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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…Continue
Added by Mark White on October 6, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments
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.…
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…
Added by Mark White on September 8, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments
Around 100 years ago, Kurt Lewin coined the term “unfreezing,” meaning to break out of a paradigm in which we have been “frozen.” Now we live in exponential times, and educators are struggling to keep up with societal and technology changes that are occurring more quickly than ever before. These changes will not stop; in the near future they will continue to increase in number and influence. These rapid changes put all models of education at risk − if obsolete…Continue
Added by Mark White on September 6, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments
According to Newsweek (9/5/11), Steve jobs used these 10 rules to be successful in his mixture of creativity and productivity.
1. Strive for perfection.
2. Surround yourself with experts.
3. Be tenacious in your pursuit of excellence.
4. Figure out what people want before they know they want it.…
Added by Mark White on September 2, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments
Here are some ideas about paradigm shifts from Living on the Future Edge by Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, and Lee Crockett. Technology advances have reached a point to where the changes we are seeing in society are exponential – they are coming so quickly that they are hard to grasp. To compound the problem, the time between the shifts continues to decrease, which gives us even less time to adjust before another new paradigm is upon us.
So what do we do…
I’ve been reading Living on the Future Edge by Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, and Lee Crockett, and they point out that our schools were built for a world that existed 100 years ago but disappeared with the advent of the Internet. Are we ready for a challenge? Our greatest challenge as educators is to prepare our students to enter a future world that doesn’t exist yet, to train them to solve problems that don’t exist yet, and to train them to solve these problems…Continue
Added by Mark White on August 31, 2011 at 4:59pm — No Comments
Added by Mark White on August 14, 2011 at 11:36am — No Comments
I've been reading Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success by Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins. I highly recommend it because the authors do a masterful job of examinig Lincoln's leadership styles and applying modern leadership models to his practices. If you're a Lincoln fan, this book is a "must read."
Two of my favorite passages from the book are listed below in which the authors cite work by R. Ackerman and P. Maslin-Ostrowski, and by Jim Collins:…
Added by Mark White on August 5, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments
I was taking part in a phone conference a while back, a rather dull one, when one of the elementary school principals in the room furtively motioned for me to take a look at one of her young teachers who was also participating in the phone conference. I casually looked over in the teacher’s direction (who I’ll call Jessica because there seem to be so many young Jessica’s out there!), and I saw that she was sitting in her chair, her brightly colored phone in her…Continue
Added by Mark White on August 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I had lunch today with two great retired band directors, and as we discussed the future of music education in America we kept coming back to several key points.
1. Today's students learn differently than they did 30 years ago, but they still have a need for music in their lives. They want music in their lives.
2. If music education programs are to survive in our schools, then music eductors must constantly adapt to new cultural and school environments and they…Continue
Added by Mark White on June 24, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments