oving away from student multiple-choice standardized test scores as the main means for evaluating schools towards more holistic, more humanistic measures.
2. How should NCLB be altered?
Have it move more towards facilitating the process of school improvement and diversification at the local level rather than directing education from above.
3. How should the Obama administration respond for need for better teachers?
Maybe go against conventional wisdom and educational orthodoxy and encourage a credentialing environment that encourages more professionals outside of education to become teachers without having the lengthy teacher training. This would involve moving the teaching paradigm away from transmitting instruction to facilitating student-driven learning.
4. How should Obama administration do to increase student engagement?
Give all students the opportunity to be engaged in real democratic governance of their school and direction of activity in their classroom(s), with the teachers playing more of a facilitative role rather than a directive one. Most people generally acknowledge that giving this kind of agency to adults works, so why wouldn't it work with kids?
5. How should funding equity be addressed?
This may be the one area where the federal government should really play a leading role. Create a new education act called something like "No School Left Underfunded", and based on civil rights principles create policy to ensure equity in funding.…
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This case study examines how ePortfolios, used in conjunction with blogs, can encourage students to become more critically reflective learners. The benefits and challenges of using ePortfolios are discussed, along with strategies for providing sufficient technical and pedagogical support, to enable teachers and students to confidently use the technology as a collaborative learning tool.…
ge this group to try to engage youth, and adults, in visualizing the strategies that need to be put in place, and sustained, in order for every child entering first grade today to be graduating from high school in 12 years and be working in a 21st century job in 20 years.
Instead of thinking about learning, think about how a building is first shown as a drawing, then a set of blueprints. Large buildings might have thousands of pages of blueprints. However they all start with the foundation and then work page by page to the top. On each page drawings show how people should work together to accomplish what is described on that page. If someone does not do their job, or if someone is not paid so they can't do their job, the building project either can't go to the next stage, or may crumble in the future because of poor construction.
Here's an example that I created that illustrates a sequence of supports starting in elementary school and moving to jobs. Some could argue that I need a pre-school, or even a pre-natal section. I would not disagree. If the talent and creativity of kids all over the country were unleashed, maybe they could build, and share, blueprints that the adult world would follow in building strategies that help all kids move more successfully to their adult lives and responsibilities.
Since so many education technology people are part of Classroom, why not encourage such a project?…