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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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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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If we build it, will they come?

Development of high-quality multimedia broadband online educational resources requires considerable investment. Will that investment pay off educationally if not financially? Our experience with U.S.A. Learns says it will. U.S.A. Learns is an innovative project that creates an online pathway to literacy, language proficiency, economic opportunity, citizenship, civil participation, and civic integration for those who... 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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Key Issues That Must be Addressed

There is lots of excitement for the promise of broadband. But this initiative will not move forward until key barriers are addressed. The first barrier is the overwhelming emphasis on standardized test scores - which stifles educational innovation. Massive amounts have been and could be written on this.

The second major barrier should be more easily addressed. This is the concern about the management of the use of technologies... more »

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No One Technology

I like Ning, I like Moodle, I like computers... I don't think this should be a conversation about what application is better than another but about making sure the FCC is aware of all of them and how they benefit all learners. I'm a firm believer that a blended model is best...use the technology and application that fits the current learning task.

One technology I think that is rarely mentioned and very powerful in... more »

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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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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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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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XO-like network

It seems to me that the OLPC project is a proper exemplar for broadband access in the U.S.

In the OLPC model, the students' laptops create an ad hoc network that extends the school's LMS and allows children to communicate with teachers and other students outside the classroom. Extended teacher contact is one of the hallmarks of an excellent education as is access to resources in the home.

While the 'hardware digital... more »

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