For much of my adult life I’ve had the opportunity to attend a lot of music, opera and theater living so close to New York City. I marvel at how the success of the ensemble art form – opera, musical theatre, theatre and orchestra – principally relies on two things: the passion of the leader […]
Too often schools buy into “technology” with the expectation that teachers, students and leaders won’t have to change a thing – life can go on – business as usual. Not so fast. Technology is disruptive – not in a negative sense that it causes chaos with everyone and everything out of control; but in a […]
Where change is happening, we often hear that if we are wanting to do something differently, the change must involves giving something up, or stopping some unproductive behavior. In Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud refers to this as pruning. And we all need to do it – at work and in life. “You can’t prune […]
This may seem like a cynical post, but I’ve run across several resources the past few days that have me reflecting on my own passion as an educational leader and wondering how passionate we are as a profession. You may have seen Ken Robinson’s first TED talk – Do Schools Kill Creativty? In this talk, […]
Not only is this a terrific video about learning in real life, it’s an excellent example of how we communicate about ideas with media in the 21st century. LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo. On the Vimeo site you’ll also see two other videos, Eat and Move.
I attended a one-day workshop presented by Chuck Schwan and Bea McGarvey on their recent book: Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning – Learning in the Age of Empowerment. It was an interesting day and fun to be among like-minded educators thinking about possible reforms in education – ones that actually make sense. In the book and […]
Ever wonder what exactly Creative Commons means? Here is an excellent video describing how the world of copyright applies to online content. This would be an excellent (and brief) video to share with teachers and students.
I found this post from The Edublogger worth thinking about – the rise of social networking vs. RSS for consuming and sharing our learning. It’s a trend I subconsciously know is occurring, but haven’t yet brought it to the surface in thinking about implications. A good read… How Online Reading Habits are Changing and What […]
Skill-based frameworks for education in the 21st century have been around for nearly a decade: Framework for 21st Century Learning (2007); enGauge 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age (2003) and survival skills outlined in Tony Wagner’s recent book The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills […]
I’m trying to wrap my head around the potential as well as downside of blended learning. This afternoon I spent some time reading two articles and provide some reflections on the topic here. Hybrid schools for the iGeneration – Harvard Education Letter, March/April 2011 – By Brigid Schulte Middle school and high school students in […]