Thursday, December 31, 2009
Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations | dotSUB
On another note...this dot|sub site looks interesting too...
Watch this short video to learn more about visual searching! I'll come back and update after testing it a bit
I think this looks amazing.....
Stay tuned for the mobile Google translate application too.....that's coming soon too, I think.
Sent from my iPod
UPDATE: OUCH! As it happens, my HTC Hero runs Android v. 1.5. Google Goggles is listed as working on Android v. 1.6 and higher. Who's sad?
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I agree, with the population growing it makes sense that we will have large numbers of children in a hoop. It also makes sense that adult education will continue to be a growing market.
One thing that is almost always absent though is recognition that teaching is bound to be a very different job in the future.
We know how important it is to help people construct their own knowledge. When will the tipping point be reached re: changing HOW we teach, for instance? By the time our system changes structure to embrace new methods, what will our teacher prep programs look like? Will the new teachers continue to be the last ones to learn?
Seems to me that might be a good place to start if we know we want/need change.....
This post made from my HTC HERO smartphone
Friday, December 18, 2009
I think the content of this post may be more suited for personal use, than educational, but regardless of where it will be used, I now have a new Google application on my list of things to learn more about. There is only one drawback that I see at this point - it is currently only available in the U.S.
The application I'm drooling over today, available only by invitation at this point before being rolled out on a larger scale, is Google Voice (GV). GV is a collection of internet-based phone features and utilities. A list of the features includes:
- Google voicemail: voicemail like email
- Voicemail transcription: read what your voicemail says
- Custom greetings: vary voicemail greetings by caller
- International calling: low cost calls to the world
- Notifications: read voicemail messages via email or SMS
- Share voicemails: forward, embed, or download voicemails
- One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones
- Free SMS: send, receive & store text messages online
- Block calls: send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
- Record calls: record phone calls and store them online
- Conference calls: join several people into a single call
- Screen callers: hear who is calling before you pick up
Oh, and hopefully Google will make it available in Canada too.
If you would like to watch some video of these features in action, please check HERE. If anyone out there has used Google Voice, drop a quick comment here and let us know what you think of it so far. I don't think I'll be able to get an invitation, as it appears to be only available in the US at this point, but I am still interested....maybe I can set it up and use it somehow when I'm in Arizona for a month later this spring...
I recently viewed a brief video created by IBM predicting the top 5 ideas that will be popular in 5 years in cities. Number one on the list was electric vehicles. The talk of smart grids with charging stations started me thinking about battery issues, and I was reminded of the single best presentation I'd ever heard on this topic.
Watch this 18 minute presentation from a TED conference in February of 2009. Does this not sound like an amazingly simple, yet powerful and effective, idea?
What do you think of that? Doesn't that sound possible? When I watch this, I think to myself "Why not?" It comes down to will, doesn't it?
UPDATE: I just visited the Better Place website to see what they have been up to since this presentation, and they have pictures and test drive results for the Renault Fluence. It is a nice looking car (I'm still waiting for the 4WD version) and the early reports are positive. Of course, I doubt the negative comments would be posted here. Regardless, progress seems like it is being made....now if they make a vehicle that fits me, and that I can effectively use here in the frozen north, then I'm in!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Over the last few days I have had the privilege to spend significant time with some members of my PLN in person AND ONLINE, and as always I appreciate (and benefit from) their knowledge, PASSION, and energy levels. I hope everyone has someone like that in their network. I also hope you are taking advantage of technology to broaden your perspective and to add to your network. It is incredibly easy, and valuable, to find an online group you are interested in and touch base with them to find out more about what you know and don't know.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I know I have posted about Google Docs before, but I think we are missing an opportunity here for having students work collaboratively on one document. This is an area where I believe we need to do more!
There are other potential benefits to having students use this impressive suite of tools to collaborate on work at home and at school too, not the least of which is removing compatibility issues and helping to share documents. The history function is potentially helpful too!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Take a minute, if you can, and pop by and check out my son's blog. He's put up some videos of some trebuchet prototype designs he has built from lego, in preparation for building a wooden one later.
I sometimes worry that we are making too much use of our experts, but it sure is impressive to consider the expertise that exists in our schools.
