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Replication or empowerment?

Replication or empowerment?

We’ve got to decide if our vision for educational technology is around replication or empowerment. And if it’s about empowerment, then guess what? We’ve got to give up the things that we do that feed replication. We can’t hang on to all of those and…

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‘Closed’ v. ‘open’ systems of knowing

‘Closed’ v. ‘open’ systems of knowing

I am rereading Teaching As a Subversive Activity, which is a phenomenal book if you haven’t read it. About halfway through the book, Postman and Weingartner discuss ‘closed’ versus ‘open’ systems of knowledge: A closed system is one in which the knowables are fixed. Examples…

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Cramming is indisputable proof of the superficiality of most classrooms in America

Cramming is indisputable proof of the superficiality of most classrooms in America

Marion Brady says: The Procedure: 1. Take notes during lectures, and hi-lite key sentences in the textbook. 2. Before a big test, load the notes and hi-lited passages into short-term memory. 3. Take the test. 4. Flush short-term memory and prepare for its re-use. ……

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You learn the work by doing the work

You learn the work by doing the work

Cale Birk says: You learn the work by doing the work. . . . So what if we made it a primary objective in education to spend as little time as possible talking to our learners and as much time available out getting them to…

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Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

Will an emphasis on ‘close reading’ kill the joy of reading?

As most educators know by now, the new Common Core standards emphasize ‘close reading.’ It’s hard to argue with that as a necessary skill for understanding complex writing. As a professor I spent lots of time dissecting research articles, book chapters, blog posts, and legal…

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More of this, please

More of this, please

So far Paul Bogush’s class commercial (10:34) is my favorite education video that I’ve seen this year. I’m not sure which part I like better, the first two-thirds with upbeat pictures and videos or the last third with student quotes, some of which nearly bring me to…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 03: Digital Citizenship

2013 Clarity Data Item 03: Digital Citizenship

How much time each year do educators in the Prairie Lakes AEA region spend addressing digital citizenship issues with students? As the data below show, not much. And when they do, they’re more likely to address the ‘be safe, be careful, don’t do this’ lecturing aspects…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

How much time each year do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region spend on technology-related professional development? And how do they perceive the quality of that time? n = 1,138 teachers School-provided PD = inservices, summer/after school classes, mentoring, peer coaching…Non-school formal PD =…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

How often do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region use technology in interesting ways with students? Not nearly often enough… If these reflect your particular school or district, get in touch. We can help! Clarity surveys will be available twice this year: Oct/Nov and…

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Intel’s safe, protective, teacher-oriented education tablet?

Intel’s safe, protective, teacher-oriented education tablet?

I received an email from a publicist today asking me if I was interested in talking with someone from Intel about its new education tablet. Here is my response: I’m not interested, thank you, because of this sentence: This month, Intel introduces a new 10-inch…

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