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    Archive for October, 2011

    Schools for Tomorrow

    By - 25 Oct 2011

    Last week, the New York Times opened its doors for the inaugural Schools for Tomorrow conference on bringing technology into the classroom. Archived videos can be found here; the twitter stream can be found under #nytedtech. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the conference and reflect on what I felt were some overarching themes:

    Teachers and technology

    Central to the day’s discussion was the role of the teacher in the midst of widespread technology enthusiasm and implementation. What will teaching look like in the schools of tomorrow?

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    Overcoming boredom, spurring creativity, and challenging assumptions in education

    By - 19 Oct 2011

    Between 2006 and 2009, over 275,000 high school students participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement, which is implemented annually in the United States. The survey focuses on three areas: why students go to school, level of boredom, and the risk of dropping out. The findings were consistent during this period. Nearly 7 out of 10 students go to school because they want to go to college or get a good job, to be with their friends, and due to family pressure. Enjoying school or learning what is taught in class was cited less often (41% and 36% respectively). 65% of students surveyed reported being bored in school. Only 2% reported never being bored. The primary reasons for boredom were that the material was either not interesting or irrelevant. 20% of those surveyed also considered dropping out of school. The main reasons for wanting to drop out included not liking school or the teachers, or not seeing value in school work.

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    Targeting Top Teachers to Foster Future Rocket Scientists

    By - 4 Oct 2011

    Judging from the news it may seem that politicians in the United States dedicate themselves exclusively to political infighting. But one area where there is an opportunity to avoid political gridlock is education. This fall offers a last opportunity for the current Congress to rewrite the country’s major education legislation, known as No Child left Behind. One of the most interesting pieces of legislation that could be included in the rewrite is a proposal by Senator Al Franken to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps. The crisis in STEM education has been well-documented in the United States. Bipartisan national reports compare it to a gathering storm and a rapidly approaching category 5 hurricane that will erode the country’s global leadership in science and engineering.

    I agree, but the proposed legislation is highly relevant well beyond the United States.

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