On Ian Juke's Committed Sardine blog I read an article from the Dean of Instruction at Noble Stree College Prep school in Chicago, title 'When Teachers Are the Experts: From Traditional to Collaborative Pro D'. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this short article summarizing the shift taking place in our schools.
The post is available here: http://tinyurl.com/sardinesforEDA564
(or search the blog entries at http://committedsardine.com/blog.cfm , I just shortened the URL when I posted this link to my class)
For what it is worth, I agree with Ian. I'm going to miss the donuts too!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the post. Did anything really connect with you? Is there anything you disagreed with? Did you find anything in there that might be useful at your school? etc.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I hope you have some time to watch the video, the presenter, Hans Rosling, provides an inspiring use of statistics! In general, his point is that the way we look at the world (our mindsets) are often based on old information and that the modern way the world is (represented by his datasets) is significantly different.
For teachers of Social Studies, or History, or even Mathematics, this video could potentially be quite useful!
If you would rather watch the video full screen from its original location at TED, click here.
I hope you enjoy it!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
For many years an oft-repeated phrase in education was that we needed to raise the bar, meaning we needed to establish higher expectations and help all students attain those higher levels of achievement. I am not a high school teacher, and it has been close to 20 years since I taught in a high school, but I am thinking that the bar has been raised considerably at the high school level.
Thinking back to what I worked on in high school, and what I hear students are working on today in the higher level courses, makes me think that it must be a heck of a lot tougher to be in HS now than in the past. Is that not raising the bar?
By that thinking, the fact that our graduation rates are higher today than they were 20 years ago it makes me think that our schools have done a good job of helping students get up and over the higher bar.
I started thinking about this notion while reading an article online the other day about how schools in Des Moines Iowa are considering creating a fast track high school diploma intended to graduate more students with fewer credits and keep kids from dropping out of school. Is the idea being considered in Iowa proof that we have raised the bar considerably? One rationale presented in support of the concept is the fact that graduation requirements are up considerably since the 1980’s…
What do parents and employers want? What skills are they expecting graduates to have, and can those be learned in a fast track setting?
This school reform stuff is tricky business…
Thursday, October 22, 2009
What I'm thinking about now though, is what applications does this have for kids and school?
Relevance is not the only factor that increases motivation. Fun plays a part too. What old ways can we get rid of and replace with new fun ways of getting to the same place?
Spelling lists and tests? Math basic facts? Tests? There are lots of educational escalators out there!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is a topic that fosters great discussion among educators and the public alike. Everyone has an opinion on school, and most people I've talked with are firmly in the camp that there is little chance online learning will substantially impact traditional education
I disagree. Ambient's research, and predictions based on existing trends, would seem to support my position! Here is a slide from their presentation showing the growth of pre-K-12 online learning:
What I find really interesting though is the predicted growth of blended learning that takes place in both schools and online. Check out the growth in the yellow slice of pie, above! Here is some other interesting, recent, information:
Even the U.S. Government appears to be getting in on the game. Here is a slide providing an overview of a recent US Education report, with the headline touting the effectiveness of online learning! In one of the most interesting parts of today's webinar, the presenter was talking about the number of U.S. states that are starting to mandate giving students access to online learning. The topic of cost savings came up when it was shared that online students draw, on average, half of what brick and mortar students get in education funding. Those are potentially huge savings.
The final interesting point I took out of today's webinar is this final slide, showing the evolution of a variety of different online educational trends. LMSs, which we have spent so much time focusing on, yet don't even use yet, are the first wave with Social Learning Platforms the third wave. Licensing models are moving towards no licenses, and business models are then looking to collect $ from subscriptions and advertising.
The social part of these trends is what appealed to me the most. Research I have read suggests teachers and pedagogy are at the top of the list in determining the effectiveness of online education. Social networks are taking off, and the trend is for peer to peer social learning to take more of a role with teachers developing more of a facilitator role than providing direct instruction.
I don't think there is going to be any avoiding this, and I also think that if we do this right, many of our students are going to benefit and get better educations than they do now.. I think I see some more reading in my future.
(if you want the .pdf of the whole presentation, it is available along with others here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/playback)
I am signed up for the Association of Curriculum, Supervision and Development (ASCD) Smart Brief. Every day relevant stories are sent to my inbox in the form of this Smart Brief, helping me to keep current with what is happening in K-12 education outside of my district.
