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Ditch That Textbook

In 2004, I was about to start my first teaching job. That’s when I got introduced to the world. went on a 10-day mission trip to Uruguay. We drove the streets of Montevideo, a world capital that reminded me a lot of life in the United States. We walked through centuries-old Colonia del Sacramento, [.].

My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Ditch That Textbook

When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in [.]. I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. Ed Tech 21st century classroom 4 c's creative teaching global collaboration service learning student-centered instruction

Are Grad Students Employees? Labor Board To Again Weigh In

NPR Learning and Tech

For decades, the National Labor Relations Board held that students were not employees, then ruled in favor of students in 2000, then reversed again in 2004 It's a labor issue familiar to regulators.


Some teachers get frustrated trying to reach kids. This teacher has the answer.

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers who experience close relationships with students reported that their students were less likely to avoid school, appeared more self-directed, more cooperative and more engaged in learning (Birch & Ladd, 1997; Decker, Dona, & Christenson, 2007; Klem & Connell, 2004).” ECM 154: How 30-Year-Teacher James Sturtevant figured out how to relate to most students.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors that can improve student achievement, and it tends to show greatest impact in traditionally underserved schools ( Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, and Wahlstrom, 2004 ). 2015 ). 2008).

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Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

EdNews Daily

To put it in the words of an elementary student at the 2004 Serious Games Summit, “Why read about ancient Rome when I can build it?”. At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. Since the advent of digital games, ongoing research has supported their effectiveness in education. As a result, digital games may have a permanent home in education.

Theories for the digital age: Connectivism

Learning with 'e's

One highly visible theory is Connectivism (Siemens, 2004). This places the onus firmly upon each student to develop their own personalised learning tools, environments, learning networks and communities within which they can ‘store their knowledge’ (Siemens, 2004). 2004) Connectivism: A LearningTheory for the Digital Age. References Cross, J. London: John Wiley and Sons.

Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

User Generated Education

Consequently, compared to less engaged peers, engaged students demonstrate more effort, experience more positive emotions and pay more attention in the classroom (Fredricks, Blumenfeld, & Paris, 2004). Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. Engaged. Excited.

What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs?

The Hechinger Report

The Horizon Report, as it is known, began in 2004 and is one of the longest-running publications of its kind. “It’s a complete rethink of our industrialized model of schools,” said Keith R. Students attend classes at Brooklyn LAB school Submitted photo. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. What can a local school district do with this information? In a word: No. Keith R.


The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She received the Public Libraries Best Feature Article Award in 2012 and 2010, and was honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2004. We're excited to announce our first of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Expertise, Competencies and Careers," which will be held online (and for free) March 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

Survey: Profs, Kids and Employers Think HS Grads are Unprepared

K-12 Schools - Education News

In 2004, only 28% of college instructors said that schools were adequately preparing students for what comes after high school. As for employers in 2004, 49% said schools were preparing students adequately for what they would need for work, compared to just 29% of employers in 2015. In 2015, that measure of confidence is down to 14%, says Dian Schaffhauser, writing for The Journal.

Mobile gives the edge

Learning with 'e's

We need to be aware though, that clashes between authority and individual usage of disruptive technology is problematic, and as Agar (2004) pointed out, their are fierce tensions between centralised power and the democracy afforded by mobile technology. Other warnings about the social and cultural challenges of mobile technology disruption can be found in Distraction by Mark Curtis (2004).

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

From 2004 through 2008, I basically rubber-stamped the status quo while adding a splash here and there of technology. I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. For one, I saw the use of tools just as a means to become more efficient at delivering instruction. Man, could I rock a PowerPoint lecture. Boy, did I have it all wrong.

How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation

Digital Promise

2004). Intriguing research shows that popular approaches to motivate students using rewards such as money, gold stars, or points (called “extrinsic motivators”) may in fact lead them to lose interest in learning (1). But when students have intrinsic motives for learning, or learning because they find the activity itself interesting and gratifying, they become more likely to attach meaning to their work, explore new topics, and persist in the face of learning challenges (2,3,4,5). George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island. George’s to implement research-informed practices. 1999).

