This school year, our district has worked to transform the culture of professional learning to one of Professional Learning Communities and collaboration. One of the aspects of this transformation is the idea that teachers are the “lead learners” in the classroom.…
The New York Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Trump Entrepreneur Institute (formerly Trump University) for what it calls blatant lies and misleading information on the value of services it provides. The lawsuit, which calls the initiative a sham (including calling themselves Trump University, showing pictures of certificates, exploring the connections a student can gain through association with the group), seeks $40,000,000 in restitution for individuals who have paid upwards of $35,000 for the opportunity to learn from Mr.…
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to participate in ETMOOC (my final reflections capture some of the experience) and am happy to now find that the community of educators that emerged from this event is at it again.
Starting in September comes #OOE13 – Open Online Experience 2013 – actually a school-year-long professional development opportunity for K-16 educators interested in technology and learning.…
This is a response to President Obama’s recent initiative regarding higher education costs, value and affordability, but I will start by talking about Yelp.
I don’t like Yelp. I’m not as disestablishmentarian as Jaron Lanier (defining Wisdom of the Crowd as Mob Mentality), but I understand that multiple variables color the aggregation system on a company’s reviews, expertise perhaps one variable, perhaps not.…
Over 60K humans…including me… are enrolled in Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Coursera MOOC A Brief History of Humankind to learn about our past, present and future! Distinguished historian, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, promises us a superficial, controversial and personal interpretation of the history of humankind, but assures “a clear general picture” of the whole of humanity, if only “a caricature,” and the answers to some of the most basic questions of history:
- What is religion?
- What is an empire?
- What is money?
- How does a capitalist economy function?
- Why were men superior to women in almost all known human societies?
- Did people become happier as history unfolded?
Recently, this post was shared with me on Twitter:
As my own views about education continue to emerge, I understand them best within the context of the conversation about complexity—complexity as a large, transdisciplinary conversation that has been emerging for centuries, but that was made unavoidable by the emergence of relativity and quantum physics at the beginning of the 20th century.… Continue reading
In my last post, I quoted Marion Brady’s observations about the transdisciplinary nature of thought and learning, what he calls Theory R: “Theory R requires students to make connections, to perceive relationships, and to synthesize ideas. It sends students searching the far corners of their minds without regard for the artificial, arbitrary boundaries imposed by academic disciplines.” I think I… Continue reading