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Tony Searl

Political Debate In Australia - 1 views

  • Despite the exponential increases in public education and access to information in the past century, the quality of political debate appears to have become increasingly unsophisticated, appealing to the lowest common denominator of understanding
    • Tony Searl
      this is so true
  • In 1860 the technology was primitive but the ideas were profound and sophisticated. In 2011 technology is sophisticated but the ideas uttered by presidential aspirants are embarrassing in their banality, ignorance and naivety.
    • Tony Searl
      absolutely why little of the DER has ANYTHING to do with technology. Like a rat with a gold tooth
  • In 2006 I suggested that it might be time to actually define ''Education'', something omitted in the draft bill, and to explore its role in personal and community life, but this was rejected as too ambitious.
    This is by far the best-educated cohort in our history - on paper, anyway - but apparently lacking in courage, judgment, capacity to analyse or even simple curiosity, except about immediate personal needs.
Tony Searl

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education - 6 views

  • many companies are aiming to recreate a degree-issuing institution
  • Institutions are also hard to scale.
  • market of educational content was controlled by book publishers. Technology is ready to disrupt that picture in several ways.
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  • As bandwidth improves, a number of startups are offering web-based live training.
  • How do you make education affordable?
  • but much more innovation is needed.
Tony Searl

SpeEdChange: Blogging for Real Education Reform - 1 views

    This is a student-centered narrative of systemic change. It is a narrative which understands the fundamental issues facing our students. A narrative which understands, in the words of the Sacramento (CA) schools, that "there is no magic bullet to our problems, no easy answers. But collectively and collaboratively, I believe we have enough power to change the lives of the children we serve."
Tony Searl - 4 views

    "In conjuction with our partners in the Rethink Learning Now campaign, we have produced an ESEA Toolkit for you to use in making your voice heard around ESEA reauthorization."
Tony Searl - 2 views

    IMAGINE AN assessment system in which teachers had a wide repertoire of classroom-based, culturally sensitive assessment practices and tools to use in helping each and every child learn to high standards; in which educators collaboratively used assessment information to continuously improve schools; in which important decisions about a student, such as readiness to graduate from high school, were based on the work done over the years by the student; in which schools in networks held one another accountable for student learning; and in which public evidence of student achievement consisted primarily of samples from students' actual schoolwork rather than just reports of results from one-shot examinations.
Tony Searl

Turning Children into Data - 4 views

  • The teachers understood that learning doesn’t have to be measured in order to be assessed. 
  • It focused on teachers’ personal “connection[s] with our subject area” as the basis for helping students to think “like mathematicians or historians or writers or scientists, instead of drilling them in the vocabulary of those subject areas or breaking down the skills.”  In a word, the teachers put kids before data.
  • All that does is corrupt the measure (unless it’s a test score, in which case it’s already misleading), undermine collaboration among teachers, and make teaching less joyful and therefore less effective by meaningful criteria.
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  • kids should have a lot to say about their assessment.
  • we want to create an environment where students can “experience success and failure not as reward and punishment but as information."  
  • students’ desire to learn?
  • The more that students are led to focus on how well they're doing, the less engaged they tend to become with what they're doing. 
  • A school that’s all about achievement and performance is a school that’s not really about discovery and understanding.
  • teachers’ isolation, fatalism, and fear (of demands by clueless officials to raise test scores at any cost).
    "While some education conferences are genuinely inspiring, others serve mostly to demonstrate how even intelligent educators can be remarkably credulous, nodding agreeably at descriptions of programs that ought to elicit fury or laughter, avidly copying down hollow phrases from a consultant's PowerPoint presentation, awed by anything that's borrowed from the business world or involves digital technology. Many companies and consultants thrive on this credulity, and also on teachers' isolation, fatalism, and fear (of demands by clueless officials to raise test scores at any cost). With a good dose of critical thinking and courage, a willingness to say "This is bad for kids and we won't have any part of it," we could drive these outfits out of business -- and begin to take back our schools."
Tony Searl

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » How Different Is Your Bow-tie? - 1 views