Today, I think, one of their headlines made it past the editors without getting caught. It gave me a good laugh to read:
My first thought was "Really? I never would have thought that!"
Sarcasm aside, the more I thought about it the more it made me think of how important it is to give kids the opportunity to learn by doing. Working on projects, engaging in relevant exercises, and having to go back and make changes because the results were not acceptable is how I learn best, and I think how most people learn best.
Do we do enough of that in our schools? Now that is authenticity in learning!
(if you want to sign up for smart brief, check here: http://www.smartbrief.com/ascd/ I highly recommend it)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Once the lesson is created, one member of the group teaches it to students, while the others observe the students and take notes for their future discussion. The teacher is not evaluated, as the group created the lesson, but the extra sets of eyes help to identify problems and/or successes the students may experience as they learn the concept.
Following the initial teaching, the group reassembles and reworks the lesson plan to incorporate the feedback, and then it is retaught with the same purpose. The idea behind this practice of professional development is that teacher growth is most effective when it is embedded on the job, and it needs to occur in smaller occurrences to be sustainable.
This is a very interesting topic. I think it is a logical extension of what we are doing with our school-based and/or district PLC groups, and I hope to learn more about it.
The original article may be found HERE
Saturday, October 10, 2009
New educational, kid-friendly episodes are uploaded every two weeks. Included are links to fun websites and our Learning Corner with follow-up questions.
Check it out....maybe you'll find it interesting?
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tonight while making the rounds of some of the interesting places I like to stop and read (HERE), I read an amazing story about a young professional surfer with Asperger's Syndrome. He's been misunderstood for years, and plays by his own rules, and just a few years ago he was diagnosed with Asperger's. Interesting. Ah....makes sense a lot of people thought....
Surfing legend Laird Hamilton describes Clay Marzo as "an artist who can't be pigeon-holed. He's something all together different that should be cherished.".
There is a lesson in there about the effect of the assumptions and biases we all have (whether we admit it or not) when dealing with kids (whether they have ASD or not)! I want to see the movie/documentary made about this kid....it looks good....read the article linked above, and then if you have 3:24, watch the trailer here to see some amazing waves:
The Only Place We Should See % and Grade TogetherI am comfortable with using percentage grades. They are familiar to me, I know generally how to interpret them, and I find percentage grades a pretty good descriptive snapshot. Most teachers feel the same level of comfort and understanding, and I know most parents do too.
For those reasons, it is an annual occurrence, when discussing grading and reporting with parents, to have parents ask us to "...explain what these numbers (i.e. rubrics) mean..." and having to answer when they ask "Why don't you guys use percentages like we had?" They are not used to rubrics, and miss the comfort of the understanding afforded by percentages.
The problem is, we need to get rid of the percentage grading system at the JH level. For lots of reasons.
I think we are on the verge of being able to do so in my district, with the advent of our new standardized elementary report cards. As parents develop a comfort level for this manner of reporting, one day we will be able to move to using more appropriate methods of reporting for our older students too, but it will take a very solid implementation plan to get there.
To that end, I wanted to share a few passages from an article I read earlier today that was written by Dr. Thomas Guskey, a general assessment guru and professor of Ed Psych at the University of Kentucky:
"To recover from a single zero, a student must achieve a minimum of nine perfect papers."
"To move from a B to an A in most schools, for example, requires an improvement of only 10% at most, say from 80% to 90%. But to move from a zero to a minimum passing grade requires six or seven times that improvement, usually from zero to 60% or 70%."
(you can read Guskey's whole article here: http://www.hopefoundation.org/nl/1009/guskey.html)
I realize what I am discussing above is much more than just how we report. The changes will need to strike first at the very heart of how we teach and what kind of feedback (and engagement) we give kids on a daily basis. It is important to start thinking about it changing how we report, because change is needed, and I believe it is on its way!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
One of the presenters yesterday mentioned how little schools have physically changed over the years, and showed a couple of pictures to illustrate his point. Not being terribly original, but definitely loving the impact of pictures, I thought I would share this image here as well.
I realize there are always exceptions, and these are generalizations, but I think they are pretty accurate. Certainly my experience in the 70's and 80's as a student, and since then as a teacher, supports the pictures.
