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(revised, 1/2/12)

Late last summer, I was returning from a walk across the alfalfa field with my pup.  Half a year old, she frolicked about with exuberance about everything.  She picked up a stick and raced through the grasses in long sprints, chin up, bursting with pride.  She pranced about, holding the stick in her mouth, darting in and teasing me to see I'd chase her to get that prize.

Then, as I watched her, something got ahold of me.

I noticed that the…


Added by Connie Weber on January 1, 2012 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

I found the future of education in the past

My youngest son, who is now in 4th grade, joined a Waldorf Education school this year, after 3 years of suffering in a regular school. We just received the first school's newsletter with updates and descriptions of the activity in the school and I wanted to share it.


But I should probably start with how we went through these first 3 months. My son started the year very skeptic. "There's no school that can fit me", he said. For a 9 year old to passionately hate the idea of…


Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on December 5, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Judges sought for FCP 11-3

We are nearing the end of the Flat Classroom Project 2011-3 and students are finishing their multimedia artifacts over the next several weeks.  Now is the time to sign up to be a judge! We invite all interested educators and observers to come and learn more about the project by volunteering to be a judge.

How do I sign up to judge?

  1. Complete the…

Added by mrsdurff on November 19, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Trying to write more regularly

I have not been very good (to myself) about putting out a blog on a regular basis, though that was my intention, for the sake of doing what is necessary to keep in touch with my own thoughts.  So, know that this blog is for me and you are invited to read it when you want and as you wish.


I wrote a note a few minutes in response to Kevin's blog on this site and it seemed to be an extension of many of the conversations I have these days, with myself, with commentators in the…


Added by Stephen Lafer on November 14, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Really preparing human minds...

Compared to some other species we remain relatively helpless for a considerable period of time. With our large brains we do catch up and become powerfully intelligent and adaptable but the method of transmitting the knowledge we possess to our offspring takes time and intentional effort.  


Throughout history this teaching time has represented a bit of a liability to humans. Only after people began to gather in clans, villages, city…


Added by Kevin on November 13, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Could Steve Jobs happen again?

I met this kid in a Texas classroom recently. He looks a lot like a young Steve Jobs. Are we nurturing young minds so they might become the kinds of inventors and visionaries that Steve Jobs was?


It’s a question…


Added by Kevin on November 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Everything and Nothing in Particular

I haven't written to this site in a long while, for no particular reason, and for a lot of reasons.  Here we are near the end of another year with not much having been solved, nothing truly new on the horizon to move things toward the betterment of humanity.  The world has gotten richer with but a few benefitting and notions of wealth becoming even more noxious than they have been in the past.  We, in the US are watching a political circus that is deadly silly, with legitimacy but a…


Added by Stephen Lafer on November 11, 2011 at 9:25pm — 3 Comments

Announcing the Flat Classroom Workshop for 2012 - Mumbai, India!

Flat Classroom® Conference and Live Events Inc. invite interested schools and educators to apply now to attend the Flat Classroom® Workshop at ASB Unplugged 2012 in Mumbai, India. All details are now on the…


Added by mrsdurff on November 11, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

A Foray into “non-traditional instruction”

(Reposted from


This year, with the Ecology unit in my Grade 9 Science classes, we focused heavily on invasive species. So after seven weeks of class (we have each class every other day), I think I gave a total of 4 traditional lessons. Instead, we researched invasive species in Ontario, hiked into the park adjacent to the school to locate, identify, and map out the extent of invasive plants such…


Added by Ed Hitchcock on October 27, 2011 at 11:15pm — 1 Comment

Making the Case for Technology Integration Without Invoking the Digital Native Paradigm

From my Blog...a New Post:

(Preamble: In this post, when I refer to students, I am referring to middle school-aged students in a rural-suburban area of Western, MA that I teach but I suspect that others may relate to my experience with regard to students and tech. use. I submit that students are NOT as tech savvy as most ed. tech enthusiasts (I am guilty!) would have us believe. The…


Added by Andrew on September 30, 2011 at 9:31pm — 3 Comments

Missing Links

I've accidentally trashed a couple of Skip's links from the edge ( One is on intuitive thinking - it's marvels and flaws:, and the second, a review of Kahneman's new book on thinking, fast and slow.… Continue

Added by Ian Carmichael on September 16, 2011 at 1:10am — No Comments

Distinguished Lecture Series

Vicki Davis will present, “Successful Online Presentation Skills for Students” in the Blackboard Collaborate Distinguished Lecture Series this coming Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 19:00:00GMT [ check here for the time where you are ].…


Added by mrsdurff on September 15, 2011 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Engage and Encourage or Command and Control?

This post is from Jane Hart, a redoubtable resource person and thinker on social media. She is also a powerhouse behind the Yammer network platform.

The detailed contrasts between the two styles of business/learning/teaching/working/producing are salutory. (And helpful to have all the dimensions gathered together.)

Added by Ian Carmichael on September 12, 2011 at 7:50am — No Comments

Could better global education save us from terror? (cross posted from )

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. I will never forget this day. None of us will. We have been living under a terror attack ever since. Watching a 6 years old going through a public body search at Frankfurt airport, or an old lady struggling to take her shoes of for the security check at JFK. This is life under terror.

Looking at terrorists where ever they are, there’s one thing in common, defining terror, and that’s violence and a crave to kill. When you look at all these…


Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on September 12, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments


If Lady Gaga Can be Useful…


If Lady Gaga Can be Useful

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is no doubt one of the most successful global super stars. She has over 13 millions twitter followers and 40 million Facebook fans. Her YouTube video “Bad Romance” has accrued over 411 million views and …


Added by cindy fadel on September 11, 2011 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Against the flow research?

Some Harvard educational research, worth some consideration since it takes a contrary stance to much of the modern zeitgeist. The title fires up this way. … Continue

Added by Ian Carmichael on September 11, 2011 at 3:32am — 1 Comment

Class work from first week and a few reflections--

"Greetings, Earthlings"

The beginning--hopefully the students read it as an example of the teacher caring about their lives, who they are in their "wholeness."  The papers I've seen so far are deep and funny and seem to reflect a sense of openness and comfort. 

Here's a Visible Thinking Exercise,…


Added by Connie Weber on September 8, 2011 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Fireside Round-Up: Tuesday, September 6


Hi everybody, I've been gobbled up by the world of Google+ the past couple months but Connie asked me to do a round-up here again and I am glad to oblige! My apologies for the long absence!…


Added by Laura Gibbs on September 6, 2011 at 8:55pm — No Comments

iEarn Experience

Hello! I am teaching two sections of fifth grade math and want to start a relationship through iEarn with a class somewhere on the other side of the planet. Has anyone had any experience working with iEarn, what the process is like etc? Any experience shared would be a big help. Thanks!!

Added by Rick Mosher on September 5, 2011 at 6:23pm — 1 Comment


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Warring learning theories: Choose yours

This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum…


Added by cindy fadel on August 29, 2011 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

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