Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blogging for Real Reform Part V: ' Attention vs Distraction.'

Step 1: Take a read of this article called:

There's a video there too on the page too called 'Fast Times at Woodside High' that summarizes the article too.

Step 2. Then give this a read:


Blogging on Real Reform: Part IV. "Our class is being “built” as we go along."

Here's a blog post by by Shelly Wright (which I ran into via Will Richardson on Twitter). Great article.

ps... I've leveraged Twitter into a great source of PD and enrichment. It's turned into quite a thought provoking engine for me over the last three years. I'll write on it another time.

One thought I had... Twitter is limited to 140 characters per post. Be great if some  meetings were structured that way!

Just a thought.

; P

Blogging for Real Reform Part III: "School Sucks"

This morning... my thoughts took me here. Well worth the trip.

School sucks? It can clearly be better. I like Tae's take on this.

Dr. Tae — Building A New Culture Of Teaching And Learning from Dr. Tae on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blogging for Real Reform: MIT Media Lab: A constant Source of Inspiration: Part II

Cool place.

Common sense ideas.

Project based education pedagogy.

'Lifelong Kindergarten' as a theme.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blogging on Ed Reform: November 22, 2010: Part 1

The National day for 'Blogging for Reform' took place on November 22, 2010. I don't think I'll do it in one post.

I've been thinking about 'math' in education for quite a while.

I like this post by Conrad Wolfram.

Wolfram talks of working with students on:

1. Posing the right questions.
2. Real world math formulation.
4. Math formulation. Real world verification.

Step 3. in Wolfram's sequence is 'Computation' and he poses that that's where illogically spend most of our time these days with students, why too many feel disconnected with math. I'd say he's right.

I've been a fan of Mathematica since it first came onto the scene. Mathematica 8... is the best yet. I'd love to see a group of talented teachers turn their creative spirit loose on this, how they could use it in education. Get Steven and Conrad Wolfram in a room for a day with those teachers and see what could happen... design  a framework for what math in schools could become, how it could be woven into a variety of great projects.

What do you think?