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5 whys and 4 negotiables

5 whys and 4 negotiables

I enjoyed Pam Lowe’s recent post about personalized learning. She asked four important questions: Why does everyone have to learn the same thing? Why can’t learners learn what they want to learn? Can learners choose their own learning tools? Why do learners have to learn…

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This online high school is not going to change education

This online high school is not going to change education

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘This online high school could change education’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel). Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders. I read that they’re trying to make the…

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4Q: The quadruple win

4Q: The quadruple win

Four big questions to ask about a lesson, unit, or activity… Deeper learning. Did it allow students to go beyond factual recall and procedural regurgitation and be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers? Did it really? [If not, why not? Our graduates need to be deeper…

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When will the bucket tip?

When will the bucket tip?

At our local pool they recently put in a new play area. There’s a large bucket with a stream of water pouring into it, and every 15 minutes or so it reaches the tipping point, where it will flip and drench all the screaming, playing…

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The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace….

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The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

What a backwards bicycle can teach us about learning… Fascinating. Hat tip: Will Richardson [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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Sharing the Awesome

Sharing the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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Option B

Option B

Option A: students complete a paper (or electronic) worksheet of low-level knowledge and/or procedural skillsOption B: something else Option A: students read pages from a dry-as-toast textbook and then answer publisher-provided regurgitation questionsOption B: something else Option A: students sit quietly and take notes while…

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Stuff.

Stuff.

Students might publish stuff with a lot of errors. Yup. Students might not want to do stuff with a class from another place. And? Students might not collaborate letting one person do all of the stuff. Uh-huh. Students might say/do stuff that is inappropriate. So? Unfortunately,…

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What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

Hope you’ll join Mike Anderson and me for our K12Online presentation on October 30!

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Can we really call it learning?

Can we really call it learning?

If a student holds on to something she read, heard, or did in class just long enough to regurgitate it back on an assessment but has little to no memory of it a few weeks later, can we really call it ‘learning?’ How much of…

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Our technology messages are important

Our technology messages are important

When we take away technology access because of student behavior concerns, we send the message that digital devices and the Internet are optional, ‘nice to have’ components of schooling rather than core elements of modern-day learning and teaching. When we ban teachers from using social…

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Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Jeff Herzberg said: What are we doing that suppresses students’ natural creativity and inquiry? And what are we doing to try and stop those things? via https://twitter.com/mcleod/status/514074648531984384

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When will we be ready?

When will we be ready?

We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or…

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Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Let’s imagine that we lived in an era in which change was occurring incredibly rapidly. An era in which our information landscape was undergoing drastic transformations into new, previously-unimaginable forms. An era in which our economic landscape was destroying rock-solid, stable livelihoods due to threats…

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What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going…

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ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

Imagine you are at a college football game. You pull into your tailgating spot, right next to the people you tailgate with each weekend – they aren’t people you know outside of the tailgating world, but in that moment, you are best friends. Maybe you…

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Thinkers v. producers

Thinkers v. producers

In How Children Fail, John Holt makes the following distinction: producers – students who are only interested in getting right answers, and who make more or less uncritical use of rules and formulae to get them thinkers – students who try to think about the…

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