What will our classrooms look like 25 years from now. Children, society, and what we know about teaching and learning have changed a great deal since the 1900's, do our classrooms maybe need to change too?
1980s - When technology started to appear...but how many did we see like this? Or do we now see like this? (original available here)
The saying is, if it works, don't fix it. Maybe we need to reflect on the question: is it working well enough? And if it isn't broken now, how long will it be before it is broke and in need of fixing? In his book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen says it won't be too long now...
This gives me something to think about for the rest of the day, anyway!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
One of my favorite blogs is the GIFTED EXCHANGE, and a recent post there linked to an article in the NEW YORKER which provided the historical basis of the Marshmallow Test and shared how researchers are extending that research in an attempt to identify the specific region of the brain where self-control is located. The history of this research was interesting, and the use of fMRI technology makes sense too, but I wouldn't have thought of it going in that direction....
Fascinating stuff, and affirming as well. I think we are exactly on the right track to be trying to teach our children to improve this skill ("Stop and think") and to understand why it is important. The more I read and reflect, the more benefits I see to teaching our young students the value of self-control.
One day my mom told me that she used to tell my brothers and I no when we asked some questions, even if she did not really care if we did what we were asking about just so we would learn to hear what no means. I think she was ahead of the curve a bit with respect to teaching us delayed gratification.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Yesterday I came across this video on TED.com, one of my favorite sites. I have the TED app on my iPod and once a week or so check in and check out their newest videos. This short one was a very engaging summary of the 'marshmallow test'.....and it fits so well when talking about the current credit crisis so many people find themselves in right now....
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I'm currently reading Current Issues and Trends in Education and (again) on the surface I do not have a great deal of experience with some of the issues and trends I have read about to this point. Racial diversity in a gateway urban setting such as San Francisco or New York City is different than racial diversity in Grande Prairie. Violence in some larger school jurisdictions just does not compare to the school violence we experience.
Education here seems to be quite different than education in, say, San Francisco. Is it?
I have given this a great deal of though over the last couple of days and I think our overall experiences are not substantially different, but rather they are reflective of the scale of our differences. I believe the issues and trends occuring in our little old town are more similar than I first thought. They are just smaller. I think.
During my next Ed.D. class, Social Contexts and Contemporary Issues, I am going to get a chance to see if this theory holds true. I look forward to the opportunity to compare and discuss the at-risk students in my environment with those in larger, more globally representative urban settings. I'll get to compare the educational experiences of our first nations students to that of the Asian-Americans and Hispanics. Etc. I am looking forward to this more than any course I have taken in a long time. I have reflected on this at great length and I think the challenges we face in all of education really do align despite the surface differences.
My guess is it comes down to our systems.
I look forward to the learning I am going to experience with my peers from Hawaii, LA, Las Vegas, etc. I think at this point kids are kids, and the skills we must possess to address their needs are the same. The needs differ somewhat though, and I look forward to testing my hypothesis.
For anyone that stops by to read this...what do you think? Am I naive? Missing something? Outright wrong? Drop a comment and let me know what you think....
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Imagine, laying your phone down on a pad on your desk and it charges. Or collecting power over wifi....holy cow....
After seeing a prototype Kyocera foldable OLED screen the other day, and thinking of it in terms of educational applications......I seriously need to step back and try to grasp the BREADTH of the impact these sorts of evolutions are going to have on teaching and learning, let alone society....
No more laptops even.....and really....for doing our investigations (will it still be called teaching if it is all about learning?) will we even need classrooms for the big kids?
Monday, April 27, 2009
I have been doing a fair bit of coursework in the last week or so on the topic of innovation in education. In particular, we have been discussing the boundaries or barriers to innovation.
I’ve been thinking that our ability to innovate in education seems to be dependent upon personalities and their predisposition towards the concept of innovation. It seems too though that our current government ministry seems inclined to look for ways to innovate though, so I am wondering how we could build the idea of innovation into our SYSTEM? Is our archaic system ready for pushing the boundaries of innovation?
Or is that what AISI is for? We may be on the conservative side with those projects…
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I’ve just finished doing some reading about how the entire Adams 50 School District (~10 000 students in metro Denver) is moving AWAY from graded classes, to standards-based multiage groupings. Students will only move from one level to another with a B average, essentially ensuring all HS graduates leave with a 3.0 average (minimum).
