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What house do you live in?

It might seem odd to begin a blog post with this title but hopefully you will find that the analogy is quite apt.

We all live in houses. However, the style, the quality, the fittings, the size, and the neighbourhoods that our houses are in are all different. It seems to be a trend in most countries that many people aspire to the larger house, the higher quality fittings, the expensive neighbourhoods, the more impressive styles, and so on. It would be a rare person that aspires to a…


Added by Adrian Bertolini on May 19, 2011 at 1:31am — No Comments

A Principal of Change – An Interview with George Couros

Originally posted -


I’m always interested in reading about educators who are trying to make a difference. I read a lot of blogs that teachers write, but I had never seen a principal with a blog until I discovered The Principal of Change by …


Added by Sal P on May 18, 2011 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 ... online

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 .. now online
and it lives at
or use the short url …

Added by Shamblesguru on May 14, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

2o. Webinar titulado "Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones –TIC para la enseñanza universitaria"

Invitación al 2o. Webinar sobre TIC.
La  Re…

Added by Mario Echeverria on May 10, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

What’s a Community-Wide Cloud Computing Academy?

Originally posted here -

Learning new things everyday is one of the fun things about being involved I had never heard of a cloud-computing academy until I met Conor (an ETG user). He has some interesting and ambitious goals that I think everyone involved in education would be interested to…


Added by Sal P on May 4, 2011 at 11:39am — No Comments

Carrots and sticks may work for Donkeys, but...

Recently, the Federal Government announced a big carrot for teachers in the form of performance pay.  The top ten percent of teachers are going to receive a big bonus.  


The first point I wish to make is about the whole carrot and stick analogy itself.  The idea stems from the donkey who has the carrot held just in front of him, but as he moves, so does the carrot, as the person…


Added by Rossleigh Brisbane on May 4, 2011 at 12:31am — No Comments

ESL and Web 2.0

Has anyone got any good research that shows that using Web 2.0 skills improves ESL learners?

Added by Lee Webster on April 23, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

6 Essential Elements to Get Your Idea Across – Part 1

I just started reading the book Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath which is about why some ideas take off and others don’t. It’s actually blowing me away. The thought of making an idea stick is not just for advertising people but it should be on the minds of anyone trying to get a point across. For example if you are a teacher presenting to students or a student doing a presentation, an entrepreneur selling a new concept or trying to…


Added by Sal P on April 13, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

Right to Education Act After one year in Orissa, India


State of Elementary Education in Odisha in the context of RTE: After one year 

Anil Pradhan

With the Act remaining silent on the appointment of regular teachers in schools, the Government of Odisha has gone ahead and initiated a process of recruiting contractual teachers for addressing the problem of teacher shortage. Needless to say, this will only paralyse the entire school education system for the coming 30 to 35 years. Past…


Added by Anil Pradhan on April 11, 2011 at 4:04am — No Comments

Pay It Forward!

The Flat Classroom™ Projects are global, collaborative projects which focus on the use of Web 2.0 tools to foster connections, communications, collaborations and creations. These award winning, international, wiki-centric projects include the Flat Classroom™… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on April 7, 2011 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Sustainable Harvest educational iPad App release in Peru.


Added by Corey Pressman on March 17, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

The Case Against NCLB

The current structure of the No Child Left Behind program guarantees that children will be left behind for two specific reasons.  The purpose of this note is to elucidate those reasons and suggest concrete solutions.


Educational Standards in the 19th Century


The most important reason that NCLB can not succeed is inherent in the goals that have been set.  The Educational Establishment wants to go “back to basics” and has concentrated on reading and…


Added by Robert Zenhausern on March 11, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Developing 21st Century School Leadership


I have realised over the past 6 months how few schools are actually clear about what their long term vision is. Part of the impact of this lack of vision and disciplined building of this vision is that schools can quite often be focussed on things that disperse their power and ability. They become like a thirsty person wandering in the desert – going from one mirage to the next. Teachers become inured to change and morale can suffer.


In an increasingly competitive…


Added by Adrian Bertolini on March 3, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Don’t Want to Go to College? Maybe Try UnCollege – You’ll be amazed

Mark Twain once said “I have never let school interfere with my education.” and this is the motto of UnCollege, a new movement to redefine what and how we learn. The movement isspearheaded by nineteen year old Dale Stephens and its goal is to create a learning program where students will be ‘self-learners’. In other words, students will not go to classes or get grades (or a diploma for that matter). Instead they will formulate…


Added by Sal P on February 22, 2011 at 9:17am — 3 Comments

Teaching technique – teach them how to learn part 2

Teaching technique – teach them how to learn part 2

When my students entered the classroom (the first day of classes) I told them,”welcome to biology class”. I quickly inform them that they will learn biology (Failure was not an option). I explained that the focus of the class would be how to learn. I explained that it would be as if I am teaching you how to drive a car. The car is biology. The car is not important-How to drive is important. I am going to teach you how to learn. I am… Continue

Added by William Lambert on February 20, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Right to Education Denied: Why Millions of People Can't Access Higher Education

Imagine that you're a bright young individual who has just finished high school. You're eager to explore the next steps on your educational path. Yet, for a variety of reasons, all you see is one closed door after another in your quest for higher education. With no way to pursue your studies, you may slowly become trapped in the all-too-familiar cycle of poverty and repression.

This is a reality for millions of individuals around the world. Even though they have the motivation and…


Added by Shai Reshef on February 20, 2011 at 3:47am — No Comments

How to Write “Real Good”

Like it or not we are constantly judged by our writing skills. Whether we are writing a term paper for a class or research report for our boss, the quality of our work will be determined in part by the quality of our writing.  This may not be fair, but there is something we can do about it.

Writing is important because it’s a communication tool. Imagine you had a great song on your MP3 player that you wanted to share with your friends, but every time you played it there was mainly…


Added by Sal P on February 9, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

From Age to Age - the effects of the shift in educational paradigms

It is currently a frustrating and challenging time in education. It seems as if teachers and educators are speaking one language and having one set of outcomes for the students they teach, and politicians, the media, and parents are speaking another.

Because they are.

It is occurring because they are standing in different paradigms. We are in the midst of the biggest paradigm shift in the human existence and we all are experiencing issues that I suggest are normal to the…


Added by Adrian Bertolini on February 7, 2011 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

Sharing About Kenyan Eduction System.

Sharing about Kenyan Education System.

This year, I promise to be more Vibrant in sharing about Education issues in the Forum.

Let this year be a blessed year as we share advance education and creating a better environment for our children to study and advance their lives as they make their lives better.

The Kenyan school year runs from January to December.

The school year is divided into three terms of three months each, with… Continue

Added by Jared Akama Ondieki on January 20, 2011 at 3:11am — 1 Comment

Join the No B.S. Movement. Check it out:

Join the No B.S. Movement. Check it out:… Continue

Added by BRUCE GEORGE on January 2, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

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