Posts Tagged ‘ 21st Century Skills ’

Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

September 6, 2010
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Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

We say we want insightful and brilliant teachers, but then we insist they do their labor precisely according to a manual invented by a committee… via Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?. So as I am sitting back and enjoying Labor Day, I ran into Seth Godin’s comments about modern labor, and of course, this…

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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

August 26, 2010
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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

Apple’s iPad has taken the world by storm, and it seems that educators everywhere are fascinated by the device. At Julia Green Elementary school in Nashville, Apple’s iPad will be utilized in all of their kindergarten classrooms.  Students will be able to use the technology to surf the web, access iTunes U, and create their…

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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

May 10, 2010
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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

This headline was confusing to me, so I had to look a bit further.  But after reading through the context of President Obama’s comments about technology as a “distraction”, his meaning became more clear. I think the gist of the President’s concerns are found as he discusses the role that constant information has taken in…

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Futurity.org – Digital sink or swim for college undergrads

April 17, 2010
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Futurity.org – Digital sink or swim for college undergrads

This article has an interesting take on the “digital divide” and how it applies to college freshmen. The study looks at 500 college freshmen from California and surveyed their technical computer skills.  The findings looked at high school and home computer skills and found that many students may have used technology for academic purposes, but…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

April 8, 2010
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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

I was asked once by a colleague to relate Dan Pink’s Right-Brain aptitudes to Bloom’s taxonomy.  To be honest I have always preferred to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy through the verbs that are usually associated with his work.  My colleague and I threw out as many verbs as we could remember, and I wrote them on…

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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

March 31, 2010
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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

It looks like this Chicago school is going to implement quite a few of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes, even though they did not call them by name. The article highlights a school that is implementing a new curriculum supported by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  They will move to a collaborative, inquiry-based learning model with…

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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

March 23, 2010
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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

What a great idea – Using improv to develop design-based thinking. This article highlights Peter Robbie’s Design Thinking class at Thayer Engineering School, which acts as an effective reminder of the powerful role that the arts can play in rigorous education. As you read the article, Robbie points out that in an age of abundance…

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The Truth About the Average Twitter User [STATS]

March 12, 2010
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The Truth About the Average Twitter User [STATS]

In education we love to follow the latest fads in technology.  At most of the conferences and professional development I have attended over the past year, Twitter was always presented as an instructional technology of the future. But if you read through this article, you’ll find that only 21% of Twitter users are classified as…

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Google Launches Web Store for Cloud-Based Apps | Wired.com

March 11, 2010
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Google Launches Web Store for Cloud-Based Apps |  Wired.com

I’ve been hearing about this launch by Google, and it looks pretty darn cool. I am a big Google Apps fan, and I use it extensively in my international studies program.  If you want to develop a collaborative environment, I really think it’s the best.  Plus, you can get an enhanced education version for free!…

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Slashdot Hardware Story | Looking Back From the 1980s At Computers In Education

February 22, 2010
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Slashdot Hardware Story | Looking Back From the 1980s At Computers In Education

Crazy stuff.  We like to think that we are so advanced, but this article references a 1980′s “Classroom Computer News” publication that addresses many of the same concepts that we face today.  Changing technology, budget challenges, and a “rising tide” of criticism from the media. If you can get over the dated look, feel, and…

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