This is an interesting concept….I think it warrants more investigation. One of the features I’ve seen promoted that appeals to me the most is the idea that the students would have a lot of say in the operations, rules, etc.
Very exciting, I think! And LOTS to read about on this topic HERE.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This is cooool…..I’m having a good tech day……I figured out how to embed video onto our school website. I think this is going to make the ‘School Tour’ page a lot more interesting, at least. I think there are a great many other, more educational uses too. For now though, we test…..
The embedded Student News of the Day looks pretty impressive on that portal front page!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I’ve just started reading the HORIZON REPORT: K- 12 Edition. This report addresses six technologies that the New Media Consortium suggests are going to be rapidly emerging in our K – 12 environments over the next few years.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I thought of that point again tonight when I heard this line from John Legend's song "If You're Out There": "The future started yesterday and we're already late!"
Thinking about this just leaves me with more questions.....Are we already late for the future? What do we need to do to catch up to the future? Anything? Or is it like buying a PC and we are ALWAYS going to be behind? What kind of reform is coming to our schools? I think I had better start reading my new book....Disrupting Class.....maybe the answers are in there.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My copy of Failure Is Not An Option is getting worn out. This book was a great resource during our first year at DTPS, especially the section on creating mission, vision, values and goals.
I have been receiving emails regarding What’s Working in Schools from the Hope Foundation (who published FNO), and now they have a blog. I’ve added their RSS feed to my iGoogle account and I can more easily keep up with their announcements.
Today was my first look at it, and I like the content. I’m impressed so far, and especially like this post about what the research says students want (aka need) from us in school! We need to do this for all students, but especially for our neediest students, we need to plan well, engage them and teach to their needs, and not give up!
I was going through my students’ folders, marking their work, a while back and I came across this picture of me that had been ‘modified’ by one of my students. He took my school picture from this year and used some quick effects to photo shop it.
I like it. It is now going to be my new ‘online persona’….so say hi to the new me!
(plus I wanted to test how the blog works when I make a post by email with a picture attached. Note to Self: It works perfectly, embedding the picture at the start of the post!)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I was talking with someone this evening about a structure/technique for discussing Current Events/World Affairs/News Highlights in class. Just putting up the headlines is one way to do it, and can lead to a very basic and entry-level discussion based on the one set of news items/headlines you are looking at.
Another way, and one that might be more engaging for JH kids, could be to use a news aggregator like I am sharing with the following links. If you had a smartboard, you could pop one of these up, and get the kids to stand up and engage in exploring what is on the webpage (updated daily, or more frequently), follow the links, make predictions and inferences, etc. I think kids as young as grade 7 could easily be exploring local or international news at a higher level using tools like this, inquiry thinking and skilled questioning from us.
I really like the following sites, so I thought I’d share them with everyone. Secretly, I’m hoping sharing via blog will help me find more time to visit these myself:
(this one is great – choose a country see what the headlines are – choose a headline see what the issues are)
(visual representations of the headlines – guess what the pictures show)
(Newspapers from over 60 countries – this is neat to look at – ask the kids why would the headlines be different?)
(links to thousands of online newspapers – going to Mexico? Know the headlines before you go)
(the English version of the Arabic News Network)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
They would be relevant (because we create them), they could be constantly updated, available at home and at school, and definitely be priced right. Is this a key step towards the personalization we need?
Since I have been discussing disruptive innovations a lot lately…..I thought I’d post this.
How disruptive is this technology going to be in 2 years? This projector is available NOW, in Canada, for $350 - $400. I want one…..darn gadgetitis.......It is not the brightest LED bulb. But it is also first generation. Instant on/off. Connects to computers, cameras, pda’s, ipods, etc.
2 years from now it will be at least 2 times the quality and 1/3 cheaper. 5 years from now - who knows – but likely half the cost or less and 5-10 times the quality.
What new ways of doing things will we be able to do with technologies like this?
GradeGuru (http://www.gradeguru.com/) is a site where you enter your school, the course you are taking, and download the notes you missed by not going to class.
