I was fortunate to attend CultureCon in Boston, which focused on designing workgroup practices that embrace agile, nimble learning. This is the world into which our students will be growing.
"Every teenager has a spark — something inside that is good, beautiful, and useful to the world. Sparks illuminate a young person's life and give it meaning and purpose."
I've seen Adora's presentation a dozen times, and it still inspires me. From TED on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-bjOJzB7LY The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather better adults than you have been, which may be a little challenging considering your guys credentials. But the way progress happens is because new... Continue Reading →
From Steven Rosenbaum via Nieman Reports: ...Today, the idea of journalist as curator is front and center, as the tools to make and tell stories are now in the hands of anyone with a cell phone, laptop or desktop computer. The old barriers to entry—the cost of a printing press or a broadcast tower—have evaporated. Of... Continue Reading →
From John Hunter via TED Talks: John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.
Maria Popova: Twitter is a medium of conversational direction and a discovery platform for the text and conversations that matter.
The genius of this school is not in a program, it's not in the laptops, it's in the learning. It's in teachers designing learning that they know will work for kids ... and they have the space and the time and the autonomy to do it.
"In a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil, the kids loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn't let that stop them."
America needs “informed communities,” places where the information ecology meets people’s personal and civic information needs.