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Jan 29, 16

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

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Every Classroom Matters episode 210

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give…
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What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

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Feb 03, 16

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

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NEW SHOW! Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It @danbrownteacher @bamradionetwork

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Every Classroom Matters episode 212

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Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teache…
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Feb 02, 16

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Wow! January 2016 was an epic month here with a reach of over 200,000 views between this blog, my blogspot blog, and Add to i…
Top Blog Posts of January 2016

Top Blog Posts of January 2016

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Dec 10, 14

Excellent research study of 200,000 people on work and jobs. Leaders and policy makers will want to read this.

Jan 25, 14

So, teachers think it would help but are afraid to connect to their students and parents via social media.

"The survey finds nearly half (47 percent) of all K-12 teachers and 58 percent of high school teachers believe that participation in social media with their teachers can enhance a student’s educational experience. Despite the perceived benefits, only 17 percent of K-12 teachers encourage their students to connect with them via social media and only 18 percent have integrated it into their classrooms. Adoption is only slightly greater for high school teachers, with 21 percent encouraging their students to connect with them via social media and 19 percent incorporating it into classroom learning."

Jan 09, 14

Such great changes for people - practice something for 100 days and film it. Very cool. What teachable moments could come out of this? Could you have a class practice something for 100 days? What would it be? What difference would it make?

Dec 16, 13

Peggy Sheehy is the matron of gamification and she's one upped her own groundbreaking work in Second Life. She's gamified the Common Core Learning Standards. Wow. One more reason you can't use standards as an excuse to do nothing.

"They are also learning to be mighty gamers because Sheehy is gamifying the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

With the command “Go forth and be epic,” students pack away drafts and log on to 3D Game Lab where A Hero’s Journey awaits.

WoWinSchool: A Hero’s Journey is a curriculum based in World of Warcraft (WoW), a massively multiplayer online role-playing game in which players assume characters and interact within an ever-changing, virtual world.  Sheehy helped to frame the curriculum developed by Lucas Gillespie and Craig Lawson with whom she collaborates on the award-winning WoWInSchool project.  "

Jul 19, 13

This post from Angela Watson garnered more than 100 retweets when I shared it. It is a great summary of ISTE this year and bravely points out some things that must be discussed for future ISTE's. It is a must read if you follow edtech. Here's to you Angela for a great post.

May 16, 13

While they left out wearable technology and learning analytics is combined into the LMS category, this is a quick list that you can forward to your board of directors or others who want to look at a few things about changing technology.

Mar 05, 13

I agree with Audrey Watters -- we need a way to QUESTION TED talks. Good ideas worth spreading are worth interrogating and discussing. There is NO platform for that and a growing issue, I think that TED MUST address if it is going to live long and prosper.

Good educators, good leaders always question and are curious. We try things out and we wonder. We want solutions but solutions packaged in a cute 15 minute presentation aren't ever really as simple as they seem. There is a different between a sound byte and a bit of something I can REALLY use. 

I agree with Audrey - READ her post. My worry is that we're spreading ideas that haven't, perhaps, been tested and gone through full examination.

IF we didn't learn anything from the Mortensen "3 cups of tea" fiasco then education deserves to be mislead again. We should examine and have transparency with the speeches and be able to continue the conversation.

"But I have questions.

I have questions about this history of schooling as Mitra (and others) tell it, about colonialism and neo-colonialism. I have questions about the funding of the initial “Hole in the Wall” project (it came from NIIT, an India-based “enterprise learning solution” company that offers 2- and 4-year IT diplomas). I have questions about these commercial interests in “child-driven education” (As Ellen Seitler asks, “can the customer base be expanded to reach people without a computer, without literacy, and without any formal teaching whatsoever?”). I have questions about the research from the “Hole in the Wall” project — the research, not the 15 minute TED spiel about it. I have questions about girls’ lack of participation in the kiosks. I have questions about project’s usage of retired British schoolteachers — “grannies” — to interact with Indian children via Skype.

I have questions about community support. I have questions about what happens when we dismantle public institutions like schools — questions about social justice, questions about community, questions about care. I have questions about the promise of a liberation via a “child-driven education,” questions about this particular brand of neo-liberalism, techno-humanitarianism, and techno-individualism.

You don’t get to ask questions of a TED Talk. Even the $10,000 ticket to watch it live only gives you the privilege of a seat in the theater."

Mar 05, 13

South by Southwest EDU is happening now. This is the website. You can follow and see what is happening. I keep looking in the pics to see if there is anyone else that I know.

Jan 29, 13

In an interesting, but somewhat uncomfortable feeling research project, Facebook will partner with to look at social data of those who committed suicide to see if there were warning signs. Of course, the question is... when they know, what do they do with it? If you see someone is likely to commit suicide - what do you do with that data? This is a question full of ethics worth debate and discussion.

Dec 23, 12

The fact is that Tablets are here, they are useful, and they are proliferating as we speak. Most of my money this Christmas was spent at Amazon and the Apple store. Apps and music are where we spend our money. Two of my kids wanted iphones and the other, an ipad mini. Merry Christmas to Apple - I think many others are like that as well. I've been testing the Kenna tablet from SchoolTube which is a heavy duty droid tablet with slots for just about everything. Tablets are everywhere.

Aug 28, 12

You can look at search terms from Google and how they vary over time with Google correlate. Some terms have similar patterns. This would make fascinating conversations with your students.

Jul 17, 12

The 2012 Horizon report is an important read for anyone in higher education. Written collaboratively, the intent is to explain and share the technology trends that will impact higher education in the next 1-5 years with specific examples. We study these trends in the NetGen project with our high school students. The process they use to write collaboratively is as powerful as the final report outcome and is worth reviewing and understanding if you're doing academic writing or want to produce a collaborative report.

Jun 15, 12

This is a great case study about the "power of habit" - a phenomenal book that I highly recommend. It talks about how a book grows and gets "discovered." Of course, it helps to start with a great book.

Feb 29, 12

A new PEW report about the most desired skills of 2020. Things like focus, critical thinking and collaborative skills are on the list. This is an important paper to read as we shape education. Not much on this report indicates doing well on a standardized test will prepare you.

"software designer Fred Stutzman said the future is bright for people who take advantage of their ability to work cooperatively through networked communication

Feb 23, 12

Graduation rates aren't just a statistic, they may spell economic success or downfall for the US in the next 30 years. It is time to engage students. We can't make it easier to graduate, we actually have to work and help students learn. 

This series of articles about graduation rates is a good set of articles posted this week on (American University Radio.)

"The United States used to be number one for high school graduation. But times have changed. In 2009, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 26 OECD countries when it came to high school graduation rate, according to Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). "

"Basically the completion rate is pretty low, by international standards, in the United States," Schleicher says. Portugal and Slovenia were tied for first in the rankings, Japan and Finland hold the number two spot, and the Czech Republic ranks 17th.

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