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I can always tell when testing season arrives here in New Jersey as I start getting e-mails from parents wanting to know more about my experiences in opting my son Tucker out of the test. It’s not a deluge, mind you, but one or two a week that I try to reply to with more info and links. Some are more than about testing, however. Some, like the one I’ve gotten permission to reprint below, get to the heart of the larger tension between schools as they’re currently constructed and learning. I’m not saying this is every person’s experience, but when I read e-mails like this, it gives me pause. I think it should give us all pause.

Feminist pedagogy in the metaverse In our Second Life discussion group this week we looked at the dialogue between Lisa Nakamura and Maria Fernandez on Feminism, Race and Technology. Lisa Nakamura made the point that when we talk about technology we are usually thinking about the digital, and I’d agree with her that the online world is only one of the areas we need to examine; that’s certainly the point Judy Wacjman made in the first dialogue. However, the digital certainly has a powerful hold on us these days.

Blog I am grateful for… With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am taking some time to reflect on just how very fortunate I am. Since becoming a connected educator in 2011, my learning world has expanded beyond my expectations and then some. I know that many of the successes our school is experiencing would not have been realized without this support.

We’re ‘imagineering’ our K-4 Computer Lab into a STEM experience. Join our journey Have you ever wondered what it would be like to re-invent your classroom? I have. For quite a while. Teaching with Evernote: A 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Shares His Top Tips (Back-to-School Series) Posted by Kevin Buran on 30 Aug 2011 Comment Bio Kevin Buran teaches 6th and 8th grade science to students at Carmel Middle School. How the best leaders make everyone smarter By Liz Wiseman This is an excerpt from TIME Magazine and was originally published September 10, 2014. The little guys who were on their way up the mountain now have to fight for air. The wearables market is technology’s latest battleground with small upstarts like Pebble and Omate, as well as early entrances from big players like LG, Samsung, and Google.

Insights Blog - Public vs Private Benefits: Who should pay for Higher Education in Australia? Public vs Private Benefits: Who should pay for Higher Education in Australia? 7 September 2012, by Peter Bentley Peter Bentley is a Research Fellow at the LH Martin Institute. We all know that there is no such thing as “free higher education” (or “free” anything): someone has to pay. The question is who and how much. In Australia, private individuals contribute the majority of funding of tertiary education (55%), the sixth highest by OECD standards. Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum Big Ideas Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies What we as adults experienced in school, as educators and students, will bear little resemblance to what lies ahead. Here’s a look at current trends, their implications, and changes to watch for. The Three Key Trends

6 Great Note-Taking Tools for Students and Teachers One of the best things about education technology is that it has allowed students and teachers alike to turn to online annotation and records, making hastily scrawled, illegible scribbles and coffee-stained pages a thing of the past. From university students keeping track of lectures to young students making plans and mind maps, there is an online note-taking tool to suit everyone… 1. Study Blue A great site that allows students to create online flash cards, study guides and quizzes. These learning resources are stored online, making heavy folders and easily-misplaced notebooks redundant, as students can simply login anywhere anytime and use their notes to revise, or test themselves using their flashcards.

iPads - GDRHSTechIntegration Make Google folders. Folder & file naming is particularly important. Students will need to distinguish between their resources and it will make it much easier for the teacher to manage and keep track of student work. A View From the Schoolhouse [This year marked the first graduating class of our second campus – SLA@Beeber. I was honored and thrilled to be asked to be the keynote speaker. It’s been such an incredible experience to watch this group of students and families and educators build this school into something wonderful, and I was so excited to share the day with them. — Chris] To the Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber inaugural class – the Class of 2017 – congratulations! I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me to be standing in front of you today.