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Teachers: Embrace Technology or Students Will Leave You Behind. Robert Romano is the CEO/Founder of BookheadEd Learning, where his vision has blended the traditional and technological experiences of reading in the company’s flagship product, StudySync®.

Teachers: Embrace Technology or Students Will Leave You Behind

You can read more about his company at We ask our students to be good observers, consider the world carefully and to analyze the implications of what they see. As educators, it's time we do the same. Our classrooms may appear as we experienced them — a row of windows, a blackboard (OK, maybe they’re white now), inspirational posters. But the kids looking back from those same uncomfortable chairs are fundamentally different. It’s true, no matter what we do, our kids will leave us behind — it's the natural way. SEE ALSO: Why Education Needs to Get Its Game On To be fair, we have begun to transition away from "stone.

" But is that really leveraging the full power of technology? Here’s some typical summer AP English homework: “Read Walden and write a report on Thoreau’s theme.” Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach? It’s my week at #change11.

Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach?

My topic? Rhizomatic Learning. Rhizomatic learning is a way of thinking about learning based on ideas described by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in a thousand plateaus. A rhizome, sometimes called a creeping rootstalk, is a stem of a plant that sends out roots and shoots as it spreads. It is an image used by D&G to describe the way that ideas are multiple, interconnected and self-relicating.

I’ve been talking about rhizomes and learning for about five years now. Why do we teach? Why do we teach? What does successful learning look like? The rhizome pertains to a map that must be produced, constructed, a map that is always detachable, connectible, reversible, modifiable, and has multiple entryways and exits and its own lines of flight. It is that map that I think successful learning looks like. Sounds a bit like networked learning…?

Standards: A Critical Need for K-16 Collaboration. The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning (9781596671591): Angela Maiers, Amy Sandvold.


Will University Technical Colleges pay off? The Black Country University Technical College (UTC) opened five weeks ago.

Will University Technical Colleges pay off?

A pioneering project for Education Secretary Michael Gove; 13 new UTCs have been announced and a total of 16 will open over the next year. They are aimed at students aged for 14 to 19 who want to develop technical, rather than academic, skills. In Walsall, the mission is clear: to develop the next generation of world class engineers, designers and scientists. Most of these pupils already seem to know what they want to be: an "aeronautical engineer", a "mechanic", an "aerodynamic Formula One engineer", they told Channel 4 News.

One said most of her friends outside college would say "popstar". The school day is 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4pm on Fridays. Teaching in a Participatory Digital World. Social networking, cloud-based computing, and mobile technologies are transforming how people learn, work, and play.

Teaching in a Participatory Digital World

Digital technology has evolved quickly from personal computers and networks to participatory social, academic, and political Web 2.0 environments with a new vocabulary and new temporal and spatial interactions. Web 2.0 applications – Safari, Geocaching, Flickr, Google, Blogger, GarageBand, Wikipedia, YouTube, iMovie, Facebook, Twitter, iPhone, and iPad – are part of a new user-centric information infrastructure that emphasizes creative participation over presentation; encourages focused conversation and short briefs written in less technical, public vernacular; and facilitates innovative explorations, experimentations, and purposeful tinkerings that often form the basis of situated understanding that emerges from action not passivity.[1] This digital world calls for changed mindsets about schooling, teaching, learning, and assessment.

Teacher's Toolbox. » Directory of Learning & Performance Tools C4LPT.


Math. 21st century. Flipped.