November 2009 Archives

Will Richardson explains that, when it comes to understanding the impact that social media technologies could have on teaching and learning, there are at least three different levels of "getting it." George Lucas, for example, is at Level 3. Where are you?...


Mei Flower thinks the world history curriculum she has to teach moves just a little too quickly. Good thing the Englightenment wasn't all that important....


Somehow I'm doubtful that this is the kind of incentive that most teachers would recommend parents give to students....


Nancy Flanagan reports on a screening of "The Providence Effect" and a related panel discussion on charter schools. She comes away (in both cases) skeptical of the "campaign-style" bravado: Charter World is an interesting place, with different beliefs, incentives and catch phrases than Public School World. It would be a shame to lose the opportunity to do something truly different with charter schools, relying instead on rhetorical flourishes and empty myths....


Applying his own precept that pundits should be paid on the basis of performance, Claus von Zastrow of Public School Insights determines that, on the evidence of his recent articles on education, NewsWeek writer Jonathan Alter's salary should be docked--and indeed, that he should even be facing termination. Not sure he was expecting Alter himself to show up in his comments section, though. ... At any rate, it's a good back-and-forth. Hat tip: Pondiscio....


Ed Tech expert Scott McLeod offers 10 random questions that schools should be considering in connection with books and libraries. A sample: If students and teachers now can be active content creators and producers, not just passive information recipients, doesn't that redefine our entire notion of what it means to be information literate and media fluent? Are our librarians and classroom teachers doing enough to help students master these new literacies (for example, by focusing on student content creation, not just information consumption and/or interpretation)?...


Cindi Rigsbee says that teachers often send students the wrong message about reading and writing. They're not supposed to be forms of punishment....


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