Interactive Graphic: What iPad Donations Reveal About Schools In America DonorsChoose.org’s novel approach to providing teachers with up-to-date educational materials landed the company on the cover of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue this month. By giving teachers a forum to ask for school project funds, the company has raised $225 million from almost 1.2 million citizen philanthropists. Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org’s CEO, gave Co.Design access to the organization’s data on what kind of projects teachers propose and which projects donors end up funding. DonorsChoose.org intends to use that data, and the many other indices the organization tracks, to “make government education spending smarter, better targeted, and more responsive,” Best says. We’ve helped DonorsChoose.org get started, pulling five stories from the numbers that indicate regional school subject preferences and overall trends across the site. 1.
Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another What if we could dramatically improve our thought processes and learning strategies by tapping into the social genius of another? What if a classmate, colleague, or friend could help us recognize and claim our strengths, new habits of thought, and strategies from a perspective that we never imagined by ourselves? As human beings, our survival depends on others.
Transformative Talk: Cognitive Coaches Share Their Stories English | ISBN: 1475815131 | 2014 | 198 Pages | PDF | 3 MB Transformative Talk assists an aspirant Coach in building their personal capabilities. It draws upon each of the insights and experiences of Cognitive Coaching Training Associates and Agency Trainers who are making it work. Each chapter at varying degrees reflects personal journeys shared with the explicit intention to assist you, the reader, in making connections to your own work and your growth as a coach. The material has been strategically selected to support educators who fulfill a variety of different roles.
5 Bold Predictions For The Future Of Higher Education The future of higher education is a constantly moving target. Everything from the emergence of MOOCs to new learning styles and mounting financial and sustainability pressures are impacting the education landscape. Every day higher education leaders are developing new strategies to leverage across these developing challenges and opportunities. The common denominator amidst all this change: students. What should they learn? Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification 2004 | 800 Pages | ISBN: 0195167015 | PDF | 2 MB "Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character--however we define it--exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have?
How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool When I arrived at Loyola Elementary School in the Silicon Valley area, I was met by Ellen Kraska, a Technology Integration Specialist who helps teachers in Los Altos bring all sorts of digital projects--movies, digital storytelling, music--into the classroom. On the day of my visit, Kraska was helping out a 4th grade class with "Mystery Skype"--a game where the students connect via Skype to a mystery classroom somewhere else in the world and use maps and logic to figure out where they are. I sat in the back of the classroom while the kids played with Google Earth (everyone had their own school-provided laptop), snapped photos of the big screen that showed video of the mystery class, and live-blogged their findings into a Google Docs document. The kids pumped their fists as they came closer to pinpointing the mystery classroom ("Do you live in a state that borders a body of water?"
Positive Psychology as Social Change 2011 | 376 Pages | ISBN: 9048199379 | PDF | 4 MB In recent times there has been growing interest in positive psychology as evidenced by the swell in positive psychology graduate programs, undergraduate courses, journals related to the topic, popular book titles on the topic and scholarly publications. Within the positive psychology community there has been an increased emphasis on the socially beneficial side of positive psychological science. At the First World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association there was a major push to look at positive psychology as a social change mechanism. This volume will bring together thoughts of leaders in positive psychology from 8 countries to capitalize on the push toward social change and flourishing.
10 talks from inspiring teachers Professor John Keating of “The Dead Poets Society.” Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver.” Marine-turned-teacher Louanne Johnson of “Dangerous Minds.” Integrating Play Techniques in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs English | 2013 | ISBN: 1623963044, 1623963052 | 398 Pages | PDF | 5 MB Play therapy interventions are critical elements of providing responsive services within the context of comprehensive school counseling programs. However, many school counselors are not trained in the use of play therapy techniques during their graduate training programs as Play Therapy is not a required course based on standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) (2009). Indeed, while there are over 400 school counseling programs in the U.
And It Turns Out That's A Better Way To Learn Elementary school has always looked a little bit like training for a traditional office job: You show up at 8 or 9, sit at your desk, and fill out paperwork for most of the day. An average third grader might spend as much as six hours sitting in the classroom--only a little less time than the average office worker spends sitting at work. But as more offices realize that sitting all day long is actually pretty terrible for health and productivity, how long will it take schools to catch up? While some elementary schools no longer have recess, and people like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie argue that school days should be even longer, a few schools are already moving in a different direction. Some are testing out standing desks, and realizing that a little bit of activity can actually improve attention spans.
5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. A Playful 3-D Puzzle That Becomes A Working Radio Despite how often we use our electronic devices, most of us don’t have much of an idea of what goes on inside them. Soldering, circuitry, silicon--it all seems technical and intimidating, and until we’re in some sort of post-apocalyptic situation in which I need to fashion an emergency radio out of a coat hanger and some old cellphone parts, I’m pretty much okay with leaving the guts inside the gadgets. But as part of the designers in residence program at the London Design Museum, Japansese designer Yuri Suzuki, in conjunction with the electronics education group Technology Will Save Us, made those guts the star of the show.
Fewer bosses. More coaches. Please. — The Cauldron — Medium I hate the word boss. Don’t even get me started on “CEO.” These titles are probably causing more harm in the workplace than we realize, and it’s time for a change.