The Daily Find: February 18, 2012


The Truth About Community Colleges: A National Treasure
Shared by @BethRitterGuth

10 Myths of BYOD in the Enterprise
Shared by @jasonmkern

What if Robots Taught kids?
Shared by @ElemSchHeads

The Undue Weight of Truth on Wikipedia
Shared by @pgow

Apple Retaliates Against New York Times for Exposing Apple’s Labor Practices
Shared by @jmergy

8 Ways Schools can Enhance a Culture of Innovation
Shared by @DrTroyRoddy


New Bloggers to the Community

Jamie Field Baker

Rafael Del Castillo

Justin Medved

Shannon K’doah Range- San Francisco Friends School
We have things to say-is anybody listening
This post came from a member of the community with an invitation to a pre-conference Communications Roundtable in Seattle on Wednesday, February 29 from 1-am-12pm at the Hyatt Olive 8 right before the NAIS Kickoff. Here is what they say… At the San Francisco Friends School, we have a lot to say. We are only nine years old and we are the first Quaker school in San Francisco. We are constantly educating our current and prospective parents about what we do, what a Quaker education means, and why silence is revered in a Friends school. We use a lot of the usual tools to get our messages and information out:  e-newsletters, Facebook posts, quarterly magazines, snail mail letters. We try and target our communications to specific…MORE

Felix Jacomino Page on Technology in Education
Felix has created a page that curates information about technology in education. While he is not the author of the material, this is a great way to keep up with some of the news on the educational technology front. For those not familiar with, this is a site where you can mark items to “Scoop” which will then be displayed on your page. The linking to the Scoop page is an automated process. Individuals find an article of interest and “Scoop It” which then archives it for others to read. Felix has marked may items related to the use of the iPad in education along with many other resources. You can check it out and learn…MORE

Rafael Del Castillo with guest blogger- ROSETTA LEE
Study Suggests Same-Sex Schools Result in “Collateral Damage” A Teacher’s Response
I AM in hearty agreement with the authors that gendered classrooms where teachers in a warm room speak softly to girls and teach fashion IS a horrible idea. I do also agree that teaching in monolithic pedagogy of only group work is not good for girls as they enter coed high schools, colleges, and work places. Finally, I do agree that many of the “achievements” of single gender graduates may be more due to unrelated factors like socio-economics or intelligence. HOWEVER, this study makes me wonder about…MORE

Jamie Field Baker
The Physics of Change
I have never taken physics and my interest in it is limited because of my lack of knowledge about it. However, I enjoy reading this physics blog: Quantum Progress by John Burk. John is a 9th grade physics teacher at Westminster Schools in Atlanta.  He joins others at his school in sharing openly his thinking about teaching and learning in a dynamic and ever changing world. They take up subjects of everyday life at…MORE

Mercer Hall and Patricia Russac
Visualizing the Effects of Peace
If we ask the question, “Which has more of an impact on society, peace or conflict, greed or giving, or hope or fear?”, we would no doubt see philosophical discussions on both sides of the debate.  No matter which side of the argument, continual disruptions have taken a toll on the overall felling of peacefulness around the world. So much so, that the Protester was chosen as Time magazine’s person of the year 2011. With the current state of world affairs, including the violence surrounding protests to topple governments, riots over economic austerity measures, and demands by occupiers on Wall Street, the constant global turmoil brings the need for…MORE

[NOTE: This post has some great graphics and links to explore related to the effects of peace. If you like to visualize data, you will love some of what you see here]

Peter Gow
Looking at Student Work- A Fine Idea for Our Time
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had occasion to participate in a couple of Looking At Student Work exercises, and it’s been a treat. Based on protocols developed at Project Zero and elsewhere in the 1990s, these exercises today—amid all the cries (including those heard here) for more tech-mediated, more project-based, more collab orative, more student-driven learning experiences—seem almost quaint in their focus on simple questions: What does learning look like? How do we know when our students are learning what we intend them to learn?…MORE


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