What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech

Hack Education

Of course, the Horizon Report dates back to 2004, so this is only a partial look back at its own history. The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the latest NMC Horizon Report for Higher Education. Click for full-size. Adaptive Learning Technologies. Mobile Learning. Two to Three Years. The Internet of Things. Next-Generation LMS. Four to Five Years.

Shock of the new

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Venezky (2004) suggested that this final phase is recognisable by the number of restructured learning activities that occur within the classroom and the extent to which these enhance or extend best practice. 2004) Technology in the classroom: Steps toward a new vision. It is a real struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change that defines the digital age. Adpated from John, P. D.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

George Siemens (2004) has defined the characteristics Connectivism: Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions. 2004). Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book.  What follows is: The Book Description. The Table of Contents. Through Education 2.0

Peter Thiel and the Future (and Funding) of Education Technology

Hack Education

Peter Thiel’s beliefs about free speech and the free press are particularly important as he sits on the Board of Directors of Facebook. (He was the first investor in the social media company in 2004.) 44% of US adults, according to Pew Research Center , get their news from Facebook. In 2004, Thiel founded Palantir Technologies, a data analysis company funded in part by Q-Tel, the investment wing of the CIA. While some have scoffed that the size of the donation – $1.25 ” Giving women the right to vote, in other words, was a disaster. Libertarianism. Individualism.

Int’l Baccalaureate authorizes first ‘Career-related Programme’

eSchool News

Lloyd Jackson, Principal of Hot Springs High School said, “We have been offering the IB’s flagship Diploma Programme since 2004 and are excited to bring on the CP as a way to broaden opportunities for our students who are ready to specialize in a career-related track and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies. Career and technical education in Arkansas takes a leap forward with CP. The CP fits our student profile perfectly.”. Hot Springs High School students will be able to choose from seven options in the Career-related Programme.

Teaching: What Do Great College Professors Have in Common?


He’s a longtime historian, scholar and academic who has studied and explored teaching for decades, most notably in his 2004 book, What the Best College Teachers Do. Part of our ongoing series of conversations with thinkers and activists on education issues. In a year in which we’re exploring great teaching , it’s a good time to talk with Ken Bain. How can I help them?

Make Change Stick

A Principal's Reflections

Hargreaves and Fink (2004) provide some key points on sustaining change that will enable you to develop a clear focus during the initial visioning and planning process: Improvement that fosters learning, not merely change that alters schooling. Success also lies in a leader’s ability to make difficult decisions when needed. Leadership is not a popularity contest.

A convenient untruth

Learning with 'e's

The final nail in the coffin on learning styles comes from a report by Frank Coffield and his colleagues (2004) who reported that not only was the concept of learning styles so ill defined as to be virtually useless in pedagogical terms, the instruments used to 'determine' student learning styles were flawed. What do you think is the teacher's worst enemy? Some would say lack of time.

Tested to distraction

Learning with 'e's

This is a scheme that failed and was withdrawn in 2004, but is now being proposed again. Should we put our children through so much stress? Get ready for a rant. Here's the bottom line: More testing doesn't lead to better learning. In fact, over-testing distracts from the real business of learning. So there we have it. It's there to ensure schools are doing well. Unported License.

Is all learning social?

Learning with 'e's

Further development in the digital age has led to such theories as connectivism (Siemens, 2004) which suggests that knowledge is not exclusively something we internalise, but can now also reside outside the individual within the social context he inhabits and the tools he employs. 2004) Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. No first language is learnt in isolation.

Beneath the facade.

Learning with 'e's

Evidence from a number of sources has indicated that our conceptions of knowledge are indeed changing and that new and emerging technologies have a key role in the process (Guy, 2004; Lankshear and Knobel, 2006; Kop, 2007; Kress, 2009). 2004) Guess who''s coming to dinner? The knowledge gate-keepers have been in charge for some time, and knowledge is power. We all are. Osbourne, M.

