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Julia Parra's insight:
I’ll be facilitating this workshop soon and I’m really struggling with group work in my own course so it’s time for some great conversations about the next steps related to scaffolding, phases, and technology for collaboration (my PSTC model is having growing pains) specifically as it’s related to online group work.
I’ve been a big proponent of Skype in the past for group work but recently my students are experiencing a high level of frustration getting started with Skype (i.e. too much emphasis on getting a paid account and weirdness with new Windows OS). So I’m exploring a big move to Google Chat. But a big plus with Skype is having it open as a standalone program, so can you tell I’m struggling…
I have announced the AP Human Geography Graduate Certificate Program several times and have to admit it is for both personal and professional reasons. I will be the one teaching the first course in the sequence that is designed for teachers relatively new to AP Human Geography. I would appreciate it if you could spread the word far and wide. I know this is a busy time of year but their isn’t much time left to still enroll in the courses (registration ends May 1st, and classes start in June).
“No other subject will open as many doors in the 21st Century, regardless of a student’s ultimate field of study or occupation, as computer science. At a time when computing is driving job growth and new scientific discovery, it is unacceptable that roughly two-thirds of the entire country has few computer science standards for secondary school education, K–8 computer science standards are deeply confused, few states count computer science as a core academic subject for graduation, and computer science teacher certification is deeply flawed. These are national failings and ones that we can ill afford in this digital age. (p. 9)”—Running on Empty
To look back at Steve Jobs’ life is to look at the life of an adopted kid, who did not finish college, who started a company from his garage, and later, was kicked out of the company he built. Entrepreneurs will remember Steve Jobs as the man with a great comeback. When Steve Jobs left Apple Computer after a power struggle, he built NeXT, a software company, that was later acquired for $430 million by Apple Computer. Jobs then returned to Apple.
In 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but during this difficult time, he turned Apple into the valuable company it is today, with revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Steve Jobs will also be remembered by children for buying Pixar, the animation studio that brought us “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”
His passing is not only a loss to those who buy his products, but also “to the misfits, the rebels and the trouble makers,” for whom he had a message: “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Steve Jobs has shown us that a hero does not always come out of war. A hero can be someone who changes how we communicate. Rest in peace, Steve. And thank you.
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“When we implemented one-to-one [computing], we implemented it in a brand-new school, and the thing we did significantly differently is we did not supply students or teachers with any textbooks,” said Vail Superintendent Calvin Baker, a 2006 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winner from eSchool News. “We did it for financial reasons as much as anything else, but it turned out to be one of the best things in terms of instruction, because it forced everybody to do things differently.” The district used its textbook money to buy the laptops, forcing the teachers to instruct differently. “What we observed when we visited other one-to-one [computing] schools is it was still very easy and tempting for teachers to just refer back to the way they had been teaching. Our teachers didn’t have that opportunity, because they didn’t have textbooks,” Baker said.”—Textbook-free schools share experiences, insights | Featured on eSchool News | eSchoolNews.com
“The link Dean suggested is a clip of high school Principal Chris Lehmann speaking about educational change at the Philadelphia TED-x. He begins with a bold statement – “High school stinks” — and goes on to describe what we can do to change that. I was so incredibly moved by his talk that I knew I needed to show my students. Their response? They burst into applause. They’ve never done that before at the end of a video. Why their response? Because as a class they strongly believe they are not the future. They are right now. And their education is not something they should use in the future, someday. It should matter right now.”—The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching | Powerful Learning Practice
“Social media tools are just that – tools, with double edges, readily available for both teachers and students to use. One side may be jagged and threatening, but the other side is gilt edged and can be the making of us if we post the right content in social networks. In the February 2011 “Screenagers” issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership, Will Richardson contributes the article “Publishers, Participants all.” In it he says: “This is a world in which public is the new default.” Will’s article focuses on what we can do to help our students, but the message is equally important and relevant for our teachers. If we’re aware of how we cultivate a positive Digital Footprint, teachers and students can demonstrate their commitment to what motivates them, their interests, the positive things they do to assist others. We need role-model teachers who can help colleagues and students realize the value of becoming creators on the Web, sharing the great work they do with others, and at the same time, building for themselves a digital presence that ensures when they are Googled (and they will be) there’s a positive return.”—In a transparent world, we’re always being observed | Powerful Learning Practice