The film series newly issued by the Person Foundation, named "A 21st Century Education," highlights twelve innovative and compelling school-reform leaders from around the world and cases they presented in the field of education. The series was produced by the Mobile Learning Institute, a co-funded effort by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation.
All movie series are black and white. They are downloadable, each lasting for 10-15 minutes.
The first set of films profile and explore the following:
· Steve Barr and the Takeover of
Locke High Schoolin Watts
· James Dierke and Leadership Models for Urban Middle Schools
· David “T.C.” Ellis and Essential Learning at Hip Hop High
· Randall Fielding and
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· Stephen Heppell and Empowering Young Learners
· Jean Johnson, Notschool.net and Online Learning for Disaffected Youth
· Doug McCurry and the Success of Achievement First
· George McKenna and Personalizing Public Education
· Alan November and the Myths and Opportunities of Technology
· Larry Rosenstock and Project-based Learning at High Tech High
· Elliot Soloway/Cathie Norris and Educating the
· Yong Zhao: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness
As reported by eSchool News,
The recent state report notes that the main subjects covered in this initiative are math and science (e.g., geometry, biology, chemistry, earth science, etc.) for high school students. The main publishers selected include CK-12 Foundation, Pearson Education, Curriki, Connexions, Dr. H. Jerome Keisler, etc.
Have you ever wondered where politicians get their facts? Politifact.com is a site dedicated to investigating statements made by politicians. The site researchers investigate the "facts" and post the results using a truth-o-meter. A flat-out lie will earn the person a Pants on Fire rating. Half-truths and skewed data will result in Half True or Barely True ratings. Ratings are regularly updated if new information becomes available.
A provision in the health care reform bill for end-of-life counseling for seniors is not "entirely voluntary."
Using videos to entice learning and whet your appetite
Feeling hungry? You will after perusing the course offerings on Rouxbe, an online cooking school. It has been credited for “the best of the use of video in learning” by blogger Jane Hart. It offers quizzes, progress tracking, and forums for a membership fee but has recently opened up its videos to guests so you have access to the recipes and tips. I’ve already learned how to make Veloute sauce. Find your inner chef!
I just found out about Mag.ma, a site that aggregates and displays web video from a variety of sources. The site bills itself as a sort of TV Guide for the web. It, of course, allows users to create accounts and build their own profiles of web video content. This could be an interesting outlet for the video work coming out of AfterEd and the EdLab in general.
You want an example in innovation? Look no further than the Tata Group of India. Innovation has become a part of the culture; it is celebrated and rewarded. One of the ways that the company has fostered innovation is by encouraging anyone with an idea to tell the Tata Group Innovation Forum (TGIF).
"If I come up with an innovation, whether it's an incremental or a disruptive idea, I need to know whom to go to with it, and there needs to be an organizational process for moving it forward,” said the chief technology officer, Ananth Krishnan.
I really admire the fact that all ideas, even those seemingly insignificant or disruptive, are warmly welcomed. Innovation is a category upon which employees are evaluated. They even have an incentive-- The Young Innovator Award. Winning this results in an increase in salary and a possible promotion. Additionally, there is an annual innovation competition (called “Innovista”) that is open to all of the subsidiaries of the Tata Group. The goal of this competition is not just to generate new ideas, but to democratize innovation.
Parent Tweets to Help His Daughter with HW
Banal babbling is out of the picture for this use of Twitter.
Here’s a parent’s story on how he helped his daughter do math homework using Twitter and Google Form. The assignment: Gather data on how many people were in people’s families then graph it and determine the basic statistical descriptions like median, mode, range, min and max.
The only required question was "How Many People in Your Family?" with some directions on how to define that for this problem, but then I also asked (just because I was curious) two optional questions: your location and your age.
Well, that quick tweet generated 95 responses (so far)...that was a little more than she needed, so she decided to just use the first thirty-two. Here are her results:
John Maeda, formerly of MIT and now president of RISD, has a nice article in MIT's Technology Review about Processing and the students of his who started the project. The article is certainly a teacher marveling in the accomplishments of his students, but it also illuminates how teachers can learn from students, even when they are reluctant about a student's ideas.
Maeda touches on the right things that Ben Fry and Casey Reas did in building the Processing application as well as the Processing community. Their love of the idea was able to inspire others, who then help the project to grow, thus inspiring more people who help the project grow even more.
If you are not familiar with Processing it is worth a look. It is a fantastic tool and, as Maeda notes, can teach us a lot about growing a project.