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Let's Talk about MOOC (online) Education--And Also About Massively Outdated Traditional Education (MOTEs)I get really annoyed when people tout Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC's) as the future of higher education and the solution to all the problems of education today, from content to cost . . . and then show as emplars of MOOC's videos of talking heads, famous profs giving the same old lectures they give in their outdated face-to-face classrooms. Really? We think THIS is preparing students for the 21st century?
For the upcoming TED conference — TED2012: Full Spectrum — we’re looking for 10 of the world’s best teachers to take the TED stage during a special session we’re calling The Classroom. We’re accepting video nominations to help track these people down. You can nominate yourself or a remarkable educator we should know about — who doesn’t have to be a teacher in the traditional sense. If you’re interested: Make a video or point us to an existing video, read the details below, and then nominate yourself or another person >>
Almost anyone watching the news or reading the paper over the past few months has undoubtedly heard about attorney and mom Amy Chua’s book and accompanying Wall Street Journal piece about Tiger Mom parenting. If you somehow missed out on just what a Tiger Mom is, here is the essential factor: they are defined by their refusal to accept anything but the best from their children, pushing them extraordinarily hard (even insulting, threatening, and berating) to achieve academically and musically, often at the cost of fun and friendships. Needless to say, there are more than a few parents out there who have disagreed with Chua’s take on what makes a good parent, and she’s taken quite a bit of heat for her hard line stance. She isn’t, however, alone in her approach to child rearing, and many parents out there were Tiger Moms (and dads) without even knowing it.
Click the Image to go to Flubaroo Last week a teacher here at ISB asked me if I had ever heard of Flubaroo . I hadn’t at the time and then over the course of the next three days Flubaroo came up 5 more times. Today I took some time to play with it and it is an amazing script that takes Google Forms to a new level. The Flubaroo websites has great step by step instructions on how it works and it’s easy to use.
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