  • As these systems evolve, the number of inputs and outputs generally increases. Each time a new node is added to the network, the number of potential connections required scales exponentially
  • Furthermore, because there is only one standard, there is no incentive for innovation, which means that the system cannot evolve.
  • Single standards are notoriously difficult to overcome or dislodge, even when they become ludicrously inefficient, as is the case with the Western “QWERTY” keyboard layout.
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  • the system has great difficulty overcoming its own internal structure and adapting to the change.
  • Complex systems of this type, that are too loosely structurally coupled, maximize their openness to innovation but do so entirely at the cost of being able to exploit those innovations when they are useful
  • a panarchy
  • The bow-tie structure manages these tensions by occupying an “edge of chaos” zone in between too much rigidity and too much flexibility, between too little diversity, and too much.
  • There is a need to capitalize on potential efficiencies in one’s current environment while at the same time remaining flexible enough to adapt if the environment changes
  • confusing the necessary cluster of evolving core elements with a “standard
  • Future networks operate on multiple standards in the core — optimal levels of infrastructure arrived at by open innovation in the periphery that makes its way into the core as adoption and usage increase.
  • widely agreed upon cultural understandings and practices.
    Single standards are notoriously difficult to overcome or dislodge, even when they become ludicrously inefficient,
Tony Searl

The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educationa... - 8 views

    This article responds to a generation of techno-criticism in education. It contains a review of the key themes of that criticism. The context of previous efforts to reform education reframes that criticism. Within that context, the question is raised about what schools need to look and be like in order to take advantage of laptop computers and other technology. In doing so, the article presents a vision for self-organizing schools.
Tony Searl

A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man 'Academy' on YouTube - Technology - The Chronic... - 2 views

    And it serves as a reminder to be less reverent about those long-held assumptions.
Tony Searl

School Certificate - 4 views

    Anna Patty can you please link to your sources so SMH readers can read full transcripts of ideas you selectively quote? Poor journalism in a hyper-linked age. These ideas are NOT new, so why do they gain prominance once one GPC Pricipal obviously published their thoughts somewhere?
Tony Searl

Slowness, Wisdom and Change - Practical Theory - 2 views

  • Slowness, Wisdom and Change
    Better we make the wise decision than the expedient one. Read the older educators... Read Ted Sizer and Deborah Meier and Herb Kohl... and feel the wisdom in their words. They write without hubris, but instead with an acknowledgment of their own flawed humanity. They write with an understand that they cannot be all things to all children, but with the knowledge that they must come as close as they can. I am far from religious, but I am reminded a lot these days of the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Tony Searl

Debunking the Case for National Standards - 2 views

    Debunking the Case for National Standards One-Size-Fits-All Mandates and Their Dangers
Tony Searl

The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change - 7 views

    A more likely cause is the autonomous, idiosyncratic, non-collaborative, and non-differentiated teaching practices that largely remain uninformed by research about what it takes to significantly improve student learning and achievement
Tony Searl - 3 views

    November 1, 2009 by tsheko This article in The Age resounded with me - Surely there's a better test was written by Alexandra Adornetto, Year 12 VCE student at Eltham College and, at 17, already an author of a popular children's trilogy starting with The shadow thief. This article in The Age resounded with me - Surely there's a better test was written by Alexandra Adornetto , Year 12 VCE student at Eltham College and, at 17, already an author of a popular children's trilogy starting with The shadow thief."
Tony Searl

Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning « Connectivism - 2 views

    Reformers have largely worked within, rather than on, the system of education. Working within the system has resulted in status-quo preservation, even when reformists felt they were being radical. Illich failed to account for how educational institutions are integrated into society. Freire spoke with a humanity and hope that was largely overlooked by a comfortable developed world incapable of seeing the structure and impact of its system. To create and nurture change, a message must not only be true for an era, but it must also resonate with the needs, passions, interests, realities, and hopes of the audience to whom the message is directed.
Tony Searl

Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills - Melbourne University - 0 views

    MU Assessment project

What is LiC? - 0 views

    Learning is Change. It is upheaval. It is revolution. Every time that we learn something new, it challenges our assumptions, it provokes us to act. Our
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