and Thoughts from the NAIS 2011 Annual Conference
Sarah Hanawald

Study Guide for Schooling by Design - 0 views

  • we suggest forming a study group with others who have read (or are reading) Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement.
  • do our practices and structures align with the mission?
  • like athletic and performing arts coaches.
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  • staff, students, and parents know and agree with the mission?
  • learner outcomes
    Perhaps the 21st Century group would be interested in reading this and discussing these questions along the way. Nice framework.
    Peter Gow has been working along this vein for a while.
Dolores Gende

Progressive Education - 0 views

  • conventional practices, including homework, grades, and tests, prove difficult to justify for anyone who is serious about promoting long-term dispositions rather than just improving short-term skills.
  • Some of the features that I’ve listed here will seem objectionable, or at least unsettling, to educators at more traditional schools
  • A truly impressive collection of research has demonstrated that when students are able to spend more time thinking about ideas than memorizing facts and practicing skills — and when they are invited to help direct their own learning — they are not only more likely to enjoy what they’re doing but to do it better. Progressive education isn’t just more appealing; it’s also more productive.
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  • Is the education that the oldest students receive just as progressive as that offered to the youngest, or would a visitor conclude that those in the upper grades seem to attend a different school altogether?
    Spring 08 article from Independent School magazine does a nice job of getting to the point of progressive education
Sarah Hanawald

Techlearning > > Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally > April 1, 2008 - 0 views

  • Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally
  • This categorized and ordered thinking skills and objectives. His taxonomy follows the thinking process. You can not understand a concept if you do not first remember it, similarly you can not apply knowledge and concepts if you do not understand them. It is a continuum from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Bloom labels each category with a gerund.
    How does Bloom's Taxonomy translate in the digital realm?
Sarah Hanawald

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Framework for 21st Century Learning - 0 views

  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a unified, collective vision for 21st century learning that can be used to strengthen American education. The key elements of 21st century learning are represented in the graphic and descriptions below. The graphic represents both 21st century skills student outcomes (as represented by the arches of the rainbow) and 21st century skills support systems (as represented by the pools at the bottom):
    sort of the "official" publication about 21st Century Learning
Sarah Hanawald

Truth: Can You Handle It? - - 0 views

  • subjects used them as an opportunity to reinforce their own beliefs.
  • "Since people have more choice, they can choose to read the things that reflect what they already believe.
  • If one quack repeats the same piece of information to you five times, it's nearly as effective as hearing the sound bite from five different reputable sources.
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  • truth can be elusive, but the fight for it can be rewarding.
    How do we tell the difference between information and truth.
Sarah Hanawald

Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education (Techlearning blog) - 0 views

  • I believe that the read/write Web, or what we are calling Web 2.0, will culturally, socially, intellectually, and politically have a greater impact than the advent of the printing press.
  • Because it is in the act of our becoming a creator that our relationship with content changes, and we become more engaged and more capable at the same time. In a world of overwhelming content, we must swim with the current or tide (enough with water analogies!).
  • You may think that you don't have anything to teach the generation of students who seem so tech-savvy, but they really, really need you. For centuries we have had to teach students how to seek out information – now we have to teach them how to sort from an overabundance of information. We've spent the last ten years teaching students how to protect themselves from inappropriate content – now we have to teach them to create appropriate content. They may be "digital natives," but their knowledge is surface level, and they desperately need training in real thinking skills.
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  • We may be afraid to enter that world, but enter it we must, for they often swim in uncharted waters without the benefit of adult guidance.
    This is why literacy still matters more than anything else.
Sarah Hanawald

Tryangulation: My part of the world is not flat - 0 views

  • The YouTube Wars

    Prof. Akalın was probably pleased last week when, for a few days at least, we lost our access to that Eurovision winning song. In response to a satirical video that was offensive to the memory of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, a Turkish court shut down any access to The offending video was uploaded supposedly by Greeks wanting to antagonize their neighbors, and it prompted a war of offensive and counter offensive videos and endless (and pointless) comments.  It is against the law here to insult Atatürk, but since the offenders were "out there" somewhere beyond prosecution on the Internet, punishment was levied on Turkish Internet users instead.

    The story is even sadder as I remember attending a conference in Athens last fall with several Turkish colleagues, and we were pleasantly surprised at the warmth of so many Greeks, including several who spoke with us in Turkish.

    An American blogging about his job teaching in Turkey. There's a section I highlighted about a Turkish "Idol" type issue and the resulting MySpace mess.
Sarah Hanawald

The LoTi Connection - LoTi Services - 0 views

  • The LoTi Classroom Teacher represents a series of online courses designed for classroom educators, mentors, and building administrators to improve and refine the manner in which learning technologies are used to promote student engagement and achievement. The LoTi Classroom Teacher series explores the concepts of higher order thinking skills, differentiation, collaboration, and the use of technology to build effective communities of inquiry that help students develop 21st Century Skills as articulated by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
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