Introduction 1. Students learn isolated skills and knowledge, starting with the simple building blocks of a particular topic and then building to more complex ideas. While this appeals to common sense (think of the efficiency of a automobile assembly line), the problem with this approach is the removal of any context to the learning, making deep understanding of the content less likely. Perkins calls this approach elementitis, where learning is structured exclusively around disconnected skills and fragmented pieces of information. 2. Students learn about a particular topic.
What Was Columbus Thinking? Activity 1. Dear Diary Students will read from Columbus's journal of his voyage of 1492, available through EDSITEment from the Internet Medieval Sourcebook. Of special interest are the following: The World & I Diversity in America The United States of America thrives on diversity. A synthesis of the world’s plentiful and varied races, religions, and cultures, America is a home to all, such that no one group can call itself more “American” than another. And the fusion of cultures here is so unique and so exceptional that citizens can be just as proud of their original cultural heritage as they are to be an American. Our Diversity in America collection takes a good look at what it means to be “American” and examines the rich heritages that make up our country.
Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years. Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week. 1. BE FLEXIBLE. The less educators try to control what kids learn, the more students’ voices will be heard and, eventually, their ability to drive their own learning.
The White Slaves of Barbary Much attention and condemnation has been directed towards the tragedy of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16th and the 19th centuries. However, another equally despicable trade in humans was taking place around the same time in the Mediterranean. It is estimated that up to 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by the so-called Barbary corsairs, and their lives were just as pitiful as their African counterparts. They have come to be known as the white slaves of Barbary. Slavery is one of the oldest trades known to man. We can first find records of the slave trade dating back to The Code of Hammurabi in Babylon in the 18th century BCE.
The State of Diversity in Today’s Workforce SOURCE: iStock Photo Diversity is key to fostering a strong and inclusive economy that is built to last. By Crosby Burns, Kimberly Barton, Sophia Kerby | Thursday, July 12, 2012 Download this issue brief (pdf) Read this issue brief in your web broswer (Scribd) A diverse economy is a strong economy. Research and Information Fluency It has been four years since I went to ISTE and the excitement was overwhelming knowing that I would be able to reconnect and meet for the first time colleagues from around the world. The morning started at 2:15 am so that I could meet my district co-workers at 3:30 to drive to our 6:15 flight from Denver We were all innovative teachers, some of us had been to ISTE and some of us connected with Twitter. We discussed the ISTE networking game as we made our route from Colorado Springs to Atlanta.
French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston Apr. 15, 2015: The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America. (AP) FOURAS, France – With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston. Saturday night's celebratory sendoff for the $27 million Hermione seeks to retrace the 213-foot frigate's trans-Atlantic journey in 1780, when its namesake under Marquis de Lafayette's command helped to lay the foundation of French-American relations. Lafayette persuaded French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial support to George Washington's troops. Lafayette set sail on March 21, 1780, arrived 38 days later in Boston, and played an important role in the revolutionaries' ultimate defeat of Britain.
Religious Diversity (Pluralism) 1. The Pervasiveness of Religious Diversity Religious diversity exists in a striking way between religions that are theistic and those that are not.