Tag: Productivity

New book argues today's system of K-12 is not sustainable

This new book argues that the present system of K-12 education is no longer financially sustainable - and provides a strategy to address it.

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Grasping to fund schools...maybe it's time to think differently

In rural Hutto Texas, the superintendent has taken the compelling step of seeking to trademark and lease-off the school’s Hutto Hippo. He is also planning to lease bus and website space to advertisers.

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School of One video

The School of One in New York is a groundbreaking math program making strides in personalized, multi-modal math education. Here’s a video.

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18 year old Nurse Practitioner took advantage of early college enrollment

Last week at age 18 Danielle McBurnett become the youngest nurse practitioner in the country. She started taking college classes at age 12, before finishing high school. In Minnesota, the first state to institute post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO), over 120,000 high school students have chosen to enter college early since 1984.

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Guest Post: Integrating iPod Touch in Essex

Felsted School, an independent day and boarding school in Essex, England, embarks of a two-year trial to integrate Apple technologies into the learning process. Concerned that technology is “often thought of as a panacea to what is essentially a teaching and learning problem,” in this guest post the assistant headmaster describes their process to begin thinking about ways technology could aid effective practice.

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Reimagine what is possible in schooling

The development and interest in iPads is another demonstration of how advanced electronics have become, and are working their way into the lives of so many people today. But we also need to re-imagine what is possible with schooling. Is the job of teacher about compliance, or rethinking learning? Is the task of running a school about compliance, or about rethinking operations to work best?

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Instead of cell phones, ban disruption

One school has found that the best way to think about the presence of cell phones in school is to rethink the problem. Instead of banning cell phones, the students elected to instead ban disruptive behavior.

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Technology is for learning, before teaching

In this video for an Ed Week forum Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy high school in Philadelphia, describes the need to expand technology use beyond teaching so that it serves students and the processes of learning. Otherwise, he says, you end up with a smart board and Power Point slides: Merely a ‘digitalized blackboard.’

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For foreign languages, economy of scale has gone to one

A small high school in central Wisconsin recently lost its Chinese language program, despite a trading relationship with China that goes back a century. That did not need to happen.

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The power of motivation—if young people want to learn, you can’t stop them

Professor Sugata Mitra’s famous ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment clearly shows the tremendous potential of motivation on the part of students. When we look at a school, and its design and function, shouldn’t a first question be: Does this school work to elicit or suppress student and teacher motivation?

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