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To Compute or Not to Compute?

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 11:34am 1 Comment

As we race to place technology in the hands of students in our schools, let’s consider an alternative view. The New York Times published an article on its front page on October 23, 2011, titled A Silicon Valley School that Doesn’t Compute (by Matt Richtel; at…

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Project-Based Learning in the Digital Age

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Here are a few points about project-based learning taken from Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss.



1. John Seely Brown, former chief scientist of the Palo Alto Research Center in California, suggests that we should imagine what “passion based learning” would look like. Replace the term project with passion and think about your idea again…

2. Keeping a project moving… Continue

Four Ways Business Leaders Might Transform Education

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 5:33pm 1 Comment

As an American educator, I’ve lived with the changes that have come to our profession in the past twenty-five years. Today’s students are the most tested students of any generation in American history, and our educators are facing accountability measures unlike anything ever imagined by their predecessors. We have spent our careers working in a system that places its highest values on high test scores.

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Will Increased Technology Usage Improve State Test Scores? Probably Not

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 2:01pm 0 Comments

When schools make dramatic upgrades in technology, observers frequently hope the upgrades will increase student scores on state tests, and then they are disappointed when the scores remain stagnant. But is that the main reason we need to get more technology into the hands of students? To raise test scores?

 

I think people who link education technology and state test scores are missing the…

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