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(I had this prompt in the queue before the news of Dan Harmon’s firing came out. Regardless of his firing, he still gets the essentials of stories better than almost anyone.)

writingprompts:

523

(I had this prompt in the queue before the news of Dan Harmon’s firing came out. Regardless of his firing, he still gets the essentials of stories better than almost anyone.)

06/18/2012 23:43
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The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom: Part One

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If you can, take the time to read this when you have 20 minutes. Not that it’ll take that long, but this is one of those articles that’s worth reading two or three times to really process it.

When I think about the “ethics and responsibilities of the 21st century classroom,” I think not only about our ethical responsibilities toward students but about our ethical responsibilities toward teachers.  I am very concerned that the drop-out rate of K-12 teachers is even higher than the drop-out rate of K-12 students in the U.S. and in many other countries around the world.  As I’ve gone around the U.S. and abroad talking with teachers, I’ve seen over and over how beleaguered they are: by (a) too many rules, (b) too many constantly-changing systems and theories, by (c) too many “learning objectives,” by (d) too much pressure to deliver “content,” by (e) too many expectations about high test scores (on standardized tests that often do not measure real learning and content), by (f) ever-escalating and rigid standards of “accountability,” and, added to all of this, by (g) too much faddish, expensive new technology dumped not only on kids but on teachers as if the technology itself magically will take care of a, b, c, d, e, and f.

That won’t happen.  Technology requires serious, thoughtful reflection about how it can promote real learning.  And that, to me, is the first ethical responsibility we need to address: Rarely are teachers given the time, the training, the support, or even the opportunity for peer-support and peer-collaborations that allow them to conceive of the best way to use those shiny new iPads or the latest software that promises “results.”

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04/08/2012 00:27
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“I’m always looking for new ways to get kids interested in their learning,” Ms Leung said.

“Students are already very familiar with games like Angry Birds and so it connects with their everyday life and makes them more engaged and more interested.”

She beat colleagues from around the nation for implementing games-based learning and leadership of the school’s technology- rich curriculum.

Ms Leung believes educational games are boring and said commercial games are far more effective.

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How Angry Birds make science tons of fun

Click through for a few more of Ms. Leung’s teaching ideas!

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04/07/2012 10:25
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world-shaker:

I normally don’t push a click-through (I suggest it), but you should click through. This image looks great and all, but on the actual site, it’s clickable and interactive. So are the other graphics they use. This is some very cool stuff for learning about differentiation.
PS: If you’re not following this blog with your feedreader, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.
(via Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners)

world-shaker:

I normally don’t push a click-through (I suggest it), but you should click through. This image looks great and all, but on the actual site, it’s clickable and interactive. So are the other graphics they use. This is some very cool stuff for learning about differentiation.

PS: If you’re not following this blog with your feedreader, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.

(via Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners)

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04/07/2012 10:24
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world-shaker:

Post-College Life Plan

world-shaker:

Post-College Life Plan

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04/04/2012 23:19
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First-graders use Twitter to learn typing, reading, writing

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When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.

That’s because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad’s class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletter, update the days’ activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.

Conrad’s class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn is among a growing number that use social media and other technology to supplement lessons, even for very young students.

“These are tools that come standard in life right now,” said Conrad, 36, who controls the account and the messages that the class, as a group, delivers. “I do it outside of class, so why not do it inside.”

Her students also contribute to a classroom blog, make videos for a private YouTube account intended for parents, and write books using computer software.

Awesome :o)

There’s even more if you click through!

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03/03/2012 18:42
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11 Outstanding Storytelling Tools

world-shaker:

All web-based, for your immediate viewing pleasure :o)

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03/03/2012 18:42
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world-shaker:

I can’t tell what the bigger joke is: That this is good advice, or that CNN considers this credible news.

world-shaker:

I can’t tell what the bigger joke is: That this is good advice, or that CNN considers this credible news.

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03/03/2012 18:40
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