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Jason Finley

High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big : All Tech Considered : NPR - 1 views

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    Laura Mina mentioned Maker-Spaces at the last planning meeting. It seemed that there were a few Fellows who had were interested and might have had a few questions. This short NPR piece is timely and includes some time around a BTV Maker Space.
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    "Maker spaces have become hotbeds of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Now, governments, universities and big corporations are taking notice - and beginning to invest in them."

    I personally believe for a number of reasons that every Vermont HS should have a Maker Space. First it is a place to encourage interdisciplinary work centered around elements of PBL. Second, it would allow students to connect with their communities to solve real problems with real solutions.

    And finally and perhaps most importantly, because it would help move the idea of "Libraries" being places where students go to find Information...to being places to the idea that they are places where students go to Interact & Collaborate around Ideas.
Jason Finley

My Education Report : Pearson UK - 2 views

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    Students taking part in the My Education debate groups often said it was difficult for them to connect the relevance of school and learning to their future work aims.

    There appear to be three causes of the disconnection:

    1) Little association between lesson content and career preferences;
    2) Teachers not knowing their pupils' hopes and dreams;
    3) Inadequate opportunities to gain foundation 'life' skills.

    Students expressed the need for learning that relates to their goals. They are hungry for that connection, and speak easily and specifically about what they want to do with their lives. Many aspire to go to university, and understand that means doing well in core subjects. But they also enjoy lessons that link clearly to their career ambitions.
Jason Finley

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers? | MindShift - 3 views

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    "'The tests we rely on so heavily really don't measure creative thinking and they don't measure common sense thinking, wisdom, ethics, work ethic - they don't measure your character,' Sternberg said. In his view, students go to college to develop into active and engaged citizens. If colleges kept that ultimate goal in mind in their admissions process, it would send a message to high schools about the skills that universities value and want to see in prospective students."
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    "Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet high school in Philadelphia is a fairly young school, just eight years old. But in that short time, it's developed a reputation around the country as a shining example of the merits of inquiry-based learning approach. Colleges sometimes have a difficult time understanding the school's approach to developing autonomous, critical thinkers. For example, SLA doesn't offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, because making students take a summative test at the end of the year is antithetical to the concept of allowing students to guide their own learning based on interest and collaborative work - and just as importantly, the value of the incremental learning process."
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    On the Minerva Project...

    "In fact, in the first year the students will take four courses: Multi-modal Communication, Complex Systems, Empirical Systems, and Computational Sciences. The intention is for traditionally separate subjects to be integrated if they involve complimentary skills.

    COMPETENCY-BASED UNIVERSITIES

    As the Minerva experiment develops, some existing universities are taking steps to award college credit based on skills learned, not the amount of time they've been enrolled."
Mike McRaith

Online Learning Opportunity with High Tech High - 5 views

http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/

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started by Mike McRaith on 09 Jan 14 no follow-up yet
Erika Lowe

7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms - 6 views

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    Succinct summary explaining the flipped classroom, advantages, challenges and future implications for education.
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    Sometimes I wonder if the flipped classroom model could be supplemented by a third piece...maybe a "backflip" of sorts to help them stick the landing?

    Online lecture then face-to-face instruction followed by one-on-one time.
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    Used the flipped model a bit back at OVUHS with students in Internships. Gave students readings in an online platform (Moodle) to be read and reflectively journaled using an assigned text-based protocol. Students were asked to connect readings to field experiences.

    Found that there was a Huge benefit to both students and myself with the time this model gave us to thoughtfully reflect and prepare for our face-to-face time. Instead of students coming to me for gaining knowledge, they came to me to share knowledge gained.
Jill Prado

Schools' Maker Spaces Program Gets National Attention - 3 views

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    ...about transforming the traditional library into "make spaces"
Jason Finley

Seth's Blog: Entrepreneurship => impact - 9 views

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    "...when we encourage entrepreneurship, we're actually trying to get people to the place where they care enough and where they are confident enough to stand up and try to make things change."
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    IMHO, the transformation of education isn't about "Innovation" as much as it is about creating Educational Entrepreneurs.

    And...IMHO, that is what the Rowland Foundation allows for and supports. The question is how do we convince more school and district leaders to do the same? Answer that question first and innovation will follow.

