Two quick items since today is very crazy for me - first, I had a Twitter epiphany this morning. Ning was down, and I had no idea how to get information on what was going on, since the Ning Status Blog was not updated, and of course it had just happened: how to find out about an event like that in real time...? TWITTER. Sure enough, I was able to search Twitter and found many people posting with the exact same problem I had, nobody had found any specific information from Ning, but at least we… Continue
Well, I'm here partly to apologize again - my editor moved UP the publication schedule for the book by one month, so it's been crazy... and will continue to be crazy for the next 10 days. I can relate to my students' end-of-semester crunch, that's for sure, since I'll be pulling two all-nighters on Tuesday November 25 and again on Monday December 1 in order to accommodate the crazy production schedule for the book... but then it will be DONE... and the fun can really begin.
I noticed in the news feed located in FL's lower left panel an article in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle about Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University education professor, who'll head President-elect Barack Obama's transition team on education policy. Connie, you recently asked who may become the new administration's Secretary of Education; I suspect Professor… Continue
Here's what a great organization and a source of much progressive thinking and activism in the U.K. has to say about itself:
For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical…Continue
Added by Skip Zilla on November 22, 2008 at 11:16am —
In this video titled "Introducing School ReDesign" AfterEd previews its "new reality style show where educators and architects design the school of the future." The idea that architectural design can impart educational meaning to the space in which we learn is based on its powerfully metaphorical as well as motivational effects on us. I posted an earlier video in this blog about the "green" architecture of…Continue
Well the end of the semester is drawing near and I am happy to announce that things are making sense to me. I struggled with the idea of starting with the big idea on the first day of school. I couldn’t really wrap my head around it and it just seems so contradictory to my education at GV that I nearly dismissed the idea all together. However, Dr. Navarro planted a seed in my head and now it has taken root and I now know how I can make this work for my… Continue
As a student who is almost done with my education. I just found out about thinking routines and all the different types there are. I feel like I should have learned them a long time ago. I was wondering if teachers actually use them and if they do which ones they use. Does it help students think more about a particular subject? Does it getting them talking more in class and in groups becuase they are expanding their thinking and not just answering the yes/no questions? Is it just used for an… Continue
Annenberg Media's Learner.org appears to be a great resource for learning, fully cataloged by subject and age level. Are you aware that this resource exists? If you aren't, you might want to go to this free site and test its potential by searching for a resource close to your needs.
At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
Tim Brown is the CEO of Ideo, a design firm founded by David E. Kelley in 1991. Brown carries forward Ideo's mission of fusing design, business, and social studies to come up with deeply researched, deeply understood designs and ideas. Ideo is the kind of… Continue
I think many American educators but also teachers everywhere, should be VERY concerned about how governments and large corporations are trying to limit and filter the access to information online by students.
This is happening at a rapid pace and I'm horror struck. Please read the article below about pending Communication Commission regulations. The author makes the very sane arguement that not only is this against any notion of freedom of speech but it is "dumbing down" our… Continue
Added by ddeubel on November 15, 2008 at 9:30pm —
and I feel like it's time to update my understanding of economics, as a discipline. Who know a good basic beginning text on the subject (college, 300 level or so)? I want something that will get me attuned to the most important thinkers, in an overview way. Particularly the important thinkers that have relevancy to our times.
Contemporary works are welcome too, perhaps Wikinomics? What else should I be considering?
Kristina, are you on yet? I think you have the knowledge I am… Continue
While I'm on the subject of last week's convention, let me kvetch about another soapbox issue: Education in SecondLife. If you're not familiar with the place, see my post on it over at Phaedrus. The New Media Consortium piece is a couple of years old now, and it's an ad for NMC, but it does a credible job of at least giving you a sense of what it looks like.
There were several sessions on SL at the… Continue
An interesting event has taken place in my Latin life over the past couple of days which I thought I would write about here, since Latin is a big part of my hopes and dreams as a teacher, even if I am not actually teaching Latin classes at this time (I'm just a Latin force on the Internet, I guess you could say!).
Anyway, what's happened is that the publishing house I just finished a book for would like to do publish some medieval Latin books - and they've asked me to head up a focus… Continue
I'm just getting back from a week in Orlando where I attended the Association of Education, Communications, and Technology's Annual Convention. I attended several sessions on podcasting and found a situation that aggravates me.
One morning a group of five educators from a large university presented the research they did on "podcasting" and student engagement in their instruction. They presented data on what kind of content they used, what purposes it was put to, and the student… Continue
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