“Teaching done well is complex intellectual work, and this is so in the primary grades as well as Advanced Placement physics. Teaching begins with knowledge: of subject matter, of instructional materials and technologies, of cognitive and social development. But it’s not just that teachers know things. Teaching is using knowledge to foster the growth of others. This takes us to the heart of what teaching is, and why defining it primarily as a craft, or a knowledge profession, or any other stock category is inadequate. I’m not sure there is any other work quite like it.”—Why educating the educators is complex
Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
“Amid the push towards more inclusive settings — now more than ever — a building principal needs to develop staff members’ capacity to successfully meet these needs. Also, since high-stakes test scores are disaggregated, and in some instances, being attached to teacher performance, educational leaders need to have a wide lens when looking at achievement. The only way this can happen is to be in the classrooms and give feedback”—How effective leadership and collaboration drive differentiation
For young women, the media barrage of thin and beautiful can be disastrous. But a new study suggest a strong ethic identity helps Latina girls withstand such pressure of needing an model-like appearance although even this group can easily become dissatisfied with their body image.
“I have this new initiative in my life, and I’m trying to push my colleagues to do it, too, where I want to work less and think more. In a given month, I do a lot of very mediocre stuff, but once in a while I come up with a really good idea. Maybe I’ll come up with two in a month. Those two inevitably happen when I’m either falling into a nap, or coming out of a nap, or waking up slowly on a Saturday morning. I’m trying to engineer more of those in my life. I’m trying to encourage more people to have naps because, hopefully, more people will have these brilliant ideas.”—
Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot, in an interview by Adam Bryant
I also find the interstitial time between waking and sleeping to be the source of insights and creative ideas.
“Should I send you an email? Should I call? Will you get a voicemail if I leave one? Do you still even use voicemail? Want me to Skype in? Do you prefer SMS? Is that your mobile, or Google Voice number? Does Google Voice let me send pictures on SMS now? It doesn’t? Are you sure? That seems crazy.”—Can We Talk? | Gadget Lab | Wired.com (via thisistheverge)
“If high IQ scores are not reliable indicators of genius, what are? Advocates of gifted children hope schools can be designed to turn intellectual promise into world-changing creativity. Many of those experts admit that a lot of our gifted programs at the moment don’t add much. What those children get in an occasional pullout class is likely to be less interesting to them than their own research in their parents’ bookcases, kitchens, the local library and the Internet.”—Why geniuses don’t need gifted education
The title of the article says it all. The achievement gap between lower-class and upper-middle class students in a large college lecture class was lowered when tests were given every day (and it boosted attendance).
One of the challenges we face as educators is providing students with opportunities to engage in meaningful learning experiences that show them how they can connect the knowledge and skills learned in school to the real world.
Here are some resources that are ready and waiting for use, regardless of your tech comfort zone.
I also look for tools and opportunities for my students to experience what attributes are and the special features they have. Providing hands-on activities is important so that my students can interact with what they are exploring and begin to make mathematical connections too. Through connecting, learning becomes meaningful and students begin to develop an understanding.
Will Google Glass Transform Learning? Probably not, but after a five minute demo my mind was reeling with potential applications in learning–even more so in healthcare. We reviewed all the proposed applications we could find and rated them Really Promising (RP) or Not So Much (NM).
Following major problems in Los Angeles and North Carolina, Miami-Dade is reconsidering plans to give tablet computing devices to each student.
"As opposed to having a take-home model in the first phase, we [are considering] a classroom model," Diaz said. "We think we might be better off with classroom sets [of devices], giving kids the opportunity to use them in school and giving teachers more opportunities to learn how to use them in a controlled setting."
"It takes folks a while to learn how to manage the devices in the classroom," Diaz said.
The purpose of this conference is for K12 techs to network with their counterparts from all over the Midwest and to connect with technology vendors who tailor their products for the K12 community. The focus is on technology rather than curricular areas in education.
Brainstorm brings in conference attendees from the Midwest, and this coming year will be in Wisconsin Dells March 2-4, 2014. If you’re going, message/email/tweet me and let’s be sure to connect! It’s been a great conference in year’s past, just bring comfortable shoes (the place is huge!).
“It’s far more helpful to take a holistic view of your technological entourage. We tend to weigh up a single device against our myriad potential uses, whereas the smart question is whether a new machine can add to or improve our scenarios of use. Can it let me travel lighter? Will it cause less eyestrain when reading? Does it run an app or game I want? Is the cost worth the benefit, given what I already have?”—The Unacknowledged Compromise