    Innovation is the Product Of rather than the Means To EdReform
Caitlin Steele

What's the Big Idea? - 1 views

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    The education wide-ranging ideas - presented in snapshots from principals, professors, policy makers, students, and others - really speak toward the Rowland community's drive toward shaking up the status quo in education. My personal favorite: scrap business-as-usual twelfth grade in favor of universal pre-school.
Jason Finley

School is a prison - and damaging our kids - 3 views

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    "... research and others' research in these settings has convinced me, beyond any doubt, that the natural drives and abilities of young people to learn are fully sufficient to motivate their entire education. When they want or need help from others, they ask for it. We don't have to force people to learn; all we need to do is provide them the freedom and opportunities to do so."
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    Interesting, and for lots of reasons of course. In the EDLP course this summer, we noted the similar architectural styles of two of our schools, as seen in presentation photos. Then someone (Mike M.?) mentioned that some schools and prisons from a particular era had the same architects. I'd love to discover more about that. The metaphorical implications are too loaded.
Ellen Berrings

Great Schools Partnership - 2 views

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    The Great Schools Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit school-support organization committed to redesigning public education to improve the quality of learning for all students. Our focus is not on a single classroom, school, or district, but we work at all levels of the educational system-from the classroom to the statehouse-in the effort to shape America's finest secondary schools.
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    This web site offers great resources and webinars on various topics relevant to our work!
Jim Mooney

2013-horizon-report-k12.pdf - 1 views

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    This excellent Horizon Report, generated by the New Media Consortium, sets a remarkable and aggressive timetable for significant changes in teaching and learning due to emerging technologies.
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    It's been a lot of fun to work on.
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    Thanks so much Jim for this post. It's a great piece with lots of very interesting links. The RF is investing directly in learning about the two technologies--cloud computing and mobile devices-- on the report's most immediate time horizon. These two, among the others, are poised to take education in new directions. They are transformative, in and of themselves, and it's exciting to think about how they can and will (and do) support the other many initiatives being worked on by RF Fellows.
Jason Finley

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education - 2 views

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    "If examinations challenge learners to solve problems the way they are solved in real life today, the educational system will change for ever. It is a small policy change that is required. Allow the use of the internet and collaboration during an examination.


    If we did that to exams, the curriculum would have to be different. We would not need to emphasise facts or figures or dates. The curriculum would have to become questions that have strange and interesting answers. "Where did language come from?", "Why were the pyramids built?", "Is life on Earth sustainable?", "What is the purpose of theatre?"


    Questions that engage learners in a world of unknowns. Questions that will occupy their minds through their waking hours and sometimes their dreams.


    Teaching in an environment where the internet and discussion are allowed in exams would be different. The ability to find things out quickly and accurately would become the predominant skill. The ability to discriminate between alternatives, then put facts together to solve problems would be critical. AThat's a skill that future employers would admire immensely."

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    "We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past which are no longer relevant on a curriculum for today's children."
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    If you have not seen doctopus and Google docs used in conjunction with assessments you ought to check it out! It is so phenomenal that I cannot express how super fantastic a tool it will be for you.
Jill Prado

The Incredible Way A Michigan Physics Teacher Uses Google Glass - 2 views

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    I know we at Edudemic get excited (probably overly so) about new technology. We try to figure out how and if it belongs in the classroom or what else can be done with each new tool. So it's no surprise that we're over the moon about Google Glass and it's potential for education.
Michael Martin

Rowland Retreat - 3 views

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    Photos from the first Rowland Foundation retreat with Barry & Wendy, the Board of Trustees, Director Chuck Scranton, and Rowland Fellows 2009-2013.
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    Nice photos Mike. We all look like we were working hard and doing some good thinking. It was nice to see the other groups in action!
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    Thanks for sharing. We look great - and according to one of my breakout groups, we would look even better in Rowland fleeces (although some preferred hoodies).
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    Keep the digital records coming! I think the video you are taking could become a powerful tool of communication and transformation!
Jason Finley

IDEA Innovation Tour Vermont - 3 views

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    "As part of IDEA'’s efforts to foster dynamic conversations around powerful learning, we invite you to join us for an Innovation Tour in Vermont. Thirty participants will spend the day visiting three innovative schools and programs and reflecting on our experiences together."

    Rowland Fellow Tom Sabo's work at Montpelier High School will be one of the three stops!
Jen Kravitz

Project-Based Learning Leads to Innovation - 1 views

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    How two schools are linking Tony Wagner's ideas in Creating Innovators with Project Based Learning
Jason Finley

A school's self-guided improvements - 0 views

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    "...some of the most innovative thinking is not coming from above, but from the ground level, where the action is. Teachers and students in local schools are making their own plans on how to meet these demands and tie efforts together to improve student learning. The laboratory is the school itself, and the benefactor supporting the research is Vermont's own Rowland Foundation."
chuckscranton

Recent comments by Tom Friedman about Tony Wagner - 2 views

Our 2012 keynote speaker, Tony Wagner, quoted frequently in recent column by Thomas Friedman http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/opinion/sunday/friedman-need-a-job-invent-it.html?_r=0

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started by chuckscranton on 04 Apr 13 no follow-up yet
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