Thank you for the welcome, Ian. Funny to see how you interpreted my comments in my profile. I was thinking about changes in methodologies, philosophies, and lately, the overreliance on standardized testing. But I can see how my comments could also relate to technology. (In fact I love the technologies I am getting to use!) What I think, after many years in teaching, is that it seems like initiatives and approaches to teaching change every 5 or 10 years along with superintendents and Departments of Ed. Often we end up paying for a new look on an old approach. Then, once the textbooks are purchased and the staff training has been paid for, a new regime enters and it's time to pitch the "old" and do it all over again. Those are the shifting sands that are making me dizzy! ;)
I am at the National AAcadmies, the committee on Human -systems Integration. The K-12 part of this is the preparation for a workforce that involves problem solving, robotics, social anthropology, datamining, and other SC applications.
We are not prepared , our citizens because geography, culture and social frameworks are what is needed to accomplish the Dept of Defence missions, that includes peacekeeping so that conflict does not emergy. Interesting new viewpoints on anthropology. great applications for Super computing.
Brian Aldiss 85th birthday celebrations are being controbuted to at this Facebook page in his honour - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=120586967951630&ref=ts - please feel free to contribute if you can.
Thanks for the welcome.
I found you through a Google search.
I've been doing some research into Dad online as I am involved in arrangements for his birthday celebrations this month.
You may know that he is 85 this year, and (just for a change) he is exhibiting some of his artwork over his birthday.
Alongside this I have set up a Facebook group to collect contributions from those interested saying something (hopefully positive) about his work.
Would you be happy to help me spread the word? I was thinking of leaving a comment in one of the recent threads featuring a mention of Dad.
I will also delightedly join in if I have a contribution on the creativity elemnet you mention.
Ian, thanks for the warm welcome. I followed the link from a post in the Washington Post yesterday, an imaginary conversation between Jaime Escalante, John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn and... I believe it was Frank Smith. Anyway, I think the author's name was Jerry and I presume I ended up here because he's also a member of this chat group. I'll browse for a while and then start tossing my two bits around.
Thanks for the welcome. I was lead here by a Google search of Tao + teaching (looking for quotes for an inspirational wall). The conversation looks good so far. I'll try to add things although I have a bad habit of just listening when things get hectic and the beginning of the new school year is always a little hectic.
Thanks for making me feel like part of the community! I look forward to becoming an active part of the collaboration and continuing effort to transform education, and my own perspectives and practices!
I'm not much of a computer networking sort. Face-to-face, up moving around away from my desk is more like it. It figures that I teach PE. Connie Weber keeps trying to get me more involved with this and onto facebook. I check Fireside every so often. Facebook hasn't been able to capture me yet.
Questions, problems, comments? Here is the "Fireside Council" of folks who help Connie with the administration of this site: Anna, Ian, Or-Tal , Ed and Barry. Click on their names to visit their Profile Pages and leave comments for them with your inquiries and ideas! Meanwhile, if you have technical questions or suggestions, Laura will be glad to help.
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