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The School of One tries to take advantage of technology to essentially customize education for every kid in every classroom and help teachers do their job more effectively. http://www.schoolofone.org/
For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellentstarting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types...
Gemma and Eliana Singer are big iPhone fans. They love to explore the latest games, flip through photos, and watch YouTube videos while waiting at a restaurant, having their hair done, or between ballet and French lessons. But the Manhattan twins don't yet have their own phones, which is good, since they probably wouldn't be able to manage the monthly data plan: In November, they turned 3.
Unlike most schools, the doors at George Webster elementary don’t close when the bell rings.
They’re open seven days a week for after-school and weekend programs for kids and their parents; Thursday night, the school is hosting a family movie night, showing the kid-friendly flick G-Force. Even during the summer, George Webster’s parenting centre and library remain accessible.
It’s all part of being one of seven Model Schools for Inner Cities, an innovative — and award-winning — program in the Toronto District School Board that provides an extra $1 million each per year to schools in needy neighbourhoods, for programs that boost not only learning but also social and emotional skills. Including families is a big part of that.
The following is a interesting article that may cause you to rethink some of our most basic school policies that have remained virtually unchanged for the last 50 years.
How great is late?
"I like it – I feel more rested," says 16-year-old Tiffany Gerro.
"I feel so much better. It's awesome, I love it," adds Grade 11 student Mike Stuckless.
"There's more time (in the morning), you feel more fresh and less gross."
This year, the teens at Toronto's Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute are starting classes an hour later than everyone else in the city as part of a pilot project to determine if getting some extra sleep actually improves not just their attendance, but their grades.
From the New York Times
Today, though, 21st-century technology carries the potential to nudge mainstream education back toward the 16th-century vision of one-to-one tutoring.
The Internet, high-speed networks, powerful and lighter computers, and clever software for video, collaboration and simulations on the Web all help. Equally important is a maturing understanding of how to use wisely the new digital tools in education. The goal, proponents say, is to open the door to more engaged, interactive and personalized learning.
2009 ECS National Forum on Education Policy: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (presentation by Clayton Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts)
While computers and technology pervade every part of life today, today's schools look pretty much the same as yesterday's schools. Looking inside of schools reveals many opportunities for disruptive solutions, like computer-based learning, to take root. What inhibits these opportunities? What enables them?
While Canadian educators can not fully fathom then level of dysfunction that was present prior to Katrina, observing the reformation and reconstruction of the New Orleans school system provides us with the opportunity to be privy to what can happen when given the opportunity to start over. If we had such an opportunity what would we "do over"?
COUNT me a technological optimist, but I have always thought that the people who advocate putting computers in classrooms as a way to transform education were well intentioned but wide of the mark. It’s not the problem, and it’s not the answer.
Poor children grow into poor adults because they are never able, either at home or at school, to acquire the abilities and resources they need to compete in a high-tech service-driven economy — and Heckman emphasizes that those necessary skills are both cognitive (the ability to read and compute) and noncognitive (the ability to stick to a schedule, to delay gratification and to shake off disappointments).
New report describes the emerging technologies that will shape K-12 education in the near future
By Meris Stansbury, e-school News
Collaborative environments, cloud computing, and "smart" objects are among the technologies that a group of experts believes will have a profound impact on K-12 education within the next five years or sooner.