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Can collaboration in school ever really be Collaboration? Today I gave a speech to open A.B.

Can collaboration in school ever really be Collaboration?

Paterson College's new Collaborative Learning Centre, pointing out the key challenges around great collaboration, as outlined by Morten Hansen (I wrote a series of blog posts a while back sharing these worthwhile lessons). It got me thinking about the nature of most collaboration - even the good stuff - in schools, and the much more complex serendipitous nature of collaboration outside school. How to Get a Job. One of the best ways to understand the changing labor market is to talk to the co-founders of HireArt ( www.hireart.com ): Eleonora Sharef, 27, a veteran of McKinsey; and Nick Sedlet, 28, a math whiz who left Goldman Sachs.

How to Get a Job

Their start-up was designed to bridge the divide between job-seekers and job-creators. “The market is broken on both sides,” explained Sharef. “Many applicants don’t have the skills that employers are seeking, and don’t know how to get them. But employers also ... have unrealistic expectations.” The 21st century skill students really lack.

Have you Flipped your Classroom? How are you Using Class Time? With the growing interest in this technology-enabled teaching technique, more and more teachers are tackling the challenging issue of how to use classroom time once they’ve made more traditional lecture content available outside of the classroom.

Have you Flipped your Classroom? How are you Using Class Time?

When people first learn about the flipped classroom, there is a natural tendency to see it working well for math, applied sciences, and classes in art or music, where there are no shortage of “hands on” activities available to make the best use of classroom time, but the flip can also work well for social sciences, language arts, and humanities types of courses as well. In their book, “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day” Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams offer ideas about how to use the valuable face-to-face class time that results from flipping learning content.

“Physical education teachers report that the spend too much time teaching students things like the rules of games and some of the techniques. Apple highlights iPads in Massachusetts classrooms. Anyone who's still wondering if iPads are truly an educational tool should check out the video Apple has posted highlighting the use of iPads in Burlington High, a public Massachusetts high school.

Apple highlights iPads in Massachusetts classrooms

The four-minute video spotlights much of what you would expect to see from Apple: teachers speaking about the benefits of the iPad in the classroom and shots of students using the iPad. But the most poignant moments come when administrators discuss the amount of money spent on single-purpose technology in the past. They note how entire computer labs were only used for word processing, while the iPad is used for a myraid of subjects and applications. Sugata Mitra: We Need Schools... Not Factories. Global Education Market Tops $4 Trillion, Analysis Shows - Marketplace K-12. Internships Help Students Prepare for Workplace. Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core. Graduating All Students Innovation-Ready. How does #Edchat connect educators? SmartBlogs. For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?”

How does #Edchat connect educators? SmartBlogs

We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. Clinton Herald : CHS innovative classroom is first of its kind in Iowa high school. Flipped classrooms: Let’s change the discussion SmartBlogs. Since Sal Khan’s 2011 TED Talk, the Khan Academy has been nearly synonymous with “flipped classrooms.”

Flipped classrooms: Let’s change the discussion SmartBlogs

This is because since then, Khan Academy has been promoted by the Gates Foundation as well as major media outlets like CNN and CBS. But, what the media and outsiders (non-educators) fail to recognize is that Khan Academy is “just a tool” and not a methodology or pedagogy on its own. Debates have raged simultaneously in educators’ circles, especially in social media and blogs, about the benefits (or lack thereof) of flipping. Through all of this, the term “flipped classroom” or even “flipping” has been misconstrued and inaccurately represented. Rather than argue about titles or labels, let’s get into the philosophy of flipping. Ten questions that will improve your teaching, school or district - Philadelphia, PA. How do we create a classroom and school program consistent with the needs of students in a 21st century world?

Ten questions that will improve your teaching, school or district - Philadelphia, PA

How do we build strong educational programs that meet student needs in this new age of knowledge and data explosion, search engines, social media, technological progress, domestic and global uncertainty, new roles for citizens, and complex, changing jobs and careers? How do we develop programs that are relevant, motivating and customized to each student’s needs? Here are ten sets of questions to consider to help you assess your classroom, school or district, and to decide on what you might begin to do differently in the future. Lessons Worth Sharing.