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Digital Natives and the Virtual Classroom.

There is a whole generation of digital natives going through graduate schools of education. Don't waste time trying to teach old dogs. Develop relationships with every good grad school in the country. Promote funding for thesis and dissertation research and application. There has been a revolution in what we know about how we know and how we accommodate and assimilate new information. Incorporate it with new technologies. ...more »

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groupwork/network

maybe it's as simple as this... http://tinyurl.com/kwj9a9 - planning to try it out this fall.

 

reason: i know we're more together - but the kids don't. is it because we pick their groups for them and then change them every 2 weeks?

 

ongoing groups built from passion.

very anxious to watch it live in a public classroom. through broadband powered laptops.

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Let teachers innovate

By far the best use of broadband for education is to support teachers who innovate. Most can't - thus the innovation barrier surrounding schools and keeping innovative technology out, including enlightened use of broadband. Experiments in converting teachers into innovators have been extremely successful. One such program has thousands of teachers in it and they are clamoring for more technology so they can try their ...more »

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You need a mash-up to get kids excited: Try stumbleupon + state standards + freerice.com

As another proposal implied, there's no one tool or technology that's the answer. Instead, let's consider using the open standards of the web and those things we already know are popular, for example: - the random "surprise" element of the browser add-on stumble-upon - the motivational, incentive-based reards system that comes with a site like freerice.com where kids can feed the world through their successful ...more »

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Seeking a place at the table? Become the table.

Jim Lukaszewski is right. If you want bring people and technology together, become the table where they meet. But is it really possible to bring data communication professionals, higher education institutions, public school districts, telecom providers, state government, educators, students, parents, public broadcasters and libraries together in a meaningful way? A living example of this kind of statewide collaboration ...more »

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Tim O'Reilly's ideas on Government as a platform

We at the FCC would welcome public discussion and advice on how to consider this article in regards to the Education broadband plan: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_tim_oreilly_aims_to_change_government.php What do you think Tim is talking about here? What would "government as a service" look like in the Education space? Consider varying "shades of grey" -- inside the classroom? Instruction without a classroom? ...more »

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Flexible Opportunities to Experience and Envision new models

Professional development opportunities for teachers should include some real-time experience for dialog (even F2F, if possible, or at least webcam so voices are not disembodied). They also need to include the convenience and personal flexibility of self-selection and asynchronous scheduling. TeachersFirst.com, a free, ad-free service of the non-profit The Source for Learning (www.sourceforlearning.org) has been conducting ...more »

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Future of Learning

There are some interesting ideas in this document:

 

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/Future_of_Learning.pdf

 

I wonder if anyone has input on them? The questions about:

* Authority in learning?

* Classroom vs virtual?

* Learning vs participating?

 

I would appreciate any feedback or comments on this and what it means to you in your classroom, school or other educational domain. Thanks - Steve

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Moodle

Moodle is the best platform for teaching and learning via broadband. It is effective as an online only tool and also as an organizer for face to face bricks and mortar classrooms. It incorporates blogs, wikis and most every kind of media, and it has security features for p-12 applications.

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International Classroom"NING"

We're falling behind, in part, because we don't know what's going on in the rest of the world. We're hindered by having only two international borders and less experience with other ways of thinking. We don't have an existential clue about how our educational system differs from, and lags behind, other nations. Real, person to person, experiences challenge our beliefs/hypotheses, make us ask questions, and cause us to ...more »

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Foster statewide technical collaboration among all educational stakeholders

The Utah Education Network's interactive video conferencing system handles up to 180 fully interactive classes per day. It is expected that usage of this technology in will more than double within just a few years. This interactive system was pioneered 31 years ago using analog microwave transmission of standard television signals. Today such conferencing is fully digital and flows across UEN's 10-gigabit backbone. More ...more »

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Public Edcuation

USA. What kind of education system do we need? Public elementary and secondary schools around the world were designed for the agrarian age. The six hour school day allowed time for the children to do daily farm chores and the 180 day school year allowed them to help plant and harvest crops. Such schedules meant that school facilities were created around the needs of the farm economy. With the industrial revolution schools ...more »

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