by Stephen Downes
Dec 07, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg Is Betting Tech Can Address Educational Equity. Is It That Simple?
In this NPR article Michael Feldstein is asked about the need for more than just technology to support personalized learning. "He argues that successfully pulling off personalized learning in schools requires major changes, like grouping students by ability and making class schedules more flexible. The school day has to be redesigned, in some cases classrooms rebuilt or reconfigured, and teachers need to be retrained and supported to use tech more effectively."
Edcamp with Students - Finally!
Liz B Davis,
The Power of Educational Innovation,
We know that EduCamps (as I know them) are quite useful for teachers, but what about offering them to students themselves? Sure, why not! But in the school system you have to tie everything to a lesson, so in this case, it's... Benjamin Franklin. "It turns out that Benjamin Franklin formed his own Edcamp style group that met weekly to discuss different topics. He called them Juntos. Using that as a connection, students considered the topics they would like to discuss and our own #EdcampJunto was formed." Now I would not exactly say that Franklin invented educamps. But as I am fond of saying, every idea I have ever had has already been had by some one, somewhere, who probably expressed it better than me. The same, of course, goes for other people's ideas.
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