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John Downes

The End of Techno-Critique - Google Search - 0 views

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    This analysis responds to a generation of criticism leveled at 1:1 laptop computer initiatives. The article presents a review of the key themes of that criticism and offers suggestions for reframing the conversation about 1:1 computing among advocates and critics. Efforts at changing, innovating, and reforming education provide the context for reframing the conversation. Within that context, we raise questions about what classrooms and schools need to look and be like in order to realize the advantages of 1:1 computing. In doing so, we present a theoretical vision for self-organizing schools in which laptop computers or other such devices are essential tools.
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Improving School Lunch by Design in the NYTimes - 1 views

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    ""When adults dine, we don't just think about the food," explained Orla O'Keeffe, the executive director of policy and operations. "The food is important, but so is what's going on around it: the ambience, the service, the company. Why would we assume kids are any different?""
John Downes

TCRecord: Article - 0 views

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    Background/Context: Recent trends suggest that middle-class parents may be a growing constituency in urban public schools and districts. Within the burgeoning literature on the middle class in urban public schools, most scholars have focused on parents' goals and orientations and/or the consequences of parental involvement in classroom and school settings. This article broadens the literature's scope through a focus on middle- and upper-middle-class parents' "out-of-school," neighborhood-based engagement. Examining the place-based organizing of a middle- and upper-middle-class neighborhood parents' group, this article highlights the significant influence that parents' work outside classrooms and PTA meetings can have on a local school.
vprussack

Including Student Voice from March 29, 2013 Edutopia - 0 views

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    "One of the principles guiding the transformation work at Sammamish is that student achievement and engagement will increase when students have more ownership of their school community..."
John Downes

Immigrant Parents, Agency, and the (Un)Desirability of Bridging Multiple Worlds - 0 views

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    (Re)Constructing Home and School: Immigrant Parents, Agency, and the (Un)Desirability of Bridging Multiple Worlds

    by Fabienne Doucet - 2011

    Background/Context: This study examines the tactics that Haitian immigrant parents used to negotiate the boundaries around home and school, presenting the possibility that families play an active and deliberate role in creating distance between the worlds of home and school.
vprussack

Mentoring Students to Prevent the 'Summer Slide' - 0 views

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    A summer program called "Practice Makes Perfect", a peer to peer mentoring program in lieu of traditional summer school.
Matthew Webb

New data shows school "reformers" are full of it - Salon.com - 0 views

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    In the big picture, it's not the teachers, it's poverty.  Obviously.  And those who say otherwise are being paid big time by those who want to profiteer off the system.
John Downes

A Curriculum of Concerns | Edutopia - 0 views

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    Teachers know that making lessons relevant helps motivate students. The most frequent approach is to link curriculum to learner interests. Two educators, Mario Fantini and Gerry Weinstein, in two now out-of-print books, Making Urban Schools Work and Towards Humanistic Education, pointed out that it would be more effective to link curriculum to the concerns of learners. (You can find used copies of both through Book Finder.) What do kids worry about? What anxieties sometimes keep them up at night? What peer interactions churn up their emotions? How do they deal with their fears about the future, college admissions, employment or bullying?
Matthew Webb

What if Finland's great teachers taught in U.S. schools? | The Answer Sheet - 1 views

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    Fallacies in how the US views and aims to fix challenges in education
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