David Coleman, chief architect of the Common Core learning standards, notably quipped in a 2011 speech at the state Department of Education, “As you grow up in this world, you realize people really don’t give a (expletive) about what you feel or what you think.”
a forward-thinking elementary school in the U.K., Rothwell has watched Mitra, a Newcastle University professor, plant the seeds of his global education experiment that lets children learn on their own, and from each other, by tapping into online resources and their inner sense of wonder.
From Richard Byrne - hanks to a recent Instragram from Andy McKiel I learned about a neat mathematics and photography project started by a grade 3 class in Thompson, Manitoba. The project asks students to take photographs of things representing various topics and concepts in elementary school level mathematics.
From Jen Carey - "If you want to advocate for an effective Digital Citizenship program, you must first take the position that behaving responsibly and appropriately online is paramount. As such, this means not violating a company’s age or usage policy (even if someone in the company might suggest it’s okay)."
To help her students understand and be able to analyze the apps they come across online, Mutt Susan from Digital Divide and Conquer has created this wonderful rubric. The Student App Review Rubric, features five sections ( or criteria) that students can grade when assessing an app. Each of these criteria can be graded with a numerical number from 0 to 4 with 4 as the top grade.
Moreover the nature of these standardized exams — fast-paced, multiple-choice “games” that put a premium on strategic guessing — means that they advantage students with strong test-taking skills, not necessarily those with other talents that may be more valuable in the classroom or in life. Finally, the concept of “aptitude” assumes that it is innate and unchangeable. In fact, humans can develop the knowledge, skills and experiences that improve performance, if given the opportunity.
This is the challenge that must be met, “How do we make something that is mandatory for all, excellent enough that we begin to change the brains of 1000 teachers. PD can be a good thing, and you will learn something if you come willing to learn.
The irony of our increasing cultural desire to protect kids is that our efforts may be harming them. In an effort to limit the dangers they encounter, we’re not allowing them to develop skills to navigate risk. In our attempts to protect them from harmful people, we’re not allowing them to learn to understand, let alone negotiate, public life. It is not possible to produce an informed citizenry if we do not first let people engage in public.
From Richard Byrne - Organizing and writing a bibliography can feel like the most tedious part of writing a research paper. The following five tools can help students organize and create their bibliographies.
From Richard Byrne - EverySlide is a free (for educators and students) service that allows you to share your slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of your audience.
A more plausible possibility is that we’re not less capable of reading complex prose, but less willing to put in the work. Our criterion for concluding, “this is boring, this is not paying off,” has been lowered because the Web makes it so easy to find something else to read, watch, or listen to.
Learning through play with “hands-on, minds-on” approaches (not workbooks) is a powerful way forward. Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention. It’s crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development, helping them grow up “better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.” We know this.