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Beyoncé and School Redesign

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

I learned long ago to appreciate art from many different perspectives and was impressed when I caught a 20 second clip of the vid "Single Ladies" a week or two ago. I downloaded the entire clip on iTunes and was really impressed. Technically it is amazing, and the choreography is extremely dynamic.

When I mentioned the clip to a friend I found out that there were lots of funny versions on YouTube so I decided to check a few of those out. I eventually stumbled across an interview with… Continue

Net Geners set to topple our comfortable school-centered world in order to LEARN!

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 9:06am 2 Comments

In Grown Up Digital, Tapscott notes: "Net Geners possess a tool of unprecedented power and are driving changes that could topple many established orders . . .People no longer have to follow the leaders and do what they're told. Now they can organize themselves, publish themselves, inform themselves, and share with ther friends-- without waiting for an authority to instruct them."

Isn't that great!? I hope you will imagine with me what that means for learning! It's a… Continue

School Reform and the IBM Selectric

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 9:14am 1 Comment

During a recent evening of channel surfing, I stumbled across a great show on the History Channel dealing with the development of the typewriter. I knew some about the history of the typewriter, including the fact that they key placement was designed to slow the typist down so that they machine could keep up and that key jams would be lessened.

The IBM Selectric was a revolution. No more jammed keys! Instead, IBM thought of a new way to make the typewriter work better -- put the… Continue

Let's Change The World

Posted on December 21, 2008 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

December 21st, 2008

First blog entry.

Belief statements “up front”:

1. I think learning is the greatest adventure on the planet! Should be some tv reality shows that explore it and celebrate it.

2. I have tremendous respect for teachers and teaching. I don’t know any group that works harder for more people. ANY comment I may make that sounds contradictory to that is a result of frustration with an old system of “school” that gets in the way of great people being… Continue

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At 8:33am on June 7, 2011, Nellie Makarova-Cross said…
Hi, Tom, This project sounds so good ! Thank you for your response. Please keep us posted.
At 10:14am on June 6, 2011, Nellie Makarova-Cross said…
Dear Tom, Is there any further info on the NASA project ?
At 12:00pm on April 21, 2009, IndyEduktr said…
I missed you again...going to be in Chicago at the end of this month at the National Chinese Language Conference.
At 2:19pm on March 11, 2009, Ann said…
Great time to jump in (to Twitter) as it should be cool to read tweets from the same conference. I'm ann1622---and just include #ASCD09 in every tweet.
At 12:47pm on March 11, 2009, Ann said…
Hi Tom--I'm new to classroom 2.0 so I'm not up on any plans to meet in Orlando, though there is an established Twitter hashtah (#ASCD09), so if you're a Twitter user, you might want to see who's there posting tweets. I'll look for your session---can't remember offhand what my schedule is for Sat afternoon at this point. Maybe I'll see you in Orlando!
At 2:38pm on March 10, 2009, IndyEduktr said…
Tom, well, it's been over a month since I have been on here, and now I am seeing that you were in Indy. We could have met for a drink. Anyways, is Adrianna from the DOE? I know a professional who works with world languages. Will you be at the Chinese Language Conference in April?
At 6:56am on February 17, 2009, Bob.Snyder said…
Tom, Thanks for the information on the Virtual Learning Magnet for Space Science and Mathematics. We are going to check it out. We are in the process of redefining how we teach space and environment science because of the power of the tools we have on hand and are looking for ways to extent these opportunities to more students. We also have a physics teacher that has been very involved in the NASA projects including getting a project sent into space. Sounds like a good connections. Thanks again.
At 1:37pm on January 13, 2009, IndyEduktr said…
Hi, Tom.

Thanks for replying to my request in December about moving away from textbooks. Hope you are well. We have run into each other recently at some of the language conferences in Orlando, DC, and Portland.

This is Matt from Indianapolis.
At 1:08pm on January 11, 2009, Chris Fray said…
Hey Tom,
I finally found some time to really check out this site a bit more... It does look like I'll love it here! Thanks. Talk to you soon...
At 11:18am on January 5, 2009, Darcie Priester said…
That is interesting. I leaves me somewhat sad that the teachers couldn't find a better way to use the laptops. I can say that ground rules help, but I've never been in this type of situation, teacher facing 25 students with laptops who aren't paying attention to me. I've been on the other side, being one of the those adult students, who knew when to leave the laptop alone.

I do think though that there has to be time when the laptops are not used and students pay attention to the teacher and then are given the opportunity to work on the assignment using laptops. The teachers probably would have been more comfortable with smart boards, although I find that some teachers use it as a presentation tool rather than what it's used for. Same thing with the airliners, however, I am seeing more teachers in my building giving the students access to it, rather than lecturing with it.


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