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Tony Richards

The Atlantic Online | January/February 2010 | What Makes a Great Teacher? | Amanda Ripley - 0 views

    "What Makes a Great Teacher? Image credit: Veronika Lukasova Also in our Special Report: National: "How America Can Rise Again" Is the nation in terminal decline? Not necessarily. But securing the future will require fixing a system that has become a joke. Video: "One Nation, On Edge" James Fallows talks to Atlantic editor James Bennet about a uniquely American tradition-cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths. Interactive Graphic: "The State of the Union Is ..." ... thrifty, overextended, admired, twitchy, filthy, and clean: the nation in numbers. By Rachael Brown Chart: "The Happiness Index" Times were tough in 2009. But according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier. By Justin Miller On August 25, 2008, two little boys walked into public elementary schools in Southeast Washington, D.C. Both boys were African American fifth-graders. The previous spring, both had tested below grade level in math. One walked into Kimball Elementary School and climbed the stairs to Mr. William Taylor's math classroom, a tidy, powder-blue space in which neither the clocks nor most of the electrical outlets worked. The other walked into a very similar classroom a mile away at Plummer Elementary School. In both schools, more than 80 percent of the children received free or reduced-price lunches. At night, all the children went home to the same urban ecosystem, a zip code in which almost a quarter of the families lived below the poverty line and a police district in which somebody was murdered every week or so. Video: Four teachers in Four different classrooms demonstrate methods that work (Courtesy of Teach for America's video archive, available in February at At the end of the school year, both little boys took the same standardized test given at all D.C. public schools-not a perfect test of their learning, to be sure, but a relatively objective one (and, it's worth noting, not a very hard one). After a year in Mr. Taylo
Tony Searl

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - Educational Research - 1 views

    Perhaps the greatest impact of mobile devices may be in changing the relationship between institutional or classroom based learning and learning in a wider society. Steve Wheeler, in his presentation on Web 3.0. The Way Forward? (2010) says that whilst in the past we have brought the world into the classroom in the future we will bring the classroom into the world.
Roland Gesthuizen

Please Stop Thinking About Tomorrow : Stager-to-Go - 4 views

  • Let’s stop talking about the future and start doing something now! Generations of children have missed-out on rewarding educational experiences while we worry about how corporate meetings will be conducted in 2019.
  • Suggestions for school improvement: smaller classes a curriculum related to real life better teacher education teachers make room in the curriculum for the folk-tales of children’s ancestors parents encouraged to visit the school more intimate contact with people outside of school and cooperating with the entire neighborhood
    "Even if the technological progress gap between 2000 and 2010 was enormous, there is almost zero evidence that it has made an impact on education. Yeah, I know. "Blogging changed your life. Your PLN saved you from social isolation…" Social media just doesn't feel that new to me and I challenge you to argue that it has had more than an infinitesimal impact on classroom practice."
    Nice blog article that reflects on the past decade, without getting lost in the next.
Kerry J

ScienceDirect - Computers & Education : Why are faculty members not teaching blended courses? Insights from faculty members - 1 views

    This paper describes the findings of an exploratory, qualitative case study and examines problems and impediments faculty members encountered in blended learning environments in Turkish Higher Education system. A total of 117 faculty members from 4 universities responded to 8 interview questions. Findings were based on content analyses of interview transcripts. The results show that faculty members' problems with blended teaching resulted in the identification of three inductive categories: instructional processes, community concerns and technical issues. The eight themes emerged from these three categories include the following: (1) complexity of the instruction, (2) lack of planning and organization, (3) lack of effective communication, (4) need for more time, (5) lack of institutional support, (6) changing roles, (7) difficulty of adoption to new technologies and (8) lack of electronic means. This study indicates that teaching blended courses can be highly complex and have different teaching patterns, which, in turn, impacts successful implementation of the blended college courses.
Rhondda Powling

(1 of 3) Measuring the Impact of Technology on Learning | Evolving Edtech - 6 views

