Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility – . . . → Read More: Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don’t pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’”
The New Media Consortium (NMC) posted their interim results of their 2013 Horizon Report at the CoSN Conference in San Diego. Here are a few trends, emerging technologies and challenges to keep on your RADAR:
Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Cloud Computing Mobile Learning Online Learning Mid-Term Horizon: Two . . . → Read More: 2013 Horizon Report – K12 Interim Results
Here’s an interesting article by Dr. Gary Stager as published in Scholastic’s Administrator magazine: For the Love of Laptops – As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
He sums up the article with this:
Schools are buying tablets with a reckless ferocity. There are pronouncements of how iPads will revolutionize or transform education, without . . . → Read More: As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with educators and school administrators who are considering the deployment of iPads into their schools. I’ve had one since day one, April 3, 2010 (yes… that’s correct), and while I find it great for my day to day email triage, calendaring, light web research – I’m . . . → Read More: iPads in The K-12 Classroom. Are they the best tool for the job?
Teacher Technology Usage (2013) by LJ’s infoDOCKET
Professor John Hattie is the Director of Research at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia, and Professor of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has written, I think, one of the best books on teaching and learning that represents the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to . . . → Read More: Professor John Hattie–Closing the Gap
Check out this video from Edutopia – a succinct description of what it is and why you might use technology in the classroom.
Here’s an interesting article from Fast Company about how one school is using MincecraftEDU to help teach digital citizenship skills to their students. Check out the short video on how the classroom works and some thoughts behind why using Minecraft is helpful in the learning process.
If it’s shiny, then it must be awesome. I came across yet another story, this time from the UK, on implementing technology for technology’s sake instead of a cogent plan to integrate technology into ones existing practice:
Via EDEXEC: – Schools spend £1.4bn on technology hype in three years – with little tangible impact according . . . → Read More: “The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.”