More on Collaboration: Essential Ingredients | Connected Principals

March 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/10189

“True collaboration is a very important skill and it is something that I believe that we need to teach to our students…both directly and by example. We need to develop learning activities which will force kids to collaborate. Why? Any time that I have been involved in a collaboration effort, the learning has been more powerful. Also, it is great to work as a team. You can’t be good at everything, but you can certainly draw on the strengths of others.”

The Curiosity Project

March 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/curious-homework-inquiry-project-students-parents-suzie-boss

“International educator Scot Hoffman is a big believer in the power of curiosity to drive learning. After nearly two decades of teaching around the globe, he also realizes that school isn’t always so hospitable to inquiring minds. (As Einstein said, “It’s a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”) That’s why Hoffman has developed The Curiosity Project, a self-directed learning experience that engages students, parents, and teachers as collaborators in inquiry.

I first met Hoffman a couple years ago during a visit to the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. It’s a school where inquiry-driven approaches like project-based learning, design thinking, and maker spaces are taking hold across the curriculum.”

Obama and Whitman (via Apple) on Getting Our Little Verses Right

February 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse …”

Today’s inspirational mashup: one of the most powerful people in the world, and the poet of the common man, together intoning on the liberating stance of seeing oneself as a meaningful thread in a much larger text:

President Barack Obama in David Remick’s New Yorker Piece, “Going the Distance: On and Off the Road with Barack Obama”

“One of the things that I’ve learned to appreciate more as President is you are essentially a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history, … You don’t start with a clean slate, and the things you start may not come to full fruition on your timetable. But you can move things forward. And sometimes the things that start small may turn out to be fairly significant … I think we are born into this world and inherit all the grudges and rivalries and hatreds and sins of the past … But we also inherit the beauty and the joy and goodness of our forebears. And we’re on this planet a pretty short time, so that we cannot remake the world entirely during this little stretch that we have. … But I think our decisions matter … And I think America was very lucky that Abraham Lincoln was President when he was President. If he hadn’t been, the course of history would be very different. But I also think that, despite being the greatest President, in my mind, in our history, it took another hundred and fifty years before African-Americans had anything approaching formal equality, much less real equality. I think that doesn’t diminish Lincoln’s achievements, but it acknowledges that at the end of the day we’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.”

Walt Whitman, channeled so ably by Robin Williams in Apple’s new iPad Air Commercial, “Your Verse”:

O Me! O Life!

BY WALT WHITMAN

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
                                       Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Chart on SAMR Model Applied to Classroom iPad Apps

September 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Chart on SAMR Model Applied to Classroom iPad Apps
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Tips for Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact | Edutopia

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tips for Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact | Edutopia
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How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios – Edudemic

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios – Edudemic
http://www.edudemic.com/create-digital-portfolios/

“As iPads proliferate in schools around the world, and students as well as teachers create more and more content, questions about what to do with all of those learning objects have arisen. In other words, how can we curate this content into portfolios for assessment as well as reflection.”

An Estuary

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

An Estuary
http://anestuary.com/#an-estuary

“We need to co-create and support an estuary where technology and pedagogy blend.”

— Margaret Roth and Shelly Blake-Plock in Getting Smart