Branford Marsalis’ take on students today
So, the good news is that Twitter can help students boost their grades. The bad news is that many students are device-o-holics.
Or perhaps it’s all bad news. Perhaps it’s just that students without Twitter lose marks because the Delirium Tremens they are wrestling with after being told they can’t use their phones makes it harder for the poor lambs to focus on the test in front of them.
They’re wonderful things, out-of-context statistics.
This is beautifully put, I think. An old Chinese teacher explained to Richard Gerver why he taught in such a calm, cheerful way. The answer was:
“Every day, I stand in front of these young people, their faces full of expectation and hope, their energy radiating across the stale air of this room, and as I look across at them, I think to myself, somewhere in this room could be the person who finds the cure for cancer, the solution to world peace, could be the person who writes the next great symphony that moves mankind. There could be a future leader, doctor, nurse, teacher, Olympic champion. I don’s know, but what I do know is that they are out there and it is my job to identify and nurture that talent, not just for their own benefit but for possible the benefit of others. Is there any greater responsibility or opportunity than that? I am blessed, that is why I thank them.”
I’ve put this up on a wall in my classroom with a space where students can let me know how I can become a better teacher. The first suggestion was “Give us more chocolate”. The second was “Give us an outline of the whole year first rather than bit by bit please”. Which is a great idea, and one I’m guilty of not doing enough of.
- Should teachers communicate with students via social networks like Facebook and MySpace? « More With Les
“the Mississippi policy issue has me thinking. Is it inappropriate for teachers and students to communicate via Facebook or MySpace? From my own experience, I conclude that it is acceptable for me to communicate with students as long as certain conditions are met:
* That communication is honorable, appropriate, respectful, and in good taste.
* That communication has some educational value.
* That communication is age-appropriate.
* That communication does not get too personal so as to make either the sender or receiver feel uncomfortable.
* That communication does not invade a person?s privacy.
* That the communication in Facebook stays in Facebook.”
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- Online student-teacher friendships can be tricky – CNN.com
# Some teachers use sites like MySpace to help connect, communicate with students
# Critics say the online communication breeds inappropriate relationships
# Proposed law would ban teachers from having online friendships with students
# Teacher says predators will get to children even if online friendships barred
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- Schools grapple with teachers’ Facebook use
Proponents of using online social networks to reach students say it makes sense to go where students are already spending much of their time online. But others fear that educators’ use of these sites encroaches on students’ online “turf” and could cross the boundary of acceptable social behavior between teachers and their students.
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- Web 2.0 how-to design style guide
Clever chaps those designers.
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- YouTube – A Vision of Students Today
a short video summarizing some characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created in collaborat
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- 100+ Web 2.0 online Generators | Yazzie’s Online Journal
Lists like this do make me re-apprepreciate editors.
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- Digital Nativism
In a rather shallow piece lacking in evidence or data, Prensky offers the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” to set up a generational divide. His proposition is simple-minded. He paints digital experience as wonderful and old ways as worthle
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- BLC07 McIntosh No.1: Why Scotland Has Been Blogging For 5 Million Years
Scotland’s education system is arguably using proportionally more social bookmarking, online video sharing, image sharing, wikis, feed readers and blogs than any other country in the world”
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- BLC07 McIntosh No.2: How Public Is Your Public Body?
I don’t know one public body, particularly in the education world, that doesn’t have the mantra, the strategies or the policies which make sure that stakeholders are consulted, that dialogue is continuously deepened and that the organisation “really gets
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- BLC07 McIntosh No.3: We’re adopting! A strategy for social media in education
“Social media, and whether or not it’s adopted in any organisation, is almost entirely down to the culture of the organisation. “
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- LIFT07: Sugata Mitra and outdoctrination
“Educational technology and pedagogy that is digital, automatic, fault-tolerant, minimally invasive, connected, and self-organized. Call it outdoctrination.”
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Clarence Fisher has an interesting idea. While admitting that a curriculum constrains much of what can be taught, he suggests that within those constraints there’s room to let student’s build their own “Everything is Miscellaneous”-style piles of leaves.
What if we started the entire school year off with outcomes listed on cards which the kids could move around and organize into structures of study that were more meaningful and helpful for them? Several days spent categorizing and forming personal or small group knowledge structures, setting a course for the next few weeks or months ahead would be much more meaningful to students than us imposing a taxonomy of information upon them. It would make the knowledge, the information, the learning that needed to happen become theirs.”