(@janet0)

Innovation

Partner with the new National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies

As you formulate a National Broadband Plan, please consider a partnership with the new National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies in the plan. This National Center will be a 501(c)(3) Congressionally-originated nonprofit corporation reporting to Congress through the Department of Education. It is modeled on the National Science Foundation, and will support the development of advanced... more »

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(@bbracey)

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Supercomputing and the future of technology

I attended the FCC meetings. I am concerned about the continuing digital divide, the technology divide and the academic divide.

In particular, I do not see that the educators discussing the problem have much of an idea about Supercompting. I tis here. We who work with the research communities know that it is coming and we participate in the use of data mining, creating models and visualization and using programs such... more »

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(@s.fcc1)

Innovation

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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(@s.fcc1)

Innovation

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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(@nancywillard)

Other

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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(@hosborn)

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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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(@dr.victoriamatthews)

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Uses for Broadband by a teacher

I am commenting by giving a typical unit I would do research on using the internet as a teacher.

Unit on a Shakespeare play by a 6th and 7th grade teacher.

1. I would use the internet as a research tool, i.e. researching Shakespeare through sites like the Folger’s Library
2. I would order books of the text on-line and be able to not only compare prices but research which book is best for my age group.
3. I would find... more »

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(@dennis)

Professional Development

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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(@cshively)

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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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(@vcochran)

Educators

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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