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Live (Early) Friday February 24th with Dennis Littky on Big Picture Schools Schools

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In 2004, he (along with Samantha Grabelle) published a book about the Big Picture Learning design entitled The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business , which went on to win the Association of Educational Publishers’ top award for nonfiction in 2005. Please note that this interview is at an earlier-than-normal time! Log in at [link]. Dr. Littky holds a double Ph.D. McGraw Jr.

50 Alternatives To Lecturing

TeachThought - Learn better.

”  (Prince 2004). 50 Alternatives To Lecturing. by TeachThought Staff. Ed note: This post is promoted by SEU’s Master of Education program, who asked to write about how learning is changing, and let you know about their Master of Education and Educational Leadership program, which can you read more about here. As teachers, when we lecture, we have the best of intentions. Debate.


The Plot Against America (A Book Review)

Reading By Example

For some time I have wanted to read The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth (Vintage, 2004). It taps into my interest in “What if” scenarios and historical fiction. have avoided purchasing it until recently. This past summer, I was walking in the used book section of the Barnes & Noble in Middleton, WI when I spotted it. For $1 I couldn’t go wrong. Context matters.

What we don't know

Learning with 'e's

It has been said that ''what you don''t know, won''t hurt you,'' but the thousands of people who lost their lives during the Asian earthquake and tsunami on December 26, 2004 would disagree if they still had voices. The early warning systems now operational in many ocean locations around the world might have saved many lives if they had been in place in 2004. and how did it all begin?

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The End is Only the Beginning

A Principal's Reflections

Jerry, Joe, and Mary have been with me in some sort of capacity since the beginning in 2004. This is one of those difficult posts where I honestly am having trouble articulating my thoughts. It is bittersweet, as the time has come for me to make a decision on my future. My last day will be September 3. Once becoming principal, I honestly thought I would retire at a nice age of 60 or more.

The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech

Hack Education

It’s also a matter of a $40 million civil suit against Trump University, a business that Donald Trump and two associates founded in 2004. This keynote was delivered today at the Irish Learning Technology Association's annual conference, EdTech2016, in Dublin. The full slidedeck is available here. “To reconstitute” is to re-form an organization or a group in a new way.


New ideas in a digital age

Learning with 'e's

According to Venezky (2004) this model can explain the adoption of ICT in schools, and holds true in many countries. 2004) Introductory Paper: Technology in the classroom: Steps toward a new vision. How are new ideas spread through society? But these media were used to spread ideas, news, and views that were often sanctioned by the broadcasting channel or publisher. Why might this be?

Conversation as curriculum

Learning with 'e's

Carl Young (2004) relates the story of a language teacher who used pure conversation as the basis for all her teaching. 2004) Conversation as curriculum: Learning to teach English in rural America. In my last blog post Content as curriculum? lamented the current state of formal education and pointed to linear, content laden and outmoded curricula as a contributing factor. Bleakley, A.

Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

The Hechinger Report

When Pletnick joined the district in 2004, she had to find a way to manage the surging student population and, with it, students’ different academic needs. Middle school students at the Innovation Academy experiment with building electrical circuits. Photo: Jamie Martines. On one side of the room, students wearing special tinted glasses studied electric circuits at virtual reality stations.

Friday 5 — 6.24.2016

Perry Hewitt

Is podcasting today following the same, inevitable trajectory as blogging back in 2004? Slack has launched Buttons to ensure you never leave,  advancing the platform from a discrete messaging app to a productive work hub. Now you can pay back a colleague, resolve a tech alert, update a project management task all from within Slack, thanks to some new APIs. Should your brand be on Snapchat?

Financial aid “arms war” continues to drain cash from colleges

The Hechinger Report

After roughly 4 percent annual growth between 2004 and 2008, yearly increases in freshman tuition revenue took a nosedive after the recession, and haven’t recovered much since. The nation’s private colleges are distributing more dollars to attract students at a speed that threatens to unravel their fiscal health, new figures suggest. The Topic: Colleges offering more tuition discounts.

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

High expectations–if personalized and attainable–can promote persistence in students (Brophy 2004). The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. by Terry Heick. 1. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. It should provide an obvious answer to the question, “What next?” ” What now? “ 2.