I know I should probably say I would love to have been able to submit my notes for money (as you can do at gradeguru), but actually, I think I would not have had to miss so many episodes of jeopardy if I could have downloaded the notes instead of going to class!
edit.....some great discussion of this topic, and how it could addresses the need for change in schools, at the Plethora of Technology blog.....
edit.....some great discussion of this topic, and how it could addresses the need for change in schools, at the Plethora of Technology blog.....
One of our four, KEY, provincial/district/school goals is literacy. A very impressive amount of work has been done throughout this year in our district to review the approaches used in our schools to teach and promote literacy. The same committee that undertook that has reviewed what we already do is also providing their recommendations for what we need to (or should do) in the future to help our students develop these skills.
The people from our district who are working on this literacy committee are many of the people I have on my list of ‘gurus’ in the area of literacy and when they talk I try to ‘listen hard’ because I know I will often learn something new. I am not a literacy expert, so I’m not sure if my thoughts are accurate or not, but through all of our recent discussions I am wondering if we might be better off making our focus ‘21st Century Literacies’, or something like that, as a way of addressing our future needs. Comprehensive literacy is a CRITICAL skill that we must develop in our students and I feel that to focus our discussion about reading and writing puts us at risk of excluding those who do not see themselves as teachers of literacy skills. Which all teachers should be.
Perhaps we should be making a district focus on BUILDING KNOWLEDGE, and have specific sub-groups focus on developing 21st Century Skills their areas: i.e. Shop Teachers could focus on reading plans and numerical literacy, SCI/SS teachers could focus on reading texts for main ideas and comparing and contrasting, technology teachers could focus on digital literacies and related skills, math teachers could focus on the development of the language of math, etc.
I’ve been reading a lot of ‘futurist’-type books lately and trying to focus on where we need to go to best prepare our students for the future. Perhaps I’m just worrying too much, but I think we need to start doing things in a NEW and DIFFERENT way in education if we want different results. We know how the brain works and we know how people learn best, let’s start re-designing our system to put what we know into practice.
Or, I’m all wrong and we are just fine proceeding as we always have. But I don’t think so…….we NEVER stop learning to read, so shouldn't we stop using language like that then?
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This series of workshops, attended by over 140 administrators in the province of Alberta, was focused on the instructional leadership needed to maximize the teaching and learning process. I'm paraphrasing here, but the premise is that we know an awful lot about how kids learn, and about what makes effective teachers, and that as the instructional leaders in our schools we need to know what to look for when we are observing and working with teachers in their classes.
The result of last year's work across the province was the creation of an observation rubric to help leaders identify, and discuss, different things taking place inside our classrooms for the purpose of increasing student engagement and student learning. The rubric can be found on the Galileo website by clicking HERE.
The work this year was focused on the use of the rubric and on discussing administrator practice in using it.
In my humble opinion, this rubric would be a great resource for anyone observing teachers and students learning in a classroom, and I hope to make the use of it my focus for the rest of the year during my classroom observations.
To that end, I've been in some discussion lately about the structure of our system. Last week at convention we talked with Stephen Murgatroyd about the need to ditch some of our curriculum...we talked with Pasi Sahlberg from Finland about the success their system has had with learning, and lately I have been in several discussions on similar topics with peers in some courses I am taking. I think it is an exciting time to be in the school system with all of the potential changes
On the topic of EDUCATION SYSTEMS I found the resource below to be VERY interesting.
I've shared it with some of my online peers as a way of helping them to understand our system here in Alberta, and also as a way of comparing and contrasting systems and looking at the details. This is an external source showing how excellent our system is! I think we often forget how good we have it here!
As I type this, I am sitting in a workshop titled LEADING FOR TODAY'S LEARNERS and we are discussing systems again. So, shhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I thought I'd post this here while I'm on the thought.
Check out the results of the Des Moines Register's investigation of WHAT MAKES SCHOOLS WORLD CLASS...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I like this one because (a) I like the Regina Spektor song, and (b) it is made by, in her own words, "a housewife", and I hope it inspires people everywhere to push and promote their own creative selves like it inspired me.
#2 - MANKIND IS NO ISLAND, posted by Jason van Genderen
I like this one because (a) he composed his own music and shot it entirely with his cell phone, and (b) he is showing the power technology has as a HEART tool, not just a MIND tool. Technology does not just make things more efficient. It can make things BETTER too....coming up in a future post....microlending with www.kiva.org....my family and I are signing up!