The New York Times reports how the administration at Connecticut's Wilton High School has stopped students from staging the production of their play about the Iraq War. While I generally try to remain skeptical and broad minded, I have a hard time seeing the side of the administration. (read more)
If you are looking for some great class and curriculum resources, the Department of Education has put together a collection of materials that focus on women in history to commemorate National Women's History Month.
There are 36 women and subject areas identified in this section from colonial women to themes like the flow of women's work that include:
information and materials, and
additional resources for classroom discussions, pr...
I recently read an interesting article from Fast Company about barriers to achievement. Although the article focuses on the workplace, there are many parallels to schools and the classroom. The author, Marcia Conner, argues that fear of learning is what frequently holds people back from excelling. While I am not convinced by the overall argument presented in the piece, it did leave...
While I was working on the Teaching the Levees Project, I came across this teacher professional development resource from PBS.
Some of the online classes seem like a good alternative to expensive graduate school courses. For instance, you can take "Curriculum Mapping by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacob" (a TC Alumni and Adjunct Professor) at PBS TeacherLine for $195.00.
If you want graduate credits for the sa...
Lin Lin, assistant professor of education foundations and special services at Kent State University (and former EdLab manager), recently discussed the benefits of video games/online environments in education curriculum in Stater Online.
Click here to read the article.
This year's theme basically focused on — “We have been ‘using' eLearning for over a decade - so now what?
And, the 'what' was the main discussion last week. I come back with a plethora of information, research initiatives, products and materials that are being promoted on a global level - so much information that I'm still uploading to the Teaching and Learning Network blog.
For those of you that sent me topic request, I have information and web links that I think might be of interest to you.
While doing some research on liberal think tanks, I came across Barak Obama's website. His vision for the future of education stresses innovation, technology and the global economy. I don't believe that this vision of education is widely held by politicians (it seems like most are locked in debate over NCLB and are thus wed to an ideal of schooling that may not hold for the 21st century); I imagine if Obama becomes as successful as some cla...
This Los Angeles Times article reports what I see as a positive trend: instead of lamenting the fact that students are cheating, or spending more time on vigilant surveillance, teachers are actually changing their assignments. The fear that students will not be able to do independent research and writing is certainly justified; forcing students to do assignments that do not require either and becoming upset that they cheated may not be justified. Before we treat cheat...
In the United States, more on the college laptop ban; in Japan, a return to prewar values; while in Australia, a school where students are seen but not heard. I don't want to disparage these movements out of hand; nonetheless, it seems as if many adults are more than happy ...
A faculty member from Rice University has created a system for the free exchange of curriculum material and other educational research. The project called Connexions is a place that educators can find and share information, materials and resources.
As stated in the article, the goal is to have an Internet space in which tech-savvy administrators can find reliable resources and share information. It will be interesting to see how this evolves and compares with the other sites that have attempted this in the past.