” … study, appearing in the July issue of the journal Science Education, is “Depth Versus Breadth: How Content Coverage in High School Science Courses Relates to Later Success in College Science Coursework.” … weighs in on one side of a contentious issue that will be getting national attention this September when the College Board’s Advanced Placement program unveils its major overhaul of its college-level science exams for high school students. AP is following a direction taken by its smaller counterpart, the International Baccalaureate program. IB teachers already are allowed to focus on topics of their choice. Their students can deal with just a few topics on exams, because they have a wide choice of questions. AP’s exact approach is not clear yet, but College Board officials said they too will embrace depth. They have been getting much praise for this from the National Science Foundation, which funded the new study.
Interview with Howard Gardner. Excerpt: “As many people have pointed out, our educational system basically prepared individuals for the 19th and 20th century. In Five Minds for the Future, I describe the kinds of minds that will be at the highest premium going forward. Although our existing models of learning are reasonably good for developing a disciplined mind, they have almost nothing to say about the synthesizing mind, though it is arguably the most important mind for the 21st century. I don’t think that any of us knows how best to cultivate the creative mind; but our current ways of thinking and teaching are excellent at quashing the creative mind.”
‘Ideas to Inspire’ is a collection of Google Docs presentations, which offer a large number of ideas for engaging lesson activities in a range of curriculum areas.The presentations are a collaboration between lots of fantastic teachers around the world.
Morbid, but interesting: Death Switch allows you to have emails (filled with passwords, important files, videos, pictures) sent upon your death (all for a small yearly fee). The information is kept secure until you don’t respond to several cues from an automated system.
One creepy thought – what if you don’t get your email for some reason and it triggers the death switch?
-Opts you out of profiling by advertising and content networks who track your behavior as you visit different websites – learn how this works
-Consolidates scores of individual opt-out buttons from dozens of networks, including Google AdSense, DoubleClick, Yahoo! and AOL
-Doesn’t require you to turn-off cookies completely or manage privacy settings site-by-site
-Is one of several ways to protect your browsing privacy
-May result in you seeing less relevant advertising
So, a non-educational post, because it was just a spectacular day in London.
The sun was shining and the weather turned warm. Everyone was walking around with a smile.
Groups of costumed university students were galloping through the tube on their way to some meet-up event. Lots of super heroes, Disney characters, Elvis impersonators, and giant bananas …
Throngs of people turned out for a gigantic St. Patrick’s Celebration in Trafalgar Square. They actually had to close the square because the turn-out was so large. Didn’t matter, you could hear the music all around the streets.
Buskers were everywhere: street corners, alleyways, Covent Garden, tube stations – and all the music was wonderful.
The trees seemed to be blossoming when you glanced up at them. Someone said, “Ah, that’s a good sign. It means pleasant weather the next six months …”
Stopping for mussels and frites at Belgo … how decadent.
Walking miles up Regent Street looking for a super plexus (only to admit defeat). Does it really exist?!
Warm and sleepy train ride back to Cobham … and now the sun is setting. What a day!
Edmodo is a private microblogging platform that teachers and students can use to send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other.
Teachers sign up for accounts, and then create groups. Each group has a unique code which is distributed by the teacher to the class. Students then sign up (no email address required) and join the group using the code.
“… according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the best-selling titles on college campuses are mostly about hunky vampires or Barack Obama. Recently, Meyer and the president held six of the 10 top spots. In January, the most subversive book on the college bestseller list was “Our Dumb World,” a collection of gags from the Onion. The top title that month was “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling. College kids’ favorite nonfiction book was Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers,” about what makes successful individuals. And the only title that stakes a claim as a real novel for adults was Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” the choice of a million splendid book clubs.
Here we have a generation of young adults away from home for the first time, free to enjoy the most experimental period of their lives, yet they’re choosing books like 13-year-old girls — or their parents. The only specter haunting the groves of American academe seems to be suburban contentment …”
Is inspiring literature doomed? What will happen to progressive thinking if college campuses become mere extensions of high school, and no longer the place where kids are exposed to new and radical ideas?
Contxts is so much more than a professional social network. It’s a way to make meaningful connections while out and about. Business cards are so 2007. What with the environment in shambles do you really want to be that guy who is handing out chopped up pieces of bleached trees? We here at Contxts.com think that our site will solve this problem and more. By using SMS, built into every mobile phone, you can easily and rapidly distribute your credentials.
– Exchange all of your professional information with a single text message
– Keep all of your professional contacts organized in one place
– It’s eco-friendly (txt messages don’t kill polar bears)
– Rid yourself of “old school” business cards
– Link with other professionals
In this programme, Paul Black and Chris Harrison, authors of the influential pamphlet Working Inside the Black Box, outline what they see as the key features of formative assessment. They focus on effective questioning, peer and self-assessment, feedback and marking.
The award-winning Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through Sugar Activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for children, Sugar offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop” software.
Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by almost one-million children in more than forty countries.
Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar is free and open-source software. Try it with a child today.
PDF to WORD is a really great tool that I bookmarked last week and have been using ever since. It’s now out of beta and available to all. Check it out. Upload a pdf, choose .doc or .rtf … have a surprisingly accurate word file emailed to you in moments.
Have you ever had a friend or family member who you know would love using Google Reader? Have you ever had trouble explaining to that same friend or family member just how using Reader could make their lives easier (and more fun)?
The Google Reader Team is proud to introduce several new help resources designed specifically at introducing beginners to using Reader: Google Reader Help Videos and the Google Reader Getting Started Guide, both accessible directly from our Help Center.
Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data.
From September to December, 2008, Sue Waters and Sue Wyatt ran an international student blogging competition. About 500 students and their teachers took part by writing posts on class blogs, student blogs or as commenters. The competition was so successful that by the end many of the students and teachers expressed a desire to continue.
So this blog has been created to:
-build on the friendships begun in 2008
-encourage more students and classrooms from throughout the World to connect with each other
How To Get Involved? As a student or teacher, you can get involved with this blogging project in a range of different ways including:
-Writing your own posts and/or comments in response to posts on this site.
-Using ideas from this site for your own blogging and collaboration projects
-Volunteering for your class to be in charge of this blog for 2 weeks
CAPspace is a social networking tool for educational videoconferencing built into the new Read Around the Planet registration system. Log in to find colleagues and schools interested in collaborative video conference (H.323 and H.320) projects, and participate in TWICE sponsored matching projects.
There are currently 2707 educators from 17 countries registered with CAPspace.