Saturday, March 26, 2011
Are we preparing students for the 21st century? Here is a thoughtful reflection on what our students need, courtesy of ASCD Express.
"The Information Revolution
At best, the current thinking about school reform gives only a token nod to the unprecedented access and connectedness that the Internet represents. Most educators are content to simply label this remarkable global portal as "technology"—just another tool. Even those who call for teachers to integrate technology into their daily practice imagine such reforms as incremental rather than transformative.
All of this ignores the shift triggered by web 2.0—a human revolution more profound than the shift from hunting to agriculture or the advent of printing and mass literacy. The emergence of a pervasive, collaborative, global virtual environment has changed forever what it means to be a good teacher, an effective school leader, or a well-educated 18-year-old.
There will be more information distributed in this year alone than there was in the last 5,000 years. Although some of it may be without much value, the pace of discovery and the volume of new information is mind-bending. When information was scarce, we went to school to gain access, and the locus of control for learning resided in those who possessed the knowledge, teachers and those who dictated the curriculum. Now information is abundant and easily accessed by anyone, anywhere with a web browser and Internet connection.
As educators, we need to realize that learning can now take place 24/7, with or without us, and that young people come to school knowing much more than we do in some areas. They have the potential to learn anything they want to learn at any time they want to learn it. Therefore, instead of focusing on the content, we really need to focus on what it means to be a learner and how to help students learn deeply and most effectively. We need to model metacognition and demonstrate the value of thinking about thinking. We need to lead them to think deeply and help them understand how to synthesize and analyze and to create—to operate in Bloom's realm of higher-order skills."
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
- Tips for planning a lesson on the earthquake in Japan
A New York Times blogger offers resources and lesson plans for teaching students about Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The author has compiled past New York Times resources on tsunamis and earthquakes, along with links to Internet resources on the topics and information about Japanese history and culture. A separate post has a list of questions that can be used in discussions about the tragedy. NYTimes.com/The Learning Network blog (3/11), NYTimes.com/The Learning Network blog (3/14)
- Where to find resources to help students process the devastation in Japan: Following major crises, such as last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, students will inevitably have questions or need help processing the events, says educator Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben. In this blog, she offers several free Internet resources to help guide lesson planning and answer students' questions. Yahoo! (3/13)
- A note on helping relief efforts in Japan, from Rick Stamberger, CEO of SmartBrief: If you or your company, organization or group want to help the Japanese people recover from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami but aren't sure how to do so, InterAction provides options. An alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental aid organizations, InterAction has compiled a list of groups that are accepting private, corporate and group donations, along with some guidelines for the most appropriate ways to help. Learn more.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Are you increasing use of mobile devices? Rolling out new online tools? Trying to figure out how you can embrace collaborative learning safely? Join ed-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and Altanta Independent School District as they discuss what really happens when a district embraces technology. You'll get innovative ideas, practical tips, and best practice advice you can use to bring mobility and collaboration safely into your school. This webinar is targeted to both technology and curriculum staff.
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: Lightspeed Systems
After attending this informative webinar, you'll have:
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The link to the archived webinar is: http://stateofmaine.na4.
The webinar is an hour in length. Be sure to watch it with a pencil and paper in order to take lots of notes.
The presenters have posted their e-mails with an invitation for viewers to call with any questions they have.