Monday, March 9, 2009

To paper or not to paper, that is the question...

Here is a link to an interesting blog post about a teacher's foray into the world of paperless classroom education. Personally, I have participated in a plethora of conversations about paperless education, but most of them have focused on paperless administration. For the most part, that is a relatively simple task to accomplish. However, going paperless in the classroom, I'm sure, can be quite daunting for some teachers. Check out the blog post as she has some great ideas for implementation. It would really require a teacher to alter the way they look at education. Particularly, a teacher would have to forgo the idea of being the purveyor of knowledge and realize that they should play the role of knowledgeable guide.

I do think there are some interesting implications related to the idea of a Digital Divide.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Presenting in the age of too much information

After spending the last weekend with the acclaimed communication expert, Dr. Steve Adubato, I found it ironic that I stumbled upon an article devoted to explaining the technique necessary for presenting to an audience engulfed in Twitter. Our experience with Dr. Adubato focused on many aspects of good communication skills, however, none were stressed more adamantly than one's ability to engage their audience. When I first read the article, I thought Dr. Adubato would balk at such a notion. Upon reflection, I realized that if managed properly and if utilized by a responsible audience, Twitter could make a presentation more engaging. If you're interested in some of the suggestions for successful implementation - Click here!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

21st Century Assessment

At WHS, a committee has existed for nearly 2 years that has sought to understand how we assess our students' success. At times, our discussions have focused on understanding structural hindrances and designing a comprehensive program of assessment that would most reflect the skill-set we hope our students would have. Other times, our discussions have strayed to more philosophical ideologies about the purpose of assessment in its many forms. Individuals have raised great ideas about student portfolios or project based assessments. Regardless of the idea or topic, however, conversations inevitably wander into a content or skill driven curriculum...purely academic or interdisciplinary...guided discovery or explicit teaching...so on and so forth...

These discussions have brought me to the epiphany (which should have been obvious in the first place) that no aspect of education can be discussed in isolation. In other words, assessment cannot be discussed without curriculum...without pedagogy...without social learning...without technology

That being said, take a look at the link to a report on 21st century assessment