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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
There are some interesting ideas in this document:
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
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
one tool that can bring system education to a higher level.Don't you think? Broadband that has and will continue on giving people new ideas, studies, reviews, etc. A tool that will never leave you behind. A tool that will lead us to the very latest technology. Tool that will lead us the way to success.. -based on academicbroadband.com What do you think?? I'd like to believe in this, since it is totally true. We truly... more »
Again, I have a concern about the people without broadband who are being challenged by their lack of digital competency. There is no even learning landscape for teachers in communities where the use of technology is blocked. The teachers have no idea what resources are available to them for no cost. The professional development has not happened and should not be only available at conferences that most teachers cannot... more »