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ISTE's Podcast. The EdReach Network » » LiTTech Show | Podcast | Listen on Poddirectory. Ed Tech Crew. Podcast for Teachers (Techpod): Podcasting and Educational Technology for K-12 and All Educators by (Dr. Kathy King) Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts by Wesley A. Fryer. Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class. Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is the author of Creative Schools, The Element, Finding Your Element and Out of Our Minds. The Education Committee of the US Senate is currently considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind.

Much of the original rhetoric in NCLB was about improving job readiness and employability. In a tragic irony, the focus of the last ten years has not been on improving vocational programs at all but on testing narrow academic standards. Overall, the impact on students, schools and employability has been baleful. This is the time to change. A study from 2013 estimated that almost 6 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school or work. In practice, our communities — and economies — depend on an enormous diversity of talents, roles, and occupations. As with many schools in the United States, the shop program at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California, had become largely irrelevant.

Casey Shea, a teacher at Analy, ran with the idea. Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? The Google Educast. The Daring Librarian. Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch. Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Weblog of Wesley Fryer. Watch. Connect. Read. The Library Voice. Edutech for Teachers. Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog. Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant | Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in the Classroom.

TeachThought - Learn better. Teacher Tech | Alice Keeler. EdTech Solutions - Teaching Every Student - Karen Janowski. Richard Byrne (rmbyrne) THINGLINK - Tech Tools | Pearltrees. Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners. Socrative.

Popplet. Piktochart. Weebly. Little Bird Tales - Home. Google Apps for the Classroom. 15 MORE Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. Dragon - Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Ramsey Musallam 3 rules to spark learning Talk Video I teach chemistry. (Explosion) All right, all right.So more than just explosions,chemistry is everywhere.Have you ever found yourself at a restaurant spacing outjust doing this over and over? Some people nodding yes.Recently, I showed this to my students,and I just asked them to try and explain why it happened.The questions and conversations that followedwere fascinating.Check out this video that Maddiefrom my period three class sent me that evening.

(Clang) (Laughs) Now obviously, as Maddie's chemistry teacher,I love that she went home and continued to geek outabout this kind of ridiculous demonstrationthat we did in class.But what fascinated me more is that Maddie's curiositytook her to a new level.If you look inside that beaker,you might see a candle.Maddie's using temperature to extend this phenomenonto a new scenario. All right. Sorry.The chemistry teacher in me just needed to get thatout of my system before we move on. Thank you very much. (Applause) Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education.

3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace. Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area. Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. DARPA, which funded our program, eventually wanted to take what we learned and create makerspaces in 1,000 schools. While our DARPA funding ended in December, we believed so strongly in the benefits of these spaces that we continued to support our pilot schools until the end of the year. This was particularly rewarding work. Most of us have enjoyed watching someone’s eyes light up at Maker Faire, but listening to a high schooler describe his or her first open-ended project was very powerful. Every space in our program was different. Process Making requires two sets of skills and the confidence to try something new. The second set of skills can be thought of as diagnostic and problem-solving skills.

The first is what we call a level I project or a skill builder. Renovated Learning | Building a culture of creativity and discovery in education. How-to-build-your-makerspace?utm_content=buffer3895a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter. Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself.

" But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone. Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? How to Start a Makerspace What is Project-Based Learning, Anyway? Movers and Shakers, Teachers and Makers Accessible Makerspaces for Diverse Students. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started. As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries. Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de facto leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community. Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their programs.

“Schools have already got the kids,” Dougherty noted wryly, at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. One day during the conference, dubbed Maker Monday, focused on the Maker Movement, which emphasizes learning by engaging in tech-related projects. “Why are you here?” Related. Membership, policy, and professional development for educators - ASCD. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database. : Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative. Below are a number of links outside the WATI website.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, as there are many other sites that have more extensive lists of links. These are just a few that the WATI consultants like. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) website includes the work done to date to develop a comprehensive set of quality indicators for effective assistive technology services by school districts.

NATE -- the National Assistive Technology in Education Network -- brings together information from the many fields and disciplines that are involved in assistive technology services in educational settings. Communicator Feature Comparison from Enabling Devices. If you have students who use a single switch to access a computer, take a look at.

Edudemic. Classroom Technology News | Educational Apps | Bloom's Taxonomy | Lindblom Library - Home. Education Week American Education News Site of Record. TIME - Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities Than at Public Universities. This post first appeared at Robert Reich’s blog. Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor.

You can stop imagining. That’s the American system right now. Government subsidies to elite private universities take the form of tax deductions for people who make charitable contributions to them. In economic terms a tax deduction is the same as government spending. These tax subsidies are on the rise because in recent years a relatively few very rich people have had far more money than they can possibly spend or even give away to their children. Private university endowments are now around $550 billion, centered in a handful of prestigious institutions.

Unfortunately, there’s not much evidence for that proposition. A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters. Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp (The Washington Post) Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools.

Popular with the Obama administration, TFA has increasingly generated criticism about its limited training program and its requirement that corps members stay only two years in a school. I’ve published some pieces critical of TFA (see here, here and here), including this one by Fordham Professor Mark Naison, who explained why he does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. Here is a post by another academic, Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, about his recent experience with two TFA recruiters who met him to discuss why he, like Naison, didn’t want them in his classroom. By Mitchell Robinson The other recruiter appeared disturbed by the conversation. Karen Lewis Has Already Redefined Chicago Politics. She has left the race, but the movement continues to build. Lewis’s campaign could have offered a template for how a populist message—carried by the right candidate and backed by aggressive grassroots voter registration, education and turnout—can neutralize the oligarchs’ money.

The news that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not run for mayor of Chicago due to illness is heartbreaking. Speaking as a colleague, comrade and friend, I can say with certainty that Karen Lewis is one of most brilliant and committed labor leaders today. Underneath her down-to-earth demeanor are nerves of steel. After she took office, I attended several debates between Lewis and Etoy Ridgnal, a local director of Stand for Children, a corporate-backed booster for school privatization. The Chicago Urban League debate was particularly instructive. But she wasn’t done. Lewis’ usually low-key style may make her opponents underestimate her. Contrast these views with Rahm Emanuel’s. 4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students. All too often, technology is treated as a silver bullet for perceived problems in education.

This sometimes leads to knee-jerk investments, using scarce resources to invest in software or hardware without a clear notion of how either might actually empower learning. Instead of having more technology as a goal, we should have more human interaction, personalization, access, and content mastery as the goals, and then think about what tools can get us there. The 18th century Prussians were one of the first societies to think about truly public education—making (relatively) high-quality education available, for free, to most anyone. Horace Mann helped bring a similar model to the U.S. in the mid-1800s, and it provided similar benefits: public education for all.

But the Prussian model had its tradeoffs. 1: Empowering teachers to provide more focused, personalized instruction 2: Providing space for social and emotional learning 3: Giving teachers a window into what’s working.