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Education Technology – Weekly Roundup – September 30

Rafael // September 30th 2011 // 

Tree of education technologyI thought we’d try something new on the blog. We curate all of the links and resources we share each week on LearnBoost’s Twitter account and Facebook page, but I realized that we haven’t shared them in one place on our blog. So here goes, the links from this week:

  • What parents and teachers really want to tell each other: Just as teachers must gain the trust of their students, they must also prove to parents that they are professionals – not all teachers act the part. By the same token, parents should come to the conversation excited to learn about the best ways to promote health and learning in tandem with the teacher’s efforts. At the end of the day, teachers and parents are partners in advocating for children!
  • 20 of the coolest gadgets and must-haves for your office: a review of 20 gadgets.
  • Missouri changes its mind on teacher-student Facebook message ban: Now, a preliminary injunction has been issued to block the law in question from going into effect until February 20, 2012, with the judge saying it would have a “chilling effect on free speech.”
  • New initiatives signal shift in U.S. ed-tech leadership: The program appears to be the first of its kind offered by a major broadband provider—Comcast reaches 22.8 million cable and 17.4 million Internet customers—and could be especially significant in states that have adopted requirements for online learning.
  • Lectures are homework in schools following Khan Academy lead: Both the Los Altos and Gwinnett pilots are still in early phases, and it will be a year or more before the schools have hard data on the effectiveness of the flip model.
  • When the best is mediocre: Of course, the Global Report Card does not isolate the extent to which schools add or detract from student performance. Factors from student backgrounds, including their parents, communities, and individual characteristics, have a strong influence on achievement. But the GRC does tell us about the end result for student achievement of all of these factors, schools included. And that end result, even in our best districts, is generally disappointing.
  • What is a hacker? The definition for the term hacker is as elusive as those who earn the moniker. Find out from the accepted source what a hacker really is.
  • Learning tools – LearnBoost: Although aimed at schools this has potential for practitioners working in the Further Education and Skills sectors.
  • An ed reform book not really about education: So I am opposed to the arc of reform Brill supports, but not to reform. There is an arrogance to assuming there is only one kind, and the people who don’t support it instead hanker to maintain the status quo. It is unacceptable to assume everyone in the current reform movement is alike. They aren’t.

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