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.
Nigel Robertson

Perspectives in Assessment - 0 views

    Abstract How we go about assessing HE students has such a significant impact on student learning that we need to rethink our whole curriculum design process to foreground assessment.
Tony Searl

The digital classroom - RN Future Tense - 13 May 2010 - 7 views

  • we do a lot of school to students, instead of telling them and explaining to them, what is our vision? Why are we giving them laptops? It's not because they deserve them. It's because we expect something to change in education. Why aren't we telling them these things? Why aren't we sharing our vision with them, because they can help?
  • get kids communicating with one another outside their own circle of friends
  • create challenges on the web for kids to collaborate, that lead to more social interaction rather than less.
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  • challenges for them is, how do they create learning opportunities that are beyond for example, a worksheet, or beyond that listening to the teacher and doing what the teacher says, and they've really worked very hard to develop those skills.
  • exploring what other people are doing around the world.
  • they have to learn about copyright, and they need to learn about cyber safety.
  • they perhaps don't understand the consequences of what they might put up there.
  • 'If games are the answer, what's the question?'
  • having kids make their own games
  • Are you going to sit passively and wait for the information to come to you, or are you going to go out and find it and if you can't find it, you make it.
    What impact is digital interactive technology having on education? And what will the classroom of the future look like? These are just some of the questions that were raised at the 2010 Australian Council for Computer Education conference.
Nigel Coutts

Curiosity, critical thinking and agency as responses to the Australian Bushfire Crisis - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    The bushfire crisis that is currently impacting Australia is beyond devastating. The scale of these fires defies the imagination. For so long now we have lived with skies laden with smoke as a constant and inescapable reminder that this is not an ordinary summer. This is weather and drought at its most extreme. Our only salvation will be rain but this is not the season for that and the long term forecasts are not promising. Our young people, in particular, will be affected and will need special care in the weeks and months to come. What might this mean for schools and for student agency?
Tony Searl

elearnspace › The urgent need for education/learning tech entrepreneurs - 3 views

  • existing organizational structures are generally too inhibiting to permit broad scaling. Change must come from the outside
  • entrepreneurs as risk takers who take ownership of an idea or concept and strive to produce systemic impact.
  • I don’t see suitable or viable models for new idea generation and broad implementation outside of entrepreneurship
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  • There is a great need for educators to be part of the process from the bottom up, not as add ons and hired guns.
Tony Searl

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Power of Pull - 3 views

  • “It is no accident that most of these early examples of creation spaces are initially attracting individuals rather than institutions.  Passionate individuals (that’s you) naturally seek out these creation spaces to get better faster, while most institutions are still deeply concerned about protection of knowledge stocks and do not yet see the growing importance of knowledge flows in driving performance improvement.  As passionate individuals engage and experience the performance benefits of participation, they will help to drag institutions more broadly into relevant creation spaces, becoming catalysts for the institutional innovations required for effective participation.”
    • Tony Searl
      so true, all educators should read this
    • Ruth Howard
      Thanks so much Tony it also looks like 'intuitive' flow will become the norm, pre-paving the way for mind transference, of course it's totally serendipitous of you to alert me to this site and I've also been meaning to look at John Seely Brown....if intuitive serendipitous learning does become validated as mainstream this surely is consciousness SHIFT. Then time wont be a problem! We will reach for the solutions and they will be here already. Yes I know its a bigger jump but it's a natural extension and one outcome I already see in my own life. mmm think I'll repost this on the site itself to show my appreciation. This has huge impact on learning but massive for society.
    "We are literally pushed into educational systems designed to anticipate our needs over twelve or more years of schooling and our key needs for skills over the rest of our lives. As we successfully complete this push program, we graduate into firms and other institutions that are organized around push approaches to resource mobilization. Detailed demand forecasts, operational plans, and operational process manuals carefully script the actions and specify the resources required to meet anticipated demand."
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